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  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Banking & Finance
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Public Finance
  • Revenue Bond Financing
  • Fintech

Leah Sanzari Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

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.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Daniel Saposnik Senior Associate M&A and Private Equity

Silicon Valley

Technology industry players count on Danny’s thoughtful guidance and strong advocacy. On behalf of buyers, founders, investors and private equity sponsors, he navigates complex merger and acquisition transactions, and private equity investments.

Regardless of the client, he crafts collaborative solutions that bring clarity and create value. He has successfully piloted domestic and cross-border transactions through a labyrinth of jurisdictional and regulatory hurdles. He has helped early-stage startup founders sell a passion project, worked through the intricacies of establishing a mainland China joint venture and closed deals ranging in value from $4.5 million to $67 billion, the largest pure technology deal to date. 

Before joining Orrick, Danny was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Restructuring
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Japan

Hiroshi Sarumida Partner M&A and Private Equity, Restructuring

New York

Hiroshi Sarumida is a partner in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Orrick’s New York office, and also the U.S. Chair of the firm’s Global Japan Transactional Practice.

Hiroshi has 25 years of experience advising on a broad range of corporate transactions, especially representing Japanese multinational corporations in matters involving cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, corporate restructuring transactions, international corporate finance transactions, U.S. and transnational litigations and other dispute matters, and crisis management.  Hiroshi has been recognized in Chambers “Global Top Lawyers” in both “Corporate/M&A - USA (Foreign Expertise in Japan)” and “Corporate/M&A - Japan (Expertise Based Abroad)” categories.


  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Anne Savin Career Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Orrick, Anne

For nearly a decade, Anne served as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp, and she continues to serve as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves.  Her military experiences include prosecuting crimes--including rape and murder--at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Benning, Georgia, advising the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General and other senior Army leaders on military justice, advising the commander of 1st Information Operations Command, the U.S. Army's only active-duty information warfare brigade, and, currently, managing a team of U.S. Army Reserve lawyers supporting the active-duty Government Appellate Division.

Before joining the Army, Anne practiced in San Francisco, first with the litigation practice at Pillsbury Winthrop and second with the issues and appeals practice at Jones Day.



  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Derivatives
  • Swaps and Other Hedges
  • Fintech

Al Sawyers Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

Al Sawyers, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, is co-head of Orrick’s global Finance business unit. His practice focuses on the creation of derivative securities, structured financial products, and repackaged asset-backed, corporate and municipal securities. He previously served as chair of Orrick’s Structured Finance Practice.

Al represents issuers and underwriters in the issuance of credit-linked notes, collateralized bond obligations, synthetic convertible bonds and synthetic money market eligible securities. He also works with clients entering into various swap agreements, such as interest rate, credit default, currency and equity swaps, and has authored alerts on various financial industry-related topics, including the Dodd-Frank Act.

Al has been ranked by Chambers and Partners both globally and nationally in the structured products category. Legal500 has noted Al for his work in structured finance, quoting a client who stated that he has "impressive expertise in all facets of securitization in general, which is immensely helpful when we are working on complex transactions." The International Financial Law Review has also recognized Al for his work in structured finance and securitization. Euromoney notes him as an expert in Banking, Financial and Transactional Law: Structured Finance and Securitization.



  • Technology Companies Group

Jay Wilder Schau Associate Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Jay Schau, a corporate associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Jay represents high growth technology companies in several areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, and venture capital financings.

Jay received his JD from the University of Michigan in 2017. He is also a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama where he double majored in Economics and Finance.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jay worked as a Bates Fellow at The Silicon Cape Initiative in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked to grow the tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem in and around the Western Cape.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Tracy L. Scheidtmann Senior Counsel Employment Law & Litigation, Wage and Hour

Silicon Valley

Tracy Scheidtmann uses a collaborative approach and extraordinary foresight to help people – and their businesses – resolve a wide range of employment issues. Working alongside executives, in-house counsel, human resources and other professionals, Tracy crafts legal solutions that fit the needs, vision and values of today’s growing companies.

Underscoring her commitment to helping others, Tracy also searches for ways to use her legal skills to help the community. She dedicates significant hours each year to various pro bono causes, including serving and supporting those affected by domestic violence. Prior to Orrick, Tracy worked with her law school’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, where she represented individuals who sought to obtain or enforce civil protection orders in the District of Columbia Superior Court. She was also a legal intern at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2000.

She has advised hundreds of employers on the complex legal, compliance and human resource challenges associated with today’s workplace. Her years spent litigating high-stakes disputes allow her to see the full landscape of an issue, and therefore pinpoint pitfalls and opportunities that others might overlook. Tracy also knows that cost and sensibility go hand in hand. Whether working with clients in the startup space or large corporations, she aligns her legal advice with each clients’ culture, as well as its business and financial objectives.

Tracy honed her litigation skills as an attorney in Orrick’s employment group from 2002-2015. In 2015, she joined Facebook to gain in-house experience as a company investigator. In that role, Tracy identified potential legal or company policy violations to help the company proactively address workplace issues. Upon her return to Orrick in 2016, Tracy found her niche as an advisor, focusing her practice exclusively on employment advice and counseling.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Samantha Hope Scheller Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Samantha Scheller is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York office.

Samantha has experience with a wide array of matters, including the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and commercial litigation and accountants’ liability matters.  She has represented clients in both federal and state courts.  

She is active in pro bono matters, including matrimonial cases for domestic violence survivors and low-income clients.  She recently led a team in drafting an amicus brief to the Rwandan Supreme Court calling for the repeal of portions of the Rwandan Penal Code restricting access to legal abortion.  Samantha also received a Legal Aid Pro Bono Publico Award in 2016 in recognition for her pro bono work supporting the NY Legal Aid Society.

Prior to law school, Samantha produced and filmed for a number of reality television shows.  During law school, Samantha focused on media law, copyright, and First Amendment issues. 



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • China

Joe Scheu Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Hong Kong

Joe Scheu, an associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Joe advises corporations, private equity firms and financial institutions on a broad range of corporate transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures and privatizations.

He also has experience advising on debt capital markets, structured finance and general corporate and commercial matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Joe worked at another international law firm in Hong Kong and also spent six months on secondment to the Equity Derivatives Group (Legal) at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong.

Scott Schickli Of Counsel Tax


Scott Schickli, Of Counsel in the Pacific Northwest office, is a member of the Tax Group in Portland, Oregon. His practice focuses on federal income tax law of public finance, low income housing, exempt organizations and general business transactions.

Scott has more than 22 years of public finance tax law experience.  He has represented every type of entity permitted to borrow funds on a tax-exempt basis, ranging from governmental entities and non-profit hospitals, retirement communities and universities to for-profit developers of solid waste disposal and recycling facilities, low income housing, electrical generation projects and small scale manufacturing facilities.  He has also assisted public finance clients involved in Internal Revenue Service audits of closed transactions. 

Scott also assists various types of organizations in seeking or retaining non-profit or governmental tax-exempt status.  He represents developers of low income housing in tax credit projects, and also represents corporations involved in complex merger and acquisition transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Scott was a partner at Ater Wynne LLP.  Prior to that, Scott was an associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae.  He also was an associate at Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon.  And he also worked at Bayh, Tabbert & Capehart, as an associate.



  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Andrea Schlote Managing Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group


Andrea Schlote, a Managing Associate in Orrick's Munich office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group. She focuses her practice on advising emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms on a variety of issues, including formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, and other corporate and securities law matters.

Andrea represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate law, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions.   

Prior to joining Orrick, Andrea worked at the Frankfurt/Main and Munich offices of leading international law firms renowned for its  venture capital practice.