John "Jay" Neukom, 37, partner
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
In eight years of practice, Neukom has argued in state and federal courts from California to Texas to Florida, appearing in probate and bankruptcy courts as well. He has managed trial prep and discovery spread over three continents and a dozen states. His litigation skills have twice earned him praise from judges in open court. He regularly argues dispositive motions and handles live-witness testimony, and has been principal author on federal appellate briefing. He also tries cases to winning verdicts. In trade-secret case UniRAM v. TSMC (N.D. Cal), the jury awarded his client $30.5 million in one of 2007's top plaintiff's verdicts. Neukom has an expansive practice that includes patents, torts, class actions and securities, among others, that allows him to reach clients across multiple industries. He also finds the time to volunteer, serving on the board for Children's Rights.
Word that best describes you?
Kind of law would you least like to practice?
Anything but high-stakes litigation.
Most interesting place you've traveled?
Phnom Penh, Cambodia it was interesting for more reasons than I could explain in a questionnaire.
Most unusual hobby you've ever had?
An ill-fated attempt at building my own fly-fishing rod.
"One hardly knows where to begin." Opening line of a motion to dismiss written by colleagues.
Hours you work per week?
50 to 80.
A trial or deal you wish you could have worked on, and why.
Every case that goes to jury trial.