Overview

Introduction

Innovation is the name of the game at Orrick—from the energy and tech clients the firm counsels to its impactful wellbeing initiatives to its modern technology tools. Associates who are down to earth, collaborative, and forward thinking will fit right in at this progressive firm. Orrick is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys that is fiercely committed to teamwork and innovation. The firm has dozens of offices across the globe, including domestic locations in California, New York, Oregon, and Texas.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

14

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

47


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

60 total (37 2Ls; 20 1Ls; 3 fellows)


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Base Salary

All U.S. offices

Vault Verdict

In many ways, Orrick is a unicorn among BigLaw firms: Associate well-being and development are true priorities, and that isn’t mere lip service. When it comes to wellness, the firm walks the walk and proactively encourages associates to unplug with 40 hours of billable vacation time, mental health days during the pandemic, and email reminders to sleep and eat well. Orrick is dedicated to its DEI initiatives, including as a founding signatory of the Move The Needle initiative. Training and mentoring are focal points at the firm, and partners demonstrate sincere interest in getting to know associates and not only provide guidance but also listen to their opinions. Transparency is another strong point for the firm—management is open in sharing its decisions and reasons behind them, a...

Firm's Response

We counsel the most innovative companies in Tech, Life Sciences, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance, including 3,000 venture-backed companies, climate pioneers, Wall Street leaders and over half of Fortune’s top 10 technology companies. Our practice is evenly split between transactional, litigation and regulatory advice.

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About the Firm

 

Orrick is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys that is fiercely committed to teamwork and innovation. The firm has dozens of offices across the globe, including domestic locations in California, New York, Oregon, and Texas.

It All Began with a Break-Up 

In the late 1800s, W.S. Goodfellow and his partners John J. Jarboe and Ralph C. Harrison walked away from their San Francisco firm, Jarboe, Harrison & Goodfellow. Goodfellow then teamed up with Charles Eells to form Goodfellow & Eells. The firm helped organize the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company after San Francisco’s catastrophic earthquake and fire in 1906 and also worked on water rights matters. In 1910, William H. Orrick joined the firm, and over the years, George Herrington and Er...

Associate Reviews


  • There are many opportunities to socialize for various reasons (e.g., socially, politically, etc.) During the pandemic, the firm appears to have at least one event per week. Partners and senior attorneys are willing to teach young associates and are patient with the young attorneys' professional growth.”
  • Partners make an effort to get to know associates and build relationships. Everyone at the firm is extremely friendly and grounded. Everyone works hard but is also a team player and understanding that people have lives. The day-to-day atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming. I feel as though I have the freedom to live my life but also the ability to do the work I want.”
  • The firm and practice group have made great efforts to keep everyone connected during the pandemic, including with themed trivia games, happy hours, book clubs, and creative events where they send a basket to your home in advance for participation (such as ingredients for a baking event).”
  • Congenial atmosphere with a strong left lean. The firm really emphasizes being a ‘great place to work hard’ and has very pro-associate policies.”

Why Work Here


Seven Stats about Orrick

1.     We focus on serving the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Globally.

2.     We give our associates the opportunity to chart your own course. It means early responsibility. World-class training. And the chance to make a social impact.

3.     We were named the #1 most innovative law firm in North America in 2017 by Financial Times, for the second year in a row.

4.     We’re on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For (#31), and we rank #4 for job satisfaction by AmLaw in 2018. In part, that’s because we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to how our lawyers work. Instead, we offer agile working. This includes flexible work arrangements, job sharing and remote working.

Diversity at Orrick

"Orrick has a long-standing commitment to improve the diversity and inclusion of our firm and the legal profession. Our goal is to be the most diverse and inclusive firm among our Tech & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure, and Finance law firm peers. To support this goal, we continue to increase the diversity of our leadership team, our partnership, our client teams and our summer associate classes. Most recently and most exciting, we have focused on innovative ways to collaborate more closely with corporate legal departments who share our..."

Getting Hired Here


  • Orrick is looking for individuals with demonstrated grit, a positive attitude and innovation. While the firm has traditionally hired top candidates from top law schools, there are several efforts in place to diversify our incoming class based on law school and life experiences. Diversity is a huge plus.”
  • We look for grit, EQ, and teamwork as primary traits, along with fit with culture. We do value diversity.”
  • Personality, diversity, and work experience are most important. The firm provides fact sheets for those who interview candidates.”
  • The firm is looking for smart, kind candidates with grit and a desire to make the firm a better place to work. The firm looks at the whole candidate—grades, schooling, prior experience, diversity, personality, etc.—in hiring, and all are important. Different groups value different things depending on their needs, but diversity and personality are always high on the list. …”

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