Karen Dempsey, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Corporate Group. Ms. Dempsey works with a broad range of public and private companies, venture capital firms and investment banks. She is involved in a full range of corporate legal projects for high growth technology companies including venture financings, public offerings, public company securities law compliance matters and mergers and acquisitions. She also regularly advises public companies and board of directors on corporate governance issues. Ms. Dempsey's clients include private and public companies in the biotechnology, real estate, finance and Internet related industries. She also represents underwriters in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings and venture capital firms in investment transactions.

Ms. Dempsey is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law topics including Initial Public Offerings, Corporate Governance and Sarbanes-Oxley matters. Ms. Dempsey is also Co-Editor of Part III of Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, published by Aspen Law & Business.

Before joining Orrick, Ms. Dempsey was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP and was chair of their firmwide corporate governance practice group.

Karen Dempsey
Admitted In
  • California

Education
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California, Davis School of Law, 1988
Memberships
  • State Bar of California

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