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Stephen Lessard, an associate in Orrick's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Steve focuses his practice on the taxation of debt and equity offerings, cross-border transactions, tax controversy, and municipal finance. He also has experience counseling nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.
Prior to joining Orrick, Steve was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Tiffany C. Leung is an associate in Orrick's Intellectual Property Group located in Silicon Valley.
Tiffany represents individual and corporate clients in various civil matters involving trade secrets, copyright infringement, patent infringement, contract disputes, and complex litigation. Her matters span across different technological areas including, semiconductor manufacturing, NoSQL databases, and price management software. In addition to her IP practice, Tiffany also handles pro bono matters involving technology.
During law school, Tiffany was the Commentaries Editor for the Berkeley Technology and Law Journal, where she helped establish an online publication syndicate project with other leading technology law journals.
Cristine LeVasser is a Real Estate Associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office.
Cristine advises clients on commercial real estate transactions including joint venture structuring and construction, development and lease agreements. She joined Orrick in 2016 as a Summer Associate. Prior to attending law school, Cristine was a designer and project manager at a Los Angeles-based architecture firm, where she oversaw the design and construction of retail, corporate office and residential projects of various scales.
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Barry S. Levin, a lawyer in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Group. His practice focuses on complex litigation with a special emphasis on insurance recovery matters.
Barry is known in the market as “one of the most accomplished litigators,” “very effective in pursuing compelling themes and tearing down witnesses with polite cross-examination” (2017 Benchmark Litigation), and as a "very bright, very savvy" coverage lawyer (2013 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business). Barry has also been commended by his peers as a "fabulous lawyer" who is "very well regarded and really knows the area" (2016 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business).
Barry has broad first chair experience in trial and arbitration, ranging from trial counsel for Johns-Manville Corporation in its coverage litigation involving asbestos-related bodily injury claims to successful domestic and international arbitrations on behalf of financial institutions, hospitals, and hospitality companies.
Over the past 8 years, Barry has developed extensive experience in issues arising out of the financial crisis, including a range of issues relating to mortgage backed securities and lending practices.
He is a frequent lecturer in the area of litigation, insurance coverage and law firm management. Prior to joining Orrick, Barry was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP.
Herbert Levine, New York labor and employment counsel, has practiced labor law for more than 40 years.
He has represented U.S. and multi-national corporations engaged in a wide variety of industries, including retailing, radio and television broadcasting, automotive parts, printing and publishing, refining and packaging of petroleum products, manufacturing and distribution of wines, spirits and related products, hotels, food service, financial institutions, passenger airline, and freight forwarding companies.
Herbert has extensive experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and has represented clients in a broad range of labor matters, including: union election and unfair labor practice cases, arbitrations and strike related matters. His practice also includes federal and state court and administrative agency litigation covering employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA, and wage-and-hour matters.
He has participated in establishing security programs for clients, helped design benefit plans, employment handbooks, and worked with clients on affirmative-action compliance reviews and safety and health matters. He has drafted and negotiated employment agreements, and has done extensive work in counseling and representing clients in merger and acquisition problems including negotiations with adverse parties, unions, and insurance carriers.
Herbert started his practice as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and then worked for Proskauer, Rose, Goetz, & Mendelsohn. From 1972 to 1990, Herbert was a partner at the firm of Baer, Marks & Upham, where he chaired the employment law department, and was instrumental in building a labor and employee benefits practice.
He joined Orrick in 1991, and continued as a partner until 2002, when he retired from the partnership in order to devote more of his time to family obligations. He has continued to practice with Orrick since that time as counsel.
Marc A. Levinson is a senior counsel in the Restructuring Group.
Marc's practice concentrates on insolvency planning, bankruptcy cases, out-of-court reorganizations and workouts. He represents secured and unsecured creditors, acquirers of assets from insolvent companies, debtors, indenture trustees, committees, public entities and bankruptcy trustees.
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.
Florent Lewkowicz is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
His practice focuses on corporate transactions, including public tender offers, M&A and private equity transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Florent practiced law in the Paris office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Vanessa A. Liborio Garrido de Sousa is a member of the International Arbitration practice group. Her practice focuses on complex, high-value disputes involving major infrastructure construction projects, consortia and joint venture agreements, sales of goods, collateral management agreements, insurance coverage, aviation and consultancy agreements.
Vanessa has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and other international fora and subject to a variety of procedural and substantive laws (including English, French, New York and Swiss law). She has also represented parties in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, and has acted as an arbitrator in arbitral proceedings.
In addition to her activities in the field of arbitration, Vanessa regularly provides advice to clients on Swiss substantive law, particularly in contract law.
Prior to joining Orrick, Vanessa practiced for Swiss and international firms based in Geneva and Miami.
During the past two decades, Joe built a reputation as a top employment litigator by approaching each case with a fresh perspective - uncovering unique facts, unearthing hidden dynamics and relentlessly unraveling the plaintiff’s case. He has represented companies such as Sears, Microsoft and Oracle in their most challenging and complex employment matters.
These and other clients also turn to Joe again and again as a creative problem solver and trusted advisor in helping them achieve their goals quickly and efficiently.
For example, in a wage class action for Sears, Joe quarterbacked an unusual strategy to dismiss the case. The team discovered that the plaintiff had filed for bankruptcy, and filed a motion to dismiss because the plaintiff no longer owned the lawsuit, the bankruptcy trustee did. But the plaintiff argued he might re-acquire the lawsuit in bankruptcy court, and the district court allowed him to try. In the bankruptcy court, Joe had Sears buy the lawsuit (an asset of the plaintiff’s bankruptcy estate) for a nominal amount, and then returned to the district court where Sears, now the owner of the class action against itself, dismissed the case with prejudice.
In Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case that garnered intense national scrutiny, Joe led the trial team's work on jury instructions and expert witnesses.
Joe is praised by clients, co-counsel and colleagues for his collaborative approach and ability to bring out the best work from the team.
Michael Liever is a partner in the San Francisco office and a lawyer with one of the largest and most diversified national real estate practices in the country. Orrick’s Real Estate Group concentrates on developing, buying, selling, leasing and financing commercial real property.
Mike has extensive involvement in representing both foreign and domestic investors in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing, financing, and joint venture of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, industrial parks, and apartments. In the 2019 California Real Estate category of Chambers USA, a client said "he is one of the best real estate attorneys we've ever worked with. He is skilled at negotiating for his client."
His clients include RREEF America L.L.C. and its various separate accounts, Bentall Kennedy Group, New York Life Insurance Company, Alecta Investments Management (USA), Morgan Stanley, BlackRock Realty Advisors, Heitman Properties, McMorgan & Company, Gerson Bakar & Associates, Legacy Partners Commercial, Inc., Broadreach Capital Partners LLC, CharterMac Mortgage Capital, GLL US Office, L.P., University of California, Rockwood Capital Corporation, Industrial Income Trust, Inc., Stockbridge Real Estate Funds, Divco West Properties, Bristol Group, Cargill, the City & County of San Francisco, CalPERS, IowaPERS, Mass PRIM, San Bernardino County Retirement System, the County of San Diego Retirement System, the County of Alameda Retirement System, the City of Sacramento, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, RNM Properties, Union Property Capital and Starbucks Corporation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mike had been a partner (1984-1996) and an associate (1978-1984) at Morrison & Foerster LLP. He was Managing Partner for Operations for Morrison & Foerster LLP from 1989 through 1994.