TechGC Public Company GC Summit

Sponsored Event | June.15.2021 - June.16.2021 | 9am - 1pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Online Webinar

Orrick is honored to co-sponsor TechGC’s Public Company GC Summit and will be speaking on Environmental Social Governance and Board Diversity - June 15-16.

Carolyn Frantz and Ashley Walter will lead a presentation with Bart Volkmer, CLO of Dropbox and Yvonne Tran, EVP & CLO of Shrödinger, Inc on June 15 at 11:40am PT on “ESG: Positioning Your Company in the Present for the Future.”

Erin Connell and J.T. Ho will lead a presentation with Elliot Mark, General Counsel of Everbridge on June 16 at 9:55am PT on “Diversity and Succession in Your Board of Directors”.

In addition, Marsha Mogilevich, Mark Mushkin and Ashley Walter will lead breakout sessions during the program.

CLE Credits Available: Y

Practice:

  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG)
  • Capital Markets
  • Renewable Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group

Ashley Walter Partner & Chief Sustainability Officer

Seattle

Ashley assists public and private companies and their boards in establishing effective oversight of ESG matters, preparing ESG disclosures, addressing ESG commercial requirements, managing investor engagement with respect to ESG matters, and ensuring compliance with ESG laws and regulations. He also works with investment funds to develop fund-level and portfolio company ESG programs that address the full investment cycle, that are responsive to limited partner expectations, and that are appropriate for the stage, industry and business model of portfolio companies. He leverages a firm grounding in ESG substantive issues, significant experience in the design and implementation of ESG policies and procedures, and sector-specific knowledge to develop practical ESG solutions for clients in the tech sector and beyond.

Ashley is a co-founder and past chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee of the ABA Business Law Section, is a co-editor of The Lawyer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Deskbook, a resource for legal departments and outside counsel to address ESG performance and risk, and has co-chaired the Practicing Law Institute's annual ESG program for the last four years. He is heavily involved in ESG initiatives at Stanford Law school - he has served as a moderator at the Stanford Directors' College, has previously taught the course "Corporate Social Responsibility," and next year will be teaching the course "Law and Governance in ESG Strategy."

Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Pay Equity

Erin M. Connell Partner

San Francisco

Erin's practice covers all aspects of employment law. She defends employers in class actions and other complex cases, as well as in systemic investigations and audits by the EEOC, OFCCP, and the California CRD. Erin has led dozens of internal pay equity analyses and is a trusted advisor for several of the nation's most prominent employers on developing areas of employment law, including pay equity and pay transparency, DEI best practices, and the use of AI in employment decision making.

Erin also is an accomplished first chair trial lawyer. She has tried several cases before juries and in arbitration, and has obtained numerous defense summary judgment rulings and other favorable resolutions in state and federal court. Erin led the trial team that obtained a complete dismissal for Oracle in OFCCP v. Oracle, the largest pay equity case ever brought by OFCCP, which garnered national media attention and earned Erin recognition as a "Litigator of the Week" by the American Lawyer and a 2021 Employment MVP by Law360. As lead counsel, Erin also successfully obtained decertification in a statewide California pay equity class action, Jewett v. Oracle.

Erin's clients include leading technology and Fortune 500 companies, including: Oracle, Meta, Microsoft, Netflix, Pinterest, Twitter, Workday, PayPal, Sony Interactive Entertainment, NVIDIA, Airbnb, SiriusXM, Dropbox, Amgen, Zendesk, Splunk and Goldman Sachs. 

Erin is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco, a faculty member with the Institute for Workplace Equality (IWE), and frequently speaks on California and national employment law issues, including for IWE, the ABA, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and the American Employment Legal Council (AELC). She was formerly the management chair of the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She has published numerous articles on employment law in publications around the country, including the ABA Journal of Law & Employment Law. She also provides employment law training and conducts internal investigations on employment-related matters.

Practice:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital Markets
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG)

J. T. Ho Partner

San Francisco

Corporate Governance. J.T. counsels companies on Board and committee oversight, assessment, independence and composition issues. He also helps companies to develop effective shareholder engagement programs and governance-related disclosures, and understand and consider the views of proxy advisors, shareholders, and other stakeholders in their decision making.  
 
Securities Reporting. On the securities front, he focuses on advising clients in connection with securities offerings, proxy statements, periodic SEC reports, stock exchange listing obligations, stock repurchases and the sale and reporting of securities by insiders. He regularly counsels companies on difficult and emerging disclosure issues and provides training on disclosure best practices. 
 
Shareholder Activism. J.T. has helped many companies successfully navigate shareholder proposals and activism campaigns through leveraging his knowledge of shareholder perspectives and securities laws. He also helped many companies identify and address potential activist threats through adopting reasonable defenses, collaborating on effective shareholding engagement and communication strategies and addressing risk oversight issues.

Executive Compensation and Succession Planning. J.T. advises on compensation committee matters and related disclosures, executive transitions, and succession planning. He also advises on the design of cash and equity incentive plans, and has helped over a dozen companies remediate failed or low "say on pay" votes. 
 
Sustainability. J.T. helps companies identify and understand the risks and opportunities associated with sustainability initiatives and disclosures and incorporate sustainability into their overall business strategy and executive incentive plans. More recently, he has helped companies navigate ESG-focused proposals and activism issues and the growing anti-ESG movement.

J.T. serves on the advisory board of The Corporate Counsel and hosts “J.T. Ho's Fast Five,” a monthly podcast on The Corporate Counsel where J.T. covers the five new things public companies ought to know each month.

He has presented at notable conferences sponsored by The Corporate Counsel, the Securities Regulation Institute, The Rock Center for Corporate Governance, the Society for Corporate Governance, the ABA, the Practical Law Institute, Compensation Standards, Practical ESG and NASPP. He is recognized as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500, as one of the Ones to Watch® Best Lawyers in America, and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Practice:

  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group

Partner

New York

Marsha’s broad transactional practice includes advising clients on complex securities and financing transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and other equity offerings, high yield and investment-grade notes offerings, tender offers and exchange offers, mergers and acquisitions and de-SPAC transactions, as well as corporate governance and SEC compliance and disclosure matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Marsha was at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Cahill & Gordon LLP.

Marsha has been recognized in Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2016–2020).

Practice:

  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group

Mark Mushkin Partner

New York

Mark counsels clients on access to the U.S. public markets, including advising on registered and 144A/Reg S debt and equity offerings, IPOs, private placement transactions and general securities law matters. He also provides counsel to underwriters and issuers on various offerings.

He also represents clients on public and private acquisitions, mergers and divestitures, private equity transactions, strategic investments, joint venture disputes, long-term commercial arrangements and general corporate matters, as well as advising financial institutions in negotiating credit facilities with investment grade and non-investment grade borrowers.