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Gage Marchini
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Major: Economics/Agriculture Business with a legal studies certificate

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Nick Horton

Nick Horton

Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
B.A., Oregon State University, Liberal Studies
J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Year Graduated: 2013


As a commercial litigator, Nick is involved in a wide variety of cases. "I am constantly learning new areas of law to assist the diverse group of clients Orrick represents. The issues in these matters are often extremely complex and I enjoy the challenge of putting the puzzle pieces together to obtain a favorable result for our clients."

Nick took on the challenge of law school after having served his country for many years. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2001. After graduation, he served the next seven and a half years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

After leaving active duty, he attended McGeorge as an evening student. While a law student, he worked full-time at Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP. Shortly after passing the bar exam, he accepted an offer from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP.

He is currently working as a Managing Associate in Orrick's Litigation Business Unit. He re-entered the military after graduation as well. He currently serves as an Operations Officer for a reconnaissance unit in connection to the Select Marine Corps Reserve based out of Alameda, California.

After college, Nick decided to attend law school for two primary reasons. First, the economic crisis of 2008 left the job market very bleak and Nick was transitioning out of the Marine Corps, lending him to consider other opportunities for growth. He had missed several job opportunities because he felt that other applicants had specific experience in the field of law, as opposed to the general leadership experience reflected from his past military duty.

Because Nick recognized this weakness in his resume and job prospects, he decided to change that by using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pursue a professional degree. He was confident that a legal education would open the right doors and that this foundation would allow him to better compete in the job market. Second, he had recently married and hoped to ensure a lasting income to provide financial stability. He thought that practicing law would be a stable profession that would help provide for his family.

Because McGeorge placed an emphasis on practical experience in addition to traditional academics, both in the classroom and in the community, Nick chose McGeorge. "McGeorge staff also pushed me to take advantage of experiential opportunities and were pivotal in helping me obtain a judicial externship in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. McGeorge's classes and experiential learning opportunities are invaluable towards creating well-rounded graduates capable of succeeding from the start."

He believes much of his success stemmed from his participation and involvement in class as a law student. "My advice to any student thinking about law school is to treat it like a job and trust your abilities. Don't be afraid to take a chance at answering the Socratic hypos. If you have properly prepared for class, you will retain much more of the information by participating. You might also surprise yourself with how often you are right."

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