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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • European Capital Markets
  • IPO Ready
  • Emerging Markets
  • Restructuring
  • Fintech
  • Corporate Governance
  • Derivatives
  • Impact Finance and Investment
  • Russia
  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • United Kingdom

Nell Scott Partner M&A and Private Equity, Capital Markets


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.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Peter E. Davis Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

A former D.C. Circuit and D.C. District Court clerk, Peter is a member of Orrick’s Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Peter previously served as a law clerk for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He graduated from Stanford Law School, where he worked on certiorari and merits stage briefing in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Before law school, Peter worked as a research assistant on nuclear nonproliferation policy at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Jeffrey J. Lorek Special Counsel Employment Law & Litigation

Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey J. Lorek brings a decade of military officer leadership skills to Orrick, combining them with a former JAG prosecutor's courtroom finesse and years of labor and employment litigation experience to win clients' battles.  His "anytime, anywhere" approach to problem-solving helps Orrick's clients overcome the toughest challenges in employment law.

Mr. Lorek is Special Counsel in Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation practice group.  A trial lawyer with broad experience in the areas of employment and traditional labor law, Mr. Lorek has practiced before state and federal courts, the EEOC, and other administrative tribunals.  Mr. Lorek advises and represents clients with respect to employment contract and compensation disputes, trade secrets, employee mobility and restrictive covenants , employment discrimination, reasonable accommodations, workplace harassment and hostile work environment, whistleblower matters, military affairs and national security matters, and traditional labor-management relations.  He has published several articles on related matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lorek served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as the Chief, Employment Litigation-East Branch, where he led an eight-member team in defending the Air Force worldwide in hundreds of employment litigation matters, including discrimination suits, whistleblower protection cases and employee disciplinary actions.  He also previously served as Deputy Chief of the Air Force’s Labor Relations Branch where he oversaw a team of traditional labor attorneys handling the defense of all unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the Agency, collective bargaining issues, and grievances and arbitrations nationwide.  Mr. Lorek wrote the Air Force's guide to security-clearance related disciplinary actions, often advising the Air Force General Counsel's office as a security clearance subject-matter expert.

Mr. Lorek served as an active duty Air Force JAG for ten years, during which time he tried 25 criminal bench and jury trials and eight administrative discharge board hearings.  He has substantial trial experience prosecuting sexual assaults and aggravated assaults, child pornography offenses, larcenies and financial crimes.  Mr. Lorek is a decorated veteran of foreign wars, having deployed three times in support of combat operations, including tours to Afghanistan and Qatar as a fiscal law attorney with Headquarters, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in support of refueling operations during the Libyan war, and as the Chief of Administrative Law for Joint Task Force Guantanamo.  He also continues to serve as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the Maryland Air National Guard.  

From 2004-2009, Mr. Lorek practiced law in private firms in the areas of bank and lender liability, employment litigation, commercial litigation, products liability and toxic torts.


  • M&A and Private Equity

Wendy R. Kottmeier Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity

Orange County

Wendy R. Kottmeier, Of Counsel in Orrick’s Orange County office, is a member of our M&A and Private Equity group.

Wendy R. Kottmeier advises clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions, public and private offerings of securities, commercial contracts, and general corporate guidance. She is a trusted advisor to companies across various sectors, including the technology, medical, beauty, and consumer products industries.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

James McQuade Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Trade Secrets Litigation

New York

James McQuade, an employment partner in the New York office, represents clients in high-stakes employment, trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation throughout the United States. 

Jim's practice focuses on matters involving trade secret misappropriation and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions. Jim has conducted numerous temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings in connection with these types of cases. Jim also has extensive experience defending employers on a broad range of employment matters, including whistleblowing, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination matters. 

In recognition of his career trade secrets and restrictive covenant work, Jim has been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Trade Secrets Litigation. Jim also serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief to Orrick's acclaimed Trade Secrets Watch blog.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Christopher Perry Associate Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Chris is an associate in Orrick's Technology Companies Group. He advises on a wide variety of corporate law issues affecting early to late stage technology companies and those who invest in them, with a particular emphasis on venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chris trained and worked at a major international law firm where he advised on several large M&A transactions as well as a number of private equity and venture capital investments.


  • Patents
  • 3D Printing
  • Intellectual Property
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

T. Vann Pearce, Jr. Partner Patents, 3D Printing

Washington, D.C.

Vann wins difficult intellectual property disputes, and helps clients use their intellectual property to build their companies.

As a litigator of patent infringement and related matters, he has obtained judgments, dismissals, and favorable outcomes in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, and in inter partes review proceedings. As a counselor on patent licensing and portfolio development, Vann crafts precise strategies which minimize legal threats and capitalize on emerging industry trends. Whether resolving today’s disputes or helping his clients plan for the future, Vann understands how to lead teams to successful outcomes, on budget, and in demanding circumstances.

Like his clients, Vann approaches his work with an entrepreneur’s mindset. Vann co-founded and is Co-Chair of Orrick's 3D Printing practice. Vann frequently speaks at conferences and universities around the world about the intersection of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and intellectual property law.

Vann draws upon his technical background to quickly understand complex inventions ranging from semiconductors, to imaging and displays, to chemistry. He holds a chemical engineering degree and worked in the medical device and biotech fields before law school.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Gergana Rodriguez Bacarreza Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Gergana Rodriguez-Bacarreza is a corporate lawyer in Orrick's Paris office. Her practice covers all corporate-related issues, mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures and restructuring operations.

Gergana’s work includes advising groups and companies in various industrial sectors, notably multinational manufacturers and service providers.

She has gained a strong international experience, particularly on cross-border acquisitions, notably across Europe and Asia. She has also intervened on large deals and has extensive capabilities to coordinate simultaneous and multi-jurisdictional closings.

Gergana has advised on several acquisitions and disposals of French companies active in the sector of the renewable energies (solar and wind) and has also gained experience on the structuring of foreign investments in French cooperative companies. Her work also includes advising foreign investors with respect to their investment in France, notably by way of M&A transactions or by incorporation of new entities.

In 2012, Gergana completed a secondment at the legal department of EADS (now Airbus Group) where she was in charge of outbound investments in joint ventures. Before joining Orrick, Gergana worked in the legal departments of Dassault Systèmes and Alcatel and the law firms Brunswick and Bredin Prat.

A Bulgarian native speaker, Gergana is fully proficient in French and English and has a basic knowledge of Spanish and Russian languages.

Jeremiah Weasenforth Managing Project Attorney

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Jeremiah Weasenforth is the Managing Project Attorney in the Orrick Analytics group. Jeremiah manages a team of attorneys and technical non-attorneys that utilize technology and project management discipline to assist with litigation and transactional tasks. Jeremiah’s focus is bringing efficiency to all aspects of such tasks through the use of technology and sound process.

Jeremiah develops and implements workflows around the use of artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and machine learning by assessing case goals and strategy. This includes implementing a broad array of tools designed to achieve cost savings for clients, including predictive analytics, structured analytics, sentiment analysis, and concept analysis technology. Jeremiah has significant experience managing discovery tasks from early case assessment through trial. Jeremiah regularly consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on complex data issues in discovery. 

Jeremiah writes and frequently speaks on the use of advanced analytics, including the challenges associated with unique aspects of litigation.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • China

William Ho Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Hong Kong

William Ho, an of counsel in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He has extensive experience in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, privatizations, and strategic investments.

Will regularly represents major private equity funds in their investments across Asia, with a strong focus in the tech space. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the start-up scene in Greater China and Southeast Asia, and has built a reputation for advising early-stage start-ups on their capital raisings, financings and general corporate matters.

Will’s practice also includes advising a number of Hong Kong-listed issuers and investment banks on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions, including privatizations, security offerings (primary and secondary), as well as private investments into public equity (PIPE) transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Will began his career at Slaughter and May before moving to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

In addition to being admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Will is also admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia (currently non-practicing).

Joshua Emmett Associate Tax

New York

Joshua Emmett, an associate in Orrick's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group.

Josh focuses his practice on a broad range of federal income tax matters, with an emphasis on renewable energy investment and energy tax credits.  He has represented both lenders and borrowers in various financing transactions, and also sponsors in renewable energy transactions.



  • 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.