One of the firm’s largest practice areas is securities litigation. Unlike most corporate law firms, which traditionally represent only defendants, we frequently represent plaintiffs as well. For decades, the firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many of the highest-profile securities cases in the United States. More recently, our global presence has allowed us to advise and represent clients in a broad range of complex securities disputes in major financial markets overseas, including Australia, the U.K., Europe, and Asia. Many of our representations have involved dozens of related shareholder-derivative and class action claims. Over the past eight years, we have achieved verdicts and settlements totaling over $47 billion for our clients in the wave of litigation that arose in the aftermath of the U.S. financial crisis.
We have litigated every type of securities case, including:
In securities cases, we have represented:
We try more complex business cases than any other U.S. firm (The Lawyer 2017). We believe this gives us a distinct advantage in the courtroom, and gives our clients an advantage during settlement negotiations, where the credible threat of an actual trial can hasten a favorable settlement. Many securities cases involve long, complex hearings on pleading motions or requests for injunctions and other preliminary relief, where our courtroom skills are often vital to success.
Not all of our securities work involves litigation. Clients often call upon us for general advice, including designing and conducting internal investigations into areas such as options backdating and insider trading. Our experience and skill in interacting and negotiating with prosecutors and regulators, including those at the DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC, the FTC, and the CFPB, means we are well positioned to handle such tasks. Indeed, over two dozen of the firm’s partners are former prosecutors, and include former high-ranking Department of Justice lawyers and alumni of United States Attorney’s Offices.
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.