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McKessar, Laurentia

Laurentia McKessar



Laurentia McKessar is an associate in New York with trial and appellate experience in the United States and Australia. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel in 2013, Laurentia served as Clerk to the Chief Justice of Australia in Australia’s highest court, worked as a commercial litigation lawyer at a preeminent Australian law firm, and worked on appellate and legal advisory matters with the Western Australian Solicitor General and State Solicitors’ Office in the High Court of Australia and Western Australian courts. Laurentia graduated first in her class with first class honors and numerous first-in-class prizes at the University of Western Australia Law School and served as a Law Review Editor. Laurentia also graduated from Harvard Law School where she was awarded the Saltonstall Memorial Scholarship. As lead oralist, Laurentia’s team won the 2012 Victorian Young Lawyers’ Appellate Moot Court. She has also taught law and accounting in Australia and presented papers to the Australian legal profession.


  • Harvard Law School
    (LL.M., 2013)

  • The University of Western Australia
    (LL.B, First Class Honors, 2010)
    • The University of Western Australia Law Review:
      • Editor
    • J.A. Wood Memorial Prize (most outstanding graduate university-wide)
    • Frank Edward Parsons Memorial Prize in Law (most outstanding leadership and service
    • Mallesons Stephen Jaques Prize (best law thesis of 2009)

  • The University of Western Australia
    (B. Comm., Corporate Finance and Financial Accounting, 2010)


The State Bar of New York; The Supreme Court of Victoria

  Prior Associations

  • Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Robert S. French, A.C.:
    • The Chief Justice of Australia, 2011-2012

  • Law Clerk to Mr. Robert Meadows:
    • Solicitor General for Western Australia, 2009-2010

  • Law Clerk to Mr. Timothy Sharp:
    • State Solicitor for Western Australia, 2008

Publications and Lectures

  • Laurentia McKessar, Three Constitutional Themes in the High Court of Australia, 33(2) ADEL. L. REV. 559 (2012)
  • “Recent Developments in Constitutional and Public Law” Western Australian Bar Association Annual Conference, October, 2011
  • “Fundamentally Flawed? Crown Privileges and Immunities in Australia” State Solicitors’ Office Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2010
  • “The French Court: Some Early Glimmerings on Constitutional Matters” Western Australian Constitutional Law Centre, June, 2010