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Michael Ferrel Data & Applications Architect

San Francisco

Michael Ferrel has been a technologist for the legal industry for nearly 20 years. He got his start in the industry at Venture Law Group where he was a lead systems engineer and software developer.

After VLG, Michael ran a legal technology and software consulting practice, which serviced dozens of AMLAW 100 firms around the world. In his consulting practice, he migrated, deployed and integrated document management, records, accounting and client intake systems from virtually every major industry vendor. He developed and deployed custom line of business applications where no quality product existed to meet the demanding needs of global law firms and other companies. Although Michael has deep experience in systems architecture and management, he is a software geek at heart. He is a core Microsoft developer who focuses on .NET, SQL and cloud.

Michael previously served as the Vice President of Technology for VLP Law Group LLP (formerly Virtual Law Partners). Michael was recruited by Craig Johnson and Jackson Ratcliffe to help found the first completely virtual law firm in the United States. Michael was part of the VLP team for 10 years before joining Orrick Labs, where he once again is focused on changing the legal industry in a positive way.

When Michael is not sitting in front of a monitor, he is teaching Jujitsu, making wine or is off the grid in the wilderness enjoying the great outdoors.



  • Public Finance

Robert Feyer Senior Counsel Public Finance

San Francisco

Robert Feyer is a senior counsel in the San Francisco office of the firm's Public Finance Department.  After 40 years representing issuers and underwriters, Mr. Feyer retired from active practice working on bond transactions at the end of 2017, but continues to provide assistance and mentoring within the Department.

From 1986 to his retirement, Bob was the lead bond and disclosure counsel for the State of California, working with a team of lawyers to complete the issuance of an estimated 470 billion dollars of new and refunding general obligation bonds, cash flow notes and warrants and lease revenue obligations, including several of the largest long-term municipal bond issues in U.S. history. He was recognized by The American Lawyer magazine in April 2003 as one of 10 "Dealmakers of the Year" for his work on a $12.5 billion cash flow note borrowing in October 2002.  This work also garnered recognition as a "Lawyer of the Year in Transactional Law" in 2003 from California Lawyer magazine.  Bob has spoken often at conferences and webinars on municipal finance and disclosure matters, and is a member of the Securities Law Committee of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Bob also had an active practice in private activity financing for such purposes as solid waste disposal, pollution control and industrial development. For more than 40 years, he has been a lead bond counsel for the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.

Aside from his municipal bond practice, Bob has worked actively with low-income individuals who seek to obtain legal guardianships for young children.  In May, 2014 Bob received the James P. Preovolos Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Services in Family Law from the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

From 1972 to 1975, while on a leave of absence from Orrick, Bob was a Captain in the United States Air Force where he served on the staff of the Air Force General Counsel, and he later served as a legislative assistant to a United States Senator in Washington, D.C.


  • Public Finance

Donald Field Partner Public Finance

Orange County; Los Angeles

Donald Field is a partner in Orrick's Public Finance Group and the co-chair of Orrick’s School and Community College Finance/General Obligation Bonds Practice Group.

He is also a member of Orrick's Leasing Practice Group, Assessment/Mello-Roos Practice Group, and Revenue Practice Group. Don has extensive experience, as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel, in the financing techniques used by school and community college districts, cities and counties in California. His practice focuses on local governmental infrastructure financing, including general obligation bond financing, municipal lease financing, and land-secured financing, as well as tax and revenue anticipation note (TRAN), pension obligation and other post-employment benefit (OPEB) obligation financings. Don serves as the lead lawyer for the California School Boards Association's annual tax and revenue anticipation note pool. 

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  • Intellectual Property

Alex Fields Associate Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Alex Fields is an associate in the Intellectual Property group of Orrick's San Francisco office.

Alex represents individuals and corporate clients in various civil matters involving patent and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, and wage disputes.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Transportation Finance

Zachary Finley Partner Banking & Finance, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Zach Finley, a partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Group.

He advises publicly held and privately owned (including sponsor-backed) companies, as borrowers, and major financial institutions, as arrangers and lenders, in syndicated credit facilities (including pro rata, first-lien/second-lien, term loan B and bridge loan facilities) used for acquisitions, recapitalizations, refinancings and general corporate purposes. His experience also extends to asset-based loans, equipment financings, debt restructurings and workouts.

Zach previously served a three-year term on the Commercial Transactions Committee (formerly called the Uniform Commercial Code Committee) of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, acting as its Co-Chair for the final year of his term.

In the 2017 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients praise Zach commenting that "you know nothing is ever going to get missed by Zach." Zach is also identified by IFLR1000 in its 2015-2019 editions as a Rising Star in Banking & Finance, where clients report that Zach "is an outstanding business partner" and "his strengths are his creativity, accessibility, diligence and his ability to bring all of Orrick's resources to bear."



  • Public Finance

Tanya Fischer Partner Public Finance


Tanya practices in the public law area. Her focus is public finance, serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel in tax-exempt bond transactions for school districts, junior college districts, cities, counties and state agencies throughout Texas.

Tanya also has extensive experience representing domestic and foreign banks that provide credit and liquidity facilities for tax-exempt or taxable financings.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Arne Fischer Associate M&A and Private Equity


Arne's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity and venture capital. 

Arne advises national and international clients in all aspects of corporate law. His focus lies on domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick in 2018, Arne worked at another leading international law firm and gained experience in the field of internal investigations. He has also worked as a PhD Student at the University of Hagen.  


  • Employment Law & Litigation

Avalon Fitzgerald Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation


As a former federal law clerk, Avalon Johnson Fitzgerald uses her analytical skills and thorough understanding of the litigation process to achieve optimal results for clients.

Avalon learned firsthand how cases are decided while clerking for Ninth Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan and District Judge Morrison C. England.  These experiences provided her with a clear view of how to effectively litigate a case from the initial complaint through the appellate process.  Using a mix of sharp advocacy, strategic thinking, and a strong work ethic, Avalon helps clients navigate litigation and obtain effective results.  Avalon has worked on a variety of employment matters, including wage and hour claims and class actions.



  • Compensation & Benefits

Jason D. Flaherty Partner Compensation & Benefits

San Francisco

Jason D. Flaherty, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Group. Jason is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation and taxation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including severance arrangements and executive employment agreements, for both public and private companies.

Jason advises both public and private companies on compensation and benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions, including pre-signing negotiations, executive and equity compensation and post-closing employee integration issues. Jason assists companies with compensation and benefit issues that arise with respect to their initial public offerings.

Jason's practice also focuses on counseling clients on all aspects of employee benefits related to the design, implementation, operation and any related fiduciary obligations with respect to tax-qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements with a particular focus on Code Section 409A compliance and employee welfare benefit plans, including compliance with HIPAA, COBRA and other health laws.

Prior to attending law school, Jason served as a Sergeant in the United States Army.



  • Litigation & IP

Ashley Fletcher Project Attorney Litigation & IP

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Ashley Fletcher is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Ashley works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. She also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Ashley assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. She also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Ashley has dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including assisting trial counsel representing abused and neglected children. She is an active member of Orrick’s Associates of Color Mentoring Group, which promotes diversity and leadership among minority associates.



  • Ethics & Compliance
  • Investigations
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Sarah Foley Compliance Specialist Ethics & Compliance, Investigations

New York

Sarah Foley is an experienced compliance professional with a history of success developing, implementing, leading and setting the strategic direction for global ethics and anti-corruption compliance programs for multinational corporations.

Sarah is highly skilled in global investigations, fraud, anti-corruption, and economic sanctions matters. She has significant experience conducting compliance trainings, investigations and risk assessments throughout Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and the United States.  Sarah also has led compliance due diligence and integration activities, including evaluating and tailoring compliance program structures to meet regulatory requirements and deliver deal objectives.

Sarah has served as a trusted advisor to Boards of Directors, executives and senior leaders on compliance and regulatory matters. She is considered a valued business partner with a strong ability to solve complex compliance matters and provide sound advice in support of commercial and operational priorities. Sarah is deeply qualified in building and developing global ethics and compliance teams and programs, particularly through corporate-wide reorganization activities.



  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity

Irma Foley Partner Infrastructure, Energy

Washington, D.C.

Irma focuses on infrastructure and energy transactions, particularly in the development and operation of large infrastructure projects using public-private partnerships (PPPs).  

Her practice includes the development, operation and acquisition and sale of energy projects. She is particularly experienced in drafting and negotiating project agreements and all aspects of the related documentation, including design-build/engineering, procurement and construction contracts; operations & maintenance contracts; interface agreements; PPP/concession agreements; asset and share purchase agreements and supply agreements. Her clients include sponsors, private and public owners, developers, lenders and contractors.