Jeffrey J. Lorek brings a decade of military officer leadership skills to Orrick, combining them with a former JAG prosecutor's courtroom finesse and years of labor and employment litigation experience to win clients' battles. His "anytime, anywhere" approach to problem-solving helps Orrick's clients overcome the toughest challenges in employment law.
Mr. Lorek is Special Counsel in Orrick’s
Employment Law and Litigation practice group. A trial lawyer with broad experience in the areas of employment
and traditional labor law, administrative
law and national security law, Mr. Lorek has practiced before state and federal courts, the EEOC, and other
administrative tribunals. He has experience both pursuing and defending trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation for sophisticated clients. Mr. Lorek also routinely counsels clients on reasonable
accommodation issues, workplace harassment and hostile work environment, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and traditional labor-management relations. He has published several articles on timely
labor and employment and national security topics.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lorek served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as the Chief, Employment Litigation-East Branch, where he
led an eight-member team in defending the Air Force worldwide in hundreds of
employment litigation matters, including discrimination suits, whistleblower
protection cases and employee disciplinary actions. He also previously served
as Deputy Chief of the Air Force’s Labor Relations Branch where he oversaw a team of traditional labor attorneys in the defense of all
unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the Agency nationwide. He regularly advised senior executives on
myriad collective bargaining issues, and navigated commanders through union
grievances and arbitrations around the country. Mr. Lorek
wrote the first-ever Agency guide to security-clearance related civilian
personnel actions, often advising the Air Force Secretariat's General Counsel's office as a
subject-matter expert in this area.
Mr. Lorek served as an active duty Air Force JAG for ten
years, during which time he tried 25 criminal bench and jury trials and eight administrative
discharge board hearings. He has substantial
trial experience prosecuting sexual assaults and aggravated assaults, child
pornography offenses, larcenies and financial crimes. Mr. Lorek is a decorated veteran of foreign
wars, having deployed three times in support of combat operations including tours
to Afghanistan and Qatar as a fiscal law attorney with Headquarters, U.S.
Forces Afghanistan, as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in
support of refueling operations during the Libyan war, and as the Chief of Administrative Law for Joint Task Force Guantanamo in the war on terror. He also continues to serve as a Major in the
Maryland Air National Guard.
commissioning in the Air Force, Mr. Lorek practiced for five years in private
firms in the areas of employment litigation, commercial litigation, products liability and toxic torts.