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Elyse, Co-Leader of Orrick’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, is a trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience trying and resolving complex commercial and product liability matters. Elyse has served as trial counsel for clients including Johnson & Johnson, DISH, Telenor, Nintendo, and Credit Suisse.
Elyse’s trial experience has enabled her to develop targeted litigation strategies even when handling cases likely to settle, avoiding unnecessary and costly motion and discovery practice where possible. Her practice focuses not only on defending companies in litigation but also on counseling clients on ways to quickly resolve disputes. She is a strong team leader, with proven success partnering with clients and other professionals to execute innovative litigation strategies.
As demonstrated by the engagements below, her practice is not limited by case type or industry. Instead, clients rely on her ability to immerse herself in the relevant details of their products and services, as well as her unique blend of pragmatism, imagination and advocacy.
Jessica Edmundson is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York office.
Alice Edwards is a senior associate in our London office and a member of the corporate group. Alice advises clients on cross border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, capital markets and venture capital transactions.
Alice frequently advises on cross-border M&A and has done so in a range of sectors, including in the mining and natural resources, technology, media and financial services sectors. She has also acted for issuers, underwriters and management teams on initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings, on both AIM and the Main Market and has significant experience working with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on investment deals.
Alice regularly works with clients on a broad range of ongoing corporate governance and restructuring issues including group reorganisations.
Olivier Edwards is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office, member of the Technology Companies Group. He advises emerging companies and venture capital funds on investment, merger and acquisition matters with an emphasis on cross-border deals.
Olivier has been and is continuously recognized in Chambers & Partners, and has been described by his clients as “a very senior lawyer with vast experience in the merger and acquisition process,” "a talented lawyer and leading figure.“ He is a top-tier venture capital practitioner renowned for his fund-raising prowess and is often called the “godfather" of French venture law.
With a great experience on cross-border merger and acquisitions deals, and joint-venture operations, Olivier has worked with key players of the tech market such as eBay, Sony Ericsson, Softbank, Astanor, Biom'Up, Balyo, Aledia and Partech.
With Matteo Daste, Olivier is a co-founder and co-Chair of Silicon Valley’s Europe Desk which strengthens our unique positioning alongside European companies aiming at Silicon Valley’s capital and technologies and US corporates looking for investment opportunities in Europe.
Before joining Orrick as a Senior Counsel, Olivier was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel and was the Head of European Venture department at Morgan Lewis law firm.
Heather Egan Sussman is Global Co-chair of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, and the leader of Orrick’s Boston Office. Her practice focuses on privacy, cybersecurity and information management, and she is ranked by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States as a leader in her field. Chambers explains companies turn to Heather because she is “generous with her time and endeavors greatly to educate her clients and understand a given client’s risk profile."
Heather routinely guides clients through the existing patchwork of laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity around the globe. In the U.S. this includes advising on federal and state laws such as FCRA, ECPA, TCPA, HIPAA, CAN-SPAM, GLBA, California’s Consumer Privacy Act, state breach notification laws, and state data security laws, as well as existing self-regulatory frameworks, including those covering online advertising and payment card processing. Outside of the U.S., she manages teams of talented counsel around the world to deliver seamless advice for clients that operate across many jurisdictional lines, developing comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity programs that address competing regulatory regimes. She drafts online privacy notices for global rollout and implements data transfer mechanisms for the free flow of data worldwide.
Heather also helps clients develop and achieve their data innovation strategies, so they can leverage the incredible value of data and digital technologies in ways that not only meet compliance obligations, but also support innovation, deliver value to the business, meet security needs and solidify brand and consumer trust.
Heather devotes a significant part of her practice to helping clients reduce the risk of privacy and security incidents, and she offers a comprehensive menu of services designed to do just this. In the event of a privacy or security breach, she helps companies respond, successfully guiding them through investigation, remediation, notification and any ensuing government inquiries. Companies routinely rely on her to manage their response to catastrophes, investigations and government probes involving conduct by employees, contractors and third parties.
Heather guides clients through comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity assessments worldwide, vets privacy and security risks in corporate transactions, conducts internal investigations stemming from data incidents, and she drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors and arrangements. She regularly counsels businesses on how to mitigate risks associated with the collection, use, retention, disclosure, transfer and disposal of personal data.
Her clients come from diverse business sectors, including technology, financial services, retail, consumer products, energy and infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, media, academic institutions, service industries.Heather frequently writes on current privacy and information security issues before trade and legal organizations and has been quoted in hundreds of major news outlets, including MSNBC.com, ABCNews.com, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle.
Ellen has spent more than twenty years in the tech and venture ecosystem and leverages her broad network and deep understanding of both the tech sector and legal landscape to effectively and strategically advise emerging companies and investors on a wide range of critical needs.
On the company side, Ellen’s clients range from early startups to mature private companies. She advises companies and founders on formation, venture financings, governance, M&A transactions, corporate and securities matters, commercial transactions and litigation strategy. Ellen’s approach is holistic and pragmatic. Her unique skill set and business-driven approach derive from her decades-long career as a Silicon Valley lawyer and her broad experiences earlier in her career as both a successful litigator and business owner. Over her career, Ellen has represented both private and public companies and has worked with both small startups and large multinational enterprises, as well as the executives, investors and advisors involved in those businesses. As a result, Ellen draws upon a deep knowledge base and set of experiences and insights that allow her to offer practical and seasoned advice to her clients. Ellen also works closely with some of the leading venture capital and growth equity firms, whose principals she advises in connection with financings, equity structuring and corporate governance. Ellen’s company clients have represented a broad swath of the technology ecosystem, including both hardware and software, and, as a result, her industry experience is wide-ranging. Her clients have included companies in the semiconductor, SAAS, renewables, fintech, aerospace, digital retail, online sharing, biotech/biopharma, media, design and data analytics fields, among others. Ellen has a passion for working with companies making an impact in the world.
Patricia Eichar serves as bond, disclosure, issuer and underwriter partner for a variety of public infrastructure, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, enterprise fund, general obligation and other financing structures and also serves as the Sacramento office leader.
Ms. Eichar has represented issuer and underwriter clients in transactions involving tax-exempt financings for health care organizations, senior living communities, and other types of 501(c)(3) organizations.
Ms. Eichar has represented various municipal issuers, including the State of California, in the issuance of general obligation bonds, deficit bonds, revenue anticipation notes, lease revenue bonds and land-secured bonds, and in municipal lease and redevelopment financing.
In addition to her work representing municipal issuers and underwriters, Ms.
Eichar has taken on multiple pro bono projects, including prosecuting
guardianships for Sacramento's Voluntary Legal Services Program and assisting veterans with appeals of denial of disability benefits before the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Edward G. Eisert, a senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Corporate Group. He focuses his practice on investment management, financial products and regulatory compliance.
He represents U.S. and non-U.S. domiciled financial institutions in a wide array of matters spanning his practice specialties. Ed’s experience includes the structuring and re-structuring of private investment funds and other financial products; the formation and operations of investment advisers and broker-dealers; cross-border broker-dealer, investment adviser and bank regulatory issues; and advice regarding applications of blockchain technology and the regulation of digital assets.
Before joining Orrick, Ed was the General Corporate Counsel of Fiduciary Trust Company International, a subsidiary of Franklin Templeton Investments, and also served as the initial AML Compliance Officer of Fiduciary Trust.
Elizabeth Elias, a Senior Associate in Orrick’s New York office, represents a variety of market participants, including sponsors, issuers, underwriters and service providers, in public and private offerings of commercial mortgage-backed securities. She also has experience representing issuers in a variety of asset-backed securities transactions, including PACE lien and whole business securitizations.
Martin Ellie is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Martin’s practice focuses on all aspects of French and EU competition law, including both transactional and litigation cases: merger control, antitrust, and state aid. He also specializes in distribution and consumer law.
Before joining Orrick as an associate, Martin was a legal intern in the Competition department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and at Orrick. He was also a legal intern at different firms including LVMH and Société Générale, at different corporate boutique law firms in France and Singapore, and in a Commercial Court.
Ray Ellis, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. One of California’s leading authorities on estate planning and leader of Orrick’s Private Wealth Group, Ray has concentrated in the areas of trusts, estate and gift tax and generation-skipping tax planning for 30 years.
He often represents families owning substantial interests in closely held and publicly traded corporations, advising on matters ranging from family partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations to private foundations, charitable trusts, and arrangements for the transfer of wealth to succeeding generations.