Aaron Brecher

Senior Associate

Seattle

Aaron Brecher is a member of Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation, and Compliance Group. He's passionate about helping individuals and companies through some of their most difficult and sensitive challenges: investigations that could lead to government enforcement actions and resulting litigation.

Aaron has defended investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Washington Attorney General's Office, and other state and federal agencies. He has also represented defendants in civil and criminal litigation brought by the government and by relators. And he has conducted internal investigations on matters ranging from data breaches to harassment to suspected environmental testing fraud. 

Aaron maintains an active pro bono practice that has included:

  • Presenting a successful petition for clemency to the Washington Clemency and Pardons Board on behalf of a prisoner serving life without parole
  • Representing an indigent criminal defendant charged with federal arms export offenses
  • Briefing and arguing an appeal of the dismissal of a prisoner's civil rights claims before the Ninth Circuit, winning a partial reversal and a remand
  • Serving as trial counsel in a federal bench trial on behalf of a prisoner pressing First Amendment claims

To keep up with the latest white collar developments, Aaron co-founded and regularly contributes to Target Letter, a blog focused on white collar crime and other government enforcement issues. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist through ACAMS.

  • Before joining Orrick, Aaron was an associate at Lane Powell PC in Seattle. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California before entering private practice.