Orrick – Why Work For Us?


Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy and financial sectors. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially-oriented legal advice and for our culture of innovation and collaboration.

Founded in San Francisco a century and a half ago, Orrick today is named by Law360as one of the “Global 20” leading firms. Our platform offers clients a distinctive combination of local insight and global reach across 25 offices.

Orrick practices in five core areas: Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure, Finance, Intellectual Property and Litigation. Known for our work in the technology sector, we act for many of the world’s top public companies as well as more than 1,200 start-ups. We also are recognized for working on the most innovative deals in the renewable energy and PPP markets. Our municipal bond practice consistently ranks No. 1 in the United States, and we offer top-tier structured and leveraged finance practices.Financial Times commended our intellectual property teams for securing two of the most innovative patent litigation wins of 2012. Our litigation teams represent a third of the Fortune 100 in resolving high-stakes matters involving a broad range of disciplines before trial and appellate courts and forums worldwide. In 2012, The American Lawyernamed Orrick to its list of leading litigation departments for the second consecutive time and selected an Orrick partner as Litigator of the Year. All together, Orrick is recognized by Chambers Global for strengths across 43 transactional, litigation and regulatory practice areas in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Orrick also is known for innovation in the delivery of sophisticated legal services. We have revolutionized the law firm talent model to ensure we assign the right talent to the right task. Our Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, is the longest standing and most successful legal and administrative insourcing center in our profession. We have pioneered the use of innovative pricing models. Selected byFinancial Times among the most innovative U.S. law firms in 2011 and again in 2012, Orrick was cited for leadership in both legal advice and client service.

Collaboration—one of the firm’s core values—defines our relationships with our clients, our people and our communities. This is evident in the way our lawyers partner with our clients’ in-house teams, our approach to lawyer development, our efforts to enhance the diversity of our profession, and our commitment to pro bono and community responsibility.

To learn more about our firm, we invite you to explore this site and to contact members of the Orrick team in your market.

Orrick’s core value of “Cooperation and Individual Respect” is reflected in the firm’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The success of our diverse lawyers is a critical management and business goal.

Since 1990, Orrick’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee—one of the first in a major law firm—has advised management on a broad range of initiatives to ensure that Orrick is successful in hiring, retaining and promoting diverse lawyers. Lawyers and staff on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee take action to ensure that Orrick’s lawyers are diverse and positioned to thrive personally and professionally.

Our diversity and inclusion committees are actively involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts, orientation, summer program, training and mentoring programs, and pro bono and community activities. Diverse lawyers play an integral role in managing the firm (as members of the firm’s board, office and practice group leaders, and committee chairs among others) and shaping its future.

We are committed to bringing diverse perspectives to bear in every aspect of firm life and ensuring that we provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all. 

Innovative Policies, Practices and Programs

At Orrick, we constantly challenge ourselves to introduce new programs to help us effectively attract, retain and promote diverse individuals. As a consequence, we are among the most diverse large firms in the United States. A few of the more distinctive elements of our diversity program include the following.

  • Affinity Groups, Parents’ and Veterans’ Forums and Mentoring Program
  • Women’s Initiative and Lean In Circles
  • Diversity Liaisons to Each Practice Group’s Associate Review Committee
  • Unconscious Bias Training for All Partners and Of Counsel
  • Alternative Work Schedule Policy and On-Ramping Program
  • Custom Track Options
  • Pipeline Initiatives to Support Diverse Youth
  • Paid Membership in Diverse Professional Associations
  • Associate Development Benchmarks and Career Guidance Counselors
  • Supplier Diversity Program

Joining the Orrick Team

At Orrick, our people are our most valuable assets. Our formula for success is simple—to provide the highest quality service to our clients, we hire the brightest and most talented individuals at every level.

Our attorneys and professional staff work collaboratively. We focus daily on fostering professional relationships rooted in respect and provide every individual in our firm with the ability to contribute.

Our firm culture is fundamental to who we are and is shaped by a commitment to our core values, which include respect for individual differences and unwavering commitment to client service. We take tremendous pride in finding team members who will add to our culture.

We evaluate candidates based on a combination of intellectual rigor, client service track record and personal dynamics. We do our best to ensure that your fit makes sense for both of us over the long-term. Once you join, we want you to stay and build your career here.  We strive to hire individuals as diverse and unique as the clients we serve.

At Orrick, we believe the quality and diversity of our people, our sense of responsibility to the legal profession and to our communities, our commitment to our core values and our ability to exceed our clients’ expectations are the hallmarks of our culture.

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    The firm offers challenging work and a collegial environment. Innovative leadership and relatively entrepreneurial for a law firm. Has grown carefully and strategically over the years.


    Long hours; path to partnership is unclear. New hyper focus on social media presence and increased spend on marketing is hard to rationalize.

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    Practitioner Assistant - Securities Litigation Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Orrick (Los Angeles, CA).


    Phone Screen for 5 minutes with Human Resources Manager, then came in for an interview with director of human resources (but it was via cisco since the person was in san francisco), then came in to meet with 9 of the various partners, associates, and paralegals. THe overall experience, even though I did not get the job, was enlightening and stimulating. Wish I got the job but hey, on to the next one.

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Orrick Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality , Human Rights Campaign, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2010
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality , Human Rights Campaign, 2010
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2009
100 Best Companies for Minorities , Fortune, 2009
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Additional Info

Website www.orrick.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1863
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

One of California's oldest law firms, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe was instrumental in developing one of the state's best-known landmarks -- the Golden Gate Bridge. Among its practice areas are public finance (a linchpin of the firm's reputation), litigation, securities, tax, and intellectual property. Orrick has some 1,100 lawyers in more than 20 offices in the US, the Asia/Pacific region, and Europe. The firm's client list has included such big names as IBM, Charles Schwab, and Salomon Smith Barney. Orrick was founded in 1863 as Jarboe, Harrison ... More

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