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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Stephen Spitz Partner Public Finance

San Francisco

Stephen Spitz, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Public Finance Department. He serves as leader of the Department’s Water and Wastewater Financing Team.

Steve serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel in a variety of municipal enterprise revenue bond issuances, including financing for water, wastewater, solid waste and airport facilities. His practice is, in addition, focused on single family and multifamily affordable housing financings. Steve also has expertise in higher education financings, interest rate swaps and swap based products in the municipal market. He often assumes a leading role in bond and disclosure work for new and complex clients.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • Public Finance

John Stanley Partner Tax, Public Finance

San Francisco

John F. Stanley focuses his practice on the tax aspects of municipal finance and on tax controversy matters. He also has experience advising on tax issues related to closely held corporations, including gift and estate tax matters.

In his municipal finance practice, John has served as bond counsel, special tax counsel and underwriter’s counsel for a variety of transactions, including particularly governmental, airport, and public power financings. John has represented issuers and borrowers before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with audits, private letter rulings, and requests pursuant to the voluntary closing agreement program (VCAP). 

John has worked with issuers to establish post-issuance compliance programs tailored to their specific financings, and also has significant experience with tax-exempt commercial paper programs for both governmental and exempt facilities. 

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Alexandra Stathopoulos Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

Alex Stathopoulos, a senior associate in the San Francisco employment group, defends employers in complex wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff cases, and provides creative and practical counseling on a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

In 2018, Alex was named California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Section Liaison to the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Labor and Employment Section, and is an editorial board member of the CLA Labor & Employment Section Law Review.  She was also recently appointed as an Alternate Delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, the policymaking body of the nationwide group.

Alex defends employers in class and collective actions brought under federal and state wage and hour laws, including misclassification, meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, expense reimbursement, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.  She also routinely defends employers in high-stakes single plaintiff cases involving leaves and accommodations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, and trade secrets.

Her counseling practice focuses on providing advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and procedures, and offering creative and practical solutions to address a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year 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.

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Practice:

  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Eric Stephens Partner Renewable Energy, M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

Eric is a leading energy lawyer with a particular focus on development and financing of solar and other renewable energy projects.

Eric helps clients design and build successful renewable energy businesses by advising on how projects and portfolios large and small can maximize their value through well-informed negotiation, efficient diligence and acquisition techniques, and responsive and creative problem solving.

Eric has particularly deep expertise in helping developers strategically procure the equipment and services necessary to develop, construct, commission, operate and sell renewable energy projects of all sizes, and in helping investors evaluate the development work of potential investments. Development and procurement managers excel at sourcing and pricing a project’s needs, and Eric can build on this by bringing these contracts to completion with deep market knowledge, in a way best suited to the client’s commercial objectives and so that they withstand the scrutiny of project investors, lenders and buyers. Eric balances work for utility-scale projects with the growing distributed energy generation and storage sector, both of which recently include negotiation of contracts to “safe harbor” equipment or construction activities to preserve higher levels of ITC or PTC. He has represented energy project developers, equipment suppliers and installers, publicly-owned utilities, private equity investors and other parties in developing energy projects from very early stages of securing technology and land/resource rights to buying and selling operating assets, and everything in between.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Mike Sullivan Partner Corporate, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Mike Sullivan is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on representing emerging companies, entrepreneurs and angels/venture capital funds. Mike has led hundreds of financing and M&A transactions for emerging companies in a wide variety of industries, including the software, life sciences, mobile, digital media, cleantech and food/wine/spirits sectors.

Mike is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute's Venture Capital series, and a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Some of Mike's clients have included:

  • AIMotive, Inc. (autonomous vehicle software; funded by Robert Bosch Venture Capital; Tim Draper and others)
  • Bandpage (cross-web tool for managing musician presences; funded by Mohr Davidow; GGV Capital; acquired by Google)
  • Content Analytics (big data solutions; funded by Almaz Capital, Visionnaire Ventures and others)
  • EarnUp (loan optimization platform; funded by Blumburg Capital and SignalFire)
  • Earth.AI Inc. (AI-enabled platform for mineral discovery; Y Combinator)
  • Fountain Therapeutics (discovery and development of treatments for aging-associated diseases; undisclosed investors)
  • Grabango Co. (computer vision for commerce; backed by Propel Ventures and Ridge Ventures)
  • Goodly Inc. (student loan repayment as an employee benefit; Y Combinator)
  • Hangar One Vodka (acquired by Jose Cuervo)
  • H5 (e-discovery solutions; funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson; IVP; Walden Venture Capital)
  • Hungry Root (vegetable-based packaged foods; funded by Crosslink and Lightspeed)
  • Kalibrr (platform for online skills-based hiring; funded by Y Combinator; Kickstart Ventures; Learn Capital)

  • Matterport (3D scanning solutions; funded by Y Combinator; Lux Capital; Felicis Ventures; Greylock; Qualcomm Ventures; and others)
  • Mayfield Robotics (home robots)
  • Medcorder Inc. (healthcare tech; funded by Future Ventures)
  • Movidius (computational image processor chips; funded by DFJ Esprit; Atlantic Bridge and others; sold to Intel)
  • PBworks, Inc. (online collaboration tools; funded by Mohr Davidow Ventures; Seraph Group; Ron Conway and others)
  • Planet Labs (earth imagery satellites and data; funded by Yuri Milner; Draper Fisher Jurvetson; OATV; Data Collective, International Finance Corporation and others)
  • Quidnet Energy Inc. (energy storage; funded by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Evok Innovations)
  • Roostify (automated home loans; funded by Cota Capital and USAA Ventures)
  • SquareTwo (casual games; funded by Walden Ventures and Translink)
  • St. George Spirits (spirits company focused on single malt whiskey, bourbon, agricole rum, absinthe, gin, brandies and liqueurs)
  • Unison (fintech company pioneering new ways to fund home purchases; funded by F-Prime, Citi Ventures and RBC)
  • Zeguro Inc. (insuretech - cyberinsurance; funded by Mosaik Partners; Healthy Ventures, Social Capital and others)

Mike also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, DFJ, Evok Innovations, Ridge Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Northgate CapitalThe Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital.

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Practice:

  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Corporate Governance
  • Class Action Defense
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • ERISA & Benefits Litigation

Alex Talarides Partner Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits, Corporate Governance

San Francisco

Alex Talarides is a Partner in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.  His practice focuses on defending companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, mergers and acquisition litigation, and regulatory proceedings.

Alex is acknowledged by Legal 500 as a "Next Generation Lawyer" for Securities Litigation: Defense.  He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, mergers and acquisition litigation, regulatory proceedings and other complex commercial litigation.  He also regularly advises companies and their boards on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and disclosure duties.  In addition, he has extensive experience representing companies in consumer class actions alleging violations of state deceptive marketing laws, and class actions alleging violations of the Employee Retirement Security Income Act.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Darren S. Teshima Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insurance Recovery

San Francisco

Darren Teshima, Co-Leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, helps clients intelligently manage risk and assert their rights through litigation. To safeguard clients from both anticipated and unforeseen dangers, Darren ensures each client’s litigation strategy and insurance coverage align with its business objectives.

Specializing in the technology and finance sectors, Darren litigates high stakes commercial disputes, focusing on insurance coverage disputes. He has successfully handled litigation related to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), directors & officers (D&O) coverage and cyber insurance for some of the largest data breaches in history. For example, he recently defended Credit Suisse at trial in a case brought by monoline insurer MBIA, one of the few post-financial crisis RMBS cases to go to trial.

Darren also helps clients avoid litigation by crafting innovative strategies that address cutting-edge cyber, data and cryptocurrency concerns; as well as D&O and professional liability. Whether assisting a startup focused on rapid growth, or a global corporation expanding into the digital future, Darren tailors his strategy to each client’s unique business model and objectives.

He has been recognized for his work by Legal 500, which lists Darren as a recommended lawyer in the Insurance: Advice to Policyholders category. Darren has been named a Law360 Rising Star, one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Darren is also passionate about his pro bono work and community involvement. The Legal Services for Children has given him its Pro Bono Advocate Award twice. His pro bono work includes administrative trials and hearings on behalf of asylum seekers and low-income tenants, and litigation advice to nonprofit organizations. He is the Chair of the board of directors of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus, and serves on the boards of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and Legal Services for Children.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Internal Investigations
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • White Collar
  • Trials

James Thompson Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

San Francisco

James E. Thompson, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Group. His practice focuses on defending companies and individuals in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and SEC investigations and enforcement actions.

James has extensive experience litigating securities class actions, derivative suits (including M&A related litigation), and other complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts across the country. He also has represented companies and board committees in numerous internal investigations and regularly advises companies on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and disclosure issues.

James's clients include NVIDIA Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Fisker Automotive, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Aruba Networks, and David Sambol.

James has also dedicated significant time to pro bono representations. Recently, he successfully tried a case before Judge Alsup in the Northern District of California on behalf of an inmate, demonstrating that the inmate had not received adequate due process.

James is a regular contributor to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Weekly Auditor Liability Bulletin, Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Blog and the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Keith A. Tidwell Senior Associate Compensation & Benefits, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

San Francisco

Keith Tidwell is a lawyer in the Compensation and Benefits Group in Orrick's San Francisco office.

His practice focuses on the representation of both public and private companies in connection with employee benefits and compensation-related aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and initial public offerings.

Keith also advises on the design, administration and implementation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including severance arrangements and executive employment agreements.

Prior to joining Orrick, Keith was an attorney-advisor to the Honorable Joseph R. Goeke on the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Adrienne Knecht Tierney Law Clerk Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Adrienne Tierney is an associate in the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Orrick’s San Francisco office. Her practice includes cybersecurity and privacy litigation, complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and government and internal investigations.

Adrienne represents corporate clients and individuals in state and federal courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. In her civil litigation practice she has represented clients in a broad range of commercial disputes and product liability actions. She has also represented her clients at trial.

In her cybersecurity and privacy practice Adrienne has defended clients in class action litigations, and government enforcement actions following the announcement of cybersecurity and privacy incidents. In the event of a privacy or security breach she helps companies respond and guide them through investigation, remediation, notification and any ensuing government inquiries.   

Adrienne maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included protecting women’s reproductive rights and advocating for criminal justice reform.

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Thomas Tobiason Special Advisor, Global Corporate Development Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Thomas H. Tobiason is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises high growth technology companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.

Tommy represents public and private high-tech and life science companies in the renewable energy, life science, mobile, Internet, display, semiconductor and other high-tech industries, focusing on formation, financing and general corporate counseling.

He has completed hundreds of venture capital financings as well as numerous acquisitions (representing both acquirers and sellers), public offerings (representing both issuers and underwriters) and commercial transactions.

Tommy, who spent most of his career based in California's Silicon Valley, also advises a number of entrepreneurs and companies doing business in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and India. He regularly advises on corporate governance and securities law compliance matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley counseling and compliance.

Tommy has represented numerous investment banking clients including Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. He has also represented numerous venture capital firms, including Matrix Partners, Maveron, Sequoia Capital, Steamboat Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Walden International.

Prior to joining the firm, Tommy was a director of Venture Law Group.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Ramin Tohidi Senior Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Ramin Tohidi is a member of the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.

Ramin focuses on technology transactions and other commercial and licensing matters. He helps clients maximize their intellectual property and technology portfolios in a variety of ways, including drafting, negotiating, and advising on development, production, supply, procurement, and other technology licensing arrangements. In addition, he advises clients on open source licensing and intellectual property issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.  He represents both mature and emerging companies in a variety of industries, including in SaaS, software, hardware, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and data intelligence.

Ramin previously served as in-house counsel at a public SaaS and software company in the Bay Area, where he advised on technology transactions, product and regulatory issues.  He also was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he focused on complex business and intellectual property related litigation.