Quinn Emanuel Tiff With Ex-Partners Raises Ethics Questions

By Sam Reisman (May 30, 2018, 8:51 PM EDT) -- Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP engaged in an ethically dubious gambit when it allegedly attempted to prevent a group of defecting partners from poaching associates by threatening to enforce an unenforceable clause in their contract, experts said.

Spats over talent are not unusual when partners depart a firm, but legal ethics experts told Law360 that Quinn Emanuel's alleged effort to draw out a promise not to hire away staff by invoking a forfeiture-for-competition clause in their partnership agreements went further than the usual hardball.

In a petition filed in New York state court on May 11 and made public Tuesday,...

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