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  • Health Care Finance
  • Public Finance

Sue S. Chang 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.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Structured Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Japan

W. Eugene Chang Senior Counsel Energy, Infrastructure


W. Eugene Chang, a senior counsel in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Eugene's practice focuses on sophisticated corporate and financial transactions, including advising of Korean clients on cross-border project and acquisition finance, overseas energy and infrastructure project developments and mergers and acquisitions.

Eugene has extensive experience in project developments, including both conventional and renewable power projects as well as in representing both lenders and borrowers in relation to a variety of cross-border financings involving Korean sponsors. His recent experience includes the representation of Korea Development Bank and Korea Eximbank in connection with their complex cross-border financings. He also represented many of major Korean developers/sponsors such as KEPCO, POSCO, SK, Hanwha and Hyundai Heavy Industry in connection with their overseas energy projects.



  • Structured Finance

Philippe Chareyre Associate 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). 



  • 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. 



  • Compensation & Benefits

Joyce Chen Senior Associate Compensation & Benefits

New York

Joyce Chen, a senior associate in Orrick's New York office, is a member of the Global Corporate Solutions group within Compensation and Benefits. Joyce is a global employment lawyer, focusing on cross-border human resources issues and equity compensation.

Her clients range from early-stage start-ups hiring their first overseas contractor to large multinationals offering stock options to employees worldwide.

Joyce has extensive experience advising U.S.-based multinational corporations on the implementation of employee equity programs. Her work has covered the securities law, foreign exchange, employment, data privacy, tax and other compliance requirements relating to employee stock options, restricted stock and units, stock purchase programs, performance-based awards and other compensation vehicles for both public and private companies. In particular, she has drafted numerous regulatory filings (including European Union prospectuses and China SAFE foreign exchange registrations) and works with clients to tailor grant agreements and effectively manage employee communications.

In addition, Joyce counsels her clients on a variety of employment-related matters outside the United States. She regularly works with companies on global/local offer letters and employment contracts, HR policies and handbooks, expat documentation, and data privacy issues. Managing a team of local attorneys around the world, she advises clients on performance management programs, workplace investigations and disciplinary procedures, and termination and settlement agreements. She also assists with cross-border transactional matters, including transitioning employees in mergers and international acqui-hires.

Joyce contributed the U.S. chapter to the PLC Cross-Border Employee Share Plans Handbook and has spoken on foreign equity and employment issues.



  • 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.


  • 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.



  • Intellectual Property

Jesse Cheng Senior Associate Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley

Jesse Cheng focuses on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation involving complex technologies.

Jesse has worked on cases for companies including Apple, EMC, Microsoft and NVIDIA, covering technologies such as image processing and compression algorithms, graphics processors, digital televisions, and networking equipment. Jesse has also worked on Internet-related cases involving issues such as cybersquatting, trademark infringement and unfair competition, as well as 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 for application in intelligent environments.



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

Joseph Chern Sr IP Career Associate Patents, Intellectual Property

Orange County

Joseph Chern is an associate 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.



  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Darlene Chiang Managing Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco; Silicon Valley

Darlene is a member of our Technology Companies Group in both our San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Having worked in-house at a biometric payment start-up, a publicly traded IoT company, and a Korean-headquartered Fortune 50 semiconductor company, she is fluent with the critical business issues her clients deal with every day.  Darlene provides her clients with practical legal solutions to resolve these issues as they progress through their critical lifecycle milestones from formation, subsequent financing to successful exit.

Darlene also advises client in cross-border transactions, for example, she played an instrumental role in setting up Echelon's equity joint-venture with Zhejiang Holley, a major Chinese smart metering maker. Darlene was also a member of the corporate group at another international law firm prior to Orrick. Before becoming a lawyer, Darlene worked at Oracle for a period of time as an IT professional.

Richard Chirls Partner Tax

New York

Richard Chirls, a New York tax partner, focuses his practice on the tax aspects of public finance transactions.  He has served as the head of Orrick’s nationally recognized Public Finance Tax Group.

With over 30 years of experience, Richard is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities, having broad experience with tax exempt financings and related transactions involving governmental and not-for-profit entities.  His expertise and stature in the public finance community was recognized by the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ highest award for his career of distinguished service in public finance. 

Richard focuses on new products, including the development of new and creative financing techniques for governments, non-profits and investment bankers. He regularly works on transactions throughout the country.  However, in his home office in New York City, he leads the relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, serving as counsel on well over 100 transactions over a period of more than 20 years and has headed the tax work in connection with every financing of a cultural facility relating to museums and performing arts in New York City over this same period.  Richard has worked on the tax aspects of several of the largest and most complex public private partnership (P3) transactions in recent years.  He frequently acts as special tax counsel to issuers and underwriters of municipal finance issues.