You will meet clients to give them advice
Not to sit and listen
You will go to court to argue
Not to carry someone’s bag
You will attend depositions to examine witnesses
Not to take notes
You will compete with your adversaries
Not other lawyers at the firm
Trial Lawyers, Not Just Litigators
It is an open secret that very few big United States law firms try many cases anymore. Quinn Emanuel does. Unlike most large corporate firms, we do not litigate cases for years only to settle on the courthouse steps. We try lots of cases—and win them. See a representative list of our notable trials and settlements. We are frequently brought in at the eleventh hour to replace existing counsel before trial (after they fail to obtain summary judgment) and in several cases even in the middle of trial. Once we took over an antitrust case three weeks into the trial—and won an
$80 million verdict.
See a representative list of recent matters in which we have been substituted in as trial counsel.
Trial Lawyers, Not Bag Carriers
Our emphasis is on quality, not quantity. We staff leanly. This means many of our associates get to work on trials.
We try cases for some of the most successful companies in the world including:
- Morgan Stanley
- Dow Chemical
- Home Depot
- Johnson & Johnson
- Shell Oil
- American Express
- Barnes & Noble
and many others. They hire us because they know that—unlike the "litigation departments" at most big firms—we try cases. They hire us because they like the work and the people they work with.
There is no place for the rigid hierarchies and bureaucracies of more conventional law firms. We believe unnecessary rules stifle creativity and prevent motivated new lawyers from serving clients. Our lawyers expect to play a major role in significant cases—and we make certain that they do.
We Will Train You - Really
Our goal is to provide every associate the opportunity to master the skills needed to be comfortable in a courtroom. To that end the firm offers the opportunities described below.
Additional Associate in Trial
The best way to learn how to try cases is to work on them. We place an additional junior associate on every trial and arbitration team—at no cost to the client. The additional associate is given an in-court role, for example, preparing and/or displaying graphics, reviewing deposition testimony, revising cross-examination outlines, managing exhibits, and assisting the other team members with any other needed tasks.
Hear what some previous associates have to say about this invaluable experience:
“From each member of the team, I learned the dexterity and skill that goes into effective lawyering.”Chelsea Gumaer, Los Angeles Associate
“The six-day hearing was both educational and exciting. I was glad to work with such a fine team. ”Chris Seck, New York Associate
The firm offers associates three trial advocacy training programs taught by the best trial advocacy instructors in the country—our own partners. Many firm partners have taught advanced trial advocacy at law schools like Harvard, USC, Berkeley and Stanford. Others have taught the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (“NITA”), and in other programs such as the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.
Basic Trial Advocacy
Using materials and mock case files from NITA, associates participate in a 50-hour program of demonstrations, lectures and practice exercises, which include extensive use of video review. This program culminates in a full-day mock trial using jurors hired by the firm. The participants try a case from the voir dire of potential jurors through trial to verdict.
Advanced Trial Advocacy
This program is offered in alternate years to all associates who have taken the basic trial advocacy course. As the name implies, this course focuses on other more complex areas of trials such as examining experts, controlling obnoxious witnesses, and advanced use of graphics.
After completing the Basic Trial Advocacy course, associates can participate in the firm’s Deposition Skills program.
Led by name partner Kathleen M. Sullivan (former Harvard Law School Professor and Dean of Stanford Law School) this program focuses on mastering the skills—both written and oral—that are needed to be an effective appellate advocate.
Pro Bono Work & Charitable Giving
Quinn Emanuel is dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations throughout the world. We seek out pro bono opportunities that will get associates hearing and trial experience. Up to 100 hours of pro bono work are counted towards bonuses based on billable hours. Associates are welcome to initiate pro bono projects, subject to obtaining partner approval and sponsorship.
The firm has a longstanding relationship with Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Institute, Public Counsel, and the Alliance for Children's Rights, among many other organizations, to provide a variety of pro bono legal services.
Quinn Emanuel has provided pro bono legal services in a number of distinguished cases in a wide variety of subject areas. Click here if you would like to see examples.
Quinn Emanuel also has a longstanding commitment to supporting meaningful causes around the world through its charitable foundation. Over the last 13 years, the firm has donated millions of dollars to a variety of causes, including natural disaster relief, cancer research, veterans services, legal aid services, violence intervention, and education. Click here to see examples of charitable projects in which the firm has been involved.
Quinn Emanuel Global Programs
Our Global Experience program allows associates to get away from the office and work in an exciting new environment. Quinn Emanuel provides eligible associates with $4,000 to get them to any location they choose anywhere in the world for one week. Different groups have chosen beach resorts in Turkey, Colombia and Hawaii. Participating associates are assigned to small travel groups of 6-10 members from multiple offices. This gives them the opportunity to get to know attorneys from other offices. While the destination options are endless, there are some rules, including 24/7 connectivity and a full Monday through Friday work week.
Our Global Exchange program allows eligible associates to work out of another Quinn Emanuel office for two weeks. The firm will provide up to $5,000 to help with travel and living expenses. Participants have the chance to meet other attorneys, explore a new QE city, and build relationships with other offices.
Women Rise To The Top
We are a meritocracy. Perhaps that is why so many women partners have
leadership roles. The facts speak for themselves.
Only woman whose name is on the door at one of the 200 largest U.S. law firms; former Dean of Stanford Law School; Chair of Appellate Practice.
Co-Chair of National Trial Practice.
Co-Chair of Trademark and Copyright Practice.
Managing Partner, Silicon Valley office; Co-Chair of National Life Sciences Practice.
Co-Managing Partner, Sydney office.
Managing Partner, Hamburg and Brussels offices; Chair of EU and German Competition Law.
Co-Chair of National Employment Practice and the firm’s Privacy and Cyber Security Practice.
Chair of National Insurance Recovery Practice.
Chair of Employment Litigation & Counseling Practice.
Chair of Tax Disputes Practice.
Co-Head of Competition, London
Co-Chair of the Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice.
Co-Chair of the firm’s Art Litigation and Disputes Practice.
Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy and Cyber Security Practice.
Co-Chair Autonomous Vehicle Practice.
Chair of ESG Practice.
Co-Chair Copyright Practice AND Co-Chair Trademark Practice.
Co-Chair Crisis Law & Strategy Group AND Chair of Education Practice.
Co-Chair SEC Enforcement Practice.
Co-Chair Sexual Harassment & Employment Discrimination Practice.
Managing Partner San Francisco Office.
Managing Partner Seattle Office.
Managing Partner Atlanta Office.
Co-Managing Partner Shanghai Office.
Partners, associates and summer associates build friendships outside the traditional boundaries of work. Firm events, such as the annual firm hike help break down the conventional barriers and hierarchies that characterize many law firms.
Olympic National Park,
Mt. St. Helens,
The Laugavegur Trail,
Associates are considered when they are seven years out of law school.
We consistently make more new partners than other large firms.
New Partners Per Year
Commitment To Diversity: Facts Not Promises
The best proof of our commitment to diversity is that so many minority group lawyers with outstanding credentials join us. Over 20% of our lawyers are minority group members. 56 of our 263 partners are women and 43 are minority group members. Our minority partners are graduates of Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Fordham, and George Washington, many were law review editors.
We achieved a top score in the Corporate Equality Index, earning us the title of “2017 Best Place to work for LGBT Equality” from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.