Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Litigation Department

California
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What the team is known for An impressive offering in securities matters, covering the full range of shareholder derivative suits, class action matters and SEC administrative proceedings. Also regularly tackles complex and significant commercial litigation, frequently representing corporate clients facing class action litigation and breach of contract disputes. Particularly proficient in trade secret and employee mobility matters. Offers impressive coverage across the state and internationally, leveraging its extensive resources for cross-border disputes.

Strengths A client describes the team as "very bright, quick and attentive," adding: "I appreciate the strategic conversations that help me avoid potential litigation."

Work highlights Represented Apple and certain of its executives in a class action and derivative action brought by shareholders, arising out of a stock drop in its earnings report in the first quarter of 2019.

Advised Netflix on an employee mobility case brought by Twentieth Century Fox. The plaintiffs claimed interference with contract and unfair competition after Netflix hired two businesspeople who had been under long-term contract with Fox, and sought an injunction to prevent their hiring such individuals from any employer.

Notable practitioners

James Kramer is well versed in handling significant class action concerns for high-profile clients, including corporations and their executives in the tech sector. A client enthuses: "He is a great corporate mind and understands the challenges that public companies are facing."

Managing partner Michael Torpey is vastly experienced in a range of securities matters, including investigations, class actions and derivative suits.

Michael Tu "has a deep understanding of the law and always gives very timely advice," remarks a client. He is adept at handling a range of securities matters, and offers particular experience in cross-border work.

Senior counsel Robert Varian represents companies and individual executives in sophisticated securities litigation. One interviewee comments:"He takes the lead and unites the team very well."