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Timmons, Brian

R. Brian Timmons

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3221
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Brian Timmons is the Global Head 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 legal proceedings and 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 named Litigator of the Year in 2020 by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers, elected to the Irish Legal 100 in 2020, and chosen by LawDragon as one of the best bankruptcy litigation practitioners in the country.  He was a recipient of the “Distinguished Lawyers of America” award for 2019 and 2020 and has been recognized as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” every year from 2006 to the present by the Los Angeles Magazine.

He has represented clients from nearly every industry and in nearly every litigation setting.  He tends to specialize, however, 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,  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 investment funds and their managers (private equity funds, private credit funds, hedge funds, venture capital 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 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. 

  • Sixth Street Partners
  • Golub Capital
  • Parmalat SpA
  • Canyon Capital
  • The Hudson Group
  • Western Asset Management Co.
  • SemGroup Litigation Trust
  • Grupo CCR
  • Allergan
  • Physiotherapy Litigation Trust
  • TPG
  • Kayne Anderson Capital
  • Beach Point Capital
  • Knighthead Capital
  • GoldenTree
  • Blue Mountain Capital
  • The Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises
  • The Irvine Company
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • MF Global Litigation Trust
  • Recovered record setting settlements from big accounting firms in a number of different matters.
  • Obtained complete dismissal with no contribution toward global settlement for a Government Sponsored Entity in complex, $1 billion securities fraud matter involving interest rate derivatives, in connection with the nation's largest ever financial collapse of a municipality.
  • 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 hundreds of millions of dollars for several litigation trusts in a variety of bankruptcy-related litigation matters.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., cum laude, 1991)
  • 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 State Bar of New York
  • 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)
    • Middle District of Pennsylvania (pro hac vice)
    • District of Delaware (pro hac vice)
  • Spanish
  • Latham & Watkins:
    • Partner, 1998-2000
    • Associate, 1991-1997
  • Selected as a LawDragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer, 2022

  • “Duty of Loyalty Issues for Designated Directors and the Board of Portfolio Companies,” Deal Lawyers, November-December Issue 2020
  • “Think Twice Before Using Deal Counsel As Litigation Counsel,” Law360, April 2020.
  • “Mistakes Smart Clients Make When They Hire Litigation Counsel,” Today’s General Counsel, March 2015.
  • “Regulating Credit Default Swaps,” Financier Worldwide, July 2009.
  • Harvard College:
    • Teaching Fellow, 1991
  • Board of Governors for the LA Association of Business Trial Lawyers