19 Jan 2017

Weil Gotshal litigation veteran chooses new firm over retirement

Though he's finally saying goodbye to life in BigLaw, 71-year-old Weil, Gotshal and Manges litigation boss James Quinn isn't ready to hang up his hat yet.


Mr Quinn has announced that he will make the switch to Houston-based boutique litigation outfit Berg & Androphy, though he will continue to be based in New York. His decision to wrap up his more than 40-year career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges comes three years after he passed the firm’s mandatory retirement age of 68 – a rule that he himself helped create earlier in his career to help boost access to the firm’s upper echelons for younger lawyers. The rule was waived for Mr Quinn when he elected to stay on with the firm, where he has long served as head of the firm’s litigation department and a member of its management committee. Now, Mr Quinn suggests that such rules should be applied ‘judiciously’ in order to allow those partners who wish to stay working to do so.

At Berg & Androphy, Mr Quinn will continue to try cases whilst also expanding his mediation practice. He will be reunited there with longtime friend and Berg & Androphy founder David Berg – another top litigator who, at 74, also shows no signs of heading to the golf course. ‘I have no intention of retiring, ever,’ Mr Berg told Bloomberg. ‘I want to die in the courtroom.’

Sources: Bloomberg BOL; Above the Law; American Lawyer