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Quinn Emanuel Snaps Up Foley & Lardner Bankruptcy Lawyers

May 18, 2021, 4:38 PM

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a firm lately in expansion mode, is adding two bankruptcy and restructuring litigation partners from Foley & Lardner to its Washington office.

The hires of Erika L. Morabito and Brittany J. Nelson come on the heels of Quinn Emanuel opening a new office earlier this month in Miami. That entailed adding 10 lawyers, some hired from Hogan Lovells and Greenspoon Marder, to staff a beachhead in a city where the finance and technology sectors are growing.

Quinn Emanuel also announced this year it would open outposts in Austin, Texas and Atlanta.

The two new Washington partners are joining the firm at a time when bankruptcy and restructuring work is still in demand, given the hit some companies’ bottom lines have taken during the coronavirus pandemic.

Morabito and Nelson have represented unsecured creditors’ committees, ad hoc groups, shareholders, trustees, receivers, debtors, individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and financial institutions.

Together, the two lawyers have worked with clients including Sears Holdings Corp, Pier 1 Imports Inc., Shiloh Industries Inc., Toys R Us Inc., and Brooks Brothers Group Inc., as well as now defunct Big Law firm LeClairRyan. Morabito serves on the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

“They are elite bankruptcy practitioners who have a strong track record of success,” said firm founder John B. Quinn, in a statement.

In a statement, Morabito said of Quinn Emanuel, “There is no better platform to unite sophisticated bankruptcy lawyers and top-notch litigators in the world of fast-paced and complex restructurings and large Chapter 11 filings.”

In addition to her bankruptcy and restructuring work, Morabito has been involved in a variety of complex commercial litigation cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. At Foley, she had been national department vice chair for litigation between 2012 and 2015, and vice chair of the firm’s business litigation and dispute resolution practice. She also was the hiring partner for the firm’s Washington office for nearly a decade.

Prior to joining Foley & Lardner, Nelson and Morabito both worked at Patton Boggs, now known as Squire Patton Boggs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson in Washington at egolson1@gmail.com
To contact the editor on this story: Rebekah Mintzer in New York at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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