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  • Real Estate

Dr. Felix Schäfer Counsel Real Estate


Dr. Hans Felix Schäfer, Counsel in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a member of the Real Estate Group.

Felix has particular experience in the infrastructure and logistics sectors, where he has been focused on real estate transactions, structuring of real estate investments, fund counseling and private equity as well as restructuring of real estate financings. He has also advised on a series of diverse large scale project developments as well as (portfolio) transactions for German and international clients.

Felix previously worked at international law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and DLA Piper UK LLP. He served as inhouse counsel with ProLogis Germany Management GmbH and spent two years with HFK Law Offices. Most recently, he was an associated partner with independent German law firm Graf von Westphalen.

Felix attended the University of Cologne, where he received his doctorate degree. He has been acknowledged as "frequently recommended" in the field of Real Estate by JUVE Handbook of German Law Firms (2012/2013) and is member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Mario Scofferi Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Mario Scofferi, Of Counsel in the Milan office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

Mario deals with labor law and industrial relations, assisting Italian and foreign clients, both in judicial and out-of-court matters, related to every aspect of the management of employment relationship, agency relationship and self-employment relationship in all its forms including inter alia:

  • drafting of employment agreements (also for managers), drafting of para-subordinate employment agreements (so-called, self-employment agreements, agency agreements;
  • drafting additional clauses to employment agreements (for example, non-competition and confidentiality clauses, etc.);
  • drafting of incentive plans (including stock option plans);
  • remote control of employees;
  • change of duties and transfer of employees;
  • individual and collective dismissal.

Specifically, Mario assists clients in the negotiation of self-employment and employment agreements, during their respective relationships as well as in their termination, with the stated objective of guaranteeing high quality services according to rigorous detailed studies and constant interaction with the clients.

His clients operate in the tourism, tertiary and services sector, as well as credit and chemistry sector and in the public administration (i.e. companies owned by the latter).

Mario has also gained considerable experience in managing relationships of the companies with the members of their Board as well as in disputes between social security institutions and companies.

Mario is author of numerous articles in the field of labor law published in trade magazines.

He is registered in the Milan Bar Association, as well as being both a member of AGI – (Italian Employment Lawyers Association) and of the Italian Journalists Association.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • European Capital Markets
  • IPO Ready
  • Emerging Markets
  • Restructuring
  • Fintech
  • Corporate Governance
  • Derivatives
  • Impact Finance and Investment
  • Russia
  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • United Kingdom

Nell Scott Partner M&A and Private Equity, Capital Markets


Nell Scott regularly advises her clients on M&A and private equity, international capital markets and corporate finance transactions, as well as corporate governance and disclosure issues, with a particular focus on emerging markets investments.

Nell’s clients have included major investment banks and financial institutions, public and private companies and sovereign governments. Nell lived and worked in Russia from 1993 to 1997 and has supported companies operating globally.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Rena L. Scott Of Counsel International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Regularly credited for her responsiveness, diligence, and reliability, Rena L. Scott has been assisting clients primarily in the area of international arbitration and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on complex, high-value disputes involving major construction projects (commercial, retail, residential, high rise, low rise, infrastructure) and consortia and joint venture agreements for more than 12 years.  Rena also provides delivery assistance and construction project dispute avoidance assistance to construction development and delivery teams.  Rena is regularly invited to speak on issues in the construction sector.

Rena’s practice also includes representing multi-national companies involved in a wide range of complex business disputes, including partnership disputes, real estate litigation (general), accountant liability disputes, and internal corporate investigations. Rena's practice is truly international.  She has represented clients in all stages of litigation and arbitration – from pleadings to trial/hearing to appellate matters – and in matters pending in a variety of venues, including several arbitral institutions, and before U.S. state and federal court, the English High Court, the British Virgin Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Rena is active in pro bono issues ranging from advising not-for-profit organizations on various legal aid programs around the world to preparing immigration reform practice manuals for U.S. court practice to carrying out impact litigation training programs for CSOs and lawyers working on critical human rights issues in Myanmar.

Legal 500 recognises Rena as a leading International Arbitration practitioner, where she is noted for her "excellent drafting skills."

Prior to joining Orrick, Rena worked in Akin Gump’s Geneva office, and also for other prestigious law firms in California.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Governance
  • Trials
  • White Collar

M. Todd Scott Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

San Francisco

M. Todd Scott, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Group. His practice focuses on shareholder derivative suits, securities class actions, other complex business litigation and corporate governance counseling.

Todd has represented numerous corporations, directors and officers in federal securities class actions, SEC enforcement actions and shareholder derivative suits, at arbitration and on appeal.

Todd also regularly advises companies on questions of corporate governance, fiduciary duties and disclosure obligations, and has extensive experience in responding to shareholder litigation demands and books and records requests.

Before joining the firm, Todd was an associate at the San Francisco office of Clifford Chance US LLP. In his spare time, Todd is a musician, author and father to three amazing children.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Naomi J. Scotten Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

New York

Naomi Scotten specializes in high-stakes appeals and dispositive motions.


Naomi represents clients in appellate and trial-level litigation in federal and state courts across the country.  Her work covers a wide range of subject areas, including product liability, labor and employment law, telecommunications law, constitutional law, criminal law, and immigration law. 

She has co-authored briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and federal and state trial courts.  She recently argued an appeal before the First Judicial Department of the New York State Appellate Division.  Her work includes a successful petition for rehearing en banc in the Ninth Circuit, defending a local firearms ordinance against a Second Amendment challenge. 

Naomi also has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on dispositive motions, preserving appellate issues, and developing creative legal strategies.

Prior to joining Orrick, Naomi served as a law clerk for Judge Susan L. Carney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  

Naomi graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as the Executive Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar
  • Securities Litigation
  • Trials

Nexus U. Sea Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, White Collar

New York

Nexus Sea is a litigator and trial lawyer who has played key roles in high-profile matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and pharmaceutical companies in complex commercial litigation, financial services, and product liability matters in state and federal courts. One emerging area of law that Nexus focuses his practice on is the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and product liability law.

A member of Orrick’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, Nexus has extensive financial services litigation and white collar experience, including the representation of individual and corporate clients. This includes conducting internal investigations on behalf of financial institutions, participating in the successful prosecution of a FINRA action on behalf of an international bank, and the representation of numerous individual foreign claimants in the largest civil forfeiture action brought under the United States Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. In addition, Nexus played a prominent role as part of the court-appointed counsel team to the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the global liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, one of the largest financial frauds in history.

Nexus has also played key roles in the successful representation of a multinational Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company against failure-to-warn and product defect claims, a Fortune 500 bank and premises owner in more than 340 toxic tort personal injury suits arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and successfully advocated for cable and elevator manufacturers in response to asbestos-related product liability matters.

Recognizing the importance of community, Nexus is a founding member of “1844” – an association of nearly 60 African American male attorneys – created as a vehicle to promote collaboration, business development, and mentorship among BigLaw attorneys of color. Nexus is also a member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and mentors college and law students who are interested in private practice. Nexus served as President of the Nigerian Lawyers Association from 2014-2016, where he promoted building strong, diverse communities at home and abroad.

Nexus is also an active member of AIPAC’s progressive outreach efforts (“AIPAC Connects”), which focus on recruiting and building professional communities where Jewish and non-Jewish stakeholders can work hand-in-hand in support of the U.S.- Israel relationship and AIPAC’s mission of bipartisanship.

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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Equity Capital Markets

Francesco Seassaro Special Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets


Francesco Seassaro, Special Counsel in Orrick's Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and acquisition finance.

In these areas, he has been involved both in domestic and cross-border transactions, advising corporate clients, private equity funds and banks. In the context of private equity transactions, he has acted as legal counsel of the issuers in the listing of their shares in Italian regulated markets. He has developed an expertise in the aviation area, with specific regard to the purchase, sale and lease of aircraft and the financing of the acquisition of aircraft.

Before joining Orrick, Francesco was employed from 1980 to 1981 as in-house counsel by Italtel S.p.A., an Italian telecommunication company. From 1982 to 1988 he worked as an associate at Studio Legale De Berti & Jacchia, an Italian law firm based in Milan. From 1989 to 1997 he was at first an associate and then a partner at the London office of Carnelutti, an Italian law firm. From 1998 to 2008 he was a partner at Vita Samory, Fabbrini e Associati, an Italian law firm, working at the London office of the firm until 1999 and then at the main office in Milan since 2000.

He has been a lecturer at conferences and has written articles in English legal publications on corporate and banking matters.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Patents

Lauren Seaton Managing Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Orange County

Lauren Seaton is an associate in Orrick's Orange County office. Lauren focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and internal investigations.

She represents companies and individuals in a variety of litigation matters, including white collar criminal defense, intellectual property matters, and general litigation. Prior to joining the White Collar and Securities Litigation Group, Lauren was a member of Orrick's Intellectual Property Group. She currently maintains a substantial trademark prosecution portfolio, counseling clients with the acquisition and protection of their intellectual property rights.



  • Litigation & IP
  • eDiscovery & Information Governance

Matthew Sebastian Senior Analytics Project Attorney Litigation & IP, eDiscovery & Information Governance

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Matthew Sebastian is a Senior Analytics Team Lead in the Discovery Analytics and Review Services group at Orrick. Matthew works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation.

The Discovery Analytics and Review Services 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.

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



  • Public Policy

Erica Sechrist Senior Strategist Public Policy

Washington, D.C.

Erica Sechrist, Senior Strategist in the Washington, D.C., office, uses her previous experience working with national party committees and in the private sector to bring a unique perspective and understanding when tackling issues our clients face at both the national and state level.

Erica has extensive experience providing advice and developing strategic programs for leadership committees and associations.

Before joining Orrick, Erica worked for Advance America as Director of Government Affairs. In this role, she negotiated legislation with elected officials and regulators and developed strategic relationships with community leaders while running point for Advance America with National Political Committees. Prior to Advance America, Erica served as Finance Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee, Executive Director of the Republican Attorneys General Association, and Chairman’s Foundation Representative of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In her last year at the Republican State Leadership Committee, the committee raised over $30 million and made historic gains in the 2010 elections, flipping 20 state chambers to Republican control as well as netting six Attorneys General, seven Secretaries of State and three independently elected Lieutenant Governors.



  • Technology Companies Group

Erin Sedloff Managing Associate Technology Companies Group

Santa Monica

Erin Sedloff helps start-ups and high-growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.

Erin represents early- and late-stage companies throughout all stages of growth and development, including formation, cross-border restructuring, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate and securities law matters. She has experience advising founders on structuring their companies and frequently counsels executive teams on maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.

In addition to her practice, Erin dedicates time to supporting the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Claremont McKenna College where she is a guest lecturer for the CIE Fellows program. Further, Erin spends her time on projects that address her interest in global economic development, and she is an active member of Orrick’s Impact Finance Group, which supports investors and entrepreneurs focused on social and environmental impact.

Before joining Orrick, Erin was a litigation associate focusing on complex commercial disputes and real estate litigation. Prior to receiving her legal education, Erin worked for a global travel company where she was responsible for field and office operations, product development, and management for global itineraries, including throughout Central America and Alaska.