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Will F. Stute is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted business advisor.
Will has significant first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts around the country and in a variety of arbitration forums. His practice focuses on complex civil and corporate litigation, multidistrict litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations, FCPA and other investigations, white-collar defense and class action litigation. Will is called on by clients to help them tackle their most challenging and complex disputes, frequently in the sports, financial services, private equity and defense industries, among others.
Will brings a winning record in state and federal courts around the country. He currently serves as national trial counsel for the NCAA in the concussion litigation. He also represented institutional investors who recovered tens of millions of dollars in connection with one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Will’s practice includes a broad spectrum of civil and criminal matters, including multi-district litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations and white collar and class action defense. His clients include global financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, leading private equity funds, and Fortune 500 companies in the tech, life science and defense industries. In 2017, he was voted by clients as a BTI Client Service All-Star, and in 2019, he was selected as a member of Law360's Sports Editorial Advisory Board.
Business leaders also seek out Will’s counsel on a variety of issues outside of litigation. Will has been described as having “the ability to see legal problems in a business context,” for his “exceptional client service,” and for his “ability to bring his personal experience as an entrepreneur to bear” on their problems.
Active in the community and in improving the diversity of our profession, Will is a board member of the Congressional Award Foundation and a founding member and former president of the board of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, among other leadership roles.
Tammy Su is an associate in the Silicon Valley office and a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Group. Tammy’s practice services all aspects of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, trade secret litigation, complex business litigation, and counseling.
Tammy graduated with honors from UC Hastings College of the Law. During law school, she served as extern to two district court judges in the Northern District of California and won multiple Best Brief awards for written advocacy as a member of the school’s nationally-ranked Moot Court program. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of California, San Diego.
Victoria Suarez-Palomo is a senior advisor in Orrick’s Public Policy group. She has served as an executive in both the federal government and private sector and draws from this extensive experience to develop state legislative strategies on complex matters for technology and energy clients.
Most recently, Victoria was Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Renovate America, the leading provider of residential clean-energy financing, where she was responsible for the company’s policy and regulatory program.
Previously, Victoria spent more than ten years in public service in Washington, D.C., as a senior policy and strategic communications advisor. In 2009 she joined the Obama Administration’s Treasury Department as part of the transition team working to stem the financial crisis. Beginning as Assistant to Gene Sperling, then Counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Victoria eventually rose through a series of promotions to become Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Affairs and Public Liaison. In that role, she led the department that managed the Treasury’s engagement with the business community, labor leaders, civil rights organizations, and advocacy groups. She maintained this position for four years under both Secretaries Geithner and Jack Lew. Victoria also advised Secretary Arne Duncan at the Department of Education at the end of the Obama Administration.
Victoria began her career in Washington, D.C. at a variety of think tanks, including the Center for American Progress, Council on Foreign Relations, and Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In 2011, Victoria was named “Top 30 under 30” for policy by Forbes Magazine and in 2015 she was named one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos” in policy by Latino Leaders Magazine.
Victoria currently serves on the board of Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit organization committed to elevating the voices of young adults in the political process and expanding economic opportunities for 18 to 34 year olds. Victoria also serves on the board of the Vanguard Classical School in Aurora, CO.
Michael H. Sugarman, an attorney in the Los Angeles office, is a member of Orrick’s Structured Finance Group, where he represents issuers, sponsors, lenders, servicers, underwriters and other market participants in connection with both public offerings and private placements, as well as with other types of transactions.
Michael’s practice focuses on securitizations, warehouse financings and various other types of debt finance transactions for banks, non-bank lenders, fintech companies and private equity funds. Representative transactions include the following: (i) residential mortgage-backed securitizations (for Non-QM, performing, non-performing and other types of mortgage loans); (ii) PACE financing securitizations; (iii) whole loan purchase and sale transactions; (iv) diligence and structure servicing rights transfers; (v) financings for GNMA early buyout loans; (vi) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitizations; and (vii) re-securitizations.
He has also advised clients regarding issues concerning legacy securitizations and servicing related issues and worked on numerous master repurchase facilities and debt restructurings.
He also dedicates significant time and effort to pro bono representations for a wide variety of groups to, among other things, obtain needed financing or push for the passage of significant legislation. He is also active in various community groups.
Hiroki Sugita is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo Office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He works on a wide range of cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging companies and venture capital transactions, and private equity investment especially in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia.
He also has extensive experience in fund formation, real estate and various types of finance transactions.
Hiroki has a deep understanding of clients’ needs from his secondment experience with a U.S. investment bank in 2005 and a Japanese major trading house from 2012 to 2014.
Prior to joining Orrick, Hiroki worked at O’Melveny’s Tokyo office as a counsel where he mainly worked on cross border M&A.
He is recommended in various publications and rankings including Corporate and M&A in Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020) and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015 and 2017).
Mike Sullivan is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on representing emerging companies, entrepreneurs and angels/venture capital funds. Mike has led hundreds of financing and M&A transactions for emerging companies in a wide variety of industries, including the software, life sciences, mobile, digital media, cleantech and food/wine/spirits sectors.
Mike is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute's Venture Capital series, and a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Some of Mike's clients have included:
Kalibrr (platform for online skills-based hiring; funded by Y Combinator; Kickstart Ventures; Learn Capital)
Zeguro Inc. (insuretech - cyberinsurance; funded by Mosaik Partners; Healthy Ventures, Social Capital and others)
Mike also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, DFJ, Evok Innovations, Ridge Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Northgate Capital, The Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital.
Jie (Jeffrey) Sun, a partner in Orrick’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jeffrey represents Chinese and international clients from multiple industries, including technology, renewable energy, life sciences, financial services and consumer/retail, in a broad range of M&A, capital markets and corporate matters.
Jeffrey has extensive experience representing both Chinese enterprises in fund raising and investing abroad and foreign investors investing in China.
He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in the U.S. and Hong Kong public securities offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs) and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings for PRC-based companies.
In addition, he is experienced in handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, strategic alliances, joint ventures and regulatory compliance matters for numerous foreign investors and Chinese companies. He also counsels global private equity funds on their investment activity throughout Greater China and across Asia.
Some clients he has represented include Bright Food, JD.com, Trina Solar, China Sunergy, Perfect World, ReneSola, Tudou, Pactera Technologies and some international investment banks and private equity funds.
Jeffrey is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for China M&A by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Clients recognizes him as “an excellent business partner, above his legal counsel role”, who “gives practical advice not only based on legal proficiency, but really helpful for our business”.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Sun worked with a major international law firm, and he was a former partner in a local law firm based in Shanghai.
Janine specialises in venture and growth capital transactions, whilst also dealing with all aspects of private equity and private M&A work.She takes a leading role on UK and international transactions for individual and syndicates of venture capital investors, start-up and growth companies, private equity houses and management on all aspects of their corporate transactional work.
Monica Svetoslavov is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Litigation practice group.
Monica's practice includes representing multinational corporations in litigation involving commercial, antitrust, cybersecurity, and intellectual property issues.
Prior to and during law school, Monica worked as a consultant on economic issues in mergers and antitrust litigation. She also worked as a senior research analyst on macroeconomic forecasting at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
Data is igniting a global, technological revolution. Increased collection, use, storage, and transfer of data has shifted the paradigm of innovation – and created a global security problem. Fortune 500 companies with large quantities of data, cities with vulnerable infrastructure, and every institution in between must manage that risk, without encumbering progress or technological advancement. To do so, they turn to Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-chair of Orrick’s internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation team. Aravind is ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global. Clients endorse Aravind, telling Chambers, “he is a strong litigator,” “extremely skilled in the field of legal cybersecurity, extremely responsive and he makes time for us.” “He’s always well prepared and consistently has the answer we need.”
As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind partners with clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to improve resiliency, respond efficiently and effectively, protect their business and brand, and defend them in the onslaught of litigation and enforcement actions that follow. He guides organizations from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business- and brand-centric strategies to mitigate and manage risk. He has directed more than 200 cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations, including enterprise-wide network intrusions to cyberattacks with national security implications.
With extensive trial, litigation and appellate experience, he defends his clients in cyber, privacy, and payments related class actions and other civil litigation (particularly Computer Fraud and Abuse Act matters), and in when these issues lead to regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, FTC, and State Attorneys General.
Aravind’s background as an Assistant United States Attorney and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorney gives him first-hand understanding of federal agencies that allows him to swiftly navigate the system, partner with investigators and find creative solutions for his clients. As a federal cybercrime prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including hacking, phishing, trade secrets theft, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the cybercrime outreach program, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues. During his time as federal prosecutor in the Complex Crimes Unit, he also investigated and prosecuted a wide array of white-collar crimes, including investment schemes, corporate fraud and embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion and the nation’s largest bank failure.
Rochelle Swartz is a managing associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group in Orrick's New York office.
Rochelle has experience representing individuals and companies in all stages of complex civil and criminal litigation, from pleadings through trial, final judgment, and appeal. Rochelle practices in both federal and state courts across the country.
Before joining Orrick, Rochelle served as law clerk to the Honorable Steven L. Tiscione in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Rochelle's current engagements include representing companies in complex commercial cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, employment disputes, and products liability claims, as well as a number of pro bono engagements.