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  • Trials
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Richard J. Morvillo Partner Trials, Financial Services Litigation

Washington, D.C.; New York

Richard J. Morvillo, a partner in our New York and Washington, D.C., offices, is a nationally recognized expert in SEC enforcement and other white-collar matters.

Over the past 40 years, Rich has been involved in more than 250 SEC investigations, including some of the highest profile cases the SEC has handled. He also has extensive experience in FCPA cases, securities related white-collar criminal matters and private securities litigation. A former branch chief with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, Rich represents corporations, corporate executives, brokerage firms, investment advisers, accounting firms, auditors, law firms, hedge funds and individual investors in connection with SEC, PCAOB, NYSE, FINRA, congressional, state attorney general and grand jury investigations; SEC litigation; and complex securities cases.

Though Rich has been involved in far too many cases to name, he had a significant role in various important matters, including: several CDO and RMBS investigations of investment banks and collateral managers; SEC and criminal investigations of Enron; investigations and litigation concerning possible insider trading involving the securities of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Liberty Media, Capital One, Prestige Brands; investigations and litigation concerning trading by NYSE specialists; investigations of alleged FCPA violations by various financial institutions; investigations and litigation concerning merger activities of Wachovia Corporation and National City Corporation; investigations concerning transactions by MGIC, Royal Dutch Shell, HSBC, Lernout & Hauspie, Aetna, Denso Corporation, AG Edwards, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse; investigations concerning the financial statements and/or audits of Orange County, Citi, Navistar, Autonomy, Bally’s, CarMax, SteinMart, and Allegheny Health Systems; investigations into marketing and other activities of registered investment advisors (including Smith Barney Asset Management, Family Endowment Partners, UBS Asset Management, F Squared and Harbinger) and ETF sponsors (including Pro Shares and, Wisdom Tree Investments); internal investigations at a Fortune 10 retailer, Aon Corporation, E*Trade, Nash Finch Corporation and TD Ameritrade; investigations and litigation related to alleged pricing violations by NASDAQ traders; investigations of auditing firms and audit partners from KPMG, E&Y, D&T, Friedman, and PWC International and Congressional investigations concerning, among others, Goldman Sachs and Riggs National Corporation.

Rich has litigated to a successful judgment a number of SEC enforcement cases and defended numerous class actions and shareholder derivative suits in federal courts throughout the country. Rich has also conducted many internal investigations for corporations, and advised members of numerous special committees of boards of directors as to their rights and obligations regarding the handling and evaluation of corporate transactions, internal investigations and shareholder litigation.

He was named by Best Lawyers in America as the “2013 Lawyer of the Year – Securities Litigation,” and Chambers USA has recognized Rich as “one of the deans of the securities enforcement bar.”  Rich is also listed as a leading litigator in numerous other peer-review publications, including Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 United States, Ethisphere: Attorneys Who Matter, Washington DC Super Lawyers, The Legal Times, which named him one of Washington’s “Top 10 Securities Lawyers,” Washingtonian Magazine and Who’s Who Legal: Investigations. He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars and serves as the co-chair of two PLI annual programs: “Internal Investigations” and “Auditor Liability.” He has served on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University School of Law, teaching a course in “Professional Responsibility in Corporate and Securities Practice.”



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Scott Morvillo Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

E. Scott Morvillo has represented high-profile individuals and corporations in a wide range of criminal, regulatory, civil matters and internal investigations.

Scott’s recent experience includes representing executives and businesses in investigations, prosecutions and civil actions involving allegations of securities fraud, public corruption, bank fraud, bribery, wire and mail fraud, accounting fraud, health care fraud, insurance fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Scott, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, regularly practices before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit, the New York State Supreme Court, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory agencies. He has litigated against the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey, the Western District of North Carolina, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Attorney General’s Office and the New York County District Attorney’s Office, to name a few. Scott was selected as a Best Lawyer in America from 2013 to 2018, and named in Super Lawyers from 2012 to 2018, both in the area of white collar criminal defense. He also has been named in the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers from 2013 to 2017.

After clerking for the Honorable David N. Edelstein, in the SDNY, Scott worked as an associate for two years in the Litigation Department at Rogers & Wells, LLP, in New York. At Rogers & Wells, Scott concentrated primarily on securities litigation, antitrust and white-collar criminal defense. From 2000 to 2001, Scott clerked for the Honorable Barbara S. Jones in the Southern District of New York, following which he returned to Clifford Chance, Rogers & Wells.

From 2002 to 2007, Scott served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he investigated and tried a wide variety of criminal cases in the areas of RICO, narcotics, money laundering, bank fraud and credit card fraud.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Anti Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act
  • Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Matthew Moses Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, FCPA & Anti–Corruption

New York

Matthew Moses is a partner in Orrick’s New York Office and a member of the White Collar, Investigations, and Compliance Group.

Matt has substantial experience representing financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in connection with government and internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and U.S. anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, U.S. economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and fraud-related laws and regulations. He also counsels clients on government-imposed compliance obligations, advising on designing, enhancing, and implementing compliance policies and procedures, conducting regulatory diligence for investments and other deals, and obtaining licenses or other guidance when appropriate.



  • Structured Finance
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Derivatives

Kara Moskowitz Special Counsel Structured Finance, Mortgage Related Securities

New York

Kara Moskowitz represents issuers, underwriters, placement agents and investors in connection with public offerings and private placements.

Her practice encompasses a variety of asset-backed securities, including residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), tax lien-backed securities, tender option bonds and collateralized loan and debt obligations. 

Kara advises clients on the implications of financial markets regulation, including the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and GSE reform.

Recently, Kara has worked on innovative transactions that address issues arising as a result of the financial crisis, such as representing the sponsor and issuer of the first public offerings of private label RMBS since 2008.  

Kara is an editor of Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review, and is involved in the firm's Women's Initiative.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Funds
  • Impact Finance and Investment
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Japan
  • Fintech

P. Quinn Moss Partner M&A and Private Equity, Funds

New York

Quinn Moss is co-head of the global Private Investment Funds Group of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, as well as on the leadership teams for Orrick’s Opportunity Zone initiative and Orrick’s Impact Finance and Investment Group.

Based in New York, Quinn represents private investment fund sponsors (including impact funds) and institutional investors in private investment funds. Quinn received her B.A. from Harvard University, her J.D. from the Fordham School of Law and is admitted in New York. She is a member of the SEC Working Group for the National Association of Public Plan Attorneys (NAPPA), a member and former Trustee of the American College of Investment Counsel (ACIC), a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a director, corporate secretary and volunteer for High Water Women Foundation. Quinn has recently presented and moderated panels exploring Opportunity Zones opportunities, has frequently presented and moderated panels focusing on impact finance and investment, the negotiation of fund terms and the impact of regulation on funds, and also was lead author of “Fundraising Terms and Conditions: Legal Developments in Key Countries” published in Private Equity and Venture Capital – Regulation and Good Practice (Risk Books, 2014).



  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Geoffrey Moss Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Los Angeles

Geoff Moss is a recovering software developer who counsels software and technology clients through thorny intellectual property issues.

As a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property group, Geoff represents clients big and small through all stages of litigation, from pre-suit investigations through trial and appeals. Geoff was a member of the trial team and lead technology associate in Oracle v. Google, the long-running and high stakes lawsuit over Google’s use of Oracle’s Java APIs in the Android operating system. Geoff also has significant experience representing clients in a variety of commercial, employment, and products liability lawsuits.

Before attending law school, Geoff worked as a software developer at The Capital Group Companies, Raytheon, and the Teradata division of NCR.

Geoff spends significant time working on pro bono matters, notably with the Domestic Violence Project through the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The Project helps those in need navigate a complicated legal system in their time of need to get the restraining orders they need to stay safe.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Restructuring
  • Real Estate Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity

Carine Mou Si Yan Partner Banking & Finance, Restructuring


Carine Mou Si Yan is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Group, based in Paris.

Dual-qualified in Paris and New York, Carine counsels on French and cross-border banking and finance transactions, including the financing and refinancing aspects of restructuring transactions and real estate finance.

Carine has been involved in numerous restructuring transactions, ranging from small but complex to major restructurings. She advises both debtors and creditors in numerous industry sectors, such as construction, heavy industry, paper, transportation, energy distribution network, hospitality, food retail and real estate.

She also has deep experience in real estate finance with respect to a wide range of real estate assets, such as commercial, office, logistics, hotels and infrastructure properties, acting for borrowers and lenders, whether credit institutions or alternative fund providers.

Carine earned her LL.M. from NYU Law and her J.D. from Paris II Panthéon Assas and Paris XII Créteil.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Libby Moulton Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

San Francisco; Silicon Valley

Elizabeth Moulton is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice. Libby’s practice focuses primarily on high stakes patent appeals in the Federal Circuit.  Libby uses her past experience as a patent examiner, district court clerk, and Federal Circuit clerk to help clients with their most important high-tech cases. 

Libby represents clients across a wide range of technologies, from antiviral drugs to medical research equipment to artificial intelligence to fitness trackers. In addition to appellate briefing and argument, Libby regularly partners with trial teams on briefing and strategy decisions in district court.

Libby also has an active pro bono practice, representing clients ranging from the Arizona Federal Public Defender’s Office to the Animal Legal Defense Fund to individuals seeking asylum.  

Prior to joining Orrick, Libby served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and to Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Before law school, Libby was a patent examiner in the medical device area at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

DeMarr Moulton Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

DeMarr Moulton is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York office.

Prior to joining Orrick, DeMarr served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John Preston Bailey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (2018 – 2019).  DeMarr graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as an editor on the North Carolina Law Review.  While completing his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, DeMarr also played defensive back on the football team.

DeMarr was a summer associate in the Firm's New York office in 2017.



  • Real Estate

Taylor Marie Moustris Associate Real Estate

Los Angeles

Taylor is an Associate in Orrick’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the Real Estate Group.

She advises opportunity, investment and private equity funds, institutional investors and developers on commercial real estate transactions including joint venture structuring, financing, development, acquisitions, sales, lease agreements, and other corporate real estate activities. Taylor is familiar with structuring and drafting corporate organizational agreements, financing, acquisition and disposition documents. She has experience with a variety of asset types, including commercial, mixed-use and residential properties. Further, she regularly advises startups, growth stage companies and not-for-profit organizations on their leasing transactions.



  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Derivatives
  • Fintech
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Robert Moyle Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

Robert Moyle is a partner in Orrick’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Structured Finance Group. Rob’s practice focuses on securitization, public offerings and private placements, as well as other types of asset financings and sales.

Rob has experience with a wide variety of asset classes, including credit and charge card receivables, auto loans and leases, dealer floorplan receivables, consumer and small business loans, student loans, tender option bonds and residential mortgages.  He represents a variety of market participants, including issuers, sponsors, underwriters, placement and remarketing agents, lenders, borrowers and liquidity providers. Rob also advises clients on the application of securities laws and other financial industry regulations, including Regulation AB II and the rules and regulations promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Rob joined Orrick in 2005. He serves as Hiring Partner in the New York Office and is a member of the firm’s Professional Development Committee.

James Muhly Director, Finance & Analytics

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

James Muhly is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

James works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. James assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

James has dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including assisting trial counsel representing abused and neglected children.