Orrick Team Recognized as American Lawyer Litigators of the Week for Major Oracle Win

Litigation Daily | September.28.2020

Congratulations to partners Erin Connell and Warrington Parker, Senior Counsel Gary Siniscalco and Of Counsel Katie Mantoan and the rest of an Orrick litigation team on being recognized as Litigators of the Week by American Lawyer’s Litigation Daily for their win last week for Oracle in a major case brought by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

In this feature, the publication highlights “the Orrick team who beat back the government’s pay discrimination case against Oracle.” The recognition flows from a U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law judge’s 280-page ruling rejecting a case brought against Oracle by OFCCP that found no evidence of systemic workplace discrimination at the company.

Our team led Oracle’s defense at a trial last December, which resulted in the judge concluding that “OFCCP has not established its claims.”

In the feature, Erin credited the entire team. “We had an incredibly talented and diverse trial team, and everyone played a critical role in reaching this fantastic outcome,” Erin told the publication.

Erin, Gary and Warrington also outlined the importance of contesting the government’s theories with strong evidence, expert testimony and statistical analysis. “We rebutted OFCCP’s claim that Oracle had a “policy or practice” of determining starting pay based on prior pay by emphasizing that, in fact, Oracle never had such a policy or practice,” Erin explained.

Warrington, responding to what was most memorable about the case, added: “The amount of perseverance it takes to see a case like this through. In the face of government overreach and overblown allegations of wrongdoing, it takes a client, like Oracle, that places trust in you, a client that works hand in hand with you, and a client that will weather the good days and the bad days that occur in any litigation and in any trial.”

The full story can be read here: Litigators of the Week: The Orrick Team Who Beat Back the Government’s Pay Discrimination Case Against Oracle