Brian Timmons is the Co-Chair of Complex Litigation for Quinn Emanuel. A highly regarded trial lawyer with a national litigation practice, he has tried many cases to verdict in multiple locations throughout the United States, including New York, Delaware, and California. He has also represented clients in proceedings and in arbitrations around the world, including in Hong Kong, Singapore, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Cayman Islands. Clients praise him for his brilliance, tenacity, judgment, and skill in the courtroom. He has been named one of the “Best Attorneys of America” by Rue Ratings and was recognized as among the “top 1% of attorneys in America” for Complex Litigation by Premier Lawyers of America. He was also selected as one of the “Distinguished Lawyers of America” for 2019 and 2020 and honored as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” every year from 2006 to the present by the Los Angeles Magazine.
Though he has represented clients from nearly every industry and has wide ranging litigation experience, he specializes in complex disputes that turn on principles of finance, accounting, or corporate governance. His practice includes commercial disputes, securities and commodities litigation, creditors’ rights, avoidance and other bankruptcy-related litigation, fund advisor and ’40 Act matters, market manipulation cases, SEC enforcement actions, unfair competition and anti-trust litigation, structured financial product litigation, including ISDA disputes, M&A litigation, battles for corporate control, breach of fiduciary duty, and trade secret and employee mobility disputes. He regularly represents the sponsors of managed funds (private equity funds, private credit funds, hedge funds, mutual funds), financial institutions, public and private corporations (both foreign and domestic), creditor committees, litigation trusts, audit committees, boards of directors, family offices, and high net worth individuals, including a number of well-known celebrities.
Mr. Timmons was born and raised in rural Idaho and attended Duke University on a football scholarship. He graduated from Duke in the top 2% of his class, studied finance and economics at the London School of Economics, was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College, and graduated from Harvard Law School with honors, where he also served as the Managing Editor of a scholarly law journal. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek Magazine and he currently serves on the Harvard Law School Leadership Council. Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he participated in the federal indigent defense panel program and was a partner at Latham & Watkins.