Trade secrets litigation is a major part of the firm’s practice. We have been retained as counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in the highest-stakes, highest-profile trade secrets cases ever litigated. We have successfully represented our clients seeking and defending against preliminary injunctions, in civil and criminal cases, and at trial. For more than three decades, we have represented companies of all sizes—from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies—in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, biotech, internet, medical devices, mobile devices, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor, software, telecommunications and finance. Our representative trade secrets clients include Google, General Motors, Disney, IBM, Mattel, Shell, Pfizer, Virgin Galactic, Northrop Grumman, Waymo, Avery Dennison, Motorola, Intuit, easyJet Airlines, Home Depot, Zynga, and many others.
Because of the relative ease with which technology and information can be transferred, and its critical value of many companies, misappropriation of confidential information is a constant threat. Many of our engagements include employee movement between competitors. It is a fact of corporate life that competitors frequently hire employees for what they know—whether proprietary or not.
No technology is too complex for our lawyers to understand when technical trade secrets are involved. We can call upon the over 250 lawyers in our firm who have technical degrees in virtually all areas of science and engineering. We likewise have extensive experience in prosecuting and defending trade secrets cases in the financial industry, including those involving asset managers and investment funds.
Time is of the essence in trade secrets cases. Once the proprietary data is exchanged, it is often too late. We can spring into action on a moment’s notice. We produce high-quality legal work literally overnight—obtaining or defeating applications for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions that have profound effects on our clients’ businesses.
Our experience runs deep in many jurisdictions. We represent clients in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations, across the country and internationally. We represent plaintiffs and defendants, as well as individuals and corporations. We are also well-versed in the recently enacted federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), with federal law being invoked with increasing frequency.
Sometimes trade secrets misappropriation cases have criminal aspects. If so, we can call upon our white collar specialists with expertise in this area. Our firm was among the first to represent an aggrieved client under the Economic Espionage Act, which resulted in federal criminal convictions and an eight-figure civil jury verdict stemming from the theft of its trade secrets.
We also have won, year after year, some of the most significant appellate decisions involving trade secrets law in federal and state courts across the country. As a result, our firm provides comprehensive trade secrets representation from the investigative, pre-suit phase, to trial and through final appeal.
REPRESENTATIVE TRADE SECRET CLIENTS
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.