This past year Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe won two jury trials in eight months for aerospace manufacturer SpaceX in cases brought by former employees, knocked out worker misclassification claims against Morgan Stanley and fought off an injunction bid from game developer Zynga in a trade secret case against client Scopely. Mike Delikat, chairman of Orrick’s global employment law practice, and Andrew Livingston, the deputy practice group leader, responded to questions from The Recorder about those wins and what sorts of employment cases clients bring Orrick’s way.

What do each of these matters demonstrate about the firm’s ability to litigate and try labor and employment cases? Unlike many of our peer firms, clients come to our employment law team because we have a proven bench of trial lawyers, expert in employment law matters. This sends an important message up front to plaintiffs bringing claims against our clients, often enabling us to obtain favorable resolutions for our clients early on or otherwise prevailing on case-dispositive motions, which will avoid the expense and risk of a trial.