Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Associate


Orrick has one of the nation’s leading appellate practices. Orrick attorneys have successfully briefed and argued hundreds of appeals in courts at every level, including the U.S. Supreme Court, every federal court of appeals, and numerous state courts. Our deep bench of appellate talent is one of the finest in the country, with former Supreme Court and court of appeals clerks, appellate counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, leaders in the legal non-profit sector, and law school faculty. In 2023, Orrick was named Law360's Appellate Group of the Year. We are also recognized by the leading global legal directories — Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US — and have become a destination for bet-the-company and industry-changing appeals.

We are actively recruiting candidates for an associate position with our nationwide Supreme Court & Appellate practice. We are looking for candidates who have both an uncompromising dedication to excellence and a desire to work on the highest profile cases in a collegial, informal, diverse, and team-oriented environment. Our appellate practice includes a busy docket of bet-the-company and industry-changing appeals as well as a market leading “appellate eyes at trial” practice focusing on key motions and issue preservation at the trial court level. 

For the ninth year in a row, Orrick is one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, the annual list that recognizes companies with extraordinary workplace cultures. We bring distinctive quality, diverse teams, and innovation to everything we do. At our core, we value collegiality among our lawyers and strive to make our practices both professionally and personally rewarding. We’ll help you to connect with peers and mentors to ensure you are integrated into our client teams. Our top-notch training and mentoring programs, retreats and academies, shadowing opportunities and more are what set us apart. If you are passionate about innovation work in a dynamic environment, you’re just who we’re looking for.


  • Must possess excellent legal research, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience as a judicial clerk, preferably for a federal or state appellate court.
  • A completed JD from an accredited law school required.
  • Excellent academic credentials required.
  • Highly motivated and proactive. 
  • The candidate must possess strong academic credentials, excellent legal research and superb writing and oral communications skills, strong interpersonal skills and is a team player.


Compensation and Benefits

The expected salary range for this position is between $260,000 and $365,000. 


Orrick is committed to providing a comprehensive, competitive, and thoughtful total compensation package to our attorneys and staff, wherever they work. This compensation and benefits information is based on the Orrick’s estimate as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future. The level of pay within the range will depend on a variety of job-related factors that may include, but not limited to, qualifications, relevant experience or education, particular skills or expertise, geography.   Other compensation may include an annual discretionary merit bonus, which would be determined by Firm and individual performance.  


We offer a full range of elective health benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurances; robust mental well-being benefits; child, family, elder, and pet care benefits; short- and long-term disability benefits; a health savings account (w/applicable medical plan), flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and a 401K program. This role is eligible to employees will receive compensated time off through Flexible Time Off program, generous Parental leave benefits, and paid holidays. 


Orrick accepts applications for this position on an ongoing basis, until filled.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Consistent with the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, an arrest and conviction record will not automatically disqualify a qualified applicant from consideration for employment. For attorney positions, a 'qualified applicant' is an individual who is a member of the State Bar of California, admitted in good standing, and is eligible to practice[1]; or whose admission to the State Bar of California and eligibility to practice remains subject only to successful completion of the California Bar Examination.


Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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July 08, 2024





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