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Top 100 Trial Lawyers

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Intellectual property

Michael B. Carlinsky, the Chair of Complex Litigation and Co-Chair of Insurance Litigation at Quinn Emanuel and a founder and managing partner of the firm’s New York office, has consistently been ranked among the top litigators by multiple leading global publications. Chambers USA (2015) called Mr. Carlinsky “the Maserati of lawyers,” and Chambers USA (2014) described Mr. Carlinsky as “‘a master strategist’ who is praised for his ‘unique ability to see the big picture and craft and work toward results on a broad scale involving a huge constellation of matters. His broad-based commercial litigation expertise is complemented by notable experience in insurance-related disputes.’” Chambers USA (2013) found that Mr. Carlinsky is “held in high esteem by peers, who consider him to be ‘one of the top trial lawyers in the country.’” Chambers added: “Market commentators continue to highlight Michael Carlinsky as an excellent and ‘tough litigator’ whose deep trial capabilities see him act for clients in high-value commercial and securities-related cases.” Prior Chambers USA guides described Carlinsky as having “strong gut instincts,” an ability to “recognize pressure points in cases and get things done,” “not afraid to try cases,” “a tenacious lawyer with serious street smarts” and having the force of a “freight train” in court. He draws praise for his “astute judgment and client-focused approach.” Mr. Carlinsky was also named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” for 2015 and 2016 by Benchmark Litigation. His practice is international in scope, representing multinationals in all types of litigation with a particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation; business-tort litigation; insurance-related litigation; and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Carlinsky has recovered more than $4 billion dollars in verdicts, awards and settlements for his clients. 

Updated Oct 2021