The Perth Office
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is the largest commercial disputes and arbitration law firm in the world. In September 2013, it opened its Sydney office and in April 2017, it expanded its Australian presence by opening its Perth office.
The Perth office is headed by two of Perth’s leading litigators, Paul D. Evans and Michael Lundberg. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Paul was the State Solicitor for Western Australia, for some five years, responsible for the Government of Western Australia’s civil and regulatory legal practice, following nearly 30 years as a commercial litigator with Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). Michael joined the Perth office in March 2018 and was previously the Partner in Charge of the Perth office at King & Wood Mallesons, and responsible for the Perth Dispute Resolution Group.
Paul has advised clients in large commercial disputes for over 30 years and specialises in corporations law, competition and economic law and complex disputes, particularly in the resources sector. Michael’s practice covers a broad range of sectors, principally disputes in the energy & resources and the building & construction sectors, with experience in joint venture disputes, large scale construction litigation, defamation litigation and international arbitration under ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNICTRAL and GAFTA rules.
Since returning to private practice Paul has been recognised as one of Perth’s Leading Lawyers in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution and as a recommended Lawyer in Insolvency & Restructuring in Doyles Guide 2017 and was recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 – Australia for Insurance. He is also an adjunct Professor with Murdoch School of Law where he has taught Corporations Law over many years. Michael has been recognised as a leading Australian practitioner in the areas of Litigation, International Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Law, most recently by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 – Australia and Doyle’s Guide 2017 and 2018: Western Australia.
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.