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Erica Rothenberg is an associate in Orrick’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group.
Erica’s practice focuses on patent infringement litigation in federal district court and Section 337 proceedings before the ITC. Although her emphasis is in computer software, Erica counsels clients on a wide range of technologies, including semiconductors, printers, graphics processors and medical devices.Before joining Orrick, Erica served as a law clerk at The White House and an intellectual property legal intern at LinkedIn. She taught herself Python programming at a young age and worked in database development prior to law school.
Michael Ruiz is an associate in the Technology Companies Group in the Silicon Valley office, whose focus is primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Diana has always loved complex puzzles – studying each piece until the solution emerges. She applies that same determined curiosity to her IP practice. After carefully listening to each client, Diana examines every legal, business, and human element, arranging disparate pieces into elegant solutions. With Diana as their advocate, her clients can confidently develop and expand their IP strategy and portfolios.
As a seasoned IP litigator and counselor, Diana’s practice has run the gamut from high stakes trials, to take-down and anti-counterfeiting campaigns, to employee departure and trade secret investigations. She represents clients in District and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Diana recently tried and won a complex case in which the other side sought to extend the monopoly of an expired utility patent by claiming trade dress rights in a technical product feature. Drawing upon experience handling both complex patent and trademark matters, her team successfully argued that the intersection of patent and trademark policy prevented the other side from continuing its monopoly, clearing the way for her client to enter the market. With Diana at their side, companies can rest assured that their essential assets are protected, from their company name, logo, and website, to their core technologies.
While at Orrick, Diana was seconded to the City and County of San Francisco, where she had the privilege to serve as an Assistant District Attorney, and first-chair several trials. She was also seconded to Salesforce, where she learned first-hand that the law comprises just one component of a company’s overall business strategy.
Diana is also passionate about her pro bono work. For example, she represented two detainees in Guantanamo in connection with their petitions for a writ of habeas corpus, and she is currently working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining the firm, Diana worked for the Legal Aid of Cambodia where she assisted with the prosecution of former Khmer Rouge officials and represented individuals who sought to reclaim land rights.
Diana is a member of the International Trademark Association, of ChIPs: Advancing Women in IP and of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.
Anna Saber in an Intellectual Property Litigation associate in Orrick’s Silicon Valley Office. Her practice focuses on copyright, patent, white collar, and complex litigation. In addition to her IP practice, Anna handles pro bono matters, focusing her attention on matters relating to victims of domestic violence, international human rights, and criminal law.
Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as Senior Managing Editor of Santa Clara Law Review and Co-President of the Women & Law Association. Anna was a member of Trial Team and the International Humanitarian Law Competition Team, which placed second in a national competition involving other law schools and military academies. While in law school, Anna also interned at the district attorney’s office, where she obtained valuable in-court experience arguing suppression of evidence and sentencing motions.
Prior to law school, Anna attended UC Santa Barbara, where she double majored in Economics and Political Science, with an emphasis in Political Theory. For her senior honors thesis in the Political Science major, Anna analyzed whether the U.S.’s drone warfare policies comported with the accepted laws, ethics, and norms of warfare. At UC Santa Barbara, Anna was a member of the club crew and club water polo teams.
Technology industry players count on Danny’s thoughtful guidance and strong advocacy. On behalf of buyers, founders, investors and private equity sponsors, he navigates complex merger and acquisition transactions, and private equity investments.
Regardless of the client, he crafts collaborative solutions that bring clarity and create value. He has successfully piloted domestic and cross-border transactions through a labyrinth of jurisdictional and regulatory hurdles. He has helped early-stage startup founders sell a passion project, worked through the intricacies of establishing a mainland China joint venture and closed deals ranging in value from $4.5 million to $67 billion, the largest pure technology deal to date.
Before joining Orrick, Danny was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Alexis Savini is an associate in the Silicon Valley Office, and a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Alexis advises high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Tracy Scheidtmann uses a collaborative approach and extraordinary foresight to help people – and their businesses – resolve a wide range of employment issues. Working alongside executives, in-house counsel, human resources and other professionals, Tracy crafts legal solutions that fit the needs, vision and values of today’s growing companies.
Underscoring her commitment to helping others, Tracy also searches for ways to use her legal skills to help the community. She dedicates significant hours each year to various pro bono causes, including serving and supporting those affected by domestic violence. Prior to Orrick, Tracy worked with her law school’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, where she represented individuals who sought to obtain or enforce civil protection orders in the District of Columbia Superior Court. She was also a legal intern at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2000.
She has advised hundreds of employers on the complex legal, compliance and human resource challenges associated with today’s workplace. Her years spent litigating high-stakes disputes allow her to see the full landscape of an issue, and therefore pinpoint pitfalls and opportunities that others might overlook. Tracy also knows that cost and sensibility go hand in hand. Whether working with clients in the startup space or large corporations, she aligns her legal advice with each clients’ culture, as well as its business and financial objectives.
Tracy honed her
litigation skills as an attorney in Orrick’s employment group from 2002-2015. In 2015, she joined Facebook to gain in-house
experience as a company investigator. In that role, Tracy identified potential legal or company policy violations to help the
company proactively address workplace issues. Upon her return to Orrick
in 2016, Tracy found her niche as an advisor, focusing her practice exclusively
on employment advice and counseling.
Mark Seneca, a Corporate partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity Group as well as its Technology Companies Group. Mark has dedicated his legal career to the M&A specialty, with experience in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving both public and private companies in domestic and cross-border deals.
Mark has a particular focus on the technology sector, having led hundreds of buy-side and sell-side transactions involving prominent high-tech serial acquirers, unicorns and venture back companies. His sell-side work involves multiple acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com, VMware, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Adobe, Yahoo! and Twitter. These deals include his high profile work for Cruise Automation in its acquisition by General Motors, Nest Labs in its US$3.2 billion acquisition by Google, and Instagram in its US$1.0 billion acquisition by Facebook, which was ranked one of the top 10 largest valued private tech M&A deals in the U.S. in 2012. In an interview with Bloomberg Law for a “Rainmakers” episode, Mark provided a substantive analysis of the Instagram deal, including its industry precedent and influence (click here).
On the buy-side, Mark has served as lead M&A counsel for top public company acquirers (Yelp, Google, Yahoo! and Intellisync) as well as private company serial acquirers (Stripe, Pinterest and Social Finance).
Li is a litigator focusing on patent litigation in U.S. district courts and the International Trade Commission, as well as patent office proceedings and Federal Circuit appeals. Her practice encompasses a wide range of technology, including biosciences, medical devices, wearable technology, computer and cell phone technologies, and pharmaceutics.
Li has experience working on various aspects of litigation in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her experience includes motion practice, invalidity and infringement analyses, complex discovery management, depositions, working with expert and fact witnesses, as well as pre-trial and trial preparation. She has litigated patent cases in the domains of biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceutics, communications, e-commerce, computers, and wearable technology, among others. She has also litigated trade secret, FRAND licensing, and unfair competition cases, and provided counseling on patent matters. Li has a bachelor degree in chemistry and is always enthusiastic about learning and understanding new technologies. Prior to joining Orrick, Li practiced in the patent litigation group at a global law firm in Los Angeles.
Li also devotes her time to various pro bono matters. She is admitted in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and is passionate about protecting veterans' rights to obtain necessary medical treatment for service-related injuries.
Li is a native speaker of Chinese and is able to translate.
Vinella Sido, a senior associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Capital Markets Group. Vinella's practice focuses on corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Vinella represents technology and growth companies at all stages of their development, from seed-stage startups to more mature public companies, with a particular focus on late-stage private companies and public companies. She represents several private companies in corporate legal matters, ranging from advising at material stages of the corporate life cycle (formation, initial capitalization, financing, mergers and acquisitions), to providing tactical guidance and trusted governance advice on board, advisor, employment, separation and other commercial matters.
She has experience in preparing companies for initial public offerings and follow-on offerings, as well as counseling companies and boards of directors on public disclosure issues, fiduciary duties, board and committee governance and structure, board leadership, board audits and self-evaluation processes, officer and director stock transactions, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, relationships with stockholders and proxy advisory firms, regulatory compliance, listing rule requirements, and governance "best practices."
Before joining Orrick, Vinella was an associate in the Palo Alto Office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., for four years and prior to Wilson Sonsini, Vinella spent several years in-house rising to the level of vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at her last position. Vinella previously was an associate at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Richard Vernon Smith, a partner in our Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices and a member of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group, has over 35 years of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate law.
Richard has advised on more than 500 M&A transactions and has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including negotiated mergers, auction bid processes, cross-border transactions, distressed asset sales (including 363 sales), leveraged buyouts, tender offers and exchange offers, going private transactions, mergers of equals transactions, going dark transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, takeover and activist defense, purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries and joint ventures.
Richard also has represented clients in a wide range of SEC-registered, underwritten and privately placed stock and debt offerings, and he has assisted companies in connection with issuer tender offers (both equity and debt), recapitalizations, restructurings and rights offerings. He regularly represents clients in the preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports, proxy statements and Williams Act reports. He also assists clients in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; real time disclosure compliance; sales of restricted securities and sales of securities by insiders; disclosure issues, including with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD; and NYSE/NASDAQ rule compliance and inquiries.
Maria Sokova is an Intellectual Property Litigation associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley Office.
Maria's practice focuses on copyright, patent, trademark, and complex litigation. In addition to her IP practice, Maria also handles pro bono matters including those involving intellectual property rights.
Maria graduated Order of the Coif from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she also served as Co-President of the Women & Law Association, and of the Biotechnology Law Group. While in Law School, Maria also participated in a clinic with the Northern California Innocence Project on litigation matters in Wrongful Conviction Cases.