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Scattini, Damian

Damian Scattini



Damian Scattini is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office. Before joining the firm, Damian was a Principal at the largest Australian plaintiff’s class action firm and head of its Queensland class actions practice. He has more than 20 years’ of commercial litigation experience. He is viewed as one of the leading corporate plaintiff and class action lawyers in Australia. Clients regularly comment on his strategic acumen, judgement and ability to generate successful outcomes.

Damian developed an innovative and successful resolution scheme with several of Australia’s largest banks arising out of the collapse of Australia’s largest private financial planning company. This resulted in over $300 million in compensation to thousands of victims, without the need for filing lawsuits. He has been involved in heading a number of prominent class actions including: a class action against the operators of Wivenhoe and Somerset Dam in relation to the January 2011, flooding of thousands of homes and businesses in South-East Queensland. He has acted in numerous product liability cases in the United States as Australian counsel, including representing the families and survivors after two military helicopters collided and crashed, killing 18 Australian special forces troops and injuring several others.

  Notable Representations

  • 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

  Prior Associations

  • Maurice Blackburn:
    • Principal (2012 – 2015)

  • Slater & Gordon:
    • Principal (2008– 2012)

  • Quinn & Scattini
    • Managing Partner (1991 – 2008)


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.

Professional Activities

  • 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