James Larkin, Of Counsel in the firm's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Jamie concentrates on a broad range of federal income tax matters, including tax issues related to cross-border stock and asset acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, collateralizations, reorganizations, cross-border financings and transfer pricing.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jamie was an associate at White & Case LLP.
Cynthia Larsen, a Sacramento litigation partner, has more than 25 years of experience in business and governmental litigation and appeals. She focuses on the representation of public agency and private clients in complex disputes involving public agency and governmental law, insurance and insurance insolvency, government contracts and procurement, business torts, health care, environmental and employment law.
She is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. She has handled appellate matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, various federal appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court and appellate courts. She is a veteran trial attorney and has applied her experience as a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney to serving corporate and governmental clients. She recently served for five years as the partner-in-charge of Orrick’s Sacramento office. She also served for several years as head of Orrick’s Litigation Training Program and as vice-chair of the firm’s Litigation Division.
Before joining Orrick, Cynthia was an attorney at Condon & Forsyth in Washington, D.C. from 1982 to 1985. Prior to that, she was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she served in the Honors Program and specialized in civil trial work. Representative cases handled by Cynthia on behalf of the United States include: Sweet v. United States, 528 F.Supp. 1068 (D.S.D. 1081), aff’d, 687 F.2d 246 (8th Cir. 1982) (trial counsel); Pike v. United States, 652 F.2d 31 (9th Cir. 1981) (trial and appellate counsel); Gaspard v. United States, 544 F.Supp. 55 (E.D.La. 1982); Marek v. United States, 639 F.2d 1164 (5th Cir. 1981) (trial counsel).
Cynthia frequently writes and lectures on litigation topics. She serves as a pro tem settlement conference judge for the Sacramento Superior Court and as a federal court mediator.
In addition to being admitted in California, Cynthia is also admitted in Idaho (inactive) and the District of Columbia (inactive).
Thomas Laryea is a recognized international law and policy expert in sovereign debt restructuring and Africa-related finance and investment. While he has a special interest in Africa, his experience is truly global.
Thomas formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its member countries.
His practice bridges legal and strategic advice on the transactional, public policy and dispute resolution aspects of international finance and investment.
Amy Lauren, a Senior Associate in the Global Technology Transactions practice, serves as a strategic advisor to large and small companies in all stages of their development, working with them to understand and manage complex legal and technology issues in connection with contract negotiations, product development and business operations.
Amy uses her experience with technology transactions to help clients identify the key business and legal risks involved in efficiently managing technology issues that arise in a variety of contexts such as digital commerce, intellectual property, fintech, consumer regulatory, data privacy, advertising and general commercial. She advises a broad range of clients from large public and private corporations to small start-ups and non-profit organizations, across virtually all operational, revenue-generating and strategic areas of their businesses.
Amy’s transactional work includes structuring and negotiating strategic partnerships and joint ventures, and all manner of technology transactions such as software and hardware development (including artificial intelligence), OEM/hardware manufacturing and distribution, transition services, software licensing, data licensing, analytics, service provider sourcing, digital advertising and digital music and video production and distribution.
She advises clients across a spectrum of continuously innovating industries throughout the product development lifecycle, including blockchain public and private ledgers, cloud services, home automation, IoT products, simulator machines, online and mobile payments, “sharing economy” and intermediary products and services, digital music services, wearables, loyalty programs, mobile app/web site development and e-commerce.
Amy was previously American Express’ lead lawyer for its digital products and strategic partnerships group and worked closely with stored value and alternative payment products in North America, Latin America and India. Prior to American Express, she spent several years in-house as a digital music attorney (including EMI Music and Warner Music), handling digital music transactions and policy, including as the global head of Digital Legal & Business Affairs at EMI.
Nicholas Laveris, resident in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Restructuring Group.
Nicholas focuses his practice on advising banks, investment banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions as buyers and sellers of syndicated loans, securities, trade claims and other distressed products.
Prior to joining Orrick, he was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP.
Joe represents clients in the energy industry and focuses his practice on oil and gas and renewables transactions.
He assists clients with complex commercial transactions in the oil and gas and renewables industries. His experience includes upstream, midstream, and downstream acquisitions and divestitures and joint venture arrangements. He also assists clients in the development, repowering, sale and divestiture of wind and solar projects. He represents integrated oil and gas companies, global energy companies, private equity funds, and management teams in deals involving the purchase, sale and development of oil and gas assets and wind and solar projects.
Robert has practiced environmental law in connection with
energy project financing and other transactional matters for nearly 30
years. His clients include major energy players, many Fortune 500 companies and all of the major investment and commercial banking institutions active in project finance.
Bob's career covers project financing of electricity generation facilities and major infrastructure projects, as well as exploration and development, refining, pipelines, offshore production and shipping. He has represented project sponsors, lenders and investors in connection with all aspects of fossil fuel development and use, as well as solar, wind, biomass, waste-to-energy and other renewable technologies. He is an expert on siting, land use, permitting, federal and state environmental review, cultural resources, endangered species and other environmental regulatory aspects of development of greenfield sites. In addition, Bob's practice covers all aspects of management and reuse of contaminated property, including demolition of industrial facilities, redevelopment of brownfield sites, remediation of contamination and habitat restoration.
Bob has represented major companies in connection with all aspects of environmental regulation, including environmentally regulated chemicals and products, marketing and new product development. He has represented companies before regulatory agencies in rulemaking proceedings, permit applications and appeals and enforcement actions. Bob leads Orrick's environmental due diligence teams, and serves as the lead on transactional negotiations involving environmentally regulated facilities and transactions, including cross-border transactions involving dozens of foreign jurisdictions.
Companies facing the emotionally-charged world of employment litigation trust Megan to protect their reputation as much as their bottom line.
To resolve claims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, Megan first conducts a meticulous analysis of each case’s legal and business elements. She then draws upon her keen emotional intelligence to transform a complex collection of facts into a compelling story that resonates with judges and juries alike.
Megan demonstrated her ability to dismantle a plaintiff’s case in the landmark gender discrimination Pao v. Kleiner Perkins case. As a junior associate, Megan analyzed thousands of documents during discovery, assisted with preparing witnesses for depositions and trial, and managed the evidence used at trial. Despite intense public scrutiny and a sympathetic plaintiff, the team convinced the jury to sympathize with her client’s perspective and secure a complete defense verdict. In recognition of the landmark victory, Megan and the team won the 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award. Megan’s extraordinary attention to detail again proved valuable when she helped Twitter defeat Class Certification in a gender discrimination case in 2018. In addition to serving as the case manager, Megan worked on the opposition motion, deposed putative class members, prepared Orrick partners to depose the opposition’s expert, worked with Orrick’s experts and handled several key motions and declarations.
Megan also helps her clients avoid litigation by counseling companies on a variety of pre-litigation employment issues and legislation.
In addition to her employment practice, Megan devotes her time to the community through pro bono and diversity initiatives. She recently conducted a pro bono administrative hearing, which included the preparation of an opening statement, witness examinations, and cross-examination of the opposing side. And in 2018, she was re-elected to her second term as President of the Black Woman Lawyers Association of Northern California.
Barbara provides tax advice in connection with tax-exempt financing transactions for cities, counties, states, school districts, charter schools, housing authorities, higher education authorities, state agencies and other tax-exempt organizations.
She also has significant experience representing nonprofit organizations. Formerly an attorney with the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, Barbara has represented clients before the IRS in a variety of matters involving tax-exempt bonds, including audits and private letter ruling requests. She has participated in all facets of the tax analysis associated with the issuance of governmental purpose bonds, certain tax credit bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, qualified residential rental bonds and qualified small issue bonds.
Barbara has served on the Steering Committee and has chaired the Working Capital panel and the Bond Direct Purchase - Advanced Tax Topics panel for the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, the oldest and largest annual gathering of bond lawyers.
Kathleen A. Leak, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm's Public Finance Department. She has considerable experience in public finance with special knowledge in health care and transportation financing.
Before coming to Orrick, Kathleen was an associate at Chapman and Cutler from 1985 to 1988.
Julia Ledbetter advises startups and high growth technology companies through all stages, from formation through exit.
Julia is a trusted adviser to early stage and high growth technology companies and their founders on fundraising, management and exit strategies. Julia also assists leading venture capital firms investing in technology companies on strategy, market practice and good governance. She seeks practical solutions to business problems, always with an eye towards real-world results. She also supports opportunities for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds through her work with StartOut, an organization empowering LGBTQ entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining Orrick, Julia served as the General Counsel of Mashery, Inc., guiding Mashery through its acquisition by Intel Corporation.
Alvin Lee is a partner in Orrick's New York office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and products liability lawsuits, most notably for clients in the energy, chemical, and financial services industries.
Alvin represents clients at all stages of litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience advising clients in high-stakes, cross-border commercial disputes, and has particular expertise in actions involving complex enforcement and regulatory issues in foreign jurisdictions.
Alvin has represented a number of energy and manufacturing companies in bet-the-company disputes arising out of off-take/financing agreements tied to the development of large-scale production facilities. He currently represents the Hemlock Semiconductor Group (a multinational joint venture) in a series of actions alleging breaches of long-term "take or pay" supply agreements by manufacturers in the solar energy industry. These actions have been brought against defendants located in China, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan, and have resulted in over $1 billion in precedent-setting judgments for Hemlock.
Alvin also currently represents several major financial institutions in commercial litigation, regulatory proceedings, and securities-related actions. In addition, he has represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in a series of audit malpractice and shareholder derivative suits.
An experienced trial and appellate advocate, Alvin has tried state and federal cases to jury verdict, and has argued multiple appeals before the federal Courts of Appeals.
Alvin also has significant experience defending companies in mass tort & products liability suits. He previously served as a member of Orrick's team of national coordinating and litigation counsel for The Dow Chemical Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation, in relation to its substantial asbestos docket.
Highly active in pro bono matters, Alvin focuses his pro bono representation on low-income LGBT communities. In 2015, Alvin was awarded Orrick's firmwide Pro Bono Award in recognition of his dedication and achievements.