Quinn Emanuel has one of the leading healthcare litigation practices in the United States. The firm has deep substantive healthcare law expertise, unparalleled investigative experience, and a willingness and ability to try these cases to a jury if necessary. These skills have been brought to bear to achieve an extraordinary record of successful outcomes for our health care clients.
Our representations in healthcare litigation matters have included consumer class actions, regulatory actions against a variety of state and federal agencies, False Claims Act/qui tam actions, ERISA claims, employment cases, personal injury and mass torts claims, criminal/white collar actions, and intellectual property suits (including Hatch-Waxman litigation, traditional patent infringement litigation, and copyright and trademark litigation). These cases have arisen in virtually every context of healthcare, such as individual physicians and hospitals involved in direct provision of services to patients, drug manufacturers marketing products to doctors and wholesalers, and diagnostic testing companies that provide services to various end-users. We have substantial expertise in the federal anti-kickback statute, Stark Law governing self-referrals, and the legal and regulatory environment governing the off-label marketing of drugs and devices. Our firm is also at the cutting edge in using claims and billing data to support our clients’ defenses and undermine the opposing parties’ theories of liability. We represent industry leaders and individuals as well as small and emerging companies and organizations.
Many of our matters involve a significant overlap of criminal and civil enforcement efforts, and require strategic planning to navigate those issues effectively. More than 20 of our litigators are former federal prosecutors, many of whom prosecuted criminal healthcare fraud cases and coordinated with civil healthcare enforcement authorities while with the government. Many of our attorneys are scientists or engineers with degrees in relevant fields; more than 140 of our litigators hold degrees in physics, chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and chemical engineering. One of our partners is also the former general counsel of a major pharmaceutical company. On the appellate level, our attorneys have argued—and won—some of the biggest health care cases in the United States. Our litigators are not only scientists, but also veteran trial attorneys. Our success in the courtroom in healthcare matters speaks for itself.
WHITE COLLAR/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGULATORY LITIGATION
STATE REGULATORY LITIGATION
CONSUMER CLASS ACTION
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.