Sheila is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice, where she represents clients in appellate and trial-level litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Sheila was an Honors Attorney at the Department of Justice. At DOJ she handled all aspects of litigation in a diverse array of matters, from shepherding complex cases through discovery to briefing and arguing dispositive motions in federal courts coast to coast. Sheila has also successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.
Sheila graduated from Harvard College and NYU School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor on the New York University Law Review and won the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for overall achievement. Immediately following law school, she served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before becoming a lawyer, Sheila had a decade-long career in education and leadership development, including teaching high school in coastal Alaska and coaching leadership and wilderness skills for students of all ages in remote settings throughout North America.
Elaine R. Bayus, resident in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. She concentrates her practice in municipal finance work.
Elaine has particular experience in financings for housing, student loans, educational facilities, power facilities, prepaid natural gas, and public facilities financed with general obligation and revenue bonds.
Greg is a commercial litigator based in New York. He represents leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in complex, high stakes litigation involving sophisticated financial products, business torts, contract disputes and class actions. Greg has played key roles representing financial institutions in major RMBS and CMBS cases nationwide, including, most recently, one of the few RMBS cases that has been tried to completion. He also has extensive experience representing energy companies in litigation and arbitration, as well as fintech companies and app providers in privacy-related class actions.
Recent representative matters include:
Financial Institution and Business Litigation
Energy & Infrastructure Litigation
While in law school, Greg served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Ronna Lee Beck of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as a law clerk in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.
Greg has also co-authored numerous articles appearing in publications such as the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, New York Law Journal, and Law360.
San Francisco; Seattle
San Francisco; Seattle
Lily is a strategic advisor and advocate in high stakes criminal enforcement, internal investigations, and civil disputes. She has particular experience in fraud, FCPA, and internal controls matters. Through her robust compliance practice, she helps companies prevent and respond to fraud and bribery within their own organizations.
When Boards of Directors or Companies are presented with sensitive problems, they turn to Lily for strategic advice and zealous representation in civil and criminal cases. She has represented executives, directors, and companies in connection with DOJ and SEC enforcement. She has also led corporate internal investigations in the United States and around the world to assess allegations related to bribery, embezzlement, fraud, corporate governance, and securities laws issues, among others. She served on the Monitor Team for three SEC and DOJ FCPA Monitorships or Consultancies, involving a banking technology company and two medical device companies, and helped a medical device company navigate a Monitorship.
All of these types of engagements have given her insight into the internal and public ramifications of these types of actions, which she brings to her compliance and internal controls practice. She advises clients on anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance programs at all stages, including developing policies and procedures and conducting assessments of well-established programs. Lily has particularly experience in helping build out cross-functional collaboration between Compliance, on the one hand, and Internal Audit and IT on the other. This focus can help companies enhance their approach to meeting the DOJ and SEC's expectations relating to Compliance's access to data and maintaining accurate books and records. Her compliance advice is geared towards helping companies identify long term savings and efficiencies, and helping compliance become stronger and more empowered within the corporation.
As companies around the world expand and contract, they require expert guidance on the resulting HR and compensation issues. Laura Becking has devoted her career to facilitating this process. Her guidance empowers companies, regardless of size or stage, to align their workforce and business objectives.
Her practice is unique in the market. In addition to leading Orrick’s Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice; she is also integrated into the firm’s top-tier employment practice and compensation and benefits practice, enabling her to offer comprehensive solutions for the modern workplace.
Her strategies extend beyond regulations and compliance, into the company’s overall culture and societal nuances of their local workforce. By blending these elements, her targeted plans address a wide range of issues, including hiring, performance management, terminations, discrimination, reclassification, HR data privacy compliance, employee handbooks and policies. She also helps implement employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside the U.S., and covers all aspects of securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such rollouts. Whether working with a pre-IPO start-up or an international corporation, Laura remains focused on her client’s human capital.
Laura’s distinctive approach places her in high demand for corporate transactions, in particular IPOs and acquisitions. She advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of Facebook’s and Cisco’s global acquisitions; various global transactions for GoPro, Sabre, and Snap; the pre- and post-merger integration for DigiCert’s acquisition of Symantec’s Website Security Business; as well as the global acquisitions and global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients. She has also advised companies such as Pinterest, Elasticsearch, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Scale, Splunk, Twist, Viasat, Vice and VMWare on global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions.
Former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., draws on more than 25 years of public sector experience to advise clients navigating the fast-developing sports betting market.
Ed was appointed head of the Massachusetts gaming regulatory system just a few years after the state legalized gaming. As Executive Director, Ed guided the opening of the state’s two major resort casinos which have a combined investment of over $3.4 billion. He advised Commissioners on regulatory compliance issues and worked with host and surrounding communities to address any impacts of casino openings. He also guided one of the most robust responsible gaming programs in the country. Additionally, Ed was responsible for regulating Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing as well as simulcasting in Massachusetts.
In addition to overseeing both civil and criminal litigation as the First Assistant Attorney General in the office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Ed was the Attorney General’s top legal advisor. He oversaw appellate strategy, approved indictments and personally negotiated settlements. He was designated by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court as a member of Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board where he served as an advisor on management issues to members of the Massachusetts trial court. Ed also advised the Attorney General on healthcare, environmental, energy, and antitrust law and regulatory issues. He served as the Attorney General’s point of contact on terrorism issues and was a member of the local multi-agency Anti-Terrorism Activation Committee.
At the Attorney General’s office, he managed two large bureaus plus the State Solicitor’s office, the Division of Gaming Enforcement, and the Division of Open Government, and was responsible for all Special Assistant Attorney General appointments. He was also frequently an advisor to large state agencies on litigation and regulatory matters.
Prior to his service in the Attorney General’s office, Ed was a Deputy District Attorney with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. He tried hundreds of cases, including white collar fraud, narcotics and homicide cases. He also managed a Special Investigations Unit that focused on organized crime and career criminals.
Mark Beeley is "the standout performer: a highly skilled advocate who is a match for any heavyweight silk in a hearing, but also sees the wider commercial context. He is able to fix the strategy and deliver it, giving clients the confidence that the man at the front really understands and cares about their case." - Legal 500 UK 2021
Mark acts as advocate and counsel in international arbitrations (both commercial and investor-state) and in litigation in the English and DIFC courts. He has particularly deep experience in energy disputes, but also regularly acts in construction, technology, insurance, shareholder and white-collar/civil fraud matters, as part of a broader commercial practice.
Mark has acted in arbitrations under the ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, LMAA, DIAC, AAA and other arbitration rules in disputes seated around the globe concerning multiple governing laws and is recognised in the leading directories for arbitration and natural resources disputes. In addition, he sits as arbitrator (including both as chairman and sole arbitrator). He previously practiced in Dubai as a Registered Foreign Lawyer and maintains a practice as advocate (and solicitor) in both the English and DIFC Courts (along with supervising cross-border litigation in multiple jurisdictions). Mark has been recognised as a foreign expert in disputes in both the UAE and India by Chambers. He has been consistently ranked by Chambers for arbitration, as well being recognised in Legal 500 for both arbitration and commercial litigation.
He has a particular interest in energy sector disputes, including those in the upstream and LNG areas (he was described by Chambers & Partners UK 2018 as “an excellent litigator” knowing “oil and gas inside out” and is recognised in Who's Who Legal for Energy), but has dealt with matters across the industry, running the gamut from seismic acquisition agreements through to IP disputes involving refined products, carbon trading agreements and the construction of renewable projects. He currently leads the AIPN Model Form Revision sub-committee focusing on the dispute resolution aspects of the model form JOA.
Beyond energy, Mark has acted in the infrastructure/construction, technology, insurance, crypto-currency, fintech, pharmaceutical, telecoms, insurance and finance sectors (amongst others) and also advises extensively on white-collar/fraud matters, including money laundering, bribery, sanction and export control issues.
Originally called to the English Bar and now practicing as a solicitor-advocate, Mark frequently publishes and speaks on arbitration and energy matters, including on questions of sovereign immunity, res judicata, arbitration procedure, the award of interest and other questions on damages. He features in two categories of Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration and Energy 2020.
Ben Beetz is an associate and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group in our Düsseldorf office. He mainly advises on M&A transactions, private equity investments, restructuring and general corporate law.
Ben Beetz advises national and international clients on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments. Further, he has a special focus on restructuring and counsels major corporation in restructuring processes. Additionally, he provides general corporate counselling. He joint Orrick in 2018.
Heather’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity, securities offerings, energy tax credits, project developments and financings, including within the renewable energy sector, and other federal income tax matters.
Julien Beloeil is an M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Market lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office.
Julien assists listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions, investors and founders in cross-border or domestic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, acquisition of stakes, strategic partnerships, as well as public tender offers.
Prior to joining Orrick, Julien worked on similar operations as a legal intern at international law firms in London and Paris. Julien also worked at the economic and financial section of the prosecutor’s office of the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris.
Anissa Benadda is an employment lawyer in our Paris office.
Anissa advises French and international companies on all aspects of French employment and labor law.
Prior to joining Orrick, Anissa worked on employment matters as a trainee at Allen & Overy, and as a legal intern and legal specialist at Skadden and CMS in Paris.
Emmanuel Bénard is an employment lawyer and Office Leader of the Paris’ office, respected for his deep experience with challenging restructuring and complex collective litigation, he is also Head of the Employment Law Practice for Europe.
Emmanuel represents numerous French and international companies on all aspects of employment law including international and cross-border issues.
His practice focuses on reorganizations, collective redundancies. He notably advised key players of the Financial, Metal, Food and Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Leisure and Music Industries in implementing economic dismissals and voluntary departures. He also assists these clients with employee representation and collective bargaining and sensitive individual cases.
Emmanuel has a strong proficiency in collective litigation as well as criminal litigation and currently handles a number of sensitive cases arising from works council and health and safety committee information consultation procedure, professional elections, collective bargaining agreements and employees performance appraisal system.
With a long-standing experience on landmark M&A, he regularly supports HR Directors in dealing with works council information and consultation procedures and transfer of employees triggered by such complex projects, helping them achieving their strategic objectives.
Co-author of an insightful and pedagogic book on all labor and employment facets of companies’ reorganization, Emmanuel is described by his clients as “a guru in the field of employment law” and praised for his “business sense”.
Before joining Orrick in 2016, Emmanuel was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits Department. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.