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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Main Office: The Orrick Building, 405 Howard Street | San Francisco | CA | 94105-2669
Phone: 415-773-5700 | Fax: 415-773-5759





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Reviewed on May 03, 2023
Former Employee

5.Current Employee, more than 3 yearsFeatured ReviewLike familyAssociate in Los Angeles, CARecommendProsOrrick make it their #1 priority to ensure that the entire team feels like family. Each and every one of us is thought to be a vital member that contributes their individual talents to help reach the end goal. We make it a point to devote all of our hearts and souls into every case. Our clients mean the world to us and we strive to let them know that no matter how large or small their case, it is worth the fight!ConsI have no cons at this time.

Former Employee


Full time

Reviewed on December 16, 2017
Current Employee

Keep new people on standard hours and instead offer overtime for the first week or two if they stay extra for training.

If you have no other choice in place to work this place will be nearly on par with other places.

You will be expected to work long hours during your first few months until they trust you enough that you understand your job.

Current Employee



Discover the Benefits of Being an Attorney at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

For attorneys seeking a career that is both challenging and rewarding, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in the Bay Area is the perfect place to be. With a century and a half of legal experience, this global law firm has become a leader in the technology, energy and financial sectors. Attorneys at Orrick are part of a culture that is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality, commercially-oriented legal advice.

At Orrick, attorneys will have the opportunity to work on some of the most innovative deals in renewable energy and public-private partnerships. The firm is a leader in municipal bond practice and offers top-tier structured and leveraged finance practices. Its intellectual property teams have been recognized by the Financial Times for securing two of the most innovative patent litigation wins of 2012. Attorneys at Orrick are also involved in representing a third of the Fortune 100 in resolving high-stakes matters before trial and appellate courts and forums worldwide.

At Orrick, attorneys can take advantage of a platform that offers clients a distinctive combination of local insight and global reach across 25 offices. The firm is also a leader in innovation in the delivery of sophisticated legal services. It has revolutionized the law firm talent model to ensure the right talent is assigned to the right task. Orrick also has a Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, which is the longest standing and most successful legal and administrative insourcing center in the profession. The firm has pioneered the use of innovative pricing models.

Attorneys at Orrick can benefit from the firm’s commitment to excellence and their passion for helping clients succeed. With a culture of innovation and collaboration, attorneys can feel confident they are part of the best legal team in the industry. With offices around the world, Orrick attorneys can count on a challenging and rewarding career.

Experience the Best in the Legal Industry: Working at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in the Bay Area

Practice Areas

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Orrick has an established set of hiring practices in place. It gives academics a very important factor in their hiring decisions. At the same time, it also consider other factors such as applicant's qualifications, law reviews, moot court experiences, work experience, student's activities, poise, maturity, leadership, and other factors.

Orrick considers itself as a law firm that embraces change. However, it still places a lot of importance on the fundamental core values so that it can attract and develop the very best legal talent. Rather than following the traditional law firm associate development model, Orrick has led the market in introducing a pioneering way of leading tomorrow's leaders.

This philosophy is based on the talent model, which is based on founding the principles that each associate is capable of developing at his or her own pace. This ultimately means that the associate's training and professional aspirations must be synchronized with his or her own potential and talent. The company visited around 18 law schools and 8 job fairs in 2011.

Pro bono

Orrick attaches very high significance to its pro bono work as these services provide the disadvantaged people the necessary needed legal services. Orrick values work for pro bono clients just like any other client. The pro bono program is managed with the help of a full-time pro bono counsel. Its blue chip services are offered in areas where the firm feels it can make maximum impact. The firm's pro bono services are available in a variety of service areas such as:

Affordable Housing
Arts and Entertainment
Asylum and Immigration
Civil Rights
Community Economic Development
Consumer Debt
Consumer Protection
Criminal Defense and Death Penalty Cases
Education and Children's Rights
Elder Law
Family Law
HIV/AIDS-Related Issues
Homeless Rights
Intellectual Property
International Human Rights
Nonprofit Law
Prisoners' Rights and Reentry
Social Sector Finance
Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation
Women's Rights

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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

Orrick has received several awards and recognitions in tune with its performance as a legal blue chip on the global legal stage. Some of these are mentioned as below:

Other awards include:

Named to The American Lawyer's A-List for 2007-2010.

Ranked among the top five "U.S. Law Firms in Europe for Innovation in Expansion" at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards.

Ranked 28th in the 2008 Legal Business Global London, which measures the 50 largest non-U.K. origin firms by London office revenue figures. Additionally, Orrick is ranked fourth among firms with the largest trainee intake relative to their size in London.

Ranked in the following categories: European Headcounts: number 35, Global London Firm - in order of London turnover: number 28.

Named the recipient of the 2008 Redwood Vanguard Award given by Redwood Analytics.

Named the fourth most prestigious law firm in Northern California in 2008 by the Vault Guide. This is the fourth consecutive year Orrick has placed among the top five firms in the region.

Ranked in the top 10 on Dealogic's "Global Project Finance Review" list of PFI/PPP legal advisers for the first half of 2008.

Orrick ranked among the top 10 legal advisers to South Korea by deal volume and value for the first half of 2009, according to Mergermarket's "M&A League Tables of Legal Advisers H1 2009."

Diversity Write a review

Orrick believes that diversity certainly plays an immensely positive role in the overall development of the firm in all dimensions. Besides minority job fairs, the firm includes directed mentoring efforts and participates in outreaches to various law student groups. It is Orrick's policy to recruit at schools that have a large minority population. In addition to bar-sponsored programs, a firm diversity committee ensures diversity firm wide.

It demonstrates its commitment to diversity by participating in recruitment fairs that have diverse backgrounds. One such fair that it participated in was the Seventh Annual Bay Area Diversity Career fair for second-year law students. The Bay area diversity career fair provides and is founded and underwritten by Orrick.

Providing a much needed event for diverse law students across the country, it is a much welcome event for all who had to travel great distances to attend minority fairs. Additionally, Orrick provides networking as well as educational responsibilities. Furthermore, the firm organizes and participates in a range of job fairs in the United States such as the Lavender Law's Annual Conference and Career Fair.

Orrick also pursues a non-discrimination policy whereby it strives to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. It covers all aspects of employment from recruitment to termination and also does not discriminate on basis of race, color, religion, nationality, ancestry, medical status, or other similar factors. In fact, the firm received the following awards for diversity and inclusion:

American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard: Ranked in the top 12 percent for diversity among 200 large firms in the American Lawyer's 2009, 2010 and 2011 annual survey.

Human Rights Campaign: For the fifth consecutive year, Orrick earned the top rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual Corporate Equality Index survey.

Intel: Intel honored Orrick with its 2009 Diversity Success Award.

Minority Corporate Counsel Association: Named the winner of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Thomas L. Sager Award, Western Region in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Minority Law Journal:

Orrick ranked seventh in the "highest percentage of minority lawyers (partners/nonpartners)" category in 2009.

Ranked 16th out of 202 firms for overall diversity in the Minority Law Journal's annual Diversity Scorecard.

Morgan Stanley: Named the winner of Morgan Stanley's "Large Law Firm of the Year for Diversity" award in 2007 and 2008.

Multicultural Law Magazine: Named as one of Multicultural Law Magazine's top 100 Law Firms for Diversity 2006-2011 and Top 100 Law Firms for Women 2007-2011.

Summer associate program

Orrick has a 10 week summer associate program in which summer associates are not assigned a specific department. However they are encouraged to work with various practice groups. Once assigned to a summer coordinator they are expected to complete around 10 assignments during the summer period. Summer associates typically report that they work around 6 hours a day on billable work. However, they are not supposed to work on weekends. While, there is a lot of formal training, mentors guide their associates with even social as well as professional interactions and work.

The firm typically holds many attorney lunches and there are rooftop cocktail parties and other social events such as a Supreme Court field trip, sailing trip and cup cake tasting every Tuesday in the D.C office. Many summer associates are given a job at the firm itself after the completion of the summer associate program.

In 2009, 70% of the firm's 64 associates received full-time offers. However, the firm reduced its class size to 11 summer associates in 2010 but all of them received offers. In 2011, the class size was again doubled in comparison to the 2010 summer class size. In recent times, the start dates for some of the classes have been deferred.

Working for the Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Working for Orrick is considered to be a truly professional achievement. For the year 2012, the compensation for entry level lawyers was $160,000. The average annual associate hours worked in 2011 was 2,123.48 hours.

However, there is no minimum billable hour expectation required by the firm. Billable hour credits are given for pro bono work and a pro bono work is considered equivalent to a required hour. Usually, the firm considers requests for alternative work schedules from associates who have two or more attributed years within the firm and whose performance is deemed to be at an exceedingly high level. Part-time work is allowed at the firm. Orrick also pays non-medical parental leave in the necessary circumstances.


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