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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Alexandra Heifetz Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

Alexandra Heifetz, a Managing Associate in the employment group, guides employers in the retail, tech, and finance industries through the complex world of employment law.

Clients rely on her agile strategies, which take into account companies’ specific business goals and the quickly evolving universe of federal, state, and local employment laws. By combining the big picture with the most minute details, Alexandra offers her clients the best possible path forward.

Alexandra has litigated a variety of federal and state court class actions, covering wage and hour, equal pay, and FCRA issues. She has also helped clients with single-plaintiff litigation involving, for instance, breach of contract, discrimination, and equal pay claims.  

Alexandra has also counseled clients on a wide range of employment issues, including wage and hour, reductions in force, sexual harassment/#MeToo, discrimination, leaves of absence, background checks, terminations, privacy, and more.  

Prior to Orrick, she clerked for the Honorable William B. Shubb in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Konstantin Heitmann, LL.M. (GGU) Partner M&A and Private Equity, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Düsseldorf

Wolf "Konstantin" Heitmann, a partner in the Düsseldorf Orrick office, is a member of the European Corporate Group.

His practice focuses on a variety of domestic and international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions, as well as general corporate and commercial law and corporate litigation. Konstantin is part of Orrick since 2004. Before joining Orrick he was working for major German and English law firms.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Eileen Heitzler Partner Public Finance

New York

Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in public finance transactions, Eileen addresses complex legal issues facing institutional, government and not-for-profit clients.

As bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, borrower’s counsel and credit enhancer’s counsel, Eileen has worked on deals ranging from a few million dollars in value to more than $1 billion. She has broad experience with all types of financing structures including fixed rate, variable rate, flexible rate and optional tender bonds; tax-exempt and taxable debt; general obligation and revenue bond financings; unsecured obligations, mortgage-secured and project-based security; synthetic structures involving derivative products; and master trust indenture structures. Marketing alternatives have included public offerings by governmental issuers or conduit issuers, taxable bonds issued directly by non-profit organizations, direct placements with banks and financial institutions, and private placements.

While Eileen's practice encompasses all types of financings, her areas of concentration are financings for not-for-profit organizations, affordable housing, governmental purposes and public power projects. She has also participated in helping to structure and develop social impact financing programs.

Museums and Cultural Institutions: Referred to as the “bond artist” by the American Lawyer in connection with her work on the Museum of Modern Art expansion financing through the Trust for Cultural Resources, Eileen has been involved in transactions for most of the cultural institutions in New York City.

Educational Institutions and Other Non-Profit Organizations: Eileen has served as institution counsel, bond counsel or underwriter’s counsel on transactions to finance projects for a multitude of colleges, universities, health care organizations, private schools and other not-for-profit corporations, often in connection with their initial financings.

Affordable Housing: Financing the construction or preservation of thousands of affordable housing units has been an important facet of Eileen’s practice. In addition to serving as bond counsel or underwriters’ counsel on 80-20 developments, she is involved with the pooled open resolution programs established by the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York State Housing Finance Agency (two of the largest housing bond issuers in the country).

Governmental Purpose Bonds: As special counsel to the Office of the State Comptroller, Eileen provides advice concerning the issuance of the State’s general obligation bonds as well as other issues. She has helped to structure the Dormitory Authority’s financing programs for school districts and BOCES and has participated in the issuance of State-supported bonds by several public benefit corporations including the Dormitory Authority and Empire State Development.

Public Power: Eileen has worked with the Bonneville Power Administration for over 20 years on a range of financing programs, including on power purchases (including nuclear power) lease-purchase financings, energy prepayments, and conservation.

Eileen serves as Chair of the firm's Finance and Audit Committee and as Vice Chair for the firm’s Public Finance Group in the New York office and was a member of the Board of the firm from 2012-2018.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Banking & Finance
  • Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Fintech
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Dolph Hellman Partner M&A and Private Equity, Banking & Finance

San Francisco

Dolph Hellman, a leading fund formation and commercial finance lawyer in the San Francisco office, is the Co-Chair of the firm's Private Investment Funds Group and a member of the firm's Corporate Department.

Dolph concentrates his sophisticated practice on private equity investor representation and fund formation as well as representing financial institutions and corporations in privately negotiated debt transactions. Dolph counsels some of the largest public pension plans in the United States and other institutional investors and helps them achieve their business goals with respect to various U.S.-based and international alternative investments (including funds focused on real estate, buy-out, venture capital and mezzanine investment opportunities) as well as sponsors in fund formation.

In addition, Dolph has a broad range of experience in commercial lending transactions, including secured financings, unsecured and asset-based financings, vendor and customer financings, subscription credit facilities, project financing, venture debt financings, letters of credit, receivables purchase financings and leasing. Dolph's clients include various financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and numerous start-up companies (the latter group of which he represents in dozens of venture debt financing transactions each year for which he is recognized as one of the leading company-side counsel in the San Francisco Bay Area).

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Practice:

  • Public Finance
  • Health Care Finance

Robyn L Helmlinger Partner Public Finance, Health Care Finance

San Francisco

For two decades, Robyn has been advising issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds, with a focus in the healthcare industry throughout the nation. She is the lawyer to whom chief financial officers and treasurers turn when they require expertise in implementing complex financings and debt programs, and to whom investment bankers turn when developing new financial structures or facing challenging disclosure scenarios.

Robyn regularly works with both established borrowers and first-time borrowers to assist with structuring and restructuring debt programs that encompass a wide variety of debt and derivative products. In 2015, Robyn led the team that represented a private fund in connection with financing the management transfer of a multi-hospital nonprofit healthcare system to a subsidiary of the private fund, including negotiations with existing creditors. The financing involved an innovative bond structure that balanced current and future committed liquidity needs and debt burden. Robyn is also continually recognized for her excellent and sound judgment with respect to disclosure issues, including the difficult disclosure decisions caused by financial pressures from healthcare reform, affiliation activities, pension liabilities, governmental inquiries and investigations, labor disputes and qualified audit opinions.

In 2013, Robyn was elected a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. She is one of the founding members of the Northern California Chapter of Women in Public Finance and currently serves on its advisory board. As a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Robyn has been a panelist on the Health Care Financing Panel at the annual conference in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • Global Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Meg Hennessey Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Global Compliance & Regulatory

San Francisco; Orange County

Meg advises individuals and corporations responding to DOJ and SEC investigations into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, medical device fraud, and in criminal antitrust matters.  She conducts internal investigations around the world and helps multinational clients build and maintain their anti-corruption compliance programs.

Meg served on the Monitor teams for two FCPA Monitorships and represents a multinational currently under the review of an independent FCPA Monitor.  She draws upon her broad international experience and strong project management skills to lead diverse teams of attorneys and consultants to conduct compliance risk assessments, compliance monitoring reviews, and bribery and corruption-related internal investigations.  Her Monitorship experience makes her uniquely qualified to advise clients facing similar scrutiny by enforcement authorities, and to advise on best practices in building a corporate compliance program.

Meg also represents a non-profit organization in relation to multiple congressional inquiries conducted by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Meg Hennessey, an associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the White Collar and Corporate Investigations group.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Saira Henry Senior Associate Antitrust & Competition

London

Saira Henry is a Senior Associate in the Firm's Antitrust & Competition group in London.

Saira advises on EU and UK competition law matters, including merger control and anti-competitive conduct (cartels, abuse of dominance and other restrictions on competition).

She has acted for clients in a broad range of sectors, including in the technology, telecommunications, consumer goods, energy and financial sectors.

Saira undertook a secondment at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority from December 2018 – May 2019.

Saira previously worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in their Brussels office as an associate.

Jamie L. Herkins Project Attorney

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Jamie Herkins is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Jamie works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. She also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Jamie assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. She also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jamie clerked with Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr. in the Superior Court of New Jersey Monmouth Vicinage and was an associate at Lucas & McGoughran, LLC in Oakhurst, New Jersey.

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Practice:

  • eDiscovery & Information Governance
  • Litigation & IP
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Logan J. Herlinger Senior eDiscovery Career Associate eDiscovery & Information Governance, Litigation & IP

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Logan J. Herlinger is an eDiscovery Career Associate in Orrick's Global Operations Center, located in Wheeling, W.Va.  Logan consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on eDiscovery strategy and information governance issues, including issues related to pending or threatened litigation and records management.

Logan has experience managing a wide-variety of complex discovery matters including multi-district antitrust litigation, class actions, intellectual property litigation, contract disputes, product liability actions, and internal and regulatory investigations.  He assists with all aspects of the discovery process, including: coordinating the preservation, collection, review and production of information; conducting IT and custodian interviews; propounding and responding to written discovery; participating in meet and confer negotiations; and assisting in discovery motions practice.   

Logan's practice also focuses on information governance.  He works with companies' Legal and IT departments to develop information governance and litigation readiness plans that are tailored to the specific needs of each company.  This work includes drafting records retention policies and schedules, consulting on the disposition of legacy information (paper and electronic), counseling on email and disaster recovery management, and drafting preservation policies and tracking systems.  He has been engaged in these capacities by Fortune 100 companies, large financial institutions, national retailers, technology companies, energy and utility companies, and non-profits.

Logan is an active member of ARMA and the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Patents

K. Patrick Herman Of Counsel Intellectual Property, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

New York

K. Patrick Herman, located in the New York office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

Patrick's practice focuses on complex patent and other intellectual property litigation. He has had extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and has been involved in all phases of litigation, from developing initial strategy through appeal.  Patrick has appeared in intellectual property cases before a variety of different federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. Applying his engineering background, he has represented clients in a range of industries, including the medical device, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, automotive, consumer electronics, and children’s toy industries.

Patrick's practice also extends to pre-litigation counseling, including rendering opinions relating to patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate issues.

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Practice:

  • Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments
  • Financial Problems of Municipalities
  • Public Finance Credit Enhancement/Direct Purchase
  • Restructuring
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions
  • Bankruptcy Litigation

Jeffery Hermann Counsel Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments, Financial Problems of Municipalities

Los Angeles

Jeffery Hermann, a member of the Restructuring Group, concentrates his practice in corporate bankruptcy cases, enforcement of and foreclosure of security interests in real and personal property, loan workouts and restructures, and negotiation and documentation of secured lending transactions.

He regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers of assets from bankruptcy estates, bondholders, secured lenders and creditor committees, including debtor-in-possession financings and Chapter 11 exit financings.

Before joining Orrick, Jeff practiced law for 23 years at the Los Angeles offices of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, the last 17 years as a partner of the firm.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Pay Equity

Lynne Hermle Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Wage and Hour

Silicon Valley

American College of Trial LawyersLynne Hermle, a Silicon Valley employment partner, has a long track record of winning high-profile jury trials on behalf of industry-leading clients, defeating class certification and obtaining summary judgment.

She has significant experience working on complex discrimination and wage-and-hour class actions for global leaders in the retail and technology sectors including The Gap, Genentech, Microsoft, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, Gymboree, Spencer’s Gifts, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn Kids, among many others.

Lynne led the trial team that obtained a complete defense verdict for Kleiner Perkins in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case that garnered intense international media scrutiny. In naming Lynne “Litigator of the Week” for this victory, American Lawyer described her effective voir dire and how she “steadily poked holes in Pao’s testimony.” The Recorder called Lynne’s cross-examination “masterful” and Bloomberg reported that her “charismatic, intimidating oratory made her the trial’s breakout star.”

Following Pao, Lynne secured a complete defense verdict for SpaceX in an $8 million gender discrimination and retaliation suit. The Daily Journal called the outcome “another triumph for Hermle,” observing that her “string of successes for tech clients fighting off gender harassment and discrimination claims got longer.” The publication also pronounced Lynne to be “arguably the most feared employment defense attorney in California.”  Eight months later she followed that up with another defense verdict for SpaceX in a wrongful discharge and retaliation case. 

In recognition of these successes and career trial work, Lynne was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2017.