Quinn Emanuel Hires Litigator Anthony Bongiorno From McDermott

Jan. 26, 2021, 9:20 PM

Veteran litigator Anthony A. Bongiorno has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan after more than three decades at McDermott Will & Emery, including five years as partner-in-charge of its Boston office.

Bongiorno represents healthcare systems, energy providers, international developers, and life sciences companies in mass torts, product liability defense, and complex commercial litigation. His clients have included Steward Health Care System, Exxon Mobil, and Siemens Gamesa.

“He has a wealth of experience first-chairing jury trials and in working with clients in industries such as biotech, energy, and healthcare,” Quinn Emanuel founder John B. Quinn said in a statement. “These are important industries for our firm.”

Bongiorno’s departure from McDermott comes after Sidley Austin announced late Monday it had hired three health care transactional partners from the firm, Ankur Gupta, Sam Wales, and Benjamin Kirschner. Health care-related practices have been busy areas for Big Law lateral hiring in 2021 thus far.

Bongiorno said he opted to move firms to support his growing caseload, which he expects to include more health care matters in the coming years. “Quinn Emanuel is a better platform for me to run my practice,” he said.

He said his move had nothing to do with his former firm. “McDermott is thriving,” he said. “It’s a wonderful wonderful law firm, and it’s going to continue to grow.”

A representative for McDermott could not immediately be reached for comment on Bongiorno’s exit.

McDermott recently told the American Lawyer that its revenue went up 17.9% to almost $1.4 billion and profits per equity partner up 25% to over $2.5 million in 2020.

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