Stephanie Albrecht Senior Associate, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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Stephanie Albrecht, a senior associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, focuses her practice on regulatory and internal investigations and complex litigation.
Stephanie has experience representing companies and individuals in SEC and DOJ investigations involving potential violations of the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, consumer protection laws, and other federal and state laws. Stephanie also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in securities, trade secrets, employment, and other complex commercial litigation matters.
Additionally, Stephanie devotes her practice to pro bono work, representing clients in adoption, immigration, and civil rights matters.
Stephanie is a regular contributor to Orrick's Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement blog and an Associate Editor of The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities.
During law school, Stephanie was a law clerk in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Emmanuel Bénard is an employment lawyer, respected for his deep experience with challenging restructuring and complex collective litigation. Partner in Orrick’s Paris office, he is Head of the Employment Law Practice in France and Europe.
Emmanuel represents numerous French and international companies on all aspects of employment law including international and cross-border issues.
His practice focuses on reorganizations, collective redundancies. He notably advised key players of the Financial, Metal, Food and Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Leisure and Music Industries in implementing economic dismissals and voluntary departures. He also assists these clients with employee representation and collective bargaining and sensitive individual cases.
Emmanuel developed a special expertise in collective litigation as well as criminal litigation and currently handles a number of sensitive cases arising from works council and health and safety committee information consultation procedure, professional elections, collective bargaining agreements and employees performance appraisal system.
With a long-standing experience on landmark M&A, he regularly supports HR Directors in dealing with works council information and consultation procedures and transfer of employees triggered by such complex projects, helping them achieving their strategic objectives.
Co-author of an insightful and pedagogic book on all labor and employment facets of companies’ reorganization, Emmanuel is described by his clients as “a guru in the field of employment law” and praised for his “business sense”.
Before joining Orrick in 2016, Emmanuel was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits Department. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.
Hélène Boukez is an Employment Law lawyer in our Paris office.
Hélène advises French and international firms on all employment matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Hélène was an associate in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for six years.
Katie Briscoe is an associate in Orrick’s Employment Law Group in the Sacramento office.
Ben Buchwalter is an employment attorney in Orrick's Silicon Valley Office.
Ben defends employers in class action, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff lawsuits in California and federal court, and before state and federal agencies. Ben also advises employers on a variety of pre-litigation employment matters, including discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, wage-and-hour issues, and termination.
Shawn Butte is a managing associate in the New York office. His practice focuses on representing clients in high-stakes employment litigation, including restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, and conducting sensitive internal investigations.
Shawn's practice involves crafting creative, practical solutions to complex legal challenges faced by multinational corporations and emerging companies in a range of industries, including media, software, insurance, financial services, retail and pharmaceuticals.
Shawn regularly handles high-stakes litigation involving post-employment restrictions, employee raiding, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and class and collective actions. Shawn has experience in both federal and state court, as well as in alternative dispute forums such as the American Arbitration Association, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in TRO and preliminary injunction hearings.
In addition to his litigation practice, Shawn advises management on a variety of workplace issues, including employee mobility, trade secret protection, wage and hour policies, employee classification, and internal investigations. He also frequently serves as outside counsel to both domestic and international startups trying to expand in the U.S. market. Shawn uses his experience as a litigator to help clients proactively avoid protracted legal disputes. Shawn has also advised clients on employment issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
Shawn is recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro area "Rising Star” (2018).
Annie Chen is a Managing Associate in the employment litigation department in Orrick’s Los Angeles office. She represents corporate clients in complex employment litigation, including wage-and-hour class actions and PAGA representative actions, as well as single plaintiff discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims.
Annie has experience in all facets of litigation, including factual investigations, preparing witnesses for depositions, taking depositions, and pretrial briefing and motion practice. She also advises clients regarding compliance with employment laws, including revising employee handbook provisions and employee commission agreements, leave of absence issues, requests for accommodations and employee terminations.
Erin M. Connell, a San Francisco employment partner and Co-Chair of Orrick's EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group and Pay Equity Task Force, represents employers in high stakes employment litigation and is an expert in equal employment opportunity law, pay equity, and affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance.
Erin’s practice covers all aspects of employment law, as well as complex business litigation outside the employment context. Erin has successfully defended numerous class actions, EEOC systemic discrimination investigations, and complex individual cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour claims. Erin has particular expertise in the area of pay equity, compensation analyses, and diversity initiatives; and regularly advises clients with respect to OFCCP and other EEO audits.
Erin also is an accomplished trial lawyer. She has tried several cases before juries and in arbitration, and has successfully has obtained numerous defense summary judgment rulings and other favorable resolutions in state and federal court.
Erin's clients include leading technology and Fortune 500 companies, including: Oracle, Facebook, Netflix, Pandora, Pinterest, NVIDIA, NetApp, Splunk, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Seagate Technology.
Erin is currently the management chair of the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, and frequently speaks on California and national employment law issues. She has published numerous articles on employment law in publications around the country, including the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. She also provides training on managing within the law and preventing sexual harassment, and conducts internal investigations on employment-related matters.
Michael Delikat, a partner in the New York office, serves as Chair of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Practice, which has employment law teams in the European Union, Asia as well as the United States.
He also is the founder of the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force. He previously served as the Managing Director of Orrick’s Litigation Division.
Under Mike's leadership, Orrick’s Employment Law & 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. The practice group has also been chosen as one of the top national employment law practices by Law 360. In recognition of Mike's practice, Chambers USA and Chambers Global awarded him a Band 1 ranking, noting he is "sought out by premier clients to handle high-stakes employment litigation and investigations," and "a very persuasive advocate who knows the law inside out and is able to get to the heart of the issue very quickly."
He represents a broad range of major corporations in all facets of labor and employment law. Mike has an active trial, arbitration and appellate practice and handles a number of high-visibility class action and impact cases. Mike has extensive experience with litigation arising from trade secret misappropriation and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions, EEOC systemic investigations and litigations, wage-and-hour collective actions and other class actions based on gender and race, with particular expertise representing companies in the financial services industry.
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Mike litigates "bet the farm"-style class and collective actions and provides cost-effective solutions to clients with the company's overall business model in mind.
Lawsuits can undermine business strategy. Mike understands this and approaches legal solutions with a sensitivity towards how litigation may impact the client's overall business goals. He applies a creative approach in advising clients in several industries, including tech, finance, and retail.
Currently, Mike is defending a tech giant in a major class action alleging disparate impact based on gender. His involvement includes addressing novel privilege issues, strategizing eDiscovery solutions, and positioning the client for opposition to class certification. Besides litigation experience, Mike also counsels clients regarding OFCCP investigations, wage and hour compliance, and cross border human resources issues. He is also a member of the firm's Whistleblower Task Force and Blockchain Working Group. In 2017, Mike was awarded Orrick's Community Responsibility Award for his involvement with several local service projects.
Mike graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law, where he was also awarded the Public Service Fellow distinction, received several CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, and competed as a member of Ohio State's National Moot Court Team. He received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, magna cum laude, where he now serves on the College's Alumni Council.
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Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Ben Dobkin draws upon his investigative background to guide companies through precarious situations.
To do so, Ben tenaciously uncovers the facts of each matter, determines potential liability and recommends a path to resolution. His cases have included domestic as well as international investigations, involving allegations ranging from False Claims Act violations to an illegal kickback conspiracy. In addition to his white collar practice, Ben has also defended a major tech company in a significant gender discrimination matter. Ben helped his team defeat class certification and strategize on motions for summary judgment.
Ben’s ability to relentlessly unravel a mystery stems from his time spent as a police officer and in the Navy. Prior to Orrick, Ben worked in law enforcement for nine years where he investigated everything from commonplace crimes to complex financial fraud schemes. Ben also served in the United States Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. He was deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
In addition to his legal practice, Ben uses his investigative skills to serve the community in various pro bono matters. In the effort to criminalize sexual extortion, Ben is helping legislatures close loopholes so they can successfully prosecute offenders. He also helped a domestic violence survivor secure a critical restraining order.
Avalon uses her analytical skills and thorough understanding of the litigation process to guide clients through high-stakes employment matters.
Avalon learned firsthand how cases are decided while clerking for Ninth Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan and District Judge Morrison C. England. These experiences provided her with a clear view of how to effectively litigate a case from the initial complaint through the appellate process. Using a mix of sharp advocacy, strategic thinking, and a strong work ethic, Avalon helps clients navigate litigation and obtain effective results. She draws upon that invaluable experience to help Fortune 500 companies resolve a variety of employment matters, from federal single-plaintiff discrimination and retaliation litigation to wage and hour class actions in California state court. She is currently helping to defend a global technology leader from the largest OFCCP litigation to date.
In recognition of her achievements, she was recently named to the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list.
As a former federal law clerk, Avalon understands the importance of advocacy both in and out of the courtroom. She’s a board member of the Federal Bar Association’s Sacramento Chapter, a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit, and the Vice Chair of the Eastern District of California’s Judicial Conference.