2019 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#8
- Firm Culture#10
“People are genuinely nice and friendly”
“Firm supports the individual and career vision”
“Lack of socialization outside of firm events”
“Unpredictability of the hours.”
Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys focused on serving three sectors: tech & innovation, energy & infrastructure, and finance.
Building out from the Bay
Orrick traces its lineage to attorney John R. Jarboe, Jr., who was admitted to the California bar in 1858. The firm’s namesake, William H. Orrick, joined in 1910 and would stay with the practice for the next half century, well into his 80s. Early firm clients included the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company and the San Francisco Bank. George Herrington joined in 1927 and made a name for the firm by overseeing the bond issuance for the Golden Gate Bridge, and prevailing in a vicious battle with the Golden Gate Ferry Company that fought to keep the bridge from being built. Bonds would be the firm’s Hallmark on into the late 20th Century. Sutcliffe came to the firm in 1932 and served as managing partner for 30 years from the late 1940s to the late 1970s.
After more than a century in The City, Orrick opened its second office in Sacramento in 1983 and then moved into Los Angeles and New York (now the firm’s largest office) a few years later. In the 1990s, Orrick built substantial securitization and project finance practices in New York and took on the majority of litigation boutique Donovan Leisure’s attorneys. Orrick also made a late entry into Silicon Valley, focusing on IP litigation, and opened up shop in Washington, DC. The firm soon began its international expansion with offices in Tokyo and London, and Orrick was one of the first international firms to open up an affiliate in French-speaking, Sub-Saharan Africa, with an office in Abidjan. In 2002, Orrick was also the first U.S. law firm to open a global insourcing center in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Orrick Today and Tomorrow
Orrick’s practices are now roughly evenly divided between the East and West Coasts and also evenly split between transactional work and litigation. In addition to the U.S., the firm has offices in the U.K., France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, China, Taiwan and Japan. It also recently added 60 lawyers in new offices in Houston and Austin, focused on the energy sector, Latin America, and public finance, as well as new space in Santa Monica, southern California’s tech mecca.
Orrick’s tech companies group counsels 1,800+ start-ups (including companies like Pinterest, Stripe, and SoFi), guiding their clients through a successful IPO or acquisition. The team is on the cutting edge of areas like fintech, blockchain, AI and autonomous vehicles. Orrick’s IP team represents many of the most successful global tech brands in headline-making cases, and the firm has well-respected employment litigation appellate practices too. The firm also offers one of the most active cyber, privacy, and data innovation 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 the 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. Companies turn to the firm’s public policy team to solve issues in the state legislatures and before state attorneys general and regulators.
IN THE NEWS
In an innovative pro bono effort, Orrick’s public policy team created a state-by-state blueprint to shape legislation to criminalize sextortion—a cybercrime not on the books in any state. Sextortion is when a hacker steals sexual images from computers or phones—usually from women or teens—then threatens to expose the material if demands for images or sexual contact are not met. After authoring a report with Legal Momentum, Orrick used its legislative expertise to connect with lawmakers to sponsor bills. Since 2017, with the firm’s guidance, California, Arkansas, Utah, Texas, Arizona, West Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island and New York have passed laws.
Orrick ranked as the #3 most active venture capital law firm globally for the first quarter of 2018 by PitchBook. The Orrick team helped raise $12.4bn in 2017 through its work on 650+ venture financings, representing 1,800 high-growth tech companies globally and 20% of $1bn U.S. unicorns—including Pinterest, Stripe and SoFi. The firm recently added offices in key tech centers like Santa Monica and Oakland, in addition to growing its Bay Area, New York and Washington, DC teams.
Fortune named Orrick #31 on its prestigious "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. This is Orrick’s third year in a row on the list, and it is one of only 5 law firms to make the 2018 list. The firm is also the only firm ranked as one of Fortune's best companies for millennials.
Josh Rosenkranz, head of Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate group, was named a 2018 Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer, for an unprecedented second time. Dubbed “the Defibrillator” for reviving the toughest cases, Josh and his team convinced a panel at the Federal Circuit to throw out a jury verdict against client Oracle in a copyright infringement dispute with Google. At the Supreme Court this term, Orrick’s Appellate team had five wins. Among them was an important privacy win, where the firm’s advocacy for Microsoft following victory in the Second Circuit helped push Congress to pass the Cloud Act.
Financial Times named Orrick North America’s Most Innovative Law Firm in 2017 for an unprecedented second year in a row. Orrick was recognized for eight different innovations, including novel advice for clients in the Tech, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. In addition, FT selected Orrick lawyer John Bautista as one of the 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.”
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: Eric Hairston
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 1,100
Associate level 1: $175,000
Associate level 2: $185,000
Associate level 3: $200,000
Managing Associate: $230,000–$270,000
Senior Associate: $295,000
Summer Associate: $3,365/week Other U.S. offices
Associate level 1: $190,000
Associate level 2: $200,000
Associate Level 3: $220,000
Managing Associate: $255,000–$305,000
Senior Associate: $325,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week
51 out of 53 (2Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Compensation & Benefits
Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation
Energy & Infrastructure
Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Public Policy & Government Affairs
Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation
White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance