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  • Health Care Finance
  • Public Finance

Sue S. Chang Career Associate Health Care Finance, Public Finance


Sue Chang, an associate in the Sacramento office, has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter's counsel and issuer's counsel on a wide range of municipal, tax-exempt and taxable financing transactions.

Sue serves as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel to various financing structures, including revenue bonds, variable rate bonds and private placements.  Sue also 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.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Global Investigations
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Trials
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Roland Chang Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, FCPA & Anti–Corruption

San Francisco

Roland Chang is a lawyer in Orrick's White Collar & Corporate Investigations group.  He represents foreign and domestic clients in connection with government enforcement actions, FCPA monitorships, internal investigations, and criminal and civil litigation.  Roland has hands-on experience with all aspects of investigations, monitorships, and litigation, including jury trials, handling witness interviews, drafting reports, taking and defending depositions, and managing large teams.

Roland is a regular contributor to Orrick’s Trade Secrets Watch.  Prior to joining Orrick, he was an attorney at the Public Interest Law Project in Oakland, California, where he engaged in impact litigation related to affordable housing and public benefits programs.  He has also clerked at the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance

Philippe Chareyre Associate Banking & Finance, Structured Finance


Philippe Chareyre is a banking and finance lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Philippe advises French and international financial institutions as well as borrowers on structured finance, cross border transactions and corporate finance.

Before joining Orrick, Philippe was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the Banking and Finance department, he also worked in the CIB legal department of BNP Paribas (both in London and Paris). 



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Leena Charlton Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Leena Charlton is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York office.

Her practice includes representing national corporations in contract disputes, as well as large consumer products companies in nationwide torts litigation. She also represents non-profit organizations.



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Bay Area: San Francisco and Silicon Valley
  • Japan

Chris Chavez Senior Counsel Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

San Francisco

Practical real estate lawyer with a focus on tech and clean energy sectors, a long history of representing institutional investors and lenders, and a deep commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Chris has expertise in acquisition, disposition and financing of large portfolios of commercial real estate; distressed debt; negotiation of joint ventures for development projects; construction contracts; data center leasing/co-location; office leasing; and transactions involving multi-family housing.

Chris has a long history of service to Orrick’s diversity initiatives and has served as a co-chair of the San Francisco Diversity Committee for many years. She is also very involved in diversity efforts at Berkeley School of Law.

Chris was resident in the firm's Tokyo office from 1999-2002.



  • Intellectual Property

Frances Cheever Managing Associate Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley

Frances Cheever, an associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation.

Frances recently rejoined the firm after clerking for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte in the Northern District of California. She began her career at Orrick as a summer associate in 2011. Prior to law school, Frances taught English in Seoul, South Korea. 



  • Technology Companies Group

Sara Chehrehsa Associate Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Sara Chehrehsa is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Sara focuses primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.


  • Employment Law & Litigation

Annie H Chen Career Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Los Angeles

Annie Chen is a career associate in the employment litigation department in Orrick’s Los Angeles office.  She represents corporate clients in complex employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, and single plaintiff discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims.

Annie has experience in all facets of litigation, including factual investigations, preparing witnesses for depositions, taking depositions, and pretrial briefing and motion practice.  She also advises clients regarding compliance with employment laws, including revising employee handbook provisions and employee commission agreements, leave of absence issues, requests for accommodations and employee terminations.



  • Compensation & Benefits

Nancy Chen Partner Compensation & Benefits

Silicon Valley

Nancy Chen, a partner in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Group. Nancy's practice focuses primarily on executive compensation and employee benefits issues for emerging growth companies.

Nancy's practice focuses primarily on executive compensation and employee benefits issues for emerging growth companies.  She advises clients on the tax and securities issues related to equity-based compensation, including stock options, restricted stock, employee stock purchase plans and deferred compensation arrangements for both private and public companies as well as in the context of initial public offerings and acquisitions.

Nancy also negotiates employment agreements and severance agreements on behalf of companies and executives and provides advice in acquisitions on golden parachute issues.  She also advises companies on 401(k) plans, health, disability and other welfare benefit plans and compliance with ERISA and COBRA regulations.

Before joining Orrick, she worked at Gunderson Dettmer and Pillsbury Winthrop.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)

Jesse Cheng Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Patents

Silicon Valley

Jesse Cheng litigates patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases involving complex technologies.

Jesse has worked on cases for leading technology companies including EMC, Microsoft, Micron, NVIDIA, and Synopsys.  With his electrical engineering background, he has excelled in matters involving a wide range of technologies such as smart phones, digital televisions, networking and communications hardware, solid-state enterprise storage arrays, FPGA-based hardware emulators, graphics processors, DRAM, image processing and compression algorithms, surveillance and security systems, and ultra-short pulse lasers. Jesse has also worked on Internet-related cases involving issues such as cybersquatting, trademark infringement and unfair competition, and represented clients in patent office proceedings including inter partes reviews (IPR).

During law school, Jesse was a law clerk for Fair Isaac, Corp., where he focused on software licensing and international data privacy compliance issues. He also counseled startup companies as a student attorney for the law school’s Multi-Profession Business Law Clinic. Prior to law school, Jesse was a member of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory at UC San Diego, where he studied image and video processing and machine intelligence for use in smart cars, smart rooms, and automated surveillance.



  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)
  • 3D Printing
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Technology Companies Group

Joseph Chern Patents, Intellectual Property

Orange County

Joseph Chern is a lawyer in Orrick’s Orange County office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on due diligence with an emphasis on open source licensing and patent law, including patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management and patent litigation.

Joseph has experience drafting and prosecuting patents in several technical fields, including signal processing, memory control, optical medical devices, computer networks, database management, thermal conductivity and geomechanics, nanostructuring, e-commerce, capacitive touch panels, complex circuit designs, data security/encryption, semiconductors, in-flight entertainment systems, power systems, neural networks, and software applications.

Joseph's practice further includes conducting intellectual property due diligence to assess the quality and quantity of intellectual property assets.  For example, Joseph has represented several clients in open source licensing matters and provided counseling to develop open source software strategies.  He also has extensive experience in intellectual property and technology matters related to mergers and acquisitions.

Joseph also has substantial experience in patent infringement litigation cases in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).  Joseph also has represented clients in post-grant opposition procedures with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including ex parte reexaminations and inter partes reviews (under the America Invents Act).

Joseph began his career as a summer associate at Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zaffman, LLP, in Los Angeles, and an attorney at One, LLP, in Newport Beach, Calif. Prior to law school, he worked as a software and systems engineer for a diversified systems and services company in transportation, defense and RFID markets worldwide.