Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has added former U.S. Justice Department official Robert Loeb to its D.C. office as a partner in its Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice, the firm announced earlier today.
During his nearly 25 years at DOJ, Loeb, who served as acting deputy director of the appellate staff of the agency's Civil Division, briefed hundreds of cases in federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing more than 100 appeals in all. He has appeared in every federal circuit, including numerous en banc cases, representing the United States, government agencies and high-ranking government officials, including two former secretaries of defense.
"Orrick's attorneys and the firm's top-to-bottom commitment to a collaborative and client-first approach to the law makes it a great environment to come into. They understand the skills that an appellate [lawyer] brings in and it's a value within the firm," said Loeb.
Loeb said having friends who are partners at Orrick, and talking to E. Joshua Rosenkranz, head of the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate practice, convinced him to accept. "As I told Josh when they were asking me to join, if I am leaving a job that I love and that I have thrived in for a long time, it will have to be for a very special opportunity."
Looking back on his career at DOJ, Loeb said he was sad leaving his agency job, but that he was looking forward to this next chapter in private sector.
During his time at DOJ, Loeb received several honors, including the 2010 Presidential Rank Award and the 2010 Attorney General Distinguished Service Award. Before joining DOJ, Loeb clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.