Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP at a Glance


  • “Supportive culture on families”
  • “Cutting edge work”
  • “A partnership that thinks about its associates”


  • “Upward mobility is difficult”
  • “Internal offices”
  • “Too much red tape”

The Buzz

  • “Great in SF”
  • “Easy to work with”
  • “Arrogant”

About Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick is focused on serving three sectors: tech, energy & infrastructure, and finance. The firm's practices are evenly split between transactional work and litigation. Orrick's tech companies group counsels 1,600+ start-ups (including companies like Ooma, Pinterest, and Nest Labs), helping founders and investors guide the company through successful IPO or acquisition. Its Intellectual Property team represents many of the most successful global tech brands in headline-making cases. The firm's top tier Supreme Court and Appellate team is there for the appeal. The firm also offers one of the most active cybersecurity and data privacy practices. Orrick's energy team is particularly strong in renewables, representing the leading players in solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources globally. Its Africa team is working on projects that are projected to increase the continent's power output by 50%. Its infrastructure team advises on P3 projects globally, ranging from innovative municipal water facilities to a new terminal at LGA. In finance, the firm 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. The firm has one of the leading White Collar and investigations practices on the West Coast and recently added several high-profile former prosecutors on the East Coast. It also has a top tier employment litigation team.

A Global Outlook

Founded in 1863 in San Francisco, Orrick recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. In the early 1980s, Orrick began its expansion outside of the Golden Gate City, opening offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and New York. Washington, DC and Silicon Valley offices followed in the early 90s, and the firm soon began its international expansion with offices in Tokyo and London. Today, Orrick's U.S. practices are roughly evenly divided between the East and West Coasts and the firm has offices in the U.K., France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Cote d'Ivoire, Russia, China, and Japan.

Empowering Associates

Orrick offers a uniquely flexible associate development program to enable associates to take control of their careers. Rather than lockstep advancement, Orrick gives its lawyers the ability to develop at their own pace through three different roles: Associate, Managing Associate, and Senior Associate. The best performers earn above-market compensation. Legal skills training and development benchmarks are tailored for each practice group. In addition, associates attend four different academies specifically designed to teach the business and entrepreneurial skills they will need as they advance (Managing Associates and Senior Associates also receive a business development stipend). In-house career coaches are available to provide career planning advice. To help with work/life fit, the firm recently announced the most generous parental leave program of any major firm: 22 weeks paid leave and 9 months job protection, along with an on-ramping program to help parents transition back to practice.

Doing Good

The firm takes opportunities to make a social impact very seriously. It was ranked #9 for pro bono last year among the nation's 200 largest firms by The American Lawyer- with 90% of lawyers billing 20 or more hours to pro bono work. A full time pro bono counsel helps lawyers find projects of interest to them. For one associate this year, that involved a Sixth Circuit argument that resulted in the release from jail of an 82-year-old-nun and several other peace protesters. Others have pioneered new impact finance techniques, worked to combat human trafficking and advised on immigration policy.

Accolades Abound

For 2015, Law360 recognized Orrick's teams among the Tech Groups of the Year, the IP Groups of the Year, and the Restructuring Groups of the Year. The firm is also on Law360's Global 20 list and its California Powerhouse list. The Recorder named Orrick Employment Department of the Year three years in a row.  Orrick's IP Department was named as the IP Department of the year by The American Lawyer, and ranked again as a finalist for the Litigation Department of the Year.  And, the firm has made the Financial Times list of the most innovative U.S. law firms five years in a row. The firm is also one of the few on both Yale Law Women's list of top 10 family friendly firms and Working Mother Magazine/Flex-Time Lawyers' list of best firms for women.


April 2016
A Winning Strategy

The American Lawyer interviewed Mitch Zuklie, Orrick's Chairman, about the changes to the firm over the past few years under his leadership-including three years of revenue growth, tweaks to the compensation system, and a big increase in the number of women in management, to name a few. Mitch reflected on the biggest change which has been defining Orrick's strategic direction to serve clients in three industries: tech, energy and infrastructure, and finance.

March 2016
Best Place to Work

Fortune magazine named Orrick to its prestigious "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. One of only four law firms on the list-and the only firm ranked as one of the top 50 companies for recent graduates-Orrick team members gave the highest marks for great communication and atmosphere.

January 2016
Houston, We Have a Solution

​Orrick announced the opening of a Houston office to serve the area's strong base of global businesses in the energy & infrastructure, technology, and finance sectors. Assembling a group of 20 lateral partners-dubbed a "dream team" by one reporter-enables Orrick to deepen existing relationships in the market and offer the benefit of its experience to Texas's roster of leading public companies.

The Rescue Squad

The American Lawyer awarded Orrick's Intellectual Property group the coveted "IP Department of the Year" for 2015. Calling Orrick's team the "Rescue Squad," the winning spot was earned by the firm's proven ability to jump into a case and dig clients out of a hole, even with little time to prepare.

Tops for Tech

A longtime favorite of tech startups, Orrick showed the full range of representation in 2015 earning Law360's designation as Technology Group of the Year. Orrick steered high-profile financings of later-stage companies like Pinterest, helped a startup incubator develop an innovative securities instrument, and won high-stakes litigation.

May 2015
22 & 9

Orrick rolled out a program which is arguably the most generous parental leave programs at any major U.S. firm. The program, which is available to all lawyers, including partners, and to both men and women, increases paid parental leave to 22 weeks and gives primary caregivers the option to take up to nine months' unpaid leave-hence the "22 & 9" moniker.


March 2015
Big Gender Discrimination Verdict

Orrick secured a total defense verdict for the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in a high-profile gender discrimination suit brought by former junior partner Ellen Pao. The case drew around-the-clock media coverage and grabbed the attention of the tech community and the nation. Orrick partner Lynne Hermle, who served as lead counsel for Kleiner Perkins, was widely praised by jurors and journalists for her performance. During a post-verdict press conference, Hermle chalked up the win to a great client and collaboration by her Orrick trial team, saying that "trials, like venture capital, are a team sport."

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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: Lisa Simpson
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 1,000

  • Base Salary

    Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Orange County; San Francisco; Silicon Valley; Washington, DC
    Associate level 1: $180,000
    Associate level 2: $190,000
    Associate Level 3: $210,000
    Managing Associate: $235,000–280,000
    Senior Associate: $300,000
    Summer associate: $3,461/week

    Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, CA; Seattle, Washington
    Associate level 1: $165,000
    Associate level 2: $175,000
    Associate level 3: $190,000
    Managing Associate: $210,000–245,000
    Senior Associate: $270,000
    Summer Associate: $3,173/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    35 out of 37 (2014)

  • 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

  • Houston, TX • 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 Abidjan (Affiliate) • Beijing • Brussels • Dusseldorf • Geneva • Hong Kong • London • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Rome • Shanghai • Taipei • Tokyo