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Nicholas Bagley Associated Law Professor

New York

Nicholas Bagley is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and an Associated Law Professor in Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.

Nick was an attorney with the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and served as lead counsel in many more. Among many other matters, Nick successfully defended the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act before the D.C. Circuit (National Association of Manufacturers v. Taylor), served on the litigation team charged with defending the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act from a First Amendment challenge (Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. United States), appeared before the Second Circuit in an important case involving the status of digital downloads under the copyright statutes (United States v. ASCAP), and represented the government in two significant False Claims Act suits in the Fifth Circuit (United States ex rel. Longhi v. Lithium Power Technologies, Inc.; United States v. Caremark).

Nick served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit. Before getting a law degree at New York University Law School, he joined Teach for America and taught eighth-grade English at a public school in the South Bronx.

Nicholas teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, regulatory theory, and health law. His work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. His article, “Centralized Oversight of the Regulatory State,” which he coauthored with Richard Revesz, was selected as the best article in the field in 2006 by the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He won the law school’s teaching award in 2012.


  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Fintech

Charles Baker Associate Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Charles works with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on growth financing and M&A transactions.

Charles also has experience working with regulated companies and financial institutions on FinTech and payments-related issues. He has a passion for startups and prior to becoming a lawyer held a business role at Huddle, including an assignment to San Francisco where he worked closely with the founders to establish and grow their US commercial operations. Charles leans on his business-side experience to deliver focused and practical legal advice to his clients.


  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate

Samir R. Bakhru Managing Associate Technology Companies Group, Corporate

New York

Samir Bakhru helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.

Samir has represented early and late stage companies in over $1 billion worth of venture financings and has advised clients in over $3.5 billion worth of M&A transactions.  He has experience in advising founders on structuring their companies to maintain control and frequently counsels executive teams in maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.  

Samir’s notable company-side representations include Airtime, Betterment, Brainly, Chime, Codecademy, Frontier Car Group, Genius, Insomnia Cookies, ResearchGate, Sailthru, Shiphawk, SKIP, Spell, Teachable and Upworthy (until sold), among others.

In addition to his company-side representations, Samir has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, Coatue Management, Heavybit Industries, TPG Growth, Vista Equity Partners, Walden Venture Capital, Warburg Pincus, and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.

Before joining Orrick, Samir was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in the General Corporate and M&A group.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Alicia Bali Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Alicia Bali is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

Her practice focuses on M&A, private equity, notably on cross-border transactions, equity capital market as well as restructuring and insolvency matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Alicia worked on corporate, M&A and international capital market matters as an associate at Gide Loyrette Nouel.



  • Tax
  • Public Finance

Andrea Ball Senior Associate Tax, Public Finance

New York; Washington, D.C.

Andrea Ball, a senior associate in the New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Andrea focuses her practice on the taxation of municipal finance, and she also has experience counseling a variety of nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.

In her municipal finance practice, Andrea has worked extensively with governmental issuers such as the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority and the County of Nassau, New York, as bond counsel, advising on private use issues, arbitrage and rebate rules, and the sizing of working capital borrowings. In addition, Andrea has worked on numerous financings for cultural institutions, universities, and hospitals as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, as well as on multi-family housing and other private activity bond transactions.

In her nonprofit practice, Andrea formed and obtained recognition of tax-exempt status for charitable and educational organizations, as well as trade associations and social welfare groups. She also assists public charity and private foundation clients in navigating state and federal laws on corporate governance, charitable solicitation and tax matters.



  • Real Estate

Scott G. Ball Associate Real Estate

Los Angeles

Scott Ball is an associate in Orrick's Real Estate group and is based in Los Angeles.

Scott's practice focuses on advising clients in all phases of complex commercial real estate transactions, including financings, refinancings, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and portfolio transactions. He has represented international opportunity funds, debt funds, developers, and private lenders in transactions involving residential, commercial, and industrial assets. Scott has represented both borrowers and lenders in mortgage and mezzanine financings. Scott also has experience representing corporate clients in transactions among investors.



  • Trials
  • White Collar
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Lacey Bangle Managing Associate Trials, White Collar

San Francisco

Lacey Bangle joined Orrick in 2012. She is a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation, & Compliance group.  Since joining the firm, Ms. Bangle has gained experience in, among other things, complex civil litigation, corporate investigations, regulatory actions and appeals.  Ms. Bangle has argued an appeal before the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Bangle's corporate investigation experience includes insider trading, False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigations.

While in law school, Ms. Bangle participated in East Bay Community Law Center’s Housing clinic. While participating in the clinic, Ms. Bangle successfully represented clients in administrative hearings and successfully wrote and argued dispositive motions in unlawful detainer proceedings. She joined Orrick in 2012.



  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Compensation & Benefits M&A
  • Latin America

Juliano Banuelos Partner Compensation & Benefits, Corporate

San Francisco

Juliano Banuelos focuses on advising public companies and mature private companies on executive compensation and related fiduciary duty and governance matters.

His representative clients include, Apollo Education Group, Inc. (the University of Phoenix), Gap, Kimpton Hotels, Levi Strauss, Oracle Corporation, PG&E, Varex Imaging Corporation, Varian Medical Systems and Williams-Sonoma. Juliano is also a leader in providing compensation advice in mergers and acquisitions and regularly serves as special M&A tax counsel to in-house tax and HR departments.

In addition to being a recognized practitioner on IRC Section 409A, Juliano provides advice on the full range of compensation and benefits issues that arise ranging from designing and implementing equity-based, employment, separation, deferred compensation, change in control and similar arrangements to providing advice with respect to the design and legal compliance of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and welfare plans.

Mr. Banuelos also advises companies on all aspects of the securities laws relating to such arrangements.

Chambers and Partners reports that clients remark that Mr. Banuelos is "extremely bright and very creative in being able to think outside the box."



  • Structured Finance
  • Finance

Janet Barbiere Partner Structured Finance, Finance

New York

Janet Barbiere is a partner in the Structured Finance Group in Orrick’s New York office.

She represents issuers, underwriters, originators, loan sellers and investors in commercial mortgage loan securitizations, real estate syndications, origination and servicing programs, the acquisition and sale of interests in mortgage loans, mortgage securities, subordinated debt and mezzanine debt, as well as transactions in the secondary mortgage market.

She has also advised banks in analyzing and structuring CMBS transactions, and in the workout, restructuring and sale of performing and non-performing commercial mortgage loans. She serves on various SFIG and CREFC Committees.

Prior to joining Orrick, Janet was a partner in the New York offices of Kaye Scholer LLP, Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Alyssa Barnard Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

New York

Alyssa Barnard is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Before joining Orrick, Alyssa served as a law clerk to Judge Alison J. Nathan in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Robert A. Katzmann in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Alyssa graduated first in her class at Columbia Law School, where she prosecuted a number of misdemeanor domestic violence cases as a participant in the Domestic Violence Prosecution Externship program with the Queens District Attorney's Office. During law school, Alyssa also served as the Executive Notes Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a coach and member of the European Law Moot Court team.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Internal Investigations
  • Trials
  • White Collar

Suzette J. Barnes Managing Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Suzette Pringle is a managing associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group.

Her practice focuses on the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and complex commercial actions and internal investigations.

Additionally, Suzette devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to veterans seeking VA benefits, homeless individuals seeking the resolution of open criminal warrants, and low income individuals seeking criminal record remedies (including expungements) and occupational licenses.

Prior to joining Orrick, Suzette was a litigation fellow in the Office of General Counsel for The Regents of the University of California, where she practiced general, commercial and probate litigation, and handled mandamus actions.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Steven R. Barnett Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity

New York

Steven Barnett, of counsel in Orrick’s New York City office, is a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Group.

Steve concentrates his practice on representing institutional investors with respect to U.S.-based and international alternative investments (including funds focused on buy-out and mezzanine investment opportunities).

In addition, Steve has a broad range of experience in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions involving privately held entities, securities offerings, private debt financings, and information technology consulting services.