UK: Orrick Partner Jeffrey White Nominated for U.S. District Court Bench
Last Updated: 1 August 2002

International law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have confirmed today that, following an announcement issued yesterday by the White House, Litigation partner Jeffrey S. White has been nominated by President Bush to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he is expected to assume the bench later this year. He will fill the vacancy left by retired Judge Legge.

"Jeff White will make a superb addition to the Federal bench," said Ralph Baxter, Chairman and CEO of Orrick. "He is an ideal nominee for the District Court. He is a great trial lawyer, truly fair and balanced, and has an innate drive to see justice done. Jeff has been an invaluable member of the Orrick community for more than twenty years. We are all proud that he will now have the chance to serve our community in this special way."

White’s appointment is the second time in the past two years that an Orrick Litigation partner has been selected to be elevated to the bench in the state of California. Last January, Governor Gray Davis appointed Litigation partner Steve Brick to the bench of the Alameda County Superior Court.

About Jeffrey White

White moved to California in 1978 to join Orrick, the first and only private firm with which he has been associated. Since that time, White’s career has flourished both through his many victories as a trial attorney and as a leader in the firm and in the community. White led the firm’s national Litigation Department for more than 15 years. During the course of his career, he has tried scores of significant, high-profile jury trials and has represented notable clients such as Siebel Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Oracle.

White’s breadth of legal expertise is demonstrated by his activities outside Orrick as well. He has taught a course in Civil Trial Advocacy at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law for more than twenty years, where he was awarded the Roscoe Pound Foundation award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy. He has also authored numerous articles on litigation issues and has served as a frequent panelist for the Practicing Law Institute's Pretrial and Trial Skills programs and as a faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

White received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law in 1970. He was the first member of his family to attend law school. After graduating, he served as a Trial Attorney in the Labor Racketeering Section and then Super Grade Trial Counsel in the Public Integrity Section in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. He also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and later as Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick is one of the world’s leading international finance and corporate law firms with more than 600 lawyers in offices in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Los Angeles Sacramento, Seattle, London, Tokyo and Singapore.

The firm opened its London office in 1998 driven by its importance as a critical business and financial centre for clients. Orrick has built its team in London with talented lawyers qualified in the UK, US and Europe, who work in international cross-border teams with Orrick lawyers in across the US and Far East.

The firm’s world wide strategic practices are:

  • Global Energy, Communications & Infrastructure
  • Project & Structured Finance
  • Corporate
  • Commercial Litigation

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