Orrick Continues Growth of New York Tech Practice with Josh Beser

2 minute read | March.05.2024

  • Josh Beser joins Orrick’s Technology Companies Group as a corporate partner in New York.
  • Most recently a partner at Wilson Sonsini, he brings a decade-plus of in-house leadership experience at tech, life sciences and consumer brand companies. 
  • Josh brings a high-growth operator’s perspective to working with founders and company leadership at venture-backed companies as they scale, often serving as the company’s primary outside counsel from early-stage financing through exit.
  • As general counsel and corporate secretary at consumer travel brand Away, he helped the company raise $150 million over several rounds, achieving a $1.4 billion valuation, building and leading legal and several business functions while expanding the company’s global brick-and-mortar retail presence. He also served in legal and business leadership roles as vice president and general counsel at consumer technology company Canary and assistant general counsel at publicly traded Swiss life sciences company Lonza.
  • He is a leader in the startup ecosystem in New York, as a founding member of TechGC in New York City, and since 2012, as a mentor to founders and growth-stage general counsels in collaboration with First Round Capital and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator.
  • Josh follows the recent east coast hires of corporate partners David Sharrow and Jake Ornstein, both from Gunderson.

“Josh is a leader in the New York tech and VC community, and we are thrilled to add his talent to our fast-growing New York platform. He offers clients the practical operational advice companies need today -- drawing on his decade of experience as a successful operator,” shared Josh Pollick, co-leader of Orrick’s global Technology Companies Group. 

“I’m excited by Orrick’s growth in New York and globally, and I’m looking forward to working with new colleagues like Samir Bakhru, Max Cantor, Jake Ornstein and Stephen Thau to continue this momentum. The sector-focused talent the firm has assembled across specialties and markets means we can solve legal and commercial issues in a way that adds real value for our clients,” Josh Beser stated.

Orrick was named Law360 Tech Group of the year for 2023. The firm counsels the most disruptive companies in the global tech market, with an emphasis on fintech, energy tech, life sciences, AI and cloud computing. Orrick also recently launched Orrick Tech Studio, a self-service resource to help companies grow and thrive at all stages.

In addition to Josh and David, Orrick has added a string of hires to continue to build out the firm’s tech and life sciences platform this year – including IP litigators Tim Carroll and Laura Wytsma from Venable and Josh Pond from Crowell & Moring.