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A former Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court clerk, Easha focuses on appeals and dispositive motions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Easha served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and to Judge Paul Watford. Before law school, Easha worked as a journalist and as an investigator.
Candice Andalia is a Managing Associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. She is a litigator and her practice primarily focuses on complex commercial disputes involving clients in the financial, pharmaceutical, medical device, biologics, and consumer products sectors. She has experience in matters involving products liability, commercial contracts, FCPA, and corporate governance. Candice represents clients in a wide range of matters in federal and state courts, both at the trial and appellate levels.
Elizabeth Marshall Anderson is a managing associate in Orrick’s White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.
Elizabeth (Liz) represents companies and individuals in government investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.
Liz focuses on white collar, accounting, and securities matters and has appeared on behalf of banks, investment advisors, accounting firms, and broker-dealers in federal court and before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among others. She has experience conducting large internal investigations related to accounting and compliance issues. Liz also represents individuals in shareholder securities class actions.
Shane zealously advocates for his clients by leveraging his legal acumen and experience working as an engineer and an educator to develop the strategy and arguments best suited to achieving his client's goals.
Shane has experience working on patent disputes in Federal Court and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for globally-recognized companies in the domains of software, communications, consumer electronics, and other high-tech fields. He understands what it takes to be successful in complex patent litigation and wields his unique experience and education to gain the best result possible for his clients. Prior to joining Orrick's Intellectual Property Group Shane practiced in Silicon Valley as an associate at a global law firm and focused on patent litigation.
Prior to law school, Shane was an electrical engineer and worked both in Japan and Canada, developing test systems, embedded hardware, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software. Shane also worked as an educator in rural Japan, an experience that informs his ability to explain complex topics both clearly and persuasively.
Shane also has a passion for community service and pro bono representation. Among his efforts, he assisted with the representation of plaintiffs in a Voting Rights Act, Section 2, litigation, and advised a small business owner and drafted agreements and contracts.
Krystal Anderson, a lawyer in Orrick's Orange County office, focuses her practice on complex business litigation and dispute resolution.
During law school, Krystal completed an externship for Honorable Judge Alex Kozinski at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, served as President of the Cornell Law Students Association, was the Senior Cornell Law Library Research Assistant, and received academic awards including the CALI Award in Remedies.
Daniela Andreatta, special counsel in the Milan office, has an extensive M&A and corporate background and a broad experience in bankruptcy-related matters.
Daniela practice covers cross-border corporate transactions and the so called “special situations”, which include investments in distressed assets (non-performing loans, debt and/or equity in listed/unlisted distressed companies), buy-outs from insolvency proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation. In recent years, she has assisted banks, Italian and foreign investors and debtors in complex deals of corporate restructurings relating to the financial indebtedness and concordato proceedings.
Prior to joining Orrick, Daniela was a member of Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm Associated with Ernst & Young International.
Patricia is Of Counsel in our San
Francisco office, and is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation
and taxation of qualified and nonqualified retirement benefits, deferred
compensation and health and welfare benefits. Patricia also regularly advises
benefit plan committees on their fiduciary duties.
Patricia is a trusted resource for her clients and leads complex negotiations to provide innovative solutions with regard to benefits design, administration and compliance. Patricia provides substantive expertise in the defense of benefits litigation matters, has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses and is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA.
Patricia regularly advises general counsel, executive management, CEOs, boards of directors, retirement and health plan committees and key leadership of Fortune 500 companies on complex questions and issues regarding the operation of their domestic and international employee benefit plans and compliance with federal and state law.
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 and other benefits legislation. Prior to the Joint Committee, Patricia was an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop).
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 certificate holders 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.
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.
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.
Michael Arena is an Associate based in Orrick's Sacramento office and a member of the Public Finance Group with experience advising both public and private entities in domestic and international capital markets transactions.
Michael has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and issuer's counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings. Since joining Orrick in 2017, Michael has worked in both the transportation and healthcare sectors, and participated in fixed and variable rate financings, advanced refundings, and numerous post-issuance modifications to the terms and structure of outstanding debt obligations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Michael advised issuers and underwriters on registered and Rule 144A / Reg. S equity and debt securities offerings, including: initial public offerings, private placements, listed trades, block trades, issuances of American depositary shares, senior and subordinated notes, medium-term notes, rights, warrants, high-yield bonds, and sovereign bonds. As issuer’s and regulatory counsel, Michael represented major financial institutions, including U.S., European and Indian banks, on capital issuances and cross-border compliance matters. As disclosure counsel, Michael has also advised registered U.S. companies on their financial reporting obligations and ongoing filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Jen Argyle is an employment law career associate in our New York office.
Jen Argyle joined the firm in 2017. She concentrates in employment disputes, executive counseling, and has represented management in labor arbitrations. Jen enables her executive clients to avoid litigation surrounding employment negotiations and contract issues. She counsels corporate clients on litigation avoidance, conducts internal investigations discretely and efficiently, and drafts internal policies and procedures, further insulating companies and business owners from costly court proceedings.
Jen also represents clients before both federal and state courts, arbitrations, mediations, and state and federal government agency proceedings. She has responded to claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment and she has also addressed wage-hour, misclassification, and disability/medical leave issues. Before joining the firm, Jen was an associate at a regional law firm where she represented management in all aspects of single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff employment litigation.