Sheila Baynes

Managing Associate

Washington, D.C.

Sheila is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice, where she represents clients in appellate and trial-level litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Sheila was an Honors Attorney at the Department of Justice.  At DOJ she handled all aspects of litigation in a diverse array of matters, from shepherding complex cases through discovery to briefing and arguing dispositive motions in federal courts coast to coast.  Sheila has also successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.

Sheila graduated from Harvard College and NYU School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor on the New York University Law Review and won the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for overall achievement.  Immediately following law school, she served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Before becoming a lawyer, Sheila had a decade-long career in education and leadership development, including teaching high school in coastal Alaska and coaching leadership and wilderness skills for students of all ages in remote settings throughout North America.