Kate O'Laughlin

Director, Tech and Investment

San Francisco

Clients and their success are Kate’s focus. As Director, Tech and Investment, Kate works with emerging and high-growth technology companies at each stage of the company’s lifecycle, from making impactful, targeted introductions to strategic investors to advising on key hires to identifying core attorneys with the precise subject matter expertise.

Kate brings a macro perspective when strategizing with founders, CEOs, general counsels and other executives on a company’s immediate, medium and long-term needs, drawing on her market knowledge and experience as both an in-house and firm attorney. It is important to Kate that clients have the right connections and resources in place at the right time. She focuses on identifying and facilitating such connections by leveraging Orrick’s extensive, global network so clients can focus on running a successful business.

Kate began her career as an in-house lawyer for a private, high-growth tech company, supporting the business through its IPO. During her years there, she juggled scale and rapid growth with budget constraints, KPIs and legal risks, developing her practical, collaborative, business savvy approach. She then joined Orrick’s Technology Companies Group, where she counseled fast paced technology companies cutting across all sectors from HealthTech and Life Sciences to Robotics and FinTech.

Kate relies on her experience as a mediator not only to craft creative solutions to challenging issues, but also to build alliances. Her background in fundraising and political organizing for high impact local and global non-profits has instilled in her an ease for asking the tough questions and partnering with a variety of influencers.