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Laura Saklad Chief Operations Officer

San Francisco

Laura is Orrick’s Chief Operations Officer. In this role she works closely with the firm’s Board and Management Committee to execute the firm’s strategy. She is responsible for leading and directing all operational functions of the firm.

Laura has extensive experience in global operations management, strategic planning, integration, change management, and diversity and inclusion leadership. She has worked closely with senior leaders to deliver innovative services to our clients, to enhance productivity and efficiency, and to create a great place to work by building, leading and inspiring talented professional teams.

A 12-year Orrick veteran, with 20 years of experience in the legal industry, Laura previously served as Orrick’s Chief Administrative Officer and, before that, as the firm’s Chief Talent Officer and Executive Director - U.S. She helped shape and execute on the firm’s strategies to deliver distinctive services to the tech, finance and energy & infrastructure sectors, be a leading law firm employer, and meet client demand for quality and value.

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Practice:

  • Corporate

Brandon Sanders Senior Associate Corporate

San Francisco

Brandon Sanders is a corporate associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office, where he is a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Brandon represents high-growth companies and venture capital and private equity firms involved in the technology and life sciences industries. His practice focuses on general corporate counseling, venture capital and growth equity financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic matters.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Jay Wilder Schau Associate Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Jay Schau, a corporate associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Jay represents high growth technology companies in several areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, and venture capital financings.

Jay received his JD from the University of Michigan in 2017. He is also a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama where he double majored in Economics and Finance.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jay worked as a Bates Fellow at The Silicon Cape Initiative in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked to grow the tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem in and around the Western Cape.

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Practice:

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

M. Todd Scott Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

San Francisco

M. Todd Scott, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Group. His practice focuses on shareholder derivative suits, securities class actions, other complex business litigation and corporate governance counseling.

Todd has represented numerous corporations, directors and officers in federal securities class actions, SEC enforcement actions and shareholder derivative suits, at arbitration and on appeal.

Todd also regularly advises companies on questions of corporate governance, fiduciary duties and disclosure obligations, and has extensive experience in responding to shareholder litigation demands and books and records requests.

Before joining the firm, Todd was an associate at the San Francisco office of Clifford Chance US LLP. In his spare time, Todd is a musician, author and father to three amazing children.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity

John Seegal Partner M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

John Seegal, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group. He concentrates his practice on corporate counseling with a focus on buying and selling companies and helping companies to raise capital through public and private offerings of securities.

He has developed particular knowledge and experience in acting as special counsel for sellers and buyers of middle-market companies. This area of practice includes advising buyers and sellers with respect to acquisition strategy, leading or participating in negotiations, structuring friendly mergers and tender offers, and assisting in the smooth implementation of the acquisition transaction, the integration of the acquired business, and the protection of the interests of the shareholders, directors and management of the acquired business.
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Practice:

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

Kristin Seeger Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

San Francisco

Kristin's practice focuses on the acquisition and sale of domestic and international renewable energy projects as well as project financing (including tax equity financing arrangements) in the renewable energy sector.

Kristin's experience spans projects across the United States and Canada and includes award-winning transactions.

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Practice:

  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property

Nathan Shaffer Senior Associate Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising, Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Nathan Shaffer represents technology clients in high-stakes litigation.

Nathan Shaffer is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property group with a focus on Trademark and Copyright litigation. Nathan's practice focuses on representation of technology firms in federal court, and his experience includes preliminary injunctions, dispositive motion practice, and damages determinations.  Nathan has also represented clients in the Federal Circuit on emergency appeal and as amicus curiae.

Nathan was a member of the trial team in Oracle v. Google, a copyright suit known as the "World Series of Copyright Suits."  Google copied code from Oracle's Java Platform, and used it in the Android smartphone operating system.  During the case, Nathan argued a dispositive motion on Google's copyright fair use defense. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Nathan served as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California. 

Nathan currently represents pro bono a civil rights plaintiff in federal court.  His past pro bono experience includes obtaining a favorable resolution in the representation of a Bay Area green jobs nonprofit in a state court lawsuit, constitutional litigation in state court, and obtaining a significant monetary settlement on behalf of tenants in an eviction case. 

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Practice:

  • Africa
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy

Gil Shefer Managing Associate Africa, Renewable Energy

San Francisco

Gil is a member of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure team.


He advises developers and sponsors operating in the energy sector on a wide variety of matters, including tax equity financings, energy storage acquisitions, power purchase and sale agreements, and EPC and supply agreements. Prior to joining Orrick, Gil worked as an economic consultant for the World Bank in their Kigali, Rwanda, office.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy

Les Sherman Partner Energy, Infrastructure

San Francisco

Les leads Orrick’s US Renewable Energy Practice and has represented developers, investors and others on renewable and traditional energy project transactions for 35 years.

Chambers publications identify Les as a Leading Lawyer and report that clients say Les is an “icon in California in the renewables space” and “established a reputation as the go-to guy in California”. Clients praise Les for being “creative and responsive,” “the ultimate diplomat” and “deal oriented”. Les also is recognized by Euromoney, The Legal 500 and The Expert Guides as a Leading Lawyer in energy project development, M&A and finance.

Les represents many of the industry’s leading companies on project development, financing and M&A transactions for solar, wind, biomass, gas and similar generation projects, battery technology and other energy storage projects, biofuels and production facilities and energy efficiency projects. Les has led the Orrick team’s thought leadership in the growing energy storage market, has published numerous articles on the topic, and has served as lead counsel on many of the largest storage and renewables+storage transactions completed to date.

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Practice:

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

Jeannie J. Shin Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

San Francisco

Jeannie Shin is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of Orrick's Corporate Group.

Jeannie advises private and public companies on a full range of their corporate needs, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate restructurings and capital raising transactions. In particular, Jeannie has extensive experience with cross-border transactions. Jeannie has acted as lead M&A counsel in numerous transactions representing clients both on the sell-side and buy-side. She has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of industries, including software, internet, life sciences, energy, semiconductors, and consumer products and retail. As a member of Orrick’s Technology Companies Group, Jeannie also represents high growth technology companies and venture capital and other investors and has extensive experience with start-up companies in their formation, debt and equity financings, private placements and general corporate counseling.  

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Practice:

  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property

Robert Shwarts Partner Trade Secrets Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

Robert Shwarts is a first chair trial lawyer and Chair of Orrick's Global Trade Secrets Practice Group who has tried or arbitrated more than 30 cases in the areas of commercial litigation, employment and intellectual property.

He represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trade secret misappropriation cases and has conducted numerous TRO and preliminary injunction hearings in aid of these cases. His practice also includes counseling relating to trade secrets misappropriation and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.

Rob has broad experience in commercial litigation, having litigated claims of securities fraud, lender liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of warranties, claims arising from securitization transactions and other business fraud.

Rob's experience in employment-related litigation includes defending claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment and breach of contract. His practice also includes counseling relating to trade secret misappropriation and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.

U.S. and international clients with significant California presence turn to Rob to represent them in complex matters, including numerous financial services companies. He handles both jury and bench trials, as well as AAA, JAMS and FINRA (formerly NASD and NYSE) arbitration hearings.

Rob serves as the chair of the Firm’s Practice Management Committee, and is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. Rob previously served as head of the San Francisco office.  Rob contributes pro bono hours to the Humane Society and Point Blue Conservation Science each year.

Rob is a contributing author to the Orrick trade secrets blog, Trade Secrets Watch.

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Practice:

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

Ramy Shweiky Senior Associate M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Ramy Shweiky is a Senior Associate in the San Francisco office and a member of Orrick's Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.

Ramy advises public and private companies and their financial sponsors in a wide range strategic transactions, including M&A, debt and equity investments and joint ventures.  He also counsels boards and investors on fiduciary duties and other corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Ramy was an associate at Baker McKenzie.

Ramy has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2018-2019.