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Andrew Baw Chief Practice Officer - CORP

Silicon Valley

Andrew Baw is the Chief Practice Officer for Orrick’s Corporate Business Unit, which encompasses the firm’s Capital Markets, Compensation and Benefits, Technology Companies, M&A/Private Equity and Tax practice groups.

He advises on strategic planning and business management, and his responsibilities include oversight of the business unit’s financial performance management, inventory management, business planning and lawyer recruiting. Andrew previously served as the Director of Business Development for Orrick’s Transactional Practice Groups.

Andrew was formerly a partner at Gunderson Dettmer, where he specialized in emerging companies, including venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Immediately prior to joining Orrick, Andrew was the Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel for Mobio Networks, a venture-funded start-up. His background also includes experience in venture capital, as a member of the investment team for Storm Ventures, and investment banking, as part of the corporate finance team at Piper Jaffray.

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Craig L. Dean Chief Technology Officer

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Craig Dean serves as Orrick’s Chief Information Officer and is responsible for the firm’s global technology services and for developing dynamic approaches for the firm's business challenges. He is based in Orrick’s Global Operations Center, located in Wheeling, W.Va. 

With more than 30 years of experience in applying innovative technology solutions, Craig's experience includes serving as Orrick's Director of Technology since 2012 where his responsibilities included technical infrastructure operations and architecture, security and governance, Web development, applications management, business development technology, help desk, and project management. 

Previously, Craig served as CIO at a large medical device company where he oversaw all global information technology needs and managed the strategic technology direction of the organization. He also served as Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at a top pharmaceutical corporation where he was responsible for developing the company's growth strategy through internal initiatives, strategic planning and acquisitions.

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David Fries Sr Advisr Pricing&Practc Mgmt

David Fries is a widely recognized expert on the business of law, bringing to bear his extensive experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility and a partner in two global law firms, as well as law firm executive management.

He presently serves as Orrick’s Senior Advisor, Pricing & Practice Management, assisting the firm and clients reach mutually beneficial fee arrangements and advising the firm on the way it manages its engagements and can apply design theory to client service delivery, as well as various other financial and operational matters.

Formerly Orrick’s Chief Client Service Officer, as well as a partner in Orrick’s Real Estate Group, David also served for seven years at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis) in San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai, ultimately as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs, and Chairman and CEO of AMB China, Ltd. During his tenure at AMB, David was a member of AMB’s Management and Investment Committees and was responsible for overseeing AMB’s human resource, information technology, legal, environmental, engineering and risk management departments, as well as its airport facilities group, venture capital investments and other strategic business initiatives and transactions. In 2004, in addition to his other responsibilities, he led AMB’s entry into the China market, including opening AMB’s first office in China in Shanghai.

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Jolie Goldstein Chief Communications Officer

New York

As Chief Communications Officer, Jolie Goldstein leads the firm’s strategic communications programs. She works closely with firm management on internal and public relations initiatives and leads a team of media and other communications professionals.

Jolie also plays a leadership role in the firm’s client relationship program. She works with the firm’s relationship partners and client teams globally to ensure optimal communication, offer value added relationship benefits, and meet clients’ service and relationship expectations in the fast-changing legal market.

Jolie has more than 20 years of experience in law firm communications and business development. She began her career at the New York-based international law firm of Rogers & Wells, where she built the firm’s marketing and communications department and served on the senior team that orchestrated Rogers & Wells’ three-way combination with U.K.-based Clifford Chance and Germany-based Punder. As head of Business Development for the Americas Region at Clifford Chance, she led the rebranding of the Americas practice and collaborated with colleagues internationally to integrate the combined firm through the introduction of a global client relationship program and consistent, client-focused approaches to business development.

She is a competitive cyclist, a less competitive road runner and a novice mountaineer.

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Siobhan Handley Chief Talent Officer

New York

Siobhan Handley is Orrick’s Chief Talent Officer. She is responsible for developing and executing talent and human resource strategies to advance the firm’s strategy and serve its clients.

In collaboration with the firm’s leadership team, she focuses on designing and implementing programs to recruit, inspire and advance the best legal and staff talent.

Siobhan previously served as Orrick’s Managing Director for Resources. In that role, she spearheaded the development of the firm’s innovative talent model—the first of its kind in a major law firm—which replaces the traditional associate lockstep advancement system with merit-based advancement. As chair of the firm’s Talent Committee, she oversees Orrick’s lawyer training and performance feedback program – which is one of the most rigorous in the market. She also has led the creation of a range of new lawyer and professional staff roles.

Siobhan brings to this role extensive experience on the front line of client service, having been a partner in the firm’s product liability litigation and mass tort defense group. For more than a decade, she was a member of the Orrick team that acted as National Counsel to Union Carbide Corporation in connection with asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits and served as lead trial counsel in cases across the country. Siobhan was one of the key trial counsel in the highly-publicized landmark trial in Texas State Court, Brazoria County, where Kelly-Moore Paint Company sued Union Carbide for $1.4 billion in compensatory damages and $4.2 billion in punitive damages that resulted in a complete defense verdict. In addition, she served as trial counsel for significant product liability cases for other clients including Wyeth and Flexible Products.

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Pamela Johnson Chief Practice Officer - LIT

San Francisco

Pamela Johnson is the Chief Practice Officer for Orrick’s global Litigation Business Unit, which encompasses approximately 350 lawyers and generates over one-third of the firm’s annual revenue.

She advises on the strategic planning, operation and management of the business unit. Her responsibilities include oversight of the unit's financial performance, business planning and execution, and lawyer recruiting. Pamela oversees the managing attorney's office, which includes the firm-wide court and calendaring functions.

Pamela brings to her position over 20 years of experience in various law firm roles. She was formerly a commercial real estate lawyer at Steefel, Levitt and Weiss (now Manatt, Phelps & Phillips) and at Orrick. Her practice focused on the representation of institutional investors in the acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial and multifamily properties. Pamela has also served as Director of Business Development for various transactional and litigation practice groups at Orrick.

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Larry Low Chief Legal Officer

San Francisco

Larry Low is Orrick's Chief Legal Officer and is located in the San Francisco office. As the Chief Legal Officer, Larry is responsible for strategic planning and managing the firm's global legal affairs, including advising on and overseeing matters relating to governance, litigation, contracts, insurance, ethics and risk management.

In addition to his responsibilities to the firm, Larry represents public and private high growth technology companies, and venture capital funds. His clients are involved in a broad range of industries including, energy, semiconductors, Internet, software and consumer products. He has extensive experience in start-up enterprises, venture financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and advises companies and investors in cross border transactions involving Asia.

Larry was appointed in 1995 by President Clinton as one of four U.S. representatives to serve on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Larry has published articles that have appeared in publications of the California Continuing Education of the Bar and the Practicing Law Institute. He has made presentations to the Practicing Law Institute, Law Journal Seminars, Silicon Valley Association of Start up Entrepreneurs, Hastings College of the Law, University of California at Berkeley, Haas Business School and Boalt Hall School of Law and the California State Bar among others.


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Laura Saklad Chief Administrative Officer

San Francisco

Laura Saklad is Orrick's Chief Administrative Officer. She is responsible for leading and coordinating the work of our executive staff and administrative departments and driving the execution of our operational objectives.

A 10-year Orrick veteran, with 20 years of experience in the legal industry, Laura served most recently as our Chief Talent Officer and Executive Director - U.S. She has played an instrumental role in our strategies to deliver distinctive services to the tech, finance and energy & infrastructure sectors, be a leading law firm employer, and meet client demand for quality and value. She has led the development of our unique merit-based lawyer talent model and the introduction of its Career Associate model in Wheeling, West Virginia. She has also helped lead the transformation of Orrick's technology and research & information functions, overseeing the firm's HR function, the operations of its 10 U.S. offices, its global lease management, and leading several initiatives to improve cost efficiency.

Before joining Orrick, Laura served in senior roles in lawyer professional development and human resources at Clifford Chance. Prior to that, she served for 10 years in management roles at a Fortune 500 corporation. 

Polly Snyder Chief Practice Officer - FIN

Washington, D.C.

Polly Snyder serves as Orrick's Chief Practice Officer for the Finance Business Unit, which encompass the firm’s project finance, banking, structured finance, public finance, real estate, and bankruptcy and restructuring practices, comprising nearly 300 lawyers globally.

Polly works closely with the business unit and practice group leaders with regard to business management, financial and strategic planning, business development and lawyer recruiting.

Prior to Orrick, she served as the Practice Manager/Counsel for the & Dispute Resolution Group at Clifford Chance US LLP. In that role, Polly worked closely with practice group management to develop regional business plans, identify and address growth and profitability improvement strategies, support the recruitment and integration of lateral partners, and manage utilization and assignment processes for practice associates. Prior to that, Polly spent much of her career as a Counsel in the L&DR group representing financial institutions, investment companies, issuers, and individuals in securities class actions, derivative actions, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings and inquiries. She was actively involved in the firm’s Diversity and Women’s Committees as well.

She lives with her family and puppy, who is the only one who still greets her at the door when she gets home. Polly also serves on the Board of DC Dress for Success and is active with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.

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Catherine Zinn Chief Client Officer

San Francisco

As Orrick’s Chief Client Officer, Catherine helps to ensure that the firm is a steward of our clients’ businesses. Catherine supports Orrick’s commitment to each client’s cause by listening to their views and concerns, responding to their needs, and articulating a shared understanding of priorities.

Among other responsibilities, Catherine meets with clients to solicit their feedback and works with the firm’s client relationship partners and teams to help deliver value added services. She also coordinates the firm’s strategic partnerships with thought leadership and community organizations, also designed to add value for our clients and enhance the firm’s social impact.

Previously, Catherine held senior client relations roles at DLA Piper and at JAMS, the country’s largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services.

Catherine serves on the boards of various organizations including: Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Bay Area Cancer Connections, and Legal Services Sales Organization. In January of 2015, the Secretary of Health and Human Services appointed her to the Board of the National Foundation for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for a six-year term.

In 2008, Catherine served on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee, and, beginning in 2011, she served on Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee as the National Coordinating Co-Chair of Lawyers for Obama.

Currently, she is a Community Liaison for Kamala Harris for Senate. Catherine was recognized as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and a 2015 Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum. In January of 2015 she was inducted into the International Women’s Forum and invited to be an American Leadership Forum Fellow for 2015-2016.