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Larry Low Chief Legal Officer

San Francisco

Larry Low is Orrick's Chief Legal Officer and is located in the San Francisco office. As the Chief Legal Officer, Larry is responsible for strategic planning and managing the firm's global legal affairs, including advising on and overseeing matters relating to governance, litigation, contracts, insurance, ethics and risk management.

In addition to his responsibilities to the firm, Larry represents public and private high growth technology companies, and venture capital funds. His clients are involved in a broad range of industries including, energy, semiconductors, Internet, software and consumer products. He has extensive experience in start-up enterprises, venture financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and advises companies and investors in cross border transactions involving Asia.

Larry was appointed in 1995 by President Clinton as one of four U.S. representatives to serve on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Larry has published articles that have appeared in publications of the California Continuing Education of the Bar and the Practicing Law Institute. He has made presentations to the Practicing Law Institute, Law Journal Seminars, Silicon Valley Association of Start up Entrepreneurs, Hastings College of the Law, University of California at Berkeley, Haas Business School and Boalt Hall School of Law and the California State Bar among others.


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Practice:

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law & Litigation

Tommaso Luciani Associate Bankruptcy Litigation, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Rome

Tommaso Luciani, associate at Orrick's Rome office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He specialises in litigation matters regarding Civil, Administrative, Commercial and Corporate Law, with particular expertise in proceedings aiming at obtaining ad interim measures.

In 2004 he attended a post graduate internship program at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (France).

He has been qualified in Italy since 2008.

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Practice:

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

Catherine Y. Lui Partner Trade Secrets Litigation, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Cathy Lui concentrates on trade secrets litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the tech, financial services, and retail industries. Cathy has a particular focus on obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions under exigent circumstances in fast-paced trade secret actions.

Cathy has significant experience in actions arising from the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which created the first federal civil misappropriation of trade secrets claim in May 2016. Cathy has helped shape DTSA law on behalf of her clients through her involvement in some of the earliest DTSA litigation.  Many of her trade secrets cases involve parallel criminal proceedings.   For her achievements, Legal 500 recognized Cathy as a "Next Generation Lawyer" in trade secrets.  The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association also recently honored Cathy as a 2019 Best Lawyer Under 40.  This annual list recognizes individuals within the APA community who have achieved prominence or distinction in their field and demonstrated a strong commitment to APA community or civic affairs.   

Cathy also engages in complex commercial litigation including employee mobility, breach of contract, and fraud cases. Her matters are often high-profile and industry-changing. She is currently representing Netflix in a novel employee mobility matter related to the use of fixed-term personal agreements with business executives; the matter is closely watched by the Hollywood and tech industries.

Cathy is an editor and contributing author of Orrick's trade secrets blog, Trade Secrets Watch, and regularly speaks and writes about trade secrets litigation.  Cathy currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Trade Secrets Interest Group of the California Lawyers Association's (formerly of the California State Bar) Intellectual Property Section. 

Cathy currently serves as the Hiring Partner for the San Francisco office.  In addition, she is very involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives. She served as the Co-Chair of the Asian American Bar Association's Judiciary Committee from 2016-2019 and continues to serve on the Judiciary Committee.  Cathy also co-leads the Firm's Asian American Affinity Group. 

Cathy's dedication to pro bono service was demonstrated by her work in an asylum merits hearing representing a Salvadoran religious activist persecuted by gangs in El Salvador. For her work on this matter, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights honored Cathy with the Father Cuchulain Moriarity Award. In addition, the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco recognized Cathy as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service in 2014 through 2018 for her work with helping homeless clients remove outstanding warrants barring them from access to housing and employment.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Emily Luken Managing Associate Antitrust & Competition

Washington, D.C.

Emily Luken is a Managing Associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the Antitrust and Competition practice group.

Emily’s practice focuses on issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on standards-essential patents (SEPs) subject to a commitment to license on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms (FRAND). She also has experience litigating other complex commercial disputes.

Prior to law school, Emily worked as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Practice:

  • Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate

Ed Lukins Partner Capital Markets, M&A and Private Equity

London

Ed Lukins advises clients on capital markets activity and mergers and acquisitions. His clients include UK and overseas public and late stage private companies, entrepreneurs and banks. Ed has advised companies on listings on AIM, NEX and the Main Market and has also advised a large number of non-US companies (or foreign private issuers) on NASDAQ and NYSE IPOs.

Ed's focus is primarily on Capital Markets activity (issuer and underwriter side) and M&A activity (public and private). He also advises on general corporate finance and securities regulatory matters for listed issuers (including the listing rules, MAR and the Takeover Code).

He also has specific knowledge of technology, life sciences and natural resources markets and works extensively on cross-border and international transactions, both transatlantic and across the EMEA region.

As an expert in corporate finance, Ed has spoken widely on these issues and writes in a diverse range of business and academic publications.

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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:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Litigation & IP
  • Class Action Defense
  • White Collar
  • Trials

Randy Luskey Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Litigation & IP

San Francisco

A former federal prosecutor, Randy Luskey is an accomplished trial lawyer who handles a wide range of litigation matters. His practice focuses on internal investigations, government investigations, class action defense, white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation.


Randy is engaged by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations. He also represents companies and individuals in connection with government investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative proceedings. Randy also has extensive experience defending consumer class actions and in cases involving securities fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the False Claims Act. 


Randy has first and second chaired seven trials to verdict, and has briefed and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit. He advises a diverse group of technology, banking, pharmaceutical, health care, and emerging company clients in class actions, regulatory compliance matters and civil and criminal litigation.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Chek-Lhy Luu Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Paris

Chek-Lhy Luu is an Employment lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

She advises French and international groups on all French employment and labor law matters. In particular, on the following matters: company restructurings, merger and acquisition transactions, transfer of activity, collective and individual relationships, hiring and termination of top managers, litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chek-Lhy was an associate for three years in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and for four years in the employment team of Linklaters.

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Public Power Financing
  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Power
  • M&A and Private Equity

Carl Lyon Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Public Power Financing

New York

Carl is a member of the Energy & Project Finance Group and focuses on energy finance matters.  He has been involved in more than US$130 billion in financings for various public and private utility projects and has extensive experience in all areas of finance and contractual negotiations for rural electric cooperatives, public power issuers, federal power agencies, and investor-owned utilities, and their affiliates.

He has long-standing relationships with a great number of utility clients that span many years and complex transactions, advising them on numerous taxable, tax-exempt, and tax-advantaged financings of all types for electric, gas, water and waste water projects and in restructuring and work-outs. These projects include five different nuclear plants, with financing through both the public capital market and through the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mr. Lyon was one of the leaders in the development of joint action agencies among municipal utilities. He worked on legislation in 20 states to authorize their formation and testified before legislatures and legislative committees in many of these states. He drafted the first modern indenture for cooperative utilities which served as the model that is currently used by almost every generation and transmission cooperative. He worked with TVA in their exit from the Federal Financing Bank program in the 1980’s and in their financings since then. Mr. Lyon worked with the major generation and transmission cooperatives that have exited the RUS program in structuring and financing their exit.

Mr. Lyon has also worked with virtually every major investment banking firm and most major domestic and international banks.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Patents
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • China

Yufeng (Ethan) Ma Partner Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets Litigation

Shanghai

Yufeng (Ethan) Ma, a partner and the chief representative in Orrick’s Shanghai office, has over 18 years of experience assisting clients in intellectual property (IP) related matters including IP litigation before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US federal courts.

In addition to specializing in complex IP litigation relating to patent infringement, ITC 337 investigations, trade secrets misappropriation and unfair competition, Ethan has extensive experience advising clients on IP administrative disputes and reexamination, IP strategies, IP due diligence, and IP aspects of strategic transactions, including licensing or transfer, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations. His clients cover a wide range of industries, including medical devices, hardwares, softwares, internet, semiconductors, electronics, telecommunications, AI, automobile, chemical, materials, energy, etc. His recent clients include Baidu, Tencent, SMIC, JD.com, Bianlifeng, Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering, Yaham Optoelectronics, CreateLED Electronics, Coolpad, vivo, Shenzhen Howshow Technology, Huayi Mechanical and Electrical, Shenzhen INFiLED Electronics, Applied Materials, Synopsys, Carbon, Inc., etc.

Over the years, Ethan has represented dozens of Chinese companies in resolving their IP disputes in the U.S. Ethan and his litigation teams won a number of high-profile ITC investigations involving Chinese companies and earned clients’ long-term trust. In one investigation (337-TA-623), his clients are four subsidiaries of a large state-owned company in China, who were sued for patent infringement. The Commission reversed the late Chief Administrative Law Judge’s unfavorable decision and found that Ethan’s clients were not infringing and did not violate Section 337. In another investigation (337-TA-655), he represented the complainant and its subsidiaries in China suing a group of Chinese respondents for trade secret misappropriation. The ITC issued a 10-year exclusion order against these respondents. This landmark decision represents a new development of trade secret law and ITC jurisdiction in the U.S., and was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Since then, Ethan has won case after case on behalf of his clients, keeping his undefeated record to this day. He is also committed to resolving disputes in the most cost-effective and timely way. “Ethan always tries to resolve matters for clients at the lowest cost possible,” said a client who won a case as he recommended Ethan to his peers.

For instance, in 2017, Ethan successfully defended Shenzhen Howshow Technology against Kent Displays, Inc. in an ITC 337 investigation (337-TA-1035) involving alleged infringement of patents relating to liquid crystal e-writers and components. Orrick secured a complete victory for the client by forcing the complainant to unconditionally withdraw after four months of active litigation. The case was named “Deal of the Year 2017 – Disputes and Investigations” by China Business Law Journal.

In another case, Ethan successfully defended Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering Co., CreateLED Electronics Co., Yaham Optoelectronics Co. and other Chinese respondents against Ultravision Technologies in an ITC Section 337 investigation (337-TA-1114) filed on 27 March 2018 involving alleged infringement of patents relating to certain modular LED display panels and components. The complainant was forced to withdraw the complaint unconditionally during the expert discovery period in November 2018, which led to a final termination by the ITC on 21 February 2019.

Prior to joining Orrick, Ethan served as Director of IP, Asia of a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, where he was in charge of the company’s daily IP matters in China and throughout Asia. Before that, he was a partner and member of the Board at McAndrews, Held & Malloy in Chicago, Illinois. Ethan was the first non-US born lawyer of that firm.

In the past 18 years, Ethan has been committed to building bridges and facilitating understanding between China and the US on IP protection and exchange. In addition to being a frequent speaker at various seminars and conferences in China and the US, Ethan regularly publishes articles and has been interviewed by numerous media. He served as a committee member of the Asian Legal Committee of Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) for many years.

Ethan is also actively involved in the “One Belt One Road” and “Going Out” initiatives led by the PRC government and non-profit organizations. He participated in Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce’s “Going Overseas Service Portal” project in 2019, and acts as a special advisor to Wisdom IP - Overseas Intellectual Property Alliance (WIPA), Nanjing, Jiangsu.

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Trials

Christina Ponig Maccio Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Houston

Christina Maccio is a first-chair trial lawyer and leading litigator for the energy sector.

Christina brings a proven record at trial, on appeal, and in U.S. and international arbitration venues on behalf of energy companies, including publicly traded energy companies, independent oil companies, state-owned oil companies, oilfield services firms and oilfield suppliers.

She also has guided important commercial litigation in the financial, technology and other sectors in matters involving business torts, foreign sovereign immunity, contractual disputes, restrictive covenants and trade secret protection. Fluent in Spanish, Christina has extensive experience representing companies in Europe and Latin America.

Christina has earned her reputation as a premier first-chair trial lawyer by winning high-stakes cases, such as when she secured a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in a case involving a complex, energy-related contract dispute, for which she was named Texas Lawyer Litigator of the Week.

Following law school, Christina clerked for two years for U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes in Houston.

Christina is also passionate about pro bono service and contributing to her community. She is a member of the Board of Governors of The Center for Pursuit, which for more than six decades has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the Houston area to live meaningful, dignified lives filled with opportunity.