Employment Law & Litigation

Employment Law & Litigation

​Orrick is one of the few leading firms to have a globally renowned employment law practice. With more than 60 lawyers worldwide, we focus on representing employers on their most important and complex employment law issues where the quality of advice and the representation we provide makes a difference in outcome.

Orrick’s Global Employment Law practice focuses on defense of wage-and-hour and discrimination class actions, high-exposure single and multi-plaintiff litigation, trade secret and post-employment restriction matters, Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank whistleblower issues, cross-border employment law issues and ERISA and benefits litigation. Working with Orrick’s Global Corporate Solutions team, we also provide advice on data privacy and protection issues, cross-border employee benefits matters and global equity compensation programs.

Orrick’s employment lawyers are privileged to act as employment counsel to many of the leading multinational corporations in their respective industries, with a focus on technology and social media companies, financial services, retail and emerging new businesses. Our lawyers provide essential advice that combines a global business perspective with local market knowledge from each of our 23 worldwide offices. We have a number of clients for whom we act as global employment counsel, providing a single point of contact solution for all of their employment and employee benefits needs in all countries of operations, benefiting from consistent and high-quality advice delivered efficiently and economically.

Orrick's Global Employment lawyers work with clients’ in-house legal, management and human resources departments to develop a tailored and business-focused approach to meet objectives. We share our clients’ emphasis on preventive measures to minimize the risk of litigation and on resolving matters cost-effectively through alternative dispute resolutions processes, such as mediation and arbitration. Supported by a staff of experienced employment career associates at our Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, Orrick’s Global Employment Law practice provides a variety of alternative fee arrangements.

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