William Alderman Senior Counsel, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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Bill Alderman, a Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office, concentrates his practice on business litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in matters involving federal and state securities, corporate governance, technology, trade secrets, business torts and international disputes.
Bill is additionally recognized for the results he has obtained in insurance coverage, employee benefits, and federal and state antitrust disputes. He commits a substantial part of his time to pro bono representation and to representation of the firm.
Representing clients in class and derivative actions, Bill's approach is to minimize his clients’ overall cost through careful strategic planning, dispositive motions and aggressive negotiation. Only three of the many securities class actions he has defended have resulted in any settlement payment by his client or its carrier. Of his nearly 100 motions to dismiss securities class, mass or derivative actions since 1996, more than 90 percent were granted in their entirety (most with prejudice), while others were granted in part or led to a successful motion for summary judgment.
San Francisco; Seattle
San Francisco; Seattle
Lily Stevens Becker helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, FCPA compliance, shareholder disputes, and securities litigation.
She has extensive experience managing corporate internal investigations involving FCPA, compliance, embezzlement, fraud and securities laws issues. Lily has conducted investigations around the world for multinational corporations as well as targeted investigations for small organizations. She served on the Monitor Team for two SEC and DOJ FCPA Monitorships, involving a banking technology company and a medical device company. She advises clients on anti-corruption compliance programs at all stages, including developing policies and procedures and conducting assessments of well-established programs.
Lily represents individuals and corporations in connection with SEC enforcement actions and investigations, DOJ investigations, FINRA inquiries, securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits. She has represented founders and investors in start-up companies, including matters involving venture capital disputes, unfair competition, breaches of partnership and shareholder agreements, employment and fraud claims, and fiduciary obligations. In addition, she counsels and litigates in insurance areas, in particular regarding directors and officers insurance and corporate indemnification obligations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Ms. Becker was a clerk for the Honorable Loren A. Smith on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Keily heads up the Cyber & Data Privacy Enforcement & Litigation Practice in London. Keily works with her clients to navigate crises, and to achieve better regulatory and judicial outcomes in all aspects of international data privacy enforcement and litigation. Keily is ranked as a key practitioner in data protection, privacy and cyber security in Legal 500.
As a litigator, Keily has a different perspective on cyber and data privacy issues.
Keily has led the response to investigations by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, the Irish Data Protection Commission, the FCA, the SFO, the US Department of Justice, the FBI, the SEC and Parliamentary Select Committees. She has also acted as external legal counsel for regulators.
In the civil arena, Keily has led on a number of high-profile contentious matters, including multi-jurisdictional investigations into post-GDPR data breaches, judicial reviews and associated civil litigation.
Keily has represented the private sector at the United Nations and the European Criminal Bar Association. She is committed to improving diversity and social mobility in the legal sector.
Keily sits on the Law360's 2020 Editorial Advisory Board on Cybersecurity & Privacy and also leads the IAPP Cyber & Privacy Investigations, Enforcement & Litigation Affinity Group.
Prior to joining Orrick, Keily led the Contentious Data Privacy, Law & Strategy practice at PwC having been a litigator at two international law firms before this.
Walt is a seasoned trial lawyer and the leader of Orrick's White Collar Criminal Defense practice. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense and crisis management.
He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative litigation and proceedings. Over the past 25 years, Walt has been on the front lines of many of the most significant government investigations, prosecutions and litigation. He has extensive experience in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust offenses, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, healthcare fraud, trade secret misappropriation and government fraud. Walt also is engaged routinely by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations.
James E. Burns Jr., senior counsel in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Division. Jim focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration of complex business and securities disputes, including claims arising from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, shareholder class actions and derivative cases.
Jim conducts internal investigations for clients and represents them in regulatory investigations and proceedings before the SEC and state securities regulatory authorities. He has broad experience in jury and bench trial matters before federal, tax and state courts. He has handled numerous class actions and litigated multi-district cases involving claims under RICO and federal and state securities law, as well as professional services malpractice claims and various business torts.
Jim has extensive experience in commercial arbitrations before various arbitration and mediation tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Securities Dealers and privately chosen arbitrators. He acts on behalf of technology companies, venture capitalists, securities issuers, directors, brokers, underwriters, promoters and mutual funds.
Jim has represented Retek, Inc., Touch America Holdings, Inc., RS Investment Management, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Cygnus, Inc., Everen Securities Inc., Chiron Corp., Intevac, Inc., Accel Partners, TA Associates, Kenetech, Pope & Talbot, Citrix Systems, Inc., Everex and The Photonics Fund.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jim was a partner and West Coast Managing Partner at Clifford Chance, a partner and managing partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and a partner at Chickering & Gregory.
Daniel Dunne, a partner in Orrick's Seattle office, is a member of the Litigation Division, specifically the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Group.
Dan Dunne focuses his practice on defense of financial institutions, corporations, directors and officers, and accountants in complex litigation in federal and state courts. Dan has tried more than a dozen cases to verdict in state and federal courts.
Dan has enjoyed considerable success in high-profile national matters with the finest law firms in the country, from arguing in the Delaware Court of Chancery on behalf of Blucora’s directors, to arguing in October in the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of Credit Suisse on a critical issue of first impression under the Washington State Securities Act, to a complete victory following a two-week trial in the Western District of Washington in a major tax dispute against the United States and the Tulalip Tribes, dismissal of an activist investor proxy lawsuit against a Seattle-based bank, and an October 2018 dismissal of a National Rifle Association suit challenging a City of Seattle safe gun storage ordinance. Dan also has active matters advising Washington’s most sophisticated legal clients with respect to shareholder matters, including Microsoft, Seattle Genetics (Washington’s most successful independent biotechnology company) and HomeStreet Bank.
Dan has also been a key part of the winning Orrick team, leading the defense of Credit Suisse against an avalanche of litigation related to claims involving residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).
George's practice focuses on securities and corporate governance litigation, related SEC investigations, and professional liability for accounting firms. He also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of boards of directors of both public and private companies.
Chambers USA currently reports that “Greer displays 'exceptional judgment and strategic insight' and is considered 'very thoughtful about what the client wants and needs.' He is well known for his proficiency in complex securities defense litigation..." A prior edition of Chambers USA reported that “The market describes him as a ‘bright, strategic’ lawyer who ‘understands how to deal with people effectively’ and ‘gets great results.'" He has been named Securities Lawyer of the Year for Seattle in four of the five most recent years.
George has represented issuers, officers, directors, accountants and underwriters in class action securities litigation and in SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings. George's practice also includes representation of companies, boards of directors, Special Litigation Committees and individuals in corporate governance disputes.
George is an Affiliate Instructor at the University of Washington School of Law, where he teaches Legal Problem Solving in the Corporate Context.
Ken Herzinger is a partner in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group in the San Francisco office. Ken was an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prior to joining private practice. His practice focuses on SEC investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations, securities class actions, and ERISA class actions.
Ken has 20 years of experience as a securities litigator and has handled every type of SEC investigation and securities case, including new and developing areas like cybersecurity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and SEC BSA/AML enforcement, and more traditional matters such as accounting and financial statement fraud, internal control over financial reporting (ICFR), disclosure controls and procedures, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), insider trading, and Dodd-Frank and SOX whistleblower retaliation claims.
SEC and Regulatory: As a former SEC Enforcement attorney, Ken has successfully represented corporations, officers and directors, financial institutions, broker-dealers, auditors, and government municipalities in dozens of high profile investigations and enforcement proceedings by the SEC, U.S. Attorney's Office, PCAOB, and self-regulatory organizations such as FINRA.
Internal Investigations: Ken has conducted numerous global and domestic internal investigations for public and private companies and audit committees regarding a myriad of issues including accounting fraud, ICFR, disclosure controls and procedures, the FCPA, insider trading, and whistleblower retaliation claims.
Securities Class Actions: Ken has also represented officers and directors and public companies in many high stakes securities class actions. He has tried cases in federal and state court and in arbitration proceedings, and was a member of the trial team which obtained a defense verdict in one of only several securities class action jury trials in the country to be tried to verdict.
ERISA Class Actions: Ken has successfully defended companies and ERISA plan fiduciaries in ERISA class actions and has a strong track record of defeating the cases at the motion to dismiss stage. Representative cases include: In re Chesapeake Energy Corp. 2012 ERISA Class Litigation, 2013 WL 5596908 (W.D. Okla. 2013)(Won a motion to dismiss an ERISA class action on behalf of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries); Tomassini v. Oracle Corporation ERISA Class Action, Case No. 3:16-cv-03583-EMC (N.D. Cal. 2016)(Obtained a voluntary dismissal of an ERISA class action on behalf of Oracle Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries.); Scholl v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, et al. ERISA Litigation, Case No. civ-17-279-R (W.D. Okla. 2017)(Obtained a voluntary dismissal of an ERISA class action on behalf of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries in an ERISA class action.); Gernandt v. SandRidge Energy Corporation, Case No. civ-15-834-D (W.D. Okla. 2018)(Obtained a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of SandRidge Energy Corporation and its 401(k) Plan fiduciaries in an ERISA class action).
Ken frequently lectures on and provides training for publicly traded companies and directors and officers on regulatory matters, corporate governance, and compliance.
His clients include: Broadcom Corporation, Charles Schwab, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, McAfee, Oracle Corporation, SandRidge Energy, Walmart, and Western Union.
Richard Jacobsen, co-leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, litigates a wide variety of matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and London Court of International Arbitration. He represents clients in diverse industries, including many that are highly regulated, such as the finance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, computer and consumer goods industries.
Richard has argued numerous appeals at the State and Federal levels and also has experience representing clients before federal and state regulators. He has argued multiple times before seven of the eight current Justices in the Commercial Division of New York’s Supreme Court, New York County. Much of his practice involves the intersection of litigation and public policy advocacy and his past and present clients include Credit Suisse, Citigroup Financial Products Inc., Wyeth, The Dow Chemical Company, Microsoft, DISH Network, and Acer Inc.
Richard's cases have received widespread media attention in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Reuters, among others. The Legal 500 recognized him for his work in "General Commercial Disputes," citing his "strong financial institution and corporate client base."
Robin in a seasoned trial lawyer specializing in white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and SEC and other government investigations and enforcement matters.
Her extensive experience includes cases involving securities fraud, trade secrets theft and espionage, accounting fraud, insider trading, wire and mail fraud, antitrust offenses, health care fraud, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Robin also regularly advises clients on issues related to data privacy and child safety, including the development and implementation of privacy policies, compliance with the federal Stored Communications Act and state data privacy laws, data security breach and response protocols, compliance with child exploitation reporting laws, and privacy matters arising from law enforcement and national security investigations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Robin served for five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. As a federal prosecutor, Robin investigated and prosecuted cases involving wire fraud and mail fraud, money laundering, organized crime, terrorism, child exploitation crimes, and narcotics violations. During her tenure, Robin conducted many successful federal criminal trials, and briefed and argued multiple criminal appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In recognition of her work at the Department of Justice, Robin has received professional commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New York FBI/NYPD Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
James is a partner in Orrick's Cyber & Data Privacy Enforcement & Litigation Practice in London. He assists clients to achieve better regulatory and judicial outcomes in all aspects of international data privacy enforcement and litigation.
James helps clients respond to cyberattacks, data breaches, and action by data protection regulators.
James has led the response to significant enforcement investigations by international and domestic regulators, including the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, law enforcement agencies and Parliamentary Select Committees. He also has experience in conducting internal investigations on behalf of international corporations.
With extensive litigation experience, James also defends his clients when data privacy issues lead to civil litigation.
Mark Mermelstein, a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials, specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation.Mark Mermelstein, a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials, specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation, particularly in technology-related matters. He also handles Cybersecurity, Privacy, Litigation and Enforcement matters.