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At a Glance

Uppers

“Attentiveness to the particular needs of your work-life balance. Respect for all. High level of responsibility for all.”

“Reduced hours option.”

Downers

“Working on demanding and stressful transactions.

“Some partners who care too much about face time.”

About Orrick

Orrick is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys that is fiercely committed to teamwork and innovation. The firm has dozens of offices across the globe, including in California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

It All Began with a Break-Up

In the late 1800s, W.S. Goodfellow and his partners John J. Jarboe and Ralph C. Harrison walked away from their San Francisco firm, Jarboe, Harrison & Goodfellow. Goodfellow then teamed up with Charles Eells to form Goodfellow & Eells. The firm helped organize the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company after San Francisco’s catastrophic earthquake and fire in 1906 and also worked on water rights matters. In 1910, William H. Orrick joined the firm, and over the years, George Herrington and Eric Sutcliffe—who became managing partner in 1947—jumped aboard too. One of the firm’s earliest successes was its involvement in the financing of the Golden Gate Bridge—a matter that set the firm’s stage for big things to come.

Not to Brag, But . . .

Today, Orrick focuses on serving clients in three sectors: technology and innovation, including life sciences; energy & infrastructure; and finance. Its practice spans transactional, regulatory, and litigation work. The firm has counseled more than 4,000 venture-backed companies, including Pinterest, Stripe, and SoFi, guiding startups through successful IPOs or acquisitions. The team is on the cutting edge of areas like AI, fintech, and blockchain.

The firm is particularly well known for its energy work, holding the No. 1 spot in Vault’s Clean Tech & Renewable Energy ranking. The firm represents the leading players in solar and wind and advises clients globally on innovative energy sources such as green hydrogen and biofuels and on carbon capture and other emerging energy technologies. In the last several years, the firm has worked on more than 150 bids for new renewables projects.

Orrick also boasts one of the strongest IP teams in the country, representing many of the most successful global tech brands in headline-making cases.  The firm’s IP lawyers handle cases involving copyright, inter partes review, IP counseling, patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and even the legal implications of 3D printing. The firm also offers one of the most active cyber, privacy, and data innovation practices. 

The firm represents more than 700 fintech clients. It also is a market leader in securitization and public finance and has strong teams in restructuring and real estate. Orrick also defends banks and funds in complex litigation.

Innovation Time

Innovation is just another part of life at Orrick. Associates can spend up to 50 billable hours on innovation-related projects to help the firm and clients. Associates have engaged in innovation “sprints,” which incorporate principles of design thinking to challenge assumptions and brainstorm new solutions. Others have created tools to enhance the efficiency of delivering legal services and apps to target client needs, among other projects. It’s unsurprising that the Financial Times has ranked Orrick among the top three most innovative law firms in North America for seven years in a row.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • Litigated some of the most important questions related to AI for clients, including defending GitHub and Microsoft in a generative AI copyright case and Workday in a case alleging discrimination by its AI-powered employment screening tools. We’re also creating AI regulatory, IP, data ethics, and privacy solutions for public and private companies deploying and developing AI technology and supporting 400+ AI companies on firmwide matters.
  • Advised on the $1.9B financing of a 690MW solar + 380MW storage project in Nevada, the largest project of its kind in the U.S. and No. 2 for EnergyTech financings (Pitchbook).
  • Secured an unprecedented ITC order for Sonos in a multibillion-dollar fight over wireless speaker patents, resulting in a ban on importing infringing Google products.
  • On the forefront of fintech transactional and regulatory advice, including counseling payment processing company Stripe on a $6.5 billion Series I financing.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • #18 Best Companies to Work For, 2023—Fortune 
  • Top 3 for Innovation, 2016-2022—Financial Times
  • Top Firm for Agency & Flexibility and Diversity, 2022—Yale Law Women
  • Best Diversity Initiative (Racial Justice Fellowship Program), 2022—The American Lawyer
  • No. 1 for Pro Bono in the U.S., 2022—The American Lawyer
Orrick

51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 506-5000

Firm Stats

Chairman & CEO: Mitch Zuklie
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
16
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1950

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $215,000 (annualized)

Employment Contact

U.S. Offices
Vicki Boyne
U.S. Law School Hiring Partner
vboyne@orrick.com
Mike Dee
U.S. Sr. Manager, Law School Relations & Diversity Recruiting
mdee@orrick.com
Liz Forrest
Director of US Recruiting
eforrest@orrick.com
Other recruiting contacts can be found at https://www.orrick.com/Careers/Contact-Us

No. of U.S. Offices: 15

No. of International Offices: 13

Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
Orange County, CA
Santa Monica, CA
San Francisco, CA
Menlo Park, CA
Sacramento, CA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Houston, TX
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
New York, NY
Wheeling, WV
Washington, DC
Chicago, IL

Major Departments

Antitrust
Capital Markets / ESG
Compensation & Benefits
Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
Employment
Energy & Infrastructure
Financial & Fintech Advisory
Intellectual Property
Technology Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Public Finance
Real Estate
Restructuring
Supreme Court & Appellate
Structured Finance / Banking & Finance
Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Tax
Startups and Venture Capital
Securities Litigation
White Collar / International Trade & Compliance
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.