Jenny Durkan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. HANDOUT. ()
Jenny Durkan, a former federal prosecutor who joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in early 2015 to open the firm’s Seattle office, has taken a leave of absence from the firm as she mounts a mayoral bid in her hometown.
Seattle’s soon-to-be-former mayor, Ed Murray, is poised to officially resign late Wednesday following the publication of a story by the Seattle Times in which a younger cousin of Murray accused him of sexual abuse.
The report marked the fifth individual to come forward with allegations against Murray, a Democrat who had already said he would not stand for reelection in November. Murray has denied the sexual assault claims, characterizing them as prompted by his record as a gay rights champion. But he is embroiled in litigation with alleged victims.
Durkan, who was the first openly gay lawyer to be named as a top federal prosecutor by President Barack Obama in 2009, removed Murray’s name from her campaign website yesterday, according to local news reports. She had announced her candidacy for mayor in May.
Durkan’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday, and an assistant who answered the phone at Durkan’s office at Quinn Emanuel in Seattle noted that she is on leave from the firm.
A Quinn Emanuel spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment about Durkan. The firm’s website lists Durkan as global chair of its cybersecurity and data protection group. Having served five years as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Durkan joined Quinn Emanuel in January 2015.
Durkan is the only partner listed in Seattle for the high-powered litigation firm, which in January 2016 hired Thomas Rubin, a former chief intellectual property strategy counsel at Microsoft Corp., as special counsel in the city. Of counsel Alicia Cobb, who joined Quinn Emanuel in 2009, also now works out of Seattle.