Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP at a Glance


  • “High-level work”
  • “Very friendly, laid-back atmosphere”
  • “Real investment in associates”


  • “Occasional long hours”
  • “Lack of racial diversity”
  • “Hours requirement went up”

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 Pinterest, Stripe, and 23andMe), helping founders and investors guide the company through successful IPO or acquisition. The team is on the cutting edge of areas like Fintech and IOT. 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, Côte d'Ivoire, Russia, China, Taiwan and Japan. In the past year, the firm added a 41-lawyer Houston office, focused on the energy sector and Latin America, and an outpost in Santa Monica, southern California's tech mecca.

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. Orrick also offers agile working options-including working from home, flexible work arrangements, job sharing, and working remotely where Orrick does not have an office--while staying on track for partnership consideration. The firm also has market-leading primary caregiver leave: 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 92% 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 several associates this year, that involved partnering with the ACLU on a class-action settlement that forced US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to change its communications policies at four Northern California detention facilities. Others have pioneered new impact finance techniques, worked to combat human trafficking and advised on prisoners' rights.

Accolades Abound

Financial Times named Orrick the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America for 2016 and Fortune lists Orrick among the 100 Best Companies to Work for. The firm ranked in the top 20 in M&A globally last year, according to MergerMarket, and was named "Corporate Department of the Year: Emerging Companies" by The Recorder. Law360 named Orrick Project Finance Group of the Year in 2016 for the fourth time. Orrick was also selected by Law360 as the #5 litigation powerhouse, and was named IP Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer in 2016. The firm made the National Law Journal's Appellate Hotlist again in 2016, and has been The Recorder's Employment Department of the Year three years in a row.


March 2017
Back to Back

Fortune named Orrick to its prestigious "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the second time in a row. Orrick was one of only five law firms on the list, and Orrick team members gave the highest marks for its great atmosphere. The firm is also the only firm ranked as one of Fortune's best companies for millennials, and was named one of the top 5 best places to work in the Bay Area.

We Can Live Beside the Ocean

Continuing the growth of its global tech practice, Orrick opened a Santa Monica office dedicated to serving the Silicon Beach market. The 13-lawyer office provides a local base to serve an emerging tech hub in Southern California-the nation's fourth-largest venture capital market. The Recorder, which covered the opening, notes that only a "handful of firms" have offices in Santa Monica. The scale of Orrick's tech platform sets it apart from the rest.

December 2016

Orrick is the most innovative law firm in North America in 2016, according to the Financial Times. In addition, FT named Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie one of the "10 Most Innovative Individuals" of 2016. The FT report commended Orrick's innovative client work in the tech, infrastructure and finance sectors, along with its leading firm strategy, which combines its strengths with an ambition to be the best law firm to work for.

Sector Strategy

The past year was exceptional, as Orrick continued its focus on serving the technology, energy & infrastructure, and finance sectors globally. In tech, Orrick ranked top 20 for global M&A volume (MergerMarket). And the firm was the most active VC advisor in Europe (PitchBook). Orrick opened a 41-lawyer Houston office to connect its global energy & infrastructure practice, and ranked #3 for Global Infrastructure (InfraNews). The firm was also named project finance group of the year for the fourth time (Law360). And it maintained its leading position in the CMBS, RMBS, and ABS markets, while adding a top-tier structured finance team in France.

August 2016
Borrower Benefit

At a time when lawyers starting their careers often cope with crushing law school debt, Orrick was the first major law firm to offer new associates student loan repayment assistance. Orrick collaborates with SoFi, the lending and wealth management innovator, to offer both a debt refinancing program and an industry-leading loan repayment benefit. The New York Times described the Orrick program as "a step beyond" what other firms do.

July 2016
Litigation Powerhouse

Orrick ranked #5 nationwide on Law360's inaugural Litigation Powerhouse list. In the last two years Orrick's litigators have tried 20 cases, securing wins for Microsoft, Kleiner Perkins, Dish Network, and Dow Agrosciences, among others. And The American Lawyer recognized partner Josh Rosenkranz as "Litigator of the Week" three times in 2016-the last of which was for a federal appeals court victory for Microsoft, preventing the U.S. government from unilaterally searching private emails stored in foreign countries. Josh heads the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation practice, a 38-lawyer team with 17 Supreme Court clerkships under their collective belt.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & CEO: Mitch Zuklie
  • Partner in Charge of Campus Recruiting: Lisa Simpson
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 1,000

  • Base Salary

    Houston; LA; NY; Orange County; SF; Silicon Valley; 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; Sacramento; Seattle
    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
    47 out of 50 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition • Banking & Finance • Capital Markets • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution • Compensation & Benefits • Employment • Technology Companies • Energy & Infrastructure • Intellectual Property • International Arbitration • Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity • Public Policy & Government Affairs • Public Finance • Real Estate • Restructuring • Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation • Structured Finance • Tax • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance 

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Orange County, CA • Portland, OR • Sacramento, CA • San Francisco, CA • Santa Monica, 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