Quinn was the former lead outside counsel for the NBAPA and had a working relationship with David Stern.
Quinn, as Friedman notes, has known Gary Bettman for 30 years and Quinn says that they have always gotten along.
Friedman says that where Quinn succeeded, and mediators failed, was that he knew the parties involved much better than a mediator could.
The main thing that Quinn says he would work on is developing a trust between both sides where they can agree on certain topics and build off of them in the hope of salvaging the season.
Quinn also helped end the 1998-99 NBA lockout.
NBA.com has more on what Quinn did to end the NBA lockout.