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 & Innovation Sector
  • Life Sciences Sector
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Governance aziendale

Karen Dempsey Partner

San Francisco

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 & Innovation Sector
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Mitchell Zuklie Orrick Chairman

Silicon Valley

Under Mitch’s leadership, the firm has pursued a strategy to be a leading advisor globally to three sectors: Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance. He has led the firm’s portfolio approach to digitization, 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 platforms, and partnerships with market leaders. Financial Times has chosen Orrick as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America three times in the past five years, first runner-up twice and the Most Digital Law Firm of 2020. Mitch has also led the firm’s focus on talent retention and efforts to create a more inclusive workplace. Fortune has selected the firm among the 100 Best Companies to Work For five years in a row.

He serves on the Boards of Fisker Inc., the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity, the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, the Silicon Valley Law Foundation and the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Mitch is also a Trustee of Bowdoin College, Chairman of the Board of the Wild Salmon Center and a Director of CalTrout.

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