January, 2018 – Orrick is delighted to announce the promotion of 19 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2018 including 7 attorneys in Litigation and IP. Those being made partner in the IP and Litigation practice areas include Mel Bostwick, Karsten Faulhaber, Brian Goldman, Jacob Heath, Alvin Lee, Emily Tabatabai, and Scott Ward.
The 2018 partner class reflects the firm’s global focus on serving the technology, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. Six of our new partners focus on tech, one on energy & infrastructure and five on finance. The class adds seven litigators to the firm’s powerhouse practice, including two appellate litigators and one IP litigator. Our new partners are based in seven U.S. offices, and more than a quarter are outside the U.S. in Düsseldorf, London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo.
The class also reflects Orrick’s strategy to innovate on talent. Exceeding the Mansfield Rule standard on candidate pools, 42% of the new class is diverse or female. Five of our new partners take advantage of the firm’s Agile Working programs, including three who use customized schedules and two who are based in markets where the firm does not have offices. One new father in the class is currently taking advantage of Orrick’s industry-leading primary caregiver leave policy.
“We are thrilled to welcome this new talent into our partnership,” said Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie. “Practitioners of the highest quality, each has demonstrated distinctive skills in collaboration and innovation. Most importantly, they share our core values and commitment to client service. We are very fortunate to have this rising talent to lead our firm into the future.”
Mel Bostwick is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Group, based in Washington, D.C. She advises on high-stakes appeals in the technology sector, with a particular emphasis on patent appeals before the Federal Circuit, as well as proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mel has been a member of the firm’s client teams representing Oracle and Dow AgroSciences, among others. She maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients before the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mel clerked for Judge Timothy Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Northwestern.
Karsten Faulhaber is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration Group, based in Düsseldorf. He counsels on domestic and international arbitrations and dispute resolutions in the energy & infrastructure, finance and tech sectors. With a background in transactional law, Karsten is able to provide his clients’ with solutions, often before they reach a courtroom. Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Legal Media Group, his reputation and experience has led to his appointment as an arbitrator in several complex disputes, including as sole arbitrator by the International Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Karsten earned his J.D. from the University of Freiburg and his undergraduate degree from the University of Tübingen.
Brian Goldman is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Group, based in San Francisco. He focuses on briefing and arguing high-stakes appeals. Brian played a leading role in Microsoft’s successful challenge in the Second Circuit to a search warrant for customer emails stored in a foreign country. He also successfully defended an Alameda County, California, ordinance regulating gun stores, arguing before the en bancNinth Circuit. In his pro bono practice, Brian has secured several wins against the federal government in appeals of deportation orders. He clerked for Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Judge Stephen Reinhardt and worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division. Brian’s standing in the appellate field led to his appointment by the Ninth Circuit as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He earned his J.D. from Stanford and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale.
Jacob Heath is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, based in Silicon Valley. He advises clients in trade secrets, cybersecurity, privacy, IP and general commercial litigation. Jake has served on client teams representing Microsoft, Oracle, Ruckus Wireless, Flextronics and Brunswick Rail Management. He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Alvin Lee is a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, based in New York. He counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, most notably in the chemical/energy and finance sectors, as well as in mass tort and products liability suits and accountants’ liability and securities-related actions. For the past several years, Alvin has advised Hemlock Semiconductor in cross-border disputes, resulting in over $1 billion in precedent-setting judgments. An experienced appellate advocate, Alvin has argued multiple federal appeals, most recently securing a victory for KBC Bank in the Second Circuit. He is active in the LGBT and Asian-American legal communities and is a conservatory-trained violinist. Alvin earned his J.D. from Harvard and his B.A. from Cornell. He was a Fulbright Scholar.
Emily Tabatabai is a founding member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Group, which was named a Privacy Practice Group of the Year byLaw360. She advises companies on data privacy laws, data use-cases and in privacy and cybersecurity investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys’ General. Legal 500 highlights Emily’s “extraordinary depth of knowledge in student data privacy matters,” which includes her representation of leading innovators in the Ed-Tech space. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia and her B.B.A. from Emory University.
Scott Ward is a member of the firm’s Public Policy Group, based in Washington, D.C. He advises clients with issues before state legislatures, attorneys general and other state and local agencies. Scott recently served on the Orrick team that crafted a state-by-state strategy to persuade legislators to clarify the legality of the daily fantasy sports industry which resulted in the passage of laws in 19 states. He has testified in front of legislative committees on topics ranging from telecommunications, life insurance, taxes and gaming. Scott previously worked for the majority staff of the U.S. House Budget Committee and was President of the Republican State Leadership Committee during the 2008 and 2010 election cycle. He earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University, where he served as National Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, and his B.A. from the University of Richmond.
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