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Our tech-focused advisors help founders and funders alike navigate legal complexities with a commercial-first mindset.

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Bailey Higgs

Bailey Higgs

I work on a variety of corporate transactions; my practice focuses on capital markets transactions, but I also work with early-stage companies and founders. My main passion is people. I love getting to know my clients and being a friendly face while helping them solve problems so they can focus on what matters most to them: their business.

Contact me Associate, Seattle [email protected] +1 206 839 4366
  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

    I love seeing such passionate, engaging, brilliant minds working to solve some of the world's biggest problems. I love that each person can take something they're interested in—from the environment to medicine to computers to so much more—and use technology to find innovative solutions to everything you can imagine.

  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

    If I wasn't a tech lawyer, I'd either be a doctor or a primary school teacher. I love science and medicine – I worked in clinical research for years before law school. Teaching/mentoring is another huge passion of mine and I volunteer regularly teaching English as a foreign language. I'm honestly not sure how I'd choose between the two.

  • What is your ideal weekend?

    My ideal weekend would consist of getting coffee and pastries with my husband and taking our two adorable rescue dogs to the park, binging a new tv show, seeing friends or family (especially our cute nieces and nephews), reading a good book, and cooking a good homemade dinner. It's the simple things for me.

    Ben Howe

    Benjamin Howe

    I represent startup companies through all aspects of their life cycle. I also advise both financial and strategic venture capital investors. Over the course of my career, I have helped to form and grow hundreds of technology companies including multiple unicorns.

    • What's the best advice you've ever received?

      The best advice I've ever received was from a mentor when I was a young lawyer. He told me that we should always, no matter what, view the glass as half full and not half empty. Optimism is contagious in every aspect of our lives and so very important for entrepreneurship. It strikes me that the best entrepreneurs and investors have this uncanny ability to be realists and optimists at the same time.

    • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

      I've always thought of myself as an entrepreneur, but I never had the risk tolerance early in my career to make the leap my clients make. I draw inspiration from the incredible entrepreneurs I work with every day who were able to take that leap of faith, and also the sharp, sophisticated and talented investors who support them. My life may not have taken me to a place where I could grow one or two big ideas. Instead, I get to play a small role in the growth of hundreds of great ideas.

    • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

      Out of high school I was heading full steam ahead towards a major in physics before making an enormous life pivot early on in my college career at Middlebury. I still love math and physics. I enjoy applying those skills to complex cap tables and funds flows.

    • What is your ideal weekend?

      Any weekend is pretty great when I'm with my family ski touring or riding our bicycles. If I can throw in an early morning gravel bike ride, it's perfection.

      Lewis Hower

      Lewis Hower

      I help founders and funds advance innovation around the world – I’ve done a deal on every continent except Antarctica! I’ve spent my entire career as a builder, business advisor and investor in the innovation economy. I’m not a lawyer, but rather work with Orrick’s legal teams to help our clients grow their businesses through connections, relationships and other resources. Before I joined Orrick, I led a global team in support of world-class founders and investors at Silicon Valley Bank. I’ve also been a founder and worked at several VC firms.

      Contact me Managing Director, TechCo & Fund Relationships, San Francisco and Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 415 773 4145
      • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

        I believe in the power of relationships to solve problems and the democratization of access and agency. Both drive the innovation economy. Partnering with founders and investors to not only create, but help deliver change on a global scale, inspires me every day.

      • Where do you find inspiration in life?

        The people around me. We operate in a whirlwind of an ecosystem that changes daily, but there is always a human element to the work we do. The power of relationships is what it is all about.

      • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

        Never stop being curious and ask the real questions. Control what you can and acknowledge what you cannot, but do not let it control you.

      • What’s your mantra?

        I’d have to pick two, but they go hand in hand. Do less, better. And have more fun!


        Max Hyatt

        Enabling clients to meet and exceed their goals, while working alongside incredible teams, is the foundation of my practice. With a background in professional motorsports, I specialize in transformational, complex transactions that fuel entrepreneurs, business leaders and financial sponsors to advance their businesses.

        Clients I've worked with: Turn/River Capital I Toyota | Workday | Trimble | Bayer | Zynga

        Contact me Senior Associate, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5818
        • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

          The constant drive to push boundaries and create new systems that re-define industries is incredible.

        • Where do you find inspiration in life?

          Family and friends who challenge me to be my best self.

        • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

          Team principal of a racing organization.

        • What's the best advice you've ever received?

          Always take the opportunity to find out how much you don't know.