Ayanna Lewis-Gruss Of Counsel, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
See by:open filter
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.
Bob Loeb is a partner in Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice, specializing in high stakes and complex cases. He has briefed hundreds of cases and has personally argued more than 185 appeals, including cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, every federal circuit and numerous state courts.
His breadth and depth of appellate experience and track record of success in high-stakes matters are why clients, including top financial institutions and tech and energy companies, trust Bob with their most important cases.
In April 2019, Bob argued to the U.S. Supreme Court in Food Marketing Inst. v. Argus Leader Media, regarding Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, which permits the government to withhold “confidential” private-sector “commercial or financial information” within the government’s possession. In January 2019, Bob argued and won a billion-dollar case for a leading financial institution in New York’s highest court. In 2018, he argued to the U.S. Supreme Court in Byrd v. US, regarding the application of the Fourth Amendment to rental cars, and won a 9-0 victory. In July 2018, Bob also won a Second Circuit appeal on an important, multi-million-dollar case regarding email phishing. Bob is also a leader on fintech issues, regularly advising fintech lending platforms, banks, and investors.
Before joining Orrick, Bob served as one of the leaders of an elite appellate group at the Department of Justice. There, in addition to major national security, commercial, and administrative law, Bob supervised bankruptcy appeals. At Orrick, Bob has continued to handle big ticket bankruptcy matters, such as a billion-dollar dispute over whether DHL’s claim was discharged by United’s bankruptcy, appeals from the City of Stockton bankruptcy confirmation, and a Ninth Circuit matter involving the interplay of the Takings Clause and bankruptcy law.
Bob’s recent work includes matters for Johnson & Johnson, Credit Suisse, Microsoft, Gannett, Eni, Lending Club, Deloitte, EY, Medidata, Intel, Renco, and the City of Stockton.
Howard Altarescu is a partner in Orrick's Finance group. He co-leads the Firm’s global Fintech team, which is focused on advising a wide array of fintech platforms and other businesses.
Howard has previously served as Orrick's Finance Sector Leader, responsible for implementing the firm's strategy to provide distinctive transactional, litigation and regulatory services to financial institution clients globally, as well as co-head of the firm’s Finance Business Unit. In these roles, Howard has a broad strategic, advisory and business development role at the firm, drawing on many years of experience, both in law firms and as a banker helping clients develop innovative financial solutions to meet their objectives. Howard currently advises bank and non-bank financial institutions in connection with innovative capital markets, debt financing and other transactions, as well as on the implications of financial markets regulation and developments. Most recently, Howard has focused with clients on the LIBOR transition and has authored a number of client alerts on the transition that can be found at orrick.com/LIBOR. In addition, Howard is co-chair of the Finance, Securitization and Safe Contract working group of MOBI (the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative), which will assess the potential value proposition of blockchain, work on standards, and potentially, help coordinate logistics necessary to carry out a pilot program for use cases in finance and securitization.
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.
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.
Lorraine McGowen is a lead restructuring partner with over 30 years of experience representing clients from the US and internationally with entrepreneurial enthusiasm and a true passion for innovation seeking to maximize their recoveries or reduce their exposure.
Lorraine advises financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa who seek to maximize recovery or reduce exposure. She also advises investors and acquirers of companies. She interfaces with auditors, government regulators, investment bankers and others, and develops and implements mediation and litigation strategies, and negotiates reorganization plans and complex corporate and finance documents.
Recent engagements include representing Toyota (one of the largest creditors with more than $7 billion in claims) in the highly complex global restructuring of Takata Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of automotive safety systems, including airbags; representing financial institutions in connection with Puerto Rico’s $72 billion restructuring; and representing several PPA counterparties in the PG&E bankruptcy case. Lorraine is described by colleagues, clients and others as “tireless,” “driven, determined, dedicated and devoted” and “a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, multi-successful person on so many levels.”
Lorraine is a member of Orrick's Management Committee and recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors. She also currently co-leads Orrick's Automotive Technology & Mobility group and its global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Initiative.
As a leading D&I advocate, Lorraine creates programs for the legal profession and the community. She was selected as a 2019 Rainmaker by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and as one of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers for 2018 and 2015, and received Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity 2017 Champion Award and the New York City Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion 2012 Champion Award. IFLR 1000 Rankings named Lorraine a leading lawyer in the U.S. She was selected by Direct Women to be a 2016 Board Institute member. She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and insolvency and diversity and inclusion.
Among her community involvement, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and on the Advisory Committees for Legal Outreach and the Vance Center for International Justice of the NYCBA.
Michelle's practice focuses on energy and infrastructure project development and acquisitions.
Her work includes executing project development arrangements, early development oversight, power purchase agreements, EPC and equipment supply agreements (including warranty packages), project financing, and project sale and acquisition agreements.
Over the past decade, Michelle has been active in renewable energy development, encompassing wind energy projects in the United States, Europe and Asia, utility-scale solar energy projects in the United States and the formation and investment activities of energy investment funds. Michelle has also represented a wide range of clients in general corporate law, private equity, restructuring, share and asset purchases, structured financing, bank finance and leasing.
Chris Wilkinson maintains a broad practice in labor and employment, Equal Pay, health and safety, government relations and administrative law.
Chris most recently served as Associate Solicitor for Civil Rights and Labor-Management. In that role, Chris was the senior career civil rights and labor management lawyer for the Department of Labor providing advice on regulatory, policy and enforcement matters for seven DOL agencies including the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Civil Rights Center and Office of Labor Management Standards.
Chris counseled the Department on a broad array of equal employment opportunity regulatory and policy initiatives and advised on a wide range of constitutional and statutory matters in federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to EEO matters, Chris led the Solicitor Office’s union election and reporting enforcement work, counseled on transit labor certification matters and advised on appellate matters related to labor union practices.
Chris also has significant litigation experience having served as trial attorney and then Counsel for Civil Rights Programs in the Department’s San Francisco region. In those roles, he litigated a number of complex class wage-and-hour, class discrimination, health and safety citations, and Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower matters.
Chris is an active member of the America Bar Association, having presented on numerous federal contractor compliance, LGBT and compensation discrimination topics at the ABA Conference on Equal Employment Law.
Darrin L. Glymph, Partner and Head of the Public Finance team in the Washington, D.C. office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. Darrin's practice is primarily transactional, focusing on public finance and legal issues facing state and local governments and instrumentalities.
His public finance practice includes representation of issuers or underwriters in long-term and short-term general obligation and revenue bond financings for municipalities, charter schools, educational facilities, and water and power authorities and advising clients on economic development incentives.
Before joining Orrick, Darrin was counsel within the Public Finance Group at Hunton & Williams LLP. He also has served as chairman, director or member of several boards and commissions including:
Kelly D. Newsome is a Senior Associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.
Kelly advises individuals and corporations in white collar criminal and regulatory matters across the globe with a focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws and regulations.
Kelly frequently advises clients on a wide range of anti-corruption compliance matters, including internal investigations, U.S. and foreign government investigations, M&A and joint venture due diligence, government-imposed monitorships, and risk assessments.
An active member of Orrick's Africa practice, Kelly also works on a variety of legal matters across several African jurisdictions in the areas of anti-corruption, extractive industry transparency, illegal detention, and transitional justice.
Kelly also remains actively committed to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives and currently serves as a leader of the Black Lawyers of Orrick (BLOO) affinity group.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kelly was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP where her practice also included complex commercial and securities litigation matters. Prior to her legal career, Kelly was a fundraising and management consultant for faith-based and nonprofit organizations.
The former Corporate Secretary and head of the Corporate Legal Group at Microsoft, Carolyn Frantz advises clients on legal issues, especially in the technology industry, as part of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Practice.
A former Rhodes Scholar, Carolyn clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David S. Tatel, before teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. She was a litigation partner at a major law firm for eight years before joining Microsoft, where she managed the company’s worldwide tax litigation until her appointment as Corporate Secretary.
As Microsoft’s Corporate Secretary, Carolyn had the opportunity to work closely with the company’s Board of Directors and senior leadership, gaining a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing technology companies in a dynamic competitive and regulatory environment. As the head of the Corporate Legal Group, Carolyn was responsible for legal issues regarding securities law and disclosures, treasury and finance, international trade, procurement, real estate, and many other issues. Building on her extensive litigation experience, which includes managing tax disputes domestically and abroad, as well as litigating multidistrict products liability and consumer cases and commercial contract disputes, including a victory for Microsoft in the first known major use of emergency arbitration, Carolyn understands the practical challenges companies face in litigation and how those intersect with Board reporting, securities disclosures, and internal accountability.
Michael Chow, an associate in the Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with experience in patent litigation, including damages and other remedies arising from patent litigation.
Michael has worked on cases for companies including eBay, Inc., eBay Enterprise, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, and NVIDIA Corporation covering technologies such as eCommerce, optical networking and telecommunication, graphics processing, and signal equalization.
Prior to law school, Michael was a mechanical engineer with M-E Engineers, Inc., in Culver City, Calif., where he designed the HVAC systems, including sizing equipment and devising airflows, for hospitals, sporting venues, and office buildings. His projects included Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif., and Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.