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Marie-Laure Combet is a partner in Orrick's Paris Antitrust & Competition Group.
Marie-Laure has been lucky to gain top-notch experience working for years alongside a former French Minister for European Affairs and former top civil servants from either French or European administrations, particularly renowned for their outstanding practice of general EU law or EU and French competition laws.
She now puts this experience at the service of Orrick's clients. The fact that she has always navigated between two legal orders (EU and French), and not only in the field of antitrust, allows her to think outside the box when it comes to finding original solutions.
Marie-Laure regularly advises on competition matters and related types of work, including compliance, advisory/transactional, and contentious matters. Over the years she has developed a significant experience in relation to State aid matters, i.e., handling very high-profile cases notably in the banking sector, the air transportation and energy sectors, as well as general EU law and regulatory matters. Additionally, Marie-Laure has deployed several compliance programs with clients and assisted them in the implementation of their behavioural commitments made to the French Competition Authority. She also assists foreign investors in relation to their reportable direct investments in strategic sectors in France or at EU level.
Prior to joining Orrick, Marie-Laure was Counsel at Clifford Chance Europe LLP in Paris. She previously worked as a lawyer with JeantetAssociés and Debevoise & Plimpton.
Michelle's practice focuses on energy and infrastructure project development and acquisitions.
Her work includes executing project development arrangements, early development oversight, power purchase agreements, EPC and equipment supply agreements (including warranty packages), project financing, and project sale and acquisition agreements.
Over the past decade, Michelle has been active in renewable energy development, encompassing wind energy projects in the United States, Europe and Asia, utility-scale solar energy projects in the United States and the formation and investment activities of energy investment funds. Michelle has also represented a wide range of clients in general corporate law, private equity, restructuring, share and asset purchases, structured financing, bank finance and leasing.
Erin M. Connell, a San Francisco employment partner and Co-Chair of Orrick's EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group and Pay Equity Task Force, represents employers in high stakes employment litigation and is an expert in equal employment opportunity law, pay equity, and affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance.
Erin’s practice covers all aspects of employment law, as well as complex business litigation outside the employment context. Erin has successfully defended numerous class actions, EEOC systemic discrimination investigations, and complex individual cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour claims. Erin has particular expertise in the area of pay equity, compensation analyses, and diversity initiatives; and regularly advises clients with respect to OFCCP and other EEO audits.
Erin also is an accomplished trial lawyer. She has tried several cases before juries and in arbitration, and has successfully has obtained numerous defense summary judgment rulings and other favorable resolutions in state and federal court.
Erin's clients include leading technology and Fortune 500 companies, including: Oracle, Facebook, Netflix, Pandora, Pinterest, NVIDIA, NetApp, Splunk, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Seagate Technology.
Erin is currently the management chair of the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, and frequently speaks on California and national employment law issues. She has published numerous articles on employment law in publications around the country, including the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. She also provides training on managing within the law and preventing sexual harassment, and conducts internal investigations on employment-related matters.
James’ practice focuses on corporate transactions, including both public company takeovers and private M&A, equity capital markets (including IPOs), and a variety of English company law and listed company and corporate governance matters.He has represented private equity firms, investment banks and corporate clients across a range of industries. James has particular experience in English law and UK regulation applicable to UK listed companies.
Peter Connors, a tax partner in the New York office, focuses his practice on cross-border transactions. He also has extensive experience in related areas of tax law, including financial transactions, corporate reorganizations, private equity investments and controversy matters.
A significant portion of his practice involves tax controversy, including representation of taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court. According to Chambers, he is "admired by peers for the strength of his activity in the field of cross-border transactions."
Peter serves as Vice President of the American College of Tax Counsel.
Before joining Orrick, Peter was a principal in the International Tax Services Group of Ernst & Young in New York.
A prolific author, Peter is a frequent lecturer for a variety of major organizations and has published more than 100 articles on tax planning subjects. He is a co-author of T.M. Portfolio 543 ("The Mark to Market Rules" of Section 475-2d) and the author of T.M. Portfolio 909-3d ("The Branch-Related Taxes" of Section 884). From 2008 to 2010, he was the Vice Chair, Committee Operations, of the American Bar Association Tax Section. In 2010, Peter also founded the NYC Calendar Program for the U.S. Tax Court.
Daniele Consolo is an Italian qualified lawyer and an associate in Orrick's Milan office. He is a member of the Banking & Finance Group. His practice focuses on regulatory banking and finance, financial services and asset management.
Since 2006 he has provided legal advices and assistance to investment banks and financial intermediaries in relation to bank and investment services and collective investment funds. He has advised and supported clients on the management of their regulatory and compliance framework, including key operational aspects related to legal process.
Before joining Orrick, Daniele gained significant expertise in banking and financial services and compliance matters. He worked in Citibank Plc, Milan office, in the Legal and Compliance division for two years. He then moved to Atrigna & Partners law firm in Milan and, during his collaboration, was seconded at the Milan branches of Morgan Stanley Bank International (in 2008) and The Royal Bank of Scotland (in 2010) to support the General Counsel.
John Cook is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. He has extensive expertise in equity and debt offerings, the representation of start-up and high growth technology companies and mergers and acquisitions. John's practice has particular focus on the renewable energy, cleantech and technology industries.
John is recognized as a leading advisor to entrepreneurs, technology companies and energy companies. John has led hundreds of M&A and financing transactions. He has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including negotiated mergers, auction bid processes, cross-border transactions, distressed asset sales (including 363 sales), leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, going dark transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, takeover defense, and purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries.
Former Deputy Attorney General of Wisconsin Andrew Cook has vast experience in the areas of government investigations, administrative law, appellate litigation and public policy. Andy splits his time between Orrick’s Washington, D.C. and Seattle offices.
In 2014, Andy was appointed Deputy Attorney General of Wisconsin, the principal legal advisor to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel. As Deputy Attorney General, Andy oversaw the day-to-day operations of the 700 employees at the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ); directed litigation strategy; negotiated, reviewed, and approved settlements; drafted and reviewed attorney general opinions; managed the agency’s budget; oversaw civil and criminal investigations handled by DOJ; and managed DOJ’s legislative agenda.
Andy has advised Fortune 500 companies involving state Attorney General and state regulatory matters, including antitrust investigations, consumer protection cases, and cybersecurity and privacy investigations. Andy also has legislative experience drafting and enacting complex civil liability reforms before the Wisconsin Legislature, including: changes to Wisconsin’s product liability laws; amendments to the Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure; adopting Daubert standards for cases tried in Wisconsin involving expert opinion and evidence; eliminating the controversial “risk contribution” theory for lead paint cases created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the 2005 Thomas v. Mallett decision; placing caps on punitive damages; and providing transparency in lawsuits involving asbestos related claims.
Prior to joining Orrick, Andy was an in-house legal counsel for the largest Washington state business association and an appellate attorney for a firm where he practiced land use, environmental, and administrative law.
San Francisco; Sacramento
San Francisco; Sacramento
Justin Cooper leads Orrick’s Finance Sector and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He also chairs the Public Finance Department’s nationally prominent housing finance group.Justin's practice is focused primarily in the following areas:
Justin is on the Board of Directors of the California Housing Consortium and is a past Chairman of the Bond Buyer's California Public Finance Conference. He speaks frequently at conferences and other industry events.
Justin is known in the affordable housing community in particular for being a solution-oriented lawyer who understands the business fundamentals of affordable housing and real estate finance as well as being fully versed in the applicable laws and regulations. He frequently collaborates with developers and other participants in the development of new financial structures and products designed to lower overall financing costs for housing providers and thereby increase both the supply and quality of available affordable housing.
Brett E. Cooper is a partner in the San Francisco office, and a member of the Capital Markets Group. He has over 20 years' experience in corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.
In the corporate finance and securities areas, his experience includes a range of public and private equity and debt financings, representing U.S., Canadian, European and Asian issuers and underwriters. His transactions have included over one hundred SEC registered and Rule 144A public offerings of securities, ranging from investment grade and high yield debt offerings, convertible note offerings, initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings and preferred securities offerings, venture capital financings and issuer tender offers.
In the mergers and acquisitions area, Brett has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including friendly mergers, leveraged recapitalizations, tender offers, spin-offs, restructurings and purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries.
Seattle; San Francisco
Jeffrey B. Coopersmith is a veteran trial lawyer with an extensive practice focusing on civil and criminal matters, internal investigations for private and public entities, and complex commercial litigation.
A former federal prosecutor, Jeff has substantial experience as lead counsel representing companies and individuals in connection with investigations and criminal and civil enforcement proceedings in the areas of healthcare, securities, FCPA, antitrust, tax, banking, legal ethics, and others. Jeff's internal investigation work has involved representation of Board committees, companies, municipalities, and corporate officers. Jeff also teaches and writes extensively on these and other topics relating to government controversies and investigations. Jeff currently serves as a member of the firm’s Quality Assurance Committee.
The complex matters Jeff handles often involve parallel criminal, civil, and/or regulatory proceedings, which requires multi-disciplinary sophistication. Jeff leverages his background in both criminal and civil litigation to benefit our clients by providing comprehensive representation in these types of matters. For example, Jeff has served as lead counsel and on litigation teams for cases arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, the stock options backdating scandal, and the government’s focus on healthcare fraud, among many others.
Jeff believes his job is to help clients solve difficult legal problems in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. As a testament to this commitment, he has been repeatedly recognized as one of Washington’s leading litigators by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers, among others. Chambers USA ranks Jeff in Band 1 for his white-collar crime and government investigations work and notes he is “an outstanding criminal defense lawyer who is among the top ranks in Seattle.”