News From Orrick is… There’s No News

Word on the street was that Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe was looking into opening an office in the City of Brotherly Love.

While most international firms based out-of-town have opted for New York, D.C., or even Delaware rather than Philadelphia, Orrick’s interest made some sense given its recent hire of longtime Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner Howard Shecter.

But Shecter – who already splits his time between Orrick’s New York office and shared space in Philly – said he was surprised to hear the buzz.

“I am not aware of that plan, and I certainly would be,” he said.
Shecter said he might be one of only a few Orrick attorneys who are even licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

While he would certainly be happy to have the firm take an interest in his hometown, Shecter said Philadelphia isn’t exactly a “strategic priority” for Orrick and might never be.

The firm is holding a partners meeting in San Francisco next week and Shecter said that he would probably ask his colleagues in the M&A practice whether there are any other strategic locations that would help grow the practice. He said his guess would be he would hear answers like Germany or Spain and not Philadelphia. He said Orrick is much more global than even his previous firm.

When Shecter moved to Orrick in the fall of 2007, the firm offered to rent space in Philadelphia in an executive office rental facility or some other formal space. Shecter declined and just borrows extra office space of a friend in the One South Broad building. He said he is spending about two days a week in Philadelphia.

–Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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