JD, St. John's University School of Law, 2007
BA, Stanford University, 1999
Marianne is a former big firm lawyer who left NYC for northern California in the spring of 2014. She spent nearly 8 years at Latham & Watkins LLP in the litigation group: 7 in New York and 1 in San Francisco. She is admitted to practice law in both California and New York. She and her family live in West Marin.
At Latham, Marianne focused mainly on white collar work representing companies and individuals under investigation by the government or regulatory bodies. For example, she represented a major investment bank under investigation by various state and federal regulators, an African company under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a third-generation import business under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. She also represented large corporate clients defend against lawsuits by investors. Her pro bono work involved coordinating the firm’s Veterans Pro Bono Program as well as successfully representing two individuals: an asylum seeker from Belarus and a death row inmate seeking post-conviction relief. She was heavily involved in firm management and the professional development of other lawyers and legal professionals.
Marianne loves helping and working with her clients. She believes in efficiently, creatively and thoroughly solving problems – whatever an issue demands.
Prior to Latham, Marianne attended Stanford University (where she studied economics and art history) and St. John’s University School of Law. Between Stanford and St. John’s, she worked in magazine publishing in New York, both as a designer and an assistant editor at Saveur, the food magazine, and then as a legal assistant at Shearman & Sterling LLP. She is a traveler who has been lucky enough to experience parts of Africa (Morocco, Kenya, South Africa and Namibia (twice)), Southeast Asia (Burma and Laos), India, South and Central America (Argentina and Nicaragua), as well as many haunts throughout Europe and most of the United States.
Who is Marianne?
She is a dynamic attorney with eight years of major law firm experience.
She has a proven ability to work collaboratively with senior management of public and private companies, including investment banks, private equity funds, and defense and technology companies.
She has extensive experience with complex financial instruments.
She has strong strategy and leadership skills; excellent drafting, communication and organizational skills; positive work ethic and strong collaboration across teams.
How can Marianne help you and/or your client?
assist with financial, regulatory, and internal investigations
focus on fact gathering and analysis
coordinate subpoena response
interact with clients to identify and gather materials and facts
conduct witness interviews
provide overviews of client based on publically available information
analyze and synthesize client materials and facts
create chronologies of relevant facts
identify, locate, and interview witnesses for trial
act as local counsel
provide other ad hoc litigation support and problem solving
review options related to starting a small business
respond to a threatening letter
negotiate resolutions to pre-suit disputes
answer questions and discuss strategy about a contract dispute
research zoning and landuse issues
review leases and other contracts
discuss other legal issues and questions that arise
With what areas of law can Marianne assist?
She has counseled clients with respect to regulatory-related issues and claims involving allegations of:
violations of state and federal securities law,
violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,
violations of the False Claims Act,
trafficking in counterfeit goods,
breach of contract, and
breach of fiduciary duties.
With which regulators?
She has advised clients facing investigations by:
the U.S. Department of Justice,
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority,
state attorneys general,
the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and
the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.