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IP Counseling & Due Diligence

We also represent companies in a wide variety of technology transactions, including agreements to develop, license, test, market, distribute, co-brand, protect, and acquire or divest technology and related intellectual property rights. Our lawyers have significant experience representing licensors, licensees, developers, investors, sellers and purchasers of new and existing technology, vendors and buyers of content, and both large and emerging technology companies. Representing a wide variety of clients in a variety of industries enables us to understand all aspects of technology and ...

Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing

Reflecting restrictions imposed by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, our more recent financings have focused on solid waste disposal and resource recovery projects. At the same time, we have continued our leadership in “small-issue” industrial development bond financings in California. We also have extensive experience under the old air and water pollution control rules, as well as financings for “two-county” utility projects and other exempt facilities. Members of this group, while serving as bond counsel for the majority of projects, have diverse experience in representing all parties to private ...

Indian Tribal Finance

We represent Indian tribal governments and enterprises, Alaska native villages and native corporations and major financial institutions (including investment and commercial banking firms and credit enhancement providers), as well as others doing business in Indian country. Over the last 20 years, Orrick lawyers have served as counsel in dozens of successful tribal financings (both taxable and tax-exempt) for a wide range of projects. Orrick is also the nation's leading bond counsel firm, ranked number one for more than a decade. Our lawyers are known for innovation in the field, having served ...

Insurance Recovery

According to Chambers USA, clients describe us as "top-notch lawyers who provide great customer service and are practical. They understand our business concerns and can help us balance the pros and cons of various paths." We represent the interests of policyholders exclusively, working tirelessly to secure recoveries for our clients. We litigate coverage claims when necessary, but focus on developing innovative, non-litigation solutions for our clients’ complex coverage disputes. To proactively avoid disputes, we provide risk management counseling and insurance advice to our clients on all of ...

Darren Teshima Selected for LCLD January Fellow Spotlight


Orrick partner Darren Teshima has been selected for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) January Fellow Spotlight. These monthly spotlights recognize outstanding LCLD Fellows by featuring their profiles on the LCLD home page. Launched in 2011, LCLD's Fellows Program works by identifying high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds and setting them on the path to leadership of their organizations. A 2015 LCLD Fellow, Darren serves as deputy leader of Orrick’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and as a partner in the firm’s Insurance Recovery group. He is the ...

Internal Investigations

We routinely represent companies, boards of directors, special committees and individuals in wide-ranging types of investigations. In so doing, we develop a customized approach to each matter and bring deep knowledge in all facets of internal investigation practices, criminal and regulatory enforcement, securities laws, and fiduciary duty and corporate governance obligations. We lead some of the most complex and high-profile internal investigations for clients from diverse industries, including technology, retail, consumer products, energy and natural resources, financial services, health ...

Early and Often: DOJ Tells Companies to Cooperate Early or Pay the Price

by Michael C. Tu, David Keenan and James Grohsgal | 10.04.16

An important issue for companies and their executives that are the subject of an investigation by the federal government is whether, and how early, to cooperate.On September 27, 2016, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer delivered remarks at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Conference, where he laid out in some detail his views on the value of early cooperation with the federal government in financial cases, and the consequences for waiting. As the number 3 attorney in the Department of Justice who is charged with overseeing civil litigation, antitrust, and ...

The SEC Wins First Jury Trial in a Muni Case: SEC v. City of Miami and Michael Boudreaux

by Kenneth Herzinger and McGregor W. Scott | 09.17.16

In what the SEC called “the first federal jury trial by the SEC against a municipality or one of its officers for violations of the federal securities laws,” a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida found the City of Miami and its former budget director, Michael Boudreaux, guilty of securities fraud for misrepresentations related to three municipal bond offerings in 2009. Both Defendants are expected to appeal the jury decision.

Impact Finance

Focused on social change, impact finance aligns social, environmental and financial considerations with investment and business strategy. Our clients include financial institutions, family offices and high-net-worth individuals, municipalities and other government entities, entrepreneurs and innovative nonprofits – all who share this goal.   Our work is wide ranging. We have created innovative structures to provide microfinance institutions (“MFIs”) with funds. We work with organizations such as Echoing Green to support social enterprises engaged in systems-changing work. We advise on the ...

Orrick Advises The Climate Trust in Securing $5.5 Million Investment in Innovative Conservation Finance Fund


An Orrick team advised The Climate Trust in executing a milestone contract with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – securing a $5.5 million Program Related Investment (PRI) to seed a first-of-its-kind carbon investment fund for climate change mitigation. Climate Trust Capital, an independent firm of The Climate Trust, launched its Fund I investment fund earlier this year with backing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant and an agreement to support the Fund from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Climate Trust Capital released a request for ...

Intellectual Property

We’ve won cases involving all types of intellectual property and related claims, including patents (particularly competitor disputes), copyright, trademark, unfair competition, internet security and trade secrets. Based on these results, The American Lawyer named us one of the top IP firms in the country in its "Litigation Department of the Year" contest in 2016, and Law360 called us one of four "MVP" IP firms in 2015 based on our results over the past five years. We handle some of the biggest competitor versus competitor disputes. We’ve efficiently shut down multidefendant cases brought by ...
Super IP

International Tax

Principally through its Paris office, Orrick superintends and coordinates European tax strategies and structures.

Inbound Inversions for German Technology Companies

by Dr. Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein and Peter Connors | 12.13.14

Inversions have received an enormous amount of attention in the United States in recent years, as scores of companies have relocated to more tax-friendly jurisdictions. However, many non-U.S. companies (particularly in the technology area) may find it preferable to move into the United States to gain access to the U.S. capital markets, thereby creating local law exit tax issues. Set forth is a case study with a fairly typical fact pattern involving a German technology company that is evaluating the consequences of relocating to the United States. We discuss both the German and U.S. tax ...


For decades we have been the firm of choice for prominent industry participants because of the innovative ways in which we design legal structures, draft project documents and manage complicated transactions. With lawyers across four continents, we have significant experience in every sector of the industry, including toll roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, ports, rail, water facilities, stadiums, mass transit and other infrastructure projects. Our practice was rated Band 1 for U.S. projects by Chambers Global 2016. We were named a Project Finance Group of the Year by Law360 in 2015, and ...

International Trade
& Compliance

Major companies such as General Electric, Intel and Marathon Oil commonly rely on us to help them overcome the most challenging barriers to cross-border business. We’ve counseled global financial institutions on how to comply with U.S. and EU economic sanctions against Russia. We’ve obtained national security clearance in one of the few CFIUS cases that has gone to the President for approval. We’ve resolved compliance and government affairs challenges related to trade in security-sensitive electronics products. We’ve advanced the interests of some of the largest industrial businesses in ...

International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

We have appeared for clients before all major arbitral institutions and acted under all leading sets of rules, as well as in significant national court proceedings relating to those arbitrations. In addition, members of our group routinely sit as arbitrators, giving us the perspective of the decision-maker to use when we act as counsel. Global Arbitration Review ranks our practice in the top 20 in the world in 2016 and Chambers Global 2016 ranks three of our litigators for International Arbitration. Recent significant examples of our cross-border representations include the following: Natural ...

14 Orrick Lawyers Honored as Acritas Stars in Inaugural Report


Fourteen Orrick lawyers across our global network were recognized Star Lawyers in the inaugural Acritas Stars Database and Report: Ed Batts M&A and Private Equity Silicon Valley Roger Davis Public Finance San Francisco Sven Greulich M&A and Private Equity Düsseldorf Tal Hacohen M&A and Private Equity New York Tony Kim Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Washington, D.C. Mike Liever Real Estate San Francisco King Milling M&A and Private Equity New York Ed Oswald Tax Washington, D.C. Hiroshi Sarumida M&A and Private Equity New York Michael Schrader Public ...