Jeffrey J. Lorek

Special Counsel

Washington, D.C.

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Jeffrey J. Lorek brings a decade of military officer leadership skills to Orrick, combining them with a former JAG prosecutor's courtroom finesse and years of labor and employment litigation experience to win clients' battles.  His "anytime, anywhere" approach to problem-solving helps Orrick's clients overcome the toughest challenges in employment law.

Mr. Lorek is Special Counsel in Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation practice group.  A trial lawyer with broad experience in the areas of employment and traditional labor law, administrative law and national security law, Mr. Lorek has practiced before state and federal courts, the EEOC, and other administrative tribunals.  He has experience both pursuing and defending trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation for sophisticated clients.  Mr. Lorek also routinely counsels clients on reasonable accommodation issues, workplace harassment and hostile work environment, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and traditional labor-management relations.  He has published several articles on timely labor and employment and national security topics.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lorek served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as the Chief, Employment Litigation-East Branch, where he led an eight-member team in defending the Air Force worldwide in hundreds of employment litigation matters, including discrimination suits, whistleblower protection cases and employee disciplinary actions.  He also previously served as Deputy Chief of the Air Force’s Labor Relations Branch where he oversaw a team of traditional labor attorneys in the defense of all unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the Agency nationwide.  He regularly advised senior executives on myriad collective bargaining issues, and navigated commanders through union grievances and arbitrations around the country.  Mr. Lorek wrote the first-ever Agency guide to security-clearance related civilian personnel actions, often advising the Air Force Secretariat's General Counsel's office as a subject-matter expert in this area.

Mr. Lorek served as an active duty Air Force JAG for ten years, during which time he tried 25 criminal bench and jury trials and eight administrative discharge board hearings.  He has substantial trial experience prosecuting sexual assaults and aggravated assaults, child pornography offenses, larcenies and financial crimes.  Mr. Lorek is a decorated veteran of foreign wars, having deployed three times in support of combat operations including tours to Afghanistan and Qatar as a fiscal law attorney with Headquarters, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in support of refueling operations during the Libyan war, and as the Chief of Administrative Law for Joint Task Force Guantanamo in the war on terror.  He also continues to serve as a Major in the Maryland Air National Guard.  

Before commissioning in the Air Force, Mr. Lorek practiced for five years in private firms in the areas of employment litigation, commercial litigation, products liability and toxic torts.

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SCOTUS to Finally Decide if Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Are Protected by Title VII

On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in a trio of employment discrimination cases for which the Court’s forthcoming rulings—expected to be published by June 2020—could ultimately settle whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The three cases that the high court agreed to hear are Bostock v. Clayton Cnty. Bd. of Comm’rs, No. 17-1618 (filed May 25, 2018), Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623 (filed May 29, 2018), and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al., No. 18-107 (filed July 20, 2018). The first two cases involve sexual orientation specifically, while the third case pertains to gender identity. READ MORE