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Practice:

  • Technology Transactions
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Strategic Counseling
  • Corporate
  • Fintech
  • Internet of Things
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Amy Lauren Senior Associate Technology Transactions, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

New York

Amy Lauren, a Senior Associate in the Global Technology Transactions practice, serves as a strategic advisor to large and small companies in all stages of their development within a wide range of industries and business models. Amy helps clients understand key business and legal risks involved in efficiently managing complex legal and technology issues in connection with contract negotiations, product development and business operations. 

Amy advises clients across a spectrum of continuously innovating industries, including software licensing and development (including artificial intelligence), blockchain networks, cryptocurrency, cloud services, IoT products, online and mobile payments, intermediary products and services, wearables, fintech, e-commerce, emerging technologies, consumer products, and digital media and entertainment.

Amy was previously American Express’ lead lawyer for its digital products and strategic partnerships business and worked closely on emerging payment products in North America, Latin America and India. Prior to American Express, she spent several years in-house as a digital music attorney (including EMI Music and Warner Music), handling digital music transactions and policy, including as the global head of Digital Legal & Business Affairs at EMI Music.
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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Public Finance

Elizabeth Lefever Of Counsel Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Silicon Valley

Ms. Elizabeth Lefever, of counsel in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.

She focuses on high growth technology companies and represents both public and private companies and venture capital funds in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and private equity.

Prior to joining Orrick, Elizabeth was of counsel with Clifford Chance and an associate at Brobeck Phleger and Harrison.
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Practice:

  • Corporate Tax
  • International Tax
  • Tax Advocacy
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Finance Tax

Stephen Lessard Senior Associate Corporate Tax, International Tax

New York

Stephen Lessard, an associate in Orrick's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Steve focuses his practice on the taxation of debt and equity offerings, cross-border transactions, tax controversy, and municipal finance. He also has experience counseling nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Steve was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • China

Adam Lin Counsel Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Silicon Valley

Adam Lin, a counsel at the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies group.

Adam's practice focuses on advising high-growth technology companies, some of them include Pinterest, ResearchGate, Nest, OpenDoor, Luminus, Pica8 and Hillstone Networks. Adam also advises on cross-border mergers & acquisitions such as Acer’s acquisition of Gateway Computers as well as cross-border financing transactions representing China-focused or China-based venture capital funds such as Baidu, Inc., Baidu Ventures, GSR Ventures and Gobi Partners and venture backed technology companies such as Digital Media Group Limited (acquired by VisionChina Media Inc. (NASDAQ: VISN)), Azalaea Networks (acquired by Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN)), PCH International, and Hillstone Networks.

In addition to private companies, Adam represented public traded technology companies such as SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) and served as General Counsel and VP of Business Development at SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS), as Associate General Counsel at eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) and as the Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Integrated Memory Logics Limited (TWSE: 3638).

Prior to becoming a corporate attorney, Adam co-founded two technology startup companies in Silicon Valley and was previously an engineer involving in numerous semiconductor fab projects in Hsinchu, Taiwan and Pudong, China.

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Practice:

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

Betty L. Louie Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Beijing

Betty L. Louie is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group based in the Beijing office. With a particular expertise on Asia outbound investments, Betty has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments and capital markets. She has practiced for over 20 years on the continents – the US, Europe and China – on strategic and complex mergers and acquisitions.

She regularly advises Chinese corporations and financial institutions investing and operating outside of China, and also assists international companies with their FDIs in China. She also advises global private equity and venture capital funds on their investments in Chinese companies, as well as assisting international tech companies on their structuring and operations in China.

Since 2012, she has been consistently recognized and ranked in legal industry publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Milano Finanza. Clients have praised Betty as “extremely experienced with complex legal issues, both M&A and regulatory issues”, “highly experienced in helping Chinese companies and investors carry out transactions,” “having a specialist knowledge of the Chinese market” and “offers practical and efficient solutions.”

In addition, Betty also represents a broad range of foreign investors (U.S., Middle Eastern, European) in connection with their global investments and acquisitions.

She advises companies in various industries, including energy, technology, financial services, healthcare, medical devices, real estate and advanced manufacturing.

Before relocating to China, Betty practiced in New York for more than 10 years, and also practiced in Italy for close to 10 years.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Lisa Lupion Partner Employment Law & Litigation

New York

In today’s complex world of employment law, the legislative landscape is changing faster than ever before. Companies can easily veer out of compliance, and into financial and reputational dangers. To guide employers through this maze, Lisa Lupion offers a precise path forward. 

She begins by gathering an in-depth understanding of her client’s business and goals, and then evaluating the specific issue at hand, so that whether navigating a counseling issue or a complex litigation, she can understand every possible angle and design the best possible solution.

Lisa regularly litigates a broad range of employment issues in court, administrative agencies, and arbitration. Lisa also helps companies at all stages of development avoid litigation, or prevent a single-plaintiff matter from escalating to a class action. She has successfully handled a number of high-stakes arbitrations and internal investigations. In addition, she offers counseling on discrimination, harassment, equal pay, wage and hour issues, disability accommodations, termination and compensation.  Lisa regularly advises clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including human resources policies and procedures, offer letters, severance agreements and employee termination. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Lisa served as a law clerk to the Hon. Peter Leisure in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Solar Energy

Shaun Malone Associate M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

London

Shaun Malone is an associate in our London office and a member of the corporate group. Shaun has a broad range of corporate experience and advises clients on cross-border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, venture capital, renewable energy, corporate governance and restructuring.

Shaun frequently acts on cross-border M&A and has done so in a range of sectors, including in the technology, renewable energy, media and hospitality sectors.

He has experience working with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on investment deals as well as with fast growing technology startups on investment rounds.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • 3D Printing
  • Internet of Things

Richard F. Martinelli Partner Intellectual Property, Patents

New York

Rich Martinelli develops comprehensive IP strategies which resolve immediate legal needs and safeguard long-term business objectives. He handles all aspects of intellectual property, particularly patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling.

He has litigated patents at trial, before the ITC, and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Rich has counseled clients and rendered opinions on patent validity, infringement and freedom to use. He is a registered patent attorney with experience drafting patents and practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rich also helps companies address the novel litigation and transactional IP issues that arise when developing and working with AI and is a frequent lecturer on these topics.

Rich’s patent work has involved a wide range of technologies including image processing, 3d graphics, audio / video compression, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, network technologies, digital rights management and encryption.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Executive Compensation
  • M&A and Private Equity

Christine McCarthy Partner Compensation & Benefits, Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Christine McCarthy is a partner in the Silicon Valley office and a member of the Technology Companies Group and the Compensation and Benefits Group.

Christine has extensive experience advising on all aspects of equity and executive compensation plans and arrangements for multinational private and public companies, including large Fortune 500 public companies. Such advice covers the design, administration, and implementation of such plans and arrangements, as well as compliance with applicable federal and state laws, including corporate, securities and tax laws, NASDAQ/NYSE rules, and accounting rules. In addition, Christine counsels clients on corporate governance related issues that arise with respect to such plans and arrangements and regularly prepares disclosure required to be included in annual proxy statements, Form 10-K reports and Form 8-K filings.

Christine:
  • regularly advises compensation committees, Boards of Directors, companies, management and executives on employment agreements, severance agreements, equity compensation plans and agreements and similar arrangements;
  • has extensive experience advising late stage private companies on the specific compensation-related challenges facing these companies and, in particular, is known for her thought-leadership in designing and creating private company restricted stock unit programs and extended stock option exercise programs;
  • advises late stage private companies on the issues that arise during the preparation, lead-up to and implementation of their initial public offering, including issues related to executive and equity compensation, as well as, corporate governance and disclosure related matters; and
  • advises clients on merger and acquisition transactions, including issues related to executive and equity compensation, post-closing integration, Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (deferred compensation) and Internal Revenue Code Section 280G (the golden parachute rules).

Before joining the firm, Christine practiced at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Christine speaks and publishes articles regularly on executive and equity compensation related topics.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Brigid McCurdy Managing Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Brigid McCurdy is an associate in the Silicon Valley Office, and a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Brigid advises high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Andrew W. Miller Managing Associate Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

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

Andrew represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, ongoing corporate matters, mergers & acquisitions, initial public offerings and venture capital financings.

Prior to joining Orrick,  Andrew was a legal intern at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on building companies in the communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare and information technology markets.

Andrew also has previous business experience working for and consulting startups such as Thumbtack, Jebbit and Enservio; investors, including G51 Capital and PV Ventures; and Barclays Investment Bank. Andrew was the first outside investor in Jebbit, a company that provides interactive content management solutions for marketers, which was recognized as one of the most promising companies in the world by CNBC.  

Andrew received his JD/MBA from Boston College in 2015. He is also a 2011 graduate of Boston College’s Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences where he double majored in Economics and Philosophy and was a 2009 Boston College Venture Competition Finalist. He is an avid runner, world traveler and Denver Broncos fan.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Fintech

Nikki Mondschein Senior Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

New York

Nikki Mondschein's practice focuses on counseling clients, solving problems, and making deals across virtually all sectors, including technology, software, mobile, media and entertainment.

Drawing from her creative background and experience as an in house lawyer at global technology companies, Nikki provides practical advice to both emerging and established companies on both the day-to-day and complex, evolving legal and business considerations of protecting their intellectual property rights, developing or procuring new technologies, products and services, and launching new and innovative products and services, with an emphasis on the digital and mobile space. She has experience drafting, negotiating, and counseling clients on a range of business and intellectual property agreements, including IT services, Internet infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), technology and software licensing and development, cloud services, content licensing and acquisition, marketing, strategic partnerships, customer terms (such as website and mobile app terms of service and privacy policies), global sourcing, and outsourcing agreements, as well as supporting cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures and on privacy and data security matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Nikki served as in house counsel at Nokia and another multinational technology company.