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Whitney-Ann Mulhauser litigates complex disputes at the state, federal, and international level.
Whitney-Ann is a member of Orrick’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. She has litigated antitrust matters, complex financial transactions, emerging crypto-currency issues, and civil rights issues. She also has experience in SEC and white-collar investigations.
Whitney-Ann has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. She has experience in all stages of litigation, including pre-suit investigations, discovery, expert and lay witness depositions, and dispositive motions.
Whitney-Ann is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches a practical course on civil discovery in federal courts.
Whitney-Ann was previously a litigation associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. After law school, she served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Ivan D. Davis, United States Magistrate in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria division.
Julianne, a Managing Associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the firm's M&A and Private Equity Group.Julianne advises public and private technology, energy and life sciences companies and private investment funds and their portfolio companies in a broad range of strategic transactions, including debt and equity investments, acquisitions and dispositions and other complex transactions. Julianne also counsels domestic and international issuers in public offerings of equity securities and SEC compliance matters.
Anne O'Neill, a partner in the London office, is head of Orrick’s UK Real Estate Practice.
Her practice focuses on commercial property work with particular emphasis on acquisitions, development and complex joint ventures. She is an expert in shopping centre development and management.
Anne often advises on significant real estate development matters in the housing sector. Chambers UK ranks Anne as a leading individual for her expertise in the London social housing market and Legal 500 UK recognises her as a persuasive negotiator and notable practitioner with local authorities and registered providers.
Legal 500 sources say Anne is "exceptionally sharp" and a "consummate persuasive negotiator".
Clients describe Anne as "responsive and commercial" and able to "articulate complex issues simply and concisely" whilst "providing in-depth knowledge and understanding which ensures we get the best and most appropriate advice." Chambers UK sources say "she is an absolutely exemplary lawyer," who is "proactive and leads her team really well."
Lesley Durmann is a career associate with the Litigation Practice Group in Orrick's Sacramento office.
Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, although she also works with Orrick’s Public Policy Group to develop creative, multi-faceted solutions to business problems that incorporate legislative and regulatory strategies.
Before joining Orrick, Lesley was a summer associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP in São Paulo, Brazil, and with Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. She also served as a policy advisor in the Oregon State Senate during Oregon’s 2011 legislative session.
Employment lawyer Hannah Ghaffari takes each case’s legal, business and interpersonal elements into account. By approaching her case through the emotional and professional lens of all parties involved, she’s able to offer a more successful path to resolution.
Her cases involve a wide range of employment issues, such as wage and hour, pay equity, and discrimination disputes. Hannah also offers targeted counseling to help employers avoid and mitigate risk throughout the year.
In addition to employment, she has handled various business disputes, including breach of contract disputes on behalf of Microsoft, a defamation case, and a high-profile right of publicity case. She also represented Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a multi-billion dollar copyright trial.
Hannah is also active in Orrick’s pro bono program, having represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States and an individual seeking enforcement of a family support order in New York Family Court. She currently represents a family that was separated at the U.S. border.
Vann wins difficult intellectual property disputes, and helps clients use their intellectual property to build their companies.
As a litigator of patent infringement and related matters, he has obtained judgments, dismissals, and favorable outcomes in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, and in inter partes review proceedings. As a counselor on patent licensing and portfolio development, Vann crafts precise strategies which minimize legal threats and capitalize on emerging industry trends. Whether resolving today’s disputes or helping his clients plan for the future, Vann understands how to lead teams to successful outcomes, on budget, and in demanding circumstances.
Like his clients, Vann approaches his work with an entrepreneur’s mindset. Vann co-founded and is Co-Chair of Orrick's 3D Printing practice. Vann frequently speaks at conferences and universities around the world about the intersection of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and intellectual property law.
Vann draws upon his technical background to quickly understand complex inventions ranging from semiconductors, to imaging and displays, to chemistry. He holds a chemical engineering degree and worked in the medical device and biotech fields before law school.
Joanna Brown, a Senior Associate in the London office, is a member of the Real Estate Group. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate work, including landlord and tenant matters with particular emphasis on negotiating commercial leases and ancillary transactions.
Joanna provides real estate law and commercial management advice to clients in respect of major shopping centre developments, commercial office space and prime retail real estate across the UK.
Joanna also provides general advice to commercial real estate clients on dispute potential and advice in relation to commercial landlord and tenant matters.
Anna Saber in an Intellectual Property Litigation associate in Orrick’s Silicon Valley Office. Her practice focuses on copyright, patent, white collar, and complex litigation. In addition to her IP practice, Anna handles pro bono matters, focusing her attention on matters relating to victims of domestic violence, international human rights, and criminal law.
Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as Senior Managing Editor of Santa Clara Law Review and Co-President of the Women & Law Association. Anna was a member of Trial Team and the International Humanitarian Law Competition Team, which placed second in a national competition involving other law schools and military academies. While in law school, Anna also interned at the district attorney’s office, where she obtained valuable in-court experience arguing suppression of evidence and sentencing motions.
Prior to law school, Anna attended UC Santa Barbara, where she double majored in Economics and Political Science, with an emphasis in Political Theory. For her senior honors thesis in the Political Science major, Anna analyzed whether the U.S.’s drone warfare policies comported with the accepted laws, ethics, and norms of warfare. At UC Santa Barbara, Anna was a member of the club crew and club water polo teams.
Whether in litigation, consultation or investigations, Justin leverages deep understanding of his clients’ unique goals and challenges to achieve tailored results.
Justin has represented individuals, corporations and public entities in connection with civil lawsuits and government investigations. He has managed civil litigation matters and corporate internal investigations relating to accounting fraud, harassment, securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In October 2018, Justin represented the victim of a sexual assault in a jury trial in Yolo County Superior Court. Sitting first chair at trial, Justin obtain a unanimous verdict and full damages for this pro bono client.
Prior to attending law school, Justin served on active duty for nine years in the United States Air Force. He is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
Ayanna Lewis-Gruss focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on disputes involving foreign investments, cutting edge technology, and financial institutions.
She has represented parties in arbitrations held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the American Arbitration Association, as well as non-administered arbitrations conducted under UNCITRAL and other rules. Ayanna has also represented clients in state and federal court, and before the Internal Revenue Service. Ayanna has represented clients from a wide range of industries involved in disputes concerning international investments, licensing, and other contract disputes.
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.