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International firm recruits former KWM Perth head

International firm recruits former KWM Perth head

A King & Wood Mallesons partner, formerly in charge of the firm’s Perth office, has joined a rival firm.

US-founded business litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Quinn Emanuel) recently announced that it had recruited King & Wood Mallesons partner Michael Lundberg to its Perth office.

Mr Lundberg is an experienced litigator and was partner in charge of KWM’s Perth office during 2012 and 2013.

He joined the firm as a solicitor in 2000, when it was still known as Mallesons Stephen Jaques, after cutting his teeth at the Western Australian State Solicitor’s Office (then the Crown Solicitor’s Office).

Mr Lundberg is a specialist in commercial litigation and international arbitration in sectors including energy and resources, building and construction, gaming, agribusiness and industrials, according to a statement from Quinn Emanuel.

He is experienced in disputes involving joint ventures, mining royalties, shareholder and director issues, corporate restructures and schemes of arrangement, defamation, construction projects and intellectual property matters, as well as regulatory investigations.

Mr Lundberg’s recent high-profile work includes defeating former One Nation senator Rodney Culleton in his attempts to escape the bankruptcy that unseated him, and acting pro bono for Gene Gibson, an Indigenous man who spent five years in jail after a wrongful manslaughter conviction. Mr Gibson’s conviction was unanimously quashed following a hearing in April 2017.

Mr Lundberg said he was drawn to Quinn Emanuel’s reputation in litigation.

“I will fondly remember my 17 years at King & Wood Mallesons but I could not pass up the opportunity to join Quinn Emanuel,” he said.

“It is undeniably the leading disputes firm in the world.”

Quinn Emanuel managing partner John Quinn said Mr Lundberg’s appointment would help the Perth office grow.

“Western Australia is a dynamic, growing market attracting investors from all over the world.”

“We see Michael as the right person at the right time for us to grow our practice there.”

Perth office founding partner Paul Evans said Mr Lundberg was a welcome addition.

“We are all delighted that Mike will be joining the firm,” he said.

“He has an outstanding reputation throughout the state, particularly in the resources sector, which is the heart of the Western Australian economy.”

Mr Evans wrote in a LinkedIn post on Monday that Mr Lundberg will commence at Quinn Emanuel in early March along with associate Adam Rompotis, also from KWM.

Two other members of Mr Lundberg’s team will join Quinn Emanuel when the firm moves into new premises on St George’s Terrace: of counsel Debra Osborn and senior associate Danielle Eaton.

Ms Osborn was a special counsel at KWM and has 15 years’ experience in litigation, including international and domestic arbitrations, major project infrastructure litigation and energy and resources disputes.

Ms Eaton has 14 years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution. She has managed large-scale litigation at all tiers of the court system and advised corporate, financial services and property clients, Quinn Emanuel said.

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