Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP at a Glance


  • “Strong reputation in Silicon Valley”
  • “Partners are very approachable”
  • “The people and firm culture”


  • “Mentoring system is mixed”
  • “Unpredictability of schedule”
  • “Lack of transparency with respect to bonus decisions”

The Buzz

  • “Start-up central”
  • “Values diversity”
  • “CA-based”
  • “West Virginia”

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 IP 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

Orrick recently celebrated its 150th anniversary with "Orrick Cares"-48 events worldwide intended to give back to the firm's local communities. The firm was founded in 1863 in San Francisco. Today, its U.S. practices are roughly evenly divided between the East and West Coasts. Orrick began its international expansion in the 1990s and today has offices in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Russia, China and Japan. The firm's most recent additions include Brussels, Geneva and an affiliated office in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

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-and has set higher goals for 2015. 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 2014, 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 two years in a row and the firm was one of two runners up for The American Lawyer's IP 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.


March 2015

Big News in the Valley
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."

January 2015

A Win for Streaming and for Consumers
Litigators at Orrick won a ruling that vindicated client DISH Network and made new law in the copyright arena. Back in 2012, DISH unveiled technology that allows subscribers to automatically record primetime TV and skip commercials. The major TV networks sued DISH in multiple jurisdictions, alleging that it's liable for copyright infringement. Orrick defeated multiple bids by the networks to block DISH from launching the new features. The litigation culminated in a ruling from a federal judge in Los Angeles that gutted the networks' copyright claims. The judge's opinion was the first to interpret the Supreme Court's Aereo decision, one of the most important copyright rulings in years.

December 2014

Impact Finance
Orrick advised the Calvert Social Investment Foundation on the creation of a groundbreaking five-year, $10-million credit facility that will accelerate nonprofits' access to donor funding and lifesaving health supplies in the developing world. A pro bono initiative, this novel financing tool has already being adopted by other funding organizations and is helping people in developing economies get access to funding when and where it can be best utilized.

October 2014

Lighting up Africa
Partnering with attorneys in Cote D'Ivoire, Orrick opened an affiliated office in the African capital of Abidjan. The move makes Orrick the first international law firm with an on-the-ground presence in West Africa. The affiliated office will support Orrick's market-leading Africa practice, which is advising on many of the continent's most important projects, including the Grand Inga, a hydroelectric dam that is expected to increase Africa's energy output by 50 percent.

May 2014

Hitting One Out of the Park
Orrick scored a big appellate victory for Oracle in its $5 billion copyright case against Google, which has been called the "World Series" of intellectual property cases. Oracle alleges that Google's Android operating system infringes copyrights associated with Oracle's Java software platform. The trial judge effectively dismissed the case, ruling that the Java software isn't copyrightable. An Orrick team led by appellate superstar Josh Rosenkranz and IP mastermind Annette Hurst turned the case around. Their brief opened with an analogy likening Google to an author named "Ann Droid" that plagiarizes a Harry Potter novel. Siding with Orrick, an appeals court held that the Java software is copyrightable and revived Oracle's infringement allegations. Financial Times called Orrick's brief the most innovative litigating of 2014, crediting the firm with adopting a strategy that "demystified the technical issues."

January 2014

Building Tech Giants
Orrick advised Silicon Valley pioneer Nest Labs in connection with its $3.2 billion sale to Google. The deal was one in a string of tech company acquisitions that Orrick has been involved in. The firm also advised Instagram on its sale to Facebook and Yammer on its acquisition by Microsoft. In total, the firm's Technologies Companies Group advised on 300 venture capital-backed deals in 2014 that raised $3 billion for emerging tech companies like Pinterest, Stripe and Quora.

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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 2015: 1,000

  • 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
    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

  • 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 •

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