Leah Sanzari, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, acts as counsel to issuers, underwriters, servicers, placement agents and investors in connection with both public offerings and private placements.
She has experience in a wide variety of asset-backed securities, with a particular emphasis on residential mortgage transactions, esoteric assets including tax liens, PACE liens, structured settlements and lottery receivables, resecuritizations and collateralized bond obligations and collateralized loan obligations. Leah has worked with numerous borrowers and lenders on financing and warehouse facilities for mortgages and esoteric assets and has represented both sellers and buyers of portfolios of assets, including mortgages and esoteric assets.
Leah advises a number of financial institutions and government agencies with regard to the implications of financial markets regulation, as well as in connection with complex capital markets, debt financing and other transactions.
She is a part of the Financial Institutions Industry Group, a multi-practice global group of partners who have client relationship responsibilities for financial institutions around the world.
She is Co-Chair of Orrick’s Women’s Initiative and Chair of the Esoterics Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group, a member-based, trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market.
Our tech company clients survive and thrive by rapid invention and evolution, often faster than the law can keep up. Litigating for these companies therefore demands as much art as science. An industry that pulses with creativity and constant pressure to change needs an attorney who is part litigator and part visionary.
Karen specializes in litigation that crosses the boundaries between traditional legal practices, and therefore requires inventive and strategic approaches. These solutions, tucked in the creases between law and industry, are why leading technology and Fortune 500 companies hire Karen to resolve their most complex litigation.
Over the past 32 years, Karen has first-chaired state and federal trials, and arbitrated more than a dozen disputes. She manages intellectual property and commercial matters for companies such as Oracle, NVIDIA, Netflix, VMWare and Levi Strauss & Co.
In addition to her legal background, Karen’s relationship management skills give her clients a significant advantage. She knows how to pull together and lead the best team, from multiple disciplines within Orrick, and often involving multiple law firms. An example is as co-lead of Orrick’s Automotive Technology & Mobility group, she brings together the best creative and strategic legal minds with companies changing the future of transportation. Able to unite what were, and will be, competing firms into a single powerful unit takes a special type of leadership, one which Karen has demonstrated time and again.
Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, 2016
Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, 2018 and 10 times
Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2019
Euromoney Legal Media Group's Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2016
Yale Law Women, 2018