Orrick is a global law firm focused on counseling companies in
the energy and infrastructure, financial services, and technology
sectors. Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the firm has 25 offices
across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Not Merely Good . . . They're Golden
Orrick traces its roots to the year 1863, when the German Savings
and Loan Society (which later became part of the First Interstate
Bank of California) was organized, with John R. Jarboe as its
general counsel. In 1885, Jarboe, along with colleagues Ralph J.
Harrison and W.S. Goodfellow, founded the law firm Jarboe, Harrison
Jarboe, Harrison & Goodfellow dissolved in 1891 when Harrison
was appointed justice to the California Supreme Court. In 1901,
Goodfellow formed a new partnership with Charles Eells, creating
the firm Goodfellow & Eells. William Horsley Orrick joined the
firm in 1910, and after Stanley Moore joined the firm in 1914, the
firm's name changed to Goodfellow, Eells, Moore & Orrick.
In 1927, Ralph Palmer, Tom Dahlquist, George Herrington, and
Mitchell Neff became partners, and Eric Sutcliffe joined in 1932.
During the 1930s the firm played a major role in helping to finance
the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. It not only helped
structure the bridge's financing, but also defended the bonds'
validity when challenged by interests opposed to the bridge's
Sutcliffe replaced Orrick as the firm's managing partner in
1947, a position he held for more than 30 years.
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.
In 2005, Orrick expanded into Asia with the debut of locations in
Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai and now. In 2006, a 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
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 40 Career Associates who work
closely with attorneys in Orrick's practice offices.
The Recorder named Orrick as California Litigation
Department of the Year for 2013 and The American
Lawyer selected Orrick as a finalist for IP Department of the
Year. Chambers Global cites the firm's teams for
leadership across 43 transactional and litigation practice areas
and recognizes 97 Orrick lawyers worldwide as leading
practitioners. Recognizing Orrick's strong culture of client
service excellence, mentoring, inclusion, and community
responsibility, The American Lawyer recently named the
firm to its 10-Year A-List.
IN THE NEWS
Building Tech Giants
Orrick has advised on many of the largest private technology
company acquisitions in the market, including Nest Labs/Google,
Instagram/Facebook, Yammer/Microsoft, Neolane/Adobe and
Goodreads/Amazon. With 300 VC-backed deals worldwide raising $2.6
billion and $5.3 billion in M&A exits and sales, 2013 was a big
year for the firm's Emerging Companies Group and 1,400+ start-up
company clients, which include Pinterest, Yammer, TOA Technologies,
BrightSource Energy, eHarmony, Quora, Coinbase and Stripe.
Don't Skip This
Orrick prevailed for DISH Network in its bi-coastal copyright
battle with all of the major networks over DISH's DVR ad-skipping
technology. The firm achieved a complete defense verdict for EMC
Corporation in a high-stakes patent troll dispute chronicled by
National Public Radio in its series "When Patents Attack." In
recognition of these and other wins, The Recorder selected
Orrick as California Litigation Department of the Year, California
Labor & Employment Department of the Year and a finalist for
California Intellectual Property Department of the Year, noting:
"Orrick didn't just make law in 2013, it made headlines."
A Sweet Deal
A team of Orrick's Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco-based
lawyers closed a 140-property acquisition of former Hostess assets
that client Hackman Capital had won at a bankruptcy auction just 10
days prior to the closing. The Wall Street Journal
featured the deal as its "Deal of the Week."
The National Law Journal dubbed Orrick's U.S. Supreme
Court and appellate practice "the place where clients come when
they simply have to win an appeal," citing the team's deep bench,
diverse docket of cases, high-profile clients and presence in the
nation's highest court. Orrick argued and won the landmark U.S.
Supreme Court case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.,
which addressed the question of whether the so-called "first sale"
doctrine applies to goods manufactured abroad-the case has been
described as the most important copyright case in the past
The American Lawyer did a 10-year retrospective of A List
firms in 2013-and Orrick made the list. In addition to its high
ranking on the mid-level survey, the firm ranked 12th nationwide in
the 2013 Pro Bono Survey, Orrick was also selected for The
Recorder's elite list of the top 10 Pro Bono Achievers in
Northern California. Orrick attorneys average 100 hours of pro bono
work a year. The firm was also named to Yale Law Women's list of
the top ten family friendly firms.
Orrick's longtime pro bono client George Souliotes was set free
following 16 years of wrongful incarceration on a triple murder
conviction. Orrick had litigated the case through the federal
courts for several years, including a hard-fought habeas victory
(an extremely rare finding of actual innocence) and a federal
judge's decision to overturn the conviction, prior to the State of
California's decision to retry him on the charges. Three Orrick
associates-Jimmy McBirney, Shannon Leong and Megan Crane (who now
practices full time with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center)-were
named California Lawyer's "Attorneys of the Year" in
recognition of their work on the habeas case.