Michael Torpey, Managing Partner of the firm and a partner in the San Francisco office, is recognized for his expertise in SEC investigations, securities class actions and breach of fiduciary duty-related matters.  Mr. Torpey was Orrick's Securities Litigation practice leader from 2004 to 2012.

Mr. Torpey has the unique ability to look at corporate governance problems from a business perspective, to carefully navigate or avoid collateral consequences, and strategically win legal problems.  He is frequently recognized for his expertise by Chambers, Super Lawyers and The Daily Journal.

Mr. Torpey specializes in litigation involving the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, The Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Act of 1934, the Uniform Standards Act and proceedings initiated by the Securities Exchange Commission, the National Association of Securities Dealers and other self-regulatory organizations.

Mr. Torpey has extensive experience in litigation involving breaches of fiduciary duty and conducting various types of corporate investigations.

Representative clients include:  Intel Corporation; Nvidia Corporation; OrthoLogic Corporation; Pacific Telesis Group; Siebel Systems, Inc.; Sunglass Hut International; Vantage Point; and Ventura Partners.

Mr. Torpey was previously a partner at Clifford Chance and at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

Michael Torpey
  • "The Perfect Storm Spawns a New Era of Whistleblower Activity," Moderator, co-hosted Orrick, Deloitte, LLP, and National Association of Corporate Directors panel, The City Club of San Francisco, February 5, 2013
  • Panelist, "Recent Developments in Securities Litigation," The Bar Association of San Francisco, July 28, 2011
Select Publications
  • California Lawyer 2011 Roundtable Series - August 2011
Admitted In
  • California
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States
    United States Courts of Appeals
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Eighth Circuit
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Fifth Circuit
    United States District Court

      Not admitted in New York.

      • J.D., summa cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1977
      • B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1974
      • Chambers USA "Leader in Their Field," Securities Litigation - California, 2013, 2014
      • Named a "Super Lawyer" in Northern California by Super Lawyers magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
      • Recognized by Chambers USA 2011 for Litigation: Securities (California).
      • Named one of the top securities litigators in California by The Daily Journal.
      • State Bar of California
      • Oregon State Bar
      • Officer, State Bar of California, Section on Litigation
      • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
      • Committee on Class and Derivative Actions
      • Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities
      • Member, AIG Senior Advisor Council on Securities Litigation
      • Former President, Bar Association of San Francisco, Securities Litigation Section
      • Former Chairman, San Francisco Committee on Education, American Bar Association

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