2021 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#4
At a Glance
“Flexibility to run my own schedule most days.”
“The focus on innovation.”
“The West Coast culture.”
“Long hours can be draining.”
“It's still BigLaw.”
“Client demands can be high.”
About Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Orrick is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys that is fiercely committed to teamwork and innovation. The firm has dozens of offices across the globe, including domestic locations in California, New York, Oregon, and Texas.
It All Began with a Break-Up
In the late 1800s, W.S. Goodfellow and his partners John J. Jarboe and Ralph C. Harrison walked away from their San Francisco firm, Jarboe, Harrison & Goodfellow. Goodfellow then teamed up with Charles Eells to form Goodfellow & Eells. The firm helped organize the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company after San Francisco’s catastrophic earthquake and fire in 1906 and also worked on water rights matters. In 1910, William H. Orrick joined the firm, and over the years, George Herrington and Eric Sutcliffe—who became managing partner in 1947—jumped aboard too. One of the firm’s earliest successes was its involvement in the financing of the Golden Gate Bridge—a matter that set the firm’s stage for big things to come.
Not to Brag, But . . .
Today, Orrick focuses on serving clients in three sectors: technology and innovation, including life sciences; energy & infrastructure; and finance. Its practice is evenly split between transactional and litigation work. Orrick’s Tech Companies group counsels 2,700-plus startups (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.
The firm is particularly well known for its energy work, holding the No. 1 spot in Vault’s Clean Tech & Renewable Energy ranking and the No. 14 spot in its Energy, Oil, & Gas ranking. The firm represents the leading players in solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources globally. In the last several years, the firm has worked on more than 150 bids for new renewables projects.
Orrick also boasts one of the strongest IP teams in the country, representing many of the most successful global tech brands in headline-making cases. Among the areas the firm’s IP lawyers handle are copyright, inter partes review, IP counseling, patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and even the legal implications of 3D printing. The firm also offers one of the most active cyber, privacy, and data innovation practices.
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.
Innovation is just another part of life at Orrick. Associates can spend up to 50 billable hours on innovation-related projects to help the firm and clients. Associates have engaged in innovation “sprints,” which incorporate principles of design thinking to challenge assumptions and brainstorm new solutions to approach an issue. Others have created tools to enhance the efficiency of delivering legal services and apps to target client needs, among other projects. It’s unsurprising that the Financial Times has named the firm the Most Innovative Firm in North America multiple times.
Recruiting is virtual in 2020. Agile working has been popular at Orrick for a long time (167 lawyers chose agile working in the year before COVID), so we made the transition fairly smoothly. We’re bringing the same flexibility to remote interviewing. We’ll work with what works for you. Grit, EQ, innovation and teamplay are what we’ve always looked for – and that’s never been more important than in 2020. We want to hear how you’ve navigated this year and what you learned from it. And, please bring your questions about what 2020 has meant for Orrick, how we’ve adapted, and how we see the future of law and our firm changing.
News & Awards
Orrick is creating five Racial, Social and Economic Justice Fellowships, enabling Orrick lawyers to work full time for a year with a public interest organization. The firm is also partnering with Diversity Lab to pilot six bias interrupters on its teams, and two Orrick associates hosted a Juneteenth conversation with Soledad O’Brien.
The firm’s Cyber & Privacy team developed a first-of-its-kind global privacy development program called “Privacy in a Box.” This innovative solution gives clients access to a complete global privacy compliance program via a cloud-based collaboration tool, also developed by Orrick, called Joinder.
Orrick took action on Pride this year. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Bostock decision strengthening workplace protections for LGBTQ employees sided with the arguments in Orrick’s amicus brief on behalf of 59 civil rights organizations. The firm also rolled out its gender-inclusive policy and had a firmwide conversation with Dru Levasseur, a recognized leader in the LGBTQ+ equality movement (and, yes, Orrick's annual Pride parade was virtual).
The firm opened its Boston office in 2019 with top-tier Cyber & Privacy, Copyright, Media Litigation, and Life Sciences teams.
- Orrick is helping Fisker go public and realize its objective to bring an all-electric SUV to market.
- Orrick is representing Oracle in an eight-year battle over the use of its Java software in Google’s Android operating system. The firm is taking the case to SCOTUS this fall.
- The firm helped the California Housing Finance Agency with an innovative financing to build a 146-unit apartment project in San Francisco providing permanent housing for the homeless.
- Over the past year, the firm has been instrumental in social justice litigation forcing the U.S. government to correct inhumane conditions for migrant children in detention facilities along the Texas border.
- #5 on the A-List, 2020—The American Lawyer
- 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2020—Fortune
- #1 Most Innovative Law Firm in North America, 2016-2018 and runner-up in 2019—Financial Times
- Top 5 for Pro Bono, 2020—The American Lawyer
- Top Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness, 2020—Yale Law Women
Why Work Here
Seven Stats about Orrick
1. We focus on serving the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Globally.
2. We give our associates the opportunity to chart your own course. It means early responsibility. World-class training. And the chance to make a social impact.
3. We were named the #1 most innovative law firm in North America in 2017 by Financial Times, for the second year in a row.
4. We’re on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For (#31), and we rank #4 for job satisfaction by AmLaw in 2018. In part, that’s because we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to how our lawyers work. Instead, we offer agile working. This includes flexible work arrangements, job sharing and remote working.
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 506-5000
Chairman & CEO: Mitch Zuklie
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Most 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 Portland/Sacramento
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
Associate Director U.S. Recruiting Programs & Strategy
Associate Director U.S. Lateral Recruiting & Operations
Recruiting contacts for all offices available on firm website.
No. of U.S. Offices: 14
No. of International Offices: 12
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
Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation
Energy & Infrastructure
Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation
White Collar and Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.