Max Carter-Oberstone

Senior Associate, Currently on a Racial Justice Fellowship at the Policing Project

San Francisco

Max is a member of Orrick's Supreme Court & Appellate practice group.

Max has litigated a range of appellate matters in both state and federal courts. He recently secured a victory in the Ninth Circuit for a client seeking relief under the Convention Against Torture.

Before joining Orrick, Max was an Associate Deputy Solicitor General at the California Department of Justice. There, he authored or co-authored dozens of appellate briefs—many of them in the U.S. Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court—and argued two cases in the California courts of appeal. He was the principal author of a Ninth Circuit brief filed on behalf of California and four other States in a case challenging federal regulations affecting the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. He also litigated a challenge to the Trump administration's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which resulted in a victory at the Supreme Court.

Max served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan Y. Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Before law school, Max worked at a New York investment bank, and as a legislative aide to a California State Senator.