San Francisco, October 22, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Patricia Gillette, the former co-chair of Heller Ehrman’s Labor and Employment Law Department, and Andrew Livingston, a shareholder from that group, have joined Orrick’s Employment Law practice. This accomplished team of trial attorneys has practiced together for 11 years and will complement Orrick’s global team of employment lawyers handling high value matters and class actions.
“Experienced trial lawyers who have an established track record of winning the most sensitive
employment law cases and deftly handling the seemingly endless wave of employment class actions are hard to find. We are very fortunate to have quality lawyers like Pat and Andrew join our very talented team,” said Michael Delikat, chair of Orrick’s Global Employment Group. “Their representation of major global companies on these matters and their phenomenal track record in high-stakes employment litigation exactly match Orrick’s long-term strategic objectives.”
Patricia Gillette co-chaired Heller’s Labor and Employment Practice Group for many years. Her practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, focusing on wrongful discharge and discrimination litigation in both state and federal court. She has extensive jury trial experience. Her clients include major financial institutions, high tech firms, insurance companies, biotech companies and others. Gillette has been recognized by many organizations including Chambers USA, PLC Which Lawyer? Global 50 Portraits and Who’s Who.
Gillette is also the co-founder of the Opt In Project, a nationwide cross-industry initiative dedicated to finding ways to retain and advance women in the legal profession. She will continue her leadership role on this project and other similar initiatives already in place at Orrick. Gillette is a frequent lecturer nationwide on issues relating to the retention and advancement of women in law firms.
“Orrick has some of the most skilled practitioners in labor and employment law in the country and a fabulous global platform to service their marquis list of multinational clients,” Gillette said. “The innovative culture at Orrick and their dedication to diversity initiatives is unparalleled. I’m looking forward to working with a team I’ve known and admired for many years.”
Andrew Livingston has an active practice providing both litigation and counseling services to employers from varying industries, including financial services, retail, high tech, and advertising. He has an extensive wage and hour class action defense practice and also defends employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and trade secrets cases. Livingston is a frequent lecturer on these and other employment law topics, and is a frequent presenter at conferences sponsored by many of the national leading CLE providers. Livingston has had several leadership roles at Heller Ehrman in areas such as recruiting, practice group management, and associate development.
“I am impressed by the client base and the quality of Orrick’s Employment Practice, with its deep expertise in complex class action defense and all areas of employment and labor law matters,” Livingston said. “I look forward to contributing to and building on Orrick’s well-established global reputation.”