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  • 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.



  • Corporate Tax
  • International Tax
  • Tax Advocacy
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Finance Tax

Stephen Lessard Senior Associate Corporate Tax, International Tax

New York

Stephen Lessard, an associate in Orrick's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Steve focuses his practice on the taxation of debt and equity offerings, cross-border transactions, tax controversy, and municipal finance. He also has experience counseling nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Steve was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Barry Levin Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insurance Recovery

San Francisco; New York

Barry S. Levin, a lawyer in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Group. His practice focuses on complex litigation with a special emphasis on insurance recovery matters.

Barry is known in the market as “one of the most accomplished litigators,” “very effective in pursuing compelling themes and tearing down witnesses with polite cross-examination” (2017 Benchmark Litigation), and as a "very bright, very savvy" coverage lawyer (2013 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business). Barry has also been commended by his peers as a "fabulous lawyer" who is "very well regarded and really knows the area" (2016 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business). 

Barry has broad first chair experience in trial and arbitration, ranging from trial counsel for Johns-Manville Corporation in its coverage litigation involving asbestos-related bodily injury claims to successful domestic and international arbitrations on behalf of financial institutions, hospitals, and hospitality companies.  

Over the past 8 years, Barry has developed extensive experience in issues arising out of the financial crisis, including a range of issues relating to mortgage backed securities and lending practices.

He is a frequent lecturer in the area of litigation, insurance coverage and law firm management. Prior to joining Orrick, Barry was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP.



  • Benefit Plan Investments
  • ERISA & Benefits Litigation
  • Traditional Labor Law
  • Wage and Hour
  • Employment Law & Litigation

Herbert Levine Counsel Benefit Plan Investments, ERISA & Benefits Litigation

New York

Herbert Levine, New York labor and employment counsel, has practiced labor law for more than 40 years.

He has represented U.S. and multi-national corporations engaged in a wide variety of industries, including retailing, radio and television broadcasting, automotive parts, printing and publishing, refining and packaging of petroleum products, manufacturing and distribution of wines, spirits and related products, hotels, food service, financial institutions, passenger airline, and freight forwarding companies.

Herbert has extensive experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and has represented clients in a broad range of labor matters, including: union election and unfair labor practice cases, arbitrations and strike related matters. His practice also includes federal and state court and administrative agency litigation covering employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA, and wage-and-hour matters.

He has participated in establishing security programs for clients, helped design benefit plans, employment handbooks, and worked with clients on affirmative-action compliance reviews and safety and health matters. He has drafted and negotiated employment agreements, and has done extensive work in counseling and representing clients in merger and acquisition problems including negotiations with adverse parties, unions, and insurance carriers.

Herbert started his practice as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and then worked for Proskauer, Rose, Goetz, & Mendelsohn. From 1972 to 1990, Herbert was a partner at the firm of Baer, Marks & Upham, where he chaired the employment law department, and was instrumental in building a labor and employee benefits practice. 

He joined Orrick in 1991, and continued as a partner until 2002, when he retired from the partnership in order to devote more of his time to family obligations. He has continued to practice with Orrick since that time as counsel.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property

Ayanna Lewis-Gruss Of Counsel International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Ayanna Lewis-Gruss focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on disputes involving foreign investments, cutting edge technology, and financial institutions. 

She has represented parties in arbitrations held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the American Arbitration Association, as well as non-administered arbitrations conducted under UNCITRAL and other rules.  Ayanna has also represented clients in state and federal court, and before the Internal Revenue Service.  Ayanna has represented clients from a wide range of industries involved in disputes concerning international investments, licensing, and other contract disputes. 



  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • Structured Finance

Tommy Li Associate Corporate, Capital Markets

New York

Tommy Li is an attorney of the Structured Finance Group in Orrick’s New York office.



  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Trials
  • Intellectual Property
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

David Litterine-Kaufman Senior Associate Financial Services Litigation, Bankruptcy Litigation

New York

David Litterine-Kaufman is a senior associate in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  Based in New York, David's practice focuses on litigation for financial services clients, including residential mortgage-backed securities defense, bankruptcy litigation on behalf of creditors and debtors, bankruptcy claims and distressed debt trading disputes, corporate governance disputes, and securities class action defense. 

David has represented public companies and other large national and multinational enterprises and their directors and officers in financial services related litigation in federal, state, and bankruptcy court proceedings across the country and in offshore jurisdictions.

David has deep experience representing investment banks and public issuers in complex securities related litigation, including:

  • Defending a sponsor and underwriter of residential mortgage-backed securities against securities fraud actions brought by institutional investors, securitization trustees, and the federal government in federal and state courts across the United States.
  • Defending an international shipping company against a putative securities fraud class action in federal court in New York arising out of a series of private financing transactions.
  • Defending directors of various public companies, including a medical device manufacturer and a provider of mortgage and real estate data and analytics services, against breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of acquisitions in Delaware Chancery Court and New York state court.

David has also represented clients in a broad range of bankruptcy litigation and contract disputes over bankruptcy-related trades, including:

  • Litigating on behalf of an international provider of deepwater drilling units in Chapter 15 proceeding in U.S. bankruptcy court against creditors seeking to block the company's reorganization in the Cayman Islands, resulting in a dismissal of the creditors' objections and a successful completion of the $3.7 billion reorganization.
  • Defending an international shipping company against fraudulent conveyance claims brought in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, resulting in a dismissal of all claims by the district court and affirmance on appeal to the Supreme Court of the Marshall Islands.
  • Pursuing breach of contract claims by affiliates of international investment banks to enforce repurchase of bankruptcy claims, with results including a favorable settlement on the eve of trial in one action and a default judgment against the seller in another.

David also represents clients in complex commercial disputes and trials of all types, including:

  • Litigating trademark infringement claims through jury trial on liability and bench trial on remedies.
  • Defending consumer class action jury trial and remedies component of regulatory enforcement action bench trial under the Telephone Consume Protection Act.
  • Defending family office investor in closely held international fashion company against trademark and corporate governance claims by co-investor.

David's pro bono activities have included briefing and arguing an appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court to enforce public participation rights under the state's APA, serving as lead associate at trial representing a government whistleblower in federal court in New York, and representing clients seeking child support payments in Bronx Family Court.

Before joining Orrick, David was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Nicole Lloret Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

Nicole Lloret focuses on white collar criminal defense and litigation relating to internal and government investigations.

Nicole also has experience defending individuals charged with cybercrimes, as well as advising clients on technology related matters, including software licensing agreements and developing data privacy policies. Nicole as has experience in defending clients charged under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Nicole graduated New York Law School where she was a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic, representing disadvantaged individuals charged with misdemeanors and low-level felonies. Nicole also participated as a mentor in the Street Law program, which sought to teach New York City public school students about the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution, and traveled to New Orleans to represent disadvantaged individuals with the Orleans Public Defender’s office as part of an internship program with Lawyers Across Borders.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • Wind Energy

Susan Patricia Long Senior Associate Energy, Infrastructure

New York

Susan Long, a senior associate in the New York office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Susan's practice focuses on representing lending institutions and sponsors in complex project finance transactions in the U.S. energy and infrastructure sector, including various participants in the renewable energy sector and public private partnerships. 



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Lisa Lupion Partner Employment Law & Litigation

New York

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. 



  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Public Power Financing
  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Power
  • M&A and Private Equity

Carl Lyon Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Public Power Financing

New York

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.