Brigadier General Francis E. Quinlan retired from the US Marine Corps Reserve in 2009. He served as an aviator and held active and reserve command positions at all levels: flying squadron, air group, Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Joint Force and Marine Corps Forces Commands. General Quinlan was Deputy Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Central Command during Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and for the planning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment was as special investigator for Marine Corps Forces Pacific leading a team that conducted an extensive national security inquiry.
Mr. Quinlan practices law in Newport Beach, California with the firm of Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP. His practice emphasizes business formation and litigation, estate planning and taxation, white collar and computer crime, investment fraud investigation, corporate governance advice and corporate investigation. He is also admitted to practice in Colorado, before all state and federal courts in California and Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington D.C.
Mr. Quinlan holds the degree of Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University. He began his practice in California after serving a tour with the FBI investigating white collar crime, public corruption, organized crime and tax fraud. In addition to practicing law, he serves as general counsel for two Delaware investment partnerships and is an audit committee chairman and member of the boards of directors of several large private and public entities, ranging from insurance to real estate to financial service. He served until recently on the audit committee of a software-as-a-service company and as both general counsel and audit committee chairman of the Marine Corps University Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Quinlan was appointed to the State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of Directors by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2007 and reappointed in November 2009. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Investment Committee.