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Robert M. Yablon Associated Law Professor

Washington, D.C.

Robert Yablon is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an Associated Law Professor in the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Robert has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court (United States v. Davila (2013)) and in other federal and state appellate tribunals, and he has been the lead drafter of dozens of appellate and trial-level briefs. His work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional law, civil and administrative procedure, campaign and election law, contract law, and intellectual property. Recent matters include federal appellate court victories on behalf of a major investment firm in a case involving federal preemption, on behalf of government entities in a case involving foreign sovereign immunity, and on behalf of a leading defense contractor in a case involving aviation-related issues.

Prior to joining Orrick, Robert served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Shinsuke Yakura Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Patents

Tokyo

Shinsuke Yakura is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical disputes, employment law, including labor law related disputes, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies.

He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from the United States, United Kingdom, China and Japan.

Shinsuke has represented companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to pharmaceuticals, computer software, electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark infringement (including parallel import matters), anti-counterfeiting, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Shinsuke also counsels clients on antitrust and competition matters. He is regularly involved in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters, as well as litigious matters related to antitrust and competition issues.

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Carol Yan Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Patents

Beijing

Carol W. Yan, a senior associate in Orrick's Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Carol’s practice focuses on patent filing and prosecution, patent-related legal advice and patent litigation across a broad range of industries, including chemistry, materials science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, semiconductor and auto mechanics.

Carol has extensional experience in patent, trademark, domain name, copyright and trade secret.

Carol's recent experience includes:

  • patent enforcement litigations, patent invalidation proceedings, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy efforts;
  • patent prosecution including patent drafting, office actions and reexamination procedures;
  • technology transfer/licensing arrangements for substantial patent and trademark portfolios for companies doing business in China;
  • IP due diligence and portfolio counseling;
  • advising on IP protection strategies, R&D related IP issues and trade secret issues;
  • advising pharmaceutical and medical device companies in regulatory compliance and proceedings in China; and
  • assisting Chinese companies in defending Section 337 U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

Before joining Orrick, Carol worked with Lung Tin International Property Agent Ltd. and in Jones Day's Beijing Office.

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Michael Y. Yang Partner Compensation & Benefits

Silicon Valley

Michael Yang is a partner in Orrick's Compensation and Benefits Group. He is based in the firm's Silicon Valley office.

Michael's practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and international public and private high technology companies, as well as executives, management teams and founders with compensation and employee benefits issues in the context of M&A transactions, spin-offs, venture capital financings and IPOs.

Michael also advises on day-to-day tax, employment, accounting and securities law issues in connection with the design, administration and implementation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, severance arrangements, change in control carve-out plans, stock option plans and employee stock purchase plans with a particular focus on Code Sections 409A, 280G and 162(m). In addition, he advises on nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, tax-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans.

Prior to practicing law, Michael was a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young.


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Alexis Yee-Garcia Career Associate Internal Investigations, Compliance & Regulatory

San Francisco

Alexis Yee-Garcia is an associate in Orrick's San Francisco office and a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group.  Alexis's practice focuses on internal investigations, compliance issues, and securities class actions and regulatory enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Alexis was a legal fellow at the California Department of Social Services.  Prior to law school, Alexis worked in university admissions and administration at Washington and Lee University, St. Lawrence University and Vanderbilt University.  While at Vanderbilt, she directed a number of community outreach organizations, including the nation's oldest and largest Alternative Spring Break program.

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Sook Young Yeu Partner M&A and Private Equity, Funds

Hong Kong

Sook Young Yeu, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Sook focuses her practice on corporate and securities matters in connection with the establishment of private investment funds and ongoing representation of investment funds, fund managers, fund sponsors and fund investors. This includes private equity and venture capital investment, along with related mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and public and private securities offerings throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

During the last 30 years, Sook has advised Asian institutional investors investing in U.S., European and Asian private funds, as well as Asian private equity and venture capital funds sponsored by U.S., European and Asian financial institutions, and Asian hedge funds managed by independent fund managers. Her extensive experience covers virtually every type of fund, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate investment funds, hedge funds, buyout funds, mezzanine funds, funds-of-funds, co-investment funds and restructuring funds.

Sook has served as the administrative partner in charge of Orrick’s Hong Kong office since 2005. Before joining Orrick, she was a partner of Coudert Brothers and the partner in charge of its Hong Kong office responsible for the firm’s Asian Investment Management Practice.

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Yolanda Yong Managing Associate Energy, Corporate

London

Yolanda Yong is a managing associate in the Corporate group and has advised on a range of cross border and domestic transactions focusing on the energy and infrastructure sector.

Yolanda has spent almost a year on secondment with a leading wind farm developer as the legal adviser to a UK offshore wind farm and also to the head office of a FTSE 250 construction and facilities management company.

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Daniel Yost Partner Technology Companies Group, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Silicon Valley

Daniel Yost is chair of the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick and a prior co-chair of Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He is recognized for negotiating complex commercial and technology transactions and intellectual property counseling.

Highly regarded for his expertise, Chambers USA noted that, “His work is solution-driven and his positive personality helps both sides of a negotiation work towards the outcome.” Legal 500 describes his practice as “exceptional” and recommends the practice for its “high client service ethic and great commercial awareness."

Daniel has counseled clients on commercial law, copyright, licensing, marketing, patent, privacy, strategic alliances, trademark and trade secrets matters.

Daniel has represented companies in various industries, including biotechnology, consumer electronics, energy, entertainment, hardware, Internet, media, semiconductor, services, software, telecommunications and wireless.  His energy clients include clients in the solar, ethanol, biomass, geothermal and water purification sectors. 

Daniel has acted as key legal counsel in:

  • Manufacturing, distribution and sale arrangements for makers of software, chips, security devices and solar technologies, among others.
  • Technology transactions with universities, governments and non-profit entities.
  • Privacy, copyright and online pitfalls applicable to Internet companies.
  • Domestic and international collaborations for developers of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, semiconductors and software, among others.
  • Mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and asset divestitures in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, health databases, semiconductors medical software, entertainment, Internet browsers and e-commerce.
  • Open source policy development and compliance.
  • IT and business process services agreements.
  • Venture capital investments in technology-based enterprises.

Daniel is a thought leader on technology transactions issues and programs that focus on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property.

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Harold Yu Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Silicon Valley; San Francisco

Harold Yu is deputy head of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.  He is based in Orrick's Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

Harold advises technology companies and has significant experience with venture capital financings, debt financings, public offerings, mergers & acquisitions and technology transactions.  He is deeply interested in technology.  Prior to law school, Harold was a software engineer at Oracle Corporation and an intern at NASA Ames Research Center.

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Jason Yu Senior Associate Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley

Jason Yu is an associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. He is a litigator that focuses primarily on complex patent and trade secret litigation matters as well as inter partes proceedings before the Patent and Trademark office.


Jason has represented technology companies in multiple venues, including various state and federal courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent and Trademark office. His matters span different technological areas including, Information Technology, satellite communications, semiconductor manufacturing, circuit design and verification tools, image texture and graphics processing, gaming, and a variety of software products.
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SueAnn Yue Managing Associate Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

Los Angeles

SueAnn Yue, an attorney in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.

SueAnn represents issuers, sponsors, placement agents, servicers, underwriters, and other market participants in connection with both public offerings and private placements, asset acquisitions and sales and the negotiation of lending facilities.

Her practice encompasses a variety of asset-backed securities, including credit and charge card receivables, residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), agency and government sponsored mortgage loans, and tax lien-backed securities.

SueAnn advises clients on the implications of financial markets regulation, including the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. SueAnn is also an editor of Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review.