Lily Becker Partner, Blockchain and Virtual Currency, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
San Francisco Office; Seattle
Speaking Engagement | April.17.2019Marines’ Memorial Club
San Francisco Office; Seattle
San Francisco Office; Seattle
Lily is a strategic advisor and advocate in high stakes criminal and regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. She partners with clients to identify and mitigate risks that can hinder a company’s trajectory.
When a crisis arises, Lily brings her multifaceted legal and political experience to develop a business-centric response and defense plan. Boards and companies turn to Lily for strategic advice and zealous representation when sensitive criminal or regulatory problems emerge. She has helped companies navigate complex crises with civil, criminal, and reputational considerations. She regularly handles allegations involving bribery, embezzlement, fraud, corporate governance, and the securities laws. For blockchain and cryptocurrency clients, she advises regarding the evolving regulatory and enforcement landscape. In addition she has expertise in controls related to internet safety, and government scrutiny related to CSAM, human trafficking, and other safety concerns.
With an increasing government focus on independent monitorships, companies benefit from her deep experience in government-imposed and voluntary monitorships. She served on the Monitor Team for three SEC and DOJ FCPA Monitorships/Consultancies. She has also advised companies responding to Monitorships – both a DOJ and SEC Monitorship and a proactive, voluntary Monitorship to test critical controls.
These varied engagements give her insight into the internal and public ramifications of a crisis, which she brings to her proactive advice. She assists clients with compliance programs at all stages. Her thorough understanding of data and financial controls systems helps companies operationalize controls that work.
Before joining Orrick, Lily worked on multiple political campaigns, including acting as spokesperson in connection with a U.S. Senate campaign.
Data is igniting a global, technological revolution. Increased collection, use, storage, and transfer of data has shifted the paradigm of innovation – and created a global security problem. Fortune 500 companies with large quantities of data, cities with vulnerable infrastructure, and every institution in-between must manage that risk, without encumbering progress or technological advancement. To do so, they turn to Aravind Swaminathan. Aravind is ranked by Chambers USA in the categories of both Privacy and Data Security: Litigation (Band 2) and Privacy and Data Security: Incident Responses, as well as Chambers Global, which described him as "formidable in assisting clients with both the noncontentious and litigious elements of cyber-attacks and security breaches, including resulting class actions." Clients endorse Aravind, telling Chambers, that he is "very substantively knowledgeable" and has "knowledge gained from prosecuting hackers, meaning he fundamentally understands what they do."
As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind partners with clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to improve resiliency, respond efficiently and effectively, protect their business and brand, and defend them in the onslaught of litigation and enforcement actions that follow. He guides organizations from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business and brand-centric strategies to mitigate and manage risk. He has directed more than 200 cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations, including enterprise-wide network intrusions to cyberattacks with national security implications.
With extensive trial, litigation and appellate experience, he defends his clients in cyber, privacy, and payments-related class actions and other civil litigation (particularly Computer Fraud and Abuse Act matters), and when these issues lead to regulatory investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and State Attorneys General.
Aravind’s background as an assistant United States attorney and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorney gives him first-hand understanding of federal agencies that allows him to swiftly navigate the system, partner with investigators and find creative solutions for his clients. As a federal cybercrime prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including hacking, phishing, trade secrets theft, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the cybercrime outreach program, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues. During his time as federal prosecutor in the Complex Crimes Unit, he also investigated and prosecuted a wide array of white-collar crimes, including investment schemes, corporate fraud and embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion and the nation’s largest bank failure.
For more than 40 years, John Wolfe has provided crisis management advice to and directly represented businesses (both public and private) and individuals confronting complex, high profile government investigations (criminal and civil) or other character and conduct related issues. Chambers USA has called John "one of the premier white-collar defense lawyers on the West Coast," with clients noting that "he is the bet-the-company criminal defense attorney you want. His awareness, strategic sense and connectivity in the community delivers results."
John is consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and recommended by The Legal 500 United States as a white collar criminal defense lawyer. John relies upon a multi-disciplinary crisis management strategy to assist clients address both legal and reputational risk.
John has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state criminal and civil investigations, including state attorney general investigations, related to alleged: health care fraud and standards of care violations resulting in death, consumer protection violations, public corruption and campaign finance violations, environmental violations (both land-based and maritime), including catastrophic industrial accident response and investigations, cybersecurity investigations and securities and tax fraud, including money laundering. John is an accomplished and seasoned trial lawyer who has represented public and private clients in more than 100 jury trials, and appeared in state and federal proceedings throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as California, Florida, Montana, New York, and Wyoming.
In 2004, John chaired the Magistrate Selection Committee for the Federal District Court in the Western District of Washington. He has also served on several Merit Selection panels identifying candidates for appointment to the federal bench in the Western District of Washington. He is currently co-chair of the Federal Appointments Committee for the Federal Bar Association and has served as a Ninth Circuit Representative. He was once appointed to serve as a Special Master in a matter pending before the Federal District Court in the Western District of Washington to investigate issues related to a multi-party joint defense agreement.