Quinn Emanuel has emerged in the last few years as the preeminent law firm providing litigation and investigation services to the sports industry. Our white collar and investigation practice has received multiple international rankings in the last several years for our high-visibility representation of FIFA in the ongoing U.S. criminal prosecutions. Already in 2018, Sports Illustrated has described our preemptive internal investigation for the Carolina Panthers into whether team owner Jerry Richardson engaged in workplace misconduct, as a “brilliant stroke of crisis management.”
Our practice is regularly on the front page of the sports section these days, but Quinn Emanuel also has a deep bench of long-standing experience in the industry. We have defended the Cowboys’ use of “America’s Team,” FanDuel’s advertising practices, Upper Deck getting sued by Topps over trading cards, ESPN’s use of “Playmakers,” Nike suing Adidas over stripes on shoes, and the owner of the rights to the Heisman trophy, to list just a few.
General Litigation Sports Matters
Representative Sports White Collar Matters and Investigations
Sports Related Intellectual Property Matters
Representative Sports Arbitrations
Sports Related Antitrust Matters
Representative Sports Experience Prior to 2016
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.