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Vinella Sido, a senior associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Capital Markets Group. Vinella's practice focuses on corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Vinella represents technology and growth companies at all stages of their development, from seed-stage startups to more mature public companies, with a particular focus on late-stage private companies and public companies. She represents several private companies in corporate legal matters, ranging from advising at material stages of the corporate life cycle (formation, initial capitalization, financing, mergers and acquisitions), to providing tactical guidance and trusted governance advice on board, advisor, employment, separation and other commercial matters.
She has experience in preparing companies for initial public offerings and follow-on offerings, as well as counseling companies and boards of directors on public disclosure issues, fiduciary duties, board and committee governance and structure, board leadership, board audits and self-evaluation processes, officer and director stock transactions, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, relationships with stockholders and proxy advisory firms, regulatory compliance, listing rule requirements, and governance "best practices."
Before joining Orrick, Vinella was an associate in the Palo Alto Office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., for four years and prior to Wilson Sonsini, Vinella spent several years in-house rising to the level of vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at her last position. Vinella previously was an associate at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).
Rebecca is a Senior Associate in Orrick's San Francisco office who focuses on cybersecurity and privacy litigation and complex commercial litigation.
Rebecca's practice includes all aspects of civil litigation, in areas including privacy and data security breach litigation, insurance litigation, securities enforcement and shareholder litigation, Freedom of Information Act issues, and complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She has represented multiple companies in multidistrict class action litigation, regulatory investigations, and payment card brand claims arising out of the announcement of cybersecurity and privacy incidents, from the initial investigation of a potential security incident through resolution of litigation. She has also represented clients facing investigations by the SEC, employment-related class action lawsuits, insurance coverage disputes and arbitration of contractual disputes. Rebecca's pro bono practice focuses on immigration and civil rights issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Rebecca was a business and securities litigation associate in the San Francisco office of another international law firm. She previously served as a pro bono fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services representing low-income clients in disputes over state cash and food assistance benefits.
Laura Najemy, a Senior Associate in the Boston office, is a member of the Intellectual Property group. Her practice focuses on trademark, copyright, false advertising, and trade secret litigation in federal district courts.
Laura's litigation experience includes assisting with trial and witness preparation, drafting motions and oppositions, taking and defending expert and fact depositions, and managing discovery and case teams. Prior to joining Orrick, Laura worked as an associate at Fish & Richardson P.C. focusing on trademark, false advertising, and trade secret litigation, as well as Goodwin Procter LLP, focusing on complex civil litigation in state and federal court.
From May to November 2014, Laura served as a Special District Attorney for Middlesex County. In that capacity, she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, trying jury and bench trials to final verdict and arguing dispositive and evidentiary motions. In 2010-2011, Laura completed a year-long fellowship at the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project in Boston, where she assisted individuals who were affirmatively seeking asylum as well as defended individuals who were in removal proceedings in front of the Immigration Court. Through her pro bono practice, Laura continues to be committed to working to help individuals with various immigration matters.
A former Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit, and Ninth Circuit clerk, Karim is a member of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Before joining Orrick, Karim served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Karim also practiced tax law as an associate at another major international law firm. Before law school, Karim worked as a software engineer.
Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He advises clients on a wide range of securities law matters and regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in both domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions.
Stephen's experience includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade, high yield and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. He also advises clients on various compliance, corporate governance, stock exchange listing and other general corporate matters, while working closely with Orrick’s M&A and Restructuring teams on securities related issues.
He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the information technology, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Stephen routinely works on high profile transactions that have been recognized for their complexity and execution. IFLR1000 recognized Stephen as a notable Practitioner in 2019 and 2020. Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.”
Stephen is a member of Orrick's opinion committee.
Silicon Valley; Portland
Silicon Valley; Portland
Peter Lamb, a partner working across our Bay Area and Pacific Northwest offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Peter advises private equity sponsors, technology investors, and well established private and public technology and life sciences companies.
Peter advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies on M&A and minority and majority investments. He also advises a range of mid- to late-stage private technology companies, including Aptean, Duetto Research, ESS, ProCare, Qualifacts, Sagent Lending Solutions, Stripe, Trax Retail and Zimperium. Peter regularly works with Warburg Pincus on a wide range of technology, healthcare IT and life sciences platform investments and portfolio company transactions.
Peter has also advised on the IPOs and follow-ons of numerous companies, including Cortexyme, Twist Bioscience, Elevate Financial, AVG Technologies, Pandora Media, Chegg, Portola Pharmaceuticals and ZS Pharma. His experience includes a wide range of public and private company M&A, growth equity and public market financings for tech, life sciences and private equity clients, as well as numerous cross-border buy- and sell-side M&A representations, including the $1.3 billion sale of AVG Technologies to Avast Software, and a dozen roll-up acquisitions for TA Associates and Vista Equity-backed Aptean.
Melinda brings her stellar reputation, leadership skills and deep experience to Orrick’s San Francisco office. She is a seasoned trial lawyer and a Fellow with the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Melinda had the honor of serving as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California after being nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Most recently, in January of this year Melinda and the team successfully represented a tech executive at trial who was charged with criminal theft of trade secrets. Following a two-week jury trial and one hour of deliberations, the client was acquitted on all counts.
After being nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, Melinda served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California from August 2010 through September 2015, overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice’s work in a district that is an epicenter for complex, cutting-edge investigations and prosecutions. She led a team of more than 130 criminal and civil Assistant U.S. Attorneys in handling a high volume of matters that involved export enforcement, computer intrusions and intellectual property theft, international corruption, digital currency issues, securities fraud, and economic crimes, health care fraud, national security, public integrity and civil rights violations, and organized crime, among other things. Melinda served as Co-Chair of the White-Collar Crime Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and was a member of the Cybersecurity and Health Care Fraud Subcommittees, where she collaborated with U.S. Attorneys nationwide on the development and implementation of national policies and practices regarding the government’s approach to economic crimes and cybersecurity.
Melinda is an experienced trial lawyer and is a Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has personally handled securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, trade secret theft, bribery, antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental, civil rights, defense contractor fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and child exploitation cases. Melinda has served as lead or co-lead counsel in more than 20 jury and bench trials, including a number of complex white-collar and civil rights cases. Among her most notable trial accomplishments, Melinda served as co-lead trial counsel representing the CFO of a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company who was charged with violating the federal criminal securities laws. The client was acquitted and completely vindicated following a lengthy trial. She also successfully defended at trial the former GC of a publicly-traded software company, who had been charged with federal criminal securities law violations. Following a three-week jury trial, all charges against her client were dismissed. And most recently, Melinda and the team represented a tech executive at trial who was charged with criminal theft of trade secrets. Following a two-week jury trial and one hour of deliberations, the client was acquitting on all counts. While serving as an AUSA, Melinda led the federal government’s successful investigation and criminal trial against prison guards at Pelican Bay State Prison charged with violating the civil rights of numerous prison inmates in their care.
After earning her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1987, Melinda began her career as a litigation associate and then served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. She thereafter worked as a partner in a San Francisco boutique law firm before being tapped by then U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller (who later served as FBI Director and later the Special Counsel investigating Russian interference in U.S. elections) to serve as a supervisor in the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s Office. Melinda stepped down as the Chief of the White-Collar Section in 2003, joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a litigation partner in San Francisco.
Melinda has conducted and supervised countless complex investigations in connection with her work representing companies, boards of directors and the government. She typically first meets with the client to discuss and understand the facts and allegations, as well as context and culture, and then to agree on a focused, efficient investigative plan. Melinda understands that some investigations require a broad, exhaustive approach, and that some can be more narrowly tailored and conducted in a way that minimizes disruption. These investigations have involved allegations or concerns regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trade secret theft, bribery, antitrust enforcement, health care fraud, public corruption, securities fraud, and mail and wire fraud, among others.
Melinda also has significant experience representing high-level executives in connection with government investigations and cases, as well as in internal investigations. She is currently representing the General Counsel of a national bank; the founder and former CEO of a San Francisco-based tech company; the founder and CEO of a tech company in connection with a wide-ranging international investigation; the former CEO of a health care company; and more. Melinda understands the special challenges her individual clients face, cares deeply about the difficulties they face, and quickly gains their trust.
Melinda is called upon regularly to speak at conferences and law schools, as a keynote speaker, panelist, or moderator, on a wide range of legal and career-related subjects. She is also often asked by media outlets to provide information and commentary regarding issues ranging from the work of the Special Counsel to criminal justice reform.
Barrie VanBrackle, a partner in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and co-leads Orrick's Fintech team.
An authority on payments and consumer financial services compliance, Barrie has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the 2020 Legal 500 U.S. Fintech guide and in Band 2 of the 2020 Chambers FinTech directory for her leadership in Payments & Lending. Reflecting on her business acumen and experience, clients described her as a "black belt ninja when it comes to payment processing" who provides "very cogent reasoning on complex regulatory matters." Her strategic market advice is also praised, with clients citing her "detailed knowledge of the regulatory environment and the business environment." Under Barrie’s co-leadership, Orrick’s Fintech practice was ranked in Tier 1 and Band 2 by Legal 500 and Chambers, respectively, in 2020.
Barrie is focused on three areas at the cross-section of the fintech space: consumer-facing financial and banking, regulatory counseling and investigations, payment card industry, including brand operating rules and data security standards; money transmission; and prepaid card access on behalf of leading merchants, payment processors and industry vendors. Barrie advises on transactions involving the payment systems participants, including large merchants and financial technology companies, with respect to payment acceptance, payment issuance, co-brand agreements, payment card industry data security issues, and payment regulatory matters. In addition, Barrie has deep experience advising corporate and private equity clients in M&A contexts and other investments in fintech. Barrie represents payment card issuing and merchant acquiring banks (including acquiring a card program for one of the Top 5 largest financial institutions, negotiating cobrand agreements for a large issuing bank and a sports franchise, and negotiating novel payment acceptance methods for more traditional merchants). She helps fintechs navigate the banking and money transmission rules, including representing new market entrants into the US.
Barrie is a sought after speaker on the evolving regulatory and compliance issues surrounding payments and related e-commerce matters.
London; New York
London; New York
Sushila Nayak is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Group, based in London. Dual-qualified in New York and England and Wales, Sushila works with financial institutions, public and privately owned companies, asset managers and alternative lenders on complex, multidisciplinary financings.
She has a broad range of experience in debt financing transactions, including corporate finance, structured finance and project finance. She represents issuers, arrangers and collateral managers in connection with the issuance and restructuring of various structured finance products, derivatives transactions and debt offerings in Europe and the United States.
Sushila also provides counsel to several technology companies on trade finance matters, including receivables financing arrangements, vendor financing, and supply chain financing. Active in pro bono work, she leads the London office’s pro bono efforts.
Washington, D.C.; Houston
Washington, D.C.; Houston
Emily S. Tabatabai is a partner and founding member of the Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, which was named Privacy/Data Security Law Firm of the Year by Chambers USA in 2019. She has been recognized by The Legal 500 for her "extraordinary depth of knowledge in student data privacy matters," and by Chambers USA as "an invaluable resource to have when it comes to data privacy and security."
Emily advises clients on an array of privacy and data management matters, helping clients navigate the complex web of privacy laws, rules, regulations and best practices governing the collection, use, transfer and disclosure of data and personal information. Emily works closely with client business teams and in-house counsel to assess and manage privacy risks, design and deploy compliance programs and implement privacy-by-design approaches to address key compliance objectives while supporting each client’s data innovation strategies and the development and use of cutting-edge digital technologies. She frequently guides child- and student-directed service providers through the complexities of compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) and similar state student privacy laws and advises companies across the industry spectrum as they work towards compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). She also represents clients subject to regulatory investigations and litigation involving a spectrum of federal and state laws, including under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), COPPA, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and others.
To make the CCPA more accessible, Emily developed Orrick's CCPA Readiness Assessment Tool. The tool provides companies an opportunity to test their compliance with the CCPA and similar laws as a first step to constructing their strategic compliance roadmap.
Emily also has an active consumer protection practice, focused on marketing and promotional issues. She counsels clients on interest-based advertising, sweepstakes and marketing promotions, retail sales and e-commerce platforms, advertising substantiation, new media and social media integration, and SMS text messaging and telemarketing, including matters involving the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) and state and federal consumer protection statutes.
Emily is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in both U.S. and European privacy law (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Publications Advisory Board. She is a frequent speaker on data privacy matters, with a particular focus on children’s privacy (COPPA), student data privacy and EdTech. She was featured as an “Up and Coming” Privacy & Data Security attorney by Chambers USA 2018, 2019, and 2020 and Chambers Global – USA 2020. Clients tell Chambers,“she's been an excellent partner. She has a very good understanding of the practical realities of implementing privacy policies for large companies.” Citing her expertise in the field of educational privacy, student data and ed-tech matters, Chambers reports that clients regard her as “vey knowledgeable and truly and expert in this space,” with some saying, “On the student data side, she is unmatched.”
As an experienced intellectual property and products liability litigator, Lisa Simpson’s practice centers around consumers and their interaction with products and creative works, whether those products sit on a consumer shelf, reside on a computer as code, float through the airwaves as digital files or builds brands by developing consumer goodwill.
With expertise in the areas of trademark, copyright, false advertising and products liability, she focuses on companies within the technology, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.
Lisa has been recognized as one of the "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property and has received accolades from American Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 USA and New York Times Magazine with World Trademark Review 1000 noting that Lisa “marries a rich comprehension of IP law with a gift for connecting with people, making full use of each advantage in the courtroom.”
Lisa handles a variety of high-profile trademark and copyright matters. Lisa’s copyright experience includes some of the leading copyright cases of the past decade: she represents Oracle in its litigation with Google over the Java APIs, represented DISH Networks, LCC in its copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH’s Hopper DVR, including AutoHop and Sling and served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng before the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the copyright first sale doctrine’s applicability to goods manufactured abroad.
Lisa’s trademark litigation has spanned a variety of courts and industries: she successfully defended trademark infringement claims in the Northern District of California on behalf of Sony over its popular “Gran Turismo” racing video game and scored two separate wins in the Southern District of New York and then in the Second Circuit on behalf of client Sanei in trademark litigation brought by fashion designer Jill Stuart. Lisa also successful established secondary meaning and secured a preliminary injunction for the New York City Triathlon in S.D.N.Y.
Products Liability and Consumer Class Action
Lisa serves as national and trial counsel to Johnson & Johnson in cases asserting claims arising from the use of its talcum powder products, including claims of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. She also represented Wyeth and Dow Agrosciences in a variety of complex products liability and consumer class action litigations. Lisa served as national counsel in hundreds of product liability matters concerning injuries allegedly associated with childhood vaccines, handled litigations involving the labeling and advertising of Advil, and obtained the dismissal, prior to class certification, of a consumer class action in a matter concerning the calcium supplement Caltrate.
Current Pro Bono Representation
Lisa serves as trial counsel for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, securing an important trial win invalidating as unconstitutional a statewide law that jeopardized access to safe and legal abortion services in Kentucky.
Lisa also has served in a variety of firm management roles, including on the Firm’s Management Committee, as Hiring Partner for the New York office as well as Partner-in-Charge of Firmwide Campus Recruiting and as a member of the Professional Development Committee.
Howard Goldwasser has a broad range of transactional experience with a focus on structured finance and securitization of both traditional and non-traditional asset classes, including CDOs and CLOs, “marketplace” loans, credit card receivables, trade receivables, airline ticket receivables, drug royalty receivables and covered bonds.
His clients include investment banks, commercial banks, non-bank lenders, hedge funds and investment managers.
Howard is recognized as a market-leading lawyer in the U.S. CLO space. He has advised on the structuring of U.S. CLOs and CDOs since the emergence of the U.S. CLO and CDO markets in the mid-1990s. Post-financial crisis, he has been advising both arrangers and collateral managers in the “CLO 2.0” market that emerged in the years after the financial crisis. Howard has done pioneering work in the area of securitization risk retention, in particular with respect to the creation of so-called “CMVs” (capitalized management vehicles) and “C-MOAs” (capitalized majority-owned affiliates) designed to enable collateral managers to source third-party debt and equity to facilitate compliance with both the U.S.'s and the European Union's securitization risk retention rules. He is also an innovator in the area of CLO warehousing, where he has designed traditional and non-traditional warehousing programs for CLO arrangers.
Howard also represents banks and non-bank lenders on syndicated and bilateral financings, senior secured term loan financings, receivables and asset-based financings, in particular, financings related to the warehousing of financial assets for securitization.