John Quinn is the lead partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, an offbeat Los Angeles-based law firm that has been stepping on a lot of white-shod toes in its ascent to the highest stratum of the elite corporate legal community. Quinn Emanuel has adopted the strategy, attitude, and accoutrements of a Red Bull-fueled startup. It focuses only on business litigation: no tax, real estate, or other common corporate practices. Even more galling to the tradition-bound large full-service firms that are its competitors, the firm takes some cases on contingency, meaning that it doesn't get paid if it doesn't win. The firm isn't shy about trumpeting its success and the reasons for it. John Quinn attributes some of the firm's success to its decentralized structure. He has led the firm's lawyers through Olympic National Park in Washington State, up Half Dome in Yosemite, and into the Swiss Alps.