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Diane M. Doolittle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Diane Doolittle is Co-Chair of the National Trial Practice Group for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and is resident in the firm's Silicon Valley Office. Ms. Doolittle practices in all areas of business litigation, with an emphasis on trial practice. As a former prosecutor, she also manages white collar cases, including internal investigations, SEC investigations and grand jury matters. Ms. Doolittle is an experienced and successful trial lawyer. She has tried more than 60 cases in her twenty years of practice. She has won more than 93% of her trials.

In most of her recent matters, Ms. Doolittle has been engaged in the weeks or months before trial, specifically to act as trial counsel. She has tried a wide variety of complex business disputes with tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute in both state and federal court across the country, including antitrust, fraud, breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of fiduciary duty and insurance coverage. She has tried employment cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge. Ms. Doolittle also has extensive experience trying criminal cases, from street crimes to white collar crimes. Further demonstrating her versatility, in her most recent trial, she prevailed on behalf of plaintiffs who sued for wrongful death after their daughter died from a drug overdose and obtained a substantial judgment again the individual who failed to summon medical care.

In addition to her hands on trial work, Ms. Doolittle has lectured extensively about trial practice. She teaches trial advocacy and deposition practice at Stanford Law School and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Ms. Doolittle was selected by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals as one of the "Top Women Litigators" in California.

Notable Representations
  • Won a defense judgment in federal court in the Central District of California on behalf of The Home Depot in a case alleging misappropriation of confidential and trade secret information.
  • Won a defense award following a JAMS international arbitration on behalf of Oracle Corporation, where Oracle's former Saudi Arabian joint venture partner had sued for fraud and breach of contract under Saudi law seeking tens of millions of dollars.
  • Won a defense verdict in federal jury trial in the Southern District of New York on behalf of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company where plaintiff alleged an unlawful agreement in restraint of trade and conspiracy to monopolize. Plaintiff sought $250 million in damages.
  • Won a defense verdict following a six-week jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of investment bank Jefferies & Co. in which the plaintiff, a highly compensated investment banker, alleged wrongful termination and discrimination. The verdict was nominated for "Verdict of the Month" by The National Law Journal.
  • Won a defense award following a six-week trial in an administrative enforcement action brought by the California Department of Managed Health Care against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.
  • Won a verdict of $10,500,000 in a federal jury trial in Ohio on behalf of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, where Scotts had brought suit alleging breach of contract and fiduciary duty, and successfully defeated defendant's billion dollar fraud counterclaim.
  • Won a defense verdict after a jury and court trial in Orange County Superior Court for a billionaire client accused of wrongfully terminating a managerial employee in retaliation for testifying against him in grand jury proceedings, as well as denying her overtime pay.
  • Won a defense verdict following a jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of billionaire client who was accused of fraudulently denying his children born out-of-wedlock more than $150 million in child support.
  • Won a plaintiffs’ judgment on all claims after trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of the CEO of a large, public company in a wrongful death case where the plaintiff’s daughter died of a drug overdose after defendant failed to summon medical care.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement after six weeks of jury trial in Fresno County Superior Court on behalf of a large security company and its CEO accused of fraud, breach of partnership, and breach of contract.
  • Obtained a $52 million settlement on the eve of trial for an individual plaintiff in a real estate development partnership dispute.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement after four weeks of jury trial in Sacramento Superior Court for a national insurance company, where plaintiff claimed that the insurance company failed to reimburse $135 million incurred in cleaning up a major Superfund site.

  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley (J.D., 1989)
  • Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence, France (Certificate, 1986)
  • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (A.B., cum laude, 1985)

Prior Associations
  • Office of the District Attorney, Santa Clara County:
  • Senior Trial Attorney, 1993-1998
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Ronald M. Whyte,
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California,
  • San Jose Division, 1992

Professional Activities
  • Northern District of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility, 2010 to present
  • Annual Seminar Committee, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), 2010 to present
  • Program Chair, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), 2009, 2010
  • Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), 2007 to present
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2005 - 2007
  • Lawyer Representative, Northern District of California, 2005 - 2007
  • Instructor, Stanford University Law School, Trial Advocacy Program, 2000 to present
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), 1994 to present
  • Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law, Trial Advocacy, 1996 - 1999

Member, The State Bar of California; Member, The State Bar of Colorado

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