Jenner & Block

Natalie K. Orpett is an associate in the Investigations, Compliance and Defense; Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation; and Public International Law Practice Groups.  She maintains an active pro bono practice and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.



Ms. Orpett advises corporations and individuals in investigations, government enforcement actions, compliance matters and Congressional inquiries.  She represents clients under investigation by federal and state law enforcement and regulators, including the Department of Justice, US Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the state of New York.  She conducts sensitive internal investigations and compliance reviews to help clients navigate complex and multi-faceted legal challenges.  In addition, she represents clients in Congressional inquiries, including before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Ms. Orpett is committed to pro bono practice.  She has represented clients in asylum, family court, criminal and military court proceedings, assisted on an award-winning project to bring solar energy to Rwanda and filed amicus briefs on issues including criminal and racial justice.  She is a recipient of the Anne Heyman Spirit Award and the Her Justice Commitment to Justice Award.  Ms. Orpett is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and previously served on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

In 2016, the president of the American Bar Association appointed Ms. Orpett to the ABA’s Center for Human Rights Advisory Council.  She was a member of the Associates Committee of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and was a co-founder and former chair of the board of femex, a non-profit organization dedicated to women’s empowerment.  Before attending law school, Ms. Orpett served as executive assistant to former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.  She previously worked on the Women’s Political Participation Program at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.