A former associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has sued the firm for fraud and breach of contract, charging he was promised but then denied promotion to the partnership. Patrick J. Hoeffner claims three partners promised to promote him because they feared he would leave the firm and take a client with him. The suit is a highly unusual one; few associates file claims after being passed over for partnership. Orrick says the suit is an extraordinary response to an ordinary career disappointment.
Former Associate Sues Orrick Over Partnership Promise
New York Law Journal
July 27, 2005