Morrison Foerster counts among its partner ranks some of the most talented and respected women attorneys in the legal profession. These are the women of MoFo — unparalleled leaders and innovators at the vanguard of emerging and vital practice areas.

From impact investingfintech, and privacy and data security, to intellectual propertyconsumer class actions, and investigations and white - collar defense, they are delivering the best possible results for every engagement they take on, championing their clients’ business interests around the world.

  • Alexis A. Amezcua

    Alexis is a skilled class action and commercial litigator, and practices in a variety of high-profile areas, including:

    • Breach of contract
    • Complex consumer class actions
    • False advertising
    • Federal banking law
    • Product liability
    • Trade secret theft
    • Unfair competition
    • Wrongful death
    • Wrongful termination
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    Alexis A. Amezcua

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6557

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  • Stacy Cline Amin

    Stacy Cline Amin leads the FDA + Healthcare Regulatory and Compliance practice within the firm’s Global Life Sciences + Healthcare Group and provides strategic regulatory and business advice to companies in the life sciences, healthcare, and technology industries. Stacy previously served as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and held senior positions within the White House Counsel’s Office and health committees in both the House and Senate. With her depth of experience across government agencies, she provides clients with an insider’s perspective on regulatory and compliance issues, enforcement actions, and litigation challenges.

    As chief counsel of the FDA, Stacy led an office of approximately 170 counselors and litigators and navigated difficult regulatory issues and litigation challenges across the agency’s entire portfolio. During her last year of service, Stacy played a critical role in nearly every aspect of FDA’s COVID-19 pandemic response effort, including record numbers of emergency use authorizations, guidances, and compliance actions. Most notably, she served as a key leader of the team responsible for issuing the first two COVID-19 vaccine authorizations.

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    Stacy Cline Amin

    Washington, (202) 887-8799

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  • Kaylee Cox Bankston

    Kaylee Cox Bankston is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Privacy + Data Security Group. She advises clients across all industries on complex cybersecurity, privacy, and data matters, including cybersecurity investigations and breach preparation, corporate governance and risk management, regulatory investigations, litigation and class action defense, and other emerging industry issues, such as the use and impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Kaylee was recognized by The Legal 500 US for her work in Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) in 2023.

    • Cybersecurity Investigations and Incident Response Preparedness: Kaylee has extensive experience leading clients in investigations of sophisticated cyberattacks and security breaches conducted by high-profile threat actor groups, including ransomware, data extortion events, and business email compromises. She also counsels clients on incident response programs and preparedness, including developing and conducting cybersecurity simulations and “tabletop” exercises, preparing clients for security assessments, audits, and testing, and advising on post-assessment implementation and risk mitigation strategies. Kaylee also advises clients on cybersecurity information- and intelligence-sharing, data access requests, and related national security matters.

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    Kaylee Cox Bankston

    Washington, (202) 572-6787

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  • Alexandra Preece Barlow

    Alexandra Barlow is a partner in the Litigation Department of Morrison Foerster’s San Diego office.

    Alexandra litigates product liability matters involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, automobiles, and AI. Alexandra's litigation expertise spans the entire case life cycle in both state and federal courts. She handles all phases of discovery, including fact investigation and expert discovery. Alexandra has taken over twenty-five depositions, including experts, plaintiffs, treating physicians, and third-party witnesses. She drafts and argues motions of all types, including motions for summary judgment, motions to quash, and motions for preliminary injunction.

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    Alexandra Preece Barlow

    San Diego, (858) 314-7673

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  • Lauren C. Bellerjeau

    Lauren Bellerjeau is a corporate partner in the Austin office of Morrison Foerster.

    Lauren has served as a trusted advisor to boards of directors and executive management teams in the negotiation of their companies’ most significant combination, commercial and corporate governance transactions. Her extensive private practice experience includes representing both buy-side and sell-side clients on complex and transformative U.S. and cross-border combination and commercial transactions in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on technology, real estate investment trusts, government contracting and defense, life sciences, and manufacturing. She has also regularly counseled REITs and other companies with significant real estate holdings or real estate management businesses on complex restructuring and roll-up transactions, particularly in contemplation of initial public offerings, large equity investments, or strategic transactions.

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    Lauren C. Bellerjeau

    Austin, (512) 617-0612

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  • Allyson R. Bennett

    Allyson Bennett represents companies, large and small, in all stages of litigation—from pre-suit counseling and investigation, through trial and appeal.

    Allyson has litigated a wide range of complex copyright and trademark cases, including cases involving ecommerce platforms, social networks, and television studios. She regularly helps companies navigate business challenges arising from copyright and trademark issues in an increasingly digital world. Most recently, Allyson secured a complete defense verdict for Redbubble in a trademark and copyright case, which was one of the first post-COVID jury trials in the Northern District of California. In addition to intellectual property disputes, Allyson has experience in complex civil litigation ranging from legal malpractice to antitrust to entertainment law.

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    Allyson R. Bennett

    Los Angeles, (213) 892-5200

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  • Caitlin Sinclaire Blythe

    Caitlin Sinclaire Blythe is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office. Caitlin is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Trials + Appeals Department where her practice focuses on investigations, white-collar defense, and commercial and consumer litigation. She represents companies, audit committees, and individuals in SEC and DOJ enforcement matters as well as internal corporate investigations involving accounting and disclosure issues.

    Caitlin also represents corporations and individuals in class actions and other commercial and consumer litigation matters, and has experience litigating cases in federal and state courts, and before arbitration tribunals, throughout the country

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    Caitlin Sinclaire Blythe

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6463

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  • Brigid DeCoursey Bondoc

    Brigid is a food, drug, and medical device lawyer who counsels life sciences companies on a wide range of U.S. Food & Drug Administration pre- and post-market regulatory issues.

    As a member of our FDA + Healthcare Regulatory and Compliance Group, Brigid practices across the spectrum of FDA-regulated products, including medical devices, drugs, biologics, cell and gene therapies, food, cosmetics, dietary supplements, tobacco, laboratory-developed tests, in vitro diagnostics, radiation-emitting electronic products, combination products, and products that may not fit neatly into any of these categories. Accordingly, she counsels established and start-up companies in life sciences, healthcare, and consumer products on a wide range of FDA pre- and post-market regulatory issues. Brigid also frequently advises innovative product developers on threshold FDA jurisdictional questions and develops strategies for approval and marketing, while identifying and mitigating regulatory risks.

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    Brigid DeCoursey Bondoc

    Washington, (202) 778-1615

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  • Erin M. Bosman

    Erin Bosman is chair of MoFo’s Class Actions and Mass Torts Practice Group and is a founder and co-head of the Artificial Intelligence Group. Clients value her business strategy, seeking her comprehensive counsel throughout the product life cycle, especially in high-stakes litigation and product recalls.

    Erin's clients value her litigation acumen, retaining her as national coordinating and trial counsel in class action cases and multijurisdictional and multidistrict proceedings. She navigates complex business relationships and serves as a defense liaison counsel in cases where multiple defendants have conflicting defenses. A skilled negotiator, Erin has a long track record of securing dismissals and favorable settlements for her clients. When trial is needed, her compelling courtroom skills have delivered successful jury verdicts and appellate victories.

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    Erin M. Bosman

    San Diego, (858) 720-5178

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  • Jennifer L. Buckby

    Jennifer Buckby is a Mergers & Acquisitions and Emerging Company & Venture Capital partner based in the London office of Morrison Foerster.

    Jennifer advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging company and venture capital transactions, and general corporate advisory matters, with particular expertise advising clients in the technology, life sciences, and food/ag sectors.

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    Jennifer L. Buckby

    London, +44 (0)20 7920 4060

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  • Tiffany Cheung

    Clients seek out Tiffany for her successful track record in defending class action claims on behalf of clients in a broad range of industries, including technology, healthcare, and consumer product companies. She represents numerous Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation involving privacy and marketing claims in courts throughout the United States. Tiffany’s practice includes leading class actions at the cutting edge of privacy law, including claims involving data security and biometric information. She also has advised extensively on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) matters, as well as cases involving unfair business practice claims and consumer advertising issues. Tiffany is a former co-chair of MoFo’s global Litigation Department and the firm’s Class Actions & Mass Torts Practice Group.

    The Daily Journal recently named Tiffany on its 2023 list of Top Women Lawyers and as a 2023 Leading Commercial Litigator in California. Chambers USA 2023 again ranked her in commercial litigation, while The Legal 500 2023 again recommended her in product liability and marketing and advertising. BTI Consulting Group has recognized Tiffany as one of a small group of attorneys nationwide who represent the “absolute best of the best” in the area of client service. Her clients include leaders in the technology, healthcare, financial services, and retail sectors.

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    Tiffany Cheung

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6848

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  • Anita Choi

    Anita Choi has decades of experience providing strategic advice to companies and investors in the Life Sciences and Food + Agriculture industries. She has helped start-up companies build IP portfolios around their core technologies, and counseled them on issues related to patents versus trade secrets. She has worked with larger, more established companies to manage global patent portfolios in a way that integrates IP with their business models. Combining her legal and business expertise enables her to navigate complex challenges that require complex solutions hence why she is so often called upon by clients to help with assessing, building and strengthening patent portfolios.  She has also counseled investors in IP due diligence, identifying critical issues that may affect valuation and risk assessment in deals.

    Anita is part of the Life Sciences + Healthcare Leadership Team, as well as the Food + Agriculture Leadership Team within the firm. She co-leads the firm’s Chemistry Subgroup within the patent practice, which covers both the Pharmaceuticals and Materials sector within the chemistry space. She also co-leads the firm’s Food + Agriculture patent practice. Anita’s clients praise her ability to quickly gain a deep understanding of their technology and business, which allows her to think critically, creatively and practically in patent portfolio management.

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    Anita Choi

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6445

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  • Chloe Cina

    Chloe Cina is a partner in the London office of Morrison Foerster with unrivalled experience in EU and UK economic sanctions and export control measures. She has nearly two decades of experience in litigating and advising on complex national security issues, both within government and in-house at two leading global financial institutions.

    Chloe’s depth of knowledge and connections to the UK government are unrivalled. Her relationships span across all key departments involved in sanctions policy making, regulation, and enforcement. Having served as a legal advisor for the UK government pre-Brexit, Chloe’s significant experience extends beyond the jurisdiction of the UK to the EU, where she benefits from an unmatched reputation across the main EU institutions, as well as in key member states including France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

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    Chloe Cina

    London, +44 (0)20 7920 4132

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  • Linda K. Clark

    Linda Clark is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Privacy + Data Security Group. Prior to joining the firm, Linda served as the Chief Data Security Counsel for RELX, where she led the data security legal compliance efforts for RELX in over 40 countries and across their operations in four different market segments worldwide. Prior to that, Linda was a litigator at a large New York law firm. She has over 20 years’ experience advising clients, including on data security best practices and obligations, designing and implementing frameworks for compliance across large multinational organizations, and in complex litigation and regulatory matters.

    Linda’s practice centers on crafting strategic and comprehensive data security risk management programs, providing business-focused and practical advice, and leveraging her knowledge and deep experience to help organizations and their stakeholders, at all levels, prepare for and respond to incidents on a global and operationally feasible basis. This includes working with clients to proactively prepare for cyber incidents, including by developing incident response programs and risk assessment methodologies and conducting tabletop exercises for global audiences of varying seniority and responsibility. This comprehensive approach to incident readiness helps organizations hone the skills they will need to support critical decision making in high-stakes situations, allowing organizations to implement and leverage an incident response framework that goes beyond legal compliance and supports ethical decision-making.

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    Linda K. Clark

    Miami, (786) 472-6472

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  • Carrie H. Cohen

    Carrie H. Cohen is global co-chair of the Investigations + White Collar Defense practice group as well as co-chair of the firm’s State + Local Government Enforcement team and DEI Strategy + Defense group. Prior to joining the firm, Carrie served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and as Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

    As a former federal and state prosecutor, Carrie routinely advises and represents corporations, boards, and c-suite executives in government-facing investigative and regulatory matters with a particular focus on state and local government matters. Carrie’s extensive trial experience and distinguished record of success in high‑stakes, white collar defense and securities matters cement her position as a leading lawyer in these practice areas, and she is often called upon as trial counsel for particularly sensitive matters. Carrie’s trial and white collar expertise have been recognized by a variety of organizations including Chambers USA, which describes her as “. . . a terrific trial lawyer with great judgment and timing, [who] knows how to present complex cases in a digestible way.” Carrie also routinely prepares clients who are called to testify before Congress and state and city legislatures and works on matters that involve multijurisdictional investigations and significant media attention.

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    Carrie H. Cohen

    New York, (212) 468-8049

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  • Alice L. Connaughton

    Alice Connaughton is co-chair of the firm’s REIT practice and a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Capital Markets practice group. Ali’s practice focuses on representing public and private companies, including real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other direct participation programs, in a variety of corporate and securities matters, including, among other things, public and private securities offerings and tender offers.

    Ali regularly advises boards of directors, audit committees, and management with respect to strategic matters and corporate governance issues. Ali also routinely counsels public company clients with respect to complex regulatory matters, compliance with federal and state securities laws, corporate governance and general corporate matters.

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    Alice L. Connaughton

    Washington, (202) 887-1567

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  • Deborah L. Connor

    Deborah L. Connor, former chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is a partner in MoFo’s Investigations + White Collar Defense Group. With more than 25 years of service at DOJ, most recently leading its anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) enforcement, Deborah is a leading authority in criminal AML/BSA matters. Drawing upon her unmatched experience in criminal investigations, litigation, and enforcement, Deborah focuses on guiding financial institutions, multinational companies, and individuals through cross-border internal investigations, regulatory enforcement defense, white collar criminal defense, and compliance counseling involving legal issues pertaining to sanctions, anti-corruption, AML/BSA, and cryptocurrency, among others.

    As chief and principal deputy chief of MLARS, Deborah supervised investigations and prosecutions of numerous high-profile cases involving allegations of corporate and financial misconduct and resolutions involving deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements in relation to financial institutions and emerging technologies in the financial services markets, as well as blockchain-based digital assets. As chief, she exercised supervisory authority over the DOJ’s AML program, specifically any charges involving violations of BSA statutes. Deborah has worked with domestic regulators, including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control, as well as enforcement officials throughout the federal government, including the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury. She was also responsible for helping to oversee the Department’s Asset Forfeiture Program. Deborah also served as senior counsel to the assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division.

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    Deborah L. Connor

    Washington, (202) 778-1663

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  • Melissa M. Crespo

    Melissa Crespo helps clients navigate a wide range of challenging privacy compliance and data security matters with a focus on the health information and the health care sector. She regularly helps clients develop and implement privacy compliance programs and advises companies on managing risk in connection with cutting-edge technologies and data initiatives.

    Melissa has particular experience in advising clients on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other laws governing the collection and use of medical and health information.

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    Melissa M. Crespo

    Washington, (202) 887-8768

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  • Val Dahiya

    Val Dahiya is a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets and Broker-Dealer Compliance + Regulation practice groups.

    Val advises financial services clients on complex compliance, regulatory, and transactional matters arising under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Institution Regulatory (FINRA) jurisdiction. She has nearly two decades of experience in advising on securities market infrastructure, including over 10 years of work history at the SEC and three years at FINRA.

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    Val Dahiya

    Washington, (202) 887-1565

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  • Tammy C. Davies

    Tammy Davies is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s New York office and member of the firm’s Finance Group.

    Specializing in bespoke and complex credit arrangements, Tammy represents alternative lenders and private credit funds in a wide range of middle market financings and special situations, including acquisition financing, opportunistic credit solutions, asset-based lending, junior capital and second lien facilities, bifurcated unitranche facilities, structured financial arrangements, and other unique financing strategies. She has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border transactions across a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, retail, media, gaming, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and financial services.

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    Tammy C. Davies

    New York, (212) 336-4141

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  • Kira A. Davis

    Kira is an experienced courtroom lawyer who assists life sciences companies in high-stakes patent litigation.

    Kira is the head of Morrison Foerster’s Los Angeles Litigation Department, a partner in the IP Litigation Group, and a member of the firm-wide Life Sciences + Healthcare Leadership Team. She regularly serves as counsel in intellectual property lawsuits involving cutting-edge technology, including foundational antibody technology, antibody cancer immunotherapies, fusion proteins, small-molecule therapeutics, transcatheter heart valve repair and replacement devices, and genetic testing and genomics technology. Kira litigates on behalf of both patentees and defendants and has significant experience representing innovators in disputes arising out of proposed generic and biosimilar launches.    

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    Kira A. Davis

    Los Angeles, (213) 892-5200

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  • Shaelyn K. Dawson

    Shaelyn Dawson is an attorney in the litigation department, with a focus on intellectual property. Shaelyn represents clients in technical and high-stakes litigation, focusing primarily on patent, copyright, and trade secret cases in the electronics, semiconductor, and pharmaceutical industries. She has experience in all phases of litigation. She has coordinated large-scale fact and expert discovery, taken and defended dozens of fact and expert depositions, drafted and argued motions in multiparty litigation in federal courts across the country, and been a key member of six trial teams, where she questioned fact and expert witnesses.

    In addition to her intellectual property work, Shaelyn also maintains an active pro bono practice, and has been awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services by the State Bar of California for the last two years. She has worked on several Section 1983 civil rights trials.

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    Shaelyn K. Dawson

    San Francisco, (415) 268-7259

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  • Krista S. deBoer

    Krista deBoer’s practice involves the full range of environmental, climate, and green claims issues.

    As a partner in MoFo’s Class Actions + Mass Tort practice group, Krista represents clients in environmental and toxic tort litigation, Proposition 65 litigation, and consumer class actions involving hazardous material exposures and claims of health and environmental benefits. She is recommended by The Legal 500 for toxic tort defense (2022). Krista has broad experience in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and California Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA) litigation, multi-party allocation and cost recovery proceedings, natural resource damages claims, and contaminated site cleanup, often involving parallel agency enforcement, where she is skilled at developing integrated strategies to maximize outcomes in both actions.

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    Krista S. deBoer

    San Diego, (858) 314-7668

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  • Demme Doufekias

    Demme Doufekias is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on matters involving complex government and internal investigations. As a member of the firm’s Investigations + White-Collar Defense practice, individuals and corporations seek Demme’s counsel through all phases of investigations and litigation, from proactive compliance counseling and due diligence through the simultaneous defense of criminal investigations, administrative proceedings, and civil litigation. She successfully defends clients in civil and criminal matters in federal and state trials.

    Demme’s global investigations practice encompasses a number of substantive areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anticorruption regimes, anti-money laundering, and criminal antitrust and securities violations. She has represented clients in cross-border investigations, including FCPA investigations and the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigations of price-fixing in the auto parts and generic drug industries. She also counsels clients in creating global anti-corruption compliance programs and in due diligence matters related to healthcare and anti-corruption laws.

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    Demme Doufekias

    Washington, (202) 887-1553

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  • Kate Driscoll

    Katherine (Kate) Driscoll is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Investigations + White Collar Defense Practice Group. Kate focuses her practice on investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance, representing companies and senior business executives. Kate has extensive experience in a wide range of criminal and civil cases, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and life sciences clients, related to healthcare fraud, the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), the False Claims Act (FCA), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Kate routinely consults with clients on all manner of compliance matters, including providing risk assessments, gap analyses, and maturity evaluations. Kate also recently completed a secondment with a global consulting firm, leading government-facing investigations relating to healthcare matters.

    Prior to joining Morrison Foerster, Kate served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Kate has significant trial experience, obtaining multiple jury and bench trial verdicts. As a federal prosecutor, Kate ran large-scale white-collar investigations, including complex wiretap and forensic financial investigations, involving healthcare fraud, illegal distribution of prescription drugs, money laundering, wire fraud, bank fraud, and tax fraud. Kate conducted parallel investigations with the Civil Division related to potential False Claims Act violations, and the SEC for potential violations of securities laws. Among her experience, Kate led the criminal prosecution of one of the largest theft of trade secrets cases in United States history, involving a leading multinational pharmaceutical company, and also led COVID-19-related government fraud investigations, involving the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program.

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    Kate Driscoll

    Washington, (202) 887-1594

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  • Daralyn Durie

    Daralyn Durie is among the top trial lawyers in the country, acting as go-to trial counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants. Daralyn’s exceptional track record has earned her consistent recognition from leading national publications. Chambers has listed her among the top 10 intellectual property lawyers in the U.S. and Law360 has recognized her as an “Icon of IP” and an MVP. Benchmark Litigation reported that “going against her was like going against a boxer in which you know you’re going to get hurt.” She’s a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and an inductee into the California Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

    Daralyn’s legal career began at Berkeley Law, followed by a clerkship for the Honorable Douglas Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She became a partner at a litigation boutique in 1999 and, in 2009, co-founded Durie Tangri, a premier litigation boutique that later combined with Morrison Foerster in 2023.

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    Daralyn Durie

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6055

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  • Maria B. Earley

    Maria B. Earley is a financial services regulatory, enforcement, and litigation partner in the Washington D.C. office of Morrison Foerster.

    Maria is a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) enforcement attorney with significant experience advising on issues related to consumer protection laws and emerging technology. She advises financial services and fintech companies with respect to product development, regulatory compliance, state and federal litigation, enforcement and examination, state licensing, and transactional matters.

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    Maria B. Earley

    Washington, (202) 887-6955

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  • Aya Eguchi

    Aya Eguchi is a partner in the Technology Transactions Group.  Her practice focuses on transactions and counseling involving intellectual property and technology, with an emphasis on licensing and distribution arrangements, technology development and strategic alliance activities and technology transfers.

    Ms. Eguchi advises clients on transactional matters involving the acquisition, development, licensing and transfer of intellectual property, including the structuring and negotiating of joint ventures and strategic alliances; development and distribution agreements; software and technology licenses; and intellectual property components of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. 

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    Aya Eguchi

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6439

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  • Kristina Ehle

    Kristina has more than 20 years of experience advising clients across many industries, including the software, internet, mobility, media, and consumer electronics industries, with a particular focus on technology-driven and IP-heavy transactions. Her legal practice focuses on matters relating to the development, licensing, and use of software; cloud platforms and digital services (such as software as a service, product-embedded software, IPTV, music and  film streaming services, apps, and podcasts); intellectual property law (in particular, copyright and trade-secrets issues); and consumer and commercial law. She also advises clients in the digital transformation of their business structures and processes, including implementing new technologies such as cloud services, machine learning applications, new mobility/automotive solutions, distributed-ledger technology, and the use of open source software.

    Kristina regularly drafts and negotiates a wide variety of complex transactions, including:

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    Kristina Ehle

    Los Angeles, 49 (30) 726221249

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  • Marcia Ellis

    Marcia’s practice focuses on private equity transactions and complex mergers and acquisitions involving companies and other assets located in Asia. Having practiced in Asia for more than a quarter of a century, Marcia is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers active in the Asian market. In the past three years, she has advised clients on deals with a total aggregate value well in excess of US$249.8 billion.

    ​Marcia regularly advises leading investors on M&A transactions, including SoftBank Vision Fund, Alibaba, GLP, Bain Capital Credit, BlackRock, Farallon Capital, Ascendent Capital Partners, Silver Crest Acquisition Corp., Macquarie Asset Management, Hillhouse, Hony Capital and Celadon Partners. In addition, she is experienced in representing U.S., UK and Asia based institutional investors in the acquisition, financing and disposition of real estate in China, Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia, including numerous logistics and internet data center projects, and investment in and acquisition of real estate developers.

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    Marcia Ellis

    Hong Kong, 852 25850784

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  • Katherine Erbeznik

    Katherine Erbeznik is a Tax Partner in the New York office. Katherine has experience with a wide range of transactional matters, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on Latin America. Katherine also advises on the tax consequences of digital asset transactions and transactions involving distressed companies, including both out of court restructurings and bankruptcy.

    Katherine has extensive experience advising private fund managers on the tax aspects of fund formation, both as an external advisor and while serving as in-house counsel with a global asset manager. 

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    Katherine Erbeznik

    New York, (212) 336-4290

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  • Jill H. Feldman

    Jill’s practice focuses on international and domestic commercial finance transactions, with a special emphasis on domestic and international, bilateral, and syndicated commercial lending and FinTech and impact investing credit transactions.

    Her diverse client mix includes:

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    Jill H. Feldman

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6474

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  • Rachel Miras Fiorill

    Rachel Fiorill is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s National Security Group. Having served as an Enforcement Section Chief at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and with over a decade of private sector experience, Rachel brings unparalleled experience in economic sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML), U.S. government and internal investigations, export controls, and national security matters.

    Clients seek Rachel’s counsel on their most complex sanctions enforcement and compliance matters, including those in relation to meeting OFAC’s sanctions compliance program expectations. Rachel draws on her previous OFAC Enforcement Division leadership experience and her experiences collaborating with senior management and agency officials within the Treasury Department to provide her clients with practical, risk-based advice regarding sanctions enforcement and compliance.

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    Rachel Miras Fiorill

    Washington, (202) 887-1530

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  • Natalie A. Fleming Nolen

    Natalie Fleming Nolen is the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office and a partner in the Litigation Department. She is a trial lawyer and advocate who focuses on complex civil litigation and regulatory proceedings, with a particular emphasis on resolving antitrust issues and class actions that arise in the financial services industry. She has represented clients in trials in state and federal court, as well as administrative proceedings and arbitration forums. Natalie's recent matters include representing a financial institution in a large multidistrict antitrust class action litigation and related litigation by individual companies that opted out of the class action; a leading telecommunications company in merger litigation and related regulatory proceedings; clients in consumer class actions and complex commercial litigation alleging breaches of contract; clients in complex antitrust arbitrations; clients before federal agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission; and large companies being investigated by state regulatory authorities. Natalie also advises clients on a variety of commercial real estate issues, including complex contractual matters, foreclosures, and disputes regarding commercial leases. 

    Natalie also has an active pro bono practice. She led a trial team in a challenge to Title IX rules related to sexual harassment and assault in schools; represented several clients in Immigration Court and successfully obtained asylum and withholding of removal; and helped young clients obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. She also successfully obtained humanitarian parole for Haitian women and children impacted by the devastating earthquake in 2010, and represented clients in housing matters including defending against a foreclosure action in two separate trials in New York State Supreme Court. In acknowledgment of her dedication to providing quality pro bono representation, Natalie was awarded the 2012 New York State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award in the young lawyer category, and was also awarded the Kathi Pugh Award for Pro Bono Service in 2015.

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    Natalie A. Fleming Nolen

    Washington, (202) 887-1551

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  • Theresa A. Foudy

    Theresa Foudy serves as co-chair of the firm’s Distressed Real Estate Group and has over 25 years of experience representing clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including class-action securities fraud, accounting fraud, white-collar criminal matters, and general commercial disputes. Theresa also has a particular focus in bankruptcy litigation and she has represented Chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees, indenture trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, private equity sponsors, independent directors, and distressed investors in all stages of bankruptcy.

    Throughout her career, Theresa has worked on many of the United States’ largest and most complex bankruptcy cases, including serving as lead trial counsel in several of the most prominent bankruptcy matters of the last decade. She has advised clients on all types of bankruptcy-related disputes, including suits by or against bankrupt companies, investigations into what led to bankruptcy filings, avoidance actions, and litigation of reorganization plans.

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    New York, (212) 336-4482

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  • Tushna Gamadia

    Tushna Gamadia has over two decades of experience representing clients in complex commercial real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions of properties, and real estate finance.

    Tushna regularly represents domestic and overseas investors and developers in joint venture projects throughout the United States and in the acquisition, financing, management, development, and sale of these projects. She has worked on the purchase, sale, development, leasing, and operation of commercial real estate properties, including shopping centers, office buildings, multi-family residential properties, mixed-use condominium projects, and hotels. She has advised borrowers and lenders on all aspects of real estate finance, including securitized lending, balance sheet lending, syndicated loan transactions, construction loans, preferred equity, and private equity transactions. Tushna also has experience representing developers in obtaining EB-5 financing for development projects.

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    Tushna Gamadia

    New York, (212) 336-4098

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  • Megan E. Gerking

    Megan Gerking is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law practice, specializing in government-facing antitrust matters. Megan represents companies in criminal and civil conduct investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state enforcers and in all phases of the merger review process before U.S. and foreign competition authorities.

    Megan, a former trial attorney with the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, is an experienced antitrust attorney focused on complex antitrust law matters, including government investigations, strategic transactions, and civil litigation. She regularly counsels clients on antitrust issues arising from industry consortiums, trade association activities, and other collaborations. While serving in the Antitrust Division, Megan investigated and prosecuted federal antitrust violations and international cartel cases. She leverages her DOJ experience when reviewing, developing, and implementing clients’ antitrust compliance programs and routinely delivers antitrust compliance training for employees.

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    Megan E. Gerking

    Washington, (202) 887-6948

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  • Annabel Gillham

    Annabel is a partner at Morrison Foerster and co-Managing Partner of the London office. As a member of our renowned global data privacy team, Annabel specializes in employee data protection and data crisis management. Described by clients as “excellent, very pragmatic , efficient and completely client-oriented”, she works across a variety of sectors, including technology, retail, and financial services, and frequently manages multi-jurisdictional advice for international clients. Her practice includes advice on:

    • cross-border labor and employment matters
    • employee litigation
    • data privacy compliance management
    • data security breach management
    • internal and regulatory investigations
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    Annabel Gillham

    London, +44 (0)20 7920 4147

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  • Vivian L. Hanson

    Vivian is chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Sourcing practice. Vivian has concentrated her practice on domestic and multijurisdictional transactions involving technology and intellectual property (IP) for clients in the media and entertainment, information services, information technologies (IT), financial services, and life sciences industries. Clients rely on her extensive experience with:

    • Software technology and IP licenses
    • Technology transfers
    • Cloud and software-as-a-service agreements
    • Business process and IT outsourcings
    • Technology-related services transactions
    • Joint ventures
    • Strategic alliances
    • Mergers and acquisitions
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    Vivian L. Hanson

    New York, (212) 506-7393

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  • Daphne M Higgs

    Daphne Higgs is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Morrison Foerster and a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group.

    Daphne advises companies, from emerging growth through the Fortune 50, on complex commercial arrangements, intellectual property issues, and other strategic transactions, including joint ventures, cross-border strategic alliances, product/service launches, patent and technology licensing, and outsourcing.

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    Daphne M Higgs

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-5622

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  • Christin J. Hill

    Christin Hill is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office and a member of the Securities Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Investigations + White Collar Defense practice groups. Christin has extensive experience representing clients in securities class actions, derivative actions and other complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts, as well as in government and internal investigations.

    With over a decade of experience in private practice, Christin has successfully represented public companies and their boards of directors and officers in securities fraud actions, derivative actions, SEC enforcement actions, internal investigations, and general corporate counseling. She also has experience working with pre-IPO companies in complex civil litigation in both federal and state court, internal investigations, responding to government inquiries, and advising on general compliance matters.

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    San Francisco, (415) 268-7610

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  • Danielle Hirsch

    Danielle Hirsch is a partner based in the London office. She advises on all aspects of global real estate and private equity transactions.

    Ms. Hirsch has acted for a full range of real estate clients, including sellers, purchasers, lenders, institutions, investors and servicers. She has also worked closely with finance teams in dealing with the real estate aspects on finance transactions, including direct/indirect investment in property, loan origination, loan purchases, CMBS transactions and restructurings.

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    Danielle Hirsch

    London, +44 (0)20 7920 4121

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  • Maureen Ho

    Maureen is a partner whose practice focuses on advising private equity and real estate funds, and financial and corporate investors in all aspects of their investment cycle, including private and public mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, infrastructure investments, joint ventures, as well as pre-IPO investments, bolt-on acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Maureen also has experience advising clients in corporate carve-outs, management buy-outs and general corporate matters. She has been recently named ‘Rising Star’ in Private Equity category in Asia-Pacific region by International Financial Law Review (IFLR).

    Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Maureen worked in a leading international law firm’s Hong Kong and London offices, during which she was a secondee at The Carlyle Group for seven months advising its Asia team in their investments and disposals. She is registered as a Senior Consultant with the Law Society of Hong Kong.

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    Hong Kong, 852 25850810

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  • Kelley A. Howes

    Kelley Howes is a Partner in the firm's Denver office and Co-Chair of the Investment Management Group.

    Kelley has experience with a wide range of legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate governance, insurance, and other matters relating primarily to the representation of U.S. registered and unregistered investment companies, offshore funds, registered investment advisers, transfer agents, and broker-dealers.

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    Denver, (212) 336-4064

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  • Hayley Ichilcik

    Hayley specializes in representing financial institutions, corporate clients and senior individuals in highly sensitive litigation, regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations. She is Head of Morrison Foerster’s European Compliance Practice and regularly advises clients in relation to their compliance program and diligence of third parties.

    Hayley has advised clients facing parallel enforcement actions in multiple jurisdictions and those facing parallel criminal, regulatory and civil litigation. Hayley has advised clients on diverse matters across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa in the banking/financial services, energy, chemicals, construction/engineering, manufacturing and technology industries. She is also a member of our global ESG + Sustainability steering committee.

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    London, +44 (0)20 7920 4104

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  • Finity Jernigan

    Finity Jernigan is a partner in the firm’s Emerging Company + Venture Capital Practice Group in Denver.

    Finity is a go-to advisor for emerging growth companies and venture capital and private equity funds and other investors, with a focus on the consumer products, AgTech, and FoodTech industries. She has extensive sector experience in food, beverage, and personal care products, including skincare, cosmetics, and other natural products.

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    Denver, (720) 956-5679

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  • Mary G. Kaiser

    Mary Kaiser is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice. Mary represents domestic and multinational companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and competition-related matters, including federal and state court proceedings, arbitrations, and government antitrust investigations and enforcement proceedings.

    Mary has defended companies in antitrust and related complex litigation involving claims of price-fixing, monopolization, group boycotts, and refusals to deal; she has also prosecuted and defended against antitrust counterclaims in patent and IP infringement matters. Mary has experience counseling clients on antitrust issues related to pricing strategies, MAP policies, and Robinson-Patman Act compliance. Her clients span various sectors, from media to computer software to consumer products.

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    Washington, (202) 887-6952

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  • Crystal N. Kaldjob

    Crystal N. Kaldjob is a partner in the Financial Services Group of Morrison Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office.

    Crystal’s practice focuses on advising financial services clients on a wide range of issues in regulatory and transactional contexts. Crystal provides practical, solution-oriented regulatory and transactional assistance to merchants, emerging companies, fintech companies, banks and other financial institutions on strategic partnerships, including structuring and negotiating private label, co-brand credit card and point-of-sale financing partnerships, marketplace lending arrangements, asset purchases, and loan portfolio sales and acquisitions. Her regulatory experience involves advising financial institutions, fintech companies and merchants on compliance with consumer and retail banking laws, including laws related to the offering and operation of consumer credit, payments and financial products and services.

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    Washington, (202) 887-1687

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  • Jessica Kaufman

    Jessica Kaufman is a partner in the Litigation Department of Morrison Foerster's New York office, specializing in complex class actions and commercial litigation. Her trial practice includes representing clients on both sides of a wide variety of business disputes in arbitral fora and federal and state courts. She has deep expertise in class actions and mass tort litigation spanning consumer, environmental, RICO, and data privacy matters. Clients regularly seek Jessica out for creative, strategic thinking as lead and coordinating counsel in nationwide "bet the company" matters.

    Ms. Kaufman represents financial institutions and other clients facing claims under the federal and state contract and antitrust laws, RICO Act, Right to Financial Privacy Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and state unfair and deceptive practices statutes. She also regularly advises and represents clients in complex commercial disputes. Recent representative matters include the defense of a leading marketplace lender in a putative nationwide class action under state usury laws; a major consumer products company in multi-district antitrust litigation; a major shipping company defending against contract and UDAAP claims in connection with fee disclosures; and a lingerie company facing consumer protection claims, including claims of false advertising. Ms. Kaufman routinely represents emerging and established financial institutions in actions involving overdraft fees and other deposit, loan, and credit card product fees, disclosures, and practices.

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    New York, (212) 336-4257

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  • Oksana Lashko

    Oksana Lashko is a partner in the Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group based in the New York office.

    Oksana represents debtors/borrowers, secured and unsecured creditors, official and ad hoc committees, and other significant parties‑in-interest in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings, cross-border insolvency matters, and various bankruptcy-related transactions and investments, including section 363 sales, financings, liability management transactions, as well as complex litigation matters. Over the course of her career, Oksana has built a successful creditors’ committee practice. Her experience spans diverse industries, including media, real estate, energy, consumer and retail, manufacturing, oil and gas, sports, and financial services, showcasing her expertise in handling high stakes, contentious, and complex restructurings. She also advises clients on navigating complex debt capitalization structures, intercreditor arrangements, and syndicated leveraged transactions.

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    New York, (212) 336-4235

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  • Bonnie Lau

    Bonnie Lau helps clients navigate internal and government antitrust investigations, enforcement proceedings, and class action litigation. Clients commend Bonnie as “absolutely outstanding; a practical, responsive and adept adviser” and “a fantastic lawyer, detail-oriented and able to handle complex matters with ease and good humor.” (Chambers USA, 2022.)

    Bonnie is the co-head of Morrison Foerster’s San Francisco litigation department. A dynamic trial lawyer, Bonnie has significant experience defending class actions, multidistrict litigations, and enforcement actions, and deftly handles international competition investigations and enforcement issues. She advises clients across a range of industries that face government scrutiny or allegations of anticompetitive conduct, including technology, manufacturing, media, telecommunications, healthcare, and financial services.

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    Bonnie Lau

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6511

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  • Rose S. Lee

    Rose Lee counsels clients on a broad range of complex disputes, with a particular focus on patent, copyright, and trade secret matters. She has litigated a wide range of high-technology cases for U.S. and non-U.S. based clients in U.S. federal courts and before the International Trade Commission. The technologies at issue in her matters have spanned areas such as computer software, video encoding, semiconductors, underwater imaging, electrostatic digital printing, and medical devices. A registered patent attorney, Rose also represents clients in adversarial proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her experience includes serving as lead associate on litigation matters, drafting briefs, handling all aspects of discovery, and cross-examination.

    Before joining the firm, Rose served as a judicial extern to the Honorable R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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    Rose S. Lee

    Los Angeles, (213) 892-5355

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  • Jamie A. Levitt

    Jamie Levitt is a trial lawyer and managing partner of the New York office. She is also the former head of the New York Litigation Department. Her practice involves all aspects of complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation. She has represented public companies and their officers and directors in securities fraud actions, shareholder derivative suits, as well as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory investigations. She also has experience conducting and defending corporate internal investigations and advising board committees and individuals with respect to investigations.

    As a trial lawyer, Jamie has extensive experience representing companies in the courtroom in a broad range of commercial disputes, including consumer class actions, bankruptcy contested proceedings, real-estate financing disputes and intellectual property cases involving trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition claims. Her clients include companies, officers, and directors in a wide array of industries, including consumer goods, financial services, life sciences, technology, and real estate.

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    New York, (212) 468-8203

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  • Lily Li

    Lily Li is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group. She has represented companies in high-stakes patent litigation, trade secret matters, competitor cases, non-practicing entity assertions, and commercial disputes.

    Leveraging her in-house experience and technical expertise, Lily collaborates with clients to create and execute effective legal strategies that achieve their business objectives. Lily has litigated before state and federal courts, the International Trade Commission, international arbitration tribunals, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her matters have spanned a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, semiconductors, autonomous driving, aviation, consumer electronics, wireless communication, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Lily has been repeatedly recognized as one of the “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers, a “Rising Star” by Managing IP, and a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

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    Lily Li

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-5689

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  • Ann Lilienthal

    Ann Lilienthal is a partner of Morrison Foerster in the Agency Finance and Finance Groups, based in Washington, D.C. Ann focuses on international financing transactions and represents lenders (including development finance institutions, export credit agencies, multilateral institutions, and commercial banks) in connection with the development and financing of projects in a variety of sectors, including energy and infrastructure.

    Ann’s practice focuses on complex international and cross-border project financing transactions in emerging markets worldwide, with a particular focus on Latin America, Central and South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

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    Ann Lilienthal

    Washington, (202) 887-6942

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  • Joyce Liou

    Joyce Liou co-chairs the Trademark Group and is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She engages in a broad intellectual property practice, with an emphasis on both IP counseling and litigation for a diverse roster of clients. Joyce has litigated numerous district court disputes involving trademark, copyright, false advertising, right of publicity, and unfair competition claims, and has secured preliminary injunctions, summary judgment rulings, and trial verdicts for her clients. In addition to federal litigation, she routinely handles proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and has extensive experience with trademark clearance, prosecution, licensing, and due diligence. Joyce manages IP portfolios and provides global strategies for industry giants and startups alike, from a broad spectrum of fields, including technology, consumer goods, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, food, and agriculture.

    Joyce’s successes have built her reputation as a recognized leader in trademark law. In 2022 and 2023, she was shortlisted for Trademark Lawyer of the Year by Euromoney Legal Media. Joyce serves on the Legislation and Regulation Committee for the International Trademark Association. Outside of her practice, Joyce is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the greater community. She serves on the Development Committee for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and participates in clinics to help individuals seeking U.S. naturalization or asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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    Joyce Liou

    San Francisco, (415) 268-7546

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  • Jackie Liu

    Jackie engages in a general corporate and transactional practice, with special emphasis on corporate counseling of public companies, mergers and acquisitions, and the China practice.

    She has more than 20 years of experience in advising public companies on corporate governance matters, including director and officer fiduciary duties, board “best practices,” disagreements between board and management, succession planning, investor relations, and advises boards and special committees in connection with conflicts of interest matters, proxy contests and other corporate control efforts. Jackie is outside general counsel to a number of public companies with whom she has worked for over 20 years and provides big‑picture, critical value-adding strategic advice. She also counsels public companies on disclosure matters and associated liability considerations. Jackie has lectured at seminars and conferences and written articles on various corporate governance and securities law matters.

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    Jackie Liu

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6722

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  • Susan H. Mac Cormac

    Susan (“Suz”) co-chairs the ESG + Sustainability and Social Enterprise + Impact Investing practices. Her practice focuses on late-stage financings, secondaries, and other corporate transactions for investors, such as SoftBank and Temasek, and on investments for some of the top investors dedicated to impact, from “impact first” foundations to family offices to private equity funds. She co-led the drafting group for the first of the new corporate forms (the Social Purpose Corporation in California), has created hybrid/tandem corporate structures and crafted debt and equity instruments that blend impact with traditional financial terms, and has used corporate law to develop creative capital market solutions to pressing environmental problems. She also advises the boards of public and private companies on corporate governance and fiduciary duties as applied to sustainability and climate change.

    She was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) in 2012 and 2016 by Daily Journal and the Most Innovative Lawyer in North America in 2015 by the Financial Times.

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    Susan H. Mac Cormac

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6060

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  • Joy S. MacIntyre

    Joy MacIntyre has a broad-based federal tax practice with an emphasis on providing tax planning and transactional advice to U.S. and non-U.S. based businesses and their investors. She advises clients in connection with their acquisition, restructuring and disposition of interests in a wide variety of domestic and foreign businesses and investment assets, including real estate, investment funds and operating businesses. Ms. MacIntyre has extensive experience forming partnerships, limited liability companies, Subchapter C and S corporations, real estate investment trusts, mutual funds and tax-exempt entities, and advising those entities and their owners with respect to their ongoing operations within and outside the United States. She has also counseled individuals on pre-U.S. residency tax planning and on the U.S. tax implications of surrendering U.S. citizenship or long-term permanent resident status, including consideration of potential tax treaty benefits.

    Ms. MacIntyre is particularly experienced at working as part of a team of advisors within and outside the firm to deliver cohesive, wide-ranging advice on complicated, often multijurisdictional matters. At the same time, having worked on large and small projects for clients across the spectrum of industries and at varying points in their life cycles, she understands the value of advice that is tailored to suit the specific context, and sophistication, of the particular client.

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    San Francisco, (415) 268-6270

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  • Jennifer L. Marines

    Jennifer Marines serves as global vice chair of Morrison Foerster, co-chair of the firm’s global Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group, a member of the Woman’s Strategy Committee, and a member of the Firm’s Finance and Benefits Committee. She has extensive experience in representing chapter 11 debtors, creditors, investors, and other parties in interest in all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed acquisitions.

    Jennifer has built a highly successful and peer-recognized practice in the restructuring and work-outs space, routinely representing companies and their boards in navigating complex distressed situations. Jennifer also has extensive experience advising official committees of creditors, negotiating and structuring financings and other commercial transactions, and representing clients seeking to purchase businesses and related assets out of chapter 11 proceedings. 

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    Jennifer L. Marines

    New York, (212) 336-4491

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  • Haimavathi V. Marlier

    Haima Marlier is co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White Collar Defense Group and co-lead of its Fintech practice. Drawing on her experience as a former Securities and Exchange Commission Senior Trial Counsel, Haima represents public and private companies, financial services providers, and individuals in SEC, CFTC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and internal investigations, as well as other related litigation. She has extensive experience litigating in federal, state, and administrative courts, leading complex negotiations, and representing her clients in mediation. She also routinely counsels clients regarding, and is a speaker on, SEC enforcement developments, trends, and enforcement risk mitigation.

    Haima joined the firm after nine years at the SEC’s New York office, which bears responsibility for regulating the largest concentration of SEC-registered financial institutions in the nation. While at the SEC, Haima served as lead counsel on a number of prominent enforcement litigations and investigations involving public companies, registered investment advisers, broker-dealers, banks, and individuals in matters arising under the federal securities laws. She has also worked closely with foreign securities regulators, numerous U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and FINRA.

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    Haimavathi V. Marlier

    New York, (212) 336-4409

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  • Kristen J. Mathews

    Kristen is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Global Privacy + Data Security Group. For more than 20 years, Kristen’s practice has focused on advising clients on the full spectrum of the most complex privacy and cybersecurity issues, including compliance with U.S. federal and state privacy laws and European data protection laws, contracts, cybersecurity preparedness, and data breach incident response. Most recently, Kristen has developed an expertise in privacy issues with the development and use of artificial intelligence, and in the ethical ramifications of the use of AI and other new technologies. An early leader in the privacy sphere, Kristen has developed comprehensive knowledge and long-term perspective, cultivated a client base across a broad range of industries, and established herself as one of the top lawyers in her field.

    The Legal 500 has recognized Kristen for her singular work, inducting her into its Hall of Fame in the category of Cyber Law. In the words of her clients, “[Kristen is] by far the most knowledgeable data privacy and data protection lawyer one can work with,” and they cite her for demonstrating “leading ‘expertise’ in the full spectrum of privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity law,” (The Legal 500 2022). Clients also note her global reach and high caliber work: “[Kristen] helps clients to adapt their policies to different jurisdictions with widely varying data protection laws”; they also regard her for “offering tailored solutions based on client needs,” (The Legal 500 2022) and conclude “Kristen Mathews stands out as one of the most skilled and competent lawyers we have ever worked with. She is unmatched among any cyber law lawyer and collaborates deftly across teams” (The Legal 500 2023). Since 2010, Chambers and Partners has consistently ranked Kristen for her outstanding client service and extensive knowledge of the data privacy and cybersecurity space. She has been accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a certified information privacy professional (CIPP) since 2005.

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    New York, (212) 336-4038

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  • Deanne E. Maynard

    Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading appellate advocates. She has argued 14 cases before the United States Supreme Court and 75 times in appellate courts across the country.

    In ranking Deanne in Band 1, Chambers USA reports that she is described as a “magnificent and top-notch lawyer” who is “wicked smart.” She is “extremely thoughtful, even-keeled and has a wonderful presence in the courtroom." Legal 500 calls Deanne “one of the finest advocates in the Supreme Court bar,” remarking that “if she is on your team, great. If she’s on the other side, be ready.”

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    Washington, (202) 887-8740

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  • Barbara R. Mendelson

    Barbara Mendelson’s practice involves advising foreign and U.S. banks in a variety of complex regulatory matters, including sales and acquisitions of U.S. banking and nonbanking firms, Dodd-Frank Act issues, applications to federal and state bank regulators for expansion of activities and new products, Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC matters, and over-the-counter and exchange-based trading of various instruments and derivatives. She has represented foreign banks in their U.S. operations for more than 30 years. Barbara has also been instrumental in forming a number of commercial banks and other subsidiaries of foreign banks. In addition to her bank regulatory practice, Barbara works with sovereign entities and multilateral organizations with respect to the investment of their foreign currency reserves and other assets.

    Barbara has been recognized in the industry for her exceptional legal work, including being named by Crain’s New York Business as one of the Notable Women in Law in both its 2021 and 2019 editions, and in 2020 she was named “Compliance Lawyer of the Year” by C5’s Women in Compliance Awards. She has also been selected as Euromoney Legal Media Group's 2020 Banking and Finance Attorney of the Year, and was awarded “Best in Financial Services” in 2019 and 2017. Barbara was also awarded the "Lawyer of the Year" designation by Best Lawyers in America (2019 and 2013) in the category of Financial Services Regulation Law (New York City). In addition, she has been recommended by Chambers USAChambers Global, Legal 500 USIFLR1000Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who Legal: Banking. In their 2023 guide, Who’s Who Legal listed Barbara as a “Thought Leader” in their Global Banking Regulation Review, which features the world’s foremost banking regulatory lawyers who have obtained the largest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel, and other market sources.

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    Barbara R. Mendelson

    New York, (212) 468-8118

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  • Lokke Moerel

    Among the world’s best-known privacy and cybersecurity advisers, Lokke Moerel is regularly called upon by some of the most sophisticated multinational organizations to confront their global privacy and ethical challenges. Lokke routinely offers guidance to clients when implementing new technologies and digital business models and assists them with their global cybersecurity incident response and regulatory investigations.

    An authority on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, and the Internet of Things, Lokke has a proven track record helping clients shape complex AI projects that combine global data assets of multinational companies in the healthcare, financial services, technology, and recruitment sectors, with the intricate technologies of tech giants to create next generation AI solutions. An industry thought leader, Lokke presented a review of the drafted AI Regulation to a closed session of European Commission and Members of Parliament on behalf of the World Employment Federation and has spoken at SXSW on the subject of privacy and cybersecurity in the Metaverse. Lokke is MoFo’s lead counsel on Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) and has unsurpassed experience advising multinational companies in obtaining their BCR approvals throughout the EU, having authored the leading textbook on BCR published by Oxford University.

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    Lokke Moerel

    Brussels, 32 (2) 3407351

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  • Mariko Obana

    Mariko Obana is senior of counsel at Morrison Foerster Law Offices. She represents various Japanese companies in all aspects of general corporate matters and her practice includes financing and investments representing domestic and international banks, real estate finance and acquisition, lending, licensing, distribution and joint venture.

    Mariko has advised on Japan antitrust law and has extensive knowledge with EU antitrust law. She has also advised a rating agency on securitization matters and has extensive experience in cross-border litigation matters.

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    Mariko Obana

    Tokyo, 81 3 3214 6522

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  • Nozomi Oda

    Nozomi Oda is a partner of Morrison Foerster Law Offices. Her work focuses on cross-border public and private M&A, joint ventures, strategic investments, capital markets, and life sciences. Nozomi serves as co-head of Morrison Foerster’s Asia Private Equity practice.

    She regularly advises clients on a wide range of Japanese regulations including securities, financial and fund, merger review, and healthcare and life sciences. In addition to her work in private practice, Nozomi spent two years with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) as a deputy director of the corporate disclosure department, where she participated in the drafting of the FSA’s disclosure regulations regarding private placement offerings and director compensation.

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    Nozomi Oda

    Tokyo, 81 3 3214 6522

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  • Whitney R. O'Byrne

    Whitney O’Byrne is a trial lawyer with a wide range of experience litigating complex civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. She represents clients, large and small, in disputes involving intellectual property, legal malpractice, antitrust, consumer class actions, privacy class actions, and other commercial litigation in state and federal court. Whitney has also represented individual and institutional clients in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    Whitney’s substantial trial experience includes a multi-district antitrust case in the Southern District of New York, a patent trial in the Northern District of California, criminal trials in California and New York, and multiple JAMS and AAA arbitrations. Whitney is also a NITA trial skills instructor and has taught trial advocacy at multiple levels for over 10 years.

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    Whitney R. O'Byrne

    Los Angeles, (213) 892-5653

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  • Julie O'Neill

    Clients seek out Julie because of her practical advice on cutting-edge issues at the intersection of privacy and consumer protection laws. She provides clients with practical solutions to compliance challenges around a wide variety of both online and offline privacy issues, including tracking, interest-based advertising, geo-targeting and other mobile tracking, personalization, and cross-device tracking. Recognized in The Legal 500 US 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2020 and Chambers USA 2021 for her exceptional legal work, her clients praise her saying, “She is really good at giving practical, targeted advice and taking stock of what the risk profile of the client is, so that the advice is holistic.” (Chambers USA 2021).

    Julie provides clients with creative and practical advice on meeting the requirements of state and federal privacy laws, including the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). She crafts guidelines and compliance programs for clients’ collection, use, and disclosure of personal information in diverse contexts and throughout the life cycle of their initiatives, such as for connected products (the Internet of Things) and mobile services. She also drafts privacy and cookies policies, online service terms of use, agreements involving online and offline advertising and marketing practices, and agreements concerning a variety of data uses. In addition, Julie helps clients assess and manage privacy risks, including in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions.

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    Boston, (617) 648-4731

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  • Julie Y. Park

    Julie Park is the Managing Partner of Morrison Foerster’s San Diego office.

    Julie protects her clients’ products throughout the product life cycle. Drawing on her deep technical and legal experience, she counsels clients on consumer product safety regulation and pharmaceutical and medical device preemption. She manages complex and multijurisdictional litigation both in state and federal court and also guides clients through product recalls.

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    San Diego, (858) 314-7560

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  • Purvi G. Patel

    Purvi G. Patel is the former managing partner of the Los Angeles office.

    Purvi represents retail, e-commerce, and other consumer-oriented businesses in significant advertising, unfair competition, consumer fraud, and privacy matters. She has built a robust practice advising household names on various compliance issues and defending them in complex and class action litigation in federal and state courts across the country, winning motions to dismiss, defeating class certification, and securing summary disposition in several multi-million dollar lawsuits. Purvi is a strategic and practical thinker who is in tune with her clients’ priorities, which leads to successful outcomes both inside and outside the courthouse.

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    Purvi G. Patel

    Los Angeles, (213) 892-5296

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  • Lisa M. Phelan

    Lisa Phelan, former Chief of the National Criminal Enforcement and Washington Criminal I Sections of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is a partner and co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice Group and a member of the Investigations + White Collar Group. With more than 25 years of service at the DOJ as one of the leading authorities in criminal antitrust matters, Lisa draws upon her unmatched criminal investigations, litigation, and enforcement experience to guide clients through sensitive issues pertaining to domestic and international cartel actions and white-collar investigations and to rapidly assess and address their risk and total exposure to potential claims of unlawful collusion.

    Clients turn to Lisa for her knowledge and understanding when subpoenaed or when enforcement agencies execute a search warrant or stage a dawn raid. Few have the breadth of her experience to counsel and represent clients through each step of a cartel investigation, leniency application, plea negotiation, or criminal jury trial. Additionally, Lisa is an expert in the components of effective compliance programs and is an asset to clients in preventing antitrust problems before they arise. She has worked on complex antitrust matters across numerous major industries, including financial services, technology, aviation, automotive, shipping, paper, petroleum, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, among others.

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    Lisa M. Phelan

    Washington, (202) 887-1509

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  • Alja Poler De Zwart

    Clients seek Alja for her no-nonsense approach to resolving complex local legal issues efficiently while providing strong representation for their most important privacy, whistleblowing, and investigatory matters.

    Alja is the go-to counsel for EU whistleblowing laws and leads strategy for the firms’ advisory efforts for compliance with whistleblowing rules and procedures globally. She founded and is one of the main contributors to MoFo's Whistleblowing Resource Center, which is relied upon by many organizations to support their compliance efforts, and is also leveraged by Thomson Reuters Practical Law to provide updates to its subscribers. She regularly assists clients with internal investigations and their dealings with regulators and provides practical solutions that enable organizations’ overall compliance while achieving cost-efficient and business-friendly results.

    Alja advises European-, Asian-, Latin American-, U.S.- and Canadian-based B2B and B2C organizations from a broad range of industry sectors including technology, telecommunications, insurance, advertising, retail, consumer products, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and financial services. She works regularly with the firm’s trusted local counsel worldwide, enabling her clients to receive high-quality advice in any jurisdiction.

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    Brussels, 32 23407360

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  • Catherine M. Polizzi, Ph.D.

    Intellectual versatility combined with incisive, pragmatic counseling and business acumen is the hallmark of Catherine’s practice.

    Catherine helps emerging and established companies through the challenging process of obtaining patents, and provides strategic, effective portfolio counseling and management, as well as strategic advice surrounding freedom of operation and other forms of IP assessment. She develops valuable, strategic portfolios around breakthrough therapies in a variety of areas including cancer, cancer immunotherapy, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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    Catherine M. Polizzi Ph.D.

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-5651

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  • Meghan McLean Poon, Ph.D.

    Dr. Meghan Poon counsels clients on patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio strategy, and IP due diligence in the areas of biotechnology and biologics. She has significant experience in diverse technologies including antibodies, cell therapies, gene therapies, diagnostics, and gene-edited plants. She represents clients ranging from large international pharmaceutical companies to midsized companies, startups, and universities.

    Meghan has filed numerous Patent Term Extension applications to secure additional term for her clients’ patents, which cover FDA-approved products. In addition, Meghan has extensive experience addressing complex obviousness-double patenting and subject matter eligibility issues impacting her clients’ patent portfolios. Meghan also represents clients in both investor-side and target-side due diligence, in deals from seed funding to initial public offerings.

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    Palo Alto, (650) 813-4108

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  • Karen G Potter, Ph.D.

    Karen Potter is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Life Sciences Patent group. Her practice focuses on patent preparation, prosecution, and strategic counseling for start‑up, emerging, and established life sciences and biotechnology companies. She advises clients in the development and management of comprehensive patent portfolios that match their scientific and business objectives. Karen also helps identify and evaluate patentability, ensure freedom to operate, and perform due diligence review of patent portfolios for clients, including investor-side and target-side due diligence.

    Building on her technical expertise in cellular and molecular biology and immunology, Karen has experience managing and developing patent portfolios in the areas of immunotherapies and cellular therapies, including T-cell therapies, Natural Killer cell-based therapies, and stem cell therapies; protein therapeutics, including antibody and protein-based therapies; gene-based therapies; virus therapies; companion diagnostics; and diagnostic assays and bioassays.

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    Karen G Potter Ph.D.

    San Diego, (858) 314-7521

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  • Mary Prendergast

    Mary Prendergast is a trial lawyer with extensive experience litigating patent and trade secrets cases in district courts across the country and at the International Trade Commission. She frequently oversees the day-to-day strategy and management of complex litigation from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal.

    Mary represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including semiconductors, software, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and telecommunications. She has substantial experience with Hatch-Waxman litigation, as well as representation of technology companies before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mary is adept at distilling and communicating highly complex technical issues, both in and out of the courtroom. She has obtained favorable outcomes for clients at every stage of litigation, including as a member of the trial team for high-profile smartphone cases that led to verdicts totaling over $1 billion.

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    Washington, (202) 887-8757

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  • Penelope A. Preovolos

    Penelope has served as lead counsel in major consumer class actions and antitrust cases for more than 35 years, successfully representing high-profile defendants in antitrust, consumer fraud, and product defect matters. Her clients span a range of industries, including consumer electronics, technology, retail, publishing, food and beverage, cosmetics, and household products. According to Chambers USA, Penelope has a “great reputation for antitrust and product liability work” and is a “superb all-around antitrust lawyer.”

    Penelope was named the 2019 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the Antitrust, UCL, and Privacy Section of the California Lawyers Association. She was co-chair of MoFo’s antitrust practice for 14 years. She has served as chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the State Bar of California and as a member of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on Local Rules and Operations. She is an editor of and frequent contributor to Morrison & Foerster’s Class Dismissed blog, as well as a frequent speaker about class action and antitrust issues.

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    San Francisco, (415) 268-7187

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  • Bita Rahebi

    Bita Rahebi serves as co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s global IP Litigation Group and cross-disciplinary Intellectual Property Group and is a co-leader of its Semiconductor Industry Group. The world’s largest and most innovative technology companies turn to Bita for her trial skills and her strategic direction leading complex, high-stakes litigation matters. She litigates before state and federal trial courts, the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission on a wide range of matters involving semiconductors, software, consumer electronics, medical devices and standard essential patents (SEPs).

    As a trial lawyer, Bita is known for zealously representing her clients’ interests. She brings an ability to explain complicated issues to juries and judges, a skill honed through years of experience working with cutting-edge technologies. She has obtained a complete defense victory as lead trial lawyer, invalidated numerous patents, and also obtained winning results for plaintiffs.

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    Bita Rahebi

    Los Angeles, (213) 892-5428

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  • Shannon Reaney, Ph.D.

    Shannon Reaney is a seasoned patent attorney who provides strategic counsel to companies in the life sciences industry. A co-chair of the firm’s Patent Group and the cross-disciplinary Intellectual Property Group, Shannon specializes in developing and managing global patent portfolios tailored to specific business needs. Shannon has counseled clients on IP strategy in a wide variety of life sciences technologies, from diagnostic tools and methods to therapeutics at all stages of development, with a technical emphasis on small-molecule pharmaceuticals, forms, formulations, products, and methods. Her in-depth knowledge and experience make her a valuable asset for businesses seeking guidance in these sectors.

    With over 20 years of experience in the patent field, Shannon is a leading expert in building and strengthening patent portfolios. She specializes in developing and managing large patent portfolios for mid-size to large companies and assisting smaller clients in securing foundational intellectual property. Shannon has extensive experience with pre-litigation portfolio assessments and strategies to protect late-stage and approved products, including mitigating invalidity risks and non-infringement positions and obtaining patent term extensions, making her a valuable resource for businesses seeking to optimize their intellectual property assets.

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    Shannon Reaney Ph.D.

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-5744

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  • Tina D. Reynolds

    Tina is Co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s Government Contracts & Public Procurement practice. She represents a wide variety of government contractors including information technology, defense, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies, with a focus on general contract counseling and compliance, particularly concerning intellectual property, and cybersecurity matters.

    Tina counsels contractors on compliance with federal acquisition and ethics regulations and with the evolving myriad of state and federal regulations pertaining to data security and cybersecurity. She has been involved with numerous internal investigations and compliance reviews, and with voluntary disclosures to agency Inspectors General.

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    Tina D. Reynolds

    Washington, (202) 791-8586

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  • Tabitha Saw

    Tabitha Saw represents investment managers, institutional investors, development companies, funds, and owner operators in complex high-value private equity real estate (PERE) and data center transactions. She has significant experience in the establishment of capital raising platforms for real estate investments across APAC, including logistics and data center developments, contractual co‑investment platforms, joint ventures, funds, and downstream portfolio acquisitions and disposals. Her areas of expertise include advising on hyperscale leasing and co-location arrangements, greenfield and brownfield acquisitions, and asset management and operational arrangements.

    Tabitha is highly regarded by clients for her excellent commercial understanding, strong technical skills, and quality of advice. She is described by clients as “exceptionally sharp”, “clear and concise,” and is commended for her “ability to dissect complex issues” and “superior negotiation skills”.

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    Tabitha Saw

    Singapore, 65 69222052 x77-2052

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  • Kathleen Schaaf is senior of counsel in the Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group in the New York office. Kathleen’s practice is particularly focused on insurance-related insolvency and bankruptcy issues. Kathleen has represented major insurance carriers in reinsurance matters, including reinsurance counseling and arbitration, and in solvent and insolvent schemes of arrangement in the UK and in Chapter 15 proceedings in the United States. She represented a major insurer in connection with its significant ongoing reinsurance relationship with an insolvent P&C insurer, including negotiating agreements and litigating disputes in the Liquidation and other state courts. She was involved in the first U.S. statutory reinsurance commutation and has counseled clients regarding bankruptcy and other issues raised in connection with the rehabilitation of monoline insurers. Kathleen also counsels clients investing in the insurance and reinsurance claims market.

    Prior to joining to Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Schaaf was senior of counsel in Lovells's New York office and a partner at Rosenman & Colin. Previously, she was a senior litigation consultant in the general counsel's office of a large property and casualty insurer and an associate with a prominent international law firm.

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    New York, (212) 336-4065

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  • Julia Schwalm

    Julia represents clients in the resolution of large-scale commercial (often cross-border) disputes before state courts and in arbitration, with a focus on technology-based and corporate disputes. She is proficient in commercial resolutions and has represented clients in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation strategy, trial, and settlement negotiations to the enforcement of judgments.

    Julia has handled matters in a variety of industries, ranging from automotive, aviation, and consumer goods to telecommunications, heavy machinery, banking, and data privacy. She also regularly advises clients on commercial law and all aspects of distribution law – including dealer and agency agreements and compliance – as well as on product liability matters and crisis management.

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    Julia Schwalm

    Berlin, 49 30 72622-1230

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  • Tessa Schwartz

    Tessa Schwartz has an active practice counseling companies on intellectual property issues, and negotiating complex intellectual property and commercial agreements. She advises on a range of strategic transactions, including key patent licenses and acquisitions, technology procurement agreements, and complex development, collaboration, joint-venture and distribution deals. Tessa also regularly advises companies on the IP aspects of their M&A transactions.

    In addition to maintaining an active practice and working with clients on a daily basis, Tessa currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Transactions Department. Tessa is also founder and co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Group.

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    Tessa Schwartz

    San Francisco, (415) 268-7016

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  • Chere C. See

    Chere See is a corporate partner in the Denver office of Morrison Foerster. Chere represents public and private companies in a variety of transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

    Chere advises clients in domestic, cross-border, and multijurisdictional acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic investments, securities offerings, and general corporate matters. Chere has advised clients across a broad range of industries, including companies operating in the technology, finance, semiconductor, consumer goods and retail, and healthcare industries.

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    Denver, (303) 592-2239

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  • Jennifer Seipelt

    Jennifer Seipelt advises national and international clients on a wide range of financing structures. She specializes in domestic and cross‑border financing transactions, with a particular focus on representing private equity funds, borrowers, financial institutions, and debt funds on acquisition finance, leveraged buyouts, direct lending, corporate finance, and syndicated loans. Other areas of expertise include real estate financing, infrastructure financing, and financial restructuring.

    Prior to joining Morrison Foerster, Jennifer worked, inter alia, for major U.S. and UK law firms in the areas of banking and leveraged finance.

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    Berlin, 49 (30) 726221344

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  • Nicole K. Serfoss

    Nicole Serfoss is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Investigations + White Collar Defense Group.

    Nicole has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in SEC enforcement matters, corporate internal investigations, securities class actions, and shareholder derivative suits. She represents companies, officers, and directors in a wide range of matters involving alleged accounting and disclosure issues. She also frequently assists audit and special committees with investigations following allegations of corporate misconduct.

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    Denver, (303) 592-2246

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  • Stephanie Lynn Sharron

    Stephanie assists companies with technology and life sciences transactions, representing both private and public companies, from emerging growth through the Fortune 50. In particular, Stephanie focuses on helping companies that leverage data through technology in structuring their business and commercial transactions.

    Stephanie has over two decades of experience working with clients on the complex technology, intellectual property, and data rights issues across technology and business sectors, including, among others: artificial intelligence (including machine learning and other data analytics approaches), cloud services, life sciences and healthcare, the Internet of Things (IoT), fintech, digital transactions, autonomous systems, cybersecurity solutions, semiconductors, edtech and cleantech. Additionally, Stephanie advises on the commercial technology and intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, asset spin-off transactions, and private equity investments. Stephanie serves on the Responsible AI Venture Council, part of the recently launched Lucas Institute for Venture Ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Stephanie is also a member of the firm’s global ESG + Sustainability steering committee as well as the firm’s FinTech steering committee, where she helps to lead and collaborate with attorneys across multiple practices. Stephanie is also a sought-after speaker and thought leader on the issues at the intersection of technology and law, including regarding AI, Life Sciences and FinTech.

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    Stephanie Lynn Sharron

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-4018

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  • Shiri V. Shenhav

    Shiri Shenhav is a partner in the Transactions Department and the Mergers + Acquisitions Group based in Palo Alto. Shiri maintains a corporate transactional practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions and equity investments in the technology industry for public and private companies.

    Shiri regularly assists strategic buyers and private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, including deal structuring and mechanics, stock and asset purchases, mergers, divestitures, and spin-offs. Shiri also regularly represents companies with respect to their equity investments, joint ventures, and other strategic transactions, as well as general corporate counseling.

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    Shiri V. Shenhav

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-5743

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  • Shannon E. Sibold

    Shannon Sibold is a partner in the Corporate Group of the Austin and Palo Alto offices of Morrison Foerster. Her practice focuses on corporate finance and securities matters, including private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance and advising emerging-growth companies through their entire lifecycle.

    Shannon earned her B.C.L. & JD from McGill University Faculty of Law. She earned her B.A. with Distinction in Political Science and Economics from the University of Calgary.

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    Austin, (650) 813-4123

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  • Lisa N. Silverman, Ph.D.

    Lisa N. Silverman focuses on patent portfolio management and strategic patent counseling in the areas of chemistry and life sciences. She has extensive experience in securing U.S. and foreign patent protection for pharmaceutical products and a deep understanding of patent lifecycle management and strategies for maximizing patent term. In addition to pharmaceuticals, Dr. Silverman also works with clients in the areas of clean technology, bioassays, and medical devices.

    Dr. Silverman routinely represents clients in both investor- and target-side due diligence, including patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments. She has a keen interest in the intersection of patent and regulatory considerations for pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and she has prepared numerous applications for patent term extension.

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    Lisa N. Silverman Ph.D.

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-5735

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  • Elizabeth Kemery Sipes

    Elizabeth Sipes is a partner in the global Private Funds Practice, based in the Denver office.

    Elizabeth’s practice focuses on advising established and emerging sponsors on the formation, structuring, and operation of private equity funds, including venture capital, growth equity, buyout, private credit, and fund-of-funds, and other investment strategies.

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    Elizabeth Kemery Sipes

    Denver, (720) 956-5686

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  • Ruti Smithline

    Ruti Smithline is co-chair of the firm’s Investigations + White Collar Criminal Defense group and co-chair of the firm’s Latin America Desk. Her practice focuses on complex litigation, with an emphasis on white collar criminal defense, SEC enforcement, and corporate internal investigations.

    Ruti is a member of the firm’s global FCPA + Anti-Corruption Task Force. She regularly advises clients on cross-border investigations, global compliance programs and anti-corruption due diligence for acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity transactions. Ruti has represented individual and corporate defendants in cross-border criminal investigations, SEC enforcement matters, and other regulatory proceedings, including matters related to trade sanctions and anti-money laundering. She has experience conducting corporate internal investigations both domestically and internationally, often advising clients on remedial measures responsive to the issues investigated.

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    New York, (212) 336-4086

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  • Stacey M. Sprenkel

    Stacey is a member of Morrison Foerster's ESG + Sustainability, Global Ethics and Compliance, and FCPA + Global Anti-Corruption practices. She regularly assists clients with assessing compliance risks across a broad range of issues and developing strategies to mitigate risks. She conducts anti-corruption, human rights, and compliance-focused due diligence in connection with acquisitions and other transactions, and provides day‑to‑day counseling on a broad range of compliance issues.

    Stacey’s practice is focused on pro-active compliance risk mitigation and counseling. She works with legal and compliance teams, executive leadership, and boards of directors to assess compliance risks across organizations, and to assess whether existing compliance programs and controls are sufficient to address identified risks. She assists with ESG risk mapping exercises and human rights impact/saliency analyses, as well as compliance program benchmarking exercises. She helps companies from start-ups to large global companies develop and enhance compliance programs, and assists with the development of strategies to stay ahead evolving legal regimes and enforcement environments. Stacey leverages her master’s degree in human rights to advise companies in connection with not only avoiding corruption, human rights, and other ethics and compliance risks and issues, but also in developing effective mechanisms to remediate such issues if they arise.

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    Stacey M. Sprenkel

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6040

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  • Louise C. Stoupe

    Louise Stoupe is co-head of the Tokyo Litigation department. Her practice focuses on high-tech disputes in international arbitration and litigation. She is an experienced trial lawyer, known for representing some of the largest technology companies in the world, in their multijurisdictional and complex commercial litigation cases.

    Louise has been recognized for her cutting-edge work for Japanese clients and was recognized as the Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year and the Woman Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business in 2018. Louise is ranked in the current editions of Chambers Global (2023) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2023) for Dispute Resolution. She is also ranked as a Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution by the 2023 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Louise has been recognized by the Japan edition of Best Lawyers for Intellectual Property since 2010; Litigation since 2014; International Arbitration since 2020; Criminal Defense since 2023. She was also recognized by the 2017 Client Choice Awards in the litigation category. Louise has long been identified as a leader in her field, exhibited by the fact that in 2008 she was the second youngest person on the “Top 50 Under 45” list published by IP Law & Business.

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    Tokyo, 81 (3) 3214-6979

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  • Marie-Claire Strawbridge

    Drawing on over 15 years of experience, Marie-Claire is an antitrust specialist advising on merger control and foreign investment aspects of complex global transactions, as well as broader antitrust issues including investigations, abuse of dominance and complex vertical agreements. 

    She has advised corporate clients and financial investors across a range of sectors including technology, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, energy, retail, healthcare, sports rights and industrials. 

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    Marie-Claire Strawbridge

    London, +44 (0)20 7920 4013

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  • Maria Jones Strickland

    Maria Strickland is a partner in the firm’s Finance Group. 

    Ms. Strickland’s practice is focused on representing banks and other financial institutions in single-lender and syndicated financing transactions with foreign and domestic private equity and venture capital funds, their general partners, management companies, and portfolio companies. Ms. Strickland has extensive experience advising clients on complex documentation, structuring and cross-border issues in connection with subscription facilities, capital call facilities, NAV-based facilities, GP and management facilities, fund guarantees and intercreditor agreements.

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    Maria Jones Strickland

    Boston, (617) 648-4723

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  • Christiane Stuetzle

    Christiane Stuetzle is a partner in Morrison Foerster's office in Berlin and Co-Chair of the firm's Global Film & Entertainment Practice. She is a Certified Specialist for Copyright and Media Law & Arbitrator on the International Arbitration Panel of the IFTA (Independent Film & Television Alliance, Los Angeles).

    Her practice focuses on all matters in the field of film, music & entertainment as well as legal and strategic advice and lobbying support at all stages of the development, financing, production, and distribution of audiovisual products and at the intersection of content and technology.

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    Christiane Stuetzle

    Berlin, 49 30 72622-1321

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  • Serena Tan

    Serena represents global and regional fund managers and institutional investors in the formation of private equity, private credit and real estate funds. Her practice focuses on both offshore funds (including the Cayman Islands, BVI, Delaware, Luxembourg, Singapore, and Hong Kong) and RMB funds (including QFLP and QDLP funds). She is the Deputy Chair of the firm’s Global Private Funds Group and Chair of Greater China Private Funds practice.

    Serena advises fund managers on the formation of an array of private equity funds (including buyout, growth capital, venture capital, and co-investment funds) and private credit funds across a wide range of sectors, including consumer, financial services, healthcare, technologies, TMT, and travel/leisure. Serena’s representative private equity fund manager clients include Affirma Capital, Ascendent Capital Partners, Ally Bridge Group, CBC Group, Fosun, GLP, Hony Capital, Junson Capital, KHL Capital, Kowloon Nights, Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia, Makers, ORIX Asia Capital, Ping An Overseas Holdings, Sailing Capital, SoftBank Ventures Asia, and Taiwania Capital.

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    Serena Tan

    Hong Kong, 852 25850861

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  • Shirin Tang

    Shirin Tang has over 22 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions across Asia and the U.S. She handles complex and innovative transactions, including capital raising platforms, joint ventures and club deals, portfolio restructuring, and exits. Her practice spans the institutional real estate, technology/e-commerce, life sciences, and consumer sectors. Over the past several years, Shirin has led multiple US$1 billion+ transactions worth over US$30 billion in aggregate.  

    Shirin is highly praised by clients as “a stand out attorney”, ”a highly skilled and accomplished M&A specialist” and “our go-to lawyer for high value, high impact transactions.” She is described as “proactive, experienced and efficient”, “very connected to the market”, and someone who “is able to balance legal analysis against the commercial realities of our transactions and shows incredible judgment in determining the appropriate balance.” Clients have commented that she “has a well-deserved reputation for her deft handling of complex and innovative transactions.”

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    Shirin Tang

    Singapore, 65 69222028

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  • Yemi Tépé

    Yemi Tépé is Global Co-Chair of the Finance Group and a member of the Private Equity Investments and Buyouts Group, and our global ESG + Sustainability steering committee. With more than 23 years advising clients on the full spectrum of event-driven financings and private equity buyouts, she has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border acquisition and leveraged finance, public to private takeovers, real estate finance, debt structuring and restructuring, margin loans, syndicated lending and subscription line financing.

    Her clients include leading international banks and financial institutions, private equity sponsors, multinational corporations, alternative financiers such as credit funds, hedge funds and asset managers and emerging growth, mid-cap, and large public and privately held companies.

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    Yemi Tépé

    Singapore, 65 69222057

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  • Yuka Teraguchi

    Yuka is Co-Head of the Tokyo Litigation Department and focuses her practice on representing technology clients in IP and commercial disputes. She has experience representing clients in U.S. federal courts, the International Trade Commission, and Japanese courts, and manages global strategy in cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. Also, she regularly counsels clients on various legal challenges they face during product development, manufacturing, and distribution. Her matters have involved a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, communications networks, automotive components, semiconductor devices, and medical devices.

    Yuka is an active member of the Licensing Executives Society. She also regularly lectures and moderates panels at patent-related conferences. 

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    Yuka Teraguchi

    Tokyo, 81 3 3214 6522

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  • Stephanie C. Thomas

    Stephanie, Chair of the firm’s global Private Funds Group, has over 20 years of experience advising on private fund formation and operations, as well as on regulatory compliance matters. She represents U.S. domestic and global fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with the formation of, and investments in, buyout funds, venture capital funds, secondary funds, debt funds, infrastructure funds, fund–of–funds, social impact funds and other private funds with a broad range of investment strategies. She has been described by a client as “extremely knowledgeable in the fund formation space, very good to work with and thoughtful about the needs of her clients.”

    Private Fund Sponsors. Stephanie represents fund sponsors and the management teams of private funds in the formation of their private funds, as well as in ongoing fund operations, including upper–tier planning, parallel and feeder fund structures, alternative and offshore vehicles, securities law matters, ERISA compliance, transfers or sales of partnership interests, including secondary transactions, and other tax and regulatory matters.

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    Stephanie C. Thomas

    Palo Alto, (650) 813-6328

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  • Beth H. Tunstall

    Beth guides lenders on a broad range of financings across a variety of different structures. She represents banks and other financial institutions on all aspects of secured lending, including venture debt, asset-based financing, second lien financing, mezzanine financing, acquisition finance, and international financing transactions.

    A substantial part of Beth’s practice involves representing commercial lenders in both single lender and multi-lender transactions with regional, national, and international companies engaged in the areas of life sciences and technology. Beth is also an active member of the Greater Boston chapter of Women in Bio and a member of the board of Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

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    Beth H. Tunstall

    Boston, (617) 648-4790

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  • Claudia M. Vetesi

    Claudia focuses her practice on the defense of consumer class actions and on complex commercial litigation, including unfair business competition, false advertising, product liability, and privacy matters. She is currently representing numerous consumer goods manufacturers and retailers in false advertising and mislabeling class action lawsuits. Claudia also regularly counsels clients in the food, cosmetics, retail, and technology industries. She represents companies in false advertising disputes before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

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    Claudia is active in MoFo’s pro bono efforts, and recently traveled to El Paso, Texas, to work with families separated and detained at the border. She is also supervising a pro bono collaboration with Equal Rights Advocates, a nonprofit fighting for gender justice in work places and schools across the country. The initiative will help students who have been victims of sexual assault, attempted assault, or harassment find support and seek justice. Claudia is also a board member of Bay Area Legal Aid and a former board member of Equal Rights Advocates. 

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    Claudia M. Vetesi

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6626

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  • Katie L. Viggiani

    Katie Viggiani is a partner in the Litigation Department in Morrison Foerster’s New York office.

    Her practice focuses on investigations, white collar defense, and commercial litigation.  As part of her commercial litigation practice, Katie regularly represents U.S. and international clients in actions involving federal securities laws, escrow disputes, and class actions across a variety of industries, including consumer goods, technology, healthcare, and financial services.  Katie advises clients from pre-litigation strategy through trial and settlement negotiations.

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    New York, (212) 336-4212

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  • Marian A. Waldmann Agarwal

    Marian Waldmann Agarwal is a partner in the Privacy + Data Security Group at Morrison Foerster. She also co-leads the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Group and is a member of the global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Responsible Tech Committee. Marian’s unique blend of business and legal skills, honed through her background in information systems and business management, is a key asset in her role. Her in-house experience as a secondee to two different companies has provided her with firsthand knowledge of the internal business needs required for company initiatives to succeed. 

    Marian has been instrumental in advising global clients on the developing field of AI. Clients seek her guidance due to her extensive understanding of, and experience with, the ethical use of AI and the developing legal compliance requirements, including data privacy and regulatory provisions, in connection with the design and implementation of innovative AI tools. Her work extends to helping clients identify and mitigate the potential risks associated with AI technologies.

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    Marian A. Waldmann Agarwal

    New York, (212) 336-4230

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  • Charlotte E. Walker-Osborn

    Charlotte Walker-Osborn is a partner based in the London office of Morrison Foerster and a member of the Technology Transactions Group. She co-leads the European and London Technology & Commercial Practices.

    Charlotte advises suppliers, customers and governments across the spectrum of non-contentious technology, cybersecurity and telecommunications law. She has nearly 25 years' experience advising organizations in relation to artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity and cyber resilience, outsourcing, information and data privacy law, digitalization, smart cities, ethics in technology, connected and autonomous vehicles and systems, robotics, cloud computing, systems development and licensing, m-commerce and e-commerce, due diligence, transitional services arrangements, hardware and services agreements, additive manufacturing, software and hardware leasing, open source and intellectual property rights, ESG, and new product launches and related risk assessments. Charlotte regularly helps clients with advice around implementing new laws relevant to their business globally, shaping their business models, drafting their global and local sales and procurement templates, and with their strategic negotiations both on the supply and customer sides. She regularly helps clients train their own legal teams in these areas too. 

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    Charlotte E. Walker-Osborn

    London, +44 (0)20 7920 4047

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  • Joan P. Warrington

    Joan has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the financial services industry for over three decades. Her practice focuses, primarily, on retail financial services, with a special emphasis on advising on and negotiating a wide range of transactions:

    • Joint venture and alliance agreements for co-branded and private label credit card agreements and card network incentive agreements;
    • A variety of industry relationships, including card issuing agreements with the card networks, outsourcing arrangements, processing agreements, and merchant services agreements;
    • Portfolio purchase and sale transactions; and
    • Emerging payment agreements, involving mobile wallets and alliances with online lenders.
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    New York, (212) 506-7307

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  • Anna Erickson White

    Anna has almost 30 years of experience in securities and other complex, high-stakes civil litigation. She has represented companies, as well as their officers and directors, in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger and acquisition litigation, and general commercial disputes. She also regularly advises boards and management on disclosure and high-profile governance issues. Her clients span a range of industries including technology, life sciences, renewable energy, gaming, and financial services.

    In recognition of her ability to add real value to clients’ businesses, Anna was named a Client Choice Award winner. She is also recommended by Chambers USA and Legal500 US for securities litigation defense and most recently was honored with Euromoney LMG’s “Outstanding Achievement” award, which is given to a lawyer with an illustrious career and considerable achievements who has earned unanimous market recognition and praise. She was also recently named a “Top Woman Lawyer” in California by Daily Journal and was previously named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2014.

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    San Francisco, (415) 268-7682

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  • Christine Y. Wong

    Christine Wong, Global Co-Chair of Morrison Foerster’s Litigation Department, focuses her practice on investigations, white collar criminal defense, and cross-border compliance matters. Christine draws on her unique background as an internal advisor and as a federal prosecutor in advising companies, boards and executives in a variety of matters that present significant legal and reputational risk – including white collar criminal and regulatory enforcement, internal investigations and related civil litigation. She also provides ongoing compliance advice (for example, antitrust, anti-bribery and corruption, conflicts of interest, etc.) to corporate clients. Christine also has an active trial practice and has tried both criminal and civil cases. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches Civil Trial Practice.

    Christine served as a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of California, where she investigated a wide range of matters including public corruption, fraud, and organized crime, and served as lead counsel in over a dozen jury trials. She briefed criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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    Christine Y. Wong

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6105

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  • Miriam H. Wugmeister

    Few lawyers in the world have Miriam Wugmeister’s breadth and understanding of privacy and data security laws, obligations, and practices. As co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s preeminent global Privacy + Data Security Group, Miriam is regularly called upon by some of the world’s largest and most complex multinational organizations to confront their most difficult U.S. and international privacy and cybersecurity challenges. Ranked among the top in the profession by all major directories, her clients say: “Miriam is the best privacy counsel in the country that I have ever worked with. Her advice is always spot-on, practical, and helpful, and her judgment is impeccable.” “Miriam is a true leader in her field. I appreciate her brilliance and expertise.” “She keeps up with a rapidly evolving area and is quick to answer the most challenging questions with practical guidance a business can use.” (Chambers USA).

    Miriam’s counsel is particularly prized for complex global privacy and data security incidents. She has navigated some of the largest and most consequential incidents in history, including assisting Mandiant when it discovered and warned the world about the SolarWinds compromise. Having helped hundreds of clients respond to cybersecurity incidents, Miriam is called upon to advise and educate boards of directors regarding cybersecurity and the key role that boards play in understanding and overseeing the potential risks. Miriam works with companies to develop comprehensive customized incident response plans, train staff, conduct extensive tabletop exercises, and address key issues with executive management. While she regularly advises clients on responses to ransomware attacks and other cyber extortion incidents, she works on all other aspects that arise in the context of large security incidents including communication strategies, notifications to customers, consumers, and regulators; public disclosures; interactions with law enforcement globally; litigation; and investigations by regulators around the world. Miriam advises organizations on the planning and execution of complex global compliance efforts and defends regulatory matters relating to privacy and cybersecurity in the United States and internationally.

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    Miriam H. Wugmeister

    New York, (212) 506-7213

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  • Janet Xiao, Ph.D.

    Janet focuses her practice on worldwide patent procurement, patent portfolio management, and strategic planning for life sciences companies. Janet’s clients range from large multinational biopharmaceutical companies, such as Celgene and Genentech, to emerging startup companies around the world. She advises her clients on patent matters relating to various technologies, including antibody therapeutics, cell therapeutics, nanomedicine, gene therapy, drug delivery systems, diagnostics, and nutraceuticals.

    Recognized by Chambers as being highly sought after for patent prosecution and strategy mandates by innovators from around the world, Janet develops and strengthens her clients’ complex patent portfolios to maximize their commercial value. She is instrumental in developing strategies for multibillion-dollar patent portfolios for pharmaceutical clients. As impressed clients noted to Chambers, “Janet’s work is thorough, polished and always of the highest caliber. She is well equipped to advise international clients on patent prosecution and strategy in the biotech industry, drawing on substantial technical knowledge.

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    Palo Alto, (650) 813-5736

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  • Chie Yakura

    Chie Yakura is a partner of the Litigation Department of Morrison Foerster Law Offices. She represents both non-Japanese and Japanese corporations in a wide range of complex litigation matters with an emphasis on intellectual property, technology transactions and trade secrets, antitrust/competition law, as well as cross-border contractual and commercial disputes and product liability matters. Chie also focuses on anti-corruption and compliance matters and conducts internal investigations. She has handled cases in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, transportation, real estate and manufacturing.

    Chie received her LL.B. from Kyoto University in 1999 and graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan in 2000. Chie also received an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2005 and an LL.M. in international business law from the University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006.

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    Chie Yakura

    Tokyo, 81 3 3214 6522

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  • Keiko Yamazaki

    Keiko Yamazaki is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Finance Department. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on M&A and real estate finance transactions.

    Keiko regularly represents major Japanese banks and mezzanine financing companies on LBO financing and corporate financing in acquisitions of Japanese and foreign companies. She also advises the borrower side of PE funds for LBO financing. Keiko also has a wide range of experience with transactions including real estate financing, project financing, and equity investment by Japanese banks.

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    Tokyo, 81 3 3214 6522

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  • Vivian Yiu

    Vivian has more than 20 years of experience advising on a broad range of corporate transactions, including primary and secondary equity offerings in Hong Kong, pre-IPO investments, PIPEs, public and private M&A transactions and formation of joint ventures. She regularly advises Hong Kong listed issuers, private equity funds, international conglomerates and Chinese enterprises on their corporate transactions.

    Vivian has been appointed as a member of the inaugural editorial board of FinanceAsia to offer guidance and expertise to shape content coverage over the course of 2023, and to provide general outlook for the Asia capital markets.

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    Vivian Yiu

    Hong Kong, 852 25850761

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  • Rongjing Zhao

    Rongjing has extensive experience advising private equity firms, institutional investors and major corporations on complex cross-border transactions, including control deals and leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, growth capital investments, spin-offs, and distressed M&A transactions. She primarily represents private equity funds on investments and acquisitions in China and the rest of Asia. She also advises clients on take privates of U.S.-listed companies and other U.S. public and private company M&A transactions. 

    Rongjing works across a range of sectors, with a particular interest and focus in the technology sector. 

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    Rongjing Zhao

    Beijing, 86 (10) 59093399

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  • Jie Zhou, Ph.D.

    Dr. Jie Zhou is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Life Sciences Group. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling clients in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She has significant experience developing worldwide patent portfolios for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinational companies. She also advises clients on IP management and strategic portfolio planning.

    Because of her extensive experience in patent prosecution and counseling, as well as her deep knowledge and hands-on experience in bioscience and other technologies, companies often rely on Dr. Zhou for their most difficult and challenging patent work, which involves: developing overall patent strategy to support their business objectives; patent application drafting; and prosecution of high value patent portfolios. Dr. Zhou has successfully obtained patent coverage for many therapeutic candidates that are in early development or in various phases of FDA approval.

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    Jie Zhou Ph.D.

    San Francisco, (415) 268-6464

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