Orrick is recognized for the strength of our client work in the Tech, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors, and for being a Litigation powerhouse. We are also proud to be singled out for our inclusive culture, our commitment to developing the next generation of talent and our social impact.

Financial Times selected us as the Most Innovative North American Law Firm of 2017, for an unprecedented second year in a row. Our firm also appears on the:

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For (#31) – Fortune, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • A-List – The American Lawyer, 2018 and 10 times
  • Global 20 – Law360, 2018 and seven times  

Chambers Global 2017 cites us for excellence in 39 practice areas, Chambers USA in 36, Chambers Europe in 22 and Chambers Asia in 10.

Tech

As a leading advisor to the global technology sector, we are recognized for our work on behalf of the most disruptive companies in the market.

  • #3 Global VC Law Firm – PitchBook, 2Q2018
    • #1 VC Firm in Europe for the last 10 quarters
  • #13 Global M&A – Mergermarket, 2017
  • UK Corporate and Commercial Law Firm (Specialism) of the Year for Venture Capital – Legal 500, 2018
  • Service Provider of the Year – Investor AllStars
  • Corporate Department of the Year: Emerging Companies – The Recorder, 2016
  • Tech Group of the Year – Law360, 2015 and two times

The most innovative Tech companies in the world call on us to protect their intellectual property and defend their brands. For this work, we’ve been named:

  • IP Litigation Department of the Year – The American Lawyer, 2016
  • IP Hot List – National Law Journal, 2016 and two times
  • Privacy Group of the Year – Law360, 2016 
  • Tier 1 for China Patent Work – Asian Legal Business, 2017 and five consecutive years

Energy & Infrastructure

Our practices and teams are recognized globally as leaders in the Energy & Infrastructure sector. Chambers and Partners 2017 rates our teams across 24 energy and infrastructure categories in markets worldwide, including the United States, Africa, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the UK. In addition, our lawyers have earned 71 individual rankings from Chambers and Partners 2017 across oil and gas, electric power, and renewables in markets from Houston and California to London, Paris and Hong Kong.

  • Band 1 for U.S. PPP and Renewables & Alternative Energy – Chambers USA, 2018
  • Power Firm of the Year – Chambers USA, 2017
  • Band 1 for French PFI/PPP – Chambers Europe, 2018
  • #9 Global Renewables, #12 Global Power and #15 Global Infrastructure by volume – Inframation, 2017
  • #3 Global PE in the Energy Industry – PitchBook, 2017
  • Law Firm of the Year in Greenfield Infrastructure and Africa Infrastructure – Magazine des Affaires, 2018 for the 3rd year in a row
  • Italy Energy Law Firm of the Year – Legalcommunity, 2018 and two times
  • Project Finance Group of the Year – Law360, 2016 and four times
  • Tier 1 for Oil, Gas, Mining & Natural Resources and Renewables in Africa – Decideurs, 2016

Finance

For over a century, we’ve acted for leading financial institutions at the forefront of innovation. We’ve dominated the U.S. public finance markets and have earned 24 Chambers and Partners 2017 rankings across the U.S., UK, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and globally in the areas of securitization, acquisition finance, restructuring and real estate.

  • #1 Municipal Bond Counsel Firm – Bond Buyer/Thomson Reuters, 2017 and 20 years
  • Top 4 CMBS Issuer’s Counsel and Underwriters Counsel in U.S. – Commercial Mortgage Alert, 2017
  • #5 Bankruptcy Firm by Volume – The Deal, 2017
  • Top 10 ABS/MBS – Asset-Backed Alert, 2017
  • Italy NPL Law Firm of the Year – Legalcommunity, 2017 and two times
  • #9 EMEA Corporate Investment Grade Debt – Bloomberg 2017
  • Deal of the Year Awards for our work on Kaiser Permanente’s massive $4.2 billion bond sale and the Bay Area Toll Authority’s $1.9 billion refunding bonds sale – The Bond Buyer, 2017
  • Global Finance Deal of the Year for African Insolvency and Restructuring for our work on behalf of Glas Trust Corporation Limited in the $2.2 billion debt restructuring of Edcon – The American Lawyer, 2017
  • Chambers and Partners 2017 Band 1-ranked practitioners in France and Italy

Litigation

Whether we’re arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court or providing pre-litigation counseling, we bring the highest quality to everything we do.

  • Top 5 Litigation Powerhouse – Law360, 2016
  • Top 10 Litigation Power Rankings and Litigation Department of the Year Finalist – The American Lawyer, 2016
  • Litigation Department of the Year – The Recorder, 2016 and two times
  • 42 litigation practice rankings and 92 individual rankings worldwide – Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • U.S. Appellate practice, Band 2 – Chambers USA, 2018
  • Appellate Hot List – The National Law Journal, 2018 and seven times
  • Labor & Employment Defense Firm of the Year – The Recorder, 2017 and four times
  • Italy Employment Firm of the Year – TopLegal, 2016
  • Sports Group of the Year – Law360, 2016
  • Top 30 International Arbitration Firm – Global Arbitration Review, 2018
  • Top 5 Litigation and Arbitration Firm in Geneva - The Lawyer Global Litigation 50, 2016

Culture

To attract, train and inspire exceptional lawyers, we set a goal of being the best law firm to work for. How? We foster inclusive and collaborative teams. We provide our lawyers with advanced training and coaching. And we focus on making a social impact.

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For (#31) – Fortune, 2016, 2017 & 2018       
    • 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials
    • 100 Best Workplaces for Women
    • 50 Best Workplaces for Parents
    • 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back
  • #6 Best Law Firms to Work For – Vault, 2019
  • #5 Nationwide in Midlevel Associate Satisfaction Survey – The American Lawyer, 2017
  • #1 in San Francisco, New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston and Los Angeles – The American Lawyer 2017 Summer Associates Survey

Diversity

  • #5 for Diversity – Vault Law Firm Diversity Rankings, 2019
  • 12 Years at 100% for LGBT Equality – Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, 2018
  • 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity - Fortune, 2017
  • #1 Top Performer in Microsoft’s Law Firm Diversity Program, 2017

Women’s Leadership

  • Gold Standard Certification – Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2018 and six times
  • Best Law Firms for Women – Working Mother, 2018 and 10 times
  • Top Ten Family Friendly and Female Friendly U.S. Law Firms - Yale Law Women, 2018 and six times
  • “Gold” ranking from the San Francisco Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, 2016 and two times

Pro Bono

#3 for pro bono in the United States and #6 internationally – The American Lawyer, 2018

Client Service Innovation

Our focus on innovation is often inspired by our clients. We’ve been recognized both for innovative litigation and transactional advice and novel ways of delivering legal services. 

  • #1 Most Innovative Law Firm in North America – Financial Times, 2016 and 2017
  • A firm that excels at Alternative Fee Arrangements – BTI Consulting Group 2016 State of Alternative Fee Arrangements report
  • 4 Legal Innovator Awards – The Recorder, 2015-17