By Lawdragon News | January 23, 2012 | Press Releases
Elite Litigation Boutique Continues Growth with Two New Partners:
Leading Justice Department Prosecutor Justin Shur and IP Litigator Ben Quarmby
(Washington, D.C. and New York) January 18, 2012 – MoloLamken LLP, a premier national litigation boutique, today announced that veteran trial lawyer Justin V. Shur has joined the firm as a partner from the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, IP litigator Ben Quarmby, from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, has also joined MoloLamken as a partner.
Shur arrives at MoloLamken after serving as Deputy Chief for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division. In this role, Shur supervised more than 30 federal prosecutors and led numerous sensitive white collar criminal investigations involving members of Congress, senior executive branch officials, and prominent state and local politicians.
During his tenure with the Justice Department, Shur handled a wide range of matters involving bribery, extortion, government program fraud, false statements, perjury, obstruction of justice, and unauthorized disclosure of government information. Shur served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous important and high-profile cases, including the prosecution of:
Commenting on Shur in connection with the prosecution of a casino lobbyist inAlabama this summer, the Birmingham News called him an “all-star”.
“Justin’s arrival is another step in our strategy of providing clients with superior representation in the most complex matters,” said firm co-founder Steven Molo. “Justin is an accomplished trial lawyer with a strong record of successfully handling not only white collar criminal and regulatory matters, but also high-stakes civil litigation. We’re excited to welcome him to our growing team.”
“Above all else, we are committed to excellence in advocacy,” added firm co-founder Jeffrey Lamken. “Both Justin and Ben are further evidence of that and we look forward to their contributions.”
Explained Shur: “While I will miss working with my colleagues at the Justice Department, I am thrilled to join MoloLamken’s deep bench of talented lawyers. I was attracted to the firm’s innovative and results-oriented approach to litigation, which continues to impress me. In a short period of time, the firm has achieved tremendous success and established itself as a premier national litigation boutique.”
Quarmby joins MoloLamken from litigation law firm Quinn Emanuel inNew York, where he focused on IP litigation as well as other complex business disputes. He is a registered member of the Patent Bar and handles IP disputes both in federal court and before the International Trade Comission. The move reunites Quarmby with firm cofounder Steven Molo. The two previously practiced together at Shearman & Sterling LLP.
“I am very excited to work with Ben again. He is an outstanding lawyer and his patent expertise immediately broadens our IP capabilities,” added Molo.
“MoloLamken already has achieved some great success in patent matters and I look forward to helping grow the firm’s practice in this area,” said Quarmby.
Notably, while at Shearman & Sterling, Quarmby worked with firm co-founders Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken in connection with their successful effort to overturn a $1.6 billion verdict against Morgan Stanley that aFloridajury had awarded to Coleman (Parent) Holdings, a company controlled by financier Ron Perelman.
Winning Victories With a New Model
MoloLamken was formed in October 2009 and focuses exclusively on representing clients in complex litigation – including business and IP disputes, white collar criminal and regulatory matters, and appeals.
Founding partners Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken developed national reputations based on courtroom successes while partners at large full-service firms where they held leadership positions. The firm’s boutique approach is premised on the belief that complex litigation is most effectively handled by smaller teams comprised of smart, highly experienced lawyers focused on results rather than process. Instead of using the traditional hourly billing method, MoloLamken prefers fee arrangements centered on value that provide clients with predictability and reward the firm for results.
The firm has quickly developed an impressive track record in high-profile matters, including three wins in the Supreme Court of theUnited Stateswithin a year of opening its doors. Its clients include leading corporations, boards, hedge funds, executives, and individuals.
The addition of Shur and Quarmby marks continued growth for MoloLamken’s team of experienced trial lawyers. In 2011, respected commercial litigator Thomas Wiegand joined the firm from Winston & Strawn where he was a partner.
MoloLamken views this growth as not only benefiting clients on current matters, but also as contributing to the development of talented, younger lawyers already in the firm. “We take an aggressive approach to training our junior lawyers through programs with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, early case responsibility, and lots of personal mentoring that occurs with our efficient approach to staffing,” Lamken said. He views the firm’s two newest partners as “great role models who will enhance our efforts to make the most of the exceptional talent of our entire team.”
About Justin V. Shur
In 2011, Shur received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his work on the Jack Abramoff investigation. The investigation resulted in the conviction of 20 individuals for public corruption-related offenses, including a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, and other high-ranking public officials and various lobbyists. Shur successfully served as co-lead counsel in two of the three jury trials stemming from the investigation. Before joining the Justice Department, Shur was a principal with white collar litigation boutique Kobre & Kim LLP inNew Yorkwhere he represented corporate and individual clients in criminal, regulatory, and complex civil matters. He successfully represented clients in matters covering a wide range of issues, including corporate and securities fraud, accounting and tax fraud, antitrust violations, health care fraud, and FCPA violations. During his time at Kobre & Kim, Shur also handled a variety of complex commercial business cases representing both funds and investors.
Earlier in his career, during four years as an Assistant District Attorney inManhattan, he prosecuted a wide range of cases such as financial fraud, armed robbery, and murder while also serving as lead counsel in more than 20 jury trials.
Outside the courtroom, Shur is a frequent speaker on white collar and regulatory matters as well as trial advocacy. He has held leadership roles with several bar groups and now co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Regional Subcommittee on White Collar Crime.
Shur is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree fromIthacaCollege.
About Ben Quarmby
Quarmby has represented some of the world’s largest technology companies in complex IP matters. These have included companies in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Quarmby has focused principally on patent infringement litigation, trade secret misappropriation disputes, defenses against online defamation, and IP violations, as well as strategic due diligence in connection with the acquisition of IP assets. He has also handled a wide array of business litigation matters including breach of contract, antitrust, civil RICO, and structured finance cases.
Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Quarmby served as law clerk to the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr., Chief Judge for theUnited StatesDistrict Court inNew Jersey. At Shearman & Sterling, Quarmby handled a variety of complex business disputes for financial services institutions, and telecommunications companies.
Quarmby is a graduate of Duke Law School.
About MoloLamken LLP
MoloLamken LLP is a litigation boutique with a national practice focused on complex, high-stakes civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, United States Supreme Court and appellate cases, and regulatory matters before administrative agencies. The firm maintains offices inNew York,Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Firm founders Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken were recently again named to Lawdragon's list of the 500 Leading Lawyers inAmerica. For more information please visit www.mololamken.com.