Lynne Hermle Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers


Orrick congratulates our partner Lynne Hermle on becoming a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier legal associations in North America. Lynne is Orrick’s 6th ACTL Fellow.

Founded in 1950, the ACTL is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Lynne’s list of trial wins is long, although she is perhaps best known her successful defense of Kleiner Perkins in the 2015 Ellen Pao trial, which grabbed national headlines. As Bloomberg reported, her “charismatic, intimidating oratory made her the trial’s breakout star.” Her recent defense verdict for SpaceX not only earned a spot as one of the Daily Journal’s defense verdicts of the year, it prompted the publication to pronounce Lynne to be “arguably the most feared employment defense attorney in California.”

Lynne represents tech and financial industry leaders in ongoing litigation, including Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix and Morgan Stanley, among others. Her accolades include Law360 Employment MVP; American Lawyer Litigator of the Week, National Law Journal’s Winning Litigators list and Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence list, among others.

Lynne serves on Orrick's Management Committee and previously served on the firm’s Board. She is an alumnus of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.