Orrick Mourns the Loss of Larry Popofsky


Orrick joins the legal community in mourning the loss of Larry Popofsky, a legendary trial and appellate lawyer who passed away yesterday. He was 81.

In recent years a senior counsel in our San Francisco office, Larry was a nationally-recognized leader in antitrust law.  During the course of his lengthy career, he tried groundbreaking cases across the country and argued more than 30 appeals, including two before the U.S. Supreme Court. One of those, Continental Television Inc. v. GTE Sylvania Inc., is widely regarded as the most important antitrust decision of the past 50 years.

Larry joined Orrick in 2008 from Heller Ehrman, where he served as chairman from 1985 to 1992. In naming Larry a senior statesman, Chambers Global declared him a “legend of antitrust.” He was also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In recent years, Larry was invited to testify before the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Modernization Commission as well as the DOJ-FTC Merger Guidelines Workshop and to serve as a guest lecturer at Oxford University’s Center of Competition Law & Policy. He was a Rhodes Scholar.

Larry is survived by his children, Mark and Kaye.

Ever a trusted advisor, a great advocate and a friend, he will be deeply missed.