Updated 5:45 p.m.
Los Angeles-based firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced the opening of a new Washington, D.C. office, the firm said Thursday.
Quinn Emanuel partner Jon Corey will relocate from Los Angeles to act as managing partner for the office. Also joining the firm’s D.C. office will be former Alston & Bird partners Paul Brinkman, Alan Whitehurst and Alex Lasher, all three intellectual property trial lawyers.
Brinkman, who specializes in section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission, was formerly the head of Alston & Bird’s ITC practice and will now head Quinn Emanuel’s ITC practice. Likewise, Lasher specializes in section 337 actions. Whitehurst, who was the head of Alston & Bird’s intellectual property practice in Washington, represents clients in U.S. District Courts nationwide and also appears before the ITC.
"We have been studying the idea of opening an office in Washington for years," managing partner John Quinn said in a written statement. "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."
Alanna Matthews, Quinn Emanuel’s director of marketing in the Los Angeles office, could not confirm the total number of attorneys who would initially be housed in the new Washington office, or what the firm's plans are to grow its D.C. outpost.