2020 TechGC IPO Forum

Seminar | January.31.2020 | 8:30am - 6:30pm (Pacific Standard Time)

The St. Regis San Francisco

Orrick is sponsoring the 2020 TechGC IPO Forum on January 31, 2020 in San Francisco.

This event will focus on the latest real world experiences, issues and best practices on the IPO process.

Karen Dempsey, partner in the Capital Markets practice, will speak during the 9:15 a.m. session on IPO Timeline & Checklist, Due Diligence and the 10:45 a.m. session on S-1, KPIs, Risk Factors and SEC Comments.

Mitch Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, will speak at the 4:40 p.m. session on Life as a Newly Public Company.


CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Finance Sector
  • Technology Sector
  • Life Sciences Sector
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate Governance

Karen Dempsey Partner Equity Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions

San Francisco

Karen Dempsey, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Corporate Group. She works with a broad range of public and private companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.

Karen is involved in a full range of corporate legal projects for high growth technology companies including venture financings, public offerings, public company securities law compliance matters and mergers and acquisitions. She also regularly advises public companies and board of directors on corporate governance issues. Karen's clients include private and public companies in the biotechnology, real estate, finance and Internet related industries. She also represents underwriters in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings and venture capital firms in investment transactions.

Karen is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law topics including Initial Public Offerings, Corporate Governance and Sarbanes-Oxley matters. She is also Co-Editor of Part III of Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, published by Aspen Law & Business.

Before joining Orrick, Karen was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP and was chair of their firmwide corporate governance practice group.



  • Technology Sector
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Mitchell Zuklie Orrick Chairman Technology Companies Group, Mergers & Acquisitions

Silicon Valley

Mitch Zuklie serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick. Under Mitch’s leadership, the firm has pursued a strategy to be a leading advisor to the global Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Financial Times has chosen Orrick as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America in 2016, 2017, 2018 and runner-up in 2019. And Fortune has selected the firm among the 100 Best Companies to Work For five years in a row.

Named by Chambers USA as an “eminent practitioner,” Mitch is an experienced business and legal advisor who has completed hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and licensing transactions. He counsels technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as their founders, advisors and investors.

Mitch has led the firm’s portfolio approach to innovation, including the transformation of its West Virginia operation into a center for analytics and innovation, the launch of Orrick Labs to develop customized technologies, and the creation of partnerships with leading innovation initiatives in the industry. He has also led the firm’s entry into new markets, including Boston, Santa Monica, Houston, Austin, and Geneva.

He serves on the Boards of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity and the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. He is also a member of the Board of the Wild Salmon Center.

He and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 25 years. They have two children, Hannah (20) and Angus (17). Mitch posts regularly on social media about Orrick, venture capital, innovation and other interests. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.