The firm’s Brazil practice represents clients in disputes around the world involving Brazilian parties and investments in Brazil. We have represented individuals and companies in some of the most complex and important recent Brazilian disputes, including:
Our Brazil practice brings a unique, well-informed perspective to cases.
The practice is led by New York-based partner, Michael Carlinsky, and Washington, D.C.-based partner, William Burck. Mr. Carlinsky, founder and Managing Partner of the New York office, Chair of Complex Litigation, and Co-Chair of Insurance Litigation at the firm, has consistently been ranked among the top litigators in the country by multiple leading global publications. Mr. Burck is Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the firm’s D.C. Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. He is a former Special Counsel and Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., and a former federal prosecutor in New York City.
Fully bi-cultural and bi-lingual, our Brazil practice team is well positioned to advise on issues involving Brazilian cases or clients. We have significant experience in representing Brazilian clients in cross-border disputes that require sophisticated knowledge of the language, culture, and commercial customs. The practice’s associates, which include the President of the Brazilian-American Lawyers Association, are fluent in Portuguese and include lawyers licensed to practice Brazilian law. Our team has an advantage where understanding subtle cultural differences and nuances is important. Team members also have experience working in Brazil as lawyers and business executives and are well positioned to offer valuable cross-jurisdictional insights.
Working as part of the firm’s Latin America practice group, our Brazil practice is able to capitalize on our deep connections in the region to help our clients achieve their business objectives in a cost effective way. The Latin American practice group is led by Washington, D.C.-based partners Juan P. Morillo, a Colombian-American, David M. Orta, a Cuban-American, and Daniel Salinas-Serrano, a native of Puerto Rico.
Breadth of Practice
We have represented clients in Brazil-related disputes in many industries, including construction, infrastructure, project finance, energy sector, agribusiness, real estate, healthcare, intellectual property, transportation, technology, and financial and banking matters.
Although the practice has represented clients successfully in dozens of arbitrations, civil litigations, investigations and criminal matters that are not public, the following are some of the firm’s notable public representations related to Brazil.
Deep Commitment to Clients and the Region
Quinn Emanuel consistently demonstrates its commitment to its Brazilian clients. Our attorneys visit Brazil regularly to meet with Brazilian companies, business leaders, and lawyers. We have held many events in Brazil, including our popular “Demystifying the U.S. Jury Trial” Program in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which demonstrates U.S. litigation procedures through a U.S.-style mock jury trial.
Given our ongoing relationships with Brazilian clients, we know what matters most to them and consistently exceed their expectations.
Cross-Border Civil Litigation
Bankruptcy And Restructuring
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.