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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Public Policy
  • ERISA & Benefits Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions

Cynthia Larsen Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Supreme Court & Appellate

Sacramento

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).

370979

Practice:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Africa
  • Funds

Thomas Wyatt Laryea Counsel Banking & Finance, Governmental Affairs

Washington, D.C.

Thomas Laryea is a recognized international law and policy expert in sovereign debt restructuring and Africa-related finance and investment. While he has a special interest in Africa, his experience is truly global.

Thomas formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its member countries.

His practice bridges legal and strategic advice on the transactional, public policy and dispute resolution aspects of international finance and investment.

351466

Practice:

  • Technology Transactions
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Strategic Counseling
  • Corporate
  • Fintech
  • Internet of Things
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Amy Lauren Senior Associate Technology Transactions, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

New York

Amy Lauren, a Senior Associate in the Global Technology Transactions practice, serves as a strategic advisor to large and small companies in all stages of their development within a wide range of industries and business models. Amy helps clients understand key business and legal risks involved in efficiently managing complex legal and technology issues in connection with contract negotiations, product development and business operations. 

Amy advises clients across a spectrum of continuously innovating industries, including software licensing and development (including artificial intelligence), blockchain networks, cryptocurrency, cloud services, IoT products, online and mobile payments, intermediary products and services, wearables, fintech, e-commerce, emerging technologies, consumer products, and digital media and entertainment.

Amy was previously American Express’ lead lawyer for its digital products and strategic partnerships business and worked closely on emerging payment products in North America, Latin America and India. Prior to American Express, she spent several years in-house as a digital music attorney (including EMI Music and Warner Music), handling digital music transactions and policy, including as the global head of Digital Legal & Business Affairs at EMI Music.
11806_740x360

Practice:

  • Restructuring

Nicholas Laveris Of Counsel Restructuring

New York

Nicholas Laveris, resident in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Restructuring Group.

Nicholas A. Laveris is Of Counsel in Orrick's Restructuring Group. Nick advises investment banks, commercial banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions on legal issues related to the purchase and sale of domestic and international par and distressed assets, including bilateral loans, syndicated loans, loan participations and derivative structured products.

Nick also represents clients in the purchase and sale of claims in bankruptcy, including administrative claims and trade claims. In addition, Nick represents clients in the purchase and sale of securities and other equity instruments arising out of restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings. Nick has extensive experience in working on transactions under the LSTA and LMA regimes, as well as negotiating bespoke documentation. Nick's work involves transactions throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States. Nick is an active member of the Loan Syndications and Trade Association and the Loan Market Association.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nick was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP.

17802_740x360

Practice:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Joe Lawlor Managing Associate Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy

Houston

Joe represents clients in the energy industry and focuses his practice on oil and gas and renewables transactions.

He assists clients with complex commercial transactions in the oil and gas and renewables industries. His experience includes upstream, midstream, and downstream acquisitions and divestitures and joint venture arrangements. He also assists clients in the development, repowering, sale and divestiture of wind and solar projects. He represents integrated oil and gas companies, global energy companies, private equity funds, and management teams in deals involving the purchase, sale and development of oil and gas assets and wind and solar projects.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions

Robert F. Lawrence Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

Robert has practiced environmental law in connection with energy project financing and other transactional matters for nearly 30 years. His clients include major energy players, many Fortune 500 companies and all of the major investment and commercial banking institutions active in project finance.

Bob's career covers project financing of electricity generation facilities and major infrastructure projects, as well as exploration and development, refining, pipelines, offshore production and shipping. He has represented project sponsors, lenders and investors in connection with all aspects of fossil fuel development and use, as well as solar, wind, biomass, waste-to-energy and other renewable technologies. He is an expert on siting, land use, permitting, federal and state environmental review, cultural resources, endangered species and other environmental regulatory aspects of development of greenfield sites. In addition, Bob's practice covers all aspects of management and reuse of contaminated property, including demolition of industrial facilities, redevelopment of brownfield sites, remediation of contamination and habitat restoration.

Bob has represented major companies in connection with all aspects of environmental regulation, including environmentally regulated chemicals and products, marketing and new product development.  He has represented companies before regulatory agencies in rulemaking proceedings, permit applications and appeals and enforcement actions. Bob leads Orrick's environmental due diligence teams, and serves as the lead on transactional negotiations involving environmentally regulated facilities and transactions, including cross-border transactions involving dozens of foreign jurisdictions.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • United Kingdom
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Traditional Labor Law

Frances Lawson Managing Associate International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, United Kingdom

Geneva

Frances Lawson is an English barrister with a wide range of common law experience. She specialises in international dispute resolution and has expertise in international climate change and environmental law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Frances spent six years as a self-employed barrister at Six Pump Court in London where she built a broad common law practice across civil, employment, public, regulatory, criminal, environmental and planning law. She has particular expertise in international climate change law and acts as a pro bono advisor to developing country parties to the UNFCCC through the Legal Response Initiative (LRI). As a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Taskforce on the Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes, Frances contributed to ICC’s work on climate change and also participated in its Working Group on a UN Global Pact for the Environment.
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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Erin Marie Boyd Leach Managing Associate Intellectual Property, U.S. International Trade Commission

Orange County

Erin applies her extensive experience as a primary patent examiner and Federal Circuit law clerk to assist clients with their most complex intellectual property and technology-related needs.

Erin is a litigator and appellate attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She has represented clients in federal district courts throughout the country as well as before the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  Erin’s technical expertise covers a wide-range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, medical devices, wireless communications, and semiconductors. Arbitration, particularly involving FRAND licensing disputes, is also a regular part of Erin’s practice.

Alongside her intellectual property practice, Erin maintains an active pro bono docket representing veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and on appeal to the Federal Circuit. As a member of a military family, Erin is particularly passionate about helping veterans protect their rights and secure treatment for their service-related injuries.

Prior to joining Orrick, Erin served as a patent examiner for many years and as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sharon Prost, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Erin spent several years practicing patent law in Washington, D.C. at a global intellectual property firm.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance
  • Tax

Barbara Jane League Partner Public Finance, Tax

Houston

Barbara provides tax advice in connection with tax-exempt financing transactions for cities, counties, states, school districts, charter schools, housing authorities, higher education authorities, state agencies and other tax-exempt organizations.

She also has significant experience representing nonprofit organizations. Formerly an attorney with the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, Barbara has represented clients before the IRS in a variety of matters involving tax-exempt bonds, including audits and private letter ruling requests. She has participated in all facets of the tax analysis associated with the issuance of governmental purpose bonds, certain tax credit bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, qualified residential rental bonds and qualified small issue bonds.

Barbara has served on the Steering Committee and has chaired the Working Capital panel and the Bond Direct Purchase - Advanced Tax Topics panel for the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, the oldest and largest annual gathering of bond lawyers.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Kathleen Leak Of Counsel Public Finance

San Francisco

Kathleen A. Leak, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm's Public Finance Department. She has considerable experience in public finance with special knowledge in health care and transportation financing.

Before coming to Orrick, Kathleen was an associate at Chapman and Cutler from 1985 to 1988.

Julie Lee Associate

Orange County

Daeun Julie Lee is a litigation associate in Orrick's Orange County office.

Prior to joining Orrick, Julie was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dana M. Sabraw of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.  There, she handled a wide variety of civil matters including contract disputes, product liability, trade secrets, and securities litigation.

During law school, Julie received the American Jurisprudence award in Advanced Legal Research and was selected as a teaching assistant for courses in legal research, legal writing, and oral advocacy.  She was also an executive editor of the California Law Review and co-president of Christians at Berkeley Law.

Julie has previously served as a board member for the Korean American Bar Association, volunteered at the California Asylum Representation Clinic, and helped start a nonprofit organization for children with autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome.

365108

Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability

Liz Lee Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

Liz Lee is a Managing Associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group in Orrick's New York office. Liz has represented multinational corporation clients in all phases of complex, multi-party litigations in both federal and state courts across the country.

Prior to practicing law, Liz was a freelance interpreter with a M.A. in Conference Interpretation in English and Korean languages and has worked with numerous international organizations, governmental agencies, and private companies.