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Elyse Echtman Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

Elyse D. Echtman, a partner in the New York office, focuses her practice on commercial litigation, product liability, international arbitration and accountant liability.

Prior to joining Orrick, Elyse was an associate with the law firm of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP.


Olivier Edwards Senior Counsel Technology Companies Group, Corporate


Olivier Edwards is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office in the Technology Companies Group. He advises emerging companies and venture capital funds on investment, merger and acquisition matters with an emphasis on cross-border deals.

Olivier has been recognized in Chambers & Partners, and has been described by his clients as “a very senior lawyer with vast experience in the merger and acquisition process,” "a talented lawyer and leading figure.“ He is a top-tier venture capital practitioner renowned for his fund-raising prowess and is often called the “godfather" of French venture law.

With a great experience on cross-border merger and acquisitions deals, and joint-venture operations, Oliver has worked with key players of the tech market such as eBay, Sony Ericsson, Softbank, Accel Ventures, Sofinnova, Biom'Up, Eyetechcare, Aledia and Partech.

Olivier is involved in pro-bono activities. He is a co-founder / member of CroissancePlus and PME Finance, two non-profit organizations dedicated to fast-growth companies.

Before joining Orrick as a Senior Counsel, Olivier was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel and was the Head of European Venture department at Morgan Lewis law firm.


Alice Edwards Managing Associate Corporate, Capital Markets


Alice Edwards is a managing associate in our London office and a member of the corporate group. Alice advises clients on cross border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, capital markets and venture capital transactions.

Alice frequently advises on cross-border M&A and has done so in a range of sectors, including in the mining and natural resources, technology, media and financial services sectors. She has also acted for issuers, underwriters and management teams on initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings, on both AIM and the Main Market and has significant experience working with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on investment deals.

Alice regularly works with clients on a broad range of ongoing corporate governance and restructuring issues including group reorganisations.


Zahra M. Egal Senior Associate Energy, Infrastructure

New York

Zahra Egal is a member of Orrick's Energy and Infrastructure Group. She has represented clients in a variety of transactions, including project financings, mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. Zahra has represented project developers, sponsors, issuers, lenders and investors.

Zahra also co-chairs the New York Associates Committee and active participant in the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.


Patricia L. Eichar Senior Associate Public Finance

Portland; Sacramento

Patricia Eichar serves as bond, disclosure, issuer and underwriter counsel for a variety of public infrastructure, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, enterprise fund, general obligation and other financing structures. 

 Ms. Eichar has represented issuer and underwriter clients in transactions involving tax-exempt financings for health care organizations and other types of 501(c)(3) organizations.

Ms. Eichar has represented various municipal issuers, including the State of California, in the issuance of general obligation bonds, deficit bonds, revenue anticipation notes, lease revenue bonds and land-secured bonds, and in municipal lease and redevelopment financing.

Ms. Eichar serves as special counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its 501(c)(3) conduit financings.

In addition to her work representing municipal issuers and underwriters, Ms. Eichar has taken on multiple pro bono projects, including prosecuting guardianships for Sacramento's Voluntary Legal Services Program.


Edward Eisert Senior Counsel Funds, M&A and Private Equity

New York

Edward G. Eisert, a senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Corporate Group. He focuses his practice on investment management, financial products, joint ventures and regulatory compliance.

Ed represents U.S. and non-U.S. domiciled global financial institutions in a wide array of matters spanning his practice specialties. 

Ed’s investment management experience includes the structuring and restructuring of U.S. and non-U.S. private investment funds (e.g., private equity and venture capital funds, hedge funds, and funds of funds) with respect to a broad range of asset classes; the representation of institutional investors in private funds; and separately managed account mandates.  His experience within financial products also includes the structuring of cross-border securities offerings, structured note programs and liability driven investment programs.

Ed’s regulatory experience includes the structuring and operations of investment advisers and broker-dealers; the asset management and custody activities of trust companies; the side-by-side management of registered funds, private funds and separately managed accounts; advice regarding the regulation, asset management and custody activities of dually registered broker-dealers and investment advisers; and cross-border broker-dealer, investment adviser and bank regulatory issues.

Within joint ventures and M&A, Ed’s experience includes the structuring and operations of cross-border and U.S. joint ventures in investment management, management “lift-outs,” and acquisitions and mergers of investment management firms. 

Ed has a "Preeminent" peer review ranking by Martindale-Hubbell® in the following practice areas: Private Investment Funds, Dodd-Frank Act Analysis, Financial Institutions & Market Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity.

Before joining Orrick, Ed was a partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; a Senior Vice President, the General Corporate Counsel, Corporate Secretary and AML Compliance Officer of Fiduciary Trust Company International (an FDIC insured bank and subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc.); and a partner of K&L Gates LLP.


Raymond Ellis Senior Counsel Tax, Private Wealth

San Francisco

Ray Ellis, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. One of California’s leading authorities on estate planning and leader of Orrick’s Private Wealth Group, Ray has concentrated in the areas of trusts, estate and gift tax and generation-skipping tax planning for 30 years.

He often represents families owning substantial interests in closely held and publicly traded corporations, advising on matters ranging from family partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations to private foundations, charitable trusts, and arrangements for the transfer of wealth to succeeding generations.


E. Patrick Ellisen Counsel Intellectual Property, U.S. International Trade Commission

Silicon Valley

E. Patrick Ellisen, a California Intellectual Property lawyer, focuses his practice on intellectual property protection, counseling and enforcement. Pat has wide-ranging experience in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. He has deep experience handling various types of intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement actions in the U.S. District Courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Pat regularly advises clients on intellectual property strategies and systems, negotiates and litigates intellectual property license agreements, and has unique experience in insurance coverage of intellectual property disputes. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property management and best practices.

Prior to joining the firm, Pat was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. Prior to that, he was the firmwide chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at a Minneapolis-based multidisciplinary firm.


Prof. Dr. Siegfried Elsing LL.M. Partner M&A and Private Equity, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


Siegfried H. Elsing, a partner in the Düsseldorf office and chair of the Orrickʹs European Management Board, is co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration group and a member of the Corporate group.

Siegfried has more than 30 years of experience as litigation and international arbitration counsel, having represented private investors, international companies, sovereign states and state agencies in a wide range of significant and complex cross-border disputes. He is admitted as an attorney in both Germany and New York and acted as counsel in more than 100 appellate court cases. He also served as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman (currently more than 230 arbitrations), to include ad hoc proceedings, as well as arbitral proceedings under the auspices of numerous leading arbitral institutions (DIS, HCCI, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, SCC, VIAC and others).

Siegfried appeared as a legal expert witness in both the German courts and the U.S. and UK courts (on German law matters) and before foreign law-making institutions. Siegfried's experience extends to disputes involving, inter alia, M&A transactions, investment protection, infrastructure disputes, financing arrangements, joint ventures, distributorship agreements, IP disputes as well as energy law. He also advises frequently in corporate, financing, licensing, construction, joint ventures and M&A transactions both domestically and internationally.


Andrew Erskine Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Santa Monica; Los Angeles

Andrew is partner in the Technology Companies Group at Orrick, advising high-growth companies, their founders, and the investors that support them.

Andrew works closely with founders, officers, directors and venture capitalists in both Silicon Valley and Southern California on the formation, financing, continuing operations and successful exits of technology, mobile, media and entertainment and other venture-backed companies.

Prior to joining Orrick, Andrew served as a legislative adviser to Congress and a lobbyist for the University of Illinois, and worked for Deloitte advising companies on Sarbanes-Oxley tax compliance and building internal control systems.