Benjamin R. Buchwalter

Senior Associate

Silicon Valley

Ben is a vigorous and prudent litigator with a strong track record of achieving favorable judgments and settlements for his clients. With Ben as an advocate, clients and employers breathe easy knowing their business interests and risk capacity are always top of mind.

Ben has represented innovative technology, financial services, and retail employers in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits in California and federal court, and before state and federal agencies. He has litigated cases alleging discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation on behalf of multiple clients. Ben has also defended clients in class actions alleging a wide range of wage and hour claims including failure to pay overtime, to provide meal and rest breaks and to reimburse business expenses, and under the California Labor Code and the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA). Ben's practice includes advice and counseling on a variety of pre-litigation employment matters, including discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, wage-and-hour issues, and termination.

Notably, Ben has been a key member of the Orrick team that represented a global financial services company in a recent and highly publicized class action lawsuit. He has also been a vital member of several Orrick teams that achieved summary judgments and favorable judgments and settlements for multiple technology and financial services companies.

Ben is passionate about mentoring junior lawyers and is actively involved in many of Orrick's internal working groups, including the firm's Diversity and Inclusion committees. He understands the importance of promoting dialogue and empowering colleagues to share their opinions—a values lesson learned from his days as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Law Journal.

Prior to Orrick, Ben served as a law clerk for a federal judge.