Daily Journal sat down with Jaime Marquart, Ryan Baker and Brian Klein to discuss how the key to their firm’s success is finding attorneys with character over pedigree. While all the partners agree that a degree of aptitude is needed, the firm’s success lies on creating a team of smart people who are eager to put in the effort required to be successful.
Baker and Marquart have a long history – they first met at Harvard Law School and then later worked as associates together at Quinn Emanuel. In 2006, Baker and Marquart decided to hang their own shingle and today, the firm has grown to 15 attorneys, five of them partners, with Brian Klein becoming an equity and name partner.
Creating a fun, positive, supportive workplace was an important goal for them and Baker, Marquart and Klein are all new fathers – so they want their attorneys and staff to feel they can be there for their families. While they were building a culture as a modern and family-oriented firm, they simultaneously built a reputation and specialty in handling high-profile cases. Most recently, Klein represented Charlie Shrem in his case against the Winklevoss twins, and Marquart represents Dreamstime.com, LLC in a case against Google. Marquart noted that this case challenges Google’s dominance, something he and the firm are not afraid to take on.
Cases such as this require the firm’s attorneys to apply old laws and decisions to new technology in a new space. “That’s a recipe for making new law and that’s what we love to do,” added Marquart.