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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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HOUSTON, TX 77002-3106
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United States

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP leads with its self-sustaining appellate model, which sees approximately two-thirds of its new work originate from existing appellate clients. The wider firm’s San Francisco headquarters is reflected in its appeals roster, which demonstrates a significant weighting towards cases in the technology and media sectors, while other practice strong suits include financial services, IP, life sciences, criminal law and constitutional litigation. In New York, department head Joshua Rosenkranz brings to bear top-level appellate experience gained during 200 arguments before state and federal appeal courts, including 20 before SCOTUS. Among his recent work, Rosenkranz successfully represented Kite Pharma in three defenses of a Federal Circuit win vacating a $1.2bn judgment. In a significant SCOTUS case, Washington DC’s Robert Loeb represented the City of Saint Louis in efforts to preserve its 8th Circuit win affirming the grant of summary judgment against a city employee who alleged that she was transferred for discriminatory reasons but failed to allege harm from the transfer. The Washington DC team also includes Mel Bostwick, who has a growing reputation for technology-related cases, particularly patent appeals before the Federal Circuit; Eric Shumsky, who is representing Oracle in a high-stakes appeal deciding whether the largest class action ever certified under California’s Equal Pay Act can proceed; and Mark Davies, who specializes in representing technology companies. Other key contacts include Elizabeth Moulton in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and senior associate Jeremy Peterman in Seattle.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Rosenkranz

Key clients

Altisource Asset Management Corporation

Avon Products

Basin Electric Power Cooperative

BB Energy USA

Boeing

Broad Reach Power/Broadview Solar

Carnival Corporation

The Chamberlain Group

Cheniere Energy

Cisco

City of Saint Louis

ConocoPhillips

Cox Communications

Credit Suisse

DISH Network

Gilead Sciences

Instacart

Johnson & Johnson

Kars 4 Kids

Kohler Co.

Lyft

Medidata

Microsoft

MSC Cruises

Oracle

Panasonic

Pegasystems

Plexxikon (a subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo)

Regents of the University of California

The Renco Group

Sonos

Synopsys

TravelCenters America

Twitter

Unicolors

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Retained by the City of Saint Louis to preserve its Eighth Circuit win affirming the grant of summary judgment against a city employee who alleged that she was transferred for discriminatory reasons but failed to allege any harm from that transfer.
  • Represented Cox Communications against the entire music industry in a challenge to a $1bn copyright infringement judgment.
  • Represented Pegasystems in a $2bn trade secret appeal before the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

Providing high-level e-discovery advice in the tech space and assisting major multinational clients on high-stakes disputes are key strengths for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Washington DC-based Wendy Butler Curtis heads the practice and is an expert in information governance and class-action suits, with great experience in the pharmaceutical sector. Jeffrey McKenna from San Francisco counsels on cross-border investigations and acts as lead counsel in discovery and privacy matters in federal courts. In West Virginia, Logan Herlinger advises on information governance while DC-based Jay Williams is a seasoned litigator with deep experience in the financial sector. Senior manager Kelly Cullen provides support on all stages of discovery from the Wheeling office.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Butler Curtis

Testimonials

‘Great team – responsive, courteous, client service oriented.’

‘Overall, the team is heavily oriented and well-versed on the technology front.’

‘Wendy Butler Curtis is a top-notch e-discovery expert and an outstanding person.’

‘The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s e-discovery practice stands out for its exceptional knowledge. A key strength of the e-discovery team is their deep understanding of various industries. Moreover, the team’s commitment to diversity and inclusion brings a wide range of perspectives and ideas, enhancing their problem-solving capabilities. Orrick also sets itself apart through its collaborative approach. This client-centred approach fosters a deeper understanding of the client’s needs, leading to more tailored and effective e-discovery strategies. The e-discovery practice is notable for its integration of technology and legal expertise.’

‘We love working with Logan Herlinger, who is on top of his game.’

‘Excellent knowledge of US and European law. I also highly appreciated the responsiveness and flexibility the team brought along.’

‘Jeffrey McKenna was exceptional and very pragmatic in their work.’

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s trial-ready team, which is centered in its East and West Coast offices, continues to pick up high-profile leadership roles in many large aggregated litigation proceedings defending matters involving exposure, toxic poisoning, drugs and disasters. It has developed a particularly strong reputation defending clients against asbestos-related mass tort claims, regularly acting as national coordinating and trial counsel for high-profile companies, helping to secure favorable results in courts throughout the country. Washington DC-based Anne Malik has been pivotal to much of this work, as has New York-based Peter Bicks, who was a key part of a team which was recently brought in by a leading cosmetics company to assist another law firm, which was acting as trial counsel in a case where it had previously looked likely that punitive damages would be awarded, ultimately helping it to secure a verdict much lower than was expected. Based in New York, James Stengel is noted for litigating, trying and resolving cases involving procedural and scientific complexity, including as it relates to PFAS exposure. He also continues to represent an independent exploration and production oil company as national co-ordinating counsel in claims by both government and private entities relating to climate change as a result of the production and sale of fossil fuel products. Based in Los Angeles and New York respectively, William Oxley and Meghan Kelly also regularly handle toxic tort matters in their roles as co-heads of the firm’s complex litigation and dispute resolution practice.  

Practice head(s):

William Oxley; Meghan Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Marathon Oil

China National Building Material Company (CNBM)

Renco

Microsoft

Work highlights

  • Led joint victories for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, in litigation involving claims related to the company’s pelvic mesh devices.
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for the NCAA in the Brenner v. NCAA, et al. case after a four-week jury trial in which the Plaintiff was seeking $125m in damages for alleged injuries resulting from a football workout.
  • Represents the China National Building Material Group, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, the China National Building Material Company (CNBM), Beijing New Building Materials PLC (BNBM PLC) and Beijing New Building Material (Group) Co., Ltd., (BNBM Group) in a multi-district litigation and series of class actions stemming from allegedly defective gypsum-based drywall.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP assists a client base of investors and developers with their financing, equity investment and M&A strategies relating to some of the most prominent renewable projects in the United States. The practice continues to act on a high volume of transactions in the industry, both on buyer and seller sides, and has increasingly advised on tax incentives in renewable energy. The firm’s Houston office is a key location for the practice, housing co-leaders Blake Winburne and Dahl Thompson, both of whom are heavyweight transactional lawyers. Alongside them coordinating the practice is San Francisco-based Louise Gibbons, who is building a strong project finance and M&A practice in the energy space and is familiar with first-of-their-kind renewable projects. Also in San Francisco, Kristin Seeger is well-regarded counsel in platform, joint venture and portfolio transactions in the renewable space, and Eric Stephens assists developers with procuring equipment and services for all aspects of renewable energy projects. Mark Weitzel and Les Sherman are further senior figures to note on the West Coast. Tax equity expert John Eliason joined the Washington DC office in September 2023 from Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Practice head(s):

Blake Winburne; Dahl Thompson; Louise Gibbons

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Seeger; Joe Roger; Rohit Sachdev; Eric Stephens; Paul Zarnowiecki; Giji John; Teresa Hill; David Gold

Key clients

Primergy Solar

Excelsior Energy Capital

TotalEnergies

Intersect Power

CleanCapital

Generate Capital

Superior Plus

Equinor

HASI

Algonquin

Recurrent Energy

Green Street Power Partners

Arclight Capital Partners

Engie

Linea Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Equinor on its acquisition of a 25% interest in Bayou Bend CCS.
  • Advised Total Energies on the formation of its joint venture with Rise Power & Light and another strategic investor for its approximately 3,000 MW offshore wind energy project off the coast of New York.
  • Advised Primergy Solar, a renewable energy developer, owner and operator, on the sale to APG of an equity stake in the $1.2bn 690 MW solar + 380 MW storage Gemini project outside of Las Vegas.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s financial regulation specialists advise on the spectrum of consumer finance issues, ranging from mortgages and credit cards to innovative payment and digital asset systems. The practice is recognized in particular for its advice on fair lending regulations and is a popular choice for credit lenders facing enforcement actions brought by the DOJ, CFPB and HUD alleging discriminatory lending practices. Leadership of the group is split between Clinton Rockwell, a licensing and compliance specialist based in Santa Monica, and New York-based fintech specialist Daniel Forester. Washington DC’s Marshall Bell ‘offers unparalleled consumer regulatory compliance counseling,’ including on FCRA matters and Regulation Z, in addition to assisting firms seeking regulatory approval for transactions.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Rockwell; Daniel Forester

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Naimon; Marshall Bell; Amanda Lawrence

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is the depth and breadth of its experience in the consumer financial services regulatory and enforcement space. Collectively, they are able to cover all of the major consumer financial services industries.’

‘Marshall Bell offers unparalleled consumer regulatory compliance counseling. The things that shine through about Marshall include his seasoned nature, his excellent judgment, his responsiveness, the depth and breadth of his knowledge in this area, and his talent for rigorously analyzing complex and often nuanced issues.’

‘These folks are the experts in this space. They bring unrivaled expertise in consumer finance with a conservative approach and business mindset.’

‘The Orrick Consumer Finance team are true experts in financial regulatory issues, with depth of knowledge and experience that our company relies on for mortgage origination and servicing issues.’

‘The Orrick team has a deep bench, where they have an expert regarding almost any issue or concern that you can face. This also allows them to have a cutting edge expertise regarding current regulatory actions and changing policies.’

‘Orrick’s consumer finance practice is the go-to practice for a high percentage of the financial industry because of their excellence across a range of practice areas.’

‘The individuals I work with stand out because of their ability to operationalize their legal and compliance advice for our business. They have seen such a range a products and problems that they can forecast risk and provide choices to mitigate that risk.’

Key clients

Cross River Bank

National Premium Finance Association

Capital One

Renew Financial

Ygrene Energy

PNC Bank

Carrington

Think Mutual Bank

Gate City Bank

Opportunity Financial

Self Financial

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cross River Bank across a range of regulatory and bank partnership matters.
  • Represented Opportunity Financial in its ongoing dispute with the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, which alleges that OppFi has violated state limits on interest rates.
  • Represented the National Premium Finance Association in a federal administrative rulemaking that sought to impose broad data monitoring requirements on all lenders to small businesses.

Finance > Fintech Tier 1

The ‘deep and versatile fintech practice’ Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP remains at the forefront of venture finance mandates and is well-regarded for its regulatory financial expertise. The team is jointly led by New York-based Daniel Forester and Clint Rockwell in Santa Monica, the latter of whom is a key port of call for auto lenders, banks, and securities broker-dealers on compliance and licensing. In Washington DC, Katy Ryan often advises on compliance matters pertaining to the SAFE Act and the FCA, while Santa Monica-based Josh Pollick is a key contact for technology companies and venture capital firms on corporate formations, M&A, as well as public offerings. In Silicon Valley, Joseph Perkins is noted for his virtual currency activity and is labelled as ‘at the top (of the) field’ by clients.

Practice head(s):

Clint Rockwell; Daniel Forester

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Orrick has provided high-quality legal service to our company. They have been fast and consistent with their communication and are reliable. They have provided exceptionally good advice and counsel for all corporate, fundraising, and HR matters for our company. ’

‘The collaboration between the Orrick teams is impressive.’

‘A deep and versatile Fintech practice group. They are also strong on the capital markets side for asset backed securitizations.’

‘Orrick’s team is exceptional. They care about their clients and get results. I cannot recommend them enough. ’

‘Joseph Perkins is at the top of the FinTech field.’

 

Key clients

Stripe

Deel

AtoB

Eltropy

Slope

Chime

Dave

Betterment

Beacon Platform

Accrue Savings

Capchase

Vise

Shopify

PayPal

Karat

LendingClub

Affirm

Illusory Systems

Easygo Gaming

Ondo Finance

Flipside Crypto

Pantera

Mysten Labs

Solana Foundation

Uphold

Lockerverse

Compound Labs

0x

Fractional Token Company

Mina Foundation

Chainalysis

New York Digital Investment Group

Illusory Systems

Paysafe

Community Federal Savings Bank

InComm

Flagstar Bank

Nuvei

Expensify

Better Mortgage

Self Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Stripe on its $6.5 billion Series I financing.
  • Advised Mysten Labs on the repurchase of assets acquired by the venture arm of fallen crypto giant FTX.  
  • Represented Opportunity Financial on its ongoing dispute with the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, which alleges that OppFi has violated state limits on interest rates.

Finance > Project finance

The projects team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP regularly handles the private and public sector side of complex, multi-faceted mandates, advising on landmark inner-city developments, pan-American and interstate infrastructure builds, and energy transition and digital asset ventures. Key marquee projects include acting for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority regarding New York City’s subway station redevelopment P3 programs, advising the developers on the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge P3, and counselling the New York’s Department of Design and Construction on a variety of design and build contracts. These matters sit alongside an extensive book of early and late stage financing work that spans digital fiber roll outs, hospital builds, and toll-road developments, to name a few. On the energy front, the team is well-positioned to act on on a broad range of debt and equity financing structures for an enviable roster of lenders, borrowers and sponsors. Furthermore, the group boasts an impressive track record in the tax equity space, engaging with solar, wind and stand-alone battery storage facilities. Team lead Louise Gibbons is reputed for the depth of her expertise regarding renewables and energy transition assets, regularly overseeing project finance and tax equity transactions, whereas fellow practice heads Blake Winburne and Dahl Thompson spread their focus across M&A, joint ventures and financing, often working with private equity outfits and strategics. Young Lee and Daniel Mathews are the leading figures in the firm’s infrastructure practice and together are chiefly recognized for their formidable reputation in the P3 space, often acting on complex, consequential projects for an array of public and private parties. Adam Griffin is instructed by both energy developers and investment funds for their energy project financings, whereas Christopher Moore and Wolfram Pohl are critical to the team’s tax equity and tax credit transfer offering and as such as focused on energy transition work. Victoria Boyne combines experience in both fields to advise on debt and tax equity financings in the renewables space as well as serve a stellar client roster on infrastructure P3 projects, from traditional to more novel asset classes. Matthew Neuringer also utilizes specialisms in PPP and project finance to comprehensively advise on premium ventures, adding roads, rail, university social housing, and microgrids instructions, amongst others, to an already extensive book of work over the past twelve months. Thomas Glascock and John Donaleski provide further financing capabilities to a range of traditional and renewable energy builds, with the latter also often engaged with infrastructure projects. Ross McKinnon joined from Ashurst LLP in 2023 and brings P3 expertise, whereas John Eliason, who joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP in 2023, advises on hybrid deals. Vincent Casey left the firm to practice in-house at a government agency. Gibbons, Pohl, and Glascock operate out of San Francisco, while the rest are located in New York.

Practice head(s):

Blake Winburne; Dahl Thompson; Louise Gibbons; Young Lee

Testimonials

‘One of the strengths of the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP team is that they are extremely knowledgeable in the construction industry. The knowledge that they have regarding P3’s and construction contracts as a whole is unmatched. They are extremely pleasant to work with and are always available when needed.’

‘All members from Orrick who I worked with were great to deal with.’

‘Victoria Boyne drove the entire process and kept everyone informed at all times. Great construction and P3 understanding.’

‘Marlowe Mitchell was beyond pleasant and always willing to assist with the P3 process.’

‘Vincent was very knowledgeable when it came to the terms and conditions of the Contract and the P3 process.’

 

Key clients

Ultium Cells

Intersect Power

Calpine Corporation

RAI Energy International

TotalEnergies

Apex Clean Energy

Swift Current Energy

Birch Infrastructure

Strata Solar Development

EDF Renewables

Primergy

ENGIE

Clearway Energy

Plus Power

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI)

esVolta

Generate Capital

HASI (formerly Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital)

CleanCapital

US Wind

AES Clean Energy

Apex Clean Energy

esVolta, LP

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Macquarie Asset Management

Meridiam Infrastructure North America

IFM Investors

ACS Infrastructure Development

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Transurban

New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation

abrdn (fka Aberdeen Asset Managers)

VINCI

Halmar

Shikun & Binui

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Ultium Cells, the battery joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions, in connection with securing a US$2.5 billion-dollar loan from the Department of Energy for the construction of new lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing plants in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan.
  • Advised Energy-storage company esVolta on closing a tax equity financing with U.S. Bancorp Impact Finance, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, to finance its Santa Paula Energy Storage project about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The transaction represents one of the first tax equity financings structured to capitalize on the tax credits associated with standalone energy storage under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
  • Advised Intersect Power, a clean energy company, in securing US$3.1 billion in project financing to fund the construction and operation of a 1.5 GW solar plus 1 GWh storage portfolio.
  • Advised Bridging Pennsylvania Developer I, a consortium of Macquarie and Shikun & Binui USA, as Sponsors’ counsel for PennDOT’s Pathways Major Bridge P3 project.
  • Advised Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on its historic US$965.2 million subway station accessibility P3 to upgrade 12 New York City stations under standards that are compliant with the American Disabilities Act.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is focused on sovereign debt restructuring matters, standing out in particular for the firm’s central role in the $65bn Republic of Argentina debt restructuring, and also advises and assists an array of municipalities on restructuring debt and long-term liabilities. The practice continues to advise large financial institutions such as the Bank of Nova Scotia as well as advising several US cities on their out-of-court restructuring efforts. Situated in San Francisco, Marc Levinson has represented various California municipalities in their Chapter 9 cases, including the City of Vallejo and City of Stockton, while New York based Lorraine McGowen is experienced in representing bondholder committees. Thomas Laryea, based in Washington DC, is a standout name for his expertise in sovereign debt restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Raniero D’Aversa

Testimonials

‘The Orrick team (namely Thomas Laryea, Sushila Nayak and Lorraine McGowen) was an outstanding resource for us and our fellow committee members during the years long restructuring negotiations. Their industry expertise was invaluable to achieving a good result.’

‘Thomas Laryea stands out in particular as someone who has not just a keen sense of legal issues, but is an expert in the field and is adept at discussing business issues, utilizing his vast network of contacts and generally doing whatever he can to advocate for his clients.’

 

Key clients

Suriname Bondholder Committee

Belize Bondholder Committee

PG&E Equity Holders

City of Beaumont, California

Work highlights

  • Representing the bondholder committee, which includes Franklin Templeton, Eaton Vance, GMO, Greylock Capital, and T. Rowe Price, on the restructuring of US$850million of Suriname government bonds.
  • Advised the bondholder creditor committee, including Aberdeen Standard, Grantham Mayo van Otterloo, and Greylock Capital, on the Belize government’s buyback of its $553-million bonds due 2034.
  • Advising bondholders on a sovereign debt restructuring for Venezuela, which has amassed about $150 billion in public debt, much of which is in default.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s team offers expertise in a broad range of ABS types, including esoterics and traditional. The firm advises on securitizations in the oil & gas, whole-business and automotive spaces. The addition of Orion Mountainspring and his team in November 2023 from Chapman and Cutler LLP has also strengthened its showing in credit card securitizations. With a ‘great knack for quickly understanding newer asset classes’, Robert Moyle leads the team, focusing on registered and unregistered securitization transactions for sellers, buyers and underwriters. Leah Sanzari stands out for her work on novel and esoteric assets, including tax liens and credits, diamond receivables as well as solar and wind ground leases. She also has a strong presence in relation to oil & gas securitizations. Michael Mitchell, located in Washington, DC, is a veteran consumer ABS lawyer with particular focus on credit card securitizations. Howard Goldwasser specializes in CLOs and CDOs, with insight into various jurisdictions risk retention rules. The team is based in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Robert Moyle; Sushila Nayak

Testimonials

‘The Orrick team are very knowledgeable on the credit card securitization asset class in particular. The team provide sound recommendations and deliver within tight turnarounds.’

‘Orrick has a solid, reliable and competent securitization team led by Mike Mitchell.’

‘Rob Moyle and Chris Min are both highly responsive to questions and are able to understand the pressure points from a bank lender point of view. They also have a great knack for quickly understanding newer asset classes, such as charge cards.’

‘Mike Mitchell is an exceptionally gifted securitization lawyer who provides sage and practical advice. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of relevant laws and regulations in the securitization space and can recall every conceivable change to laws and regulations as well as the rationale behind each one of them going back several decades.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Citigroup

Invictus Capital Partners

Morgan Stanley & Co.

Bank of Montreal

Rule 4(a)(2) ABS Investors (Oil and Gas Securitizations)

American Express

Rule 4(a)(2) ABS Investors (TV and Music Copyrights and Trademarks)

Issuer’s Counsel for C-PACE Originators

Nissan Auto ABS Underwriters

Ally Financial Underwriters

Centerline Logistics Corporation

Rule 4(a)(2) ABS Investors (Solar Farm Ground Leases)

Work highlights

  • Represented the investors in the 125 million securitization of intellectual property in the “Got Talent” franchise by Syco Entertainment.
  • Represented the private placement ABS investors in connection with the rated $425 million tranche of a $750 million securitization of oil and gas well assets primarily on lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management and operated by Jonah Energy.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

Championing ‘innovative ideas and approaches’, the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP practice has extensive experience representing clients from across the tech, life sciences, and energy sectors, regularly handling strategic acquisitions, minority investments, and sales of equity interests. In addition to maintaining offices across the country, the team frequently leverages its firmwide international network to handle multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions. Leading from New York, David Ruff is an expert on majority investments and joint ventures, whilst the ‘incredible’ David Schwartz focuses on complex de-SPAC transactions. In Silicon Valley, Mark Seneca regularly represents unicorns and venture-backed companies, and Matthew Gemello is knowledgeable on public takeovers. In Washington DC, Tony Chan is a key contact regarding corporate governance affairs, San Francisco-based Leah Recht is a key contact for divestitures, and New York’s David Gold is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Ruff

Testimonials

‘The team at Orrick take the time to understand the nature and demands of our business. They provide considered legal advice on complex topics in a way which is actionable for our business. They challenge our thinking when appropriate and are also responsive to feedback. The present innovative ideas and approaches to complex M&A matters.’

‘David Schwartz is an incredible relationship partner. His dedication to understanding our business and our ways of working is complimented by his proactive approach to providing innovative solutions and ideas.’

‘Orrick had timely, direct, and experienced advice to offer during our M&A transaction. Their main partner, Mark Seneca, was extremely well versed and easy to work with.’

‘Mark Seneca is very hard working and available.’

‘Orrick’s approach has suited our needs very well, with a very strong client/lead partner relationship, fast and accurate responses, and a good record of both responding to the client’s directions and contributing additional thinking and perspective. Particularly useful, the lead partner for our engagements has a very good record of understanding quickly both the legal and business context, including why some legal risks need to be subordinate to the business gains for a particular issue.’

Key clients

ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Aptean, Inc.

Bayer AG

Casetext, Inc.

Catalyst Biosciences

Chainalysis, Inc.

Chevron New Energies

Eversight, Inc.

Fuwei Films (Holdings) Co., Ltd.

Green Street Power Partners

Heap

Ipsen SA

Kineta, Inc.

MosaicML, Inc.

OpenGov Inc.

OpsRamp, Inc.

PCF Insurance Services

Post Road Group LP

Qualifacts Systems, Inc.

Redwood Software, Inc.

SFJ Pharmaceuticals

Squarespace

Superior Plus US Holdings

Travelnet Solutions

Trimble Inc.

Vast Space and Launcher, Inc.

VINCI Airports

Work highlights

  • Advised MosaicML on its estimated $1.3bn acquisition by Databricks.
  • Advised Ipsen SA on its tender offer and $952m acquisition of Albireo Pharma Inc.
  • Advised Superior Plus on its acquisition of Certarus in a deal valued at CA$1.05bn.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is celebrated for delivering ‘high-quality advice and service’ to clients in the tech industry and their investors, with a notable presence in the AI sector, representing companies like MosaicML, Casetext, and Paperspace in their exit strategies. John Bautista, based in Silicon Valley, is highly esteemed for his work with high-tech and life sciences companies, covering securities law, venture capital financings, M&A, and IPOs. Co-leading the firm’s global technology companies group from Santa Monica, Josh Pollick specializes in representing venture capital clients and high-growth tech companies; he was recently involved in Dave’s $4bn public transition via a SPAC sponsored by Victory Park Capital. In San Francisco, Amanda Galton assists clients across the corporate lifecycle, from initial formation and financing rounds to IPOs and direct listings. Silicon Valley’s Stephen Venuto offers his expertise to clients in IT, AI, fintech, and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Josh Pollick; Amanda Galton; Stephen Venuto; Mitchell Zuklie; John Bautista

Other key lawyers:

Laura Bloxham; John Harrison; Kasey Winshall; Max Cantor

Testimonials

‘Max Cantor is an invaluable asset to his clients. He is not just my counsel, he is my business partner.’

‘Kasey Winshall is excellent.’

‘Exceptional team, high-quality advice and service.’

‘They have a broad range of experts for different stages of the life of a tech start-up client.’

‘Laura Bloxham has a great combination of smart professionalism and warm approachability.’

Key clients

MosaicML

Casetext

Paperspace

Stripe, Inc.

Coatue Management

Anthropic

ElectroTempo Inc.

Dataiku, Inc

Fuse

Elementl, Inc.

Pre-Act Technologies

K Health

TypeFace

Boisson

Flourish Labs

CapStack Technologies, Inc.

Harbour Enterprises

SafeRide

Certa

HM Bradley

GlossGenius

Arris Composites

Work highlights

  • Advised on various tech company exits, including MosaicML in its $1.3bn acquisition by Databricks, Casetext in its $650m acquisition by Thomson Reuters; and Paperspace in its $111m acquisition by DigitalOcean.
  • Advised Stripe on its $6.5bn Series I financing.
  • Advised Anthropic on its $450m Series C financing and subsequent deals, including its minority ownership stake sale to Amazon.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

Praised by clients as ‘the absolute best in class when it comes to cyber response‘, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s cyber, privacy and data innovation team counsels clients through regulatory compliance, incident response, and litigation challenges. Practice head Shannon Yavorsky, based in San Francisco, is a go-to for international data transfer issues, and leads the firm’s AI working group. In Boston, Heather Egan heads the firm’s strategic advisory and government enforcement business unit, pairing technical breach response expertise with extensive knowledge surrounding global regulatory requirements. Seattle-based Aravind Swaminathan is recommended as ‘extremely pragmatic and business savvy‘, noted for his growing California Invasion of Privacy Act and state wiretap litigation prowess. In San Francisco, Michelle Vassar stands out for her ‘fantastic judgment’ in cybersecurity enforcement actions; Emily Tabatabai, in Washington DC, handles student and children’s data privacy, ‘a niche that few people know better‘. Also in DC, Thora Johnson‘s practice sits at the intersection of life sciences, health, and privacy, particularly in regards to growing technology use in healthcare spaces. The firm’s February 2023 merger with Buckley LLP adds Amanda Lawrence and Elizabeth McGinn to the team, both in DC, bolstering the team’s fintech expertise. Douglas Meal departed the team in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Shannon Yavorsky

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Orrick team has exceptional depth and breadth of experience, including attorneys like Heather Egan who have shaped the field.’

‘Emily Tabatabai is the best with respect to Student Data and Children’s privacy issues. It is a niche that few people know better.’

‘Aravind Swaminathan is the best when it comes to how to manage a data breach. He is my go to lawyer. Extremely pragmatic and business savvy.’

‘The Orrick team is the absolute best in class when it comes to cyber response and everything that goes along with it. I have complete trust in this team, in a way that I do not with other law firms. From partners to junior associates, everyone is truly excellent at what they do.’

‘Michelle Visser is a star. She has fantastic judgment and sees three steps ahead.’

‘Joe Santiesteban has done an excellent job quarterbacking cyber incident response.’

Key clients

Anker Innovations Limited

Block, Inc.

Carnival Corp.

Dermalogica, LLC

FanDuel, Inc.

JumpStart Games, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Zillow Inc.

ZoomInfo Technologies Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured the voluntary dismissal in a CIPA putative class action against FanDuel that the Orrick team removed to the Southern District of California.
  • Represented Lowe’s, Inc. in class action litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging violations of Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act (WECSA) and other consumer protection-styled claims regarding screen capture and recording technology used on Lowes.com.
  • Representing CalPERS in a data breach class action filed in California state court following a data breach at its vendor, PBI, that was the result of unauthorized access to data PBI stored in its MOVEit application.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a go-to practice for disputes arising out of the financial services, technology and consumer products industries, representing the likes of Goldman Sachs and McDonald's in complex business litigation. Based out of New York and Los Angeles respectively, Meghan Kelly and William Oxley jointly chair the practice group. Oxley focuses on product liability, breach of contract, trademark, IP and business tort cases for some of the firm’s key clients, while Kelly has notable expertise in data privacy cases and class actions. Peter Bicks and Richard Jacobsen are other key points of contact within the practice group's New York office.

Practice head(s):

Meghan Kelly; William Oxley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Orrick are a very user friendly and experienced dispute resolution shop that communicates well and make clients’ lives easier.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Ocwen

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Freedom Holding Company

Elite Worldwide Group

Silvio Scaglia

China National Building Material Group

Marathon Oil

University of Washington

American Express Company

McDonald’s Corporation

Avon

Illusory Systems, Inc.

LinkedIn

Work highlights

  • Acted for Credit Suisse in litigation related to its legacy residential mortgage-backed securitization business, including securing a “Market Moving Reversal” decision from the New York Court of Appeals.
  • Acted for the NCAA in the Brenner v. NCAA, et al. case, obtaining a complete defense verdict after a four-week jury trial in which the Plaintiff was seeking $125m in damages for alleged injuries resulting from a football workout.
  • Acted for Ocwen in ERISA litigation stemming from The United Food & Commercial Workers Union & Employers Midwest Pension Fund’s investment in residential mortgage-backed securities, achieving a summary judgment win.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 2

Rated for its excellence in the energy transition and renewable space, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP houses a deep bench of experienced advisors that focuses on M&A, joint ventures, first-of-its-kind power purchase agreements, and both investment and production tax equity transactions. The team works with many of the the top energy producers in the country such as Calpine and TotalEnergies, whilst also advising multinational corporations pursuing net zero and carbon negative goals such as Microsoft. Added to this, the firm continues to operate at the leading edge of battery storage developments and transactions. The trio of team heads includes Houston-based Blake Winburne, a seasoned practitioner who acts for both premium private equity firms and energy developers; Dahl Thompson, who also operates out of Houston and has been particularly active in the wind space; and Louise Gibbons, who leads from the firm’s San Francisco office and who has been active on equity transactions on some of the largest renewable developments in the country. Fellow San Francisco advisor Kristin Seeger‘s practice largely concentrates on M&A pertaining to renewables, while Giji John is instructed by the firm’s roster of financial sponsors for development, financing and transactional counsel and resides in Singapore. Houston’s Brad Gathright covers conventional and renewable asset deals with equal measure. Other names of note are Patrick Ferguson, who joined from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in January 2023 to provide further regulatory capabilities to the practice, and Rohit Sachdev, who is well versed across the development and M&A piece. Both sit in the San Francisco office.  

Practice head(s):

Blake H. Winburne; Dahl Thompson; Louise Gibbons

Key clients

Primergy Solar

Microsoft Corporation

TransWest Express, LLC

HASI (formerly Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure)

Linea Energy

Green Street Power Partners

TotalEnergies

Algonquin

Arclight Capital Partners

Equinor

Intersect Power

Enlight Renewable Energy

Broad Reach Power

Birch Infrastructure

Engie

Chevron New Energies

Work highlights

  • Advised TotalEnergies in relation to the US$635 million acquisition of three gas-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1.5 GW in Texas, from TexGen.
  • Represented Microsoft the first fusion energy purchase agreement, a PPA with Helion Energy to provide electricity from its first fusion power plant.
  • Advising TransWest on regulatory and commercial issues related to development of the 732-mile TransWest Express Transmission project.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s Houston-based team is well-positioned in the market to advise a diverse client base that includes oil majors, multinational investment companies, and eminent financial institutions on a near-unrivaled series of assets that cover the entire oil and gas waterfront. While entrenched work in the oil and LNG space is evident through M&A engagement with upstream assets, gas gathering and storage facilities, and PPAs and securitizations involving leading oil producers, the firm’s evolving portfolio of work sits at the intersection between tradition, energy transition and technology transactions, and as such the group has advised on a variety of innovative carbon capture and hydrogen ventures, handling M&A through to the financing, development, IP and regulatory piece. Leading the practice from Houston, Blake Winburne is a highly experienced advisor who regularly handles big-ticket deals for leading private equity funds and global corporates, with particular expertise in the midstream space. Joe Roger, who stands out for his strong M&A background, is often retained by both independent exploration and production companies and state-owned multinationals in mandates involving project acquisitions and disposals, whereas Jonathan Ayre is crucial to the firm’s securitization work. Bradford Gathright has been active across gas gathering, CO2 storage, and plastic-waste-to-chemicals facilities, while Adam Kowis is also noted for his far-reaching practice, with strong activity in relation to CCUS, hydrogen, midstream and non-energy infrastructure projects. David Aaronson supports both the firm’s M&A and securitization mandates. New York’s Adam Griffin also comes recommended.

Practice head(s):

Blake H. Winburne

Key clients

Equinor

TotalEnergies

ConocoPhillips

Chevron

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy)

Nuveen, investment manager of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America

bp Corporation North America

NOVA Chemicals

Ares Management

ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC

Superior Plus

Ocean Rig UDW, Inc.

WGL Midstream

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp

Vega Energy

Kuvare

AIG

Liberty Mutual

eCorp International LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Superior Plus on its acquisition of Certarus, a leading North American low-carbon energy solutions provider, in a deal valued at CAD$1.05 billion.
  • Advised Equinor on its divestiture of the South Riding Point oil terminal in The Bahamas to Liwathon.
  • Advised Equinor on the sale of 51% interest in the upstream oil and gas assets in the North Platte deep water development project in the US Gulf of Mexico to Shell.

Industry focus > Native American law Tier 2

The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP routinely counsels tribal governments and enterprises across the country, as well as banks and financial institutions, on a range of corporate transactions. The group oversees the financing of crucial infrastructure for tribal communities, including the development of water systems, solar energy production and healthcare facilities, as well as infrastructure for commercial endeavors such as hotels and gaming facilities. Portland-based Townsend Hyatt steers the practice and has experience acting for tribes in multiple states on a variety of projects, such as financings for land acquisitions, cultural centers, and parks and recreation facilities. San Francisco-based David Lin is noted for his extensive experience in financings in the casino gaming and tech sectors. In New York, Richard Chirls has focused his practice on the tax aspects of public finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Townsend Hyatt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Prairie Island Indian Community

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan

Tulalip Tribes of Washington

Western Alliance Bank

Catawba Indian Nation

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

PCI Gaming Authority

Seneca Nation of Indians

Seneca Gaming Corporation

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Jena Choctaw Band of Indians

Wells Fargo Bank

PNC Bank

KeyBanc Capital Markets

KeyBank

Umpqua Bank

Columbia Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its wholly owned subsidiary, PCI Gaming Authority, in connection with a $625m financing that funded the acquisition of an existing commercial gaming facility in Miami, Florida.
  • Advised the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and its wholly owned subsidiary, Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, in connection with a $100m borrowing, the proceeds of which will finance a new skilled nursing facility for the Tribe.
  • Acted for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in connection with a loan by the Tribe to a solar energy provider to finance the initial costs of a long duration energy storage (LDES) project to be located on the Tribe’s reservation.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a strong intellectual property group that handles patent infringement disputes for a broad range of clients across many industries, with a particular focus on representing major tech companies such as Sonos and Oracle and protecting the innovations of biotech companies. Leading the group, Clement Seth Roberts in San Francisco focuses on IP litigation and commercial cases relating to high tech, and Alyssa Caridis represents a broad range of tech clients in patent and copyright litigation. In Washington DC, trial lawyers Steven Routh primarily represents Japanese companies in IP litigation, and Vann Pearce has niche expertise in 3D printing matters. The group also includes Los Angeles lawyers David Gindler, who focuses on IP disputes and licensing matters, and Lauren Drake, who handles patent disputes and patent post-grant proceedings, as well as Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley. Experienced litigator Timothy Carroll joined the team in Chicago from Venable LLP in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Clem Roberts; Alyssa Caridis

Key clients

Sonos

Realtek Semiconductor

Micron Technology

Corteva Agriscience

Genentech, Inc.

CelLink Corporation

Invently Automotive Inc.

Panasonic

Oracle

PayPal

Zynga

Check Point Software Technologies

FormFactor, Inc.

Altice USA, Inc.

CSC Holdings, LLC

Cablevision Systems Corporation

Carnival Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sonos in a federal court case against Google, securing a summary judgment on a key patent claim as well as a victory in a patent infringement jury trial.
  • Acted for Carnival Corporation in a trial in the Southern District of Florida and Delaware.
  • Represented Zynga in patent ligation brought by gambling technology company IGT.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s trade secrets team has a strong reputation for its capabilities handling the gamut of high-stakes cases for its roster of clients, which includes such renowned names as Microsoft. Sheryl Garko in Boston is focused on high-stakes disputes in this space. Amy Van Zant in Silicon Valley has expertise spanning employment, data privacy and litigation, which she brings to bear. New York’s James McQuade has experience assisting clients from the broad array of industry sectors. Catherine Lui in San Francisco has expertise particularly both obtaining and defending against TRO’s and the handling of preliminary injunctions. The four head up the practice, the workload of which is composed in large part of complex cases of alleged misappropriation and theft of data, and breaches of contract involving such elements as temporary restraining orders against employees; the industry sectors its matters span range from maritime to medical tech and frequently involve high-value damages. Jordan Coyle departed to White & Case LLP in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sheryl Garko; Amy Van Zant; James McQuade; Catherine Lui

Key clients

ADATA Technology Co.

CelLink Corporation

Headlands Technologies

Easygo Gaming Solutions

HCW Biologics

Fisker Inc.

Microsoft

ExamWorks

PCF Insurance Services

Duetto Research

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

Drawing on its bench strength across US, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is highly recommended for its significant experience in the International Trade Commission and before the TTAB. The practice is jointly-helmed by San Francisco’s Clement Seth Roberts and Los Angeles’s Alyssa Caridis, who contribute their extensive experience to the practice. In Boston, David Hosp has advised the most prominent media and technology companies in high-profile trademark litigations, and Mark Puzella has represented New Balance and a varied array of other notable clients before the courts. Sheryl Garko bolsters the practice with her considerable expertise covering a diverse range of technologies and the trademark issues surrounding them. Silicon Valley’s Diana Rutowski is noted for her ability to manage takedown campaigns that involve strategically locating trademark infringements online and developing an effective enforcement strategy, while San Francisco’s Nathan Shaffer is frequently retained by tech companies for assistance with high-stakes litigation.

Practice head(s):

Clement Seth Roberts; Alyssa Caridis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Orrick team knows their stuff and are reasonable to work with, even when on the other side.’

‘David Hosp and Mark Puzella are the heads of the TM litigation team and stand out for their skill as lawyers and knowledge of the law.’

Key clients

BBAM US LP

Nreal Technology Limited

Zillow

Optimizely aka Episerver

Anker Innovations

Fantasia (Subsidiary of Anker Innovations)

CoorsTek Bioceramics, LLC

Mahindra

Williams-Sonoma

New Balance

Brand Design Company/House Industries

Adore Me, Inc.

Polar Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully fought off false advertising, deception, and unfair business practices claims for Zillow that were brought by real estate brokerage startup REX-Real Estate Exchange Inc.
  • Involved in winning a case for CoorsTek Bioceramics before the TTAB, which ruled in its favor cancelling CeramTec GmbH’s trademarks in the color pink.
  • Represented New Balance in litigations against Steve Madden, Michael Kors, Vision Street Wear, and currently represents the company in a putative multi-state consumer class action concerning claims of false advertising, and in another matter adverse to Golden Goose.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s department houses a strong employment disputes offering which is equipped to handle class actions and claims involving harassment and discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination, wage-and-hour, worker classification, and business immigration. Companies working in tech, private equity, and financial and professional services regularly feature on the group’s client roster. Julie Totten steers the practice from Sacramento and specializes in wage-and-hour class actions, pay equity and promotion matters, and wrongful termination issues. In Silicon Valley, names to note include seasoned defense litigator Lynne HermleJessica Perry, who represents large tech companies and emerging unicorns alike in high-profile discrimination, harassment, and retaliation disputes; and Joseph Liburt, active on arbitrations and internal investigations. In New York, Mike Delikat and Lisa Lupion are noted for their internal investigations expertise, and Mark Thompson is the key senior associate-level contact. San Francisco-based Erin Connell's caseload includes multi-plaintiff discrimination cases and pay equity class actions.

Practice head(s):

Julie Totten

Key clients

CommScope

Enigma MPC, Inc.

DataRobot, Inc.

Mogul, Judith

Tech Non-Profit Organization

Calix, Inc.

Microsoft

Twitter

Oracle

Sephora

Morgan Stanley

Williams-Sonoma

Spotify

Hofstra University

The Related Companies

JP Morgan

Nomura

GitHub

Carta

US Foods

Barclays

Deutsche Bank

Alcon

Pinterest

Splunk

Synopsys, Inc.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Delta Dental

Zendesk

Holland & Knight

BlackRock, Inc.

American Express

Bank of the West

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Peter Bicks, who works out of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s New York office, has worked on bet-the-company litigation with billions at stake throughout his career. Bicks has a diverse practice, encompassing litigious IP matters as well as complex commercial litigation, large scale mass tort disputes and product liability cases. Recent clients include large multinational companies, notably industry giants Johnson & Johnson and Avon, as way as a roster of many other major clients for whom he has notable victories.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP supports clients with a wide range of oil and gas related matters and is capable of representing them before the DOE for export authorization, obtaining certificates of public convenience, and negotiating development agreements in connection with LNG projects. Dahl Thompson counts project sponsors and developers as well as private equity investors among her client portfolio. Lisa Tonery represents high-profile clients who are active in the global LNG market on a wide range of regulatory matters, including in relation to complex pipeline projects and import facilities. Mariah Johnston is experienced in advising companies on securing permits and authorizations for major energy projects and regularly represents clients in proceedings before FERC, the DOE, and PHMSA. The entire team is located in New York.

Practice head(s):

Dahl Thompson; Lisa Tonery

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Midship Pipeline Company, LLC

Freeport LNG Development, L.P.

Tellurian Inc.

Chevron

EcoEléctrica, L.P.

Braskem S.A.

Enstor Gas, LLC

Marathon Oil

New Fortress Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy in a proceeding before MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard in connection with an application for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port for the export of LNG, as well as in a proceeding before DOE for associated export authorizations.
  • Represented Freeport LNG and its affiliates in proceedings before FERC, DOE and other agencies to obtain authorization to construct and operate the Freeport Liquefaction Project and for authorization to export therefrom.
  • Represented Driftwood LNG LLC with respect to permitting matters before FERC, DOE and other agencies, as well as in other matters, related to the development of an LNG production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP expertly guides clients through capital relief and fixed income matters, as well as structured products more broadly. It is also well-placed to support clients in tender options bonds programs. Robert Moyle is practice co-leader and is noted for his work supporting major investment banks in, among other things, bond-related structurings and issuances. Nikiforos Mathews, an expert in derivatives matters, employs his ‘excellent knowledge’ in relation to ISDA master agreements for virtual currencies and virtual power. Conversely, Al Sawyers is highly proficient in the structured products domain, advising on esoteric transactions, complex note issuances and bank capital relief. Orion Mountainspring joined the firm in November 2023, bringing his talents in the solar and fintech spaces to the practice. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Nikiforos Mathews; Robert Moyle; Al Sawyers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent subject matter expertise.’

‘Nik Mathews is extremely efficient and has excellent knowledge of ISDAs and derivatives matters.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Citigroup

Work highlights

  • Advised Citibank, N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. in several structured products offerings which involved complex tax structuring, multiple classes of interests and real estate analysis.
  • Representing Microsoft in negotiations of swap, foreign exchange, equity option, and cleared derivatives agreements and advises on swap regulatory matters.

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 3

Specializing in representing banks, financial institutions, and alternative investment managers, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP  is heavily focused on insurance litigation, particularly handling intricate monoline insurance claims. Headquartered in San Francisco, insurance litigator Barry Levin leads the practice, bringing extensive first-chair experience in trial and arbitration. Levin has a noteworthy background in issues stemming from the financial crisis, particularly those related to mortgage-backed securities and lending practices. In Orange County, California, Khai LeQuang spearheads the practice’s efforts in the life settlements space, boasting a global reach and representing major institutional investors in a diverse range of litigation, including cost of insurance, and managing trials and appeals in state and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Barry Levin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The best in knowledge, experience and general client service.’

‘Super responsive and on point.’

Key clients

EFG Bank

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Credit Suisse

BroadRiver Asset Management

MHR Fund Management

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

The copyright team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP draws on the bench strength of its national footprint to represent major multinationals in tech, media, and telecoms involved in high-stakes litigation. Headed by IP group leader Clement Seth Roberts in San Francisco and IP business co-chair Alyssa Caridis in Los Angeles, the practice’s comprehensive offering covers preliminary injunctions and complex class action suits. In San Francisco, Annette Hurst provides experience in software disputes and challenges to the usage of generative AI for such clients as Microsoft. In Boston, seasoned litigator David Hosp acts for clients in tech and media. Robert Uriarte in Silicon Valley brings expertise to advising start-ups on security and internet law issues. Nathan Shaffer in San Francisco, who was a member of the trial team in Oracle v. Google, handles injunctions, and dispositive motion practice and damages determinations.

Practice head(s):

Clem Roberts; Alyssa Caridis

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Microsoft and GitHub

LinkedIn Corporation

Cox Communications

Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart

Synopsys

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft and GitHub in a class action against generative AI, challenging GitHub’s CoPilot.
  • Successful for LinkedIn in a year-long dispute with hiQ concerning unauthorized access to LinkedIn’s website and member data.
  • Represented plaintiff Synopsys in a copyright and trademark matter.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a strong record of representing clients such as Sonos, Micron, and Realtek in Section 337 investigations and patent infringement disputes before the International Trade Commission, fielding particular expertise in intellectual property matters relating to the tech sector. Bas De Blank in Silicon Valley has experience litigating disputes relating to semiconductor processing and structures, image texture and graphics processing, and a diverse range of consumer products, among others. Clement Seth Roberts leads the intellectual property practice from San Francisco and focuses on high-tech IP and commercial disputes. In August 2023, Jordan Coyle left the firm. Josh Pond joined the group from Crowell & Moring LLP in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Clement Seth Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sonos

Micron

Altice

Realtek

Mianyang BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd

Delta Electronics

Work highlights

  • Represented Sonos in a case asserting five patents against Google at the ITC, where the ITC found that all five of the asserted Sonos patents were valid and infringed, and as a result, forced Google to stop using the infringing technology in all of its products.
  • Represented Micron in a single patent dispute against Bell Semiconductor, LLC, where Bell asserted a single patent against Micron related to a process for designing a layout file that is then used to fabricate a semiconductor, which ultimately resulted in Bell agreeing to a settlement.
  • Represented Realtek in a claim brought by AMD, accusing Realtek chips of infringing five patents that claim aspects of graphics processing units, with the case resulting in AMD dismissing two of the patents prior to trial in and dismissing a third patent following trial.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is lauded for its ‘deep expertise’ in a broad spectrum of matters, including compensation governance, proxy disclosure, and financings, as well as high-stakes litigation, complex plan administration, and affordable care challenges. The team has a strong track record in managing the executive compensation aspects of SPAC mergers, as demonstrated by its involvement in COVA Acquisition Corp’s $3.8 billion merger with ECARX. Led by Juliano Banuelos from San Francisco, the department aids public and mature private companies in executive compensation, fiduciary duty, and governance matters. In New York, Laura Becking specializes in global equity compensation and human resources issues for international firms. Jason Flaherty in San Francisco and Christine McCarthy in Silicon Valley are key advisors on SPAC mergers, focusing on equity compensation and post-closing employee integration.

Practice head(s):

Juliano Banuelos

Other key lawyers:

Laura Becking; Jason Flaherty; Christine McCarthy; Justin Ho

Testimonials

‘Orrick’s EBC group has deep expertise and provides practical, actionable advice.’

‘Christine McCarthy has provided quality advice and helped operationalize a compliant structure.’

‘The team is very proactive and provides actionable and practical advice that is risk-based and pragmatic. Orrick does an excellent job at training associates and has worked with me on AFAs such as flat billing rates for U.S. employment advice. They respect my budget needs and staff accordingly.’

‘Laura Becking is the best lawyer to obtain advice regarding employment compliance for international expansion. Christine McCarthy is a great problem solver for any issues regarding equity plans, executive compensation, and benefits.’

Key clients

Algolia

Bayer

Betterment

Beyond Meat

Casetext

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Convoy

COVA Acquisition Corp.

The Gap, Inc.

Getaround

Industrious Management Company

Ipsen SA

Microsoft

Mosaic ML

Nexa3D

Oracle Corporation

Williams-Sonoma

Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on equity compensation, including drafting SEC comments and seeking SEC approval for novel approaches toward S-8 registration statements.
  • Advised Gap, Inc. on executive transition issues and all aspects of executive compensation and public compensation disclosure.
  • Advised Betterment on all aspects of its employee compensation needs, including the design and structuring of a restricted stock unit program and a broad-based secondary transaction.

Real estate Tier 3

Described by one client as ‘organized and big-picture oriented’, the real estate team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises private equity firms, developers, financial institutions, and others across a wide scope of transactions, financings, and joint ventures, together with the areas of construction and development. In addition to its experience that includes multifamily residentials, life sciences and energy-related real estate, the firm is particularly distinct for its strong emphasis in the hospitality sector, with considerable experience advising private equity investors into several high-end hotel operators such as The Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons. Heading the team out of Los Angeles, head Randolph Perry provides assistance on distressed situations, joint ventures, and transactions in hospitality, with Gerard Walsh also supporting in these key areas. Also in LA is Daniel Rothberg, who regularly advices on investors over the course of transactions. Operating from San Francisco, Michael Liever advises on transactions and financing throughout a plethora of commercial property including retail and industrial parks. In the same office, Jonathan Roheim is noted for his loan structuring expertise. Seattle’s Katherine Jones is particularly noted for her hotel transaction and hospitality expertise, while Denver and Los Angeles based lawyer Nicole Walsh brings specialisms in construction contracts among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Randolph Perry

Testimonials

‘Custom tailored solutions, the place to go for complex projects and situations.’

‘Katherine Jones is excellent both as a relationship partner and one that gets busy in the trenches. Crisp and tight drafting, everything is thought through. She is fantastic to work with and the type of attorney that is needed in the modern legal economy.’

‘The Orrick team is both organized and big-picture oriented. They have deep RE experience, and so we value their input.’

‘Gerard Walsh – Extremely good at understanding risks and how a change to a certain aspect of the deal would create a problem in another arena.’

‘Katherine Jones and Nicole Walsh – Both are business-oriented, but also focused on ensuring all risks are understood. They focus on minimizing risks in a practical fashion.’

‘Very responsive and lead partner is well organized, knows how to bring in appropriate resources, and highly knowledgeable of the subject matter.’

‘The team is efficient, smart, and experienced.’

‘They understand the needs of the client, the specific deal or project, and what it means to get a deal done. They are ego-less. Randolph Perry and Jonathan Roheim are outstanding.’

Key clients

Ascend Real Estate Partners

BlueMountain Capital Management

Calmwater Capital

Cirrus Real Estate Partners

French American International School

Hackman Capital Partners

Lawrence Investments

Lift Partners

Local Bounti

RREEF America LLC

Sagehall Partners

Skylight Real Estate Partners

Stockbridge Capital Group

Superior Plus

Walton Street Capital

Wells Fargo Bank

Westbrook Partners

Zephyr Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Westbrook Partners on the $1+ billion mixed-use development project at 706 Mission in the Yerba Buena arts and cultural district of San Francisco.
  • Advising Zephyr Partners on the redevelopment of San Diego’s Midway District. Alongside Legends Hospitality and Chelsea Investment Corporation, Zephyr Partners plans to revamp the 48.5-acre site by building 4,200 new apartments, 2,000 affordable homes, as well as retail, sporting, and commercial facilities.
  • Advised Superior Plus, a distributor of propane, compressed natural gas, renewable energy and related products and services, on the real estate aspects of its CAD$1.05 billion acquisition of Certarus.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

With a strong presence on both the East and West Coasts, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s transactional tax team has notable experience in a broad range of key sectors, including tech, life sciences, financial services, energy, and electronics, among others. Eric Wall in San Francisco, focusing on corporate and partnership taxation, is the global leader of the firm’s tax department. He is particularly active in the tech and life sciences spaces. John Narducci heads the New York tax team and is well known for handling the tax aspects of securities offerings, mergers, restructurings, and energy market transactions, among other matters. Peter Connors, also in New York, specializes in cross-border transactions generally, strong in the renewables sector, with niche expertise in matters concerning tax credits for carbon capture and sequestration. San Francisco’s SeoJung Park advises on private equity, M&A, and venture financings in the tech and life sciences industries, while senior associate Kimberly Loocke, also in San Francisco, focuses on corporate and real estate transactions as well as sales and use taxation.

Practice head(s):

Eric Wall; Peter Connors; John Narducci

Other key lawyers:

SeoJung Park; Kimberly Loocke; Richard Moore; Justin Cooper

Testimonials

‘Orrick brings an incredible depth of expertise and collaboration across a wide range of transactional and finance matters. We have yet to find a specific issue that the Orrick team cannot address or help us solve — and we have covered many. The team also brings an execution mindset that is unique to our other experiences with legal partners.’

‘We work closely with Justin Cooper and Rich Moore, who personally go above and beyond to partner with our leadership on new ideas, bringing complex, cross-disciplinary concepts from 0 to 1. This unique combination is extremely valuable to us as clients working in a new affordable housing space.’

‘Peter Connors has years of experience and expertise in international tax matters. ’

Key clients

PaperSpace

Cisco

Primergy Solar

Mosasic ML

Casetext

OpsRamp

COVA Acquisition Corp

Kineta

Bridging Pennsylvania Developer 1

Louisiana Connected

Coatue Management

Ipsen SA

SquareSpace, Inc.

Catalyst Biosciences

Waimana Hydrogen

Aptean

Chainalysis, Inc.

US Wind

Medical Microinstruments

Work highlights

  • Advised Squarespace in its acquisition of the assets associated with Google Domains from Google.
  • Advised Ipsen SA in its US$952 million acquisition of Albireo Pharma Inc.
  • Advised Waimana Hydrogen in the formation and funding of a company dedicated to improving the process by which green hydrogen is created through electrolysis and pyrolysis.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP fields a regulatory practice that is well versed in FERC-related matters and regularly advises on the development of compliance programs, represents clients in proceedings and disputes, and assists with the regulatory aspects of transactions. In Houston, Dahl Thompson and Blake Winburne serve as heads of the wider energy practice of the firm, while Washington DC-based Adam Wenner and Cory Lankford are key contacts for advice on the whole lifecycle of energy projects. San Francisco’s Patrick Ferguson counts matters in the renewable energy space among his areas of expertise and primarily handles generation, transmission, and storage projects.

Practice head(s):

Dahl Thompson; Blake Winburne

Key clients

Broad Reach Power

TransWest Express LLC

Ranger Power

Recurrent Energy

GSQ

Excelsior Energy Capital

Elawan Wind

Intersect Power

Calpine

Vitol

Work highlights

  • Advising TransWest on regulatory and commercial issues related to development of the 732-mile TransWest Express Transmission project.
  • Represented Broad Reach Power in response to an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by the Edison Electric Institute and NorthWestern Energy, which sought to reverse a FERC decision granting PURPA qualifying facility status to the 160MW Broadview solar plus storage project in Montana.
  • Advised Calpine on the negotiation of wholesale energy and capacity marketing transactions in the Western US as well as on related regulatory and compliance matters involving the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a sizeable capital markets team spread across both East and West Coast offices. Although perhaps better known for equity offerings, it does have decent deal flow on the debt side, particularly in convertible notes offerings. It has broad industry coverage and is especially known for technology and life sciences. San Francisco and Silicon Valley-based William Hughes leads the capital markets team, which includes Alice Hsu in New York and Brett Cooper in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

William Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s focus on technology and life sciences has seen the firm work extensively in M&A, PIPE deals and SPAC deals. The firm has an excellent record in both issuer engagements and continues to represent a number of SPACs and companies involved in business combinations with SPACs. William Hughes leads the capital markets team from Silicon Valley and San Francisco with New York's Alice Hsu and Boston-based Albert Vanderlaan having strong reputations, while Seattle’s Jamie Evans is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

William (Bill) Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked with Jamie Evans extensively. He’s great. Thoughtful, available, reasonable under the circumstances with billings.’

‘Jamie Evans is a veteran, handles boards well, handles CEOs well, doesn’t take credit for in-house lawyer work but shares the wins.’

 

Key clients

VINCI Airports

Getaround

Fisker

 

Work highlights

  • Advised San Francisco-based carsharing marketplace Getaround on its definitive agreement to become publicly traded via a merger with InterPrivate II Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised VINCI Airports on the signing of an agreement to acquire 29.99% of OMA (Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte) for $1.17bn.
  • Advised Fisker on the signing of a securities purchase agreement in connection with its intention to offer $340m in aggregate principal amount of 0% senior unsecured convertible notes due 2025 to an institutional investor.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 4

Fielding a ‘very strong team across the board,’ Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises across a range of issues in the life sciences, including disputes concerning patents and licensing and royalty deals, while also advising issuers, underwriters and investors on IPOs in the sector. Leading the team alongside each other are Stephen Thau, a New York and Silicon Valley-based specialist in life sciences M&A, licensing deals and strategic alliances, and Thora Johnson, who helps clients navigate regulatory challenges arising out of privacy issues and HIPAA, among others. ‘True advocate’ David Gindler is a patent litigation expert, tackling infringement and validity claims, while also assisting with the structuring of IP license agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Thau; Thora Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Orrick has a very strong team across the board, with a deep bench. They also have excellent partners in other specialty areas outside of IP (appellate practice, arbitration practice).’

‘David Gindler is a true advocate and dives in deep on issues. He is incredibly thoughtful and creative.’

‘We use Orrick for our health privacy compliance efforts. They have demonstrated a strong subject matter expertise while helping assess the practical risks we face.’

‘We use Thora Johnson for our health information privacy and HIPAA compliance matters. She provides exceptional guidance and is very practical in her approach.’

Key clients

Genentech, Inc.

Miltenyi Biomedicine

Ipsen

SFJ Pharmaceuticals

BioAtla

Corteva Agriscience

Catalyst Biosciences

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

ANI Pharmaceuticals

Johnson & Johnson

Work highlights

  • Represented Genentech in a dispute worth over $200m dollars with competitor Novartis, in which Novartis seeks to avoid paying royalties owed on Novartis’ drugs, Cosentyx and Ilaris.
  • Represented Gilead in a matter involving a patent infringement verdict of over $1.2bn dollars against its cancer therapy.
  • Advised Ipsen on its acquisition of Albireo Pharma Inc.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

Led by Raniero D’Aversa, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP represent lenders and investors in restructuring distressed life settlement and premium finance investment vehicles. The firm combines its expertise in bankruptcy, restructuring and litigation to provide a full service in areas including Chapter 11 matters. Laura Metzger is skilled in bankruptcy matters, while Lorraine McGowen is noted for being ‘an absolute class act in every way. Her expertise in bankruptcy and financial restructuring matters is second to none.Evan Hollander has expertise in cross-border restructurings. Every lawyer mentioned is based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Raniero D’Aversa

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Partners are accessible, knowledgeable and practical. They have developed deep knowledge of how technology driven businesses work which is essential when doing both debt financing and restructuring.’

‘Laura Metzger in NY restructuring is simply stellar. Responsive, balanced, great guide in very difficult situations.’

‘The Orrick attorneys are experts in their respective areas and it shows. They inspire confidence because of how thoroughly they know their stuff and how well they are able to break it down and explain it to business/non-legal folks. They are responsive and efficient. They are also quite invested in diversity and inclusion and their teams are staffed accordingly. I highly recommend them.’

‘Lorraine McGowen is an absolute class act in every way. Her expertise in bankruptcy and financial restructuring matters is second to none. She is able to offer a steady and guiding hand through what can sometimes be the very chaotic world of bankruptcy. Another attorney I highly value on the Orrick team is Colleen McDuffie. She is trustworthy and never disappoints. Her ability to take complex topics and boil them down in a way that is easily understood by non-lawyers is top-notch.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse; Column Financial, Inc. and Sector Financial Inc.

Lane Gate Advisors LP

Galaxy Digital LP

SFJ Pharmaceuticals X, Ltd.

State of Oregon Retirement Fund

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Pyramid Management Group LLC

Liquidators for Greensill Limited

Out West Restaurant Group, Inc.

 

 

Work highlights

  • Representing SFJ Pharmaceuticals X, Ltd. (SFJ), a co-developer of a promising new drug, in the PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PhaseBio) bankruptcy.
  • Representing Galaxy Digital LP as a prospective DIP lender and potential purchaser of certain assets that the debtors in the Celsius Network LLC bankruptcy plan to sell.
  • Advised Petroserv Marine Inc., a British Virgin Islands registered deepwater offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling services company with headquarters in Macaé, Brazil, in the restructuring of $882 million of existing financial indebtedness and the incurrence of an additional $120 million of new super senior financing.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a strong focus across the finance, technology, energy and infrastructure sectors for a global client base, where the private investment funds group primarily advises venture capital funds, including early stage and emerging sponsors, an area of expertise for practice head Dolph Hellman, who is based in San Francisco. Among the key practitioners are Washington DC-based Mary Wallace, who has expertise in co-investment structures and debt and equity transactions, while New York's Perry Teicher is well versed in fund formation matters and portfolio transactions. and Kenneth Rasamny in Orange County addresses regulatory matters for venture capital funds, private equity funds and debt funds.

Practice head(s):

Dolph Hellman

Testimonials

‘Mary Wallace – absolutely one of my favorite private funds lawyers – extraordinarily knowledgeable, great communication, personable, and most importantly, understands her role in the process – when to opine, when to listen, and when more information or another opinion is needed.’

Key clients

Washington State Investment Board

Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund

New York State Common Retirement Fund

New York Common Retirement Fund

San Francisco City and County Employee’s Retirement System

Fuse Venture Partners II, LP

Fuse Venture Partners Alpha II, LP

Blank Ventures Fund I, LP

age1 Fund I

Fabrica Ventures Fund II

Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP significantly expanded its international arbitration practice in early 2023 with the hire of Hagit Muriel Elul, who joined in New York from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Orrick is a modern, inclusive, global law firm focused on serving the tech and innovation, energy and infrastructure and finance sectors. Based in 25+ markets worldwide, we help our clients grow and innovate, we protect them and we help them win. We prioritize diversity (Mansfield Plus Certified for four years in a row), innovation (Financial Times Top 3 Most Innovative firms for eight years in a row) and being a best place to work (Fortune Best Companies To Work For also for nine years in a row). And these values help us attract and develop top talent and inspire collaboration in order to provide forward-thinking advice to the world’s most innovative companies.

In tech and innovation, we help clients compete globally and thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic landscape. Our clients include more than 3,700 tech and life sciences companies, 6 of the 10 largest public tech companies, 300+ VC investors and 80+ unicorns. We partner with clients on virtually every transaction type – formation through going public – and achieve outstanding litigation and regulatory outcomes for them. And as dedicated business partners, we focus with them on setting their strategic agendas, shaping key employment strategies, managing cyber risk, lobbying for innovation-friendly public policy and establishing effective ESG oversight.

We offer a comprehensive global Energy & Infrastructure platform – working across renewables, power, oil & gas and infrastructure. Clients turn to us for revolutionary projects in energy transition and energy technology, and we guide them in the development of some of the most impactful infrastructure modernization projects across the planet. We are a pioneer in the infrastructure and Public Private Partnership markets globally and work hand in hand with governmental agencies to realize their transformational and sustainable energy, infrastructure and mobility roadmaps. And we deliver strong results across litigation, arbitration, regulatory and proactive compliance engagements.

We have a long and rich history of serving the finance sector. We’ve acted for global banks, funds and leading financial institutions at the forefront of innovation in the private and public sectors – from creating new financial products to resolving high-stakes litigation, enforcement and compliance matters. Harnessing the talents of our diverse finance, restructuring, securitization, real estate, M&A, capital markets and tax lawyers, we partner with our clients to develop strategies for bespoke challenges and opportunities in today’s fast-paced financial markets. We combine our market knowledge with a deep bench of leading trial, appellate, regulatory and compliance lawyers to help financial institutions navigate complex litigation and enforcement matters.

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