Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has elected the largest partner class in the firm’s history, Managing Partner John B. Quinn announced today. Half the new partners are women, four come from offices outside the United States and three come from diverse backgrounds.
“We have the best young lawyers anywhere – it’s part of our commitment to bringing clients the best,” Quinn said. “Our electing so many partners this year reflects the quality of our hiring and our ability to train and nurture the world’s best young legal talent.”
The elections took place at Quinn Emanuel’s annual partnership meeting on Saturday, December 1.
The newly elected partners are as follows:
Nicola Chesaites – Nicola is based in the firm’s London and Brussels offices. She is a barrister specializing in competition and EU litigation, with an emphasis on private damages competition disputes on behalf of claimants and defendants, and on EU banking, trade and sanctions disputes. Nicola received an LL.M in European Community Law from the College of Europe (Bruges), an LL.B from the University of Westminster, and licence en droit from Université Paris X, Nanterre.
Jonathan Cooper – Jon is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on complex commercial and government-related litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He received an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College, an M.Sc., with distinction, from the London School of Economics, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the winning team in the Ames Moot Court Competition. Before joining the firm, Jon clerked for Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and worked in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jerome Kommer – Jérôme is based in the firm’s Munich office. Jérôme’s expertise as a German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt) covers all aspects of complex patent litigation, including the coordination of international litigation efforts. He teaches patent law at the University of Mannheim. Jérôme graduated from the University of Heidelberg and received an LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Silpa Maruri – Silpa is based in the firm’s New York office. Silpa is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial litigation, including disputes around contracts, corporate governance, insurance, and securities. Silpa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in English, and magna cum laude from Cornell Law School. Prior to joining the firm, Silpa worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Legrome D. Davis in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Meghan McCaffrey – Meghan is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Meghan is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, government enforcement matters, internal investigations, corporate crises and other disputes. Meghan earned her J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated summa cum laude as a University Scholar from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in History and Political Science.
Jared Newton – Jared is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a trial lawyer specializing in technology-based litigation, with an emphasis on patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property issues. Jared's practice includes appeals before the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School.
Harold Noh – Harold (Hyunshik) is based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He specializes in international arbitration as well as cross-border litigation and white-collar crime. Recently, Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide noted Harold’s “considerable skill in Korea-related disputes” and quoted clients as saying that Harold is “a future star” and “no doubt my first choice for difficult jurisdiction issues and complex disputes outside of Korea.” Harold received his LL.B. from Sogang University and graduated from the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea. He is qualified to practice in South Korea.
Aidan O’Rourke – Aidan is based in the London Office. Aidan specializes in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on contract, pension, trust and intellectual property disputes. He was named in the Legal 500 2019 rankings as one of 23 "Next Generation" commercial litigators in London. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a B.A. in History with First Class Honours as well as an LLB. Aidan joined Quinn Emanuel's London Office in 2012, and prior to that was an associate at one of New Zealand's premier law firms.
Marlo Pecora – Marlo is based in the firm’s New York office. She is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in both federal and state courts. She has represented clients—plaintiffs and defendants—in a wide range of complex commercial matters, including securities, structured financial products, trade secret, and intellectual property disputes. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in International Affairs and Political Science and her J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University.
Patrick Schmidt – Patrick is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on complex business litigation and intellectual property disputes. He received a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a M.B.A from Auburn University, and a J.D. with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the firm, Patrick clerked for the Honorable James B. Loken of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Renita Sharma – Renita is based in the firm’s New York office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities and insurance disputes. She also has extensive experience representing clients in regulatory investigations. Renita received a B.A. with high distinction in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Sam Stake – Sam is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. He is a trial lawyer specializing in high tech litigation with an emphasis in patent, trade secret, licensing, and other intellectual property disputes. He received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University and his J.D. with honors from Georgetown University.
Brianne Straka – Brianne is based in the firm’s Chicago office. She is a trial lawyer specializing in intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on high tech patent disputes. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where she was the Executive Colloquy Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review.
Viola Trebicka – Viola is based in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office. She maintains a diverse complex commercial litigation and trial practice, with particular emphasis on antitrust litigation, intellectual property disputes, and class actions. Since 2014, she has been consistently named a Southern California “Rising Star,” and in 2017, she was selected as one of the “Top 50 Up-And-Coming Women Attorneys In Southern California” by Super Lawyer Magazine. Viola received her J.D. from Yale University and a B.A. (summa cum laude, first in graduating class) from the University of Richmond.
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.