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Practical real estate lawyer with a focus on tech and clean energy sectors, a long history of representing institutional investors and lenders, and a deep commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Chris has expertise in acquisition, disposition and financing of large portfolios of commercial real estate; distressed debt; negotiation of joint ventures for development projects; construction contracts; data center leasing/co-location; office leasing; and transactions involving multi-family housing.
Chris has a long history of service to Orrick’s diversity initiatives and has served as a co-chair of the San Francisco Diversity Committee for many years. She is also very involved in diversity efforts at Berkeley School of Law.
Chris was resident in the firm's Tokyo office from 1999-2002.
Sara focuses primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Sara Chehrehsa is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.
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.
Jesse Cheng litigates patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases involving complex technologies.
Jesse has worked on cases for leading technology companies including EMC, Microsoft, Micron, NVIDIA, and Synopsys. With his electrical engineering background, he has excelled in matters involving a wide range of technologies such as smart phones, digital televisions, networking and communications hardware, solid-state enterprise storage arrays, FPGA-based hardware emulators, graphics processors, DRAM, image processing and compression algorithms, surveillance and security systems, and ultra-short pulse lasers. Jesse has also worked on Internet-related cases involving issues such as cybersquatting, trademark infringement and unfair competition, and represented clients in patent office proceedings including inter partes reviews (IPR).
During law school, Jesse was a law clerk for Fair Isaac, Corp., where he focused on software licensing and international data privacy compliance issues. He also counseled startup companies as a student attorney for the law school’s Multi-Profession Business Law Clinic. Prior to law school, Jesse was a member of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory at UC San Diego, where he studied image and video processing and machine intelligence for use in smart cars, smart rooms, and automated surveillance.
Joseph Chern is a lawyer in Orrick’s Orange County office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on due diligence with an emphasis on open source licensing and patent law, including patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management and patent litigation.
Joseph has experience drafting and prosecuting patents in several technical fields, including signal processing, memory control, optical medical devices, computer networks, database management, thermal conductivity and geomechanics, nanostructuring, e-commerce, capacitive touch panels, complex circuit designs, data security/encryption, semiconductors, in-flight entertainment systems, power systems, neural networks, and software applications.
Joseph's practice further includes conducting intellectual property due diligence to assess the quality and quantity of intellectual property assets. For example, Joseph has represented several clients in open source licensing matters and provided counseling to develop open source software strategies. He also has extensive experience in intellectual property and technology matters related to mergers and acquisitions.
Joseph also has substantial experience in patent infringement litigation cases in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). Joseph also has represented clients in post-grant opposition procedures with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including ex parte reexaminations and inter partes reviews (under the America Invents Act).
Joseph began his career as a summer associate at Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zaffman, LLP, in Los Angeles, and an attorney at One, LLP, in Newport Beach, Calif. Prior to law school, he worked as a software and systems engineer for a diversified systems and services company in transportation, defense and RFID markets worldwide.
Richard Chirls, a New York tax partner, focuses his practice on the tax aspects of public finance transactions. He has served as the head of Orrick’s nationally recognized Public Finance Tax Group.
With over 30 years of experience, Richard is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities, having broad experience with tax exempt financings and related transactions involving governmental and not-for-profit entities. His expertise and stature in the public finance community was recognized by the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ highest award for his career of distinguished service in public finance.
Richard focuses on new products, including the development of new and creative financing techniques for governments, non-profits and investment bankers. He regularly works on transactions throughout the country. However, in his home office in New York City, he leads the relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, serving as counsel on well over 100 transactions over a period of more than 20 years and has headed the tax work in connection with every financing of a cultural facility relating to museums and performing arts in New York City over this same period. Richard has worked on the tax aspects of several of the largest and most complex public private partnership (P3) transactions in recent years. He frequently acts as special tax counsel to issuers and underwriters of municipal finance issues.
Joe Choi brings together corporate finance and workout experience with a special focus on cross-border transactions.
Joe represents banks, finance companies, credit funds and other financial institutions in the full spectrum of corporate finance transactions, from senior, mezzanine and junior secured facilities, syndicated lending, leveraged financings, acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, refinancings, debtor-in-possession financings, to venture capital transactions and cross-border transactions. He also actively represents companies in debt and equity financings.
As an extension of his extensive finance experience, Joe advises debtors and creditors in distressed debt transactions (including distressed debt trading and distressed acquisitions), intercreditor matters, UCC Article 9 sales, workouts and out-of-court restructurings.
Erica Chong, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She is a commercial litigator with 10-year experience in complex commercial disputes, international arbitration, corporate investigation and employment matters.
Her expertise includes advising international and regional clients on high-value commercial disputes arising from breach of contract, employment, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and business torts, cross-border fraud and asset tracing claims, and insolvency, professional negligence, product liability, corporate compliance and antitrust issues. She also has significant experience in enforcement actions, arbitrations under the HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules, as well as FCPA and SFC investigations.
Erica serves as Secretary to the Committee on Arbitration and ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Hong Kong and is ICC Young Arbitrators Forum’s Regional Representative for North Asia.
Jonathan is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He works with (i) tech companies throughout all stages of their life cycle, from pre-incorporation through angel, seed and growth financings to exit and (ii) angel, venture and strategic investors in the technology sector.
Jonathan has always been active in the tech and venture space. After college, he joined TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed startup biotech company based in the Philadelphia area. As one of the first employees with TetraLogic, Jonathan was a cancer researcher focused on the discovery and development of small molecule targeted chemotherapeutics.
Nowadays, Jonathan no longer sports a lab coat or plays with pipettes. Instead of solving biomolecular puzzles, he now helps startups and other clients solve their puzzles. Jonathan is industry-agnostic when it comes to representing companies and investors; he has represented clients involved in a variety of sectors, including financial services, digital media, AI, robotics, biotechnology, social media, ed-tech, SaaS, fashion, cleantech, enterprise software, legal tech, e-commerce, ad-tech and more.
Even after representing hundreds of startup clients, Jonathan hasn't forgotten his days at TetraLogic, and this helps him relate to (and connect with) founders on a personal level. Because of their shared experiences, Jonathan sees himself not only as an outside general counsel to founders and companies across the spectrum, but also as their advisor and friend who can occasionally add a dose of business practicality to solving their legal issues.
Michael Chow, an associate in the Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with experience in patent litigation, including damages and other remedies arising from patent litigation.
Michael has worked on cases for companies including eBay, Inc., eBay Enterprise, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, and NVIDIA Corporation covering technologies such as eCommerce, optical networking and telecommunication, graphics processing, and signal equalization.
Prior to law school, Michael was a mechanical engineer with M-E Engineers, Inc., in Culver City, Calif., where he designed the HVAC systems, including sizing equipment and devising airflows, for hospitals, sporting venues, and office buildings. His projects included Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif., and Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
With a passion for problem solving, Hridi advises clients from a variety of sectors on complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Her practice covers advising borrowers, lenders and sponsors on a breadth of financings ranging from leveraged, asset and Islamic financings to real estate finance and restructuring.Hridi graduated from the University of Toronto with a first class degree in International Development and, prior to law school, worked in the non-profit sector in both Canada and Ghana.