For more than 30 years, Quinn Emanuel has been one of the most successful government contract practices in the country. Dispute resolution of government contract controversies depends on specialized forums and a particularized body of law; yet success depends on litigation strategies used in commercial litigation. In other words, winning government contracts litigation should involve an experienced blend of knowledge and general litigation expertise. Our firm is an expert in both skills.
Our representations of government contractors have involved virtually all the substantive issues arising out of doing business with governments. Such issues come into play both in lawsuits involving government agencies directly and in disputes between commercial parties, such as subcontractors and prime contractors, in which the relationship derives from a government contract and its use of "flow-down" provisions. We have substantial expertise in government accounting, cost allowability, defective pricing, claims identification and analysis, intellectual property protection, bid protests, debarment and suspension, contract terminations, and contract changes. Our experience also covers all key industry sectors – aerospace and defense, electronics, IT, communications, technical services, financial, construction, transportation, health care and the life sciences fields. We have tried cases in all of the major government contract forums.
A significant portion of our work in this area relates to matters alleging criminal or civil fraud. Those matters typically involve complex accounting issues springing from the regulatory overlay peculiar to government contracting. We represent industry leaders as well as small and emerging companies and organizations. Many of our partners are former assistant U.S. attorneys who bring to bear their extensive experience in trying criminal and civil False Claims Act cases. Additionally, we have been significantly involved in international procurement disputes, appearing before the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration and, in one long trial, the Federal Court of Australia.
No matter what the client’s needs were – from an equitable adjustment claim to defense of a civil or criminal fraud allegation – Quinn Emanuel offered the litigation experience to achieve a successful outcome.
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.