Orrick Adds First-Chair Trial Lawyer Will Stute in Washington, D.C.


Orrick today announced that first-chair trial lawyer Will Stute has joined the firm in Washington, D.C. Will joins Orrick from McDermott, Will & Emery, where he was a partner. He is the 15th litigation partner to join the firm this year.

Will brings a winning record in state and federal courts around the country. He currently serves as national trial counsel for the NCAA in concussion litigation. He also represented institutional investors who recovered tens of millions of dollars in connection with one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Will’s practice includes a broad spectrum of civil and criminal litigation matters, including multidistrict litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations, and white collar and class action defense. His clients include top 10 global financial institutions, leading private equity funds, and Fortune 500 companies in the tech, life sciences and defense industries. He was voted a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star.

“We’re excited to add another first chair trial lawyer of Will’s caliber to our team,” said Jessica Perry, leader of Orrick’s global litigation practice. “His track record of success and approach to building client relationships will be tremendous assets to our clients and our firm.”

“Orrick’s litigation platform is a perfect fit for my clients and me. The firm clearly has a deep commitment to litigation excellence and to innovation in client service delivery,” noted Will. “The collaborative and inclusive culture and great spirit in Washington, D.C., sealed the deal.”

Passionate about giving back to the community and advancing diversity in the legal profession, Will is a board member of the Congressional Award Foundation; a founding member and former president of the board of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice; has served as a member of the planning board and as a speaker with Charting Your Own Course; a member of the inaugural Fellows group of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD); and a former member of the Board of Trustees of William Mitchell College of Law.

Will is the 33rd partner to join Orrick this year and the fifth litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office, where he follows white collar and securities litigation partners Richard Morvillo, Daniel Nathan and Andrew Morris from the Morvillo law firm, and antitrust litigator Amy Ray. In addition, we’ve added Jared Bobrow as head of our global IP practice and first-chair IP litigator Clem Roberts in the Bay Area.