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Tobacco Securitizations

In part, this is because Orrick is one of the few firms with the combination of resources required for such financings – public finance, securitization, tax and bankruptcy.  From the first transaction for the city of New York in November 1999 through some of the most recent, we have been counsel on more than 65 tobacco securitizations (including three pools) aggregating more than $30 billion. We are thoroughly familiar with, and have crafted disclosure and rendered required opinions about, the Master Settlement Agreement, the Model Statute, the Consent Decree and other related documents, ...


Our tax team includes nationally prominent lawyers in the U.S. who are former chairs of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Our firm's tax practice is noted in many professional guides, such as Chambers USA 2016 and International Tax Review's World Tax 2016. Our public finance tax lawyers are the largest collection of professionals in the U.S., superintending financings in 44 states. Our tax litigation lawyers are recognized for their exceptional track record, including landmark victories in movie industry participations cases and in ...

Tax Litigation

These proceedings have involved nearly all types of U.S. federal taxes, California taxes, as well as French income tax and VAT.

Our clients include a wide variety of domestic and foreign corporations, public entities, partnerships, tax-exempt entities, and individuals. Our experience is that it is best to become involved at the audit level because cases are often damaged or even lost at this stage by evidentiary failures, and so that we can work to minimize the number of issues raised on audit and to resolve potentially large disputes completely before they surface publicly.

Traditional Labor Law

For our many clients with established collective bargaining relationships, Orrick lawyers have acted as spokespersons in collective bargaining with numerous unions or have otherwise assisted employers handling their own negotiations. We have represented employers in arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements, actions to compel or stay arbitration, injunction proceedings, significant appellate work often opposing enforcement efforts by the NLRB, and virtually every other type of proceeding that implicates the collective bargaining process. We have also counseled numerous employers ...

Law360 Names Orrick’s Tech, IP, Projects and Employment Teams as Practice Groups of the Year


​Law360 has selected Orrick’s Tech, IP, Projects and Employment teams as 2015 Practice Groups of the Year. This is the second consecutive year that the firm's Tech practice has been recognized, the third time Orrick has been named in the project finance category and the second time in the employment category.  Law360 singled out our IP team as an IP All-Star for being one of four firms most often recognized for its IP achievements over the past five years. “We’re delighted by this recognition in all four areas. It reflects our focus on providing the highest quality litigation and ...

Troubled Transactions

This increase corresponds directly to the increase in the variety and complexity of the types of bonds issued, as well as the financing structures used and the sources of repayment and security for the bonds. Other contributing factors include the increasing complexity of tax and other laws pursuant to which bonds are issued, the requirements for disclosure of information, the duties of issuers, trustees, underwriters and other participants after, as well as before, issuance of the bonds, and the greatly increased enforcement attention to the municipal bond sector from the IRS and the SEC. As ...

Transportation Finance

Orrick's Transportation Finance Group lawyers are based in California, Seattle and New York and are fully experienced in financing all types of transportation facilities owned by state and local government entities. Multi-purpose financings involving transportation issues have been successfully completed for a wide variety of issuers, such as:

  • California Transportation Commission
  • Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Port of Oakland
  • Port of San Diego

Technology Companies Group

Nothing inspires us more than helping our clients develop novel strategies and push boundaries. We invest in understanding the company’s vision, values and goals, and then partner with companies to address financing strategies, protect intellectual assets, retain talent and advocate for innovation-friendly policymaking. Because we focus on high growth companies within a global tech law practice, we are able to tap into sector focused thinking not only in capital markets, M&A, compensation and benefits, IP, and cybersecurity law, but also in areas like securitization, international trade, ...

Trade Secrets Litigation

This is especially true in the technology, biotech, financial services and manufacturing sectors. Whether you are defending a new hire or facing a bet-the-company battle, our dedicated Trade Secrets team will mobilize to help. We have represented innovative companies and have secured settlements and awards for startups to some of the largest global companies. Our successes include clearing the way for Mark Hurd to move to Oracle, over the fierce objection of his former employer, the Hewlett-Packard Company. We won a trade secrets misappropriation verdict for Sierra Railroad against Patriot ...

SOUR GRAPES: Fig Spread Verdict Under DTSA Doesn’t Stick, Argue Jam Company Defendants

by Denise Mingrone and Harry J. Moren | 04.22.17

In a dispute over ripped off recipes, counsel for victorious plaintiff Dalmatia Import Group hailed the jury verdict as the first of its kind under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, as we previously reported.  Not so fast, sulked the defendants, Dalmatia’s erstwhile manufacturer Lancaster Fine Foods and distributor FoodMatch, in a filing this month.  While acknowledging their defeat under the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the defendants nevertheless urged  the court not to enter judgment under the DTSA.