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Cory focuses on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Before joining Orrick, Cory served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at FERC, where he provided expert counsel on a variety of issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. During his tenure in the Office of the General Counsel, Cory led numerous multidisciplinary teams in rulemaking proceedings establishing revisions to the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff and evaluating national and regional mandatory reliability standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Cory also was instrumental in the development and drafting of many Commission orders addressing Regional Transmission Organizations, compliance with open access requirements, transmission, interconnection and qualifying facility certification.
Among his accomplishments, Cory coordinated with staff at the U.S. Department of Energy to draft the National Action Plan on Demand Response and the corresponding Implementation Proposal to Congress. He also managed the development of a landmark order addressing the Commission’s jurisdiction over a non-jurisdictional transmission provider.
James Larkin, Of Counsel in the firm's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Jamie concentrates on a broad range of federal income tax matters, including tax issues related to cross-border stock and asset acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, collateralizations, reorganizations, cross-border financings and transfer pricing.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jamie was an associate at White & Case LLP.
Cynthia Larsen, a Sacramento litigation partner, has more than 25 years of experience in business and governmental litigation and appeals. She focuses on the representation of public agency and private clients in complex disputes involving public agency and governmental law, insurance and insurance insolvency, government contracts and procurement, business torts, health care, environmental and employment law.
She is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. She has handled appellate matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, various federal appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court and appellate courts. She is a veteran trial attorney and has applied her experience as a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney to serving corporate and governmental clients. She recently served for five years as the partner-in-charge of Orrick’s Sacramento office. She also served for several years as head of Orrick’s Litigation Training Program and as vice-chair of the firm’s Litigation Division.
Before joining Orrick, Cynthia was an attorney at Condon & Forsyth in Washington, D.C. from 1982 to 1985. Prior to that, she was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she served in the Honors Program and specialized in civil trial work. Representative cases handled by Cynthia on behalf of the United States include: Sweet v. United States, 528 F.Supp. 1068 (D.S.D. 1081), aff’d, 687 F.2d 246 (8th Cir. 1982) (trial counsel); Pike v. United States, 652 F.2d 31 (9th Cir. 1981) (trial and appellate counsel); Gaspard v. United States, 544 F.Supp. 55 (E.D.La. 1982); Marek v. United States, 639 F.2d 1164 (5th Cir. 1981) (trial counsel).
Cynthia frequently writes and lectures on litigation topics. She serves as a pro tem settlement conference judge for the Sacramento Superior Court and as a federal court mediator.
In addition to being admitted in California, Cynthia is also admitted in Idaho (inactive) and the District of Columbia (inactive).
Thomas Laryea is a recognized international law and policy expert in sovereign debt restructuring and Africa-related finance and investment. While he has a special interest in Africa, his experience is truly global.
Thomas formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its member countries.
His practice bridges legal and strategic advice on the transactional, public policy and dispute resolution aspects of international finance and investment.
Amy Lauren, a Senior Associate in the Global Technology Transactions practice, serves as a strategic advisor to large and small companies in all stages of their development, working with them to understand and manage complex legal and technology issues in connection with contract negotiations, product development and business operations.
Amy uses her experience with technology transactions to help clients identify the key business and legal risks involved in efficiently managing technology issues that arise in a variety of contexts such as digital commerce, intellectual property, fintech, consumer regulatory, data privacy, advertising and general commercial. She advises a broad range of clients from large public and private corporations to small start-ups and non-profit organizations, across virtually all operational, revenue-generating and strategic areas of their businesses.
Amy’s transactional work includes structuring and negotiating strategic partnerships and joint ventures, and all manner of technology transactions such as software and hardware development (including artificial intelligence), OEM/hardware manufacturing and distribution, transition services, software licensing, data licensing, analytics, service provider sourcing, digital advertising and digital music and video production and distribution.
She advises clients across a spectrum of continuously innovating industries throughout the product development lifecycle, including blockchain public and private ledgers, cloud services, home automation, IoT products, simulator machines, online and mobile payments, “sharing economy” and intermediary products and services, digital music services, wearables, loyalty programs, mobile app/web site development and e-commerce.
Amy was previously American Express’ lead lawyer for its digital products and strategic partnerships group and worked closely with stored value and alternative payment products in North America, Latin America and India. Prior to American Express, she spent several years in-house as a digital music attorney (including EMI Music and Warner Music), handling digital music transactions and policy, including as the global head of Digital Legal & Business Affairs at EMI.
Nicholas Laveris, resident in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Restructuring Group.
Nicholas A. Laveris is Of Counsel in Orrick's Restructuring Group. Nick advises investment banks, commercial banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions on legal issues related to the purchase and sale of domestic and international par and distressed assets, including bilateral loans, syndicated loans, loan participations and derivative structured products.
Nick also represents clients in the purchase and sale of claims in bankruptcy, including administrative claims and trade claims. In addition, Nick represents clients in the purchase and sale of securities and other equity instruments arising out of restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings. Nick has extensive experience in working on transactions under the LSTA and LMA regimes, as well as negotiating bespoke documentation. Nick's work involves transactions throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States. Nick is an active member of the Loan Syndications and Trade Association and the Loan Market Association.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nick was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP.
Joe represents clients in the energy industry and focuses his practice on oil and gas and renewables transactions.
He assists clients with complex commercial transactions in the oil and gas and renewables industries. His experience includes upstream, midstream, and downstream acquisitions and divestitures and joint venture arrangements. He also assists clients in the development, repowering, sale and divestiture of wind and solar projects. He represents integrated oil and gas companies, global energy companies, private equity funds, and management teams in deals involving the purchase, sale and development of oil and gas assets and wind and solar projects.
Robert has practiced environmental law in connection with
energy project financing and other transactional matters for nearly 30
years. His clients include major energy players, many Fortune 500 companies and all of the major investment and commercial banking institutions active in project finance.
Bob's career covers project financing of electricity generation facilities and major infrastructure projects, as well as exploration and development, refining, pipelines, offshore production and shipping. He has represented project sponsors, lenders and investors in connection with all aspects of fossil fuel development and use, as well as solar, wind, biomass, waste-to-energy and other renewable technologies. He is an expert on siting, land use, permitting, federal and state environmental review, cultural resources, endangered species and other environmental regulatory aspects of development of greenfield sites. In addition, Bob's practice covers all aspects of management and reuse of contaminated property, including demolition of industrial facilities, redevelopment of brownfield sites, remediation of contamination and habitat restoration.
Bob has represented major companies in connection with all aspects of environmental regulation, including environmentally regulated chemicals and products, marketing and new product development. He has represented companies before regulatory agencies in rulemaking proceedings, permit applications and appeals and enforcement actions. Bob leads Orrick's environmental due diligence teams, and serves as the lead on transactional negotiations involving environmentally regulated facilities and transactions, including cross-border transactions involving dozens of foreign jurisdictions.
Frances Lawson is an English barrister with a wide range of common law experience. She specialises in international dispute resolution and has expertise in international climate change and environmental law.Prior to joining Orrick, Frances spent six years as a self-employed barrister at Six Pump Court in London where she built a broad common law practice across civil, employment, public, regulatory, criminal, environmental and planning law. She has particular expertise in international climate change law and acts as a pro bono advisor to developing country parties to the UNFCCC through the Legal Response Initiative (LRI). As a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Taskforce on the Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes, Frances contributed to ICC’s work on climate change and also participated in its Working Group on a UN Global Pact for the Environment.
Erin applies her extensive experience as a primary patent examiner and Federal Circuit law clerk to assist clients with their most complex intellectual property and technology-related needs.
Erin is a litigator and appellate attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She has represented clients in federal district courts throughout the country as well as before the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Erin’s technical expertise covers a wide-range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, medical devices, wireless communications, and semiconductors. Arbitration, particularly involving FRAND licensing disputes, is also a regular part of Erin’s practice.
Alongside her intellectual property practice, Erin maintains an active pro bono docket representing veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and on appeal to the Federal Circuit. As a member of a military family, Erin is particularly passionate about helping veterans protect their rights and secure treatment for their service-related injuries.
Prior to joining Orrick, Erin served as a patent examiner for many years and as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sharon Prost, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Erin spent several years practicing patent law in Washington, D.C. at a global intellectual property firm.
Barbara provides tax advice in connection with tax-exempt financing transactions for cities, counties, states, school districts, charter schools, housing authorities, higher education authorities, state agencies and other tax-exempt organizations.
She also has significant experience representing nonprofit organizations. Formerly an attorney with the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, Barbara has represented clients before the IRS in a variety of matters involving tax-exempt bonds, including audits and private letter ruling requests. She has participated in all facets of the tax analysis associated with the issuance of governmental purpose bonds, certain tax credit bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, qualified residential rental bonds and qualified small issue bonds.
Barbara has served on the Steering Committee and has chaired the Working Capital panel and the Bond Direct Purchase - Advanced Tax Topics panel for the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, the oldest and largest annual gathering of bond lawyers.
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.