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The founder and co-chair of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s National Trial Practice Group, William Price is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office. 

One need only look at the two-month period of December 2019 to January 2020 to observe the impact and versatility of Price’s trial skills. In December 2019, Price successfully defended Elon Musk in a $190 million defamation suit brought by one of the men who had assisted in the rescue of 12 children trapped in a cave in Thailand. Musk had called plaintiff, among other things, a “pedo-guy”. It took the jury less than an hour to reach a verdict in favor of Musk. The press reported that the “killer blow” to plaintiff ’s case was Price’s cross-examination of the plaintiff. Just a few weeks later, Price was trial counsel on the plaintiff ’s side, representing the California Institute of Technology in a patent infringement trial against Apple and Broadcom. After a two-week trial the jury found that Apple and Broadcom had infringed Caltech’s patents and awarded over $1.1 billion in damages. 

In 2020 Law360 ranked Price Top MVP in Trials. The Recorder (another top legal publication) named Price one of the California “Attorneys of the Year” in 2011. Chambers USA (2012) called him, “a top gun trial lawyer, who is well versed in trial work.” The Daily Journal named him one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” in 2012. Chambers USA (2013) reported that Price is a “fantastic trial lawyer who specializes in bet-the-company cases” and is “devastating in court; he’s one to keep your eye out for.” Chambers USA (2014) said Price is “experienced in handling high-stakes disputes” and noted that “he recently defended Micron in a patent infringement case worth over $1 billion.” Benchmark Litigation also named him one of its 2016 National Litigation Stars. In 2015, Price was selected to be profiled in Law360’s inaugural “Trial Aces” series, which identified him as a lawyer “to call when losing is not an option.” In 2019, Legal 500 included him in “The Legal 500 Hall of Fame” for “Dispute Resolution – Leading trial lawyers,” one of only 45 individuals across the U.S. to be so included. 


Updated Oct 2021