Brendan LaFountain, an associate in the Sacramento office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. Brendan has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel and issuer’s counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings.Brendan focuses on California local government financing structures, including general fund lease revenue bonds and mello-roos bonds. Brendan also focuses on tax-exempt healthcare finance for 501(c)(3) organizations, including both stand-alone hospitals and hospital systems, and serves as issuer’s counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its 501(c)(3) conduit financings.
Douglas Lahnborg is based in London and spends a proportion of his time in the Brussels office, which he founded.
Douglas represents clients before the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority in all areas of competition law. He has acted for clients in a broad range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, defence and mining.Chambers UK recognises Douglas as a leading antitrust and competition practitioner. He is also ranked as a leading competition lawyer in Legal 500 UK and Legal Business.
Frédéric Lalance, Office Leader of the Orrick Paris office, is also the Head partner of the Paris Litigation Group. He focuses on commercial, corporate, banking, and merger and acquisition related disputes before the French courts, as well as arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a top litigator in France, Frédéric Lalance is praised by clients for being “a very sharp and intelligent lawyer” and “able to take a quick overview of situations and creative in finding new solutions." He has been involved in many of the highly publicized corporate cases over the past few years. He notably advised CDR on the Executive Life Matter and recently successfully argued, before the French Court, the Asian Development Bank’s absolute immunity from jurisdiction as an international institution.
On the international scene, Frédéric Lalance has a broad experience advising and representing French and foreign clients on multi-jurisdictional matters. He has also experience in Africa, where he currently represents several players in the mining industry in shareholders’ disputes related to joint ventures agreements.
Frédéric’s wide range of expertise also includes international investigation and compliance, as well as Internet fraud litigation.
Frédéric Lalance was a Litigation partner at the premier French boutique Rambaud Martel before it combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006. Frédéric previously served at Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Marine Lallemand is a Litigation lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. She is devoted to assisting companies handling complex crises and sensitive disputes, whether corporate, commercial or financial.
With a substantial track record advising French and international industrials, services companies, technology and emerging companies (start-ups), financial institutions and investment funds, Marine has developed a particular know-how on insolvency, distressed M&A and contentious corporate matters such as shareholders’ disputes and post-acquisition litigation.
Ranked “Up and Coming” by Chambers, clients described her as “proficient, effective and very responsive” and praised her for her direct approach and capacity for succinct analysis.
Clients also rely on Marine to help them in complex international commercial disputes involving multiple jurisdictions. She additionally advises on financial services litigation and white-collar crime issues.
Marine provides strategic advice, in pre-litigation or litigation phases, and represents clients before French courts and regulators. She also offers deep expertise in internal and international arbitration and alternative means to solve conflicts outside of the courtroom (ADR).
Before Orrick, Marine was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Nicholas Lam focuses his practice on patent litigation in district courts and in the International Trade Commission. His matters have involved a wide range of technologies, including video coding, motion sensing technology in video game systems, Internet advertising, and regenerative braking.
Nicholas also has experience litigating copyright, trademark and trade secret cases.
Before joining Orrick, Nicholas conducted research in orthopedic nanoscale biomaterials and drug-eluting vascular grafts.
Karen Lam, a managing associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group.
Karen has extensive experience in a broad range of business disputes, with a focus on complex commercial litigation. She regularly conducts litigation in the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR.
Karen also handles regulatory, FCPA, SFC and internal investigations, arbitration, employment and data privacy law issues. She is an accredited general mediator since 2012.
Her clients include private and listed companies, state-owned enterprises, multinationals and conglomerates in the financial services, insurance, electronics, energy, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Karen was an associate at Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.
Diane Lamarche, Partner, is a Litigation lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office, Orrick Rambaud Martel. Diane focuses her practice on representing major French and foreign companies before the relevant courts. She is also involved in international arbitration matters and corporate transactions.
Diane focuses her practice on commercial, white-collar crime, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate litigations. She also deals with international arbitration matters.
Moreover, Diane assists leading listed or non-listed companies on financial and securities transactions and on the negotiation of complex agreements. She also advises distressed companies on the prevention and management of their difficulties.
Diane has developed a notable expertise in corporate governance of listed companies. In this field, she advises corporate officers and board members subject to liability and disciplinary proceedings.
Graduated both in finance and law, Diane trained in investment banks (within the M&A department of Lazard in London and the Equity Capital Markets department of HSBC in Paris) and in business law firms (Gide Loyrette Nouel and Bredin Prat), prior to joining Orrick Rambaud Martel in 2007.
Silicon Valley; Portland
Silicon Valley; Portland
Peter Lamb, a partner working across our Silicon Valley and Pacific Northwest offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Pete advises both emerging and well-established private and public technology and life sciences companies, as well as private equity sponsors.
Peter advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies on M&A and minority and majority investments, particularly in enterprise software companies. He also advises a range of late-stage private technology companies, including Ladder, Pinterest, Planet Labs, Stripe, Twist Bioscience and Zimperium on general corporate, M&A and financing matters.
He has advised on the IPOs of companies such as Elevate Financial, AVG Technologies, Pandora Media, Chegg, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Versartis and ZS Pharma. He also recently advised Planet Labs in its acquisition of Google’s Terra Bella satellite business, IronPlanet on its dual track IPO/M&A process that resulted in its sale to Ritchie Brothers. His experience includes a wide range of public and private company M&A, growth equity and public market financings for tech, life sciences and private equity clients, including numerous cross-border buy- and sell-side M&A presentations, including the recent US$1.3 billion sale of AVG Technologies to Avast Software.
Prior to joining Orrick, Pete was with Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Cory Lankford is an associate in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office and is a member of the firm’s Energy and Infrastructure Group. His practice focuses on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Before joining Orrick, Cory served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at FERC, where he provided expert counsel on a variety of issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. During his tenure in the Office of the General Counsel, Cory led numerous multidisciplinary teams in rulemaking proceedings establishing revisions to the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff and evaluating national and regional mandatory reliability standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Cory also was instrumental in the development and drafting of many Commission orders addressing Regional Transmission Organizations, compliance with open access requirements, transmission, interconnection and qualifying facility certification.
Among his accomplishments, Cory coordinated with staff at the U.S. Department of Energy to draft the National Action Plan on Demand Response and the corresponding Implementation Proposal to Congress. He also managed the development of a landmark order addressing the Commission’s jurisdiction over a non-jurisdictional transmission provider.
James Larkin, Of Counsel in the firm's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Jamie concentrates on a broad range of federal income tax matters, including tax issues related to cross-border stock and asset acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, collateralizations, reorganizations, cross-border financings and transfer pricing.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jamie was an associate at White & Case LLP.
Cynthia Larsen, a Sacramento litigation partner, has more than 25 years of experience in business and governmental litigation and appeals. She focuses on the representation of public agency and private clients in complex disputes involving public agency and governmental law, insurance and insurance insolvency, government contracts and procurement, business torts, health care, environmental and employment law.
She is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. She has handled appellate matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, various federal appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court and appellate courts. She is a veteran trial attorney and has applied her experience as a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney to serving corporate and governmental clients. She recently served for five years as the partner-in-charge of Orrick’s Sacramento office. She also served for several years as head of Orrick’s Litigation Training Program and as vice-chair of the firm’s Litigation Division.
Before joining Orrick, Cynthia was an attorney at Condon & Forsyth in Washington, D.C. from 1982 to 1985. Prior to that, she was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she served in the Honors Program and specialized in civil trial work. Representative cases handled by Cynthia on behalf of the United States include: Sweet v. United States, 528 F.Supp. 1068 (D.S.D. 1081), aff’d, 687 F.2d 246 (8th Cir. 1982) (trial counsel); Pike v. United States, 652 F.2d 31 (9th Cir. 1981) (trial and appellate counsel); Gaspard v. United States, 544 F.Supp. 55 (E.D.La. 1982); Marek v. United States, 639 F.2d 1164 (5th Cir. 1981) (trial counsel).
Cynthia frequently writes and lectures on litigation topics. She serves as a pro tem settlement conference judge for the Sacramento Superior Court and as a federal court mediator.
In addition to being admitted in California, Cynthia is also admitted in Idaho (inactive) and the District of Columbia (inactive).