Perth, Western Australia.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired former King & Wood Mallesons star litigator Michael Lundberg as a second partner in its Perth office.

Lundberg, who was partner in charge for King & Wood Mallesons in Perth between 2011 and 2013, joins office founding partner Paul Evans, former state solicitor for Western Australia and a longtime Freehills partner.

At Quinn Emanuel, Lundberg also reunites with former partner Beau Deleuil, who is now based in Sydney. Deleuil, who was Lundberg’s predecessor as Perth office head for legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques, was global litigation head at King & Wood Mallesons before he left for the U.S. firm in 2014.

Quinn Emanuel opened its first Australian office in Sydney in 2013 with the hire of former Herbert Smith Freehills duo Michael Mills and Michelle Fox. It opened its second office in Perth in early 2017 when Evans came on board.

Lundberg specializes in commercial litigation and cross-border arbitration. Last year, he successfully helped an Australian grain exporter obtain an award against a defaulting Chinese buyer before the London-based Grain and Feed Trade Association.

In a separate case, Lundberg also acted pro bono for an indigenous Australian, Gene Gibson— appealing a criminal conviction before the Western Australian Court of Appeal, the state’s highest court. Gibson, who is cognitively impaired, had been imprisoned for the manslaughter of 25-year-old Joshua Warneke. Lundberg convinced the court to unanimously overturn the conviction and order his immediate release.

In Australia, Quinn Emanuel has 21 lawyers between Sydney and Perth, including 7 partners.