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Kleiner Lawyers See Pao Business Bump

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

You might call it the Pao Bump.

It's been six months since Ellen Pao lost her gender-bias case against venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, but the lawyers involved in her trial are still riding a wave of publicity that's better for business than any campaign a pricey advertising firm could dream up.

The business boost has been particularly obvious for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where a team led by partner Lynne Hermle scored the victory for Kleiner Perkins. Hermle has personally stepped into at least four new cases since the jury verdict, as counsel to Twitter Inc., Broadcom Corp., Fitbit Inc. and a San Francisco venture-capital firm.

"[The trial] was a unique opportunity for the world, including clients, to get a real view of her talent and the talent of our team," said Orrick partner Walter Brown Jr., a member of the firm's management committee. "The market came to us."

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