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Patricia Anglin, Of Counsel in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Employee Benefits Solution group within Compensation and Benefits.
Patricia is an experienced advisor to multinational corporations on corporate benefits, securities, tax, accounting and human resource issues for significant transactions. Her practice focuses on leading complex negotiations and providing innovative solutions with regard to employment and compensation agreements, benefits and stock compensation experience, executive compensation matters, and employment lawsuits.
Patricia regularly advises general counsel, executive management, CEOs, boards of directors and key leadership of Fortune 500 companies in regard to tax-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefits, including federal health care reform legislation, equity and executive compensation and change-in-control safeguards in benefit plans and employment agreements.
Before joining the firm, Patricia acted as Senior Manager of National Employee Benefits at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and formerly served as Senior Counsel-Benefits and Executive Compensation at AirTouch Communications, Inc. (now Vodafone).
Patricia also acted as Legislation Counsel on the Joint Committee on Taxation within the United States Congress working extensively on the Clinton health care proposal. Prior to the Joint Committee, Patricia was an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop).
Olga Anisimova handles a wide range of cases in Russian courts involving real estate, privatization, intellectual property, finance, tax, customs, construction and bankruptcy matters, including disputes over production sharing agreements, share purchase agreements and disputes over subsoil use and environmental issues.
She represents general commercial clients, including those active in the gas and oil industry sectors.
Olga is actively involved in international arbitration proceedings in Russia. She has handled a variety of disputes involving Russian projects before arbitration panels at the International Arbitration Court of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Moscow.
Before joining the firm, Olga worked for another large international law firm where she headed the Litigation and Arbitration department of the Russia & CIS Practice Group.
Olga is a frequent lecturer on international dispute resolution at high-profile conferences.
John Ansbro is a seasoned litigator based in New York specializing in complex commercial litigation representing large, sophisticated clients in their most important matters in state and federal courts across the country. He has secured over $1 billion in damages when acting as plaintiffs’ counsel, and he has secured dismissals at the pleading stage and summary judgment dismissals when defending his clients.
A front line advocate, John has deep experience in all aspects of litigation in the trial courts, on appeals, and arbitration. He has handled a wide range of matters that include a host of different contract disputes, issues arising from the 2008 Financial Crisis involving residential home mortgage backed securities (RMBS), bankruptcy litigation, insurance recovery, consumer class actions, and commercial real estate foreclosure. John has also served as an arbitrator on an ICC International Court of Arbitration panel in a cross-border contract dispute.
John currently is lead counsel to Hemlock Semiconductor Operations LLC (majority owned by Dow Corning Corporation and Corning, Inc.) in seven actions pending in Michigan and New York courts seeking $3 billion in damages where Hemlock asserts breaches of long-term supply agreements against defendants located in Japan, Germany, China and Taiwan. In a case of first impression in Michigan, John won the dismissal of an attempt by a Japanese conglomerate to avoid $1.4 billion in purchase obligations on the theory that alleged illegal acts by the Chinese Government constituted an “act of government” under the parties’ force majeure provision. The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed that dismissal. In another of these actions, John recently obtained summary judgment against a German company along with a damages award of $793 million. John regularly travels to Japan to coordinate strategy with the team of Japanese attorneys defending Hemlock in the Tokyo District Court against alleged breaches of the antitrust laws of Japan.
Since 2011 John has been a senior member of the Orrick team that represents Credit Suisse Securities USA in actions brought by monoline insuers seeking to deny coverage under financial guarantees they issued covering a number RMBS. He also defends Credit Suisse in several actions brought by RMBS investors alleging breaches of representations and warranties. As lead counsel, John obtained a dismissal—from the bench, after lengthy argument—of a $46 million fraud action in which the issuer of a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) claimed it was fraudulently induced to guarantee a credit default swap referencing $396 million of CDO certificates underwritten by Credit Suisse. John demonstrated to the court that based upon public information and other facts known to the issuer, it was on sufficient notice of the alleged fraud well before the expiration of the statute of limitations. John argued and won a unanimous appellate affirmance of that dismissal.
John is also a senior member of Orrick’s team representing one of the nation’s largest mortgage loan servicers. This engagement covers all of the company’s RMBS related legal issues, including allegations by various certificateholders and RMBS trustees of faulty loan servicing under the trust agreements. None of these allegations have been successful.
Beyond these examples, John’s depth of experience includes handling matters in a wide variety of industries, as shown by the examples below of his engagements.
Prior to joining Orrick, John was a Litigation Associate at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP.
A former Supreme Court and Second Circuit clerk, Rachel Wainer Apter specializes in high-stakes appeals.
Rachel is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice. Her work spans a range of subject areas, including intellectual property, bankruptcy, employment and constitutional litigation, and she has worked on many cases raising complex issues of statutory interpretation.
Rachel has been a lead drafter on dozens of briefs in federal and state appellate tribunals and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Rachel is currently working on a high-stakes appeal involving a life-saving cure for the Hepatitis C virus. She is also representing former senior officials of the United States Customs and Border Protection in the first cross-border shooting case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Rachel maintains an active pro bono practice, recently presenting argument in the D.C. Court of Appeals in a first-degree murder appeal.
Prior to joining Orrick, Rachel served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Rachel sits on the selection committee of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country's first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.
Rosario Apuzzo is an Associate in Orrick's Rome Office, and a member of the global Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on international matters involving multiple jurisdictions for both Italian and non-Italian clients and also includes counseling relating to international contract law.
Rosario is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully litigated several trials, domestic and international arbitrations, among other, in commercial litigation and renewable energies.
He regularly represents Italian and international clients with significant presence in Europe and United States, including numerous start-up companies, banks and financial services companies.
Rosario also has broad experience handling domestic litigation, alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy proceedings, enforcement of civil decisions, employment law and commercial law.
Joy Araman is a Litigation lawyer in Orrick's Paris office. Her practice focuses on handling civil, commercial, corporate and real estate disputes, before the French Courts or in the framework of arbitration proceedings and alternative dispute resolution.
Joy has significant experience on litigation and pre-litigation work for listed and non-listed French and foreign companies. She notably intervenes on issues relating to the breach or non-fulfillment of civil and commercial contracts. Her expertise on corporate-related conflicts includes shareholders disputes, directors' liability, financial disputes and insolvency procedures.
Joy also gives litigation advice to real estate groups on their acquisition transactions and the management of their real estate portfolios.
Before joining Orrick, Joy worked as an associate at both Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Latournerie Wolfrom & Associés in their respective Litigation departments.
Matt Archer is a partner in Orrick’s Houston office. He focuses his practice on project development and finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry.
Matt's practice is centered on project development and
mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry with a particular focus on
electric power and midstream projects. Matt regularly advises clients on a wide
range of issues relating to the development, construction, operation, purchase
and disposition of traditional gas-fired power projects, renewable energy
projects and midstream oil and gas gathering, processing and pipeline projects.
His extensive experience includes each stage from early development,
construction, offtake agreements (including power purchase agreements and
transportation service agreements) through commercial operation, financing,
repowering and disposition. Matt also regularly represents clients in the
development, structuring and construction of large energy projects in Mexico.
His extensive experience in Mexico includes natural gas pipeline projects and
wind, solar and gas-fired power projects.
Matt has significant experience in structuring and financing energy projects and in negotiating and documenting the contractual support for these transactions. His experience encompasses all manner of revenue contracts (e.g., power purchase, tolling and energy marketing agreements; steam host and supply agreements; service agreements; leases; and capacity and transportation agreements); construction contracts; equipment supply and warranty agreements, long-term parts and services agreements; operating and maintenance agreements; electric interconnection and transmission agreements; fuel supply and transportation agreements; and ownership, joint venture and equity participation agreements.
Kevin is a Managing Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate group. His practice involves high-stakes appeals in federal and state courts across the country.
Kevin has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including class actions, securities, bankruptcy, and patents. He has co-authored numerous appellate briefs, including briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States at the certiorari and merits stages, on subjects including consumer protection, Indian law, criminal forfeiture, federal court jurisdiction, and foreign sovereign immunity. Kevin has also engaged in strategic planning and motions practice at the trial stage in both federal and state courts.
to joining Orrick, Kevin clerked for Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of
the Supreme Court of the United States and Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has a Ph.D. in history from NYU, where he
specialized in the history of the federal courts in the early national period.
Jennifer Asher is a managing associate in the Firm's Restructuring practice, where she has advised a variety of clients, such as debtors, creditors and lenders, in restructuring-related matters.
She represents a broad spectrum of clients in financial restructuring and insolvency matters. Prior to joining Orrick, Jennifer was an associate at King & Spalding LLP, where she was a member of the Financial Restructuring Practice Group.
Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law where she was an associate managing editor of the St. John’s Law Review. Jennifer received a B.S., summa cum laude, from the Binghamton University School of Business, where she was an accounting major. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer was an audit associate at KPMG LLP. While at KPMG, she was a member of the audit teams at Citigroup and Credit Suisse. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in a wide range of domestic and cross-border securities transactions.
Stephen's experience includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade, high yield and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. He also advises clients on various compliance, corporate governance, stock exchange listing and other general corporate matters.
Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.” He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the IT, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Stephen was a senior associate in the New York office of Sherman & Sterling LLP.
Kevin Askew, a senior associate in Orrick’s Los Angeles office, is a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group.
Kevin represents companies, officers and directors in connection with SEC investigations and enforcement actions, securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits and other complex commercial litigation matters. He has also represented clients in a broad range of matters involving antitrust, trade secrets, contract disputes and consumer class actions.
Kevin has also devoted a significant portion of his time to pro bono representations in immigration and asylum matters.