Darren Teshima, Co-Leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, helps clients intelligently manage risk and assert their rights through litigation. To safeguard clients from both anticipated and unforeseen dangers, Darren ensures each client’s litigation strategy and insurance coverage align with its business objectives.
Specializing in the technology and finance sectors, Darren litigates high stakes commercial disputes, focusing on insurance coverage disputes. He has successfully handled litigation related to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), directors & officers (D&O) coverage and cyber insurance for some of the largest data breaches in history. For example, he recently defended Credit Suisse at trial in a case brought by monoline insurer MBIA, one of the few post-financial crisis RMBS cases to go to trial.
Darren also helps clients avoid litigation by crafting innovative strategies that address cutting-edge cyber, data and cryptocurrency concerns; as well as D&O and professional liability. Whether assisting a startup focused on rapid growth, or a global corporation expanding into the digital future, Darren tailors his strategy to each client’s unique business model and objectives.
He has been recognized for his work by Legal 500, which lists Darren as a recommended lawyer in the Insurance: Advice to Policyholders category. Clients endorse Darren, telling Chambers USA, they appreciate his ability to "balance expert knowledge with practical application," which earned him a spot among Chambers’ Insurance: Policyholder in California rankings. Darren has been named a Law360 Rising Star, one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Darren is also passionate about his pro bono work and community involvement. The Legal Services for Children has given him its Pro Bono Advocate Award twice. His pro bono work includes administrative trials and hearings on behalf of asylum seekers and low-income tenants, and litigation advice to nonprofit organizations. He is the 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.