Elizabeth Marshall Anderson Senior Associate, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
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Elizabeth Marshall Anderson is a managing associate in Orrick’s White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.
Elizabeth (Liz) represents companies and individuals in government investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.
Liz focuses on white collar, accounting, and securities matters and has appeared on behalf of banks, investment advisors, accounting firms, and broker-dealers in federal court and before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among others. She has experience conducting large internal investigations related to accounting and compliance issues. Liz also represents individuals in shareholder securities class actions.
John Ansbro is a seasoned litigator based in New York specializing in complex commercial litigation representing large, sophisticated clients in their most important matters in state and federal courts across the country. He has secured over $1 billion in damages when acting as plaintiffs’ counsel, and he has secured dismissals at the pleading stage and summary judgment dismissals when defending his clients.
A front line advocate, John has deep experience in all aspects of litigation in the trial courts, on appeals, and arbitration. He has handled a wide range of matters that include a host of different contract disputes, issues arising from the 2008 Financial Crisis involving residential home mortgage backed securities (RMBS), bankruptcy litigation, insurance recovery, consumer class actions, and commercial real estate foreclosure. John has also served as an arbitrator on an ICC International Court of Arbitration panel in a cross-border contract dispute.
John currently is lead counsel to Hemlock Semiconductor Operations LLC (majority owned by Dow Corning Corporation and Corning, Inc.) in seven actions pending in Michigan and New York courts seeking $3 billion in damages where Hemlock asserts breaches of long-term supply agreements against defendants located in Japan, Germany, China and Taiwan. In a case of first impression in Michigan, John won the dismissal of an attempt by a Japanese conglomerate to avoid $1.4 billion in purchase obligations on the theory that alleged illegal acts by the Chinese Government constituted an “act of government” under the parties’ force majeure provision. The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed that dismissal. In another of these actions, John recently obtained summary judgment against a German company along with a damages award of $793 million. John regularly travels to Japan to coordinate strategy with the team of Japanese attorneys defending Hemlock in the Tokyo District Court against alleged breaches of the antitrust laws of Japan.
Since 2011 John has been a senior member of the Orrick team that represents Credit Suisse Securities USA in actions brought by monoline insurers seeking to deny coverage under financial guarantees they issued covering a number RMBS. He also defends Credit Suisse in several actions brought by RMBS investors alleging breaches of representations and warranties. As lead counsel, John obtained a dismissal—from the bench, after lengthy argument—of a $46 million fraud action in which the issuer of a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) claimed it was fraudulently induced to guarantee a credit default swap referencing $396 million of CDO certificates underwritten by Credit Suisse. John demonstrated to the court that based upon public information and other facts known to the issuer, it was on sufficient notice of the alleged fraud well before the expiration of the statute of limitations. John argued and won a unanimous appellate affirmance of that dismissal.
John is also a senior member of Orrick’s team representing one of the nation’s largest mortgage loan servicers. This engagement covers all of the company’s RMBS related legal issues, including allegations by various certificate holders and RMBS trustees of faulty loan servicing under the trust agreements. None of these allegations have been successful.
Beyond these examples, John’s depth of experience includes handling matters in a wide variety of industries, as shown by the examples below of his engagements.
Prior to joining Orrick, John was a Litigation Associate at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP.
Kevin is an Associated Law Professor affiliated with the Supreme Court and Appellate group. His practice involves high-stakes appeals in federal and state courts across the country.
Kevin has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including class actions, securities, bankruptcy, and patents. He has co-authored numerous appellate briefs, including briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States at the certiorari and merits stages, on subjects including consumer protection, Indian law, criminal forfeiture, federal court jurisdiction, and foreign sovereign immunity. Kevin has also engaged in strategic planning and motions practice at the trial stage in both federal and state courts.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kevin clerked for Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States and Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has a Ph.D. in history from NYU, where he specialized in the history of the federal courts in the early national period.
Kevin Askew, a senior associate in Orrick’s Los Angeles office, is a securities litigator. He represents companies, officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and other complex business litigation matters. Kevin also has substantial experience representing financial institutions, issuers and individuals in connection with SEC investigations and enforcement actions.
Kevin has litigated matters in state and federal courts around the country, in arbitration, in administrative proceedings, and on appeal.
Kevin has also devoted a significant portion of his time to pro bono matters. Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project awarded Kevin its 2016 Pro Bono Award in recognition of his representation of an asylum seeker in a long-running matter.
Kevin has published articles on securities-related topics in the Daily Journal, the National Law Journal, Bloomberg BNA, and other publications.
Kenton Atta-Krah is an associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group.
Kenton represents clients in civil litigation and white collar matters, including domestic and international internal corporate investigations and regulatory agency investigations. He has trial and litigation experience before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal in New York, and has had experience responding to congressional subpoenas, investigating allegations of sexual abuse by faculty members at an educational institution, and responding to an institutional data breach affecting thousands of people in all 50 states and in several U.S. territories and jurisdictions.
Kenton is active in community service, in particular, through the representation of incarcerated individuals under the Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”), where he has been involved in Section 1983 civil rights actions and other civil matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kenton was an Associate at Day Pitney LLP. While in law school, he was a research assistant to Professor Doriane Coleman and interned with the CWS-RDU Immigration and Refugee Program, which provides legal assistance to individuals and families on immigration matters. He also spent time as a Summer Associate at Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, a law firm in Accra, Ghana.
Nicholas Bagley is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and an Associated Law Professor in Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.
Nick was an attorney with the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and served as lead counsel in many more. Among many other matters, Nick successfully defended the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act before the D.C. Circuit (National Association of Manufacturers v. Taylor), served on the litigation team charged with defending the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act from a First Amendment challenge (Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. United States), appeared before the Second Circuit in an important case involving the status of digital downloads under the copyright statutes (United States v. ASCAP), and represented the government in two significant False Claims Act suits in the Fifth Circuit (United States ex rel. Longhi v. Lithium Power Technologies, Inc.; United States v. Caremark).
Nick served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit. Before getting a law degree at New York University Law School, he joined Teach for America and taught eighth-grade English at a public school in the South Bronx.
Nicholas teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, regulatory theory, and health law. His work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. His article, “Centralized Oversight of the Regulatory State,” which he coauthored with Richard Revesz, was selected as the best article in the field in 2006 by the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He won the law school’s teaching award in 2012.
Lacey Bangle helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, and a variety of complex civil litigation.
Lacey’s corporate investigation experience includes insider trading, False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigations. She has also represented clients in a range of government enforcement action, including those brought by the SEC, DOJ, and state regulators.
Lacey has broad complex litigation experience, frequently handling claims of fraud, securities law violations, breaches of fiduciary duties, and breaches of contract, among others.
Lacey’s pro bono work has included briefing and arguing an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, first-chair representation of clients at administrative hearings, advising non-profit clients on compliance matters, and assisting a woman serving a life sentence in gaining parole after 34 years in prison.
While in law school, Lacey participated in the East Bay Community Law Center’s Housing practice. While at EBCLC, Lacey successfully represented clients in administrative hearings and successfully wrote and argued dispositive motions in unlawful detainer proceedings. She joined Orrick in 2012.
Suzette Barnes is a senior associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Her practice focuses on the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and complex commercial actions, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations.
Additionally, Suzette devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to veterans seeking VA benefits, homeless individuals seeking the resolution of open warrants, and low income individuals seeking criminal record remedies (including expungements).
Prior to joining Orrick, Suzette was a litigation fellow in the Office of General Counsel for The Regents of the University of California, where she litigated commercial, probate and mandamus actions.
Kristen Bartlett, a senior associate in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation, and Compliance Group. Kristen's practice focuses on securities litigation and white collar criminal defense.
She represents companies and individuals in regulatory investigations, including DOJ, SEC and FINRA matters, and in internal investigations. Kristen's practice also focuses on civil actions brought under federal and state securities laws.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kristen was an Orrick fellow at the Stanford University Youth and Education Law Project. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and worked for two years at the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Complex Civil Litigation Center.
Before law school, she taught English and Spanish at the high school level.
Sheila is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice, where she represents clients in appellate and trial-level litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Sheila was an Honors Attorney at the Department of Justice. At DOJ she handled all aspects of litigation in a diverse array of matters, from shepherding complex cases through discovery to briefing and arguing dispositive motions in federal courts coast to coast. Sheila has also successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.
Sheila graduated from Harvard College and NYU School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor on the New York University Law Review and won the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for overall achievement. Immediately following law school, she served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before becoming a lawyer, Sheila had a decade-long career in education and leadership development, including teaching high school in coastal Alaska and coaching leadership and wilderness skills for students of all ages in remote settings throughout North America.
Greg is a commercial litigator based in New York. He represents leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in complex, high stakes litigation involving sophisticated financial products, business torts, contract disputes and class actions. Greg has played key roles representing financial institutions in major RMBS and CMBS cases nationwide, including, most recently, one of the few RMBS cases that has been tried to completion. He also has extensive experience representing energy companies in litigation and arbitration, as well as fintech companies and app providers in privacy-related class actions.
Recent representative matters include:
Financial Institution and Business Litigation
Energy & Infrastructure Litigation
While in law school, Greg served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Ronna Lee Beck of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as a law clerk in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.
Greg has also co-authored numerous articles appearing in publications such as the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, New York Law Journal, and Law360.
San Francisco; Seattle
San Francisco; Seattle
Lily Stevens Becker helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, FCPA compliance, shareholder disputes, and securities litigation.
She has extensive experience managing corporate internal investigations involving FCPA, compliance, embezzlement, fraud and securities laws issues. Lily has conducted investigations around the world for multinational corporations as well as targeted investigations for small organizations. She served on the Monitor Team for two SEC and DOJ FCPA Monitorships, involving a banking technology company and a medical device company. She advises clients on anti-corruption compliance programs at all stages, including developing policies and procedures and conducting assessments of well-established programs.
Lily represents individuals and corporations in connection with SEC enforcement actions and investigations, DOJ investigations, FINRA inquiries, securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits. She has represented founders and investors in start-up companies, including matters involving venture capital disputes, unfair competition, breaches of partnership and shareholder agreements, employment and fraud claims, and fiduciary obligations. In addition, she counsels and litigates in insurance areas, in particular regarding directors and officers insurance and corporate indemnification obligations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Ms. Becker was a clerk for the Honorable Loren A. Smith on the United States Court of Federal Claims.