Orrick Lawyers Named Law360 MVPs in IP, Project Finance and White Collar

12.20.12

Energy and infrastructure partner Carl Lyon, white collar & corporate investigations senior counsel Mike Madigan and intellectual property partner Chris Ottenweller were recently selected to Law360's MVP list. This annual list honors attorneys whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law.

Recognized for his work on behalf of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Law360 commended Mr. Lyon for his nearly 40 years of practice in the project finance arena. In 2012, Mr. Lyon advised on nearly $8 billion in power plant financings for Southern and Midwestern rural cooperatives and municipal power authorities. Law360 highlighted Mr. Lyon's work on behalf of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and his advisement on the first newly permitted nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Georgia.

Unraveling a landmark Foreign Corrupt Practices Act sting against 22 military and law enforcement equipment executives accused of bribing Gabonese officials earned Mr. Madigan a spot on Law360's white collar MVP list. The so-called "Africa Sting Trial" became the first major criminal trial to achieve court-ordered production in discovery of thousands of text messages between FBI agents and the government's key cooperating informant, Richard Bistrong.

Law360 named Mr. Ottenweller to its IP MVP list for successfully defending Apple Inc. at the U.S. International Trade Commission in one of the earliest smartphone patent cases to go to trial. In its ruling, the ITC adopted a new legal principle that a complainant must show that an accused product infringes at the time that it is imported into the U.S. - a significant shift in ITC law that changed 30 years of precedent. Over the past year, Mr. Ottenweller also secured a precedent-setting victory for EMC Corp. at the Federal Circuit and defended Nvidia Corp. against a suit by nonpracticing entity Biax Corp.