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A race discrimination suit against Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan brought by a former contract attorney has been dismissed. Kisshia Simmons-Grant, in a 2011 complaint in Simmons-Grant v. Quinn Emanuel, 1:11-cv-07706, said that as a black contract attorney she was assigned less lucrative work than non-black contract attorneys at Quinn. She claims the firm discriminated against her because of her race and then gave her no choice but to quit in 2010 after she complained. To support her claims, she offered statistical evidence to show full-time black contract lawyers billed fewer hours compared with all other full-time contract attorneys at Quinn during a certain period.

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