Meet Jonathan Bunge: Managing Partner at Quinn Emanuel and Co-Chair Of the National Trial Practice Group

Jonathan Bunge is an accomplished trial lawyer who currently serves as Managing Partner of the Chicago office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world and the largest devoted solely to litigation. With more than 30 years of experience, Bunge is widely recognized for his exceptional litigation skills, strategic thinking, and unwavering dedication to his clients.

Bunge obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with honors. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White, gaining valuable insights into the workings of the federal judiciary.

After his clerkship, Bunge joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, quickly establishing himself as a rising star among federal prosecutors. During his time at U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bunge was Deputy Chief for the General Crimes Division and the lead prosecutor in a series of high-profile cases, including the prosecution of the Ford Heights, Illinois Chief of Police and six other police officers on corruption and racketeering charges and various cases arising out of the Silver Shovel investigation into political corruption in Chicago.

Bunge received numerous awards as a federal prosecutor, including the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney and four Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards.  

After a stellar career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bunge joined the law firm Kirkland & Ellis. In 2015, he left to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, as Managing Partner of their Chicago Office. As a partner at the firm, Bunge has represented clients in a wide range of high-profile cases, including some of the largest and most complex disputes in recent history. 

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— Jonathan Bunge (@JonBungeLaw) February 26, 2023

He has successfully tried over 50 jury and bench trials in various types of cases, including commercial disputes, non-compete and trade secret disputes, products liability cases, environmental matters, white-collar criminal defense matters, and securities and financial disputes. 

Bunge’s clients include some of the world’s largest companies as well as individuals and smaller businesses. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, and financial services. He is known for his ability to understand the unique challenges and nuances of each client’s case and to craft effective litigation strategies that achieve their objectives.

One of Bunge’s greatest strengths as a trial lawyer is his ability to communicate complex legal issues in a clear and compelling manner. He is a skilled advocate who is as comfortable in the courtroom as he is at the negotiating table. He has a reputation for being tenacious yet pragmatic and always strives to find creative solutions to his client’s legal problems.

In addition to his work as a trial lawyer, Bunge is an active member of the legal community. He has been recognized by numerous legal publications, including Super Lawyers, Lawdragon 500 and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading lawyers in the United States. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on legal issues and has written articles for various legal publications – with his most recent one being “The SEC’s Enforcement Regime May Soon Undergo a Constitutional Revamp,” published in the Financier Worldwide magazine

Outside of work, Bunge enjoys skiing and engaging in activities that involve the outdoors. He is also committed to giving back to his community via his involvement in several charitable organizations, including The Legal Aid Society (Board of Overseers) and Metropolitan Planning Council (Executive Adviser).  He has also co-founded a non-profit called Living in Peace Successfully.

Overall, Jonathan Bunge is a highly accomplished trial lawyer who has earned a reputation as one of the best in the business. His combination of legal expertise, strategic thinking, and dedication to his clients has made him a go-to attorney for some of the world’s largest and most successful companies. With his track record of success and his unwavering commitment to his clients, Bunge is poised to continue his impressive career for many years to come.

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