Mitchell S. Zuklie

Mitchell S. Zuklie

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Recognized since 2007

Menlo Park, California

Practice Areas

Venture Capital Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Venture Capital Law
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Mitchell Zuklie serves as the global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick.

He is an experienced business and legal advisor who has completed hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and licensing transactions. He counsels technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as their founders, advisors and investors. Representative clients have included Nest Labs, Planet Labs, Nanosolar, eHarmony, Royal Dutch Shell, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, Pandora, Oracle, Goldman Sachs, Martha Stewart Living, Bessemer Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Recent transactions he has led include, among others, Nest Labs' announced $3.2 billion sale to Google, and Goodreads' sale to

Lawdragon recognizes Mitch as "one of the nation's top tech dealmakers and advisors." He is described by Chambers as a "terrific all-around lawyer" known for "common sense and business judgment." Daily Journal named him to its lists of Top Emerging Companies Lawyers and Top Clean Tech Lawyers.

During Mitch's tenure as Orrick's chairman and CEO, the firm has pursued a strategy of leadership in the global Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. The firm entered new markets in Houston, Geneva and Africa. The firm has also innovated in advancing women and diverse lawyers and adapting its model to appeal to top Millennial talent.

Mitch serves on the Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Mitch also created Orrick's Women's Advisory Board, which is comprised of the senior executives from several leading public and private companies. Before joining Orrick, he was a Director at Venture Law Group.

He and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 20 years. They have two children, Hannah (17) and Angus (15).


  • 1000 Marsh Road
    Menlo Park, CA 94025-1015


  • Bowdoin College, BA, summa cum laude


  • California Law Review - Editor-in-Chief

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Venture Capital Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Venture Capital Law, San Jose (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Venture Capital Law


  • Top 25 Clean Tech and Top Emerging Companies Lawyers by the Daily Journal
  • "Top 40 Under 40" Business Leaders in Silicon Valley by the San Jose Business Journal
  • Chambers USA: "Leaders in Their Field"

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