Mitchell Zuklie serves as the global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick.
He is an experienced business and legal advisor who has completed hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and licensing transactions. He counsels technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as their founders, advisors and investors. Representative clients have included Nest Labs, Planet Labs, Nanosolar, eHarmony, Royal Dutch Shell, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, Pandora, Oracle, Goldman Sachs, Martha Stewart Living, Bessemer Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Recent transactions he has led include, among others, Nest Labs' announced $3.2 billion sale to Google, and Goodreads' sale to Amazon.com.
Named by Chambers USA as an “eminent practitioner,” Mitch has been described as a “terrific all-around lawyer” known for “common sense and business judgment.” Daily Journal named him to its lists of Top Emerging Companies Lawyers and Top Clean Tech Lawyers. Lawdragon recognizes him as “one of the nation's top tech dealmakers and advisors.”
Since Mitch became Orrick's chairman and CEO in 2013, the firm has pursued a strategy to be a leading advisor to the global Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. The firm has entered new markets, including Abidjan, Houston, Santa Monica and Geneva. In addition, the firm has been at the forefront of innovation in the delivery of legal services. Mitch created the firm’s Women’s Leadership Board, comprising senior executives of several of the world’s most respected companies, to advise on how to accelerate progress in advancing women lawyers. The firm has also innovated to recruit, inspire and advance millennial and diverse talent. In recognition of Mitch’s leadership, Financial Times named him one of the 10 most innovative lawyers in North America.
Mitch serves on the Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and on the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. He also serves on the Board of the Wild Salmon Center. Before joining Orrick, he was a Director at Venture Law Group.
He and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 20 years. They have two children, Hannah (18) and Angus (16). Mitch posts regularly on Orrick, venture capital, innovation and other interests. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.