Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Highly recommended labor and employment outfit, renowned for its work for high-profile multinational clients. Covers the full range of work including high-stakes litigation, arbitration and advisory matters. Acts on behalf of clients in a range of industries, including financial services, technology and retail. Areas of expertise include wage and hour, trade secrets and employment mobility litigation. Also noted for its expert handling of pay equity and gender discrimination litigation.

Strengths An interviewee comments: "It has excellent litigators with lots of experience, and it has the bench strength to do big trials."

A further source reports: "Orrick delivers on the promise of a one-stop shop. When it comes to the company, each team member of every practice area knows what the other practice areas are up to, without the client having to update anyone. If the company needs help with a matter of first impression, Orrick will find out who can help."

"It has been phenomenal," states a client. "It is so experienced, has a great bedside manner and works together very seamlessly."

Work highlights Secured the denial of class certification on behalf of Twitter in a putative gender discrimination class action in which a former software engineer alleged that the company's promotion process adversely impacted women.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Livingston
often takes on wage and hour class actions for clients in a range of industries, as well as handling disputes such as wrongful termination claims. One interviewee says he has "a good courtroom presence, demeanor and presentation style," while another reports: "He's very organized, he thinks through the issues and he's responsive."

Gary Siniscalco
is renowned among commentators for being a "zealous advocate" who "really knows his stuff, is strategic and thoughtful, and is very well connected in the employment law area." He has notable expertise in a range of disputes and investigations, including those into allegations of discrimination.

Jessica Perry
represents an impressive roster of clients in major employment disputes such as class actions. She acts for management facing claims such as gender discrimination and pay equity issues, and frequently acts on nationwide mandates.

Julie Totten
is regarded by commentators as being "a big thinker and thought leader," with one noting: "She has practical solutions to problems, she's responsive and she has the substantive legal knowledge that one needs for effective counseling." She has experience in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including classification, retaliation and wrongful termination issues.

Lynne Hermle
is esteemed throughout the market for her strength in industry-changing employment law disputes. She frequently handles high-profile matters for household names in the technology sector. Sources draw attention to her "very good track record of winning cases," highlighting  "her legal acumen, winning personality, skill in the courtroom, and direct and engaging manner."