Suong (Shu) Nguyen, Quinn Emanuel

“I truly am a believer in the American Dream and how great a nation the U.S. truly is and can be.”

Suong Nguyen

Suong (Shu) Nguyen, Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, August 29th, 2021.

Ms. Nguyen is a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. She is an accomplished trial advocate, who has practiced both in New York and California.  She co-chaired a patent trial that was named a “Top Plaintiff’s Verdict” by the Daily Journal.  She has achieved plaintiffs’ verdicts in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and won defense verdicts in bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations.  Most recently, she won a $50 million jury verdict (and an additional $14.3 million in attorneys’ fees) for Olaplex against L’Oreal alleging infringement of multiple patents, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract.  She has also tried multiple trade secrets cases for Pfizer, including a retrial of a case that reduced a $38 million verdict to $165,000.  

She has represented Fortune 500 companies, as well as individual clients, including a venture capitalist in high profile case for extortion and fraud.  Her practice also includes conducting internal investigations in connection with sexual harassment allegations, and defending clients in regulatory investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, DOJ and state enforcement authorities, including those alleging theories of kickbacks under the False Claims Act and state Anti-Kickback statutes. 

Suong received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and graduated first in her class from Franklin & Marshall College, where she completed her pre-medical studies with a double major in Chemistry and Special Studies in Economics and Business.  She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and admitted to the Bar of both California and New York (where she practiced for over a decade).


I’m always impressed with people who come to the U.S. to start their lives over, learn a new language and pursue their dreams.  Suong is one of those people and takes every opportunity to express her gratitude for her parents, teachers and community members who helped her along the way.  What struck me the most was her steadfast belief in herself knowing that she can achieve anything she works to achieve…and she hopes to pass that self-esteem on to her daughter.

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