Former Justice Department Senior Appellate Lawyer Joins Orrick


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Robert ("Bob") M. Loeb, the former Acting Deputy Director of the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ"), has joined the firm as a partner in its Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation practice, resident in Washington, D.C.

During his nearly 25 years at the DOJ, Mr. Loeb briefed hundreds of cases in the courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing more than 100 appeals in all.  He has appeared in every federal circuit and numerous en banc cases. He has represented the United States, government agencies and high-ranking government officials, including two former Secretaries of Defense in their individual capacities in multiple appellate matters, during both Democratic and Republican administrations.

"Few lawyers in private practice can match Bob’s experience leading major appellate matters in the most complex and high-stakes appeals," said Joshua Rosenkranz, head of the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate practice. "When the Government simply had to win an appeal, it repeatedly turned to Bob to devise and implement the winning strategy—on issues from national security to commercial law.  We are thrilled to offer our clients the benefit of this extraordinary talent."

In 2012, The American Lawyer selected Orrick as one of the nation's leading litigation departments for the second consecutive time and named Rosenkranz Litigator of the Year. Orrick’s Supreme Court & Appellate lawyers have represented parties in some of the most significant appeals in the country, including a high-profile copyright appeal for Oracle over the use of Java in the Android platform, a longstanding high-stakes negligence dispute for L-3 Communications, a class-action appeal for UBS, and a high-profile patent case involving the Wii gaming system for Nintendo.

Our clients are becoming increasingly aware of the need to include appellate specialists on their most important cases," added Steve Foresta, head of Orrick’s Litigation Business Unit."Bob brings a wealth of experience and insight from his years in government - making him a great asset to our clients."

“Orrick possesses a thriving and premier quality appellate practice, which is sought out by clients and partners from within the firm and beyond,” said Mr. Loeb. “The extraordinary talent and experience of Orrick’s attorneys and the firm’s top-to-bottom commitment to a collaborative, client-first approach to the law, presents an extraordinary litigation platform for me to build upon my many successes in high-stakes appeals.”

During his time at the DOJ, Mr. Loeb received several honors including the 2010 Presidential Rank Award and the 2010 Attorney General Distinguished Service Award. In 2007, he was awarded the Civil Division’s highest honor, the Stanley D. Rose Memorial Award. Before joining the DOJ, Mr. Loeb clerked for one of the most prominent appellate judges in the country, Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987 and his A.B. from the University of Illinois in 1984.