The Sydney office opened with two of Australia’s "finest litigators," Michael Mills and Michelle Fox, who joined the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills. They were then joined in 2014 by Beau Deleuil, former worldwide head of litigation at King & Wood Mallesons and in 2015 by Damian Scattini, who was a Principal at the largest Australian plaintiff’s class action firm and head of its Queensland class actions practice. The promotion to partnership in 2016 of senior associate Duncan Watson, took Sydney to a five partner office.
Quinn Emanuel’s global reputation is built on doing only one thing – business litigation – and doing it better than anyone else. The Australian office is no different. We are specialists. We have no corporate practice. We filled a void in the Australian legal market for a high-end litigation boutique not saddled with the conflicts that plague the big, full service firms. We are not committed to any one industry or side and therefore we represent our clients without fear or favor. The Sydney office is backed by the resources, experience and reputation of the largest litigation-only firm in the world.
We have hired our lawyers one by one, with a strict policy of hiring some of the best and the brightest in the country. We have former judges’ associates, honours graduates from Australia’s premier law schools, internationally recognized LLMs, and attorneys admitted in multiple states and countries. They brought with them a wealth of litigation and trial experience from all over the world. Our lawyers have been awarded such accolades as Best Lawyer International and have been ranked by Chambers Global, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and Who’s Who Legal. Because we only employ the best lawyers, our clients receive the best work.
The lawyers in the Sydney office have deep experience representing companies in a broad array of complex commercial business disputes in both Australia and internationally on both sides of the bar table. These include directors and officers litigation, class actions, mass torts, white collar crime, insurance (both coverage disputes and risk solutions for policy holders), competition law, products liability, financial services, contract, and transactional disputes.
Our partners have represented clients in some of Australia’s largest and most complex corporate collapses, crises, disasters and class actions, including HIH, World Trade Center litigation, Ensham Resources, Babcock & Brown liquidation proceedings and the James Hardie Royal Commission, as well as (presently as a matter of public record): Arup Pty Ltd, Aurizon, Bank of Queensland, Forge Group, ICICI Bank, Macquarie Bank and Viva Energy (amongst others). We also offer our clients an array of dispute resolution alternatives, in which we have extensive experience, including multi-party and international arbitration, mediation and negotiation.
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On December 27, 2018, Quinn Emanuel lost a friend and long-time partner Steve Anderson. Steve graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989 and joined the firm in 1994 when there were 30 attorneys at the firm. He was a founding member of the firm’s patent practice, which he helped to grow in his 24 years at the firm.
Steve was a gifted patent litigator with a background in computer sciences. Steve was smart, pragmatic, athletic, adventurous, and a fierce competitor. He loved boating, flying helicopters and being surrounded by family and friends. For the past 15 years he displayed indomitable courage and determination fighting illness, while continuing to contribute to the firm’s success and enjoying life. He leaves behind his wife Michelle and their daughter Sydney. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.