Firm Event | October.29.2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm (Pacific Daylight Time)Orrick Orange County
Orrick is hosting a midday reception for Dive/In Day on October 29, 2019 in Irvine, CA. The event will feature:
A discussion with Sandra Robbie, Emmy-winning writer/producer of the documentary Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children / Para Todos los Niños, about the 1947 landmark Orange County school desegregation case. After the screening, Sandra will lead participants in a discussion on the importance of this civil rights case, its connection to Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights issues that impact all of us today, and how our connectivity helps elevate us as a culture, a society and as individual teams. Lunch and MCLE will be provided.
If you are unable to join for the full event, we invite you to watch the documentary in advance of our date and hope that you will be able to join us for the discussion beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Sandra Robbie is the Emmy-winning writer/producer of the PBS documentary Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children / Para Todos los Niños. Sandra grew up in Westminster and considers the promotion and celebration of Mendez to be her life's work. Through Sandra's efforts, Mendez has been honored at the White House, commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp, is featured in the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance and her film has been screened at Harvard, Stanford, the Smithsonian and hundreds of presentations across the United States.
Inspired by Mendez v. Westminster, Sandra has curated a historic tour in Old Towne Orange where folks can see the last standing Mexican School from the segregation era, a formerly segregated swimming pool and movie theater, as well the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers in Orange County. Her first traveling exhibit, The US Bus, will launch in summer 2020. Sandra is also producing a social justice comedy showcase entitled "Sandra Robbie's Lady Parts" which will debut in OC in fall 2019 and include the topics of Mendez v. Westminster, LGBTQ and #MeToo. She aims to take this one-woman show on tour across America.
CLE Credits Available: Y
Khai LeQuang represents financial institutions, technology companies, and other public and private companies in complex, high-stakes commercial disputes at both trial and appellate levels. He has won trials in state and federal courts and is a prominent practitioner in the area of life settlements. Clients and judges praise Khai for his trial skills, strategic thinking, and innovative and practical solutions to complex legal problems.
Most recently, Khai was lead trial counsel for EFG Bank and Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (which acquired the assets of former WestLB) in their lawsuit against AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company in the Southern District of New York, arising out of Equitable’s cost of insurance rate increase in 2016. EFG and EAA sought close to $100 million in damages. After several years of litigation, the case settled over the weekend before jury selection on very favorable terms. The settlement continued a string of recoveries Khai has achieved for clients pursuing claims against carriers that raised their cost of insurance rates.
Khai was lead trial counsel for EFG, EAA, and Obra Capital in their lawsuit against John Hancock Life Insurance Company in the Southern District of New York, arising out of John Hancock’s cost of insurance rate increase in 2018. EFG, EAA, and Obra sought over $100 million in damages. The case settled the evening before jury selection on very favorable terms.
Last year, Khai was lead trial counsel for a life insurance agent sued for fraud in connection with a life settlement transaction. The plaintiff sought over $10 million in damages. Following a one-week trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, and the case settled before judgment was entered.
Khai was lead trial counsel in a two-week bench trial in an action against a school district arising out of its allocation of $417 million in bond funds. The plaintiffs, led by a taxpayer association, sought $90 million for construction of a new school. After navigating a year-long political imbroglio and defeating plaintiffs’ summary judgment motions following a defense that Judge Pressman described as “brilliantly argued,” the case proceeded to a trial that resulted in a decision in favor of the district on all claims. Khai also defended and argued the appeal, in which the trial court’s judgment was affirmed.
Orange County; Los Angeles
Donald Field is a partner in Orrick's Public Finance Group and the co-chair of Orrick’s School and Community College Finance/General Obligation Bonds Practice Group.
He is also a member of Orrick's Leasing Practice Group, Assessment/Mello-Roos Practice Group, and Revenue Practice Group. Don has extensive experience, as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel, in the financing techniques used by school and community college districts, cities and counties in California. His practice focuses on local governmental infrastructure financing, including general obligation bond financing, municipal lease financing, and land-secured financing, as well as tax and revenue anticipation note (TRAN), pension obligation and other post-employment benefit (OPEB) obligation financings. Don serves as the lead lawyer for the California School Boards Association's annual tax and revenue anticipation note pool.