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Practice:

  • International Trade & Compliance
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Anti Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act
  • M&A and Private Equity

Jeanine P. McGuinness Partner International Trade & Compliance, FCPA & Anti–Corruption

Washington, D.C.

Jeanine McGuinness concentrates in U.S. trade and investment laws applicable to cross-border transactions, focusing on U.S. economic sanctions, anti-money laundering laws, anti-boycott laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and transaction reviews by U.S. national security agencies, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Jeanine’s clients include major U.S. and foreign financial institutions, and pharmaceutical, technology, telecommunications, energy and natural resources companies.

Examples of Jeanine’s experience include:

  • Represents clients in preparing voluntary self-disclosures, administrative subpoena responses and license applications to, and represents companies in connection with enforcement actions by, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Provides policy and compliance advice to clients affected by frequent changes in U.S. sanctions, including sanctions targeting Iran, Cuba and Russia/Ukraine
  • Assists foreign purchasers of U.S. companies in national security reviews, including navigating the CFIUS process, through preparation of notices, meetings with CFIUS member agencies, advising on follow-on investigations, and negotiating and implementing mitigation agreements
  • Assists clients in developing and updating economic sanctions, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures
  • Represents financial institutions in connection with U.S. federal and state enforcement actions regarding compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering laws and regulations
  • Represents lenders, underwriters, borrowers, and issuers in international lending and capital markets transactions regarding sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues
  • Advises U.S. trade association and its member banks regarding U.S. sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues in lending transactions, and prepares guidance for the industry on these matters
  • Advises financial institutions on the application of U.S. anti-money laundering regulations, with specific emphasis on customer identification program (CIP) / know your customer (KYC) / customer due diligence (CDD) requirements and suspicious activity reporting requirements
  • Regularly advises private equity and hedge funds regarding compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering and sanctions laws and regulations, including with respect to appropriate provisions in subscription materials and enhanced due diligence on high-risk investors
  • Advises clients regarding sanctions-related inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state agencies implementing divestment laws; and assists clients in preparing sanctions-related disclosure for inclusion in annual reports to the SEC
364728

Practice:

  • Tax
  • Public Finance

Cathleen Chang Managing Associate Tax, Public Finance

Houston

Cathleen is a managing associate specializing in tax-exempt bond financing.

Cathleen provides services for local governments, state agencies, and school districts in connection with infrastructure, financings and related projects. She also has experience in bond financings for health care facilities, multifamily housing, non-profit organizations, and public utilities, as well as experience in tobacco revenue securitizations. In addition to tax-exempt financings, Cathleen also represents clients in IRS audits and non-profit corporation tax matters.

Lauren Allen Associate

New York

Lauren is an associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group in Orrick's New York office.

Taylor S. West Associate

Washington, D.C.

Taylor West is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Litigation practice group.

Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Jeffrey B Coopersmith Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Seattle; San Francisco

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith is a veteran trial lawyer with an extensive practice focusing on civil and criminal matters, internal investigations for private and public entities, and complex commercial litigation.

A former federal prosecutor, Jeff has substantial experience as lead counsel representing companies and individuals in connection with investigations and criminal and civil enforcement proceedings in the areas of healthcare, securities, FCPA, antitrust, tax, banking, legal ethics, and others. Jeff's internal investigation work has involved representation of Board committees, companies, municipalities, and corporate officers. Jeff also teaches and writes extensively on these and other topics relating to government controversies and investigations. 

The complex matters Jeff handles often involve parallel criminal, civil, and/or regulatory proceedings, which requires multi-disciplinary sophistication. Jeff leverages his background in both criminal and civil litigation to benefit our clients by providing comprehensive representation in these types of matters. For example, Jeff has served as lead counsel and on litigation teams for cases arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, the stock options backdating scandal, and the government’s focus on healthcare fraud, among many others.

Jeff believes his job is to help clients solve difficult legal problems in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. As a testament to this commitment, he has been repeatedly recognized as one of Washington’s leading litigators by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers, among others. Chambers USA ranks Jeff in Band 1 for his white-collar crime and government investigations work and notes he is “an outstanding criminal defense lawyer who is among the top ranks in Seattle.”

374399

Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Anna Matsuo Career Associate Employment Law & Litigation

New York

Anna Matsuo's practice focuses on advising and counseling employers on a wide range of employment issues and defending employers in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Anna defends employers against a range of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations. She also provides preventive counseling to employers including advising on compliance issues, preparing employee handbooks and policies, advising on personnel matters including hiring and firing, and drafting employment contracts.

Before joining the firm, Anna practiced at national and regional law firms where she represented management in employment litigation.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Elyse Echtman Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

In close consultation with her clients, Elyse designs and executes innovative litigation strategies.

With more than two decades of experience, she understands all aspects of litigation from pre-litigation counseling and planning through trial and appeal. Whether helping opposing sides find common ground, positioning a case for the best possible settlement, or taking a case to trial, she finds a way to help her clients succeed.

Elyse primarily handles commercial and product liability matters, including five arbitrations / trials in the last seven years for clients such as DISH, Telenor and Nintendo. As demonstrated by the engagements below, her practice is not limited by case type or industry. Instead, clients rely on her ability to immerse herself in the relevant details of their products and services, as well as her unique blend of pragmatism, imagination and advocacy.

368642

Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Paige Pavone Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Paige Pavone is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York office.  She represents clients in complex matters involving commercial contracts, intellectual property, and products liability. 

From 2017-2018, Paige served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  Prior to clerking, Paige worked as an associate at a global law firm, engaged in complex commercial litigation, arbitrations, and investigations. 


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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Corporate

Yolanda Yong Senior Associate Energy, Corporate

London

Yolanda Yong is a senior associate in the Corporate group and has advised on a range of cross border and domestic transactions focusing on the energy and infrastructure sector.  Yolanda advises across both the corporate and project documentation for energy and infrastructure projects and also advises on general corporate matters for companies. 

Yolanda has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure space and is comfortable advising across construction, project documentation and corporate law matters which means she is able to provide a holistic service to clients.

Yolanda spent almost a year on secondment with a leading wind farm developer as the legal adviser to a joint venture UK offshore wind farm. Yolanda has also been seconded to the head office of a FTSE 250 construction and facilities management company and also to the corporate legal team at IBM.

Yolanda supports pro bono initiatives within the firm and is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Executive Compensation
  • M&A and Private Equity

Christine McCarthy Partner Compensation & Benefits, Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Christine McCarthy is a partner in the Silicon Valley office and a member of the Technology Companies Group and the Compensation and Benefits Group.

Christine has extensive experience advising on all aspects of equity and executive compensation plans and arrangements for multinational private and public companies, including large Fortune 500 public companies. Such advice covers the design, administration, and implementation of such plans and arrangements, as well as compliance with applicable federal and state laws, including corporate, securities and tax laws, NASDAQ/NYSE rules, and accounting rules. In addition, Christine counsels clients on corporate governance related issues that arise with respect to such plans and arrangements and regularly prepares disclosure required to be included in annual proxy statements, Form 10-K reports and Form 8-K filings.

Christine:
  • regularly advises compensation committees, Boards of Directors, companies, management and executives on employment agreements, severance agreements, equity compensation plans and agreements and similar arrangements;
  • has extensive experience advising late stage private companies on the specific compensation-related challenges facing these companies and, in particular, is known for her thought-leadership in designing and creating private company restricted stock unit programs and extended stock option exercise programs;
  • advises late stage private companies on the issues that arise during the preparation, lead-up to and implementation of their initial public offering, including issues related to executive and equity compensation, as well as, corporate governance and disclosure related matters; and
  • advises clients on merger and acquisition transactions, including issues related to executive and equity compensation, post-closing integration, Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (deferred compensation) and Internal Revenue Code Section 280G (the golden parachute rules).

Before joining the firm, Christine practiced at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Christine speaks and publishes articles regularly on executive and equity compensation related topics.

388136

Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Brianna Pomatico Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation

New York

Named a 2019 Law360 Rising Star, Brianna Pomatico has a track record of counseling both major and emerging multinational companies on innovative global workforce solutions. Brianna is a member of Orrick's Global Employment & Equity Compensation team. 

Brianna's practice focuses on cross-border comparative employment law, including immigration, equity compensation, benefits, tax, and securities considerations. She works with clients to address critical questions related to the evolution and growth of their global workforce, including local employment contracts, human resources policies, data privacy issues, and equity compensation structures.

Prior to joining Orrick, Brianna practiced corporate immigration law, gaining years of experience facilitating global mobility for large corporations, startups, and individuals alike. 

Meredith Post Chief Growth & Integration Officer

Silicon Valley

As Orrick’s Chief Growth & Integration Officer, Merrie Post plays a key role in driving Orrick’s growth strategy. She is passionate about helping the firm source top talent focused on the tech & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors globally. And she’s equally passionate about helping candidates understand and assess how the Orrick platform can advance their career trajectory.

Merrie supports candidates through each stage in the recruiting conversation. She also ensures that every lateral partner who joins Orrick has a committed sponsor and an actionable plan for business and social integration.

Merrie brings to this work a deep understanding of the legal market, and in particular, the lateral partner recruiting market, compensation and integration. Over the course of her career, she has helped hundreds of partners make successful moves. She previously led Hudson Gate Legal, a search firm, where she focused on partner-level searches. Prior to that, she served as Director of Attorney Development at Cadwalader. She began her career as a corporate associate at Debevoise.

When she’s not talking to top legal talent, Merrie can be found on a spin bike, visiting a great spa, taking a hip hop class, traveling and spending quality time with her husband, Jason and sons, Charlie (age 9) and Alex (age 6).