The lawyers in the Product Liability and Mass Torts Group at Quinn Emanuel are nationally recognized leaders in the field. Named “Product Liability Group of the Year” for 2017 by Law360, we were also shortlisted for the 2014, 2015, 2016 “Chambers USA Awards for Excellence” and twice named, in 2014 and 2015, “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year” by Chambers USA..
Quinn Emanuel is frequently chosen by Fortune 100 companies to oversee their most significant complex tort litigations. For instance, we serve on the national trial counsel team for Colgate-Palmolive Company’s talcum powder litigation docket; lead national counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in defense of purported class actions challenging the allegedly deceptive marketing of vitaminwater® beverages; and we are national and trial counsel to Allergan in cases involving its prescription antidepressant medications, Lexapro® and Celexa®. Our lawyers have been involved in many of the most significant complex tort and consumer fraud litigations of the last 30 years, many of which were and are considered “bet-the-company” matters. Our attorneys have also been involved with some of the highest-profile mass torts and crises of recent time, including the BP oil spill.
We have a deep bench of first chair trial lawyers and can deploy multiple trial teams nationwide without losing sight of our clients’ overall goals and objectives. We have extensive experience positioning cases for success at the Daubert stage. And, because we are a credible trial threat, our trial experience produces better settlements. Our lawyers have also successfully served as appellate counsel in landmark cases on significant class action and tort law issues in state and federal appellate courts – including the United States Supreme Court. In addition, we can deploy our nationally-recognized appellate team at the pretrial and trial stages to best position cases post-trial.
Our attorneys are widely regarded as some of the premier products liability attorneys in the United States and have been recognized repeatedly as the “go to” lawyers by numerous legal publications, including Chambers USA, The National Law Journal, Law360, The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Fortune, and Crain’s New York Business.
Notable Past Representations
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.