Betsy Lee, an associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark and copyright related disputes.Previously, Betsy served as a Law Clerk at the National Center For Youth Law (Oakland). Prior to law school, she also worked as an Investigator with the New York City Department of Education and as a Legal Assistant at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York).
Stephanie helps clients navigate the intricate and rapidly evolving world of employment litigation.
Clients feel at ease knowing that Stephanie will work tirelessly to guide them through wage-and-hour class and representative actions, as well as single-plaintiff litigation involving claims of whistleblower retaliation, fraudulent inducement and breach of contract. Companies, particularly those in employee-friendly states such as California, must contend with an ever-changing array of procedural tools and laws, and rely on Stephanie to serve as a trusted advisor. In addition to legal nuances, the high-profile matters Stephanie handles are further complicated by reputational risk. To deliver a clear path through these complexities, Stephanie works with her team to carefully and creatively balance each case’s dangers, opportunities and impact.
She has managed matters from start to finish and has litigated cases in federal and state courts, as well as before various administrative agencies. She also helps her clients avoid litigation by counseling on wage-and-hour compliance, terminations and severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants and employee handbook provisions.
Liz Lee is a Managing Associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group in Orrick's New York office. Liz has represented multinational corporation clients in all phases of complex, multi-party litigations in both federal and state courts across the country.
Prior to practicing law, Liz was a freelance interpreter with a M.A. in Conference Interpretation in English and Korean languages and has worked with numerous international organizations, governmental agencies, and private companies.
Young is a lawyer in the Energy and Infrastructure Group who focuses on large transportation infrastructure projects using public-private partnerships (PPP).
Young focuses on large transportation infrastructure projects using public-private partnerships (PPP). She has been involved in many of the largest U.S. PPP transactions that have achieved financial close in the past several years.
She represents sponsors, lenders and other investors in the development, construction and financing of infrastructure projects in the United States.
Jennifer Lee is a California lawyer in Orrick’s San Francisco office who focuses on complex commercial litigation and securities litigation. Jennifer is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Jennifer’s primary practice is defending investment banks, corporations and individuals in various federal and state litigations alleging fraud or breach of contract related to mortgage-backed securities, as well as SEC enforcement actions alleging securities fraud violations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jennifer held a year-long public interest fellowship position in the Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society of New York. She represented individual clients in Article 78 housing proceedings and helped bring class action lawsuits against the New York City Housing Authority.
Ms. Elizabeth Lefever, of counsel in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
She focuses on high growth technology companies and represents both public and private companies and venture capital funds in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and private equity.Prior to joining Orrick, Elizabeth was of counsel with Clifford Chance and an associate at Brobeck Phleger and Harrison.
Mark Lehmkuhler, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong
office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.
Mark has practiced in Asia for nearly 20 years, focusing on M&A and private equity transactions, including private equity portfolio investments and exits, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, privatizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as private equity fund formation.
Mark is deeply experienced in the technology, energy and infrastructure sectors, having advised a number of leading multinational corporations, international financial institutions, private equity firms and other institutional investors on some of the largest, most complex and groundbreaking cross-border transactions in Greater China, Japan and Southeast Asia over the past two decades.
He also has significant experience in high-yield, mezzanine and hybrid debt financings and restructurings, as well as initial public offerings, private placements and other capital markets transactions.
Mark has been consistently recognized as a leading individual in the M&A and Private Equity fields by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia:
Yalan Lei, an associate in Orrick’s Shanghai office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.
Yalan’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters.
Yalan regularly represents Chinese major state-owned and private companies in acquisitions and sales of businesses, as well as strategic investments in the region. She is also experienced in advising multinational corporations on foreign direct investments and establishments of WFOEs (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises) in China.
She has represented clients from a wide range of industries, including real estate, financial services, technology, media and entertainment, consumer/retail, life science and healthcare.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yalan was an associate in the Shanghai office of a major PRC law firm.
Carl Leighton is a scientific advisor in Orrick's Litigation Division. Mr. Leighton evaluates, analyzes and reports on science-related aspects of expert and factual issues arising out of patent and toxic tort litigation.
Mr. Leighton's work includes analyzing relevant aspects of research and development programs, opposing expert's scientific positions, and regulatory histories. He assists in deposition preparation and discovery matters, and conducts in-depth research on patents and public domain materials. Patent matters on which Mr. Leighton has worked include:
defense of an agrochemicals firm against allegations they infringed a process for the manufacture of a chemical intermediate used to formulate a herbicide;
defense of an ophthalmic pharmaceuticals firm against patent infringement allegations concerning a new class of drugs used to treat glaucoma;
defense of a manufacturer of silicon carbide against a non-practicing entity asserting two patents claiming a process to manufacture low defect silicon carbide;
defense of a mail services firm against allegations by a non-practicing entity concerning use of certain barcode technology; and
defense of a software company against a cable services company asserting patents claiming that Orrick's client infringes patents claiming scheduling and routing software.
Federico is an international arbitration lawyer, associate in Orrick's Milan office as a member of the Firm's Corporate Group. He has particular experience in arbitration and ligation of international commercial disputes, notably license agreements, post-M&A disputes and international trade, assisting market leader corporate clients active in a series of industries
Federico has participated in arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICC, Swiss Chambers and ICSID arbitration rules.
He was also recently involved in work on high-stake M&A transactions and contract negotiation.
Federico qualified as an Italian lawyer in 2013 and in 2015 he earned his Ph.D. in International Law at the University of Milan, authoring a thesis entitled “Provisional Measures in International Investment Arbitration” under the supervision of Professor Luigi Fumagalli.
He has been Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po’s Ecole de Droit and has authored publications in the field of international arbitration, both in Italy and abroad.
Prior to joining Orrick, Federico was an associate in an arbitration boutique law firm in Geneva and an associate in a leading Italian national law firm (Litigation/Arbitration Group).
Grace is a member of the Energy & Infrastructure group.
Grace counsels energy clients on a wide range of transactions in the energy industry with a particular focus on renewable energy and natural gas matters. Grace’s advises clients on mergers and acquisitions involving energy companies and assets and project development matters, including power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, equipment supply and warranty agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.
Mayling serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and issuer’s counsel on tax-exempt and taxable bond financings, with a focus on the health care sector. During the course of her practice, Mayling has worked on various types of financing structures, including standard revenue bond financings, master trust indenture financings, variable rate bonds, advance refundings, multi-modal financing and private placements, involving national and regional hospital systems, single stand-alone hospitals and continuing care retirement communities.
In addition, Mayling serves as issuer’s counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its 501(c)(3) conduit financings, and special counsel to the California State Treasurer’s Office in transactions for bonds insured through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s Cal-Mortgage Loan Insurance Program.