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  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

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

New York

In close consultation with her clients, Elyse designs and executes innovative litigation strategies.

With more than two decades of experience, she understands all aspects of litigation from pre-litigation counseling and planning through trial and appeal. Whether helping opposing sides find common ground, positioning a case for the best possible settlement, or taking a case to trial, she finds a way to help her clients succeed.

Elyse primarily handles commercial and products liability matters, including five arbitrations / trials in the last seven years for clients such as DISH, Telenor and Nintendo. As demonstrated by the engagements below, her practice is not limited by case type or industry. Instead, clients rely on her ability to immerse herself in the relevant details of their products and services, as well as her unique blend of pragmatism, imagination and advocacy.



  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance

Alice Edwards Senior Associate Corporate, Capital Markets


Alice Edwards is a senior 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.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk

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 and is continuously 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, Olivier has worked with key players of the tech market such as eBay, Sony Ericsson, Softbank, Accel Ventures, Biom'Up, Balyo, Aledia and Partech.

With Matteo Daste, Olivier is a co-founder and co-Chair of Silicon Valley’s Europe Desk which strengthens our unique positioning alongside European companies aiming at Silicon Valley’s capital and technologies and US corporates looking for investment opportunities in Europe.

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.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Karl Ehrenberg, LL.M. (UoM Melbourne) Associate M&A and Private Equity


Karl Ehrenberg is an associate in the Munich office and a lawyer with the M&A and Private Equity Practice Group.

Karl joined the corporate team of the Orrick Munich office beginning of September 2017. His work will be focusing on domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions as well as corporate restructurings.

Prior to joining Orrick, Karl worked as a legal trainee at the Berlin and Munich offices of leading international law firms. He graduated from the University of Heidelberg in 2013. Furthermore, he earned his Master of Laws LL.M. (Banking and Finance Law) at the Melbourne Law School in 2015.



  • Technology Companies Group

Ellen Ehrenpreis Partner Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Ellen has more than 20 years of experience representing companies ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 multinational enterprises as well as the executives, investors and advisors affiliated with those businesses.

Ellen represents and provides extensive counseling and strategic guidance to companies, executives, boards of directors and venture partners in a wide range of areas, including financings, corporate and securities matters, commercial transactions, contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, governance, intellectual property, and litigation strategy. On the company side, Ellen’s clients have represented a broad swath of the technology ecosystem and, as a result, Ellen’s industry experience covers a wide range of tech, including hardware, software, semiconductor, SAAS, medical device, life science, design and data analytics.  



  • Public Finance

Patricia L. Eichar Partner Public Finance

Portland; Sacramento

Patricia Eichar serves as bond, disclosure, issuer and underwriter partner 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.



  • Funds
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

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.



  • Structured Finance
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Real Estate Finance

Elizabeth J. Elias Managing Associate Structured Finance, Mortgage Related Securities

New York

Elizabeth Elias, a managing associate in Orrick’s New York office, represents a variety of market participants, including sponsors, issuers, underwriters and service providers, in public and private offerings of commercial mortgage-backed securities. She also has experience representing issuers in a variety of asset-backed securities transactions, including PACE lien and whole business securitizations.



  • Tax
  • Private Wealth
  • Nonprofit Organizations

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.