At Quinn Emanuel you will not have to wait 8 to 10 years to do interesting work.
not to sit and listen
not to carry
not to take notes
not other lawyers
at the firm
Some of the best trial lawyers in the country will show you how to become a master of the courtroom. If you believe you have the potential to do these things before your peers, Quinn Emanuel is the place for you. Every year, a new cadre of gifted young lawyers with their pick of job offers makes Quinn Emanuel their first choice.
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It is an open secret that very few big United States law firms try many cases anymore. Quinn Emanuel does. Unlike most large corporate firms, we do not litigate cases for years only to settle on the courthouse steps. We try lots of cases—and win them. See a representative list of our notable trials and settlements. We are frequently brought in at the eleventh hour to replace existing counsel before trial (after they fail to obtain summary judgment) and in several cases even in the middle of trial. Once we took over an antitrust case three weeks into the trial—and won an
See a representative list of recent matters in which we have been substituted in as trial counsel.
Our emphasis is on quality, not quantity. We staff leanly. This means many of our associates get to work on trials.
We try cases for some of the most successful companies in the world including:
and many others. They hire us because they know that—unlike the "litigation departments" at most big firms—we try cases. They hire us because they like the work and the people they work with.
There is no place for the rigid hierarchies and bureaucracies of more conventional law firms. We believe unnecessary rules stifle creativity and prevent motivated new lawyers from serving clients. Our lawyers expect to play a major role in significant cases—and we make certain that they do.
Our goal is to provide every associate the opportunity to master the skills needed to be comfortable in a courtroom. To that end the firm offers the opportunities described below.
Additional Associate in Trial
The best way to learn how to try cases is to work on them. We place an additional junior associate on every trial and arbitration team—at no cost to the client. The additional associate is given an in-court role, for example, preparing and/or displaying graphics, reviewing deposition testimony, revising cross-examination outlines, managing exhibits, and assisting the other team members with any other needed tasks.
Here what some previous associates have to say about this invaluable experience:
Quinn Emanuel is dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations throughout the world. We seek out pro bono opportunities that will get associates hearing and trial experience. Up to 100 hours of pro bono work are counted towards bonuses based on billable hours. Associates are welcome to initiate pro bono projects, subject to obtaining partner approval and sponsorship.
The firm has a longstanding relationship with Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Institute, Public Counsel, and the Alliance for Children's Rights, among many other organizations, to provide a variety of pro bono legal services.
Quinn Emanuel has provided pro bono legal services in a number of distinguished cases in a wide variety of subject areas. Click here if you would like to see examples.
Quinn Emanuel also has a longstanding commitment to supporting meaningful causes around the world through its charitable foundation. 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. Click here to see examples of charitable projects in which the firm has been involved.
Our Global Experience program allows associates to get away from the office and work in an exciting new environment. Quinn Emanuel provides eligible associates with $4,000 to get them to any location they choose anywhere in the world for one week. Different groups have chosen beach resorts in Turkey, Colombia and Hawaii. Participating associates are assigned to small travel groups of 6-10 members from multiple offices. This gives them the opportunity to get to know attorneys from other offices. While the destination options are endless, there are some rules, including 24/7 connectivity and a full Monday through Friday work week.
Our Global Exchange program allows eligible associates to work out of another Quinn Emanuel office for two weeks. The firm will provide up to $5,000 to help with travel and living expenses. Participants have the chance to meet other attorneys, explore a new QE city, and build relationships with other offices.
We are a meritocracy. Perhaps that is why so many women partners have
leadership roles. The facts speak for themselves.
Only woman whose name is on the door at one of the 200 largest U.S. law firms; former Dean of Stanford Law School; Chair of Appellate Practice.
Co-Chair of Insurance and Reinsurance Practice.
Co-Chair of National Trial Practice.
Chair of Internet Litigation Practice.
Co-Chair of Trademark and Copyright Practice.
Co-Chair of Global Life Sciences Practice.
Managing Partner, Silicon Valley office; Co-Chair of National Life Sciences Practice.
Co-Managing Partner, London office; Chair of International Trial Practice.
Co-Managing Partner, Sydney office.
Managing Partner, Hamburg and Brussels offices; Chair of EU and German Competition Law.
Co-Chair of National Employment Practice.
Chair of National Insurance Recovery Practice.
Chair of Employment Litigation & Counseling Practice.
Chair of International Trade Group.
Chair of Transnational Litigation Practice; Co-Chair of the National Trial Practice.
Chair of Tax Disputes Practice.
Co-Head of Competition, London
Partners, associates and summer associates build friendships outside the traditional boundaries of work. Firm events, such as the annual firm hike help break down the conventional barriers and hierarchies that characterize many law firms.
Associates are considered when they are seven years out of law school.
We consistently make more new partners than other large firms.
New Partners Per Year
The best proof of our commitment to diversity is that so many minority group lawyers with outstanding credentials join us. Over 20% of our lawyers are minority group members. 48 of our 252 partners are women and 40 are minority group members. Our minority partners are graduates of Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Fordham, and George Washington, many were law review editors.
We achieved a top score in the Corporate Equality Index, earning us the title of “2017 Best Place to work for LGBT Equality” from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Each year we attract some of the best and brightest students from America's best law schools. They could go anywhere. Why do they choose us?
On December 27, 2018, Quinn Emanuel lost a friend and long-time partner Steve Anderson. Steve graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989 and joined the firm in 1994 when there were 30 attorneys at the firm. He was a founding member of the firm’s patent practice, which he helped to grow in his 24 years at the firm.
Steve was a gifted patent litigator with a background in computer sciences. Steve was smart, pragmatic, athletic, adventurous, and a fierce competitor. He loved boating, flying helicopters and being surrounded by family and friends. For the past 15 years he displayed indomitable courage and determination fighting illness, while continuing to contribute to the firm’s success and enjoying life. He leaves behind his wife Michelle and their daughter Sydney. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.