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Caitlin Sikes is a Senior Associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group.
Caitlin represents individuals and entities in white collar criminal defense and regulatory matters. She has handled matters involving federal criminal investigations, securities laws violations, government enforcement actions and investment advisor regulations.
Caitlin previously worked as a felony assistant at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. During her three years at the District Attorney’s Office, Caitlin investigated and prosecuted a wide array of cases, focusing on fraud and financial crimes.
Andrew Silverman is an appellate specialist who focuses on high-stakes and precedent-setting appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts. A distinguishing feature of Andrew’s practice is that clients routinely call on him for appellate work long before the case ever gets to appeal. Andrew works with clients and trial court teams both on significant motions to prevent any need for appeal by winning the case first and to ready the case for appeal by perfecting critical appellate issues and teeing them up in the most favorable posture. Andrew has brought these special skills to bear for some of the world’s largest companies in their most important cases, including for Oracle (against Google), PricewaterhouseCoopers (against MF Global), Dow AgroSciences (against Bayer CropSciences), and Synopsys (against Mentor Graphics and Ubiquiti Networks).
Drawing on his years of experience as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Andrew collaborates with the trial court team to serve as the point person for legal issues and strategy. In cases where the stakes are so high that an appeal is practically inevitable, Andrew is frequently brought in from the outset to work on motions to dismiss, preliminary-injunction briefing, and, later, summary-judgment motions. If the case proceeds toward trial, Andrew leads strategizing and briefing on jury instructions, motions in limine, Daubert motions, other pre-trial briefing, mid-trial objections and motions practice, motions for judgment as a matter of law, and motions for a new trial.
Andrew also has a strong record on appeals, including in major appeals for Oracle (against Google), Synopsys (against Mentor Graphics), KBC Bank (against Lazare Kaplan), Boiron (as part of a class action settlement), and a Thai Professor, Supap Kirtsaeng (against John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). In appellate cases, Andrew takes pride in collaborating with his client to rethink the case from top to bottom, searching for new and different ways to present even the most complicated arguments as plain common sense, and drafting a storytelling version of the case that hooks the reader from the beginning. Andrew, like the rest of the Orrick team, emphasizes oral argument, working tirelessly to develop themes specifically for oral argument that magnify --- rather than merely parrot --- the arguments in the briefing. Andrew has worked on appeals at all levels, across areas of law, and for plaintiffs as well as defendants.
Andrew clerked for then-Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Andrew was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Albert Simons III, a partner in the New York office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. He has practiced in the area of public finance for more than 40 years, serving as bond counsel, underwriters' counsel, disclosure counsel and company counsel for virtually every type of financing.
He has extensive experience in leading multi-disciplined teams in large, unique financings. He also has broad experience in the areas of municipal derivative products and refundings, with experience in synthetic refundings through the use of warrants, options and swaps.
As an experienced intellectual property and products liability litigator, Lisa Simpson’s practice centers around consumers and their interaction with products and creative works, whether those products sit on a consumer shelf, reside on a computer as code, float through the airwaves as digital files or builds brands by developing consumer goodwill.
With expertise in the areas of trademark, copyright, false advertising and products liability, she focuses on companies within the technology, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.
Lisa has been recognized as one of the "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property and has received accolades from American Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 USA and New York Times Magazine with World Trademark Review 1000 noting that Lisa “marries a rich comprehension of IP law with a gift for connecting with people, making full use of each advantage in the courtroom.”
Lisa handles a variety of high-profile trademark and copyright matters. Lisa’s copyright experience includes some of the leading copyright cases of the past decade: she represents Oracle in its litigation with Google over the Java APIs, represented DISH Networks, LCC in its copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH’s Hopper DVR, including AutoHop and Sling and served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng before the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the copyright first sale doctrine’s applicability to goods manufactured abroad.
Lisa’s trademark litigation has spanned a variety of courts and industries: she successfully defended trademark infringement claims in the Northern District of California on behalf of Sony over its popular “Gran Turismo” racing video game and scored two separate wins in the Southern District of New York and then in the Second Circuit on behalf of client Sanei in trademark litigation brought by fashion designer Jill Stuart. Lisa also successful established secondary meaning and secured a preliminary injunction for the New York City Triathlon in S.D.N.Y.
Products Liability and Consumer Class Action
Lisa serves as national and trial counsel to Johnson & Johnson in cases asserting claims arising from the use of its talcum powder products, including claims of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. She also represented Wyeth and Dow Agrosciences in a variety of complex products liability and consumer class action litigations. Lisa served as national counsel in hundreds of product liability matters concerning injuries allegedly associated with childhood vaccines, handled litigations involving the labeling and advertising of Advil, and obtained the dismissal, prior to class certification, of a consumer class action in a matter concerning the calcium supplement Caltrate.
Current Pro Bono Representation
Lisa serves as trial counsel for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, securing an important trial win invalidating as unconstitutional a statewide law that jeopardized access to safe and legal abortion services in Kentucky.
Lisa also has served in a variety of firm management roles, including on the Firm’s Management Committee, as Hiring Partner for the New York office as well as Partner-in-Charge of Firmwide Campus Recruiting and as a member of the Professional Development Committee.
New York; Washington, D.C.
New York; Washington, D.C.
Guy Singer is a white-collar and investigations partner and focuses his practice on representing clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and enforcement issues.
As Leader of Orrick's FCPA practice, Guy has provided significant representation with respect to internal and government investigations involving alleged FCPA violations, criminal antitrust investigations and prosecutions, earnings management and other types of corporate fraud.
Guy is a former trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Fraud Section. While at the Department of Justice, he investigated and prosecuted white collar crime and public corruption throughout the United States, from grand jury through trials, including allegations of bribery, bank fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, obstruction of justice, mail/wire fraud, honest-services fraud and violations of the FCPA and Internal Revenue Code. Guy was lead prosecutor in the case against Jack Abramoff, which resulted in multiple convictions including a U.S. Congressman and other high-level officials. During his tenure with the Department of Justice, he received numerous commendations and recognition from federal and state law enforcement agencies for his work. He previously focused on public corruption and organized crime matters while an Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, as well as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida.
Kayla Southworth is a Managing Associate in the New York office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Kayla advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters. She also advises fund sponsors and institutional investors in private investment funds.
She was trained as a litigator and antitrust lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk before transitioning into corporate practice at Orrick. She excels at quickly developing in-depth knowledge about various industries, markets, and companies, and she enjoys providing essential legal and business advice to clients in a wide range of industries (including financial services, technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and consumer products). As part of her prior antitrust work, she regularly analyzed potential synergies, evaluated relevant product and geographic markets, and identified potential divestiture scenarios to obtain regulatory approval of proposed transactions.
James Stengel represents clients in large, complex and multi-party class action litigation, including significant actions involving the chemical, building products and medical device industries. He also has significant experience representing Chinese companies in litigation in U.S. courts.
Jim is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in legal publications such as Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation. Chambers notes Jim is "well versed in acting on mass torts and class actions relating to environment and climate change litigation."
Jim has served in a variety of management roles at Orrick, including Managing Director of Litigation, Member of the Executive Committee and Board, Lead Director, and, currently, a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Jim has written and lectured on complex litigation and mass tort subjects at a variety of law schools and seminars.
Before joining Orrick, Jim was a partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP.
Washington, D.C.; New York
Washington, D.C.; New York
Rob Stern is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group and a nationally recognized securities litigator by both Chambers USA (Band 1) and Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer).
Rob has a demonstrated track record of achieving outstanding results for financial services institutions, Fortune 100 companies, officers and directors of public companies and accounting firms. Rob's mastery of the field enables him to develop creative litigation strategies and business solutions for his clients in a broad array of situations.
For the past 20 years, Rob has handled many of the most complex financial services and civil and governmental securities matters. Rob has litigated dozens of securities and commodities class actions and the parallel SEC, CFTC, PCAOB and/or criminal enforcement matters that accompany them. Rob has also tried numerous FINRA, AAA and international arbitrations and litigated merger and acquisition disputes in Delaware Chancery Court. Rob possesses particular expertise litigating claims involving accounting-related matters, structured products, mortgages, futures and derivatives.
In addition to being a recognized practitioner, Rob is also a thought leader -- lecturing and publishing widely. Rob is a faculty member of Practicing Law Institute’s Securities Litigation program and Chairs PLI's Storming the Gatekeepers: When Compliance Officers and In-House Lawyers Are at Risk program. Rob has also spoken on Bond Buyer webinars, NERA's Securities and Finance Seminar, the Advanced Litigation Strategy Summit and Strafford Seminars.
Damon Stewart utilizes more than two decades of experience in public affairs, lobbying and government relations to advise clients.
Damon focuses his practice on state and locally-based legislative and regulatory issues. He has experience inside of government when he served as Assistant Counsel to the New York Senate Majority as well as at the corporate level where he recently served as Vice President of Government Affairs and State Advocacy Coordinator for AT&T. Damon has collaborated with state-based internal lobbying, public affairs, tax, policy and legal teams to devise and implement strategic initiatives and coordinated communications between state and federal lobbying teams.
Laurie Strauch Weiss is a partner in the New York office. She represents clients in large, complex and multi-party class action litigation, and has handled significant actions involving the chemical, tobacco and medical device industries.
Laurie advises companies on overall strategies, from pre-litigation assessments to the final resolution of matters, which often involve novel scientific issues. Her clients frequently enlist her to strategically address the scientific claims asserted by non-governmental organizations, the plaintiffs' bar and consumer advocacy groups which affect the reputation of their products both before and during litigation.
Laurie is a frequent lecturer, author and media source on topics concerning mass tort/class actions, complex scientific issues and expert witnesses.
Prior to joining Orrick, Laurie was an associate at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP, where she gained extensive experience in complex litigation including class actions based on product liability, securities RICO and fraud claims.
Victoria Suarez-Palomo is a senior advisor in Orrick’s Public Policy group. She has served as an executive in both the federal government and private sector and draws from this extensive experience to develop state legislative strategies on complex matters for technology and energy clients.
Most recently, Victoria was Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Renovate America, the leading provider of residential clean-energy financing, where she was responsible for the company’s policy and regulatory program.
Previously, Victoria spent more than ten years in public service in Washington, D.C., as a senior policy and strategic communications advisor. In 2009 she joined the Obama Administration’s Treasury Department as part of the transition team working to stem the financial crisis. Beginning as Assistant to Gene Sperling, then Counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Victoria eventually rose through a series of promotions to become Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Affairs and Public Liaison. In that role, she led the department that managed the Treasury’s engagement with the business community, labor leaders, civil rights organizations, and advocacy groups. She maintained this position for four years under both Secretaries Geithner and Jack Lew. Victoria also advised Secretary Arne Duncan at the Department of Education at the end of the Obama Administration.
Victoria began her career in Washington, D.C. at a variety of think tanks, including the Center for American Progress, Council on Foreign Relations, and Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In 2011, Victoria was named “Top 30 under 30” for policy by Forbes Magazine and in 2015 she was named one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos” in policy by Latino Leaders Magazine.
Victoria currently serves on the board of Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit organization committed to elevating the voices of young adults in the political process and expanding economic opportunities for 18 to 34 year olds. Victoria also serves on the board of the Vanguard Classical School in Aurora, CO.