2020 TechGC IPO Forum

Seminar | January.31.2020 | 8:30am - 6:30pm (Pacific Standard Time)

The St. Regis San Francisco

Orrick is sponsoring the 2020 TechGC IPO Forum on January 31, 2020 in San Francisco.

This event will focus on the latest real world experiences, issues and best practices on the IPO process.

Karen Dempsey, partner in the Capital Markets practice, will speak during the 9:15 a.m. session on IPO Timeline & Checklist, Due Diligence and the 10:45 a.m. session on S-1, KPIs, Risk Factors and SEC Comments.

Mitch Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, will speak at the 4:40 p.m. session on Life as a Newly Public Company.


CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Finance Sector
  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Life Sciences & HealthTech Sector
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate Governance

Karen Dempsey Partner

San Francisco

Karen is involved in a full range of corporate legal projects for high growth technology companies including venture financings, public offerings, public company securities law compliance matters and mergers and acquisitions. She also regularly advises public companies and board of directors on corporate governance issues. Karen's clients include private and public companies in the biotechnology, real estate, finance and Internet related industries. She also represents underwriters in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings and venture capital firms in investment transactions.

Karen is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law topics including Initial Public Offerings, Corporate Governance and Sarbanes-Oxley matters. She is also Co-Editor of Part III of Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, published by Aspen Law & Business.

Before joining Orrick, Karen was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP and was chair of their firmwide corporate governance practice group.

Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie


  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Fintech

Mitchell Zuklie Orrick Chairman

Silicon Valley

Under Mitch’s leadership, the firm has pursued a strategy to be a leading advisor globally to four sectors: Technology, Energy & Infrastructure, Life Sciences and Financial Services – with a particular focus on how AI and other technologies are transforming these ecosystems. He has led the firm’s emphasis on legal innovation, including AI adoption, the launch of Orrick Labs to develop customized solutions and partnerships with leading legal tech companies and investors. Financial Times has chosen Orrick among the top 3 Most Innovative Law Firm in North America for the past eight years. In addition, Mitch is an active participant in the legal profession dialog about how to retain and inspire top talent.  Fortune has selected the firm among the 100 Best Companies to Work For nine years in a row.

Mitch serves on the Boards of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity, the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, the Silicon Valley Law Foundation and the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Mitch is also a Trustee of Bowdoin College, Chairman of the Board of the Wild Salmon Center and a Director of CalTrout.

He and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two adult children. Mitch posts regularly on social media about Orrick, innovation and other interests. Follow him on LinkedIn, X and Instagram.