Darren Teshima, Co-Leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, litigates high stakes disputes on behalf of clients in the financial and technology
sectors and advises corporate policyholders on cyber and D&O insurance issues.
financial institutions and tech companies in a variety of commercial disputes, with
a focus on litigation arising out of residential mortgage-backed securities
(RMBS), directors & officers (D&O) coverage, and litigation for and advice to policyholders related to some of the largest data breaches in history. Darren also helps clients avoid potential
litigation with their insurers by counseling them on innovative insurance strategies, including
advising tech companies on issues facing their unique business models. In 2017, Law360 recognized Darren as a "Rising Star".
In 2012, Darren spent three months on loan to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney, where he first-chaired four criminal jury trials to verdict.
Darren is passionate about pro bono work. He has handled administrative trials and hearings on behalf of asylum seekers and low-income tenants, and has provided litigation advice to nonprofit organizations. Legal Services for Children twice has presented Darren with its Pro Bono Advocate Award.
Darren is active in Orrick’s recruiting and diversity initiatives, and is the
recipient of Orrick’s Diversity Award. He is the Vice Chair of the board of directors of Asian
Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus, and serves on the boards of the
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and Legal Services for
Children. In 2015, he was named one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" by the National
Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).
An editor of Orrick's insurance recovery blog, the Policyholder Insider, and of Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review, Darren frequently speaks and writes on novel cyber and D&O insurance issues.
Before joining Orrick, Darren was an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP, and clerked for U.S. District Court
Judge David O. Carter in the Central District of California.