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Scattini, Damian

Damian Scattini

Direct Tel: +61 2 9146 3888
Tel: +61 2 9146 3500 Fax: +61 2 9146 3600

Hotel Quarantine Class Action

Boral Shareholder Class Action

Damian Scattini is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office. He has 30 years’ commercial litigation experience.

Damian is one of the leading corporate plaintiff and class action lawyers in Australia.

He has represented many thousands of individuals, partnerships and companies in hundreds of actions, both in Australia and the USA.

Currently, Damian is conducting seven consumer class actions in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in which over 10 percent of Australian adults are class members. The appellate cases arising out of this litigation has rebalanced and set the law, favourably for the members of the Quinn Emanuel’s class actions, and consumers throughout Australia.

He is also conducting securities class actions on behalf of Australian and international shareholders of ASX listed companies. One of these, against, a listed law firm was the first settlement approval of a class action in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Damian was also the solicitor on the record, who identified and filed the successful class action against the operators of the Wivenhoe dam operators who caused the devastating floods in Queensland in 2011. He was also the solicitor on the record for the successful ‘dieselgate’ class action against Volkswagen.

He has acted in numerous product liability cases, including for the families and survivors after two Australian Army helicopters crashed, killing 18 special forces troops and injuring others.

Damian successfully conducted a number of key cases arising out of the global financial crisis, including against major banks, where he negotiated aggregate settlements of over $300M, without having to file lawsuits.

Clients regularly comment on his strategic acumen, judgment, professionalism and relentless drive to generate successful outcomes for his clients.

  • Developed and implemented a redress scheme with Australia’s leading banks on behalf of thousands of individuals who had been leveraged into inappropriate loans by a collapsed financial planning company. The Storm Financial Resolution Schemes became the template for other redress schemes following the 2008 financial crisis. The various redress schemes resulted in compensation to investors worth over $300 million.
  • Led Australia's largest class action to date in relation to Queensland's devastating 2011 floods. A claim that centred on the operation of the Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams which were operated negligently and contributed to the scale of the disaster by releasing large amounts of water to prevent the dam collapsing.
  • Acted against mining giant Xstrata, the Queensland Government and the local council regarding the emissions from the Xstrata's Mt Isa mine in the claimed lead poisoning of local children.
  • Ongoing class action on behalf of hundreds of businesses against the Commonwealth of Australia for the negligent operation of a quarantine facility which caused the 2007/2008 Equine Flu which was Australia's largest animal disease emergency.
  • Conducted to judgment or settlement over 500 negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct claims against hotel operators, property developers and associated professional firms arising out of property marketing scams in Australia.
  • Queensland University of Technology
    (LLB, 1989)
  • University of Queensland
    (BA, 1985)
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales and Queensland
  • High Court and Federal Court of Australia
  • Maurice Blackburn:
    • Principal (2012 – 2015)
  • Slater & Gordon:
    • Principal (2008– 2012)
  • Quinn & Scattini
    • Managing Partner (1991 – 2008)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 and 2022 for Product Liability Litigation.
  • Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 – Australia for Dispute Resolution and Class Actions, where his noted as being a “field expert” and bringing “insightful leadership” to his cases.
  • Member, Queensland Law Society
  • Member, Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • Member and former Governor, American Association for Justice (formally the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Former Chair and Elected Executive Member, Law Council of Australia, Legal Practice Section
  • Former Chair, Law Council of Australia Consumer Law Committee
  • Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice