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Legal Icon John B. Quinn on Launching in Abu Dhabi

Top trial lawyers and globally renowned dispute experts, Quinn Emanuel, have been representing clients and building relationships in Abu Dhabi for 20 years and has had an office in the ADGM for four years. To meet growing market demand, the firm has added two UAE-based partners, Joanne Strain and Parnika Chaturvedi and is launching an office in Dubai.

Quinn shared his excitement about the new offices with Gulf Today. “It seems the world is coming to Abu Dhabi now. It’s surely one of the most energized and exciting places on earth. We want to be a part of that and help market participants to solve problems.”

For Quinn Emanuel, who already have 35 offices across 13 countries, opening in the UAE connects their international client base and positions them to leverage their experience in assisting the region’s top players.

Quinn explained how one of the challenges that comes with being such a dynamic and fast-growing economy is navigating complex legal challenges that accompany market expansion and growth. As an internationally renowned expert in disputes and litigation, arbitration, and government regulation problems, Quinn Emanuel is equipped to solve precisely these problems.

From joint venture disputes to long-term supply contracts and construction disputes, the firm has already established a solid reputation in the region, most notably representing the trustee in the bankruptcy of the NMC hospital chain. In the UAE, they will focus on local work in the ADMG and DIFC courts and outbound disputes situated worldwide.

When asked how Quinn Emanuel is positioned to respond to the key issues shaping the legal industry today, Quinn explained how issues arising from data (data breach, privacy, IP, and generative AI) are currently generating a considerable amount of claims and disputes globally. Climate change is also affecting everything from securities law to real estate law, insurance, and energy, as shareholders try to shape company policies on ESG issues. 

Quinn’s vision is for the firm’s high-level international outlook to enhance the UAE’s position as it emerges as a key global hub. “We hope to bring an international perspective and be good local citizens, contributing to the practice and growth of the rule of law at the highest level.”

To hear more from Quinn, tune into his popular legal podcast ‘Law, disrupted.’ In a recent episode, he talks about the firm's experience winning the only case that has gone through trial and judgment in the ADGM, discussing the court’s unique features as a common law English court within the Abu Dhabi court system. Listen at


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