San Francisco Office
Andrew Livingston is a partner in the San Francisco office, where he serves as the Office Leader. Previously, Andrew was the Deputy Practice Group Leader of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Group.
Andrew represents clients in a wide variety of industries, but specifically focuses on financial services, retail, technology, and advertising.
He has an extensive class- and collective-action practice. He routinely defends employers in such cases in state and federal courts, particularly in cases alleging violations of the wage-and-hour laws. Andrew also defends employers in numerous other types of cases, such as those related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Andrew is a highly regarded trial lawyer. Chambers USA ranks Andrew as a leading employment law lawyer, with clients reporting that he is "very thoughtful, pragmatic and strategic in his thinking" and "distills very complex matters in a way that's easily understood." Legal 500 recognizes Andrew as a "excellent litigator" and notes that he is "exceptional in his ability to organize complex factual and legal arguments into a simple and persuasive presentation." The Daily Journal has listed him as a Top Labor & Employment Attorney a number of times, and he has been selected as a BTI Client Service Allstar.
Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for a fourth consecutive year by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.
Andrew regularly appears in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels, and he has substantial jury trial experience. He has significant experience mediating and arbitrating employment disputes, as well as handling employment matters before administrative agencies. His counseling work includes providing employment advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and training managers and other employees.
Andrew is a frequent speaker at employment seminars and programs for a variety of organizations such as the California Employment Law Council, CEB, PLI, NELI, Bridgeport, and Lorman. Recent speech topics include wage-and-hour developments, arbitration, class-action litigation, Supreme Court updates, and termination of employment.
For more than a decade, Andrew served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.