Bill Urquhart – whose vision, bonhomie and flair for recruiting fueled the growth of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP from a fifteen-lawyer firm into a global litigation juggernaut – has passed away. As a lawyer, Urquhart battled for clients in complex business disputes ranging from international arbitrations and patent disputes to class actions; he earned a reputation as a brilliant negotiator. His talents earned him multiple plaudits, including being named “One of California's Most Successful Business Lawyers” multiple times by California Law Business, “One of the Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and one of the “Outstanding Trial Lawyers of America” by Chambers USA.
Urquhart leaves behind a firm of over 800 lawyers in 23 offices spread across four continents. Quinn described Urquhart as “indisputably the driver of” the firm’s transformation and international growth. He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.