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Walter Alarkon Associate Energy, Infrastructure

New York

Walter Alarkon is an Associate in the New York office and member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Prior to joining Orrick, Walter was a reporter for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor and The Hill in Washington, D.C., and an editorial page contributor for The Boston Globe. He collaborated with authors on two books, “The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era,” by Michael Grunwald (Simon & Schuster, 2012), a New York Times bestseller and named a 2012 book of the year by The Economist, and “Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice,” by Scott Helman and Jenna Russell (Penguin, 2014).

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Jesse Paul Albani Managing Associate Public Finance

San Francisco

Jesse Albani, a managing associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.

Jesse has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters' counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings, including single family and multifamily housing revenue bonds, charter school revenue bonds and general obligation bond issues for local government agencies.

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Stephanie Albrecht Managing Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

Stephanie Albrecht focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and securities litigation, with significant experience in corporate internal investigations.

Stephanie has experience representing major corporations and individuals in cases involving potential violations of the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, and other federal and state laws.  She also has experience with securities litigation and complex commercial actions, as well as employment class actions.

Additionally, Stephanie devotes her practice to providing pro bono services to children in need. 

Stephanie is an Associate Editor of The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities.

Prior to joining Orrick, Stephanie was a law clerk in the Antitrust Law Section of the California Attorney General's Office.  During law school, she served as a law clerk in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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William Alderman Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Bill Alderman, a partner in the San Francisco office, concentrates his practice on business litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in matters involving federal and state securities, corporate governance, technology, trade secrets, business torts and international disputes.

Bill is additionally recognized for the results he has obtained in insurance coverage, employee benefits, and federal and state antitrust disputes. He commits a substantial part of his time to pro bono representation and to representation of the firm.

Representing clients in class and derivative actions, Bill's approach is to minimize his clients’ overall cost through careful strategic planning, dispositive motions and aggressive negotiation. Only three of the many securities class actions he has defended have resulted in any settlement payment by his client or its carrier. Of his nearly 100 motions to dismiss securities class, mass or derivative actions since 1996, more than 90 percent were granted in their entirety (most with prejudice), while others were granted in part or led to a successful motion for summary judgment.

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Charles W. Allen Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Hong Kong

Charles Allen, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, heads the Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration practice in Hong Kong.

Charles Allen has over 20 years’ experience conducting high-value complex commercial litigation and arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region. 

Advising and assisting on a variety of business disputes, as well as regulatory and other investigations, employment law issues and transactions, Charles acts for a range of clients, including individuals, private and listed companies, multinationals, conglomerates and financial institutions.

Charles conducts litigation in the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR, and is regularly involved in cases taking place in courts in other jurisdictions around the Region, including Mainland China, Singapore and India.

On behalf of clients, Charles has handled numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in Hong Kong, London, Lausanne, Paris and elsewhere under various rules including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LMAA, and has handled some of the highest profile arbitration-related litigation adjudicated on by the Hong Kong courts in recent years. He also sits as an arbitrator.

Charles has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from his clients and peers for his “bags of experience” and “very sensible” approach to arbitration. He is “a very sharp and tactical lawyer – one of the best people to instruct in Hong Kong,” and he is “very thorough and willing to give clients what they want at a moment’s notice.”

Prior to joining Orrick, Charles was since 2007 a partner and a member of the Office of General Counsel of Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.

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R. Colby Allsbrook Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Colby Allsbrook is Of Counsel in the New York office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

Colby has deep experience in financial services, asset-backed security and mortgage-related litigation, and has been at the forefront of litigation arising out of the financial crisis.

Prior to joining Orrick, he was a Director and senior litigation counsel at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, where he chaired the firm's Mortgage Securities Litigation Task Force and helped direct the bank's litigation response to the mortgage crisis. He previously practiced law in the New York offices of King & Spalding and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

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Howard S. Altarescu Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

Howard Altarescu serves as Co-Head of Orrick’s global Finance Business Unit, which includes its Banking and Finance, Public Finance, Real Estate, Restructuring and Structured Finance practice groups. He also co-leads Orrick’s global Fintech team, helping industry participants navigate this complex and evolving sector.

Howard is a partner in the New York office and is also head of the firm’s Financial Institutions Industry Group, a multi-practice global group of partners who have client relationship responsibilities for financial institutions around the world.

Howard advises a number of financial institutions and government agencies with regard to the implications of financial markets regulation as well as in connection with complex capital markets, debt financing and other transactions. He has worked on a number of securitizations and other structured financings backed by marketplace loans and has advised numerous clients on the implications of the Madden v. Midland Funding case and other related legal issues. He worked on a number of groundbreaking mortgage credit risk transfer transactions between Fannie Mae and major banks and other clients and also with Orrick’s Renewable Energy partners to develop securitization financing alternatives for solar power companies.

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Lynda Amadagana Associate Energy, Infrastructure

Paris

Lynda Amadagana is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office. Lynda intervenes on corporate transactions, energy projects and concessions as well as project financings in Europe and Africa.

She is involved in corporate and project transactions in several African States members of the OHADA.

Before joining Orrick, Lynda worked in the Corporate and Project departments of Clifford Chance, Simmons & Simmons and in the Litigation department of Reed Smith. She also worked in the Nuclear Engineering division of EDF group.

Lynda serves as Secretary-General of Club Diallo Telli, a France-based think tank supporting sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa. She is also involved in the African Business Lawyer’s Club (ABLC), a French Association which promotes a better understanding of doing business in Africa.

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Peter J. Amend Senior Associate Restructuring, Bankruptcy Litigation

New York

Peter Amend is a senior associate in the Firm's Restructuring practice, where he has advised a variety of clients, such as ad hoc creditor groups, debtors and equity owners, in restructuring-related matters.

Upon graduation from law school, Peter clerked for the Hon. Martin Glenn, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Sourthern District of New York. Prior to joining Orrick, Peter was an associate at White & Case LLP in the firm's financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

Peter is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School where he served as executive articles editor for the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial Law. Peter is also a frequent author and contributor to the Distressed Download, Orrick's bankruptcy blog.  Some of Peter's works have been published in nationwide publications such as Law360.

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Mona S. Amer Of Counsel Trials, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Los Angeles

Mona Amer, an Of Counsel in Orrick's Los Angeles office, is a member of the Litigation Group and the White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations Group. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.


Mona also has extensive experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts involving breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices.