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Jessica R. Perry leads Orrick’s Litigation practices worldwide. As an employment partner, she represents tech, retail and financial industry leaders in their most significant class, collective, representative and multi-plaintiff actions.
Jessica defends employers from discrimination and harassment claims on the basis of gender, race, religion, disability, age and other protected categories. She recently defeated class certification in cases alleging discrimination against women in technical roles for Microsoft and Twitter, earning her The American Lawyer’s "Litigator of the Week” award. She also won a complete defense verdict for Kleiner Perkins in the highly publicized gender discrimination and retaliation case Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, which the Daily Journal named the year’s ‘Top Verdict.’ Her trial victories also include winning defense judgments in cases involving claims of religious discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. Jessica also specializes in pay equity matters, including in designing analyses and advising on compliance and risk mitigation. Clients interviewed by Chambers note, “She's very thorough and knows the details and procedure, without allowing anything to fall through the cracks."
Jessica has a winning record in beating back class certification in high stakes wage-and-hour actions in federal and state court, including those brought under the Private Attorney General Act. Having led over 150 high-stakes wage-and-hour class action matters, Jessica has broad experience on virtually every theory of relief. She also offers strategic guidance to help businesses avoid wage-and-hour litigation, particularly companies in the gig economy industry which can be significantly impacted by such matters.
In addition to litigation and counseling, Jessica has successfully guided clients through investigations and audits by the Department of Labor, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and California Employment Development Department, and helped develop compensation policies and measures to reduce potential exposure.
Jessica is also an expert in generational workplace issues and frequently speaks on employment engagement in a multi-generational workforce.
Mandy Perry, a partner in the London office, is a member of the Employment Group. Mandy’s practice includes acting in high value litigation disputes in the High Court and Employment Tribunal where she has gained particular expertise in claims involving whistleblowing, discrimination and post termination restrictions.
Mandy specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and advises clients across diverse sectors with particular emphasis on corporate and technology clients.
Mandy advises on the strategy and handling of redundancies, wrongful and unfair dismissals, TUPE, cross-border disputes, financial services remuneration issues, data protection and a full spectrum of employment-related legal issues.
Legal 500 describe Mandy as "a joy to work with, very experienced and knowledgeable". She is an accomplished speaker and regularly provides client training on legal updates, diversity matters and presents on all aspects of the employment relationship.
Chris is an associate in Orrick's Technology Companies Group. He advises on a wide variety of corporate law issues affecting early to late stage technology companies and those who invest in them, with a particular emphasis on venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions.Prior to joining Orrick, Chris trained and worked at a major international law firm where he advised on several large M&A transactions as well as a number of private equity and venture capital investments.
Randolph Perry's practice focuses on real property, distressed assets and secured loan acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and hospitality transactions.
Randy has assisted opportunity funds, operators/developers, pension funds, pension fund advisors, investment banks, financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions and private equity funds in the acquisition and disposition of real property, sale of distressed loan portfolios, and mezzanine and permanent financings.
Jessica Pers, a lawyer in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Group and focuses on civil litigation, emphasizing antitrust, franchise litigation, trademark and copyright disputes and class actions.Jessica has handled both jury and non-jury trials and injunction proceedings in federal and state courts and has extensive experience in extraordinary writ practice and appeals before California and federal courts.
Additionally, she has advised clients in the computer industry and various manufacturing and service fields on trademark, copyright and antitrust issues, including issues relating to domain name use on the Internet. She has handled cases for major franchisers in the automotive service and home health care industries as well as state and federal antitrust actions against Microsoft, Levi Strauss & Co. and many television and movie studios. Recently, Jessica has had primary responsibility for large consumer class actions settlements arising from antitrust litigation against Microsoft.
Before joining Orrick, Jessica was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP. She was Managing Partner of that firm from 1992 to 1995 and Chair of the Promotion Evaluation Committee from 2001 to 2007.
Jorge Pesok is a managing associate in the New York office. He focuses his practice on blockchain and cryptocurrency, government investigations, white collar litigation and compliance matters.
Jorge represents technology companies, digital asset trading platforms, financial institutions, and individuals, in a variety of regulatory, compliance, and litigation matters. His work includes representing clients in enforcement and litigation matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He also counsels blockchain and cryptocurrency clients on the application of federal and state securities, commodities, and money transmission laws.
A decorated veteran, Jorge served on active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Jorge retired from the United States Army National Guard in 2014 after serving eight years in the Judge Advocate General Corps and obtaining the rank of sergeant.
While in law school, Jorge was a member of the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court. Jorge also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard H. Kyle of the United States District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jeremy Peterman is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Jeremy’s work spans a number of subject areas, including intellectual property, administrative law, securities, and criminal law. He has represented leading technology companies before the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. He also maintains an active pro bono practice in Courts of Appeals and in the New York Appellate Division.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jeremy served as a law clerk to Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge David Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Scott Peterman, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Scott focuses on representing private fund sponsors and investors in the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including pan-Asian private equity funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure and real estate funds, private REITs, hedge funds, hybrid funds, emerging manager platform funds, Hong Kong authorized funds, and emerging market ETFs. In addition, he has advised on more than 150 account arrangements, representing sovereign wealth funds, universities, seeding and first-loss capital programs, family offices and individual investors.
Scott has extensive experience representing both Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in a broad range of M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital financings, as well as relevant regulatory and compliance matters. He also counsels FinTech start-ups, develops compensation and profit-sharing schemes, and assists entrepreneurs in managing their wealth.
Scott offers clients a unique perspective with in-depth knowledge in the technology and telecommunications industries, having served for 13 years as a Silicon Valley senior executive prior to practicing law, including as Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea, director of Asia Pacific for Alcatel Data Networks and director of North American Corporate Development for Cable & Wireless.
Scott has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from clients for his “incredible base of knowledge”, “commercial acumen” and “awareness of what the client wants.” He is known as “a very experienced practitioner” with “unparalleled” expertise in “complex economic structures”. “Scott’s ability to understand what we wanted to accomplish and tailor-make our documents to our needs rather than giving us a ‘pre-hashed, cut-and-paste’ set of documents made him an unequivocal favourite,” a client noted. As an IFLR-designated "market leader," Scott has been characterized as one of the "true leaders of their field," with "a track record of high profile innovative deals" and "recognised as the standout performers in their country or practice area."
Scott’s personal research reflects his continuing interest in early Chinese Zen Buddhism. He is the translator of the Tang Dynasty classic, “Treatise on the Essential Path for Entering the Way through Sudden Enlightenment” and the Song Dynasty “Record of Dazhu’s Responses to Questions of Disciples from All Over.”
Prior to joining Orrick, Scott worked at Jones Day and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong, and practiced in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan for many years.
Nicholas Peterson represents individuals and corporations in complex civil litigation and white collar enforcement actions.
Nicholas has experience representing clients in federal and state civil litigation and before regulatory authorities. He represents industry-leading companies in sensitive and high-value disputes, including securities and commodities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, FINRA arbitration suits, and other complex business litigation matters. He has also represented clients in internal investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Nicholas maintains a dedicated pro bono practice, and has assisted in representing clients in matters related to child support rights, seeking attorneys’ fees for prevailing in a pro bono class action matter, and in drafting an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nicholas previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene S. Siler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Erin Pham is a Public Finance lawyer based in Orrick’s San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on water, wastewater, solid waste, and public power revenue bond financings.
Erin has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel on a wide variety of municipal securities transactions involving revenue bond financings, lease financings, certificates of participation financings, general obligation bond financings, and pooled financings.
As innovative companies push the boundaries of technology, they need lawyers who can apply today’s employment regulations to tomorrow’s business. To help her clients stay ahead, Kristina Pham offers clarity and precise guidance.
Kristina represents employers ranging from Fortune 500 employers to start-ups across all industries in multi-plaintiff, single plaintiff and class action lawsuits involving discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination claims. For example, on behalf of Twitter, she successfully helped fight off class action claims alleging gender discrimination in 2018. She also has extensive experience in wage and hour litigation and audits.
Kristina also counsels clients on the latest employment developments, helping them remain in compliance so they can avoid litigation before it arises. As a member of the firm’s Alternative Workforce Task Force, and the Sexual Harassment Task Force, she can offer immediate guidance on these critical employment areas.
In addition to her practice, Kristina uses her skills to enhance diversity and improve the community. She currently serves as Chair of the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (SV-APABA) Scholarship Committee and member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. While at Berkeley Law, she participated in the Education, Defense and Justice for Youth Clinic, where she represented clients facing expulsion or incarceration. She also directed the Alternative Dispute Resolution team, and was instrumental in leading several Berkeley Law students to victories at the national level.
Prior to law school, Kristina was a special education teacher in San Jose, CA.
Los Angeles; Seattle
Los Angeles; Seattle
Businesses of all kinds are facing complex legal issues relating to data collection, management, and security. As a cyber attorney in the firm’s nationally and internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Innovation team, Melanie Phillips works with clients to create practical solutions to their cyber and privacy concerns.
Melanie advises clients in various critical areas, including incident response planning, incident response, consumer breach litigation and regulatory enforcement actions. She has worked on cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations for a range of clients, including enterprise-wide network intrusions. Melanie also assists clients with digital crime investigations. With more than a decade of litigation experience, including in key areas of trade secret, employment, and consumer protection matters, she has a holistic understanding of the key drivers of privacy and security in organizations big and small.
Melanie has dedicated countless hours to pro bono work over her career, focused on issues relating to domestic violence. She was awarded the Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award in 2014 in recognition of her work with the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Clinic. She also earned the Pro Bono Award at Orrick for her outstanding commitment to pro bono work in 2007 relating a complicated VAWA petition on behalf of an Iraqi interpreter working for the United States military.