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Kathy O'Connor is a litigation partner in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and is a co-chair of the firm's life sciences practice. Kathy focuses on complex disputes involving life sciences and consumer products companies.
Kathy's practice focuses on complex product liability and commercial claims, consumer fraud class actions, licensing and co-development disputes, and government investigations, primarily for branded pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, as well as consumer products companies. She is regularly called upon to advise on litigation and compliance strategy, particularly in complex matters that involve concurrent civil and government actions. She also consults with clients in their effort to manage and mitigate risk. Kathy brings a unique perspective to Orrick's practice, having previously served as an in-house lawyer at Merck.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kathy was a litigation partner at Weil Gotshal. She is regularly recognized as a leading practitioner by lawyer ranking entities such as Euromoney Expert Guides' Women in Business Law and The Legal 500, which singled out her product liability and mass torts defense work.
Clients and their success are Kate’s focus. As Director, Tech and Investment, Kate works with emerging and high-growth technology companies at each stage of the company’s lifecycle, from making impactful, targeted introductions to strategic investors to advising on key hires to identifying core attorneys with the precise subject matter expertise.
Kate brings a macro perspective when strategizing with founders, CEOs, general counsels and other executives on a company’s immediate, medium and long-term needs, drawing on her market knowledge and experience as both an in-house and firm attorney. It is important to Kate that clients have the right connections and resources in place at the right time. She focuses on identifying and facilitating such connections by leveraging Orrick’s extensive, global network so clients can focus on running a successful business.
Kate began her career as an in-house lawyer for a private, high-growth tech company, supporting the business through its IPO. During her years there, she juggled scale and rapid growth with budget constraints, KPIs and legal risks, developing her practical, collaborative, business savvy approach. She then joined Orrick’s Technology Companies Group, where she counseled fast paced technology companies cutting across all sectors from HealthTech and Life Sciences to Robotics and FinTech.
Kate relies on her experience as a mediator not only to craft creative solutions to challenging issues, but also to build alliances. Her background in fundraising and political organizing for high impact local and global non-profits has instilled in her an ease for asking the tough questions and partnering with a variety of influencers.
Michelle O'Meara, a senior associate in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Michelle has handled a diverse array of civil litigation in state and federal courts. Her experience covers, among other areas, general commercial disputes, intellectual property claims, employment matters, and products liability actions. Michelle has handled cases from start to finish and has significant experience managing complex discovery.
Anne O'Neill, a partner in the London office, is head of Orrick’s UK Real Estate Practice.
Her practice focuses on commercial property work with particular emphasis on acquisitions, development and complex joint ventures. She is an expert in shopping centre development and management.
Anne often advises on significant real estate development matters in the housing sector. Chambers UK ranks Anne as a leading individual for her expertise in the London social housing market and Legal 500 UK recognises her as a persuasive negotiator and notable practitioner with local authorities and registered providers.
Legal 500 sources say Anne is "exceptionally sharp" and a "consummate persuasive negotiator".
Clients describe Anne as "responsive and commercial" and able to "articulate complex issues simply and concisely" whilst "providing in-depth knowledge and understanding which ensures we get the best and most appropriate advice." Chambers UK sources say "she is an absolutely exemplary lawyer," who is "proactive and leads her team really well."
Yumiko Ohta, partner in the Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Employment Law Group. Yumiko focuses mainly on employment law advice as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, litigation and general corporate transactions.Yumiko also has international trade expertise in areas such as customs rules and export controls.
Before joining Orrick, Yumiko was an associate at Tanabe & Partners and advised clients in corporate transactions and employment law as well as represented clients in civil and family cases. Also, she has experience serving as an outside auditor for Japanese corporations. Prior to practicing law, she worked at Mitsubishi Corporation for seven years. While there, she was involved in LNG projects and other global business.
Alex is a litigator and former DOJ and FTC official representing clients in high-profile deals, investigations, and disputes. He frequently works for leading global companies and has been recognized by Chambers USA and Global Competition Review, among others. Who's Who Legal reports that Alex is “a highly skilled competition lawyer” applauded for "his strong knowledge of and experience with the US authorities."
Alex regularly appears before federal, state, and foreign authorities in connection with conduct and merger investigations, including the Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice. He also advocates for client's interests on numerous competition and consumer protection issues. Alex also has litigated large antitrust, unfair competition, and consumer protection matters in federal and state courts around the United States.
From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He focused heavily on technology and telecommunications-related issues, including big data, the growth of online technology platforms, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on mergers and conduct in the technology and finance sectors. He also worked on dozens of energy, health care and hospital matters while at the FTC and DOJ and continues to practice in those sectors. Before serving in the government, Alex spent ten years in private practice at leading international law firms.
Alex is frequently acknowledged for the quality of his work and client service. Chambers USA has recognized Alex in its ranking of top DC antitrust lawyers (2018, 2019). He was recommended for antitrust litigation defense (2019) and merger control (2017-2019) in Legal 500 and was listed in Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders (2017, 2018) and Who's Who Legal: Competition (2019). He was also individually noted as "excellent" by Global Competition Review in its 2018 ranking of the world's antitrust practices.
Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.
Paolo R. Olavario is an associate in Orrick's New York Office and practices in the Structured Finance group.
Paolo represents issuers, underwriters, loan sellers and loan purchasers in public and private securitizations, with a particular focus on commercial mortgage-backed securities. He has worked on conduit programs and single asset / single borrower transactions. He also has experience representing underwriters in connection with residential mortgage-backed securities offerings and asset-backed securities offerings, including auto loans.
Joanna Oleniuk is an associate in the London office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Joanna's practice focuses primarily on transactional and advisory work in respect high growth technology companies and venture capital firms.
Prior to joining Orrick, Joanna has worked at a venture capital fund in Berlin and has a particular interest in Central and Eastern Europe.
Olexiy focuses on providing legal advice to financial institutions and corporate clients regarding banking and finance, business restructuring and insolvency as well as capital markets matters.
Key aspects of his work are financings and restructurings of any kind as well as advising clients on issuance of shares, bonds and further instruments on capital markets. Apart from that, Olexiy was involved in a substantial number of disputes, dealing with matters of banking supervision law, capital market compliance, finance and insolvency law. Furthermore, Olexiy has specific know-how and experience in transactions and legal proceedings connected to CIS-states, in particular the Ukraine and Russia.
Before he joined Orrick, Olexiy worked for well-known international law firms in Frankfurt and Munich, where he gained substantial experience in banking supervision and regulatory law, banking and finance, restructurings as well as in general litigation and compliance matters. Olexiy studied at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf and focused his studies on commercial, corporate and tax law.
Charlotte has advised on various aspects of employment law, including capability and conduct procedures, termination and settlement agreements.
Charlotte also defends employers in the employment tribunal involving allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and equal pay.
Laurent Olléon, Partner in the Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Laurent advises companies and private individuals on the tax aspects.
Laurent intervenes alongside his clients with legal and financial issues, both in terms of advice and litigation situations perspective.
Laurent deals with numerous issues in various fields: the tax consolidation system and, more generally, intra-group relations, the handling of bilateral tax treaties, the taxation of financial transactions, property taxation and local taxation, etc.
His recognized expertise in abuse of rights enables corporate tax directors, financial investors and individuals to better secure their investment choices and structuring their transactions. In addition, his intimate knowledge of tax litigation is a major asset for clients.
Laurent has advised many ministries and public institutions on legislative and regulatory developments and their implementation, which gives him an extensive practical vision of both public and private law. His past experience has allowed him to manage and draft legislative bills, which makes him an expert on administrative and parliamentary machinery.
joining Orrick, Laurent was a judge of the Conseil d’État and assessor at the Court’s
ninth Chamber of the litigation section of the Conseil d’État, worked as deputy
Chief of staff of Marylise Lebranchu, the French Minister for the Civil
Service, State Reform and Decentralisation and Chief of staff of Anne-Marie
Escoffier, Deputy Minister of Decentralisation.
Bola Oloko is a structured finance lawyer based in Orrick’s New York
office, focused on the financing, acquisition and disposition, and
securitization of financial assets. He has a particular emphasis on
commercial mortgage loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities
Bola has extensive experience representing leading financial services firms and other institutions, acting as counsel to issuers, underwriters, and other capital markets participants in a wide range of transactions.
Bola’s experience also includes advising clients in multi-lender CRE transactions (including pari-passu and A/B loan arrangements), secondary loan trading transactions (LSTA and non-LSTA), ISDA derivatives transactions, and securitization litigation and disputes, including loan repurchase claims and derivatives-related disputes.
Prior to joining Orrick, Bola was of counsel at Winston & Strawn, where his practice was focused on real estate capital markets and structured finance/securitization.