Betsy (Colleen) Popken Special Counsel, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
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Betsy draws upon a decade of legal and policy experience to address sensitive business and legal issues for her clients. Whether guiding high-profile tech companies through cutting-edge human rights challenges, advising on front-page international peace negotiations, or safeguarding executives from white collar matters, Betsy resolves conflict while preserving her client’s reputation.
As a leader of Orrick’s Business and Human Rights practice, Betsy helps companies uncover, address, and remediate human rights issues. This area of law is particularly critical for high-profile tech companies, which can be more susceptible to the reputational, business, and legal risks associated with violations concerning the freedom of expression, right to privacy, gender equality, and other human rights issues. Betsy’s work has ranged from helping a tech start-up build its business consistent with human rights norms to helping a tech giant realign its policies to meet international human rights law standards.
Betsy first honed her ability to balance high-stakes and complex legal and ethical challenges while advising parties involved in international peace negotiations. She provides legal assistance to the Syrian opposition in United Nations-mediated peace negotiations through the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). Betsy also serves as an expert advisor to The Shaikh Group's track II Northeast Syria dialogue, and works on its efforts to develop technology solutions to structural conflict resolution barriers. She previously worked with PILPG on the UN-mediated Darfur peace negotiations, provided legal and policy assistance to the Libyan National Transitional Council, and founded PILPG’s Istanbul office when she was based there during the Geneva III peace negotiations.
In her white collar practice, Betsy applies the same delicate approach to help companies and individuals avoid or calm a public outcry. When faced with allegations of corruption or other criminal issues, clients rely on Betsy to thoroughly investigate, and offer a precise plan forward.
Betsy maintains close ties to the human rights and foreign policy communities by serving as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Ambassador Council member of the International Crisis Group.
Betsy is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School where she teaches negotiations. She previously guest lectured at UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center, University of San Francisco School of Law, and American University Washington College of Law.
Alex Porcaro is a senior associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, where he focuses on regulatory enforcement actions, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations.
In his regulatory enforcement practice, Alex helps companies and executives navigate investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has a particular focus on financial and accounting issues and regularly works with the firm’s Whistleblower Taskforce to address internal complaints before they attract regulatory scrutiny.
With a background in technology startups, Alex particularly enjoys working with early stage companies to resolve unexpected legal challenges and enable continued growth. His early stage clients have included seed-stage and venture-backed companies in the fintech, edutech, renewable energy, sustainable foods, and cloud software sectors.
In his internal investigations practice, Alex conducts domestic and global investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, foreign anti-bribery statutes, accounting issues, the False Claims Act, and ethics policies.
As a former commercial litigator, Alex is well versed in all aspects of pretrial civil litigation in federal and state courts, including drafting and arguing motions; taking and defending depositions; document discovery; alternative dispute resolution; and class action practice.
Alex has been recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and is the recipient of numerous academic honors. Before becoming an attorney, Alex was a writer, editor, and web producer for technology startups and San Francisco’s National Public Radio (NPR) station.
Scott M. Porter, special counsel located in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Corporate Group. Scott coordinates knowledge management projects and materials for the group.
Scott was an associate at the firm from 1998 until 2006 and has experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities law and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, he was an associate at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP from 1997 to 1998.
As Orrick’s Chief Growth & Integration Officer, Merrie Post plays a key role in driving Orrick’s growth strategy. She is passionate about helping the firm source top talent focused on the tech & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors globally. And she’s equally passionate about helping candidates understand and assess how the Orrick platform can advance their career trajectory.
Merrie supports candidates through each stage in the recruiting conversation. She also ensures that every lateral partner who joins Orrick has a committed sponsor and an actionable plan for business and social integration.
Merrie brings to this work a deep understanding of the legal market, and in particular, the lateral partner recruiting market, compensation and integration. Over the course of her career, she has helped hundreds of partners make successful moves. She previously led Hudson Gate Legal, a search firm, where she focused on partner-level searches. Prior to that, she served as Director of Attorney Development at Cadwalader. She began her career as a corporate associate at Debevoise.
When she’s not talking to top legal talent, Merrie can be found on a spin bike, visiting a great spa, taking a hip hop class, traveling and spending quality time with her husband, Jason and sons, Charlie (age 9) and Alex (age 6).
Jevon is an associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and focuses on corporate representation, with an emphasis on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, securities laws and corporate governance.
Jevon’s practice includes initial public offerings, early-stage formation and corporate strategy, public and private securities offerings for issuers and underwriters (both debt and equity) as well as mergers and acquisitions.
She regularly negotiates and drafts debt and equity offering documents and ancillary agreements, and she drafts and assists with negotiation of M&A transaction documents, including merger and purchase agreements. Her practice includes the representation of public and private companies in the financial services, healthcare, hospitality and gaming, life sciences and technology, retail and consumer products, homebuilding and REIT industries with respect to corporate transactions, corporate governance matters, and disclosure and compliance obligations under federal securities laws. Her underwriting clients have included Citigroup, Credit Suisse, J. P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs & Co. and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Prior to joining Orrick, Jevon was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP.
Darren Pouliot is an Associate in the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Darren represents clients in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels. He is currently involved in the Johnson & Johnson Talc Litigation as part of the Orrick team serving as national coordinating counsel for J&J on its asbestos-related cases.
Prior to joining Orrick, Darren attended Columbia Law School where he extensively studied federal constitutional, administrative, and criminal law. While there, he was a judicial intern in multiple levels of the federal judiciary, including the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of New York, and the District of New Jersey. He also led the Columbia Business Law Review as its editor-in-chief for the 2017-18 academic year.
Jonathan Preece, Of Counsel in the London office, is a member of the Real Estate Group focusing predominantly on commercial property transactions and advising on shopping centre development, managing and leasing.
Jonathan has extensive experience acting for both private developers and social housing providers on the acquisition of land for development purposes and its subsequent disposal. This often involves advising on planning and construction issues, option agreements, overage, clawback and pre-emption arrangements, building and land contract negotiation, infrastructure agreements and the structuring of transactions to save VAT and SDLT.
Legal 500 recognises Jonathan’s Commercial Property expertise and clients describe him as “responsive and commercial” and able to “articulate complex issues simply and concisely.”
Based in London, international dispute resolution associate Lucy Preston primarily focuses on disputes arising out of the energy and construction sector.She has worked with clients in a variety of sectors and in many dispute forums, with a particular focus on ICC and LCIA arbitrations.
Meredith is an associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Banking and Finance Group. Her practice focuses on secured lending facilities and other commercial finance transactions.
Meredith was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2016.
Jill Pritzker, a Managing Associate in the Structured Finance group, represents a variety of market participants, including issuers, underwriters and service provides, in public and private offerings of commercial mortgage-backed securities. Jill also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing non-profit organizations on corporate formation matters.
Francesca Proietto, an associate in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Francesca has extensive experience in corporate and civil law matters, commercial agreements, domestic and cross border litigation in commercial and civil law and also arbitration.
She has developed experience in the European litigation legal system, working in France and Scotland.
Prior to joining Orrick, Francesca was an associate in De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani Law Firm. Previously, she worked in an Italian law firm, providing advice both in transactional matters and in banking and commercial litigation.
Caroline Pucel is an M&A and private equity lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Caroline advises on corporate law, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. She acts for French and international clients, including public and private companies and private equity houses.
Most recently, she advised Arjowiggins on the sale of Arjowiggins Healthcare to Meeschaert Private Equity and counseled Kelkoo in the framework of the acquisition of LeGuide.com from Lagardère Active.
Before joining Orrick, Caroline was an associate in the corporate department of Olswang France and had several experiences in French and German law firms.