We represent a diverse array of clients of all sizes and industries including Fortune 500 companies, investment funds, large corporate stockholders, individual officers and directors, lenders, and startups.
Quinn Emanuel provides litigation counsel to its clients to facilitate their business objectives in corporate deals, whether by enjoining transactions, ensuring they are consummated, or vindicating our clients’ rights when transactions fall apart or issues arise after a deal closes. In addition to our varied courtroom and arbitration experience, we just as often advise clients on strategies to avoid litigation or otherwise negotiate successful results short of a lawsuit. Although we are a litigation only firm, clients routinely consult us before or at the outset of a deal, either in anticipation of litigation or simply because they value our perspective, expertise, and experience. We are often asked to value IP assets and assess pending lawsuits. We regularly work side-by-side with clients’ transactional teams to develop their deal strategies.
Our extensive experience litigating significant transaction-related disputes includes:
Because we are one of the few top-tier firms that can be adverse to major financial institutions and money center banks, and we do not have a corporate transactional practice or “business conflicts”, we can take on a variety of clients and have litigated every side of the transaction table. We can assemble a team and make it to court the same afternoon. Our unparalleled reputation as a trial law firm also ensures that our client’s adversaries know that we will go the distance to trial, if necessary, and win.
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.