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Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment

Katherine C. Jones Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

Seattle; Los Angeles

Katie Jones focuses on advising investment funds, fund sponsors, real estate advisors, developers, public and private pension funds and institutional lenders in real property acquisitions and dispositions, secured financing, hospitality, construction and development, joint ventures and other corporate real estate activities.

Katie has developed particular experience in the hospitality sector and is familiar with drafting and negotiating documentation unique to the hotel industry, including construction contracts, hotel management and franchise agreements, in addition to more standard loan documentation, joint venture and purchase and sale agreements.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity

Yong-Nam Jun Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

Yong-Nam Jun, an Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Department. Yong-Nam focuses on the formation of private equity and venture capital funds and on transactions undertaken by such funds.

Yong-Nam has extensive experience in the fund formation process. He is actively involved in all stages of fund formation, providing advice on terms and marketing strategy, negotiating with placement agents, drafting fund and sponsor documents, negotiating with investors, and providing advice on internal sponsor and management company arrangements. He also represents private equity and venture funds in their investment transactions.

Among his clients are both U.S. and Asia-based private equity and venture fund sponsors and leading institutional investors (including sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds, pension plans and private endowments) that invest in buyout, hedge, real estate, infrastructure and venture capital funds.

Yong-Nam has spoken or moderated at a number of industry conferences in both Korea and the United States and has presented at Harvard Business School and Seoul National University.

He also represents emerging high-technology companies and venture funds in financing transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Yong-Nam was an Of Counsel at DLA Piper in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2014, and a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2011.

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Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Internet of Things

Kyle Kessler Managing Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Internet of Things

Los Angeles

For Kyle Kessler, data privacy is where her passion for the law and for cutting-edge programs meets technology. With a background in marketing, public relations and communications, she translates marketing concepts into legal terms. Kyle brings more than a decade of business acumen and experience to her work, and companies turn to her for advice that blends practical business strategies with in-house and outside counsel perspectives.

As a privacy advisor, Kyle is undaunted by the complexity of state, federal and international data privacy and security requirements. She evaluates and advises clients on data collection, storage, use and transfer, as well as breach laws and regulations. Kyle advises on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), the new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from a U.S. perspective.

Kyle also advises and collaborates with her clients on general consumer protection and marketing/advertising matters. For instance, she regularly reviews marketing assets to ensure legal compliance across all channels. She also advises on unfair and deceptive trade practices, compliance issues relating to the Federal Trade Commission and the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), as well as on other state and federal laws.

Before joining Orrick, Kyle was an in-house attorney at one of the Forbes 100 Largest Private Companies, and she has experience in the retail industry working in, among other things, data protection, incident response, unfair and deceptive trade practices and consumer-protection matters.

Kyle is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles and Women in Security and Privacy (WISP).

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Trials

Andrew J. Kim Managing Associate Intellectual Property, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Los Angeles; San Francisco

Andrew Joonmin Kim advises technology companies ranging from start-ups to global market leaders in bet-the-company intellectual property trials and regulatory and criminal matters of utmost sensitivity.  

Andrew represents technology companies in high-stakes intellectual property litigation and criminal investigations.  Andrew also counsels clients regarding software licensing, competitive intelligence strategies, and risk management.

Andrew has substantial experience in all phases of litigation, including trial.  Clients rely on Andrew to take the lead on fact discovery, expert reports and discovery, damages analyses, motions in limine, and witness testimonies.  He has first-chaired depositions, managed document review teams, and briefed and prepared for pretrial hearings.

Andrew is actively involved in pro bono matters.  He recently first-chaired a federal trial to verdict in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 police brutality matter, and represents an indigent high school student in connection with several pending state and federal legal proceedings.

While in law school, he served as an intern for the Organized Crime and Narcotics units of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and for the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  Prior to law school, he worked at Marsh Korea, Inc., in Seoul, South Korea.

Prior to joining Orrick, Andrew was associated with a major international law firm in New York.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Gerald Kim Senior Associate Public Finance

Los Angeles

Gerald Kim, an attorney in Orrick’s Public Finance group, represents issuer and underwriter clients on a wide range of tax-exempt and taxable financings.

Gerald serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel on transactions involving various financing structures, including general obligation bonds, general fund lease revenue bonds and certificates of participation, land secured financing structures, tax and revenue anticipation notes and revenue bonds.

Prior to joining Orrick, Gerald held a year-long public interest fellowship position with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Gerald also has experience working as a deputy city attorney in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, where he advised on public finance and other municipal matters.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Daniel S. Kim Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Santa Monica; Los Angeles; Orange County

Dan is a founding member of Orrick's Santa Monica Office and a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group where he advises disruptive technology companies at all stages of their life cycles.

Dan has a general business and corporate law practice, representing both emerging and public companies in a variety of matters, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, day-to-day general corporate matters, structured liquidity programs, public offerings, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance and corporate governance.

Dan began his legal career in Silicon Valley at Cooley LLP and works with a significant number of clients in both Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Dan’s current and former representations include:

  • Asana
  • Beyond Meat
  • Ceradyne
  • Compellent Technologies
  • GitHub
  • Outward
  • Pinterest
  • Planet Labs
  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals
  • ZestFinance

 Dan also has represented numerous venture capital and private equity investors including Founders Fund, Kapor Capital, Storm Ventures, Warburg Pincus, Wicklow Capital and many others.

 Representative matters include:

VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCINGS

  • Represented Pinterest in its $150 million Series H Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a developer of therapeutics for acute and chronic cardiovascular, and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in its $60 million Series C Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $96 million Series D-2 Preferred Stock financing of a leading cloud provider of tax compliance automation for businesses of all sizes
  • Represented a strategic investor in the $73.5 million Series E Preferred Stock financing of a fuel-cell manufacturer
  • Represented the lead investor in a $52 million Series D Preferred Stock financing of a renewable oil and bioproducts company
  • Represented a specialty pharmaceutical company in its $45 million Series C Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a provider of mobile marketing solutions in its $22 million Series E Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a women’s healthcare company in its $15 million Series C Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a data analytics company in its $15 million Series A-1 and Series A-2 Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a provider of biological software in its $15 million Series E Preferred stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $15 million Series C Preferred Stock financing of an advertising technology company
  • Represented a provider of converged cloud storage and application optimization products in its $12 million Series B Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $6.5 million Series C Preferred Stock financing of a manufacturer of devices designed to optimize rapid perfusion and clot removal in the treatment of patients suffering from ischemic stroke
  • Represented a provider of imaging solutions for the home furnishings industry in its $6.5 million Series A Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $5 million Series B Preferred Stock financing of a SaaS wellness company
  • Represented the lead investor in the $5 million Series A Preferred Stock financing of a producer of advanced cell separation tools and accessories to support regenerative medicine workflows
  • Represented dozens of other technology companies, venture capital firms, strategic investors, and angel investors in various preferred stock financings, convertible note financings and other private company capital-raising transactions.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

  • Represented Planet Labs in its acquisition of Terra Bella Technologies from Google
  • Represented Yes in its sale to Twitter
  • Represented a publicly-traded, commercial-stage biotechnology company in its acquisition of a biopharmaceutical company for $45 million in cash and stock, and future earn-outs of up to $195 million
  • Represented Ceradyne in its sale to 3M Company for $860 million in an all-cash tender offer
  • Represented Compellent Technologies in its sale to Dell for $940 million
  • Represented a managed services provider in its carve-out acquisition of the managed IT services division of a full-lifecycle spatial systems integrator
  • Represented a leading designer of mobile device accessories in its acquisition of an emerging mobile device accessories company
  • Represented a premier supplier of advanced technology products for the ruggedized electronics military market in its sale to a publicly traded, global manufacturer of aircraft products
  • Represented and successfully defended Qualstar Corporation against a hostile tender offer and defeated an activist shareholder in a proxy contest
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of a nationally branded dental laboratory and in its three follow-on acquisitions of leading dental laboratories
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of a platform chiropractic software company and in its follow-on acquisition of a leading chiropractic software company
  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity firm in its strategic acquisition of a provider of contact center solutions and managed services
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of an independent provider of innovative communications solutions
  • Represented Cortex Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by merger of Pier Pharmaceuticals
  • Represented a venture capital firm in its acquisition of the assets of a biopharmaceutical company in an assignment for the benefit of creditors proceeding, and in its subsequent sale of such assets to a clinical-stage, publicly traded biopharmaceutical company
  • Represented a publicly traded leader in high performance computing in its acquisition of a Japanese sales and service organization
  • Represented various other companies and institutional investors in buy-side and sell-side engagements, involving both public and private company targets and acquirers

PUBLIC OFFERINGS & PIPEs

  • Represented First Foundation Inc. in its initial public offering
  • Represented underwriter Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the $98.7 million follow-on offering of InterMune
  • Represented Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its contemplated initial public offering
  • Represented Pacific Mercantile Bancorp in three secondary offerings of common stock
  • Represented Pacific Mercantile Bancorp in its $11.2 million and $26.3 million PIPE offerings
  • Represented various other issuers in follow-on offerings and PIPE offerings including XenoPort, NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, and Anesiva

 PUBLIC COMPANY REPORTING AND SEC COMPLIANCE

  • Prepared SEC filings and advised on various securities law and corporate governance matters for dozens of publicly traded companies including Anesiva, Avigen, Ceradyne, CKE Restaurants, Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, EMCORE Corporation, NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, Power Integrations, Qualstar Corporation, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals and XenoPort
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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Stephanie Gail Lee Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Los Angeles

Stephanie helps clients navigate the intricate and rapidly evolving world of employment litigation.

Clients feel at ease knowing that Stephanie will work tirelessly to guide them through wage-and-hour class and representative actions, as well as single-plaintiff litigation involving claims of whistleblower retaliation, fraudulent inducement and breach of contract. Companies, particularly those in employee-friendly states such as California, must contend with an ever-changing array of procedural tools and laws, and rely on Stephanie to serve as a trusted advisor. In addition to legal nuances, the high-profile matters Stephanie handles are further complicated by reputational risk. To deliver a clear path through these complexities, Stephanie works with her team to carefully and creatively balance each case’s dangers, opportunities and impact.

She has managed matters from start to finish and has litigated cases in federal and state courts, as well as before various administrative agencies. She also helps her clients avoid litigation by counseling on wage-and-hour compliance, terminations and severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants and employee handbook provisions.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate

Cristine LeVasser, LEED AP Associate Real Estate Finance, Real Estate

Los Angeles

Cristine LeVasser is a Real Estate Associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office.

Cristine advises clients on commercial real estate transactions including joint venture structuring and construction, development and lease agreements. She joined Orrick in 2016 as a Summer Associate. Prior to attending law school, Cristine was a designer and project manager at a Los Angeles-based architecture firm, where she oversaw the design and construction of retail, corporate office and residential projects of various scales.

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Practice:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Indian Tribal Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Direct Lending

David Y. Lin Partner Banking & Finance, Indian Tribal Finance

San Francisco; Los Angeles

David Lin, a partner working across Orrick's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, is a member of the Banking & Finance Group.

Described as “awesome at following up on the details and managing difficult discussions with the clients” in the 2017 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, David assists major financial institutions, public and privately owned companies and alternative lenders and BDCs in effectively assessing legal risks in complex secured and unsecured commercial finance transactions. He advises on acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, project construction and development, asset-based loans and corporate refinancings, as well as workout and restructuring matters. He has extensive experience in financings involving gaming companies, Native American tribes and tribal enterprises, including new casino projects and casino expansion projects.

Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Structured Finance

Dennis Martin Consultant Real Estate, Mortgage Related Securities

San Francisco; Los Angeles

Dennis Martin is a lawyer with our Real Estate Group. He formerly served as Chair of the global Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Orrick’s global Finance Business Unit, which includes its Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Public Finance, Restructuring and Structured Finance practice groups.

 Mr. Martin has significant cross-border experience, as he was based in Tokyo for seven years, starting in January 1997. Mr. Martin focuses his practice on a variety of real estate and structured finance-related transactions, representing multiple types of clients, including opportunity funds, investment banks, financial institutions, developers, high net-worth individuals, insurance companies, pension funds, pension fund advisors, fund managers, loan servicers and charitable organizations.

Mr. Martin has experience drafting documentation for and negotiating:

  • Secured and unsecured multi-party revolving credit facilities
  • Development, construction, permanent and mezzanine financings
  • Bond financings
  • Mortgage loan acquisitions and dispositions
  • The workout of troubled real estate loans
  • Loan participations and syndications
  • CMBS and RMBS securitizations
  • Servicing and asset management contracts
  • Real property and hotel acquisition and disposition contracts
  • Partnership, limited liability company and shareholder agreements
  • Property management contracts
  • Office and industrial and ground leases
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Practice:

  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Internal Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory

Andrea Mazingo Managing Associate Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Los Angeles

Andrea (Andi) Mazingo represents financial institutions, institutional investors, and public and private corporations in all stages of complex, high-stakes disputes.

Andi has experience defending clients in government investigations and enforcement actions, consumer class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, merger litigation, stock drop litigation, and litigation prosecuted by institutional investors. She also is practiced in navigating internal investigations, SEC investigations, and white collar criminal matters. Andi has appeared in federal and state courts on behalf of her clients and is practiced in settling lawsuits in their early stages prior to extensive discovery.

Andi is familiar with the legal environment for soliciting investors, entering into mergers and other transactions, and making disclosures to investors, the public, and regulators, including those in offering documents and in filings with the SEC. She also is familiar with laws relating to corporate accounting, revenue recognition, and the fiduciary duties that officers and directors owe to investors. Andi is passionate about providing defense that is conscious of her clients’ business, reputational, and social needs.

Andi’s pro bono practice is focused on affirmatively and defensively seeking asylum on behalf of refugees, including those escaping domestic violence or LGBTQ persecution. While attending law school, Andi worked in Bluhm Legal Clinic's Investor Protection Center, where she engaged in FINRA arbitration and mediation on behalf of defrauded investors. Also during law school, Andi worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Appellate Division defending against improper habeus corpus petitions as well as for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office representing children taken into county custody for parental abuse or neglect.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Internal Investigations
  • Asset Recovery for Corporate Crime Victims
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Mark Mermelstein Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Internal Investigations

Los Angeles

Mark Mermelstein, a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials, specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation.

Mark Mermelstein, a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials, specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation, particularly in technology-related matters. He also handles Cybersecurity, Privacy, Litigation and Enforcement matters.

Mark focuses his work representing corporations and individuals facing allegations of securities fraud, healthcare fraud, environmental crimes, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the False Claims Act, mail/wire fraud, and embezzlement.

Mark also focuses on asset recovery for corporate crime victims such as those victimized by cybercrime, including theft of trade secrets, hacking, counterfeiting and other business crimes. In this regard, Mark routinely leads data breach and cybersecurity incident response efforts, as well as proactively advises on data breach mitigation strategies.

Mark has written many articles and has spoken extensively on many aspects of his practice. A frequent commentator on matters related to white collar crime, he has been recommended by Legal 500 in both White Collar Criminal Defense, and Cybersecurity.