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January 26, 2012

Alumni Spotlights (San Francisco bay area)

by dan rodriguez


Northwestern Law’s first female JD-MBA graduate, Geraldine M. Alexis is a Partner at Perkins Coie.  She focuses her practice on antitrust and trade regulation.  She has conducted several bench and jury trials and handled very high-profile merger cases. Gerry also represents clients before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and state antitrust enforcement agencies in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other government antitrust investigations, with an emphasis on obtaining accelerated clearances from the relevant government agency. Gerry draws upon her deep antitrust experience before the courts and governmental agencies to counsel numerous companies on the antitrust aspects of joint ventures, distribution contracts, IP licenses and other transactions in a variety of energy sectors including petroleum and electricity.

From 1979 to 1981, Geraldine served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, where she received a special commendation for outstanding service.


Sang Kim is a partner in DLA Piper’s International Tax group and co-managing partner of DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office. He is currently on DLA Piper’s Executive Committee as well as the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  He concentrates his practice in international tax and operational structuring, global transfer pricing strategy and documentation, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, post-acquisition integration and international tax controversy. He also frequently serves as the managing international legal counsel for multijurisdictional and multi-disciplined projects and matters implicating employment, IP, corporate formation, corporate governance, foreign exchange controls, transaction taxes such as VAT and GST and import duties, among others.

He has led over a hundred international expansion and structuring projects for companies across a wide spectrum of industries and jurisdictions from emerging enterprises to Fortune 500 multinationals. Representative industries include high tech, consumer products, life sciences, energy, media, technology services, venture funds, manufacturing and distribution. Within these industries, he has extensive experience working with clients in the solar, semiconductor, software, consulting, data storage, data security, social/ecommerce, gaming, consumer electronics, medical devices and networking sectors. He has also worked closely with numerous clients doing business in China, India, Brazil, Russia and other emerging economies.

Martin Checov is a partner in O’Melveny’s San Francisco office, which he co-founded, and serves as the Firm’s General Counsel. Martin has decades of litigation experience in complex matters, gaining particular recognition for his representation of major domestic and foreign carriers and reinsurers in coverage, financial, regulatory, and related disputes—listed by Chambers USA as one of the country’s leading lawyers in the field of insurance, along with recognition by publications such as “Super Lawyers” and American Lawyer Media’s “Best Lawyers.” His array of experience includes litigating scores of bad faith claims and coverage disputes arising from construction defect, intellectual property, product liability, first-party property, securities fraud and consumer class actions, as well as lawsuits under California’s unfair competition law; and representing insurer and other clients in regulatory, real estate, intellectual property and environmental cost recovery disputes. In addition, he has served as a neutral expert on insurance issues in major litigation.

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