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Los Angeles; Orange County
Los Angeles; Orange County
Dennis Bent, a senior associate in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.
His practice focuses on transactions relating to the sale and financing of all types of residential mortgage loans, including residential mortgage-backed securitizations, re-securitizations, repurchase facilities, servicer advance facilities, and net interest margin securitizations. Dennis also has experience in commercial finance and general corporate transactions. His recent experience includes work with issuers, underwriters and funds including Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, PennyMac, Ocwen Financial Corporation, Two Harbors Investment Corp., ResCap and Stonegate Mortgage Corporation.
Dennis is also an adjunct professor of Economics at Irvine Valley College and Citrus College. Dennis was a financial analyst at The Clorox Company and an adjunct professor of Economics at Diablo Valley College prior to attending law school.
Patent litigator Sten Jensen has significant expertise in the ITC and federal district court. The speed and complexity of ITC investigations requires a uniquely qualified litigator, one with exceptional focus and precise execution. Armed with these qualities, Sten has helped clients such as FUJIFILM and Panasonic navigate the minefields of a Section 337 investigation in the ITC.
Through his ITC litigations and former position on the Executive Committee of the ITC Trial Lawyers' Association, Sten has developed long-standing relationships with attorneys in the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations. Sten’s credibility with this group gives his clients a distinct advantage.
Sten has also represented clients in more than 50 federal patent cases, including cases in the top five venues for patent infringement filings. He has particular expertise in Delaware, where he served as a judicial clerk for former District Court Judge Roderick McKelvie. Sten has defended numerous corporations against claims filed by aggressive patent trolls, and his cases have protected a wide range of technologies, including integrated circuits, semiconductors, optical disk drives, digital cameras, printers, and other consumer electronics products.
Sten has frequently lectured on intellectual property issues facing companies in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. He is widely praised by clients for his dedication, knowledge, and skill in guiding them through discovery, merits, and settlement issues.
Spencer Cohen is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.
He advises both public and private companies in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and corporate governance matters.
Spencer was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2012.
Elena Kamenir, an Associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Antitrust and Competition practice group.
Elena has experience helping clients on competition matters before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and State Attorneys' General. Elena's practice also includes counseling on competition issues.
During law school, Elena worked as an intern for FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and at the Bureau of Competition. Elena also worked as a research assistant for two former FTC commissioners and at the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI). At GAI, Elena assisted in preparing articles and presentations to foreign competition enforcers on proposed amendments and draft guidelines. Prior to law school, Elena worked at an advertising agency.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)
Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)
Kate is a Career Associate in Orrick’s Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, where she is a member of the Public Policy Group. Kate's practice at Orrick includes assisting with compliance issues related to insurance regulations, estate and claims administration for insurance conservation and liquidation matters, and state legislative strategies.
Previously, Kate was a Senior Associate at Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh. She was a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery group and an affiliate member of the Commercial Litigation group, where she began her practice. At Reed Smith, Kate represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, and she gained substantial experience coordinating and handling discovery, including eDiscovery. She also represented policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, including counseling, negotiation, litigation and dispute resolution related to a variety of insurance policy forms. Kate’s pro bono legal work focused on adoption cases.
After practicing law at Reed Smith and prior to joining Orrick, Kate taught two semesters of an online “Business and Organizational Writing” course for Chatham University as an adjunct instructor.
Ben is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Ben's work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional, administrative, and immigration law. He also maintains an active pro bono practice and participates in the Housing Right to Counsel partnership between Orrick, Legal Aid, and Bread for the City.
Ben previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ben graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he participated in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic among other activities. Before law school, Ben was a high school English teacher in Philadelphia and worked for an education policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.
Helen Pennock is a Public Finance associate in Orrick's New York office.
Helen has participated as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, disclosure counsel and borrower's counsel on municipal bond transactions in the affordable housing, not-for-profit, higher education, charter school and health care sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Helen was an Assistant Counsel at New York State Homes & Community Renewal. Immediately after law school, she was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP in the structured finance group.
Leni, an associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Real Estate Group.
Leni advises institutional real estate investors, developers and institutional lenders on sophisticated real estate transactions, including asset acquisitions/dispositions, joint ventures and financings as well as developments and commercial leasing.
She was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2014.
Julien Bensaid is an M&A and Private Equity senior attorney based in Orrick's Paris office.
His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance, financing and restructuring. He has significant experience on domestic and cross-border transactions.
Before joining Orrick, Julien worked as an associate in the M&A department of Fried Frank in Paris (2008-2013) and as a law clerk with Cleary Gottlieb and White and Case in New York and Paris (2006-2007).
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Stephen Venuto, a partner who works out of both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is a member of the Technology Companies group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and media companies and their founders, advisors and investors.
Steve was Facebook’s first lawyer and is widely recognized as one of the leading startup lawyers in the country. The American Lawyer recently named him “Dealmaker of the Year”, recognizing his corporate work and representation of Instagram in its sale to Facebook, and quoting a prominent board member as saying that Steve “is an outstanding lawyer, but he’s also an outstanding business partner . . . [He] is someone who cares about everybody [who’s] involved in a company.” In September of 2013, the Daily Journal named him to its list of Top 100 Lawyers in California. In February of 2014, the Daily Journal named him to its inaugural Top Emerging Companies Lawyers list.
Numerous standout technology companies and their founders have turned to Steve for representation including Asana, Bleacher Report (sold to Time Warner), Facebook, Instagram (sold to Facebook), Mailbox/Orchestra (sold to Dropbox), Ooma, Pinterest, ResearchGate and Quora. He also works with new media companies including Brit & Co., Full Picture Productions (executive producer of Project Runway), Say Media, U2, Upworthy and Zuckerberg Media. Steve provides general corporate legal counseling and represents companies at all stages of their life-cycle.
Criminal investigations and lawsuits can lead to serious consequences for companies and individuals. Betsy works with clients to resolve issues early on and helps clients achieve the best possible outcome.
For clients seeking to avoid lawsuits, Betsy has conducted over one dozen internal investigations worldwide – on issues ranging from potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations to potential Books and Records violations – and has helped clients update their compliance policies to prevent problems in the future. For clients already faced with government investigations or lawsuits, Betsy has helped resolve matters under scrutiny by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Betsy is also a peace negotiation and public international lawyer. She provides legal assistance to the Syrian opposition in peace negotiations mediated by the United Nations through Orrick’s pro bono client, the Public International Law & Policy Group. Betsy was based out of Istanbul, Turkey and Geneva, Switzerland during the Geneva II peace negotiations in 2014 and the Geneva III peace negotiations in 2016, during which time she founded PILPG’s Istanbul office. She has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and Europe to train and speak on issues including negotiations, transitional justice, constitution drafting, human rights, and rule of law.
Robert G. Cohen focuses his practice on the representation of accounting firms. He currently serves as a mediator with the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court and as an arbitrator with New York’s Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation.
Until 2010, Bob served as Senior Deputy General Counsel and Head of Litigation for Ernst & Young LLP. He managed and supervised the EY group in defending the firm in lawsuits alleging professional malpractice, breach of contract and securities class action claims and in responding to inquiries and investigations by state and federal regulatory entities. Bob was responsible for the strategy and decision making relating to all major cases filed against EY throughout the United States. His experience includes the supervision of numerous trials and arbitrations.
Prior to joining EY, Bob was with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement in New York for six years, serving as the Regional Counsel for the Eastern Region of the United States during his last two years. He also served as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.