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  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Clement Seth Roberts Partner Intellectual Property, Patents

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 include Fitbit, RingCentral, Quantum, Check Point, Netflix, Dish, Sonos, Zynga, Datto and Virta.

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.



  • 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.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)

Ted T Kang Associate Intellectual Property, Patents

Orange County

Ted Kang is an Associate in the Orange County office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. He is an experienced software engineer whose practice focuses on patent law, privacy, and cybersecurity. 

Ted's practice focuses on patent litigation, especially in the fields of electronics, circuits, computer and network systems, software, and telecommunications. 

Before becoming an attorney, Ted was a software engineer at several technology companies in the Bay Area.  Ted has significant experience building complex systems across a wide range of system architectures and technical stacks, allowing him to quickly learn new technologies.  With his expertise in software systems, Ted's practice also focuses on privacy and cybersecurity matters.



  • 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.


Erin Carter Tison eDiscovery Career Associate

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Erin Carter Tison has unique experience in private practice, government, and serving in an in-house role, which allows her to bring a variety of perspectives to the when advising clients on various litigation issues.

Erin has experience with all aspects of litigation, from filing the complaint up to serving as first chair at trial and everything in between.  In addition to trial work, she has substantial experience taking and defending both fact and expert depositions, drafting and arguing complex dispositive briefing, managing the preservation, collection, analysis, and production of paper and electronic documents, conducting custodian interviews, and briefing complex and technical discovery and privilege issues.  Recently, Erin served an extended secondment with The Dow Chemical Company as a case Manager in Dow's Asbestos, Products Liability & Insurance Litigation Group.  In this capacity, she managed the asbestos and premises litigation dockets for Union Carbide and Dow throughout the western and northeastern United States.  This involved overseeing hundreds of ongoing product liability cases, including advising the litigation management team on case evaluation, resolution, and business strategies, as well as directing outside counsel and trial counsel teams.

Prior to joining Orrick, Erin served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia in Wheeling, WV.  At the United States Attorney's Office, Erin focused on both defensive and affirmative civil matters on behalf of the United States, its agencies, and employees.  In this role, Erin practiced in a variety of areas of the law, including but not limited to, constitutional claims, torts, statutory and administrative claims, environmental matters, tax and bankruptcy matters, FOIA litigation, and fraud.  While at the United States Attorney's Office, Erin served as the e-discovery office coordinator for the District, and was the chair of the diversity committee. Prior to her government service, Erin was a member of the Trial Practice group at Duane Morris LLP, where she focused on commercial litigation and corporate internal investigations.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Tiffany R. Wright Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

A former D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court clerk, Tiffany Wright represents clients in high-stakes appeals and complex litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Tiffany was a Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she was a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice group. Before that, Tiffany served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Tiffany is a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as a senior editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and the editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. During law school, she worked full-time for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, where she managed discovery and trial presentation in numerous criminal prosecutions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and drafted appellate briefs involving complex evidentiary and constitutional issues.



  • eDiscovery & Information Governance

Matthew Steranko Project Attorney eDiscovery & Information Governance

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Matthew Steranko is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in driving legal innovation through collaboration with the firm's various firm practice groups utilizing new legal technology and unique workflows.

Mathew works to drive legal innovation across practice groups including both litigation and corporate services practice groups.

He works with corporate attorneys to increase efficiency and reduce costs for client services. His work focuses on emerging and public companies, with projects ranging from M&A due diligence reviews, capitalization table audits, corporate audits and various projects associated with IPOs and public disclosure obligations.

He also works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. Matthew's work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Matthew assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts.

Matthew frequently works with other Orrick attorneys on pro bono projects involving Human Rights and Public International legal issues.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Toni K. Lambert Associate Employment Law & Litigation, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

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.

Meredith Post Chief Growth & Integration Officer

Silicon Valley

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).



  • 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. 



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Pete Putzel Senior Counsel White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

Henry Putzel III (“Pete”) is Senior Counsel in Orrick’s New York office. Pete focuses as a defense lawyer on both criminal and civil white-collar cases and attorney disciplinary matters.

Pete graduated from Yale College and the Yale Law School. From 1968 to 1970, he was associated with Davis Polk and Wardwell. From 1970 to 1974 he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. While serving in the Criminal Division of that office, he received the Assistant United States Attorney’s Award “for superior performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.”

From 1974 to 1979, he served as Associate Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law, where he taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Trial Advocacy and Constitutional Problems in Criminal Law. From 1979 through 2016, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he taught Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy and served as coordinator of Fordham’s Trial Advocacy program. In 1997 he was honored by Fordham’s Student Bar Association as a co-recipient of the Eugene J. Keefe Memorial Award “for outstanding contributions and service to the Fordham Community.”

Pete entered private practice in 1979. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council. Pete is a Past President of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past Trustee of the Federal Bar Foundation and currently serves on the Board of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. From 1995-2016 Pete served as a member of the Magistrate-Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and, from 1998 through 2000 served as Chair of the panel.

Pete is the recipient of the 2005 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award, conferred jointly by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the American Inns of Court.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Structured Finance
  • Corporate
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Robert Gloistein Senior Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Structured Finance

San Francisco

Robert Gloistein has been a senior counsel in the San Francisco office since retiring in 2004.

During his association with the firm for more than 40 years, he has had a diverse public utility and business practice, involving public and private finance, utility mergers and acquisitions, facilities disposition, electric industry restructuring and telecommunications deregulation.  Bob concentrates on issues involving nonprofit corporations and law practice management.