Quinn Emanuel was named a finalist—one of the top three firms—in The Recorder’s 2016 “Litigation Department of the Year” competition. This award recognizes California firms that delivered outstanding results in the most significant litigations of the year. Quinn Emanuel was selected from 150 firms for its defense jury verdict on behalf of Google in an E.D. Texas patent case filed by plaintiff SimpleAir and for its landmark representation of the Federal Housing Finance Agency in residential mortgage-backed securities litigation against the major Wall Street banks in which the firm recovered over $20 billion for the American taxpayer. San Francisco partner Charles Verhoeven was also honored with The Recorder’s “Game Changer” award, recognizing “a lead lawyer who won big after prior counsel had lost.” In addition to leading the team that secured the defense jury verdict for Google against SimpleAir, Mr. Verhoeven obtained a reversal of a $85 million verdict against Google in another patent case brought by SimpleAir that had been handled by other counsel.