Analysis

Quinn-Uber Split Shows Hard Choices Of GC Rate Pressure

By Andrew Strickler (August 3, 2017, 4:53 PM EDT) -- Quinn Emanuel's decision to cut loose Uber last year over a bargain-basement rate deal reveals that tensions with corporate clients persist, despite some BigLaw concessions and the ascent of so-called in-house "portfolio" legal pricing, experts say.

Prompted by discounts a Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner called "not financially viable," the firm's withdrawal — revealed recently in Uber Technologies Inc.'s contentious IP battle with Waymo LLC, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. that Quinn Emanuel now represents — also raises ethical questions about outside counsel dropping cases midstream due to overly tight but agreed-upon rates.

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