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At a Glance


“A lot of substantive work and endless trial opportunities.”

“No pressure to choose a practice area.”

“Business is very good, so it's unlikely that there will be a shortage of work in the near future.”


“The high billable hour target.”

“The lack of a strong in-person experience for those who want it.”

“It's very much sink or swim, which can be positive or negative depending on your perspective.”

About Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has been cultivating the persona of an eccentric genius—shocking the often-staid (OK, uptight) legal world with its unorthodox approach while awing them with sweeping successes in the courtroom. This global litigation firm has always had its own style: Partners wear flip-flops, many cases go through an in-house mock trial system before they go to trial, and the firm eschews work from Wall Street banks because they can earn more by suing large financial institutions than by catering to them. Importantly, Quinn Emanuel tries lots of cases and walks away with a win more times than not (86 percent, to be exact). Not content with just a high rate of success, Quinn Emanuel also likes to go big, with four ten-figure jury verdicts, seven nine-figure jury verdicts, 51 nine-figure settlements, and 20 ten-figure settlements. It’s no wonder the firm has one of the highest profits per partner.

Young But Mighty

Founded in 1986, Quinn Emanuel is younger than many of its associates—making it a good thing that dealing with legal youth is the specialty of Appellate Chair Kathleen Sullivan, who previously served as Dean of Stanford Law School. Quinn Emanuel is now firmly established as the go-to counsel for some of the biggest, toughest litigations anywhere. The firm represents many of the world’s leading companies, including IBM, Google, Cisco, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Qualcomm, Daimler, Sony, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sony, Hyundai, AIG, and Samsung, to name a few. 

Globally, Quinn Emanuel has exported its litigation-only model to 33 offices in 12 countries outside the U.S. Since 2020, the firm has added offices in Austin, Doha, Riyadh, Atlanta, Neuilly La-Defense, Miami, Berlin, Houston, Riyadh, Beijing, and Abu Dhabi.

Trial Lawyers

The No. 1 firm in Vault’s General Commercial Litigation category, Quinn Emanuel’s litigation experience is wide ranging. Among the firm’s practices are antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, corporate disputes, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, international matters, life sciences, media and entertainment, products liability, and much more. Its largest practice is intellectual property, and more than 170 lawyers at the firm hold degrees in hard sciences or engineering. The firm’s mass torts practice has been widely recognized; its lawyers have been involved in such notable matters as the Fukushima nuclear accident, the BP oil spill, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The firm also boasts a notable appellate practice with extensive experience before the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, and state appellate courts.

Reach the Summit

Some firms treat their attorneys to dinners or tickets to a game. Quinn takes its crew hiking—and we’re not talking about a local trail in the firm’s backyard. Associates and partners pack their bags and head to locations around the world. Past locations include Interlaken, Switzerland; Dolomites, Italy; Taos, New Mexico; Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska; The Laugavegur Trail, Iceland; Grand Canyon, Arizona; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

News & Awards

  • In re Tesla Inc. Securities Litigation: Won defense verdict in a multi-billion securities trial related to Elon Musk’s 2018 tweets that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private, with the jury finding Musk and Tesla not liable for investor losses. The victory was particularly remarkable in that the court had instructed the jury that the tweets were false and recklessly made, and that the jury’s task was to determine only whether the false representations were “material” and, if so, the amount of damages.
  • LIV Golf, Inc.; LIV Golf players: Co-lead counsel for LIV Golf, Inc. and certain professional golfers in an antitrust action against PGA Tour, Inc., based on its unlawful monopolization or attempted monopolization of the market for the services of professional golfers for elite golf events and the market for the promotion of elite professional golf events; its unlawful agreement with the European Tour to eliminate competition in the markets; its breach of its contracts with the player plaintiffs; and its interference with LIV Golf’s contractual and prospective business relationships.
  • In re UK Supreme Court for Ukraine: Won $2 billion action, acting on behalf of Ukraine (instructed by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine) in bringing inter-state proceedings against the Russian Federation before the European Court of Human Rights. These proceedings represent one of the largest and most significant inter-state cases brought before the European Court.
  • In re Foundational CRISPR-Cas9 Patents: Win in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proceeding relating to priority of discovery of CRISPR CAS9 intellectual property technology on behalf of The Broad Institute against the Nobel Prize winners. A three-judge PTAB panel issued an opinion and judgment confirming Broad’s entitlement to foundational patents directed to the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in eukaryotic cells (including humans, other mammals, and plants).
  • “Fearsome Foursome” list, 2022—BTI Consulting Group
  • “Practice Group of the Year” for Banking, Class Action, International Arbitration, and Trials, 2021—Law360
  • “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” 2022—Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • “Top 20 Trial Law Firm,” 2023—Benchmark Litigation
  • Litigation Outlook, where “Clients Single Out the Best 48 Law Firms in Complex Commercial Litigation,” 2022—BTI Consulting Group
  • “Associate Satisfaction A-Listers,” 2022—BTI Consulting Group
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

865 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 443-3000

Firm Stats

Chairman: John B. Quinn
Co-Managing Partners: William Burck and Michael Carlinsky
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $ 225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/week

Employment Contact

Rebecca Fogler
East Coast Director of Administration and National Recruiting Coordinator
(212) 849-7000
General Recruiting email

No. of U.S. Offices: 14

No. of International Offices: 17

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
Miami, FL
New York, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC I
Hong Kong
Neuilly-La Defense

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Appellate Practice
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Class Action Litigation
Crisis Law & Strategy Group
Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Domestic U.S. & International Arbitration
Employment Litigation & Counseling
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Trade Commission Proceedings
Investigations, Government Enforcement, & White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
Latin America Practice
Lender Liability & Other Banking Financial Institution Litigation
Life Sciences Litigation
Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
Media & Entertainment Litigation
Product Liability & Mass Torts Litigation
Securities Litigation
Sports Litigation
Structured Finance & Derivatives Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.