From its beginnings in 1885, Orrick has played
a key role in Northern California finance. Known for its corporate
and public finance work since its early days, Orrick has more
recently built up its litigation, intellectual property and
international capital markets practices.
Founder John J. Jarboe was among the early
settlers aiding San Francisco's transition from campsite to
commercial center. After serving as general counsel of the German
Savings & Loan Society, he founded a firm called Jarboe,
Harrison & Goodfellow with partners Ralph C. Harrison and W. S.
Goodfellow. The partnership broke apart a few years later-Harrison
went on to become a California Supreme Court justice and Goodfellow
started a new firm called Goodfellow & Eells.
An attorney named William H. Orrick joined
Goodfellow and Charles Eels in 1910. By then Goodfellow & Eells
had become prominent in San Francisco circles: it had helped
reorganize the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company after the
catastrophic earthquake and fire that leveled the city in 1906, and
it represented business interests in landmark water rights law and
hydro projects in the Truckee River region. More partners-and more
clients-came on board during the first half of the twentieth
century, and among the firm's successes was a massive bond issue to
finance construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Partner George
Herrington was heavily involved with that matter, as was attorney
Eric Sutcliffe, who became the firm's managing partner in 1947.
The name Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe was
adopted in 1980, and three years later the firm opened a Sacramento
office-its first venture beyond San Francisco. Additional locations
in New York and Los Angeles followed, and in the 1990s, Orrick
added capacity in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley. Its first
overseas office was Tokyo, which opened in 1997. In the late 1990s
and early 2000s, the firm targeted the Pacific Northwest and
Europe, opening offices in Seattle, Portland, London, Paris, Milan,
Rome and Moscow.
A 2006 merger with French firm Rambaud Martel
added 100 attorneys to Orrick's Paris office-which still serves as
its hub for European operations-and a few years later, the firm
gained three German locations through a merger with Hölters &
Elsing. In 2010, a fourth German office, focused on serving the
technology industry, was added in Munich. In recent years, Orrick
also expanded in Asia with the debut of locations in Hong Kong,
Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai and now has over 100 legal
professionals in its China offices.
In 2002, Orrick built a global operations center ("GOC") in
Wheeling, West Virginia that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Initially founded to handle administrative operations including
human resources, information technology and finance for Orrick
offices worldwide, the GOC is also where Orrick develops innovative
technologies and applications, like a proprietary litigation
management system and OrrickChinaLaw.com, a massive database of
material and guides to over 40,000 Chinese laws and regulations.
The GOC is now home to Orrick's in-house document review and
e-discovery center and to over 30 Career Associates who work
closely with attorneys in Orrick's practice offices.
Orrick was selected by The National Law Journal
to its Intellectual Property Hot List. Orrick was cited for its
high-stakes, complex intellectual property litigation work on
behalf of a wide range of technology clients, including significant
victories in 2012 for Brocade Communications, Tekmira
Pharmaceuticals, Dow AgroSciences, Nvidia and Canon. In addition,
ten Orrick lawyers were recognized as IP Stars in the inaugural
edition of Managing IP's new state-by-state analysis of
the IP market, three Orrick intellectual property partners were
named to the Daily Journal's "Top IP Litigators" list, and
partner Chris Ottenweller was named 'Litigator of the Week' by
The American Lawyer for his victory in a patent case for
EMC Corp. in the Eastern District of Texas.
All Roads Lead to Excellence
Orrick acted as counsel on three award winning Project
Finance magazine Deals of the Year in the categories of
public-private partnership ("PPP"), toll road and water.
Project Finance magazine awarded its North American Toll
Road Deal of the Year for 2012 to the $2.089 billion Elizabeth
River Crossings tolled tunnel concession. Orrick served as legal
counsel to the sponsors Skanska and Macquarie on the transaction.
Project Finance also awarded the North American PPP Deal
of the Year to the Presidio Parkway PPP in which Orrick served as
legal counsel to the lenders and awarded North American Water Deal
of the Year to the Poseidon Resources' Carlsbad project in which
Orrick served as bond counsel.
To the Rescue
Orrick attorneys won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case
that rescued the estimated $60 billion U.S. market of copyrighted
goods manufactured abroad from the brink of potential disaster. In
the copyright case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley Publishing, one
of the highest-profile intellectual property cases to hit the
Court's docket in years, the Supreme Court held by a 6-3 margin
that the "first-sale doctrine," which allows owners of lawfully
acquired copyrighted works to resell them without first getting the
copyright holder's permission, applies to all works, including
works made overseas.
San Francisco public finance partner John Knox and
Sacramento restructuring partner Marc Levinson were selected both
by California Lawyer magazine as "Attorneys of the Year"
and by the Daily Journal as Top 25 Municipal Lawyers, for
their work on behalf of the cities of Vallejo and Stockton in their
It's Yammer Time
Orrick represented Yammer Inc., a leading provider of
enterprise social networks, in its US$1.2 billion all cash
acquisition by Microsoft. Orrick represented Yammer in all legal
matters beginning with its incorporation and culminating in its