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Jeffrey J. Lorek brings a decade of military officer leadership skills to Orrick, combining them with a former JAG prosecutor's courtroom finesse and years of litigation experience to win clients' battles. His "anytime, anywhere" approach to problem-solving helps Orrick's clients overcome the toughest challenges.
Mr. Lorek is Special Counsel in Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation practice group. A trial lawyer with broad commercial litigation experience, employment law and traditional labor expertise, Mr. Lorek has practiced before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, private mediators and arbitrators, FINRA, and military tribunals. Mr. Lorek routinely advises and represents clients with respect to contract and compensation disputes, trade secrets, employee mobility and restrictive covenants , employment discrimination, reasonable accommodations, workplace harassment and hostile work environment, whistleblower matters, military affairs and national security matters, and traditional labor-management relations. He has published several articles on related matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lorek served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as the Chief, Employment Litigation-East Branch, where he led an eight-member team in defending the Air Force worldwide in hundreds of administrative litigation matters, including discrimination suits, whistleblower protection cases and employee disciplinary actions and terminations. He also previously served as Deputy Chief of the Air Force’s Labor Relations Branch where he oversaw a team of traditional labor attorneys handling the defense of all unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the Agency, collective bargaining issues, and grievances and arbitrations nationwide. Mr. Lorek wrote the Air Force's guide to security-clearance related disciplinary actions, often advising the Air Force General Counsel's office as a security clearance subject-matter expert.
Mr. Lorek served as an active duty Air Force JAG for ten years, during which time he tried 25 criminal bench and jury trials and eight administrative discharge board hearings. He has substantial trial experience prosecuting sexual assaults and aggravated assaults, child pornography offenses, larcenies and financial crimes. Mr. Lorek is a decorated veteran of foreign wars, having deployed three times in support of combat operations, including tours to Afghanistan and Qatar as a fiscal law attorney with Headquarters, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in support of refueling operations during the Libyan war, and as the Chief of Administrative Law for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. He also continues to serve as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the Maryland Air National Guard.
From 2004-2009, Mr. Lorek practiced as a commercial and complex civil litigation associate in private firms, where he handled bank and lender liability, securities litigation, contract disputes, bankruptcy litigation, products liability, medical device malpractice, insurance defense, trade secrets and employment litigation, and toxic torts.
Dr. Christina Lorenz is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group and a member of the Technology Companies Group. She has a broad experience advising domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions as well as venture capital investments.
Christina represents clients in all types of corporate transactions and on all aspects of related corporate law matters and regulatory issues, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. This includes transactions and advice with regard to technology companies (including advising fintech transactions and advising companies in the mobility and in particular autonomous driving sectors).
Prior to joining Orrick in Munich, she worked at another international law firm renowned for its Warranty & Indemnity insurance practice with regard to large M&A transactions. This also included secondments to the legal department as well as the M&A insurance team of a major international U.S. insurance company. Previously she gained work experience for one year in law firms in New York and Atlanta.
Christina studied law and economics at Passau University and graduated with the German law degree from Freiburg University. She also holds a Diploma in Legal Studies from King’s College London, and an LL.M. from Duke University, North Carolina.
Christina is admitted to the German Bar (since 2010) and the New York Bar (since 2007).
Betty L. Louie is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group based in the Beijing office. With a particular expertise on Asia outbound investments, Betty has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments and capital markets. She has practiced for over 20 years on the continents – the US, Europe and China – on strategic and complex mergers and acquisitions.
She regularly advises Chinese corporations and financial institutions investing and operating outside of China, and also assists international companies with their FDIs in China. She also advises global private equity and venture capital funds on their investments in Chinese companies, as well as assisting international tech companies on their structuring and operations in China.
Since 2012, she has been consistently recognized and ranked in legal industry publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Milano Finanza. Clients have praised Betty as “extremely experienced with complex legal issues, both M&A and regulatory issues”, “highly experienced in helping Chinese companies and investors carry out transactions,” “having a specialist knowledge of the Chinese market” and “offers practical and efficient solutions.”
In addition, Betty also represents a broad range of foreign investors (U.S., Middle Eastern, European) in connection with their global investments and acquisitions.
She advises companies in various industries, including energy, technology, financial services, healthcare, medical devices, real estate and advanced manufacturing.
Before relocating to China, Betty practiced in New York for more than 10 years, and also practiced in Italy for close to 10 years.
Larry Low is Orrick's Chief Legal Officer and is located in the San Francisco office. As the Chief Legal Officer, Larry is responsible for strategic planning and managing the firm's global legal affairs, including advising on and overseeing matters relating to governance, litigation, contracts, insurance, ethics and risk management.
In addition to his responsibilities to the firm, Larry represents public and private high growth technology companies, and venture capital funds. His clients are involved in a broad range of industries including, energy, semiconductors, Internet, software and consumer products. He has extensive experience in start-up enterprises, venture financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and advises companies and investors in cross border transactions involving Asia.
Larry was appointed in 1995 by President Clinton as one of four U.S. representatives to serve on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Larry has published articles that have appeared in publications of the California Continuing Education of the Bar and the Practicing Law Institute. He has made presentations to the Practicing Law Institute, Law Journal Seminars, Silicon Valley Association of Start up Entrepreneurs, Hastings College of the Law, University of California at Berkeley, Haas Business School and Boalt Hall School of Law and the California State Bar among others.
Tommaso Luciani, associate at Orrick's Rome office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He specialises in litigation matters regarding Civil, Administrative, Commercial and Corporate Law, with particular expertise in proceedings aiming at obtaining ad interim measures.
In 2004 he attended a post graduate internship program at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (France).
He has been qualified in Italy since 2008.
Cathy Lui concentrates on trade secrets litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the tech, financial services, and retail industries. Cathy has a particular focus on obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions under exigent circumstances in fast-paced trade secret actions.
Cathy has significant experience in actions arising from the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which created the first federal civil misappropriation of trade secrets claim in May 2016. Cathy has helped shape DTSA law on behalf of her clients through her involvement in some of the earliest DTSA litigation. Many of her trade secrets cases involve parallel criminal proceedings. For her achievements, Legal 500 recognized Cathy as a "Next Generation Lawyer" in trade secrets. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association also recently honored Cathy as a 2019 Best Lawyer Under 40. This annual list recognizes individuals within the APA community who have achieved prominence or distinction in their field and demonstrated a strong commitment to APA community or civic affairs.
Cathy also engages in complex commercial litigation including employee mobility, breach of contract, and fraud cases. Her matters are often high-profile and industry-changing. She is currently representing Netflix in a novel employee mobility matter related to the use of fixed-term personal agreements with business executives; the matter is closely watched by the Hollywood and tech industries.
Cathy is an editor and contributing author of Orrick's trade secrets blog, Trade Secrets Watch, and regularly speaks and writes about trade secrets litigation. Cathy currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Trade Secrets Interest Group of the California Lawyers Association's (formerly of the California State Bar) Intellectual Property Section.
Cathy currently serves as the Hiring Partner for the San Francisco office. In addition, she is very involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives. She served as the Co-Chair of the Asian American Bar Association's Judiciary Committee from 2016-2019 and continues to serve on the Judiciary Committee. Cathy also co-leads the Firm's Asian American Affinity Group.
Cathy's dedication to pro bono service was demonstrated by her work in an asylum merits hearing representing a Salvadoran religious activist persecuted by gangs in El Salvador. For her work on this matter, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights honored Cathy with the Father Cuchulain Moriarity Award. In addition, the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco recognized Cathy as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service in 2014 through 2018 for her work with helping homeless clients remove outstanding warrants barring them from access to housing and employment.
Emily Luken is a Managing Associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the Antitrust and Competition practice group.
Emily’s practice focuses on issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on standards-essential patents (SEPs) subject to a commitment to license on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms (FRAND). She also has experience litigating other complex commercial disputes.
Prior to law school, Emily worked as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Ed Lukins advises clients on capital markets activity and mergers and acquisitions. His clients include UK and overseas public and late stage private companies, entrepreneurs and banks. Ed has advised companies on listings on AIM, NEX and the Main Market and has also advised a large number of non-US companies (or foreign private issuers) on NASDAQ and NYSE IPOs.
Ed's focus is primarily on Capital Markets activity (issuer and underwriter side) and M&A activity (public and private). He also advises on general corporate finance and securities regulatory matters for listed issuers (including the listing rules, MAR and the Takeover Code).
He also has specific knowledge of technology, life sciences and natural resources markets and works extensively on cross-border and international transactions, both transatlantic and across the EMEA region.
As an expert in corporate finance, Ed has spoken widely on these issues and writes in a diverse range of business and academic publications.
In today’s complex world of employment law, the legislative landscape is changing faster than ever before. Companies can easily veer out of compliance, and into financial and reputational dangers. To guide employers through this maze, Lisa Lupion offers a precise path forward.
She begins by gathering an in-depth understanding of her client’s business and goals, and then evaluating the specific issue at hand, so that whether navigating a counseling issue or a complex litigation, she can understand every possible angle and design the best possible solution.
Lisa regularly litigates a broad range of employment issues in court, administrative agencies, and arbitration. Lisa also helps companies at all stages of development avoid litigation, or prevent a single-plaintiff matter from escalating to a class action. She has successfully handled a number of high-stakes arbitrations and internal investigations. In addition, she offers counseling on discrimination, harassment, equal pay, wage and hour issues, disability accommodations, termination and compensation. Lisa regularly advises clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including human resources policies and procedures, offer letters, severance agreements and employee termination.
Prior to joining Orrick, Lisa served as a law clerk to the Hon. Peter Leisure in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
A former federal prosecutor, Randy Luskey is an accomplished trial lawyer who handles a wide range of litigation matters. His practice focuses on internal investigations, government investigations, class action defense, white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation.
Randy is engaged by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations. He also represents companies and individuals in connection with government investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative proceedings. Randy also has extensive experience defending consumer class actions and in cases involving securities fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the False Claims Act.
Randy has first and second chaired seven trials to verdict, and has briefed and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit. He advises a diverse group of technology, banking, pharmaceutical, health care, and emerging company clients in class actions, regulatory compliance matters and civil and criminal litigation.
Chek-Lhy Luu is an Employment lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.
She advises French and international groups on all French employment and labor law matters. In particular, on the following matters: company restructurings, merger and acquisition transactions, transfer of activity, collective and individual relationships, hiring and termination of top managers, litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Chek-Lhy was an associate for three years in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and for four years in the employment team of Linklaters.
Carl is a member of the Energy & Project Finance Group and focuses on energy finance matters. He has been involved in more than US$130 billion in financings for various public and private utility projects and has extensive experience in all areas of finance and contractual negotiations for rural electric cooperatives, public power issuers, federal power agencies, and investor-owned utilities, and their affiliates.
He has long-standing relationships with a great number of utility clients that span many years and complex transactions, advising them on numerous taxable, tax-exempt, and tax-advantaged financings of all types for electric, gas, water and waste water projects and in restructuring and work-outs. These projects include five different nuclear plants, with financing through both the public capital market and through the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. Lyon was one of the leaders in the development of joint action agencies among municipal utilities. He worked on legislation in 20 states to authorize their formation and testified before legislatures and legislative committees in many of these states. He drafted the first modern indenture for cooperative utilities which served as the model that is currently used by almost every generation and transmission cooperative. He worked with TVA in their exit from the Federal Financing Bank program in the 1980’s and in their financings since then. Mr. Lyon worked with the major generation and transmission cooperatives that have exited the RUS program in structuring and financing their exit.
Mr. Lyon has also worked with virtually every major investment banking firm and most major domestic and international banks.