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Karen Dempsey, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Corporate Group. She works with a broad range of public and private companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.
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.
Sheryl Koval Garko is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. Clients hire Sheryl for her creative, strategic, business-focused advice enriched by her extensive courtroom experience and working knowledge of a wide range of technologies.
For almost 15 years, she has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups in high stakes litigation and at trial. She has worked with leading technology companies and some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including New Balance, Samsung, and Microsoft. She has tried cases to both judges and juries in federal courts across the United States and is experienced practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission.
Sheryl honed her skills in high profile, precedent setting cases. She represented New Balance at trial in the International Trade Commission in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse in a case that IP Law360 named it the top trademark ruling of 2016. Sheryl also represented Aereo against the major U.S. television networks in defense of its novel, industry-disrupting system for providing internet access to over-the-air broadcast television. That case ultimately went to the Supreme Court, which addressed copyright law issues of first impression.
Having prepared countless cases for trial, Sheryl has a clear understanding of the importance of identifying litigation strategy early on to direct the case in a cost- effective and efficient manner. Sheryl also leverages her wealth of experience to counsel clients on strategies to protect intellectual property when avoiding litigation is a strategic business priority.
Having also litigated a number of patent cases throughout her career, she brings to each matter a unique understanding of the intersection of copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent law. A superb communicator, she is able to explain diverse areas of complex technology to a judge or jury.
In 2017, World Trademark Review 1000, a peer and client survey, named Sheryl as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the world, describing her as “‘highly recommended’ for her ‘helpful and creative advice,’ which is ‘always of first-rate quality.’” In the 2018 edition, WTR 1000 stated that Sheryl “offers significant firepower to any contentious mandate.”
She was named a 2017 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Sheryl was also singled out for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel’s Women in Business and the Law 2017 edition. In 2015, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the Top Women of Law and she received a 2015 Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council.
Jeremy is the founder and co-chair of Orrick’s Public Policy Group. He has built a highly innovative practice that helps disruptive companies protect/secure their competitive advantage at all levels of state government in all 50 states.Over the past 18 months alone, Jeremy and his team engaged in 125 battles in 45 state legislatures on behalf of a “who’s who” of technology disruptors, Fortune 500 companies, and professional sports leagues.
Lisa Magged, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Lisa has represented some of the biggest players in the energy industry, with a practice focus on project finance and mergers and acquisitions in the conventional power and renewable energy sectors.
Lisa’s practice focuses on energy and infrastructure project finance, mergers and acquisitions, project development and general corporate matters. Lisa has represented sponsors, investors, and lenders in a variety of transactions for conventional and renewable energy projects, including numerous debt and merger and acquisition transactions.
Jean-Pierre Martel is a highly respected figure in French M&A and corporate law, advising on both complex transactions and sensitive disputes and regulatory matters.
He is called on by boards and management teams to advise on mergers, divestitures, corporate acquisitions and restructurings as well as litigations and arbitrations. He is the founding partner of the premier French boutique Rambaud Martel, which combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006.
Jean-Pierre has recently had a hand in the most significant cross-border deals in the French market. His work includes advising the board of Alstom on the $17 billion sale of its power units to General Electric, counseling L’Oréal on buying back 8% of its own capital from Nestlé, associated with the sale of assets, advising Peugeot’s family on the restructuring of Peugeot SA’s capital which involved China’s Dongfeng Motor Group and the French state, the board of Club Méditerranée in the context of competing take-over bids from China’s Fosun Group and Italia’s Bonomi’s Group, the board of Areva in the financial restructuring of the company.
Chambers & Partners recognized Jean-Pierre as an “Individual Star” in Corporate/M&A, noting that he is a “seasoned and highly-respected M&A practitioner whose experience covers a wide range of transactional activities.
Jean-Pierre has also developed very substantial litigation and arbitration experience, being ranked Band 1 by Chambers in Dispute Resolution. Most notably, among his successes, the very high-profile Bernard Tapie Case where he has been assisting Consortium de Réalisation, the French government entity tasked with liquidating the assets of Crédit Lyonnais for the French State. Jean-Pierre won rulings from the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 that withdrew initial arbitral awards that had required CDR to pay €404 million to Tapie’s liquidators and companies and sentenced them to repay CDR the full amount plus interests and costs. He has just succeeded in obtaining visible Court decisions which have released from any criminal liability charged persons with tax fraud.
Jean-Pierre also serves as an arbitrator in ad hoc, ICC and AFA arbitration proceedings.
He speaks and publishes regularly.
Jean-Pierre is the founder and a member of the board of the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders - ICM, a state-approved foundation which is on its way to becoming the leading international research center in Europe in the Neurosciences.
Amy Ray represents clients in high-profile U.S. and international antitrust matters. She focuses on transactions, litigation, investigations, and counseling with a competition nexus.
She regularly advises on substantive antitrust analyses of business combinations and antitrust compliance, including vertical pricing and distribution issues. Amy has substantial counseling experience in strategic transactions as well as in providing advice to financial investors on issues related to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
Global Competition Review featured her as one of its “40 Under 40 – Class of 2016” antitrust lawyers in its global survey.
Amy is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She has recently defended litigation clients in antitrust suits spanning the municipal derivatives, credit default swaps, precious metals, and technology industries.
Among her other notable representations are transactional matters at the intersection of antitrust and technology, including her key role in Microsoft Corporation's acquisitions of LinkedIn, the largest in Microsoft’s history (winner of Global Competition Review's “Merger Control Matter of the Year – Europe” in 2017); the company’s acquisition of Skype (winner of Global Competition Review's “Merger Control Matter of the Year – Europe” in 2012); and in the clearance of numerous intellectual property acquisitions.
Her pro bono matters include a case for which the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recognized her case team for its contribution to fair housing litigation. She also served for several years on the prestigious U.S. National Women's Law Center Leadership Advisory Committee.
Amy is a member of the inaugural Law360 Competition Editorial Advisory Board. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an Equal Justice Fellow, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia with Highest Distinction.
Will F. Stute is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted business advisor.
Will has significant first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts around the country and in a variety of arbitration forums. His practice focuses on complex civil and corporate litigation, multidistrict litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations, FCPA and other investigations, white-collar defense and class action litigation. Will is called on by clients to help them tackle their most challenging and complex disputes, frequently in the sports, financial services, private equity and defense industries, among others.
Will brings a winning record in state and federal courts around the country. He currently serves as national trial counsel for the NCAA in the concussion litigation. He also represented institutional investors who recovered tens of millions of dollars in connection with one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Will’s practice includes a broad spectrum of civil and criminal matters, including multi-district litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations and white collar and class action defense. His clients include global financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, leading private equity funds, and Fortune 500 companies in the tech, life science and defense industries. In 2017, he was voted by clients as a BTI Client Service All-Star, and in 2019, he was selected as a member of Law360's Sports Editorial Advisory Board.
Business leaders also seek out Will’s counsel on a variety of issues outside of litigation. Will has been described as having “the ability to see legal problems in a business context,” for his “exceptional client service,” and for his “ability to bring his personal experience as an entrepreneur to bear” on their problems.
Active in the community and in improving the diversity of our profession, Will is a board member of the Congressional Award Foundation and a founding member and former president of the board of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, among other leadership roles.
Data is igniting a global, technological revolution. Increased collection, use, storage, and transfer of data has shifted the paradigm of innovation – and created a global security problem. Fortune 500 companies with large quantities of data, cities with vulnerable infrastructure, and every institution in between must manage that risk, without encumbering progress or technological advancement. To do so, they turn to Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-chair of Orrick’s internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation team. Aravind is one of four lawyers ranked nationally by Chambers USA (Band 2) in the category of Privacy and Cybersecurity Litigation, which described him as "extremely skilled in the field of cybersecurity[.] He's always well prepared and consistently has the answer [clients] need."
As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind partners with clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to improve resiliency, respond efficiently and effectively, protect their business and brand, and defend them in the onslaught of litigation and enforcement actions that follow. He guides organizations from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business- and brand-centric strategies to mitigate and manage risk. He has directed more than 200 cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations, including enterprise-wide network intrusions to cyberattacks with national security implications. With extensive trial, litigation and appellate experience, he also defends his clients when cyber, privacy, and payments issues lead to regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, FTC, and State Attorneys General and other civil litigation, including securities and consumer class action litigation and shareholder derivative suits.
Aravind’s background as an Assistant United States Attorney and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorney gives him first-hand understanding of federal agencies that allows him to swiftly navigate the system, partner with investigators and find creative solutions for his clients. As a federal cybercrime prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including hacking, phishing, trade secrets theft, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the cybercrime outreach program, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues.
Aravind is a sought-after speaker by Boards of Directors and industry professionals on cybersecurity issues, including threat landscapes, incident response plans, compliance, and brand/reputational risk management.