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Polly Snyder serves as Orrick's Chief Practice Officer for the Finance Business Unit, which encompass the firm’s project finance, banking, structured finance, public finance, real estate, and bankruptcy and restructuring practices, comprising nearly 300 lawyers globally.
Polly works closely with the business unit and practice group leaders with regard to business management, financial and strategic planning, business development and lawyer recruiting.
Prior to Orrick, she served as the Practice Manager/Counsel for the & Dispute Resolution Group at Clifford Chance US LLP. In that role, Polly worked closely with practice group management to develop regional business plans, identify and address growth and profitability improvement strategies, support the recruitment and integration of lateral partners, and manage utilization and assignment processes for practice associates. Prior to that, Polly spent much of her career as a Counsel in the L&DR group representing financial institutions, investment companies, issuers, and individuals in securities class actions, derivative actions, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings and inquiries. She was actively involved in the firm’s Diversity and Women’s Committees as well.
She lives with her family and puppy, who is the only one who still greets her at the door when she gets home. Polly also serves on the Board of DC Dress for Success and is active with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.
As Orrick’s Chief Client Officer, Catherine Zinn oversees Orrick’s sector focused business development, client satisfaction, alumni program and strategic events functions, globally.
Catherine and her team of experienced Managing Directors and other professional staff help ensure the firm is a steward of our clients' businesses. The team supports Orrick’s commitment to each client’s cause by listening to their views and concerns, responding to their needs, and articulating a shared understanding of priorities. Among other responsibilities, the team meets with clients to solicit their feedback and work with the firm’s relationship partners and teams to deliver value added services – and real innovation.
Catherine spearheads the firm’s strategic partnerships with thought leaders, community organizations, and other influencers - designed to add value for our clients and enhance the firm’s social impact. Additionally, Catherine commits a significant portion of her time connecting high profile executives, alumni, and other friends of the firm to jobs and to public company board seats, with an emphasis on diversity.
Previously, Catherine held senior client relations roles at DLA Piper and JAMS. With 20+ years of experience doing professional services sales, Catherine has built a reputation as a “super-connector” throughout the legal, tech, and financial services industries. Catherine’s passion in life is coaching and helping other people achieve their goals.
Catherine is a leader in the community:
Catherine has been recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and as a Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum.
In January of 2015 she was inducted into the International Women’s Forum and in 2016 joined American Leadership Forum’s roster of senior fellows along with other top c-level executives and community leaders.
Catherine is a founding member of the National Finance Committee for Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign. She has also served on the 2011 Barack Obama National Finance Committee, and as the National Chair of Lawyers for Obama, and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 National Finance Committee.
Catherine was a three-sport varsity athlete in college, tennis instructor, personal trainer, and head coach of a top ranked high-school tennis team in Washington, DC. Catherine is a graduate of Hamilton College with a degree in Economics.