Oscar winner: Quinn Emanuel chief John Quinn on his role as general counsel of the Academy

John Quinn on Oscars legal advice, the #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite movements and going to the show on the night his wife gave birth

This weekend, millions of people tuned in to the 90th Academy Awards to see dazzling outfits, moving speeches and the results of a lot of behind-the-scenes legal work.

Since 1986, John Quinn, name partner Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, has served as the outside general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last week, Legal Week sister title Corporate Counsel spoke with Quinn about what it’s like to help prepare for one of the biggest nights in show business.

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