Quinn Emanuel’s Latin America practice group represents clients in disputes in around the world involving parties from, and investments in every Latin American country. Lawyers from the group have represented individuals, companies and sovereigns in some of the most complex and important disputes in Latin America in recent times, including:
In recent years, we have been involved in many major criminal and civil cases involving Latin America.
Quinn Emanuel’s Latin America Practice Group brings a unique, native Latin America perspective to matters. The group is led by Washington, D.C.-based partners Juan P. Morillo, a native of Colombia, David M. Orta, a Cuban-American and Daniel Salinas-Serrano, a native of Puerto Rico. Juan P. Morillo has been named one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers in the U.S.” by Latino Leaders (2016), ranked in White Collar Crime by both Chambers USA (2014-2017) and Legal 500 USA (2014-2017), selected as one of the “Top 50 Litigators Under 45” (2007) by The American Lawyer (ALM), and named a White Collar “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal (ALM 2015). David Orta has been repeatedly named a leading practitioner in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (Law Business Research, 2015-2017), ranked in International Arbitration by both Legal 500 Latin America (2015-2017), Chambers Latin America (2013-2017) and Chambers Global (2013-2017), consistently named one of the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Practitioners by Euromoney’s Expert Guides (2016) and selected twice as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” in Washington, D.C., by The National Law Journal (ALM, 2009) and the Washingtonian Magazine (2006). Both Juan P. Morillo and David M. Orta have also been ranked among Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers by Latinvex (2016-2017, 2014-2017, respectively). The Group has been ranked by both Chambers Latin America and Legal 500 Latin America in International Arbitration (2015-2017, 2014-2016, respectively).
William A. Burck of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and Michael B. Carlinsky, who is based in New York, work regularly with the group and have led some of the most significant investigations into the activities of Latin American companies in history. William A. Burck is described by leading legal periodicals as a “very charismatic trial lawyer” and a “great strategist in adversarial proceedings.” The national press has further described his advocacy for clients as “brilliant, asymmetrical defense.” He was named a “White Collar MVP” by Law360 (2015-2016) and has been repeatedly recognized by other top legal periodicals such as Chambers USA (2014-2017) and Chambers Latin America (2016-2017), the Legal 500 (2015-2017) and Benchmark Litigation (2010-2017) as one of the best white collar litigators in the United States. Michael B. Carlinsky has also consistently been ranked among the top litigators by multiple leading global publications. Chambers USA (2015) called Mr. Carlinsky “the Maserati of lawyers,” and Chambers USA (2014) described Mr. Carlinsky as “‘a master strategist’ who is praised for his ‘unique ability to see the big picture and craft and work toward results on a broad scale involving a huge constellation of matters. His broad-based commercial litigation expertise is complemented by notable experience in insurance-related disputes.’” Prior Chambers USA guides praise his instincts and tenacity. Mr. Carlinsky was also named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” for 2015 by Benchmark Litigation.
Our team includes attorneys with training and experience in both the United States and Latin America. Fully bi-cultural and bi-lingual, our team is uniquely positioned to advise on any issues involving Latin American cases or clients. Indeed, Morillo, Orta, and Salinas-Serrano lead a team of Latin America specialists that includes partners, associates, paralegals and secretaries all of whom are fluent in Spanish, most of whom are bi-cultural, and many of whom are trained and licensed to practice law in Latin America in addition to the U.S. We believe that having a team comprised of bi-lingual and bi-cultural professionals provides our clients a unique advantage where understanding subtle cultural differences and nuances is often critical.
Breadth of Practice
The Group has represented clients in Latin America-related disputes in a wide variety of areas and industries, including internal investigations, construction, infrastructure, project finance, sovereign-granted concessions, energy sector, real estate, intellectual property, antitrust and cartels, hospitality, transportation, technology, and financial and banking matters, among others. We are one of very few top U.S. law firms who can be and has been adverse to the global finance giants like Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Barclays, Bank of America, and Credit Suisse, among others, and who represent both international investors and sovereign governments. We have recovered $35.5 billion for our clients from these institutions. However, we also have represented many banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions, often from the Global giants.
While the Group has represented clients successfully in dozens of arbitrations, civil litigations and criminal matters that are not public, the Recent Representations tab displays some of our notable, public representations related to Latin America.
International Arbitration Practice
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International Commercial Arbitration
White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Money Laundering & OFAC Sanctions
Cross-Border Civil Litigation
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.