Orrick ChairmanSilicon Valley
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.
Lawdragon recognizes Mitch as "one of the nation's top tech dealmakers and advisors." Named by Chambers USA as an “eminent practitioner,” he 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.
During Mitch's tenure as Orrick's chairman and CEO, the firm has pursued a strategy of leadership in the global Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. The firm entered new markets in Houston, Geneva and Africa. The firm has also innovated in advancing women and diverse lawyers and adapting its model to appeal to top Millennial talent.
Mitch serves on the Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Mitch also created Orrick's Women's Advisory Board, which is comprised of the senior executives from several leading public and private companies. 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 (17) and Angus (15).