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.

Darren represents 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. Darren has been recognized as a Law360 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 Financial Industry Week in Review and contributor to the Trust Anchor blog, 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.

  • Darren's current clients include:

    • Premera Blue Cross in a lawsuit related to defense coverage under a commercial general liability (CGL) policy following a data breach affecting 11 million customers, an issue of first impression under Washington law.
    • Credit Suisse in a dozen lawsuits brought by monoline insurers and trustees alleging claims related to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions following the global financial crisis.
    • Pacific Pulmonary Services in a bad faith action against its D&O insurer in the Northern District of California, where the district court recently granted summary judgment establishing the insurer's duty to advance defense costs for a False Claims Act (FCA) investigation.
    • A mobile gaming company on tech E&O insurance coverage related to a trade secrets misappropriation claim.

    Other notable recent representations include:

    • Sony Pictures, advising on insurance claims related to the November 2014 cyber-attack on its network and IT infrastructure.
    • Epson America, Inc., in a coverage action in the Central District of California against its D&O insurer seeking defense coverage for an underlying consumer class action and employment case.
    • A technology rideshare company advising about D&O, E&O and media liability coverage issues affecting its unique business model.