“U.S. News” and Best Lawyers Present 2019 “Best Lawyer of the Year”

| January 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kevin Quinn lives with his wife in the Pt. Loma/Ocean Beach area of San Diego.

This past December “U.S. News & World Report” and Best Lawyers, have awarded Kevin F. Quinn, senior partner at San Diego Based Thornes Bartolotta McGuire, among the highly selected “Top Lawyers of the Year” for 2019.

As a defensive back on the West Point football team, Quinn never failed to offer opposing runners a hand up after he had knocked them down. Such sportsmanlike conduct has carried over to Quinn’s career as a trial lawyer. Today, many cases he handles result from referrals from attorneys that he has bested in the courtroom.

Quinn came to California as a result of a shoulder injury incurred while playing football as a defensive back for the United States Military Academy at West Point. His injury was so serious he was honorably discharged from the army.

Picking up from his studies at West Point, Quinn entered SDSU as a political science major and an engineering minor. While working full time, Quinn eventually graduated with honors. Next Quinn brought his characteristic intensity to his studies at California Western School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and having served as a member of the Law Review in 1982. Admitted to practice that year, Quinn then attended Hastings College of Advocacy to refine his skills in his newly chosen focus as a trial lawyer. And try cases he has, with distinction and great results. It was Quinn’s client who in 1993 won the first settlement against Shiley heart valves.

His pioneering victory in the Shiley case is overshadowed only by his satisfaction with the outcome of an earlier, smaller case, which initiated an amazing chain of events outside of the courtroom that eventually touched the lives of dozens of Mexican children.

The result was the restoration of the Emilio Zapata School and Orphanage. Antonio’s money, and the labor of partners at the firm working with volunteers from the Navy and the Marine Corps, essentially rebuilt and modernized the 42-child facility near Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

The same intensity and tenacity that made him a starter on the West Point team have carried over into a successful career as a partner at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire where he has become known for both his passion and innovative trial exhibits. In 1998 Quinn received an Outstanding Trial lawyer Award for one of the first elder abuse death cases tried under a newly enacted state law.

The following year, Quinn’s peers honored him with the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for his work on four cases.

2004 and 2005 brought Kevin more accolades. First he was admitted to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Following that he received another Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for his work on behalf of an injured US Navy SEAL candidate in Roberts. v. Council. In 2006 Quinn’s outstanding body of work as a personal injury lawyer earned him recognition in Woodward White’s book “Best Lawyers in America,” in the Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Product Liability categories.

In 2010, Quinn was awarded the Consumer Attorneys for San Diego’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year award. This accomplishment is sought after by every plaintiff’s attorney in San Diego and is only awarded to one recipient each year.

In 2017, Quinn brought a monumental victory to all potential consumers injured by a drug manufacturer’s dangerous products. On the heels of his big win and heading into 2018, Quinn was named by the “Wall Street Journal” as its pick for the 2018 Southern California Lawyer of the Year.

Quinn’s interests in the law are diverse. He practices in a wide range of areas including products liability, medical malpractice and personal injury. His courtroom style matches his life – full speed, no excuses, get it done.

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