Leveraging a broad spectrum of public and private sector experience in the United States and abroad, Quinn Emanuel’s newly formed Crisis Law & Strategy Practice Group will advise clients on all facets of crisis management, as well as develop effective communications and provide counsel on pressing longer-term strategic legal and policy issues. The new group is co-chaired by firm founder and Managing Partner John Quinn, communications and legal strategist Susan Estrich in Los Angeles, and former Special Counsel to the President Bill Burck in Washington, D.C.

“In the current media climate, most high-profile matters are tried in the public eye long before they reach the courtroom,” said Quinn, who has built the firm into a global litigation and arbitration powerhouse.  “If companies fail to manage the public trial and lose in the court of public opinion, they have already lost the case long before they’ve even had a chance to go before a judge.” 

“We have an opportunity to help clients get out ahead of the curve by working with them to be proactive, think out of the box, and develop creative, effective and sustainable solutions that can turn a potential crisis into an opportunity,” added Estrich, the first woman to lead a major presidential campaign and a veteran commentator on all the major networks.

In addition to Quinn, Estrich and Burck, the group is comprised of leading specialists from around the world who possess a wealth of senior experience in the public and private sectors, including “bet-the-company” litigation: government investigations; privacy and data issues; whistleblower incidents, and communications and strategic advice on high-profile legal and policy issues.

“In addition to knowing your clients’ business and legal challenges, crisis management requires understanding how the media works, identifying who the opinion makers are and how to reach them with the right messages,” said Burck, who has been acclaimed as the “Transatlantic Investigations Team of the Year by the American Lawyer. “Whether we solve problems, mitigate them or make them go away altogether, we will bring incredible value to any challenge we take on.”

Quinn Emanuel is a 720+ lawyer business litigation firm—the largest in the world devoted solely to business litigation and arbitration, with 21 global office locations.  Firm lawyers have tried over 2,600 cases, winning 88% of them.  When representing defendants, Quinn Emanuel’s trial experience gets better settlements or defense verdicts.  When representing plaintiffs, Quinn Emanuel lawyers have won over $60 billion in judgments and settlements.  Quinn Emanuel has also obtained five 9-figure jury verdicts, thirty-four 9-figure settlements, and fifteen 10-figure settlements.  FTI Consulting named Quinn Emanuel the biggest litigation firm in the world.  The American Lawyer named Quinn Emanuel the top IP litigation firm in the U.S. and the firm as one of the top six commercial litigation firms in the country.  Four times in the last 5 years, the firm was voted as one of the four “most feared” firms by General Counsels at Fortune 500 companies — the lawyers they “least like to see” on the other side.  The UK legal periodical, The Lawyer named Quinn “International Firm of the Year.”  Law360 selected us as Antitrust, Appellate, Banking, Class Action, Insurance, Product Liability and IP “Practice Groups of the Year.”  Managing IP twice recognized us as having the “Best ITC Litigation Practice” and honored us with the “Patent Contentious West” award.  Legal Business has named us “US Law Firm of the Year” three times, and our German offices have been named both IP Litigation and Patent Litigation Firm of the Year by JUVE, Germany’s most prestigious legal publication.  Global Investigations Review, a leading legal periodical covering global white collar investigations, named us the “Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year.”  Global Arbitration Review named us the 11th best arbitration practice in the world. Further information is available at www.quinnemanuel.com.

SOURCE Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

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