Matthew D. LaBrie Managing Associate, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
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Matthew D. LaBrie is a litigation associate in Orrick's Boston office. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes as well as cybersecurity and incident response.
In his commercial litigation practice, Matthew routinely assists clients at all stages of the litigation process, through motions practice, discovery, witness preparation, and trial. His litigation experience is broad, including data security litigation, securities litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and class action defense, as well as commercial arbitration.
In his cybersecurity practice, Matthew counsels clients across the globe through all stages of a privacy or data security incident, navigating the relevant legal regimes, managing the response to and investigation of an incident, and handling any litigation or regulatory investigation resulting from the incident. Matthew spent a year based in Orrick's London office developing and coordinating Orrick's worldwide data breach incident response capabilities.
Matthew maintains an active pro bono practice. He has assisted individual clients with family law matters, advocated on behalf of veterans' rights, and represented human trafficking survivors in a series of federal cases*.
Brendan LaFountain, a Managing Associate in the Sacramento office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. Brendan has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel and issuer’s counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings.
Brendan's practice is focused primarily on transactions for municipal issuers, including the State of California and the California Department of Water Resources. Brendan's experience includes advising on a variety of governmental financing structures, including general obligation bonds, revenue and lease revenue bonds, certificates of participation and land-secured bonds. Brendan also focuses on tax-exempt healthcare finance for 501(c)(3) organizations, including both stand-alone hospitals and hospital systems, and serves as issuer’s counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its 501(c)(3) conduit financings. Brendan has worked on many of the structures available in public finance, including fixed and variable rate bonds, tax-exempt and taxable bonds, publicly offered and privately placed bonds, master trust indentures, insurance, letters of credit, conversions, reofferings and commercial paper programs.
François is a member of the Technology Companies Group at Orrick in Paris.
He represents startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital funds, and private equity firms that launch and finance new products and technologies across a broad range of industries. From formation to exit, François advises emerging technology companies in all stages of the startup life cycle. He also provides strategic counsel to founders and investors in connection with complex transactions and other corporate issues.
François is passionate about innovation. In the United States, he was involved with Duke University’s incubator.
François studied both Law and Economics, at Paris II University, EDHEC Business School, Fudan University School of Economics in Shanghai and at Duke University School of Law.
Before joining Orrick, François worked at Shearman & Sterling and actively participated in the launch of a start up in Paris as Chief Operating Officer.
Douglas Lahnborg's practice focuses on EU and UK Antitrust and Competition Law.
Douglas has represented clients before the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority for more than 20 years in all areas of competition law. He provides multinational clients with innovative solutions on high-profile complex matters including merger control, abuse of dominance, private damages actions and cartel investigations, often involving multiple jurisdictions. He founded our Brussels office.
Douglas has acted for clients in a broad range of industries, including software, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, defence and national security.Douglas features in both the Chambers UK and Chambers Europe editions where he is recognised as a leading antitrust and competition practitioner. He is known for being "skilled, easy to work with and very service-minded" Douglas is also ranked as a leading competition lawyer in Legal 500.
Frédéric Lalance, Office Leader of the Orrick Paris office, is also the Head partner of the Paris Litigation Group. He focuses on commercial, corporate, banking, and merger and acquisition related disputes before the French courts, as well as arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a top litigator in France, Frédéric Lalance is praised by clients for being “a very sharp and intelligent lawyer” and “able to take a quick overview of situations and creative in finding new solutions." He has been involved in many of the highly publicized corporate cases over the past few years. He notably advised CDR on the Executive Life Matter and recently successfully argued, before the French Court, the Asian Development Bank’s absolute immunity from jurisdiction as an international institution.
On the international scene, Frédéric Lalance has a broad experience advising and representing French and foreign clients on multi-jurisdictional matters. He has also experience in Africa, where he currently represents several players in the mining industry in shareholders’ disputes related to joint ventures agreements.
Frédéric’s wide range of expertise also includes international investigation and compliance, as well as Internet fraud litigation.
Frédéric Lalance was a Litigation partner at the premier French boutique Rambaud Martel before it combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006. Frédéric previously served at Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Silicon Valley; Portland
Silicon Valley; Portland
Peter Lamb, a partner working across our Silicon Valley and Pacific Northwest offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Peter represents both emerging and well-established private and public technology and life sciences companies, as well as private equity sponsors.
Peter advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies on M&A and minority and majority investments, particularly in enterprise software, fintech and cybersecurity companies. He also advises a range of late-stage private technology companies, including Aptean, Cortexyme, Duetto Research, Procare Software, Sagent Lending Solutions, Stripe, Trax Retail and Twist Bioscience.
He has advised on the IPOs of companies such as Twist Bioscience, Elevate Financial, AVG Technologies, Pandora Media, Chegg, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Versartis and ZS Pharma. He also advised Planet Labs in its acquisition of Google’s Terra Bella satellite business, IronPlanet on its dual track IPO/M&A process that resulted in its sale to Ritchie Brothers. His experience includes a wide range of public and private company M&A, growth equity and public market financings for tech, life sciences and private equity clients, including numerous cross-border buy- and sell-side M&A presentations, including the US$1.3 billion sale of AVG Technologies to Avast Software.Prior to joining Orrick, Peter was with Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Toni is an attorney in Orrick's San Francisco office and a member of the Employment Law Group.
Orrick’s Employment Law Group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.
Toni's practice covers various aspects of employment law and complex business litigation, including claims for discrimination, harassment, non-competition agreements, unfair business practices, and wage-and-hour claims. Through Toni's pro bono practice, Toni offers employment counseling to nonprofits, assists clients with criminal record expungements, and represents clients seeking asylum. Toni also serves as the Associate Chair of Orrick's global LGBTQ Affinity Group.
Before joining Orrick, Toni served as a Public Interest Public Service Fellow, where she focused on juvenile rights and child custody matters.
Franco Lambiase is an English qualified solicitor based in our Milan office.
Franco is an English qualified lawyer who advises on a broad range of finance and capital markets transactions including securitisation, Eurobonds and EMTN, derivatives and general lending.
He concluded his legal studies in London, earning a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2014 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2015.
Franco is bilingual (Italian and English).
Jason Lang is a member of the Patent Litigation practice. Mr. Lang’s practice includes both litigation and counseling in a wide spectrum of technologies, including semiconductor devices, communication technologies, and software applications. With respect to semiconductor devices, Mr. Lang has been working on circuit, fabrication, and memory matters consistently for the last 10 years, including for clients such as Micron, Intel, Hitachi and Maxim.
Mr. Lang has litigated cases before district courts, state courts, and the International Trade Commission. He also been lead counsel in, and managed, parallel patent office proceedings, including inter partes reexaminations, ex parte reexaminations and inter partes reviews. He has been a top-filer in inter partes reviews. Recent matters include work with memories (DRAM, Flash and hard drives), semiconductor packaging, and design software.
His counseling work includes developing defensive and offensive intellectual property strategies in view of potential competitor litigation. He also assists clients in product launches, patent acquisition, licensing and portfolio management.
Before focusing on intellectual property litigation and counseling, Mr. Lang spent a year working for the District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had considerable exposure to numerous trials.
Mr. Lang’s public service commitments include steady work for the San Jose Housing Clinic. Mr. Lang recently first-chaired a four-day trial for a client of the clinic.
Cory focuses on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Before joining Orrick, Cory served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at FERC, where he provided expert counsel on a variety of issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. During his tenure in the Office of the General Counsel, Cory led numerous multidisciplinary teams in rulemaking proceedings establishing revisions to the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff and evaluating national and regional mandatory reliability standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Cory also was instrumental in the development and drafting of many Commission orders addressing Regional Transmission Organizations, compliance with open access requirements, transmission, interconnection and qualifying facility certification.
Among his accomplishments, Cory coordinated with staff at the U.S. Department of Energy to draft the National Action Plan on Demand Response and the corresponding Implementation Proposal to Congress. He also managed the development of a landmark order addressing the Commission’s jurisdiction over a non-jurisdictional transmission provider.
James Larkin, Of Counsel in the firm's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Jamie concentrates on a broad range of federal income tax matters, including tax issues related to cross-border stock and asset acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, collateralizations, reorganizations, cross-border financings and transfer pricing.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jamie was an associate at White & Case LLP.
Cynthia Larsen, a Sacramento litigation partner, has more than 25 years of experience in business and governmental litigation and appeals. She focuses on the representation of public agency and private clients in complex disputes involving public agency and governmental law, insurance and insurance insolvency, government contracts and procurement, business torts, health care, environmental and employment law.
She is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. She has handled appellate matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, various federal appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court and appellate courts. She is a veteran trial attorney and has applied her experience as a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney to serving corporate and governmental clients. She recently served for five years as the partner-in-charge of Orrick’s Sacramento office. She also served for several years as head of Orrick’s Litigation Training Program and as vice-chair of the firm’s Litigation Division.
Before joining Orrick, Cynthia was an attorney at Condon & Forsyth in Washington, D.C. from 1982 to 1985. Prior to that, she was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she served in the Honors Program and specialized in civil trial work. Representative cases handled by Cynthia on behalf of the United States include: Sweet v. United States, 528 F.Supp. 1068 (D.S.D. 1081), aff’d, 687 F.2d 246 (8th Cir. 1982) (trial counsel); Pike v. United States, 652 F.2d 31 (9th Cir. 1981) (trial and appellate counsel); Gaspard v. United States, 544 F.Supp. 55 (E.D.La. 1982); Marek v. United States, 639 F.2d 1164 (5th Cir. 1981) (trial counsel).
Cynthia frequently writes and lectures on litigation topics. She serves as a pro tem settlement conference judge for the Sacramento Superior Court and as a federal court mediator.
In addition to being admitted in California, Cynthia is also admitted in Idaho (inactive) and the District of Columbia (inactive).