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  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions

Michael Liever Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

San Francisco

Mike is a partner in the San Francisco office and a lawyer with one of the largest and most diversified national real estate practices in the country. Orrick’s Real Estate Group concentrates on developing, buying, selling, leasing and financing commercial real property.

He has extensive involvement in representing both foreign and domestic investors in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing, financing, and joint venture of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, industrial parks, and apartments. In the 2019 California Real Estate category of Chambers USA, a client said "he is one of the best real estate attorneys we've ever worked with. He is skilled at negotiating for his client."

His clients include RREEF America L.L.C. and its various separate accounts, Bentall Kennedy Group, New York Life Insurance Company, Alecta Investments Management (USA), Morgan Stanley, BlackRock Realty Advisors, Heitman Properties, McMorgan & Company, Gerson Bakar & Associates, Legacy Partners Commercial, Inc., Broadreach Capital Partners LLC, CharterMac Mortgage Capital, GLL US Office, L.P., University of California, Rockwood Capital Corporation, Industrial Income Trust, Inc., Stockbridge Real Estate Funds, Divco West Properties, Bristol Group, Cargill, the City & County of San Francisco, CalPERS, IowaPERS, Mass PRIM, San Bernardino County Retirement System, the County of San Diego Retirement System, the County of Alameda Retirement System, the City of Sacramento, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, RNM Properties, Union Property Capital and Starbucks Corporation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mike had been a partner (1984-1996) and an associate (1978-1984) at Morrison & Foerster LLP. He was Managing Partner for Operations for Morrison & Foerster LLP from 1989 through 1994.


Neel Lilani Managing Director-Clients

San Francisco

As Managing Director of Orrick's global corporate development efforts for technology companies, Neel drives new client opportunities through coordinated strategies across the sector.

Uniquely positioned as a business advisor within Orrick, Neel drives opportunities for clients throughout the technology sector.

Neel has always been fascinated with technology’s ability to shape the way we live, work, think and play. At Orrick, he’s able to help technology entrepreneurs and investors capitalize on their innovative vision. To do so, Neel leverages his global network of companies, investors and entrepreneurs to identify fund raising and commercial opportunities, and advise on financing and business strategy. He’s also able to connect clients with the precise legal help to meet their specific needs.

Neel is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School (JD/MBA, International Business). He has served in senior strategy roles at some of the world’s leading law firms and Fortune 500 companies.

Neel is active in the community and is the Co-Chair of the La Scuola Internazionale di San Francisco Advancement Committee, a board member of the La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Hillsborough Chapter, and serves as secretary of his community HOA. In his free time, Neel enjoys hiking, skiing and traveling with his family.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Corporate

Peter Lillevand Senior Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets

San Francisco

Peter Lillevand, senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group. He has more than 40 years of experience in corporate counseling and transactional matters, principally in the corporate finance and merger and acquisitions areas.

Peter served as the firm’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1986 to 1990 and as its Managing Partner from 1983 to 1986.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • China

Adam Lin Counsel Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Silicon Valley

Adam Lin, a counsel at the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies group.

Adam's practice focuses on advising high-growth technology companies, some of them include Pinterest, ResearchGate, Nest, OpenDoor, Luminus, Pica8 and Hillstone Networks. Adam also advises on cross-border mergers & acquisitions such as Acer’s acquisition of Gateway Computers as well as cross-border financing transactions representing China-focused or China-based venture capital funds such as Baidu, Inc., Baidu Ventures, GSR Ventures and Gobi Partners and venture backed technology companies such as Digital Media Group Limited (acquired by VisionChina Media Inc. (NASDAQ: VISN)), Azalaea Networks (acquired by Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN)), PCH International, and Hillstone Networks.

In addition to private companies, Adam represented public traded technology companies such as SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) and served as General Counsel and VP of Business Development at SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS), as Associate General Counsel at eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) and as the Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Integrated Memory Logics Limited (TWSE: 3638).

Prior to becoming a corporate attorney, Adam co-founded two technology startup companies in Silicon Valley and was previously an engineer involving in numerous semiconductor fab projects in Hsinchu, Taiwan and Pudong, China.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Indian Tribal Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Direct Lending

David Y. Lin Partner Banking & Finance, Indian Tribal Finance

San Francisco; Los Angeles

David Lin, a partner working across Orrick's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, is a member of the Banking & Finance Group.

Described as “awesome at following up on the details and managing difficult discussions with the clients” in the 2017 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, David assists major financial institutions, public and privately owned companies and alternative lenders and BDCs in effectively assessing legal risks in complex secured and unsecured commercial finance transactions. He advises on acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, project construction and development, asset-based loans and corporate refinancings, as well as workout and restructuring matters. He has extensive experience in financings involving gaming companies, Native American tribes and tribal enterprises, including new casino projects and casino expansion projects.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Internal Investigations
  • Ethics & Compliance
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and State Attorneys General (redirect)
  • Trials

Robin Linsenmayer Of Counsel White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Silicon Valley

Robin in a seasoned trial lawyer specializing in white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and SEC and other government investigations and enforcement matters.  

Her extensive experience includes cases involving securities fraud, trade secrets theft and espionage, accounting fraud, insider trading, wire and mail fraud, antitrust offenses, health care fraud, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Robin also regularly advises clients on issues related to data privacy and child safety, including the development and implementation of privacy policies, compliance with the federal Stored Communications Act and state data privacy laws, data security breach and response protocols, compliance with child exploitation reporting laws, and privacy matters arising from law enforcement and national security investigations.

Prior to joining Orrick, Robin served for five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. As a federal prosecutor, Robin investigated and prosecuted cases involving wire fraud and mail fraud, money laundering, organized crime, terrorism, child exploitation crimes, and narcotics violations. During her tenure, Robin conducted many successful federal criminal trials, and briefed and argued multiple criminal appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In recognition of her work at the Department of Justice, Robin has received professional commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New York FBI/NYPD Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Lorenzo Lista Project Attorney

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Lorenzo Lista is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The 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.

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

Prior to joining Orrick, Lorenzo interned with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Pittsburgh and with the University of Pittsburgh Elder Law Clinic.



  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Trials
  • Securities Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

David Litterine-Kaufman Senior Associate Financial Services Litigation, Class Action Defense

New York

David Litterine-Kaufman is a senior associate in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  Based in New York, David's practice focuses on litigation for financial services clients, consumer class action defense, securities litigation, and other complex commercial disputes for both large public companies and start-ups.

David has represented clients in federal and state courts around the country in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigations to trial and appeal, including:

  • An affiliate of a major financial services institution in a contract dispute in federal court over the purchase of claims in bankruptcy, resulting in a favorable settlement on the eve of trial.
  • An international shipping company in litigation in U.S. bankruptcy court against creditors seeking to block the company's reorganization in the Cayman Islands, resulting in a dismissal of the creditors' objections and a successful completion of the reorganization.
  • An international investment bank in various securities fraud actions in federal and state court arising out of the purchase of RMBS by institutional investors.

David's pro bono activities have included serving as lead associate at trial representing a government whistleblower in federal court, and representing clients seeking child support payments in Bronx Family Court.

Before joining Orrick, David was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

James Chong Liu Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


James Liu, an Associate in the Sacramento Office, is a member of the General Litigation Group.

James' practice includes a host of civil litigation matters from international arbitration to intellectual property disputes. He utilizes his experience with competitive gaming to bring strategic and innovative thinking to his work.

While at University of California, Los Angeles, James was a founding member of UCLA's esports club and competed for UCLA in collegiate tournaments. After graduation, he continued working for one year as a club director and advisor for the school's Hearthstone team. At University of California, Berkeley School of Law, James continued his passion for video games and esports by expanding Berkeley's Sports and Entertainment Law Society's reach to new mediums of entertainment like live streaming platforms and interactive entertainment.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Executive Compensation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Wage and Hour

Andrew R. Livingston Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Andrew Livingston is a partner in the San Francisco office, where he serves as the Office Leader. Previously, Andrew was the Deputy Practice Group Leader of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Group.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

Andrew is a highly regarded trial lawyer. The Daily Journal has listed him as a Top Labor & Employment Attorney a number of times, and he has been selected as a BTI Client Service Allstar. Legal 500 has recognized Andrew as a "very effective courtroom advocate who connects well with jurors" and noted that he is "exceptional in his ability to organize complex factual and legal arguments into a simple and persuasive presentation."

Andrew represents clients in a wide variety of industries, but specifically focuses on financial services, retail, technology, and advertising.

He has an extensive class- and collective-action practice. He routinely defends employers in such cases in state and federal courts, particularly in cases alleging violations of the wage-and-hour laws. Andrew also defends employers in numerous other types of cases, such as those related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Nicole Lloret Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

Nicole Lloret focuses on white collar criminal defense and litigation relating to internal and government investigations.

Nicole also has experience defending individuals charged with cybercrimes, as well as advising clients on technology related matters, including software licensing agreements and developing data privacy policies. Nicole as has experience in defending clients charged under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Nicole graduated New York Law School where she was a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic, representing disadvantaged individuals charged with misdemeanors and low-level felonies. Nicole also participated as a mentor in the Street Law program, which sought to teach New York City public school students about the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution, and traveled to New Orleans to represent disadvantaged individuals with the Orleans Public Defender’s office as part of an internship program with Lawyers Across Borders.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Abigail W. Lloyd Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Trade Secrets Litigation

Orange County

Abby Lloyd is a Senior Associate in the Litigation Department of Orrick’s Orange County office. She is an experienced trial lawyer, with both first and second-chair civil and criminal trial experience. Formerly in-house counsel for an international technology company, Abby understands the importance of striking the right balance between the pursuit of business objectives and the reduction of legal risk.

Abby has represented some of the nation’s leading high technology companies in a variety of litigation disputes involving, among other things, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, intellectual property, patent infringement, joint-venture financings, and shareholder class action and derivative suits. Her practice includes both state and federal jurisdictions, and involves all stages of the litigation process.

Abby previously served as in house counsel for an international technology company, where she advised on litigation matters, data security solutions, employment, wage & hour, and sexual harassment disputes, as well as negotiated over one hundred contracts, including outsourcing, intellectual property, hardware as a service (HaaS) contracts and software licenses. Abby also worked collaboratively with other business functions (Tax, HR, Finance, etc.) to achieve favorable business outcomes while minimizing legal risk.

Abby also previously served as a full-time Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, first-chairing multiple criminal jury trials and prosecuting felony preliminary hearings through the Orange County Trial Attorney Participation Program. She is a founding member of the Orange County Lavender Bar Association.