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  • Real Estate

Sara Branch Of Counsel Real Estate


Sara Branch, Of Counsel in the London office, is a member of the Real Estate group. Her practice focuses on commercial property work and landlord and tenant matters.

A large part of Sara's practice is acting for large RSL clients on their more complex acquisition and development projects involving development and construction agreements; tax structures to accommodate stamp duty savings; exit strategies; security issues; complex joint venture and profit sharing arrangements; as well as covering all fundamental planning and construction issues.

Sara's practice also covers commercial lettings and associated transactions at some of the UK's prime/major shopping centres and investment property acquisitions and disposals (residential, commercial and mixed use buildings).

Sara is recognised in Chambers for Social Housing. Clients describe her as "a very good negotiator who is on the ball and willing to fight your corner." Legal 500 UK 2015 describes Sara as "an excellent property lawyer."

Before joining the firm, Sara was an associate at Coudert Brothers' London office.


  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Aaron Brecher Managing Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance


Aaron Brecher is a member of Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation, and Compliance Group. He's passionate about helping individuals and companies through some of their most difficult and sensitive challenges: investigations that could lead to government enforcement actions and resulting litigation.

Aaron has defended investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Washington Attorney General's Office, and other state and federal agencies. He has also represented defendants in civil and criminal litigation brought by the government and by relators. And he has conducted internal investigations on matters ranging from data breaches to harassment to suspected environmental testing fraud. 

Aaron maintains an active pro bono practice that has included:

  • Presenting a successful petition for clemency to the Washington Clemency and Pardons Board on behalf of a prisoner serving life without parole
  • Representing an indigent criminal defendant charged with federal arms export offenses
  • Briefing and arguing an appeal of the dismissal of a prisoner's civil rights claims before the Ninth Circuit, winning a partial reversal and a remand

To keep up with the latest white collar developments, Aaron co-founded and regularly contributes to Target Letter, a blog focused on white collar crime and other government enforcement issues. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist through ACAMS.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Bradford Breen Senior Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Patents

New York

Bradford Breen, senior counsel in the New York Corporate Group, regularly advises clients on technology transactions, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and other strategic partnership arrangements, with an emphasis on the intellectual property aspects of such transactions.

Brad also advises professional services and financial services entities and technology companies regarding U.S. and international trademark and branding matters. He also has considerable experience in business method, electronic, semiconductor and computer patent counseling.

Elizabeth Brenckman


  • Intellectual Property

Elizabeth E. Brenckman Partner Intellectual Property

New York

Elizabeth E. Brenckman, a partner in the New York office, is a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Group. Elizabeth is a trial lawyer with a focus on trademark, copyright, and media litigation. She has helped companies of all sizes develop comprehensive strategies to avoid litigation where possible, and succeed in litigation when necessary.

She has litigated several of the most complex and closely watched trademark and copyright cases of recent years. Elizabeth represented New Balance in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse in an ITC Investigation that IP Law360 named the Top Trademark Ruling of 2016. She also represented Aereo in the defense of copyright infringement claims brought by the major television U.S. television broadcasters—a case that was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court on an issue of first impression in 2015. 

She was recently recognized by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, which named Elizabeth a 2018 Rising Star.



  • Public Finance

Devin Brennan Partner Public Finance

San Francisco

Devin represents issuer, underwriter and private sponsor clients in some of the most complex and innovative transactions in the municipal market. 

Such transactions have involved both long- and short-term, fixed and variable rate obligations, public-private partnerships (P3s), commercial paper, swaps, credit and liquidity enhancement, and revenue bonds for natural gas and electrical capacity, as well as a number of sizable special purpose financings. Devin's practice includes representing clients in water, wastewater, transportation, public power, pollution control and other infrastructure financings. Devin has also represented multiple clients in connection with chapter 9 bankruptcies, restructurings and other workouts.

Devin currently sits on the Strategy Council and Audit Committee for OneJustice, an organization dedicated to transforming the delivery of legal services to Californians in need. Devin has also served on the Hiring and Summer Program Committees in Orrick's San Francisco office, and helps organize the office's summer associate pro bono projects and the firm's annual summer surf trip to Capitola Beach. 



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Dr. Christoph Brenner Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


Christoph has broad and longstanding experience and focus on private equity transactions (leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs as well as minority participations and expansion or growth financings) and M&A transactions, often with cross-border aspects. He regularly acts for private equity sponsors, corporate and strategic buyers, owners and management teams.

Christoph graduated from the University of Munich where he also earned his Ph.D. (Dr. jur.) in 2000. Furthermore, he earned a law degree (maîtrise en droit) from Paris University (Paris II, Panthéon-Assas). In 2002/2003 Christoph worked as foreign attorney in London.

Prior to joining Orrick in Munich, Christoph was partner at another international law firm renowned for its international private equity practice.

Christoph is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices together with Oliver Duys.



  • Public Finance
  • Banking & Finance

Todd Brewer Partner Public Finance, Banking & Finance


Todd Brewer has extensive public finance experience in all areas of tax exempt transactions. He has acted as bond counsel, bank counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, letter of credit providers counsel and borrowers counsel in transactions for traditional governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and private entities.

Todd also devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of banks and other financial institutions in connection with direct purchases of tax-exempt bonds and the issuance of letters of credit and other liquidity facilities in connection with tax-exempt transactions.

In addition, Todd has extensive experience in the representation of both governmental entities and private parties in connection with economic development projects and major sports and entertainment facilities. 



  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Intellectual Property

Evan Brewer Managing Associate Patents, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

As an IP attorney, Evan helps technology companies solve problems without clear solutions—problems that demand close examination and imaginative strategy.

Drawing on his education background in aeronautical engineering, computer science, economics, and international relations, Evan can translate the complex and constantly-evolving business realities of today’s technology companies into cohesive and powerful legal arguments. In his practice, Evan guides cutting-edge U.S. and European technology companies through patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters, and counsels companies on emerging cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Evan’s clients specialize in machine learning, autonomous driving, integrated circuits, consumer electronics, e-commerce, and medical device technology.

In his pro bono practice, Evan represents domestic violence survivors and counsels an international NGO on environmental law issues.

Before joining Orrick, Evan clerked for Judge Ronald M. Whyte at the Northern District of California.

Evan graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he also served as Executive Articles Editor of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Review. While in law school, he was an extern for Judge Lucy H. Koh at the Northern District of California.

Outside of work, Evan enjoys competitive ski racing and endurance cycling.

Charles Briand Partner Tax


Charles Briand, Partner in Orrick Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.

Charles is specialized in tax law, and more specifically on the tax aspects of transactions.

He advises multinational companies and private equity funds on a broad range of international tax matters, including French acquisitions abroad or foreign ones in France.

He also advises his clients on the tax structuring of domestic and cross border acquisitions as well as reorganizations.

Prior to joining Orrick in 2017, Charles was transaction Tax lawyer at Ernst &Young in Paris and he also practiced eighteen months in EY New York office.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Katie E. Briscoe Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation


Katie Briscoe is an associate in Orrick’s Employment Law Group in the Sacramento office.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters. Ms. Briscoe's practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.

Katie has experience defending employers against a variety of claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wage and hour violations. She also has assisted clients in resolving employment disputes prior to litigation. Katie has counseled employers regarding their policies and decision-making to ensure compliance with California law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Katie was an employment law and litigation associate at Nossaman LLP. Katie earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Marley Brison Career Associate M&A and Private Equity

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Marley is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group at Orrick’s Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Marley was a Summer Associate with Orrick in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude, where she was the Lead Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University, summa cum laude, in Journalism.

Prior to joining Orrick, Marley served as a judicial intern to the Honorable David Cercone of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Marley worked as a Legal Associate at rue21, inc.



  • Technology Companies Group

Christina Brittain Hatinoglu Managing Associate Technology Companies Group


Christina Brittain Hatinoglu is a lawyer in Orrick’s London office and a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises high growth technology companies, venture capital firms, and other private investors.

Christina's practice focuses on venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters for technology companies.

Prior to joining the London office, Christina represented both private equity firms and investment banks in capital markets transactions.