Will F. Stute is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted business advisor.
Will has significant first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts around the country and in a variety of arbitration forums. His practice focuses on complex civil and corporate litigation, multidistrict litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations, FCPA and other investigations, white-collar defense and class action litigation. Will is called on by clients to help them tackle their most challenging and complex disputes, frequently in the sports, financial services, private equity and defense industries, among others.
Will brings a winning record in state and federal courts around the country. He currently serves as national trial counsel for the NCAA in the concussion litigation. He also represented institutional investors who recovered tens of millions of dollars in connection with one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Will’s practice includes a broad spectrum of civil and criminal matters, including multi-district litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations and white collar and class action defense. His clients include global financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, leading private equity funds, and Fortune 500 companies in the tech, life science and defense industries. In 2017, he was voted by clients as a BTI Client Service All-Star, and in 2019, he was selected as a member of Law360's Sports Editorial Advisory Board.
Business leaders also seek out Will’s counsel on a variety of issues outside of litigation. Will has been described as having “the ability to see legal problems in a business context,” for his “exceptional client service,” and for his “ability to bring his personal experience as an entrepreneur to bear” on their problems.
Active in the community and in improving the diversity of our profession, Will is a board member of the Congressional Award Foundation and a founding member and former president of the board of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, among other leadership roles.
Michael H. Sugarman, an attorney in the Los Angeles office, is a member of Orrick’s Structured Finance Group, where he represents issuers, sponsors, lenders, servicers, underwriters and other market participants in connection with both public offerings and private placements, as well as with other types of transactions.
Michael’s practice focuses on securitizations, warehouse financings and various other types of debt finance transactions for banks, non-bank lenders, fintech companies and private equity funds. Representative transactions include the following: (i) residential mortgage-backed securitizations (for Non-QM, performing, non-performing and other types of mortgage loans); (ii) PACE financing securitizations; (iii) whole loan purchase and sale transactions; (iv) diligence and structure servicing rights transfers; (v) financings for GNMA early buyout loans; (vi) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitizations; and (vii) re-securitizations.
He has also advised clients regarding issues concerning legacy securitizations and servicing related issues and worked on numerous master repurchase facilities and debt restructurings.
He also dedicates significant time and effort to pro bono representations for a wide variety of groups to, among other things, obtain needed financing or push for the passage of significant legislation. He is also active in various community groups.
Hiroki Sugita is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo Office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He works on a wide range of cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging companies and venture capital transactions, and private equity investment especially in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia.
He also has extensive experience in fund formation, real estate and various types of finance transactions.
Hiroki has a deep understanding of clients’ needs from his secondment experience with a U.S. investment bank in 2005 and a Japanese major trading house from 2012 to 2014.
Prior to joining Orrick, Hiroki worked at O’Melveny’s Tokyo office as a counsel where he mainly worked on cross border M&A.
He is recommended in various publications and rankings including Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
Mike Sullivan is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on representing emerging companies, entrepreneurs and angels/venture capital funds. Mike has led hundreds of financing and M&A transactions for emerging companies in a wide variety of industries, including the software, life sciences, mobile, digital media, cleantech and food/wine/spirits sectors.
Mike is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute's Venture Capital series, and a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Some of Mike's clients have included:
Mike also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, DFJ, Evok Innovations, Ridge Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Northgate Capital, The Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital.
Jie (Jeffrey) Sun, a partner in Orrick’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, is a member of the Corporate Business Unit. Mr. Sun represents Chinese and international clients from multiple industries, including technology, renewable energy, life sciences, financial services and consumer/retail, in a broad range of M&A, capital markets and corporate matters.
He has extensive experience representing both Chinese enterprises in fund raising and investing abroad and foreign investors investing in China.
Mr. Sun regularly represents issuers and underwriters in the U.S. and Hong Kong public securities offerings, including initial public offerings and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings for PRC-based companies.
In addition, he is experienced in handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, strategic alliances, joint ventures and regulatory compliance matters for numerous foreign investors and Chinese companies. He also counsels global private equity funds on their investment activity throughout Greater China and across Asia.
Some clients he has represented include Bright Food, JD.com, Trina Solar, China Sunergy, Perfect World, ReneSola, Tudou, Pactera Technologies and some international investment banks and private equity funds.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Sun worked with a major international law firm, and he was a former partner in a local law firm based in Shanghai.
Heather Egan Sussman is Global Co-chair of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, and the leader of Orrick’s Boston Office. Her practice focuses on privacy, cybersecurity and information management, and she is ranked by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States as a leader in her field. Chambers explains companies turn to Heather because she is “generous with her time and endeavors greatly to educate her clients and understand a given client’s risk profile."
Heather routinely guides clients through the existing patchwork of laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity around the globe. In the U.S. this includes advising on federal and state laws such as FCRA, ECPA, TCPA, HIPAA, CAN-SPAM, GLBA, California’s Consumer Privacy Act, state breach notification laws, and state data security laws, as well as existing self-regulatory frameworks, including those covering online advertising and payment card processing. Outside of the U.S., she manages teams of talented counsel around the world to deliver seamless advice for clients that operate across many jurisdictional lines, developing comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity programs that address competing regulatory regimes. She drafts online privacy notices for global rollout and implements data transfer mechanisms for the free flow of data worldwide.
Heather also helps clients develop and achieve their data innovation strategies, so they can leverage the incredible value of data and digital technologies in ways that not only meet compliance obligations, but also support innovation, deliver value to the business, meet security needs and solidify brand and consumer trust.
Heather devotes a significant part of her practice to helping clients reduce the risk of privacy and security incidents, and she offers a comprehensive menu of services designed to do just this. In the event of a privacy or security breach, she helps companies respond, successfully guiding them through investigation, remediation, notification and any ensuing government inquiries. Companies routinely rely on her to manage their response to catastrophes, investigations and government probes involving conduct by employees, contractors and third parties.
Heather guides clients through comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity assessments worldwide, vets privacy and security risks in corporate transactions, conducts internal investigations stemming from data incidents, and she drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors and arrangements. She regularly counsels businesses on how to mitigate risks associated with the collection, use, retention, disclosure, transfer and disposal of personal data.
Her clients come from diverse business sectors, including technology, financial services, retail, consumer products, energy and infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, media, academic institutions, service industries.Heather frequently writes on current privacy and information security issues before trade and legal organizations and has been quoted in hundreds of major news outlets, including MSNBC.com, ABCNews.com, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle.
Janine specialises in venture and growth capital transactions, whilst also dealing with all aspects of private equity and private M&A work.She takes a leading role on UK and international transactions for individual and syndicates of venture capital investors, start-up and growth companies, private equity houses and management on all aspects of their corporate transactional work.
Monica Svetoslavov is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Litigation practice group.
Monica's practice includes representing multinational corporations in litigation involving commercial, antitrust, cybersecurity, and intellectual property issues.
Prior to and during law school, Monica worked as a consultant on economic issues in mergers and antitrust litigation. She also worked as a senior research analyst on macroeconomic forecasting at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
Data is igniting a global, technological revolution. Increased collection, use, storage, and transfer of data has shifted the paradigm of innovation – and created a global security problem. Fortune 500 companies with large quantities of data, cities with vulnerable infrastructure, and every institution in between must manage that risk, without encumbering progress or technological advancement. To do so, they turn to Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-chair of Orrick’s internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation team. Aravind is one of four lawyers ranked nationally by Chambers USA (Band 2) in the category of Privacy and Cybersecurity Litigation, which described him as "extremely skilled in the field of cybersecurity[.] He's always well prepared and consistently has the answer [clients] need."
As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind partners with clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to improve resiliency, respond efficiently and effectively, protect their business and brand, and defend them in the onslaught of litigation and enforcement actions that follow. He guides organizations from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business- and brand-centric tactics to mitigate and manage risk. He has directed more than 150 cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations, including enterprise-wide network intrusions to cyberattacks with national security implications. With extensive trial, litigation and appellate experience, he also defends his clients when cyber, privacy, and payments issues lead to regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, FTC, and State Attorneys General and other civil litigation, including securities and consumer class action litigation and shareholder derivative suits.
Aravind’s background as an Assistant United States Attorney and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section gives him first-hand understanding of federal agencies that allows him to swiftly navigate the system, partner with investigators and find creative solutions for his clients. As a federal cybercrime prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including hacking, phishing, trade secrets theft, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the cybercrime outreach program, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues.
Aravind is a sought-after speaker by Boards of Directors and industry professionals on cybersecurity issues, including threat landscapes, incident response plans, compliance, and brand/reputational risk management.
Rochelle Swartz is a managing associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group in Orrick's New York office.
Rochelle has experience representing individuals and companies in all stages of complex civil and criminal litigation, from pleadings through trial, final judgment, and appeal. Rochelle practices in both federal and state courts across the country.
Before joining Orrick, Rochelle served as law clerk to the Honorable Steven L. Tiscione in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Rochelle's current engagements include representing companies in complex commercial cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, employment disputes, and products liability claims, as well as a number of pro bono engagements.
Erik has decades of experience working closely with clients on energy transactional and regulatory matters, particularly in the areas of electric, natural gas, and LNG infrastructure development.
Erik represents clients in connection with innovative projects; managing acquisitions; negotiating and documenting energy related transactions; securing energy related authorizations and certifications; energy industry bankruptcy and restructuring matters; and various administrative proceedings. For more than 20 years, Erik has successfully navigated regulatory matters for electric generation facilities and large commercial and energy consumers.
Erik’s recent experience includes advising NextDecade LLC in its FERC application to approve construction, ownership and operation of the multi-billion-dollar Rio Grande LNG export facility and the Rio Bravo Pipeline Company natural gas pipeline, as well as Rio Grande LNG’s applications for LNG export authorizations.
Ranked in Legal 500, Erik is a sought-after speaker on energy industry developments and has presented across the United States, as well as in Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe.