Abby Lloyd is a Senior Associate in the Litigation Department of Orrick’s Orange County office. She is an experienced trial lawyer, with both first and second-chair civil and criminal trial experience. Formerly in-house counsel for an international technology company, Abby understands the importance of striking the right balance between the pursuit of business objectives and the reduction of legal risk.

Abby has represented some of the nation’s leading high technology companies in a variety of litigation disputes involving, among other things, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, intellectual property, patent infringement, joint-venture financings, and shareholder class action and derivative suits. Her practice includes both state and federal jurisdictions, and involves all stages of the litigation process.

Abby previously served as in house counsel for an international technology company, where she advised on litigation matters, data security solutions, employment, wage & hour, and sexual harassment disputes, as well as negotiated over one hundred contracts, including outsourcing, intellectual property, hardware as a service (HaaS) contracts and software licenses. Abby also worked collaboratively with other business functions (Tax, HR, Finance, etc.) to achieve favorable business outcomes while minimizing legal risk.

Abby also previously served as a full-time Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, first-chairing multiple criminal jury trials and prosecuting felony preliminary hearings through the Orange County Trial Attorney Participation Program. She is a founding member of the Orange County Lavender Bar Association.

  • A sample of Abby's experience includes the following matters:

    • Successful defense of large technology company in licensing dispute over marketing and distribution of document and matter management software.
    • Won two unfair competition trials in Orange County for employers seeking to enforce hotly contested trade secret and confidentiality agreements against former key employees.
    • Successful representation of key contractor in dispute over cost and completion of the military facilities in the “Green Zone” in Baghdad, Iraq.
    • Successfully settled construction dispute for major chemical manufacturer following five weeks of arbitration.
    • Represented a major medical device manufacturer in a 3-week trial of a patent infringement case in the Central District of California. Plaintiff already had won two trials against our client on the same patent involving earlier versions of the same device. Plaintiff’s pretrial demand was for $240 million. The jury returned a defense verdict of no infringement in favor of our client.
    • Won summary judgment and defeated class certification for a public company and its officers and directors in a securities class action.