Dennis Orr - White & Case LLP

Dennis Orr

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 212-819-8928

Dennis Orr is a trial lawyer specializing in high-stakes complex commercial litigation. Mr. Orr has tried more than 40 cases in his career, and, though he has principally served as a defense lawyer, he has won more than $200 million in verdicts and awards in various proceedings around the United States. Mr. Orr handles complex litigation for corporate plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of industries, most notably the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, consumer product, accounting, and securities industries.

Mr. Orr's track record in a variety of settings–whether it's connecting with juries, deposing key witnesses, or negotiating a settlement–has been recognized by a variety of publications, including being named one of the nation's top trial lawyers by the National Law Journal. He's been called "an innovator, a thinker who does his homework" by Chambers USA, which names him one of the top lawyers in New York in both commercial litigation and antitrust.

St. John's UniversityJ.D. 1978

Case History

Orthofix v. EBI Systems, Inc. — In this nine-week jury trial, my client received an award of $155 million for trade secret infringement and breach of contract.
AIG v. Q Capital Corp — In this fraud case, my client AIG received an award of over $20 million, nearly every penny it was seeking, plus costs and attorneys'' fees.
In Re Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire — In this trial of claims arising from a nightclub fire in which 165 people were killed, my client received a directed verdict.
Great Northern Nekoosa v. Georgia-Pacific — In this nine-week preliminary injunction trial, the court denied the requested injunction allowing my client Georgia-Pacific to acquire Great Northern Nekoosa.
Frontier Insurance Company v. Ernst & Young — In this trial of a $240 million actuarial malpractice case, my client received a unanimous jury verdict in December 2009.

Client Comments

"Dennis is an experienced, savvy trial lawyer who companies should go to on significant commercial matters that are likely to go to trial. Dennis is truly exceptional in analyzing a case up front and advising the client on the most practical resolution of the case. If the case has to be tried, Dennis is a gifted trial lawyer who opponents have to take very seriously."

"For in-house counsel, Dennis is simply the complete package. He is a smart, creative litigator who understands the needs of a sophisticated client. He is a skillful negotiator who brings his good common sense and judgment to the table. He also is an excellent trial attorney, who relishes center stage at trial. I would be ready to try any case with Dennis as lead chair."

"Dennis Orr is one of the better trial lawyers currently in practice. He is very comfortable in the courtroom, has real jury appeal, and can effectively cross examine even the most recalcitrant witnesses. A rare find among big firm defense lawyers, he has a strong courtroom presence and practiced trial skills. Paired with his partner Grant Esposito, they will be the stronger trial team in the courtroom."

Office Location

1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2787
United States

Practice Areas

Antitrust Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Securities

Other Information

Gender: Male