Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP at a Glance


  • “Great mentors”
  • “Collaborative, friendly culture”
  • “Commitment to pro bono”


  • “Workload can be rough”
  • “Unpredictable bonus award process”
  • “A few gaps in our overall practice”

The Buzz

  • “Smart specialists”
  • “Up and coming Supreme Court practice”
  • “Pretty good lawyers”
  • “Not sure where this firm heading”

About Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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 & Goodfellow.
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 construction.

Sutcliffe replaced Orrick as the firm's managing partner in 1947, a position he held for more than 30 years.

Venturing Overseas
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 Munich.

Always Open
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.

Accolades Abound
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.


January 2014

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.

October 2013

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."

September 2013

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."

Big-League Push
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 decade.

July 2013

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.

Habeas Heroes
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.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019-6142
Phone: (212) 506-5000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & CEO: Mitch Zuklie
  • Partner in Charge of Campus Recruiting: Karen Johnson-McKewan
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 1,100

  • Employment Contact
    U.S. Offices
    Jennifer Brown
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (212) 506-3553
    E-mail: jbrown@orrick.com

    Los Angeles/Orange County
    Casey Brandenberger
    Recruiting Manager Phone: (213) 612-2361
    E-mail: cbrandenberger@orrick.com

    New York
    Jennifer Lewis
    Law School Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (212) 506-5011
    E-mail: jlewis@orrick.com

    Linda Partmann
    Recruiting Administrator
    Phone: (916) 329-7936
    E-mail: lpartmann@orrick.com

    San Francisco
    Jenny Li
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (415) 773-5722
    E-mail: jeli@orrick.com

    Silicon Valley
    Michelle Lockhart
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (650) 614-7392
    E-mail: mlockhart@orrick.com

    Washington, DC
     Marissa Chepenik
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (202) 339-8611
    E-mail: mchepenik@orrick.com

  • Base Salary
    Los Angeles; New York; Orange County; San Francisco; Silicon Valley; Washington, DC
    Associate level 1:  $160,000
    Associate level 2:  $170,000
    Associate Level 3:  $185,000
    Managing Associate:  $210,000 - $250,000
    Senior Associate:  $265,000
    Summer associate:  $3,077/week

    Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, CA; Seattle, Washington
    Associate level 1:  $145,000
    Associate level 2:  $155,000
    Associate level 3:  $170,000
    Managing Associate:  $190,000 - $210,000
    Senior Associate:  $240,000
    Summer Associate:  $2,788/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    30 out of 35

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Competition
    Banking & Finance
    Capital Markets
    Commercial Litigation
    Compensation & Benefits
    Emerging Companies
    Global Infrastructure
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    Mass Torts & Product Liability
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Outsourcing & Technology Transactions
    Public Policy & Government Affairs
    Public Finance
    Real Estate
    Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement
    Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation
    Structured Finance
    White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Orange County, CA • Portland, OR • Sacramento, CA • San Francisco, CA • Seattle, WA • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC • Wheeling, WV • Beijing • Berlin • Brussels • Dusseldorf • Frankfurt • Hong Kong • London • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Rome • Shanghai • Tokyo • Taipei

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