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Practice:

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property

Clement Seth Roberts Partner Patents, Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Clem's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and on complex commercial cases with a high-technology component. He has successfully tried a wide variety of civil and criminal cases to verdict in state and federal courts and in arbitration.

Clem has been recognized in a variety of publications, including the Daily Journal’s list of California’s top 75 IP Litigators in California. In the latest Chambers USA rankings, clients note he is a “very persuasive advocate who knows the law inside out and is able to get to the heart of the issue very quickly." Managing Intellectual Property described him as a “highly respected litigator in the California IP market and beyond.” Intellectual Asset Management’s Patent 1000 notes he is a “commercially savvy first-chair trial lawyer,” a “tenacious, pragmatic litigator who excels at finding innovative solutions,” “one of the best writers anywhere” and a “fantastic negotiator.”

Clem’s current clients including Fitbit, RingCentral, Quantum, Check Point, Mulesoft, Blue Coat, Nimble, Athos, and Netflix.

Clem graduated with honors from both Harvard Law School and from Harvard College. He lives in Marin and spends his free time cycling around Mt. Tam.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Mariah T. Johnston Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure

New York

Mariah represents clients in the energy industry on regulatory strategy, compliance and transactional matters.

She focuses her practice on the development of energy infrastructure, including liquefied natural gas terminals and natural gas pipelines, as well as related transactional and financing matters. She routinely advises companies on securing permits and authorizations for major energy projects and has experience with proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

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Practice:

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Public Finance

Lynne T. Hirata Of Counsel Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets

San Francisco

Lynne Hirata is an of counsel in the San Francisco office and a member of the Capital Markets Group with more than 12 years of experience with representing public company issuers in equity and debt financings.  Her practice also  covers Rule 144A offerings for public and private companies, issuer tender offers, and public and private company mergers and acquisitions.  She also advises clients on corporate governance matters, proxy statements and annual and quarterly report filings. 




She also has extensive experience in public finance transactions as company counsel and bond counsel.

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Practice:

  • Indian Tribal Finance

Townsend Hyatt Partner Indian Tribal Finance

Portland

Townsend Hyatt is a partner in the Pacific Northwest office in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the Public Finance Group and leads the Indian Tribal Finance practice.

He has worked with Indian tribes in more than a dozen states on a variety of projects, such as financings for land acquisitions; health clinics; schools; government administration buildings; cultural centers; sewer, water and other infrastructure development; parks and recreation facilities; motor vehicle and aircraft purchases; manufacturing plants; and gaming and entertainment facilities. 

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Corporate
  • Africa
  • Real Estate

Patrick Tardivy Partner M&A and Private Equity, Infrastructure

Paris

Patrick Tardivy is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in our Paris Office and the Office Leader.

Patrick advises French and international clients on all aspects of corporate law. He mainly intervenes on M&A and Private Equity matters as well as joint-ventures. He specializes in the sectors of aerospace and defense, as well as energy and infrastructures, and real estate investments. He also has experience in investments in Francophone Africa.

According to Legal 500 EMEA 2016, clients praise Patrick for his “excellent business acumen to match in-depth legal experience”.

Before joining Orrick in 2016, Patrick was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Meredith Post Chief Growth & Integration Officer

New York

As Orrick’s Chief Growth & Integration Officer, Merrie Post plays a key role in driving Orrick’s growth strategy. She is passionate about helping the firm source top talent focused on the tech & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors globally. And she’s equally passionate about helping candidates understand and assess how the Orrick platform can advance their career trajectory.

Merrie supports candidates through each stage in the recruiting conversation. She also ensures that every lateral partner who joins Orrick has a committed sponsor and an actionable plan for business and social integration.

Merrie brings to this work a deep understanding of the legal market, and in particular, the lateral partner recruiting market, compensation and integration. Over the course of her career, she has helped hundreds of partners make successful moves. She previously led Hudson Gate Legal, a search firm, where she focused on partner-level searches. Prior to that, she served as Director of Attorney Development at Cadwalader. She began her career as a corporate associate at Debevoise.

When she’s not talking to top legal talent, Merrie can be found on a spin bike, visiting a great spa, taking a hip hop class, traveling and spending quality time with her husband, Jason and sons, Charlie (age 9) and Alex (age 6).

Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity

Thomas Joraanstad Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

Thomas Joraanstad is a managing associate in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's M&A and Private Equity Group.

Thomas advises public and private companies in a wide array of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions on both the buy side and the sell side. 

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Executive Compensation
  • M&A and Private Equity

Christine McCarthy Partner Compensation & Benefits, Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Christine McCarthy is a partner in the Silicon Valley office and a member of the Technology Companies Group and the Compensation and Benefits Group.

Christine has extensive experience advising on all aspects of equity and executive compensation plans and arrangements for multinational private and public companies, including large Fortune 500 public companies. Such advice covers the design, administration, and implementation of such plans and arrangements, as well as compliance with applicable federal and state laws, including corporate, securities and tax laws, NASDAQ/NYSE rules, and accounting rules. In addition, Christine counsels clients on corporate governance related issues that arise with respect to such plans and arrangements and regularly prepares disclosure required to be included in annual proxy statements, Form 10-K reports and Form 8-K filings.

Christine:
  • regularly advises compensation committees, Boards of Directors, companies, management and executives on employment agreements, severance agreements, equity compensation plans and agreements and similar arrangements;
  • has extensive experience advising late stage private companies on the specific compensation-related challenges facing these companies and, in particular, is known for her thought-leadership in designing and creating private company restricted stock unit programs and extended stock option exercise programs;
  • advises late stage private companies on the issues that arise during the preparation, lead-up to and implementation of their initial public offering, including issues related to executive and equity compensation, as well as, corporate governance and disclosure related matters; and
  • advises clients on merger and acquisition transactions, including issues related to executive and equity compensation, post-closing integration, Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (deferred compensation) and Internal Revenue Code Section 280G (the golden parachute rules).

Before joining the firm, Christine practiced at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Christine speaks and publishes articles regularly on executive and equity compensation related topics.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity

Steven R. Barnett Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity

New York

Steven Barnett, of counsel in Orrick’s New York City office, is a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Group.

Steve concentrates his practice on representing institutional investors with respect to U.S.-based and international alternative investments (including funds focused on buy-out and mezzanine investment opportunities).

In addition, Steve has a broad range of experience in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions involving privately held entities, securities offerings, private debt financings, and information technology consulting services.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Natalie Nahabet Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

Natalie Nahabet is a Managing Associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. She focuses her practice on complex business litigation and provides advice on tactical solutions to the problems faced at all stages of litigation by industry-leading clients in the manufacturing, technology and financial sectors.

Most recently, Natalie first chaired an arbitration where she successfully defended Microsoft Corporation in a matter involving the permanent suspension of a Skype user claiming millions in damages.

Natalie's experience covers a broad range of matters, including civil litigation, mass tort and product liability, financial institutions and tech companies.

Some of her notable engagements include:

  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into compliance with Bank Secrecy Act reporting requirements.
  • Representation of Johnson & Johnson in product liability cases relating to Johnson's Baby Powder.
  • Acting as a member of the Orrick team representing Union Carbide Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company) as national counsel for asbestos litigation.
  • Acting as a member of the Orrick cross-office team in the defense of Chinese companies and their products against American consumer claims.
  • Represented a municipal official in connection with an SEC enforcement action in federal court. After hard-fought litigation, the SEC agreed to voluntarily dismiss its claim against the official.
  • Representation of an apparel company in an arbitration involving a contract dispute and shareholder derivative claims.
  • Obtained a complete victory for Microsoft and one of its employees with a ruling granting their motion for judgment on the pleadings without leave to amend in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit against Cheap Stuff.
  • Successfully defended Microsoft in a consumer arbitration relating to services provided via the Microsoft Help Desk.
  • Settled heavily contested breach of contract claims and counterclaims involving an exclusive distributorship agreement for a premier traffic signal manufacturer.

Natalie is also active in pro bono matters involving family law disputes. Most recently, she helped a young victim of domestic violence pursue a restraining order against her abusive husband.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Justine Deitz Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Washington, D.C.

Justine is a member of Orrick's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. Before joining Orrick, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. During law school, Justine interned at the United States Court of Federal Claims. She also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Health Law & Policy Brief, and represented clients as a member of American University Washington College of Law's Civil Advocacy Clinic.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Patents

Margaret Abernathy Managing Associate Intellectual Property, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Los Angeles

Margaret Abernathy is a managing associate in Orrick's Intellectual Property practice. 

Margaret concentrates her work principally on complex technology-based litigation as well as copyright, trademark and trade secret portfolio management. As a former aerospace engineer, Margaret has a passion for finding innovative tech-driven solutions and brings to the table both a depth of experience in technology as well as an understanding of clients' bottom-line needs. Before practicing law, Margaret worked as a propulsion and satellite systems engineer in the defense and aerospace industry, and co-founded an all-female micro-rocket start up based out of Durham, NC.

Prior to joining Orrick, Margaret served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was an associate at a Vault 100 firm in Washington, D.C. She also worked in-house at SpaceX Technologies.

In addition, Margaret devotes her time to various pro bono matters.  She is passionate about protecting veterans' rights relating to service-related injuries through the appellate process at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Federal Circuit.