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Summer
Associate
Testimonials

Each year we ask
summer associates
to describe their
experiences at the
firm.

  • Kori Anderson
    (Berkeley, 2020) 2019 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    The breadth of experiences summer associates have at Quinn Emanuel is unparalleled. I drafted discovery motions in a complex commercial matter, helped on a high-profile defamation case, prepared a handout for a client board meeting, conducted research for several antitrust cases, and more. On most assignments I worked directly with partners, and was brought into hearings, meet-and-confer calls with opposing counsel, and discussions with government officials throughout the summer. Of course, my favorite part was getting to know and learn from QE’s attorneys—who, without exception, were smart, generous, and down-to-earth— though the mock trial program, summer events, and firm hike to Switzerland(!).


  • Gabriela Aroca Montaner
    (Boston U. '20) 2019 DC Summer Associate

    Quinn’s summer program truly shows you what it’s like to be an associate. Over the summer I worked a lot with the Latin America team, which was great because they handle a wide variety of matters ranging from commercial litigation to white collar. The work that they entrusted me with was substantive, shortly after starting my summer I was drafting counts, researching legal questions that would shape our strategy, and attending hearings. It was always clear that the work I was given was not to keep me busy but because it was actually needed. I also got involved in two pro bono asylum cases, the attorneys that I worked with were passionate about the cases and allowed me to take on real responsibility.


  • Jordan Ascher
    (Harvard '20) 2019 DC Summer Associate

    I had a great summer in the D.C. office. I was given the pen on first drafts of briefs in a federal appeal and an administrative proceeding. Like a summer associate at any firm, I was assigned to write research memos. But unlike memos written by my peers elsewhere, mine were usually dropped verbatim into briefs or other filings. Over the course of eleven weeks, I got to participate in the drafting of a Supreme Court merits brief, a cert petition, a Federal Circuit appeal, and a motion for a preliminary injunction of a state statute. All the while, I got to work with dynamic attorneys who, to a one, treated me as a colleague, not a subordinate. At Quinn, “early responsibility” isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a central tenet of a firm dedicated to developing its young attorneys into excellent trial lawyers.


  • Sam Cleveland
    (U. of Minnesota '20) 2019 New York Summer Associate

    I had a fantastic summer at Quinn. My friend at another firm wrote a lengthy memo only to find out a Summer Associate had written a memo on the exact same topic for the same partner only two summers prior. This sort of thing would never happen at Quinn. To the contrary, everything I worked on this summer felt important, useful, and impactful. while I was working on a substantive memo that would later be used in the case, my friends at other firms were sitting through mind-numbing orientations. Over the course of the summer, I was able to participate in a client meeting, help with a deposition, and contribute research to a Supreme Court brief.


  • Erin Freeman
    (Harvard '20) 2019 DC Summer Associate

    Spending a summer at Quinn Emanuel means spending a summer doing substantive work for interesting, high-stakes cases. During my summer, I wrote a motion in limine and drafted portions of a memo that was sent to one of QE’s clients. I worked directly with QE partners on almost all of my assignments. The attorneys at QE are welcoming and invested in giving summer associates a real feel for the firm. And the hike in Switzerland was a pretty amazing part of the summer! All in all, QE is an interesting, unique, fast-paced firm that provides summers with a well-rounded and rewarding experience.


  • Ryan Gorman
    (Harvard '20) 2019 Boston Summer Associate

    Everything I worked on felt substantive and real—I never felt like my assignments or projects weren’t going to be of some use to the assigning attorneys. There was no shortage of interesting work across various areas of law. I got to take the first crack at drafting key parts of several motions. One of my favorite things about the summer was how accessible everyone was, including the partners. If I had questions about case strategy, my own development, or was looking for a particular kind of work, I felt completely comfortable initiating those conversations.


  • Natalie Morrissey
    (Harvard '21) 2019 New York Summer Associate

    As a summer associate at Quinn, I immediately felt like an appreciated and trusted member of the team. I received challenging substantive assignments that would be expected of full-time associates, and attended a hearing, deposition, and oral argument. I primarily worked on patent cases, but found it easy to ask for assignments from partners and associates in a variety of practice areas. The mock trial program, where we got feedback from some of the firm’s most experienced trial lawyers, was one of the best parts of the summer.


  • Vance Prescott
    (Stanford '20) 2019 San Francisco Summer Associate

    As a Quinn Emanuel summer associate, I was treated like an experienced attorney. In every project, only
    substantive work was assigned and the expectation was that my work product would have a real-world impact. I helped my partner-mentor prepare for an offensive deposition of an expert witness, drafted sections of a brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and wrote client memos on cutting-edge litigation developments and strategy. Just the opportunity to learn from the best trial lawyers in the country made this summer great, but the added bonus of making substantive contributions and feeling like a part of the team made this summer unforgettable.


  • Lana Robins
    (UVA '20) 2019 San Francisco Summer Associate

    My dream job is being a lifelong Quinn Emanuel summer associate. Every assignment I received challenged me to be a more creative lawyer and allowed me to meaningfully contribute to cases. Events like the Napa sip and cycle and the firm hike in Switzerland are memories I will cherish forever. And the people at Quinn are so brilliant, down-to-earth, and genuine that they make work fun. I truly cannot rave enough about my summer associate experience.


  • Will Setrakian
    (Stanford '20) 2019 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    At Quinn, when you get placed on a case, you are not “the summer associate”; you are part of the team. I’ve spent the last two weeks, for example, working with a single deciding whether the firm is going to bring a case potentially worth tens of millions of dollars. That decision will be based in large part on what I find and recommend. Every summer here could tell you something similar: This is the level of responsibility you get at Quinn, and that responsibility will grow your skills immensely.


  • Allison Silber
    (NYU '20) 2019 New York Summer Associate

    I received a lot of what I expected to get during my summer at Quinn, including the opportunity to work beside brilliant attorneys on interesting, high-stakes litigation matters. My assignments were really varied and truly substantive. I was given responsibility far beyond what many of my peers received at other firms. Within a few weeks, I saw work I submitted to partners sent out externally to clients. It was great to leave my summer experience having a clear idea of what life will be like as a full-time associate.


  • Yvonne Zhang
    (Georgetown '20) 2019 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    My assignments throughout the summer are substantive and meaningful. I helped drafting an amicus brief filed at the 4th Circuit for a pro bono case and a brief filed to the ITC. The trial teams did not just create busywork for summer associates, but actually relied on them and their work. In my first week, I was assigned to find prior art in a patent case and ultimately the prior art system I found was adopted as one of our main strategy for invalidating the patents-in-suit. Roughly every week I had the chance to attend a court hearing, deposition, or expert meeting


  • Bear Federman
    (Berkeley '20) 2019 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    I loved the summer program. Being the only summer associate in the office for 80% of my summer was an incredible experience. Everyone knew that I was the summer, and as such, I was given great assignments and constantly asked if there was anything else that I needed. Rather than being bogged down with a social calendar and trivial assignments, the Quinn summer experience was individualized and was really catered to me. It was an amazing experience and one that I would not trade for any other summer opportunity.


  • Chandler Howell
    (Harvard ‘18) 2017 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    As a future lawyer interested in litigation, I knew Quinn was a firm that deserves serious consideration.  I’m glad I was able to join the talented attorneys at Quinn this summer and learn from them how to be a more successful trial litigator.  In my opinion, what sets Quinn apart is its oral advocacy—many great litigation firms will train you to write good briefs or motions, but here young associates are trained and expected to orally advocate for clients.  Quinn’s less-structured summer program provides a breath of fresh air to the “boot camp” alternative and provides summer associates with the opportunity to really see and engage in the work of a  first-year associate.  Not only do Quinn lawyers work hard, they also play hard.  In addition to the firm hike later this summer in Japan, I went on a weekend camping trip with some associates on Catalina Island and made great friendships with some amazing lawyers.  I wholeheartedly recommend Quinn’s summer program to anyone interested in litigation.


  • Ian Weiss
    (Penn '18) 2017 New York Summer Associate

    My summer at Quinn taught me a ton about the law, and about how to function as a lawyer in a bustling firm. I worked on fast-moving matters where my research and analysis were relied upon in briefs and strategy meetings. There was simply no time for busywork. Nor was there time for pretentiousness. I never wondered what my colleagues were like outside of the office—they were always themselves, including in their voluminous mass emails. So if you want to do real work with real people, you’ll be really glad you came to Quinn.


  • Dylan Scher
    (Stanford '18) 2017 New York Summer Associate

    My summer at Quinn was a fantastic experience. I received real responsibility from the start. I did meaningful work in connection with a variety of interesting cases, including one of the most important cases in the upcoming Supreme Court term and a heavyweight intellectual property case. I observed great lawyers in action, both inside and outside of the courtroom. By summer’s end, I saw work that I did featured in news reports on television. I imagine many law students cannot say the same.


  • Andrew Kennedy
    (UVA '19) 2017 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    When the rest of the legal world thinks of summer associate program they picture a summer of fancy lunches and dinners—but not a bona fide opportunity to develop skills and meaningfully contribute to a case team. Quinn is different. It offers the best of both worlds—an opportunity to socialize with the lawyers at the firm, and meaningfully contribute to a case team. I cannot think of a better mix.


  • Joseph Reed
    (Stanford '18) 2017 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    I had a great summer in the Silicon Valley office. If you want to do interesting, substantive work on a huge variety of high-profile cases, supervised by brilliant attorneys who are genuinely interested in your growth and development, while wearing shorts and flip-flops, then Quinn is the perfect place to summer.


  • Leonidas Angelakos
    (Harvard ’17) 2016 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    Cutting edge legal issues. High stakes cases. Brilliant attorneys. This is what I encountered at Quinn. By day one, I was working on a Supreme Court brief for one of the biggest IP cases in history. By the end of my summer, I had worked on an appellate brief for a hugely important fair use case, helped defend a major tech company from a patent troll, and worked on an expert report in a patent case where over half a billion dollars is on the line. And this is just a small sampling of what I was able to work on. My summer was packed with real work, and culminated with an amazing hike through the volcanic hills of Iceland. Quinn is a firm where young, ambitious litigators can thrive. If you fit the bill, come on over.


  • Mariah Trisch
    (Georgetown ‘17) 2016

    My summer experience exceeded all my expectations! From day one, I felt like I was part of a team. It started off on a high note when during the first week I sat in on a deposition. I was brought onto the cases and given substantive work to complete such as drafting contentions, researching and presenting case law to the client, reviewing depositions and becoming involved in the process of picking an expert witness. All the partners and associates I worked with were very approachable and definitely embraced the idea of having fun while working hard. I am so excited to return to Quinn!


  • Will Odom
    (Texas ‘16) 2015 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    The entire time I was at Quinn, I felt like I was part of the team getting ready for trial. The partners trusted me to prepare language to be submitted to the court or sent to the client. I felt like all of the work that I did genuinely mattered and helped our clients’ cases. I couldn’t recommend Quinn more to anybody looking for a true hands-on summer experience.


  • Ryan Fleisher
    (UC Berkeley ’16) 2015 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    This summer has been thrilling. Want to be a litigator? Come to Quinn. Real work, great people, and a culture that breeds excellence. You’ll arrive as a wide-eyed 2L; you’ll leave as a future trial lawyer.


  • Leigha Empson
    (Harvard ’17) 2015 New York Summer Associate

    If you want a summer full of substantive and interesting work with brilliant litigators, Quinn is where you want to be.  On day one I was doing research for a copyright case that was incorporated into a brief, and by the end of the summer I was helping partners prepare for oral argument on the case.  My favorite thing about Quinn is that my ideas and work really mattered.  I was given real responsibility and felt like part of the team.


  • Chase Burrell
    (UVA ’16) 2015 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    I chose to work at Quinn for the summer because I believed that it was where I would receive the most responsibility and be able to work on a wide variety of subjects. My summer here happily proved me correct. I was able to do the type of work not available to summers at other firms or at law schools, often on matters I had never thought of. Most importantly, I saw the effect my work had on the final product. I could not have asked for a better summer, and feel that the experience was vastly superior to my classmates from law school at other firms. In particular, the mock trial program was excellent. It is something that no other summer class gets to do and it demonstrates what the firm is about. The feedback I received over the course of that week was some of the most valuable I received.


  • Rebecca Eckert-Fong
    (UCLA ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    I could not have had a better summer.  I had really interesting assignments on a variety of cases, learned new areas of law, and had the opportunity to observe strategy meetings, depositions, and hearings.  One of the best parts of the summer was getting to know the associates and partners.  I had a great time going to events and hanging out with associates after work.  I can’t speak more highly of the people at Quinn.  They are smart, fun, and passionate about their work.   I can’t wait to return next fall!


  • Lauren Hudson
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    My summer at Quinn was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting and substantive projects with a group of very talented lawyers. From writing memos and motions to attending client meetings, hearings, and depositions, I was able to do meaningful work and get a glimpse of what being a trial lawyer is really like. The summer events were also so much fun!


  • Amber Leong
    (Hastings ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    This summer at Quinn  was by far one of the best and most memorable experiences. On any given day, you are surrounded by brilliant lawyers who are staffed on huge, front-page headline cases. Everything from start to finish was a learning experience. From the informal training where partners and associates will swing by your office to grab you for an assignment, deposition, or hearing, to the formal training which took form in the amazing Mock Trial program that was taught by partners, of counsel, and senior associates who all took the time to personally critique and fine-tune our trial skills. Besides being in an office with top litigators on a daily, I was also surrounded by down-to-earth and friendly individuals. Overall, I can’t emphasize enough how great my summer experience with Quinn was.


  • Jonathan Tse
    (UVA ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    I cannot imagine a better summer experience than at Quinn. Coming in, I was interested in getting an accurate picture of working at the firm as an associate, and I cannot wait to come back and continue working with people at Quinn again. I was very impressed by the people at the firm, especially with how well-rounded everybody was. From the beginning of the summer, I was put on a high-profile, high-stakes patent case, where I consistently produced work product that was relied upon by the team. But outside of the office, the official and unofficial activities were truly memorable and we, as a summer class, grew close to the first and second year associates. If you are looking to litigate, there’s no firm like Quinn.


  • Dallas Bullard
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    There’s a lot of firms that do big cases. There’s a lot of firms that have interesting work. But there is truly no place where you will have the opportunities afforded by Quinn Emanuel. During the summer, you will truly make your own destiny. You can work with whoever you wish on whatever you wish in almost any capacity. The work is great. But most importantly, the people are great.


  • Cole Malmberg
    (UVA ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    My summer with Quinn Emanuel has been fantastic. Not only did I learn how to litigate by observing and working with smart, talented attorneys, but I was also welcomed to share my thoughts and ideas. For example, another summer associate and I did the bulk of the work in creating a pitch to represent a semiconductor company in a patent infringement case. The associate for whom we were working encouraged us to use our own insight in crafting the presentation. Quinn gives great opportunities to gain experience, while also equipping summer associates with the tools necessary to succeed (i.e. the summer mock trial program). I cannot imagine a better summer experience.


  • Valerie Ramos
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    I really enjoyed my summer in Quinn’s Silicon Valley office. The attorneys that I worked with are brilliant and down-to-earth. Also, they were willing to give me substantive work and took the time to give me feedback on my assignments.  I was given the opportunity to work on an array of cases, including patent cases, an appellate case, and a consumer protection class settlement.


  • Jesse Bernstein
    (Harvard ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    Quinn Emanuel has a summer program like no other. Partners and associates gave us substantive and challenging work, and integrated us into their teams. The work was always interesting and the people were smart, thoughtful, and courteous. I was amazed by the amount of responsibility I was given over the course of the summer. I second chaired a deposition, wrote the first draft of a motion, and was the sole representative from QE to prepare our expert witness. Not only was the firm willing to provide all of us with opportunities that no other firm in the world would have provided, but it also took a very real interest in our development as lawyers. Nothing made that clearer than the week-long mock trial program. During the mock trial program we practiced all of the elements of trial, from picking a jury to making a closing argument. On the last day of the program we all tried a case in front of an actual jury. There is no other firm I can think of that would bring in actual jurors for a summer associate mock trial program. But, that is because there is no other firm like QE. They want us all to thrive and are willing to do whatever it takes to help us do so. I had an amazing summer, I cannot wait to return, and I recommend QE for anyone who is interested in litigation and wants to actually litigate.


  • Samantha Gillespie
    (NYU ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    There is never a dull day as a QE Summer Associate.  By the end of day one,  I had my first case and was sitting in on a conference call with our adversary.  In the following weeks, I attended depositions, took trips to court, and helped draft motions and pleadings.  Through research assignments, I discovered my interest in areas of the law that I previously had not considered, such as Soft IP.  All that plus sailing, private performances by Broadway stars, trips to Upstate NY and the Hamptons, and many other awesome events.  Thanks QE!


  • Jordan Harap
    (Harvard ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    Quinn delivered on its promise that Summer Associates would get the most substantive work in the most enjoyable work environment. In terms of assignments, it was the best of both worlds: I had the freedom to select the projects that I was interested in, but Quinn also exposed me to completely new areas of law I didn’t know I liked.  On several of my projects, it was just a partner, an associate, and me—allowing me to see what it is really like to be an associate at the firm.  And the culture was as different from “Big Law” as the dress code. To paraphrase a partner who took me out to lunch, where quirkiness would be a liability at other firms, it is an asset at Quinn. The attorneys at Quinn always made me feel like a welcome and wanted member of a team, whether it was while on a call with a client, cross-examining an associate playing an insurance salesmen at mock trial, or doing my very own rendition of Sinead O’Connor at Karaoke.


  • Anthony Marzocca
    (Columbia ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    Quinn Emanuel is a great place to spend the summer.  The only downside is how quickly the weeks go by.  The time flies because you are constantly doing meaningful, useful, and interesting work.  This summer I was able to see an entire trial go from start to finish.  I traveled to Florida to second-chair a deposition, worked with the trial team to prepare for trial, and was able to truly share in the feeling of success when we won.  I enjoyed hearing the questions that I prepared being asked in depositions and used at trial and seeing my research relied upon by the partner during closing arguments.  Realizing that the work that I did this summer really mattered was perhaps the most gratifying part of my time at Quinn.


  • Peter Benson
    (UVA ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    I enjoyed my summer at Quinn, and I would recommend summering here to anybody who wants to litigate. Quinn provides summer associates with the unique combination of a laid back, friendly office atmosphere and substantial responsibility on high stakes litigations. This summer, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of different types of litigation, and I had the opportunity to work on cases at different stages of litigation. Summer associates also participate in a mock trial program that is exciting and effective. I had fun this summer, and I became a better aspiring lawyer.


  • Carolyn Hart
    (Georgetown ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    At Quinn Emanuel this summer, I experienced trial litigation from day one.   I worked in all different practices areas:  from IP to white collar to class actions.  In my first week, I conducted research for a high-profile criminal case involving white-collar violations.  In my third week, I flew to Houston to work with a trial team for a contract arbitration.  Partners and associates always made sure that I had interesting work.  Quinn also likes to keep its summers busy in the evenings too—my favorite summer outing was skeet-shooting.  The firm hike cannot be missed.  The summer mock trial program was a dynamic, whirlwind week—we learned the nuts and bolts of trial advocacy, and then got to argue a case and examine witnesses.  And the relaxed dress code certainly helped during a humid DC summer.


  • Carrie James
    (GWU ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    My summer at Quinn DC exceeded all of my expectations. Aside from working with friendly, smart, and hardworking associates and partners, I was able to work closely on a government contracts case, doing what the associate called the “heavy lifting”: researching, drafting, addressing client questions. In addition, I was put on an international arbitration team and worked on the filing, a sleep-deprived but satisfying experience. Finally, I was also able to work on two high-profile pro bono cases. With each of the projects, the associates I worked provided mentorship on the projects. This summer was incredible, and I would recommend Quinn to anyone interested in litigation.


  • Kat Lanigan
    (Harvard ’16) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    I had an amazing summer at Quinn. I got challenging, substantive assignments, and I learned a lot by being able to do real work. I drafted part of a brief, helped write a complaint, and got to assist at interviews for a white-collar investigation. I loved working with the firm’s attorneys and the other summers, and I can’t imagine a better firm.


  • Matthew Wasserman
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    The cliché that you will get substantive experience from day one at Quinn is really true.  Within the first two weeks, I was writing motions in limine for an up-coming arbitration.  This wasn’t busy work or a “make believe” assignment; it was work that was critical to our client’s case and that ended up in front of the judge.  And I was able to see everything play out when the trial team brought me with them to Houston for the arbitration.  This pattern of receiving substantive assignments continued throughout the summer.  More than that, though, were the people I worked alongside.  Everyone was down-to-earth, hard working, and respectful of my ideas.  And we really do get to wear shorts and flip-flops to work.