Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe logo.svg
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
No. of offices 25+
No. of attorneys 1,000+
Major practice areas Tech, Energy & Infrastructure, Finance
Key people Mitch Zuklie (Chairman)
Revenue Increase $929 million[1]
Date founded 1885
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website www.orrick.com

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm founded in San Francisco, California.

Orrick is focused on serving companies in the technology, energy & infrastructure and financial sectors globally. It has been called a leading innovator in the legal industry.[2] The firm has over 1,000 lawyers worldwide in more than 25 offices, with more than 200 in each of its two largest offices, San Francisco and New York City.


Orrick's headquarters at the Orrick Building on Howard Street in San Francisco

Orrick acquired 40 lawyers and their litigation practices from Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine in 1998.[3]

In 2002, Orrick became the first law firm to establish a global insourcing center, which the firm created in Wheeling, West Virginia.[3]

The firm expanded internationally in 2005 at the expense of the now-defunct law firm Coudert Brothers. Orrick expanded its London office and opened offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai with Coudert Brothers professionals. Also in 2005, the firm added a team from the Venture Law Group (VLG).[4]

In 2006, the firm engaged in protracted merger negotiations with legacy Wall Street firm Dewey Ballantine. The merger was unsuccessful and Dewey later combined in 2008 with fellow New York firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae to form Dewey & LeBoeuf. The same year, Orrick expanded its Paris office through a combination with Rambaud Martel, a preeminent M&A and dispute resolution firm in France.[5]

In 2008, Orrick expanded into Germany by combining with Hölters & Elsing (Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten); today, the firm has offices in Düsseldorf and Munich. Orrick also welcomed a group of project finance attorneys in its San Francisco office from Thelen LLP and in its Paris office from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. In 2008, the firm admitted almost two dozen partners in its London, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., offices from the San Francisco firm Heller Ehrman, including 27 hired[6] after Heller's Sept. 26, 2008, announcement of dissolution. This move added Orrick’s Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation practice head, Josh Rosenkranz, who was named “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer[7] in 2012 and successfully argued Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court. The move also added Annette Hurst, who has been named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 75 IP Litigators in California” list (2010-2012).[8]

On November, 2008, citing the severity of the global economic downturn, Orrick laid off 40 associates and 35 staffers in various offices, predominately in the US, and said that because of the economy and the firm's recent capital investments, profits per partner would be down that year.[9] In March 2009, Orrick laid off an additional 100 attorneys and 200 staff, citing again the recession.[citation needed]

In June 2017, Orrick was announced as one of thirty law firms piloting the Mansfield Rule. Modeled after the NFL's Rooney Rule and named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice in the US, the Mansfield Rule challenges firms to ensure a diverse candidate pool.[10]

Recognition and rankings[edit]

  • Law360 named Orrick to its Global 20 list for the sixth time in 2017.[11]
  • Financial Times named Orrick North America’s most innovative law firm in its 2016 and 2017 North America Innovative Lawyers reports.[12]
  • Fortune recognized Orrick as one of its 100 Best Companies to Work For for the second consecutive year in 2017.[13]
  • The American Lawyer included Orrick among the top 10 firms on its 2017 A-List.[14]
  • The American Lawyer named Orrick as Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year for 2015."[15] In addition, the firm was one of six finalists for Litigation Department of the Year.[16]
  • The Recorder recognized Orrick’s California-based employment litigation team as California Labor & Employment Department of the Year for the fourth consecutive year in 2017.[17]
  • The National Law Journal named Orrick to its Appellate Hot List for the sixth time in 2017.[18]
  • Orrick’s London technology team was recognized as the Service Provider of the Year at the 15th annual Investor AllStars awards.[19]
  • Orrick was named one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers in 2017 for the ninth time.[20] The firm was also named to Yale Law Women's list of the Top Ten Family Friendly U.S. Law Firms for the fifth time.[21]
  • Orrick ranked #8 out of 220 firms on The American Lawyer’s 2017 Diversity Scorecard.[22]
  • Orrick earned a score of 100 percent for the twelfth consecutive year in the 2018 Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and Best Places to Work survey.[23]
  • Orrick’s summer associate programs were ranked #1 in five markets across the U.S. in The American Lawyer’s 2017 Summer Associates Survey.[24]

Social impact[edit]

Orrick was ranked #9 for U.S. pro bono impact and #6 for international pro bono impact by The American Lawyer in its 2017 pro bono rankings.[25] In 2015, Orrick was named to Law360’s list of Pro Bono All Stars for its "exceptionally stalwart commitment to pro bono work year after year and its dedicating substantial resources over the past half-decade to impactful cases crucial to the public good."[26]

An Orrick team was the architect of legislation enacted in California in October 2017 to criminalize sexual extortion, part of a national effort on behalf of the firm’s pro bono client Legal Momentum.[27]

Orrick lawyers provided legal and technical assistance to the Public International Law & Policy Group on public international law issues facing countries in the Middle East aspiring to become democracies, including Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia.[28]

Orrick convinced the U.S. government to grant full asylum to three family members of the Demiraj family in an asylum case that was submitted and approved by the U.S. Supreme Court.[29]

In 2014, the firm launched the Orrick Cares program in celebration of Orrick’s 150th anniversary. The program engages lawyers, staff, clients and friends in activities that give back to communities worldwide, including partnering with the California Coastal Commission for a beach clean-up.[30] Orrick Cares was awarded “Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year” by Chambers & Partners at the 2015 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards.[31]

On Veterans Day in 2014, the firm announced the launch of the Veterans' Legal Career Fair.[32] The event matches legal employers with lawyers who are veterans, active-duty service members or military spouses. In addition to Orrick, founding sponsors of the Veterans' Legal Career Fair include The American Legion, American Lawyer Media, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network.[33]

Orrick was the first global law firm to establish an Impact Finance & Social Enterprise practice. The firm’s Impact Finance Attorney is the only full-time lawyer position at a major law firm dedicated to this space, focused on helping clients to create and sustain intentional and measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns.[34][35][36]


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