Kory DeClark

Managing Associate

San Francisco

A former Ninth Circuit clerk, Kory DeClark represents clients in appeals and dispositive motions.

Prior to joining Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice, Kory was a trial lawyer at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California. Before that, he served as a Liman Fellow at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where he worked toward bail reform in California. Kory has handled more than 100 felony and misdemeanor cases across all stages of litigation. He has tried cases to verdict in both state and federal court—winning acquittals on a broad range of criminal charges—and has argued before the Ninth Circuit.

Before his work as a Federal Defender, Kory served as a law clerk to the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as student director of Yale Law School’s Criminal Justice Clinic. He also holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Southern California and a vegan culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City.