Robert Stern Partner, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits, Financial Services Litigation
Washington, D.C.; New York
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Washington, D.C.; New York
Washington, D.C.; New York
Rob Stern is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group.
Rob is a nationally ranked securities litigator with extensive experience litigating civil and government enforcement actions on behalf of financial services institutions, Fortune 100 companies and officers and directors of public companies.
For the past 20 years, Rob has handled many of the most complex financial services and civil and governmental securities matters. Rob possesses particular expertise litigating claims involving accounting-related matters, structured products, mortgages, futures and derivatives. Rob routinely represents financial institutions, public companies, officers and directors.
Rob is a faculty member for the Practicing Law Institute’s Securities Litigation program. Rob has also been nationally recognized as a leader in securities litigation by The Legal 500 and SuperLawyers.
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Connor Stewart is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.
Connor works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Connor assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.
Prior to joining Orrick, Connor practiced estate planning and administration in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, Connor serves on the Board of Directors of Allegiant Human Services, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sarah Stockley is a Senior Associate in the International Arbitration team with a particular focus on disputes arising out of the energy and technology sectors.
She has resolved disputes for clients in a variety of forums including international arbitration (with particular experience of ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and HKIAC Rules), English High Court Litigation and the DIFC, and mediation.
Recognised as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.
Davin M. Stockwell, an attorney in Orrick's Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.Davin has experience in litigating and prosecuting patents in a wide variety of technology fields, including in-flight entertainment systems, semiconductors, semiconductor fabrication, design verification, computer software and hardware, power systems, financial services, e-business, business methods, medical and dental devices, and biotechnology.
Davin's experience includes preparing petitions for inter partes review and requests for inter partes and ex parte reexamination, and he is lead counsel in several inter partes review proceedings. Davin also counsels clients with regard to intellectual property strategies and has experience with prosecution of trademark applications, registration of copyrights, and protection of trade secrets. He further provides counseling and opinion services with regard to a diverse range of intellectual property matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Davin was an associate at Lyon & Lyon LLP. Before and during law school, he was employed as an electrical engineer, developing peripheral devices for portable computer applications. Davin further has over a decade of electrical and mechanical design experience with commercial and military systems.
Dianne Loennig Stoddard is counsel in the Washington, D.C., office and a member of the Structured Finance Group. She has extensive experience in complex financings nationwide.
Her practice primarily involves structured finance and the securitization of credit card and trade receivables. She also has extensive experience in public offerings and private placements of debt securities for state and local governments and nonprofit health-care providers. She has a broad range of knowledge in the representation of issuers, underwriters and guarantors.
Fiona Stone, a partner in the London office, is a member of the Real Estate Group. Fiona’s practice focuses on commercial conveyancing, including landlord and tenant.
Fiona has many years' experience across a broad range of real estate transactions. Her areas of expertise include buying and selling multi-tenanted mixed-use buildings and developments and the drafting and negotiation of various forms of land contract including option, pre-emption and overage agreements.
Fiona advises on all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant including leasing, licensing and strategic management advice and she has also represented clients on numerous financings and re-financings of multi-million pound developments.
Clients describe Fiona as “responsive and commercial, and articulates complex issues simply and concisely”.
Kolvin is ranked by Legal 500 and known for being “excellent” and “extremely responsive and client focused, succeeding at meeting the needs of both in-house counsel and tech-savvy business clients.” Kolvin earned particular praise from Legal 500 for “providing sensible, balanced advice” and combining "strategic thinking with a proactive approach".
Kolvin is Global Co-Chair of the Cyber, Privacy and Data Innovation, and the Technology Transactions practices. He operates at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and data for leading public and private companies in high growth innovation driven markets. Kolvin is recognised for his technology focused cross-border expertise and assists fast-growing companies and multinational corporations on their most important, strategic transactions. His work regularly involves complex, cross-border matters that raise multi-faceted intellectual property, data privacy, consumer protection, and Internet regulatory issues.
Kolvin has significant experience advising on the legal issues related to the internalization of technology and internet enabled services including e-commerce, social media, big data, digital marketing and advertising. He has worked extensively with clients who are both providers and users of cloud software, data analytics platforms, IT infrastructure services, and mobile applications, in Europe, Asia and in the United States.
Clients praise the team as ‘genuinely excellent due to its strong business acumen and approach to matters from a practical perspective’; it provides ‘responsive and customer-focused advice’.
On data privacy matters, Kolvin regularly partners with multi-national clients on the design, development and implementation of enterprise wide global compliance programs and risk mitigation strategies in relation to the use or deployment of privacy impacting technology. He has extensive expertise in all areas relevant to the European data protection regime, including applied practices pursuant to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):
Privacy readiness and assessment audits and projects
Third party vendor assessments and agreements
Preparation of employee and consumer-facing data protection policies and procedures, and implementation of global data privacy governance frameworks
Privacy diligence and counseling in the context of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions
International and cross-border data transfer mechanisms, including global framework agreements, Model Contracts, safe harbor regimes and binding corporate rules (BCRs)
Cookie and tracking technology rules and compliance methodologies
“Big Data” analytics and applications
Privacy by design (PbD) and privacy impact assessment (PIAs) design and implementation in connection with B2C and B2B products and services
Security incident response planning and data breach response
Regulatory investigations and enforcement actions
To make the law more accessible, Kolvin developed Orrick's GDPR Readiness Assessment Tool. The tool provides companies an opportunity to stress test their compliance with the GDPR as a first step to constructing their strategic GDPR roadmap.
Representative clients that Kolvin has assisted include leading players such as Baidu, NVIDIA, Facebook, Instagram, Levi’s, Neiman Marcus, Intuit, Made.com, WNS, Skimlinks, Qubit, 23andMe and Zoosk, Telenor and W.W. Grainger, Thread.com and Depop.
Matthew focuses on international power projects (gas, wind, biomass, energy from waste, solar PV and hydroelectric), energy regulation, M&A and energy commodities.
He has experience working in-house in a major European investment bank as a seconded adviser to the derivatives trading group (based in London) and in a major international utility company as a seconded adviser to the energy optimisation and trading business (based in Paris).
Laurie Strauch Weiss is a partner in the New York office. She represents clients in large, complex and multi-party class action litigation, and has handled significant actions involving the chemical, tobacco and medical device industries.
Laurie advises companies on overall strategies, from pre-litigation assessments to the final resolution of matters, which often involve novel scientific issues. Her clients frequently enlist her to strategically address the scientific claims asserted by non-governmental organizations, the plaintiffs' bar and consumer advocacy groups which affect the reputation of their products both before and during litigation.
Laurie is a frequent lecturer, author and media source on topics concerning mass tort/class actions, complex scientific issues and expert witnesses.
Prior to joining Orrick, Laurie was an associate at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP, where she gained extensive experience in complex litigation including class actions based on product liability, securities RICO and fraud claims.
Daniel Streim has a diverse civil and criminal practice that includes complex securities and financial services litigation, government investigations and enforcement actions, and corporate compliance counseling.
Dan represents industry-leading companies in sensitive and high-value disputes, including securities and commodities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and other complex business litigation matters. He regularly counsels clients in white collar and regulatory matters involving a wide array of issues, including money laundering, fraud, and corruption, and has substantial experience representing financial institutions and individuals in government investigations and enforcement actions.
Dan also assists clients in developing corporate compliance programs, preparing risk assessments, and conducting pre-acquisition and third-party due diligence. In particular, Dan advises clients on compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and state anti-money laundering laws. He helps financial institutions navigate an increasingly complex and aggressive enforcement environment, and regularly counsels clients--in particular financial technology companies--on federal and state licensing and anti-money laundering requirements for money transmitters and digital currency activity businesses.
Dan maintains a dedicated pro bono practice, and has represented clients in matters related to landlord-tenant rights, human trafficking, public international law, and veterans' benefits.