Quinn Emanuel’s Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation Group is uniformly recognized as one of the premier practice groups in the country by several leading publications. As noted in Chambers USA Guide (2017) the Group is “renowned for providing high-caliber services, representing an impressive raft of domestic insurers” in high-value coverage and transactional disputes and receives consistently high praise from its clients and peers:
According to Legal 500, which surveyed clients and practitioners in the industry:
“Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s insurance group fields ‘top-quality litigators’ who are ‘the best in litigation strategy and execution’, and the team is recommended for ‘the highest value/risk litigation.’”
The group has represented a veritable “who’s who” of the insurance industry, including American International Group, National Indemnity Co., Infrassure Ltd., Allied World Assurance Co., Great American Insurance Group, United Guaranty Insurance Co., AXA Corporate Solutions, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Various Syndicates at Lloyds London, MBIA, OneBeacon America, HDI-Gerling, Resolute Ltd., Mass Mutual, Excess Treaty Management Corp., Syncora Guaranty, Allstate Insurance Co, National General Holdings Corp., and The Excess Casualty Reinsurance Association, in both cutting edge coverage and reinsurance matters as well as litigation and arbitration involving complex structured financial products.
Group co-leader, Jane Byrne, has 30 years of experience in the industry and has been identified as a “renowned insurance and reinsurance litigator” (Chambers 2017) and as “as good as it gets” (Chambers 2015). Most recently, Ms. Byrne was again recognized as a Law360 MVP in Insurance (2018, 2017, and 2013), was selected as one of the Top 30 Insurance and Reinsurance Law Practitioners in the World by Best of the Best Global Expert Guide (2018), and was ranked by Who’s Who Legal in the area of Insurance & Reinsurance (2018). She was also honored by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top ten insurance litigators in the country (2017), as a National Litigation Star (2015-2017), and as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation (2015-2018). She was also selected to be a member of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for insurance for having been identified by clients and peers as an elite leading lawyer representing insurers for six consecutive years.
Group Co-Leader, Michael Carlinsky, has consistently been ranked among the top litigators in the United States by multiple leading global publications. Most recently, Chambers USA identified Mr. Carlinsky as “a star, who you want on your case,” and as “an absolutely wonderful trial lawyer” (Chambers 2017).
The firm and many of its attorneys are also active members of the AIDA Insurance and Reinsurance Society, also known as ARIAS. Our collective experience has helped us create a valuable database of knowledge with a broad range of arbitrators both inside and outside the United States.
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.