"We are delighted to welcome this talented and diverse group to our partnership," said Chairman Mitch Zuklie. "Each of our new partners has established a reputation for contributing in distinctive ways to our clients’ business success. As a whole, the group reflects our focus on delivering transactional and litigation advice to the tech, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors globally."
Orrick's new partners include eight corporate partners, who focus on technology companies, mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and private equity; six litigators, including intellectual property litigators; and two finance lawyers. The new partners are based in five United States (US) offices, as well as China, Japan, France, Germany and Italy.
The firm's new partners include:
M&A Private Equity
Connie focuses on private equity, venture capital investments and M&A in the Greater China region and internationally. She is qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales and received her LLB, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and LLM from the University of Hong Kong.
Ben focuses on the representation of high growth technology companies, their founders and investors. His practice includes corporate counseling, formation, financing, strategic transactions and exit transactions (M&A – IPO). He also regularly represents venture capital firms. He graduated from the University Paris II Panthéon Assas (Magistère de Juriste d’Affaires, DESS-DJCE, DEA de Droit Comparé) and earned an LLM from Harvard Law School.
M&A and Private Equity
Marco focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, commercial contracts and corporate governance matters for global companies and financial institutions. He is scientific coordinator of the legal area of NIBI - Master in Business Internationalization promoted by Camera di Commercio di Milano (Chamber of Commerce of Milan). He helps teach International Agreements and Joint Ventures at Bocconi University in Milan. He has a Masters of Laws Degree from Business School of Il Sole 24 Ore in Milan and a JD from Università degli Studi di Trento.
Compensation & Benefits
Jason advises both public and private companies on compensation and benefits issues in the context of M&A and IPO transactions and provides ongoing compensation and benefits counseling to companies in a variety of industries, tax exempt organizations and governmental entities. He obtained his JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Amanda advises private and public technology companies in connection with M&A transactions, venture financings, securities law matters, and corporate governance, as well as restructuring and integrations. She serves as a mentor with the TechWomen program, the US Department of State initiative to support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She obtained a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, an MA from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and a BA from Northwestern University.
M&A and Private Equity
Tal represents U.S. and international public and private companies in domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, investments, restructurings and ongoing commercial arrangements, as well as venture capital and late-stage financings and distressed equity sales. He also advises boards of directors and shareholders in all aspects of corporate governance. Tal received his JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BBA, with distinction, in Finance from Emory University's Goizueta Business School.
M&A and Private Equity
Kerstin focuses on M&A transactions with a particular emphasis on the renewable energy sector (acquisition and sale of photovoltaic plants and onshore wind parks) and general corporate counseling. Kerstin attended the Universities of Geneva and Bonn, where she received her doctorate degree. She earned an LLM from Duke Law School.
Joseph specializes in venture capital financings, M&A transactions, and corporate governance for high growth technology companies in the US and Japan. He also acts as legal counsel for venture capital funds and angel investors in early to late stage debt and equity financings. Joseph obtained a JD from Harvard Law School and a BS and BA from the University of Utah.
Mass Torts & Product Liability
Kristen focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on mass torts and product liability matters. She also has extensive experience in accountants' liability and securities-related matters. Kristen has represented clients at trial and in other proceedings in federal and state courts, in arbitrations before various bodies and before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA from the University of Virginia.
IP – Patent
George’s practice focuses on high-tech patent litigation and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Office. He also has significant experience negotiating license agreements and prosecuting patent applications. He advises clients in a variety of technological fields, including the electrical arts, computer software, telecommunications, mechanical and medical devices, and financial services. George holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Anne Elkins Murray
White Collar & Corporate Investigations
Anne focuses on defending companies and individuals in government investigations and white collar and regulatory matters, including anti-corruption matters. She represents companies and individuals in matters before the US Department of Justice and SEC, among other government agencies. She regularly conducts internal investigations and risk assessments; performs pre-acquisition anti-corruption diligence; and develops corporate compliance programs. Anne has a JD from American University, Washington College of Law and a BA from Middlebury College.
T. Vann Pearce Jr.
IP – Patent
Vann represents clients in high-stakes patent infringement litigation, and counsels clients on other IP matters. He represents clients in ITC Section 337 investigations, before federal district courts, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His clients include companies in the consumer electronics, semiconductor, software, and 3D printing industries. Vann obtained a JD from Duke Law School and a BS from North Carolina State University.
Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement
Paul focuses his practice on representing financial institutions, accounting firms, and public companies and their officers and directors in a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, manufacturing, and entertainment. Paul represents these clients in securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, commercial contractual disputes, and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels. He also has extensive experience advising companies, board committees, and individuals in internal, government, and regulatory investigations. Paul has a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University.
Shinsuke has experience in a wide range of commercial disputes involving IP, antitrust and product liability for both domestic and international companies. He also has extensive experience in compliance investigation on cartel and FCPA/UKBA. He is qualified in Japan and New York and is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan. He has an LLM from Peking University; an LLM from London School of Economics and Political Science; an LLM from New York University School of Law and an LLB from Kyoto University.
Doug focuses on representing financial institutions such as secured lenders, distressed investors and bondholders with a focus on energy, infrastructure and public finance investments. He brings to his practice deep knowledge of valuation, finance, asset sales, and derivatives and safe harbors. He serves on the board of the University of Maryland alumni association. Doug obtained a JD from University of Virginia School of Law and a BA from University of Maryland.
Rob represents issuers, sponsors, underwriters, placement agents and other market participants in connection with securitization public offerings and private placements. He has experience with a wide range of asset classes and is also active in advising clients in connection with new financial industry regulations, including those promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act. Rob has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA from Georgetown University.