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Herbert Levine, New York labor and employment counsel, has practiced labor law for more than 40 years.
He has represented U.S. and multi-national corporations engaged in a wide variety of industries, including retailing, radio and television broadcasting, automotive parts, printing and publishing, refining and packaging of petroleum products, manufacturing and distribution of wines, spirits and related products, hotels, food service, financial institutions, passenger airline, and freight forwarding companies.
Herbert has extensive experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and has represented clients in a broad range of labor matters, including: union election and unfair labor practice cases, arbitrations and strike related matters. His practice also includes federal and state court and administrative agency litigation covering employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA, and wage-and-hour matters.
He has participated in establishing security programs for clients, helped design benefit plans, employment handbooks, and worked with clients on affirmative-action compliance reviews and safety and health matters. He has drafted and negotiated employment agreements, and has done extensive work in counseling and representing clients in merger and acquisition problems including negotiations with adverse parties, unions, and insurance carriers.
Herbert started his practice as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and then worked for Proskauer, Rose, Goetz, & Mendelsohn. From 1972 to 1990, Herbert was a partner at the firm of Baer, Marks & Upham, where he chaired the employment law department, and was instrumental in building a labor and employee benefits practice.
He joined Orrick in 1991, and continued as a partner until 2002, when he retired from the partnership in order to devote more of his time to family obligations. He has continued to practice with Orrick since that time as counsel.
Marc A. Levinson is a senior counsel in the Restructuring Group.
Marc's practice concentrates on insolvency planning, bankruptcy cases, out-of-court reorganizations and workouts. He represents secured and unsecured creditors, acquirers of assets from insolvent companies, debtors, indenture trustees, committees, public entities and bankruptcy trustees.
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.
Florent Lewkowicz is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
His practice focuses on corporate transactions, including public tender offers, M&A and private equity transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Florent practiced law in the Paris office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
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.
During the past two decades, Joe built a reputation as a top employment litigator by approaching each case with a fresh perspective - uncovering unique facts, unearthing hidden dynamics and relentlessly unraveling the plaintiff’s case. He has represented companies such as Sears, Microsoft and Oracle in their most challenging and complex employment matters.
These and other clients also turn to Joe again and again as a creative problem solver and trusted advisor in helping them achieve their goals quickly and efficiently.
For example, in a wage class action for Sears, Joe quarterbacked an unusual strategy to dismiss the case. The team discovered that the plaintiff had filed for bankruptcy, and filed a motion to dismiss because the plaintiff no longer owned the lawsuit, the bankruptcy trustee did. But the plaintiff argued he might re-acquire the lawsuit in bankruptcy court, and the district court allowed him to try. In the bankruptcy court, Joe had Sears buy the lawsuit (an asset of the plaintiff’s bankruptcy estate) for a nominal amount, and then returned to the district court where Sears, now the owner of the class action against itself, dismissed the case with prejudice.
In Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case that garnered intense national scrutiny, Joe led the trial team's work on jury instructions and expert witnesses.
Joe is praised by clients, co-counsel and colleagues for his collaborative approach and ability to bring out the best work from the team.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.