David Fries

Chief Profitability Officer

New York

David Fries is broadly viewed as one of the foremost authorities on the “business of law,” bringing to bear 30 years of experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility, a partner in two global law firms and a law firm senior executive.


He presently serves as Orrick’s Chief Profitability Officer, having previously served as Orrick’s Chief Pricing & Practice Management Officer and Orrick’s Chief Client Relationship Officer. In his current role, David helps the firm and its clients reach mutually beneficial fee arrangements, counsels partners on approaches to managing their practices more efficiently and applies data analytics to enhance firm profitability and improve client satisfaction, among other financial and operational responsibilities.

From 1998 through 2005, David served as a senior executive at NYSE-listed Prologis (formerly AMB Property Corporation) in San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai, ultimately as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs, and Chairman and CEO of AMB China, Ltd. During his tenure at AMB, David was a member of AMB’s Management and Investment Committees and was responsible for overseeing AMB’s human resource, information technology, legal, environmental, engineering and risk management departments, as well as its airport facilities group, venture capital investments and other strategic business initiatives and transactions. In 2004, in addition to his other responsibilities, he led AMB’s entry into the China market, including opening AMB’s first office in China in Shanghai.

  • From 2006 through 2008, David was a partner in both Orchard Partners, LLC, a real estate investment and development firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Greyfields Investors, a New York-based real estate private equity company, as well as a senior advisor to Orrick.

    David serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (www.ceeas.org), a DC-based non-profit focusing on transforming the educational opportunities for incarcerated youths and has served on a variety of company boards in the real estate and technology sectors.

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