Supporting meaningful causes around the world
Over the last 13 years, the firm has donated millions of dollars to a variety of causes, including natural disaster relief, cancer research, veterans services, legal aid services, violence intervention, and education. What follows are examples of charitable projects in which the firm has been involved.
In April 2015, the devastating 7.8 magnitude Gorkha earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people, injured more than 21,000, and destroyed the homes and schools of hundreds of thousands more. In collaboration with The Mountain Fund, the QE Foundation is facilitating the development of the Mankhu Emergency Center, the first comprehensive shelter for disasters and emergency preparedness in Nepal.
Once complete, the center will offer a medical clinic and lab, a kitchen capable of feeding 150 people daily, a sleeping area for 150, restrooms, a tailoring center to produce clothing, solar and other backup power systems, 10,000 gallons of fresh water, a FM radio, and trained facilities management personnel. The Mankhu Emergency Center will provide future disaster relief, something that was severely lacking at the time of the quake.
In March 2011, Japan had a devastating earthquake and tsunami, in which tens of thousands of people lost their lives. Entire towns disappeared. Through Quinn Emanuel’s Tokyo office and the QE Foundation, and in collaboration with All Hands and OGA for Aid, the firm donated funds to support victims and rebuilding efforts.
These efforts helped reconstruct and re-soil the town of Ofunato, clean and restore its homes, and build a park for children who were not allowed to play outside because of glass, chemicals, and oil in the soil and grass after the tsunami subsided. The town dedicated the park to Quinn Emanuel.
The firm also devoted itself to saving Koishihama, a 30-family fishing village that subsisted on scallop farming. Koishihama’s port was rendered unusable, forcing many families to leave without any source of subsistence. Quinn Emanuel helped rebuild the port and preserve the town.
In April 2016, Ecuador experienced its worst natural disaster in nearly seven decades—a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 600 people, injured more than 27,000, and left thousands homeless. Roads were badly damaged, bridges collapsed, power was disrupted, and soccer stadiums had to be used as makeshift relief centers and morgues. The Ecuadorean President declared a state of emergency.
The timing of the earthquake could not have been more devastating, as the country was already experiencing a significant economic downturn. In the aftermath, Quinn Emanuel raised significant funds to help Ecuadorian Red Cross aid workers distribute essentials, including food, water, mattresses, medicine, and other necessary supplies to survivors in need.
The firm contributes annually to the Los Angeles Food Bank’s “Food from the Bar” campaign by collecting food, volunteering time, and donating funds toward Food Bank operations. The most recent food drive yielded an extraordinary 1.9 million meals for hungry families throughout Los Angeles County.
The San Francisco office participates in a toy and diaper drive in collaboration with San Francisco Fire Fighters and local charity Help a Mother Out.
The Washington, D.C. office collaborates with Bread for the City, a nonprofit legal services organization that provides food, clothing, healthcare, legal assistance, and social services to low-income D.C. residents.
The Los Angeles office hosts an annual “Holiday Wish Tree” to support Five Acres, a nonprofit organization devoted to child abuse prevention, treatment, and education.
The New York office hosts a month-long donation drive in December in which clothing, shoes, school supplies, books, toys, and housewares are collected and contributed to the local Salvation Army chapter.
In collaboration with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Hamburg office donates holiday gifts to families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses—"homes away from home" that allow families to live close to their hospitalized children at little or no cost.
Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office participates in “Steptember,” an annual charity event run by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, which provides support services to thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. The Alliance challenges participants to take 10,000 steps every day during the month of September.
In 2015, Steptember raised $3,992,438.65 in Australia and $5,307,030.41 worldwide to pay for equipment, therapy, and research into cerebral palsy treatments.
In October 2012, the greater New York metropolitan area was struck by Hurricane Sandy. New York’s state government estimated that 305,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed, and the cost of those damages exceeded $70 billion.
Quinn Emanuel’s New York office, in collaboration with a local relief organization, donated time and money to the relief efforts. Attorneys and staff volunteered to clean up the homes and community of hurricane victims in Far Rockaway, NY, and helped set up a collection center for people to donate essentials to the cause.
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.