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Timmons, Brian

R. Brian Timmons



R. Brian Timmons is an experienced 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. In general terms, he specializes in complex legal disputes that involve finance, accounting, or corporate governance.  His expertise includes securities and commodities litigation, creditors’ rights, avoidance and other bankruptcy-related litigation, fund advisor and ’40 Act matters, cases alleging market manipulation, unfair competition and anti-trust, structured financial product litigation, and general commercial disputes.  He regularly represents managed funds (private equity funds, hedge funds, mutual funds) and their advisors, bondholders, financial institutions, public and private corporations (both foreign and domestic), creditor committees, litigation trusts, audit committees, boards of directors, and high net worth individuals.  A significant part of Mr. Timmons’ practice over the past decade has been representing clients in large cases against global accounting firms. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients, has been on the leading edge of legal developments governing the liability of accountants and auditors, and has obtained some 9-figure settlements—a rare occurrence against these firms. Notwithstanding his success in representing plaintiffs, Mr. Timmons primarily represents defendants in a wide variety of cases. In his more than 20 years as a lawyer, he has represented clients in general business and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, class actions, internal investigations, products liability cases, employment litigation and white collar criminal matters.  Clients praise him for his brilliance, judgment, and skill in the courtroom.  He has been named one of the “Best Attorneys of America” by Rue Ratings and one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” every year from 2006 to the present by the Los Angeles Magazine.

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, participated in a graduate studies program in 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.  The author of several articles, he has been published in The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek Magazine.  Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he participated in the federal indigent defense panel program and was a partner at Latham & Watkins.  

  Representative Clients

  • Parmalat SpA
  • Canyon Capital
  • The Hudson Group
  • Western Asset Management Co.
  • SemGroup Litigation Trust
  • Grupo CCR
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Allergan
  • Physiotherapy Litigation Trust

  Notable Representations

  • Recovered record setting settlements from big accounting firms in a number of different matters.
  • Obtained complete dismissal with no contribution toward global settlement for "Sallie Mae" in complex, $1 billion securities fraud matter involving interest rate derivatives, in connection with the nation's largest ever financial collapse of a municipality--Orange County, California.
  • Obtained partial acquittal and only nominal penalty for client defendant in a 3-month white collar criminal trial in federal court in Los Angeles involving health care insurance fraud, where the co-defendants were given multi-year sentences in federal prison.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of all claims on summary judgment for Medstone International in multiple securities fraud class actions.
  • Tried and won a high-profile $100 million employment litigation case brought by an alleged FDA "whistleblower" for Allergan, Inc.
  • Obtained early dismissal on "nominal" settlement for PIMCO Advisors L.P. in corporate control litigation in Delaware.
  • Recovered over $170 million to date for the SemGroup Litigation Trust in a variety of bankruptcy-related litigation matters.


  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., cum laude, 1991)
    • Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy:
      • Managing Editor

  • The London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Duke University
    (A.B., summa cum laude, 1988)
    • Varsity Football Scholarship Recipient


The State Bar of California; The District of Columbia Bar; United States Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit; United States District Courts: Northern District of California, Central District of California, Southern District of California, Eastern District of California, Southern District of New York (pro hac vice), Eastern District of Illinois (pro hac vice), Western District of North Carolina (pro hac vice); United States Bankruptcy Court for Delaware (pro hac vice)


  • Spanish

  Prior Associations

  • Latham & Watkins:
    • Partner, 1998-2000
    • Associate, 1991-1997

Publications and Lectures

  • “Mistakes Smart Clients Make When They Hire Litigation Counsel,” Today’s General Counsel, March 2015.
  • "Regulating Credit Default Swaps," Financier Worldwide, July 2009.

Professional Activities

  • Harvard College:
    • Teaching Fellow, 1991