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  • Public Finance
  • Health Care Finance

Robyn L Helmlinger Partner Public Finance, Health Care Finance

San Francisco

For two decades, Robyn has been advising issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds, with a focus in the healthcare industry throughout the nation. She is the lawyer to whom chief financial officers and treasurers turn when they require expertise in implementing complex financings and debt programs, and to whom investment bankers turn when developing new financial structures or facing challenging disclosure scenarios.

Robyn regularly works with both established borrowers and first-time borrowers to assist with structuring and restructuring debt programs that encompass a wide variety of debt and derivative products. In 2015, Robyn led the team that represented a private fund in connection with financing the management transfer of a multi-hospital nonprofit healthcare system to a subsidiary of the private fund, including negotiations with existing creditors. The financing involved an innovative bond structure that balanced current and future committed liquidity needs and debt burden. Robyn is also continually recognized for her excellent and sound judgment with respect to disclosure issues, including the difficult disclosure decisions caused by financial pressures from healthcare reform, affiliation activities, pension liabilities, governmental inquiries and investigations, labor disputes and qualified audit opinions.

In 2013, Robyn was elected a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. She is one of the founding members of the Northern California Chapter of Women in Public Finance and currently serves on its advisory board. As a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Robyn has been a panelist on the Health Care Financing Panel at the annual conference in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Betty L. Louie Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Betty L. Louie is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group based in the Beijing office. With a particular expertise on Asia outbound investments, Betty has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments and capital markets. She has practiced for over 20 years on the continents – the US, Europe and China – on strategic and complex mergers and acquisitions.

She regularly advises Chinese corporations and financial institutions investing and operating outside of China, and also assists international companies with their FDIs in China. She also advises global private equity and venture capital funds on their investments in Chinese companies, as well as assisting international tech companies on their structuring and operations in China.

Since 2012, she has been consistently recognized and ranked in legal industry publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Milano Finanza. Clients have praised Betty as “extremely experienced with complex legal issues, both M&A and regulatory issues”, “highly experienced in helping Chinese companies and investors carry out transactions,” “having a specialist knowledge of the Chinese market” and “offers practical and efficient solutions.”

In addition, Betty also represents a broad range of foreign investors (U.S., Middle Eastern, European) in connection with their global investments and acquisitions.

She advises companies in various industries, including energy, technology, financial services, healthcare, medical devices, real estate and advanced manufacturing.

Before relocating to China, Betty practiced in New York for more than 10 years, and also practiced in Italy for close to 10 years.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Compensation & Benefits

Laura L. Becking Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Compensation & Benefits

New York

As companies around the world expand and contract, they require expert guidance on the resulting HR and compensation issues. Laura Becking has devoted her career to facilitating this process. Her guidance empowers companies, regardless of size or stage, to align their workforce and business objectives.

Her practice is unique in the market. In addition to leading Orrick’s Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice; she is also integrated into the firm’s top-tier employment practice and compensation and benefits practice, enabling her to offer comprehensive solutions for the modern workplace.

Her strategies extend beyond regulations and compliance, into the company’s overall culture and societal nuances of their local workforce. By blending these elements, her targeted plans address a wide range of issues, including hiring, performance management, terminations, discrimination, reclassification, HR data privacy compliance, employee handbooks and policies. She also helps implement employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside the U.S., and covers all aspects of securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such rollouts. Whether working with a pre-IPO start-up or an international corporation, Laura remains focused on her client’s human capital.

Laura’s distinctive approach places her in high demand for corporate transactions, in particular IPOs and acquisitions. She advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of Facebook’s and Cisco’s global acquisitions; various global transactions for GoPro, Sabre, and Snap; the pre- and post-merger integration for Digicert’s acquisition of Symantec’s Website Security Business; as well as the global acquisitions and global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients. She has also advised companies such as Pinterest, Elasticsearch, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Scale, Splunk, Twist, Viasat, Vice and VMWare on global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions.

Nicholas Bagley Associated Law Professor

New York

Nicholas Bagley is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and an Associated Law Professor in Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.

Nick was an attorney with the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and served as lead counsel in many more. Among many other matters, Nick successfully defended the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act before the D.C. Circuit (National Association of Manufacturers v. Taylor), served on the litigation team charged with defending the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act from a First Amendment challenge (Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. United States), appeared before the Second Circuit in an important case involving the status of digital downloads under the copyright statutes (United States v. ASCAP), and represented the government in two significant False Claims Act suits in the Fifth Circuit (United States ex rel. Longhi v. Lithium Power Technologies, Inc.; United States v. Caremark).

Nick served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit. Before getting a law degree at New York University Law School, he joined Teach for America and taught eighth-grade English at a public school in the South Bronx.

Nicholas teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, regulatory theory, and health law. His work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. His article, “Centralized Oversight of the Regulatory State,” which he coauthored with Richard Revesz, was selected as the best article in the field in 2006 by the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He won the law school’s teaching award in 2012.

Lauren Allen Associate

New York

Lauren is an associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group in Orrick's New York office.

Tyler Miller


  • Intellectual Property

Tyler Miller Senior Associate Intellectual Property

New York

Tyler Miller, a Senior Associate in the New York office, is a member of the Intellectual Property group.  Tyler's practice focuses on patent litigation.

Tyler has represented clients in the federal district courts, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in IPR and CBM matters.  He has experience in matters involving a wide range of technologies, including software, consumer electronics and biotechnology.


  • Public Finance

Kathleen Leak Of Counsel Public Finance

San Francisco

Kathleen A. Leak, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm's Public Finance Department. She has considerable experience in public finance with special knowledge in health care and transportation financing.

Before coming to Orrick, Kathleen was an associate at Chapman and Cutler from 1985 to 1988.



  • Public Finance

Paul A. Toland Senior Associate Public Finance

San Francisco

Paul Toland is an attorney in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's top-ranked Public Finance Department.

Paul's practice includes bond and issuer counsel work for tax-exempt and taxable financings, with a focus on revenue bonds, particularly multifamily housing revenue bonds issued by cities, counties, public authorities and joint powers agencies.

Paul also serves as special counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its conduit housing financings.



  • Intellectual Property

Olamide Olusesi Associate Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

Olamide Olusesi is an Intellectual Property Litigation associate in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters.

Olamide works on matters involving copyright, patent, and trademark litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and federal district courts. He also has experience with post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Olamide’s practice involves a diverse range of technologies including medical devices, electronics, and communications software, such as voice over IP software.

Olamide graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as an Associate of The George Washington University Law Review and Vice President of Finance of the Student Bar Association. He also interned at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Prior to law school, Olamide attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. While at UNC, he worked as a research assistant in a biological physics laboratory and served as Student Counsel in the Student Attorney General’s Office for the University Honor System.



  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Project Finance
  • Infrastructure

Eliana M. Wilk Managing Associate Energy, Renewable Energy

Washington, D.C.

Eliana represents sponsors, project developers, lenders and investors in a variety of corporate transactions, primarily in the renewable energy sector.

Her practice focuses on project finance and development, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.


  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Class Action Defense

Angela Colt Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

New York

Angela stands at the intersection of IP law and business. She blends her legal and financial background to frame compelling legal arguments in allegations of corporate IP theft and deceptive trade practices.

Angela’s multi-dimensional approach originates from her years as a broker and investment banker. During that time, she identified the ways in which business events affect consumer confidence and corporate earnings. Now as an IP litigator, she analyzes those variables in copyright, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, and consumer class actions.

She has handled high-profile disputes including:

  • Desktop Metal, Inc. in a trade secret trial against Markforged related to 3D printing technology in federal court in Massachusetts;
  • Christie’s, Inc. in securing the dismissal of a putative nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which declared the California Resale Royalties Act unconstitutional and preempted by the Copyright Act;
  • An international recording artist in obtaining a judgment in her favor on all counts and a dismissal with prejudice of all cross-claims in a dispute over the ownership of the rights to her music;
  • The National Football League in obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a complaint alleging fraudulent use of the plaintiff’s identity;
  • Red Bull as a defendant in multiple putative class actions across the country challenging the nature and content of advertising statements regarding the benefits of Red Bull energy drinks;
  • Estée Lauder in obtaining dismissals of national and state consumer class actions relating to the marketing and packaging statements on cosmetic products; and
  • Hampton Creek in obtaining a dismissal of a nationwide consumer class action related to the marketing and packaging statements on Just Mayo products.

In addition to helping her corporate clients, Angela also devotes her time to various pro bono matters. She offers advice to the ACLU of Northern California, has drafted and argued an appeal in the Appellate Division (2d Dep’t) in a child abuse matter; and has taken and defended depositions for the City through the New York City Law Department’s Public Service Program.