Quinn Emanuel poised to open DC office

US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has announced plans to open an office in Washington DC after hiring a trio of local partners from Alston & Bird.

The firm has appointed Paul Brinkman, Alex Lasher and Alan Whitehurst to establish the new base, which will focus initially on handling intellectual property matters before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Los Angeles-based partner Jon Corey will also relocate to manage the new DC office.

In a statement, firm managing partner John Quinn said: “We have been studying the idea of opening an office in Washington for years. However, we wanted to make sure we had the right focus and the right people to carry out our plan. We finally found the right team.”

The firm is yet to finalise a location for its new Washington presence, but the office will be Quinn Emanuel’s ninth worldwide and its sixth in the US.

While Corey would not rule out hiring teams for other practice areas, the office’s primary focus will be to capitalise on the peak of ITC work the firm has attracted in recent years.

It tried its first major patent infringement case in Washington in the mid-2000s for Seiko Epson, followed by its successful defence of Nokia in a suit brought by Qualcomm over 3G mobile patents.

Quinn Emanuel has since represented a host of high profile technology clients in patent litigation over smartphone technology, including Google and its Android partners HTC, Motorola and Samsung.