John B. Quinn

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John B. Quinn
EducationClaremont McKenna College
Harvard Law School

John B. Quinn is a lawyer and one of the founding partners of the law firm known today as Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.[1] In 2011, Quinn was listed as one of America's "Most Influential Lawyers" by the National Law Journal.[2] In a 2016 poll by Bloomberg Big Law Business, readers voted Quinn the country's “Most Famous Practicing Lawyer” at a top U.S. firm.[3]


Quinn attended Claremont McKenna College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Knox Fellow. He graduated in 1976 and joined the law firm of Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York, practicing corporate law between 1976 and 1979.

In 1986, he co-founded the law firm today known as Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a litigation-only law firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Quinn has served as general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that gives out the Oscars, since 1986.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013 Quinn opened Q Sushi in downtown LA with Chef Hiroyuki Naruke of Tokyo. It is an omakase menu of Chef Hiro's interpretation of artisan Edo-style sushi. In 2019, Q received a Michelin Guide star.[6]

Quinn brought the Museum of Broken Relationships to Los Angeles in June 2016.[7]

Quinn has twice completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.[8]


  1. ^ "Three Questions for Quinn Emanuel's John Quinn" Wall Street Journal (March 26, 2009)
  2. ^ "Most Influential Lawyers: John Quinn - Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan" National Law Journal (March 28, 2011)
  3. ^ Block, Josh (October 28, 2016). "Big Law's Most Famous Practicing Lawyer is..." Bloomberg Big Law Business. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  4. ^ Spiezio, Caroline (March 2, 2018). "Quinn Emanuel's John Quinn Has Another Starring Role: General Counsel of the Academy". Corporate Counsel. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Marikar, Sheila (July 6, 2016). "What Becomes of the Brokenhearteds' Stuff". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Stokes, Samantha. "John Quinn's Bet Pays Off".
  7. ^ "What Becomes of the Brokenhearteds' Stuff". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  8. ^ Beck, Susan. "The Mighty Quinn". Retrieved 25 October 2019.

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