Quinn Emanuel Sets Up Shop in Boston

Litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has opened an office in Boston.

The firm, which already has 21 offices worldwide, will focus on intellectual property matters in Boston, where there are thriving high tech, biotech, and financial services industries.

IP is Quinn Emanuel’s biggest practice area, according to it’s website, and the firm counts Google, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, SONY, Symantec, and Qualcomm among its clients.

“We have been looking at Boston for a long time,” Managing Partner John B. Quinn said in a Dec. 26 statement emailed to Bloomberg Law. “We are convinced there is a market for a top tier litigation-only firm that is relatively free of the conflicts which full service firms have. Boston is also a high-tech hotbed,” Quinn said.

“It is a well-known fact that almost all the big, full service firms that are among the AmLaw 100 will not bring suit against the money center banks because doing so would endanger their transactional business, which is the life blood of most of these firms,” William Urquhart, managing partner, told Bloomberg Law Dec. 27, in an email.

“We are one of a very few law firms which will do that and it is not at an informational or resource handicap as with the big transactional firms,” Urquhart said.

“Our firm has recovered literally tens of billions for our clients as a result of trial judgments and settlements from the big banks,” Urquhart said.

All Litigation

Partners Steven ChernyPatrick Curran, and Sandra Bresnick, from Quinn Emanuel’s New York office, will get the ball rolling in Boston.

Curran anticipates that the Boston office will handle traditional contractual disputes, competitor disputes, regulatory investigations, and other issues, he told Bloomberg Law in a Dec. 27 interview.

Curran focuses on IP, as well as securities litigation and financial litigation. He’s represented EMC, Google, HTC, and Pfizer, among others, according to his firm bio.

Cherny holds a mechanical engineering degree from MIT and he’s built his career on IP litigation, representing Cisco, IBM, Motorola Solutions, and NetGear, according to the firm’s website. He just joined Quinn in 2017 from Kirkland Ellis, where he had practiced since 2008. Moving to Boston is like “going home,” Cherny said in a statement.

Sandra Bresnick specializes in litigating pharmaceutical and medical device cases. Among her clients are Colgate-Palmolive Company, Forest Laboratories LLC, and Merck & Co. Inc., according to her bio.

Bresnick represented Colgate-Palmolive against claims that Colgates’ talcum powder led to mesothelioma, a lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure. She holds a degree in chemistry from Cornell.

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