Litigation & IP

Our litigation, arbitration and appellate teams provide creative solutions to ensure your business is protected. In addition to dispute resolution in and out of court, our seasoned trial lawyers provide counsel focused on mitigating risk. When necessary we take bet-the-company matters to trial and win.

High-Impact Litigation Powerhouse

Emerging market disruptors and industry leading giants rely on our litigators to resolve their highest-stakes disputes. From a resounding victory for pharmaceuticals leader Gilead in a $1.2+ billion patent infringement appeal, to strategy development that saved the daily fantasy sports industry on behalf of FanDuel and DraftKings to key wins defending universities in COVID-related tuition class actions that has significant implications for other related class actions pending across the country, we tailor campaigns and our approach to dispute resolution around the unique business needs of our clients.

Combining trial and appellate prowess with deep subject matter knowledge in IP, cybersecurity, white collar, employment law, securities, mass torts, antitrust and other areas, our team of 500+ litigators are immersed in our clients’ businesses and develop strategies that align with business goals, for even the most complex and nuanced issues and products. Credit Suisse trusts us to handle its multibillion-dollar RMBS litigation stemming from the global financial crisis, work that yielded a precedent-setting decision from the New York Court of Appeals that will change the future of RMBS litigation and earned our team Litigators of the Week by The American Lawyer.

International and Cross Border Disputes

With a team that includes 100+ litigators in Europe and Asia, we offer clients global coverage handling closely watched matters all over the world, involving everything from multibillion-dollar financial industry cases to disputes over power stations in Africa and investments in China.

We are one of the most experienced firms representing foreign-owned enterprises in U.S. litigation. We secured multiple wins for China National Building Materials Group, a directly state-owned enterprise, in one of the largest ongoing multidistrict product liability cases in the U.S., and are representing a major technology company against claims that its purchase of lithium ion batteries subject it to alleged forced labor statute violations in sub-Saharan African mining activities.

In addition, our international arbitrators represent clients in high-stakes proceedings in multiple languages under all the major arbitral rules. Our team has received accolades for significant wins for solar investors in ECT cases, specifically obtaining a €41 million ICSID award for German investor SolEs Badajoz against Spain, and a €7.4 million SCC award for Danish client Athena against Italy – the first time the state had been held liable over its renewable energy reforms.

Proactive Counseling and Risk Management

We are equally focused on helping clients avoid the courtroom in the first place through effective compliance programs and dialogue with regulators and legislators. Our Employment Law, White Collar, Privacy and Antitrust practitioners help clients craft multijurisdictional compliance programs and offer confidential internal investigation, while our Cyber, Privacy team offers insurance policy and regulatory and compliance reviews to identify gaps in coverage and mitigate risk, meeting any potential disputes or enforcement actions head on, and our Public Policy team advocates for clients by shaping legislation, such as working with states to pass laws allowing sports betting that opened a new market for our clients: MLB, NBA, PGA, BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel

The Right Team

Our increasingly diverse litigators work from 25+ locations worldwide on the most closely watched cases of the day. Handling 25+ trials in the last two years for clients like Microsoft, NCAA, Oracle, Johnson & Johnson, Credit Suisse, Roche, Gilead, and CoorsTek, our lawyers are regularly lauded as standouts by American Lawyer, Law360, Minority Corporate Counsel (MCCA), Bloomberg Law, the National Bar Association, Daily Journal, Global Investigations Review, Global Arbitration Review, and Cybersecurity Docket. From national and international courtroom veterans to former prosecutors and litigation’s rising stars, Chambers ranks 34 of our litigation practices and 42 litigators (10 in Band 1) in its USA, EU, Asia-Pacific and Global guides, Legal 500 recognizes 29 of our litigation practices and 31 litigators among its US, UK, EU and Asia rankings, and our teams are mainstays in The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List, Law360’s Employment Group of the Year, GIR’s Top 100 Firms and GAR’s Top 100 Firms.

Innovating for our Clients

We are transforming the delivery of legal services. That’s why Financial Times has named Orrick among the Top 3 Innovative Law Firms in North America for seven years in a row (2016-2022). Through Orrick Labs, we’re developing new legal technologies. Through Orrick Analytics, we’re applying AI and other tools to solve clients’ problems and save them money. And through creative staffing at our Global Operations & Innovation Center, we’re streamlining legal processes for efficiency.