Litigation is a zero sum game. There are winners and losers.
We play to win.
Ethics are ingrained into our culture. We play by the rules—period. Winning the right way is the only way.
We pride ourselves on our written work and the research behind it. We win many more cases via motions to dismiss or summary judgment than at trial.
We consider it our good fortune to work with lawyers whom we not only respect professionally, but we value as friends.
To us, diversity means recruiting and retaining lawyers of every race, sex and national origin. It also means having many types of people—people with different perspectives and different personalities. We are convinced that our diversity makes us better trial lawyers.
It definitely makes the firm more interesting.
The foundation of our firm is on supporting each other.
We believe lawyers work best—and are most creative—when they are at ease in their environment and not distracted by the restrictions of formality—like ties and suits.
We encourage you to read the biographies of our firm partners and pay particular attention to their graduation dates. We believe we have the best stable of young litigators of any firm in the world.
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.