Quinn Emanuel has one of the pre-eminent arbitration practices, globally, befitting of our position as the largest business disputes firm in the world. The Wall Street Journal describes us as a “global force in business litigation,” and international arbitration is one of the cornerstones of our practice. Our international arbitration practice includes:
The firm has international arbitration experts in all of its offices, offering knowledge of both common law and civil law traditions, and expertise in all of the major languages in which international arbitration is commonly conducted. We operate as a single, integrated team. We represent companies, including some of the world’s largest, States and state-owned entities, and high net worth individuals. We practice in all of the world’s major arbitration centres, and under all major applicable legal systems, including public international law. Our lawyers have decades of experience in handling disputes both as counsel and arbitrators under all major international arbitration rules, including:
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.