Jeffrey J. Lorek

Special Counsel

Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey J. Lorek brings a decade of military officer leadership skills to Orrick, combining them with a former JAG prosecutor's courtroom finesse and years of litigation experience to win clients' battles.  His "anytime, anywhere" approach to problem-solving helps Orrick's clients overcome the toughest challenges.

Mr. Lorek is Special Counsel in Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation practice group.  A trial lawyer with broad commercial litigation experience, employment law and traditional labor expertise, Mr. Lorek has practiced before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, private mediators and arbitrators, FINRA, and military tribunals.  Mr. Lorek routinely advises and represents clients with respect to contract and compensation disputes, trade secrets, employee mobility and restrictive covenants , employment discrimination, reasonable accommodations, workplace harassment and hostile work environment, whistleblower matters, military affairs and national security matters, and traditional labor-management relations.  He has published several articles on related matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lorek served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as the Chief, Employment Litigation-East Branch, where he led an eight-member team in defending the Air Force worldwide in hundreds of administrative litigation matters, including discrimination suits, whistleblower protection cases and employee disciplinary actions and terminations.  He also previously served as Deputy Chief of the Air Force’s Labor Relations Branch where he oversaw a team of traditional labor attorneys handling the defense of all unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the Agency, collective bargaining issues, and grievances and arbitrations nationwide.  Mr. Lorek wrote the Air Force's guide to security-clearance related disciplinary actions, often advising the Air Force General Counsel's office as a security clearance subject-matter expert.

Mr. Lorek served as an active duty Air Force JAG for ten years, during which time he tried 25 criminal bench and jury trials and eight administrative discharge board hearings.  He has substantial trial experience prosecuting sexual assaults and aggravated assaults, child pornography offenses, larcenies and financial crimes.  Mr. Lorek is a decorated veteran of foreign wars, having deployed three times in support of combat operations, including tours to Afghanistan and Qatar as a fiscal law attorney with Headquarters, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in support of refueling operations during the Libyan war, and as the Chief of Administrative Law for Joint Task Force Guantanamo.  He also continues to serve as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the Maryland Air National Guard.  

From 2004-2009, Mr. Lorek practiced as a commercial and complex civil litigation associate in private firms, where he handled bank and lender liability, securities litigation, contract disputes, bankruptcy litigation, products liability, medical device malpractice, insurance defense, trade secrets and employment litigation, and toxic torts.

  • While at Orrick, Mr. Lorek:

    • Defended a large government contractor in an OFCCP enforcement action and counseled other contractors undergoing OFCCP compliance reviews/audits
    • Favorably resolved an IP license dispute and restrictive covenant/trade secrets issues on behalf of a large hedge fund administrator
    • Obtained favorable relief for a hedge fund in connection with its claims against a contractor for breaches of non-solicitation agreement
    • Represented a bank against allegations of age discrimination in arbitration before FINRA
    • Pursued defamation claims for fintech clients resulting in a favorable settlement that included retraction of a published article and modification of several others
    • Advised a private equity fund on state labor law and breach of contract claims stemming from LLC members' disputes over distributions and compensation
    • Defended a major tech company's hiring action, fending off litigation surrounding trade secrets and restrictive covenants
    • Obtained emergency injunctive relief and favorable settlement for an advertising company against a former employee in a trade secrets and restrictive covenant case
    • Represented an international bank in connection with a reduction in force (RIF) and allegations of gender and pregnancy discrimination
    • Helped defend a national materials-testing laboratory against a scientist's California Fair Employment & Housing Act complaint of age discrimination
    • Guided a tech company client through a Department of Labor USERRA discrimination investigation in connection with a RIF
    • Navigated clients through novel issues surrounding emotional support animals (ESAs) and service animals as reasonable accommodations in the workplace
    • Conducted an internal investigation and prepared a report addressing various workplace allegations levied against high-ranking executives
    • As pro bono counsel, represented a homeless shelter in a D.C. Office of Human Rights investigation surrounding a complaint of national origin discrimination
    • As pro bono counsel, helped defend a juvenile offender in his bid to secure parole through New York appellate proceedings and administrative parole board appeals

    As an agency attorney, Mr. Lorek:

    • Upheld the Air Force's use of employment-contingent physical agility tests for civilian police officers around the country, prevailing in both the Fraternal Order of Police union's challenge of the tests as an unfair labor practice and in individual employee lawsuits premised upon alleged disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
    • Represented the Air Force in countless individual EEOC discrimination actions and civilian employee adverse action appeals to the MSPB
    • Led the prevailing defense of military installation at the trial level and on appeal in a race and pregnancy discrimination case stemming from removal of an employee implicated in a South Korean drug sting and which also involved 4th and 5th Amendment rights violations
    • Prevailed at trial in a sex discrimination suit arising after an employee lost supervisory responsibility following a Pentagon business-based reorganization of a major unit

    At prior private law firms, Mr. Lorek:

    • Represented a German tire press manufacturer and its American subsidiary in a trade secret misappropriation suit in federal court
    • Defended lenders in Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation and other allegations of consumer protection law violations
    • Helped a trial team obtain a complete defense judgment for an oil company following a 16-week, $500 million benzene contamination class action trial in Kansas
    • Represented an Ohio municipality in bringing an action against a general contractor for a defectively constructed wastewater treatment facility
    • Fought on behalf of a pharmaceutical company to protect the client's IP rights in a drug during an adversary proceeding in federal bankruptcy court in California
    • Defended a West Virginia steel company in an age and race discrimination lawsuit following a major reduction in force at the client's plant
    • Represented a chemical company in a non-competition and trade section action against a former employee, including obtaining a preliminary injunction
    • Obtained a complete defense judgment on a $3 million breach of contract claim against a bank client in a federal bankruptcy court adversary proceeding