Friday, March 31, 2017
Former LACBA President John ‘Jack’ Quinn Dies at 84
By a MetNews Staff Writer
JOHN J. ‘JACK’ QUINN JR.
Former Los Angeles County Bar Association President John J. “Jack” Quinn Jr. has died.
Sean Morris, who heads the local office of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, said Quinn died Sunday at the age of 84. Quinn retired from the firm, and from the practice of law, in 2013. Morris noted that Quinn was the managing partner in Los Angeles when Morris joined in 1999.
“Jack Quinn was a pillar of the legal community and the firm is indebted to, and will miss, him very much,” Morris told the MetNews.
Prior to his retirement, Quinn focused his practice on litigation and also represented clients in negotiations, arbitrations, and mediations. He received LACBA’s highest honor, the Shattuck-Price Award, for outstanding achievement in the practice of law, in 1992. He also received the Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee, and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the United States Courts of the Ninth Circuit.
He was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as the chair of then-Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Federal Judicial Selection Committee, overseeing the selection of nominees for federal judicial appointments to the United States District Court.
He was chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the District Court for the Central District of California from 1995 to 2001. He was a member of the editorial board of the Law Review of the University of Southern California Law Center.
He was listed in Southern California Super Lawyers, in the General Litigation Category, from 2004 to 2009. He was designated one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation” in the 2007 editiion of Chambers USA, and was listed in several categories in Best Lawyers 2007.
Quinn earned his undergraduate degree from USC in 1954 and his law degree there in 1959.
A member of several prominent firms, he was a founding partner of Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi in 1967. When the firm dissolved in 1987, he co-founded Quinn, Kully & Morrow, which merged into what was then Arnold & Porter in 1996.
Quinn was a longtime member of the Chancery Club. “Those of us who knew Jack will forever remember his charm, wit, and that irrepressible smile,” an email sent to members said. Donations in Quinn’s memory can be made to The Jack Quinn Fund (Armenian International Women’s Association), 1215 Flintridge Avenue, La Canada, CA 91011, the email said.
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