Jeffrey J. Lorek

Special Counsel

Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey J. Lorek brings a decade of military officer leadership skills to Orrick, combining them with a former JAG prosecutor's courtroom finesse and years of labor and employment litigation experience to win clients' battles.  His "anytime, anywhere" approach to problem-solving helps Orrick's clients overcome the toughest challenges in employment law.

Mr. Lorek is Special Counsel in Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation practice group.  A trial lawyer with broad experience in the areas of employment and traditional labor law, administrative law and national security law, Mr. Lorek has practiced before state and federal courts, the EEOC, and other administrative tribunals.  He has experience both pursuing and defending trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation for sophisticated clients.  Mr. Lorek also routinely counsels clients on reasonable accommodation issues, workplace harassment and hostile work environment, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and traditional labor-management relations.  He has published several articles on timely labor and employment and national security topics.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lorek served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as the Chief, Employment Litigation-East Branch, where he led an eight-member team in defending the Air Force worldwide in hundreds of employment litigation matters, including discrimination suits, whistleblower protection cases and employee disciplinary actions.  He also previously served as Deputy Chief of the Air Force’s Labor Relations Branch where he oversaw a team of traditional labor attorneys in the defense of all unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the Agency nationwide.  He regularly advised senior executives on myriad collective bargaining issues, and navigated commanders through union grievances and arbitrations around the country.  Mr. Lorek wrote the first-ever Agency guide to security-clearance related civilian personnel actions, often advising the Air Force Secretariat's General Counsel's office as a subject-matter expert in this area.

Mr. Lorek served as an active duty Air Force JAG for ten years, during which time he tried 25 criminal bench and jury trials and eight administrative discharge board hearings.  He has substantial trial experience prosecuting sexual assaults and aggravated assaults, child pornography offenses, larcenies and financial crimes.  Mr. Lorek is a decorated veteran of foreign wars, having deployed three times in support of combat operations including tours to Afghanistan and Qatar as a fiscal law attorney with Headquarters, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in support of refueling operations during the Libyan war, and as the Chief of Administrative Law for Joint Task Force Guantanamo in the war on terror.  He also continues to serve as a Major in the Maryland Air National Guard.  

Before commissioning in the Air Force, Mr. Lorek practiced for five years in private firms in the areas of employment litigation, commercial litigation, products liability and toxic torts.

  • While at Orrick, Mr. Lorek:

    • Defended a major tech company's hiring action, fending off litigation surrounding trade secrets and restrictive covenants
    • Obtained emergency injunctive relief for an advertising company against a former employee in a trade secrets and restrictive covenant case
    • Represented an international bank in connection with a reduction in force (RIF) and allegations of gender and pregnancy discrimination
    • Guided a tech company client through a Department of Labor USERRA discrimination investigation in connection with a RIF
    • Navigated clients through novel issues surrounding emotional support animals (ESAs) and service animals as reasonable accommodations in the workplace

    Prior to joining Orrick, and while a military attorney, Mr. Lorek:

    • Upheld the Air Force's use of employment-contingent physical agility tests for civilian police officers around the country, prevailing in both the Fraternal Order of Police union's challenge of the tests as an unfair labor practice and in individual employee lawsuits premised upon alleged disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
    • Represented the Air Force in countless individual Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination actions and civilian employee adverse action appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
    • Led the prevailing defense of Osan AB, Korea at the trial level and on appeal in a race and pregnancy discrimination case stemming from removal of an employee implicated in a South Korean drug sting and which also involved 4th and 5th Amendment rights violations
    • Prevailed at trial in a sex discrimination suit arising after an employee lost supervisory responsibility following a Pentagon business-based reorganization of a major unit

    While previously in private practice from 2004-2009, Mr. Lorek:

    • Represented a German tire press manufacturer and its American subsidiary in a trade secret misappropriation suit in federal court
    • Helped a trial team obtain a complete defense judgment for an oil company following a 16-week, $500 million benzene contamination class action trial in Kansas
    • Represented an Ohio municipality in bringing an action against a general contractor for a defectively constructed wastewater treatment facility
    • Fought on behalf of a pharmaceutical company to protect the client's IP rights in a drug during an adversary proceeding in federal bankruptcy court in California
    • Defended a West Virginia steel company in an age and race discrimination lawsuit following a major reduction in force at the client's plant
    • Represented a chemical company in a non-competition and trade section action against a former employee, including obtaining a preliminary injunction
    • Obtained a complete defense judgment on a $3 million breach of contract claim against a bank client in a federal bankruptcy court adversary proceeding

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