How we work



We know that training is one of the things you count on most from your firm. That’s why we’ve developed a curriculum of practice area skill-building. And we’ll take you off the field every couple of years for intensive business and leadership skills training with your colleagues from around the world. 


When it comes to professional development, we’ve rewritten the rules. We replaced the one-size-fits-all lockstep structure with a merit-based advancement model that gives you flexibility and support. We provide feedback, benchmarks, and clear, written advancement criteria. How quickly you advance is up to you.


Ask any of our lawyers about the best part of the day and you’ll hear about mentoring. Each of us got here because of the mentoring we were fortunate enough to receive. We are committed to paying it forward to the next generation. We have programs to help you develop mentor and sponsor relationships at every stage of your career.

We don't think about having mentors and mentees. We approach this as having mentoring relationships. That means it goes both ways.

– Tony Kim, Antitrust, Washington, DC

We don't believe that competitive pressure brings out the best in somebody. We think that facilitating performance through kindness and  positive mentoring on an on-going basis really makes it the best possible environment.

– Mark Wine, IP, Orange County

I'm always excited when there are new lawyers that are coming in, as it's a learning opportunity for them and also for me. I certainly try to include them on my teams not just because I want to make sure that they are well trained, but frankly, because I view them as an asset.

– Christina Sarchio, Commercial Litigation, Washington, DC

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We’re proud to rank as the #13 law firm for diversity. We have a ten-time, 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign on LGBT equality. We are not resting on that. We hold retreats for lawyers of color to provide coaching and networking opportunities. We have active affinity groups and focused mentoring programs.

WOMEN @Orrick

Nothing is more important to our future than our ability to inspire the best female talent to join our firm, to stay in our profession and to lead. We are taking some distinctive approaches to invest in women’s success.
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You’ve chosen a demanding and rewarding service profession. How do you fit in family and fun? Our investment in you includes benefits to help you care for your family, manage your finances, maintain your fitness and health, and pursue other interests.



Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law and the way we collaborate. We’re all super-connected most of the time, but we try to help you manage that by offering the best mobile technologies. This includes virtual office tools, collaboration systems and apps so you can take care of routine tasks and access information on the go.