As co-leader of Orrick’s global Business & Human Rights practice, Betsy helps clients navigate the legal, business, and reputational risks of their biggest human rights challenges. With strong ties to the human rights community, and expertise in international human rights law, ESG, responsible/ethical tech and innovation, the SDGs, and CSR, Betsy works with clients to develop an approach that considers peer benchmarking but is tailored to their individual needs. She has a particular passion for tackling human rights issues raised by emerging technologies and serves as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Responsible Use of Technology Learning & Education Initiative.
Betsy first honed her ability to balance high-stakes and complex legal and ethical challenges while advising parties involved in international peace negotiations in Darfur and Syria through the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), founding PILPG’s Istanbul office during the Geneva III peace talks. Today, she provides strategic direction by co-leading PILPG’s Peace Negotiation Initiative and serving as Peacebuilding League Advisor to The Shaikh Group. Betsy trains the next generation of negotiators as a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, and maintains a tight foreign policy network as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In her global white collar practice, Betsy applies the same delicate approach to help clients avoid or calm a public outcry.
Prior to joining Orrick, Betsy worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.