About Us

We focus on serving the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors globally. Clients worldwide call on our teams for forward-looking commercial advice on transactions, litigation and compliance matters. We bring distinctive quality, teamwork and value to the table – and innovate in everything we do.

Sector Focus

We are well-known as a leading advisor to the global technology sector. Our clients include 3,000 venture-backed companies, five of the Forbes’ “Top 10 Digital Companies,” and more than 35 unicorns. We offer comprehensive solutions for every stage in a tech company’s growth – including private and public company transactions, IP protection, high-stakes litigation, and cybersecurity and other compliance. Vault ranks us as the #1 firm for Technology & Innovation. We’ve been the #1 VC firm in Europe for the last six years, and we’re #4 globally, according to PitchBook (2021).

Our Energy & Infrastructure practice covers the full energy spectrum: renewables, conventional energy, and oil and gas. We act for the largest global sponsors and developers, new market entrants, banks, funds, and government entities. We have pioneered the global infrastructure markets, with particular strength in the Transport sector. Our experience spans all 50 U.S. states and 95 countries worldwide, including groundbreaking transactions across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Chambers Global recognizes us as Band 1 in Renewable Energy and Infrastructure. Vault ranks us #1 for Clean Tech/Renewable Energy. And Law360 has named us a Project Finance Group of the Year seven times.

Fourteen of the Global 20 banks rely on our Finance teams, as do funds, development banks and other lenders. Dating back to our work on the financing of California’s Golden Gate Bridge, we have dominated the U.S. public finance markets. We bring technical excellence and craftsmanship to the securitization, acquisition finance, restructuring and real estate markets, where we have earned Chambers rankings across the U.S., the UK, France, Italy and globally. And we have litigated and appealed some of the most complex disputes for the world’s major financial institutions.

Trial and Appellate Firepower

In courts in all 50 states and around the world – across many different subject matters – and against the toughest opponents, our trial teams have scored victories when it mattered most. In the 24 months leading up to the pandemic, our teams conducted 39 trials and 55 appeals. More than a third of the Fortune 100 depend on our litigators to resolve their highest-stakes disputes. As The American Lawyer wrote: “High-intensity headline cases didn’t faze Orrick’s litigators.” Bloomberg named us top 5 for tech litigation. Our Supreme Court & Appellate team is one of the nation’s elite practices and has been named to the National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List nine times. We have been named Employment Group of the Year by Law360 five times. We are equally focused on helping clients avoid the courtroom in the first place. Our stable of former senior DOJ officials (42 of us worked at the DOJ and other federal agencies) helps our clients navigate enforcement issues and put proactive compliance programs in place. We’ve got 139 former judicial clerks on our team, including 15 former SCOTUS clerks.

Global Coverage

Structured as one team, our lawyers work seamlessly across 25 markets in the United States, Europe and Asia. We are particularly adept at helping clients pursue emerging market opportunities. We serve Latin America from our Houston office. We cover Southeast Asia from China. And we offer regulatory and enforcement advice from Washington, D.C., to Brussels to Beijing.

Value – Without Compromising Quality

Opportunities to innovate inspire us, and we were named the #1 most innovative law firm in North America by Financial Times from 2016-2018 and runner-up in 2019 and 2020. FT also named us the Most Digital Law Firm in North America in 2020. We were the first U.S.-based law firm to establish a global insourcing center in 2002. Today, our West Virginia facility houses career associates, project managers and other professionals who, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, deliver services with unprecedented efficiency. We partner with our clients to deliver innovative solutions for a wide range of legal functions: document review and due diligence, litigation management, corporate secretary compliance, global employment and executive compensation compliance, and startup ventures. And clients recognize us among the top firms in the use of creative pricing to better align client and firm interests, avoid surprises and deliver cost savings.

Inspiring Exceptional Talent

To deliver exceptional legal counsel, we must attract, retain, educate and inspire exceptional lawyers – including diverse talent. So we set a goal of being the best law firm to work for. We staff engagements with small, diverse teams, and offer our associates opportunities to make a meaningful impact early in their careers. We provide our lawyers with advanced training and coaching, not only in legal and business skills but also teamship. To bring the best thinking to our firm management, we’ve created one of the most inclusive leadership teams of any firm: Our senior leadership team is 55 percent diverse. We also created a Women’s Leadership Board with market leaders, who help us focus on how to advance women within our firm. To ensure that parents do not need to choose between career and family, we implemented the most generous parental leave and flexible work policies in our profession. And to bring talent with diverse experiences into our professions, we created a U.S. Veterans’ Legal Career Fair seven years ago, and started the Bay Area’s first Diversity Career Fair 17 years ago. The result? We have been named one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For eight years in a row, and we’ve been named to Yale Law Women's list of the Top Ten Family Friendly U.S. Law Firms ten times. We rank in the top 10 for diversity by Vault.

Strengthening Our Communities

Protecting innovation. Executing impact investment strategies. Advocating before the U.S. Supreme Court. We find great inspiration in the social impact of our client work. Likewise, we are committed to pro bono representation in our communities worldwide. Over 99 percent of our U.S. lawyers – and 86 percent around the world – exceeded the 20-hour pro bono standard last year. The American Lawyer ranks us top 5 for pro bono in the United States and internationally. We’ve been recognized in the National Law Journal’s 2020 Pro Bono Hot List, won awards for social responsibility innovation from both Financial Times and Legal Week in 2020, and received The National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s 2020 Beacon of Justice Award.

A Long-Term Perspective

We are fortunate to have inherited the core values of excellence, teamwork, perseverance and innovation – going back 150+ years to our firm’s roots in California’s Gold Rush era. This history informs the long-term perspective we bring to our client advice. We’re equally grateful to work with the most innovative companies worldwide, paving the way for a more globally integrated, technologically sophisticated future.