Francesca Morency


Washington, D.C. Office

Francesca Morency is a skilled trial lawyer and determined advocate in the courtroom.

A member of Orrick’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution team, Francesca has extensive experience litigating challenging, high-stakes cases on behalf of her clients, including in some of the most high-profile and impactful wins for the NCAA.  In addition to her trial prowess, she also has conducted internal investigations and has been called upon to assist with regulatory and administrative challenges that her clients face day-to-day.

Francesca has guided the preparation of significant litigation and arbitration matters, from the drafting stage through discovery, depositions, expert and lay witnesses, and through motions and trial.  Having served on a secondment to a Fortune 5 client, she understands well the importance of effective and proactive case management.  Francesca provides empathetic, targeted advice to clients, and she moves matters forward with energy and efficiency.

Prior to working in private practice, Francesca served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Judge Ivan D. Davis, United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.  In that role, she handled primarily civil discovery matters.

  • Member of the team serving as lead trial counsel for the NCAA in over 20 concussion / CTE cases across the United States. In the first-ever concussion/CTE action against the NCAA to go to trial, we won a complete defense verdict in a nationally-recognized victory, including "defense verdict of the year" by the Courtroom View Network.