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Charles Briand Partner Tax


Charles Briand, Partner in Orrick Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.

Charles is specialized in tax law, and more specifically on the tax aspects of transactions.

He advises multinational companies and private equity funds on a broad range of international tax matters, including French acquisitions abroad or foreign ones in France.

He also advises his clients on the tax structuring of domestic and cross border acquisitions as well as reorganizations.

Prior to joining Orrick in 2017, Charles was transaction Tax lawyer at Ernst &Young in Paris and he also practiced eighteen months in EY New York office.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Katie E. Briscoe Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation


Katie Briscoe is an associate in Orrick’s Employment Law Group in the Sacramento office.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters. Ms. Briscoe's practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.

Katie has experience defending employers against a variety of claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wage and hour violations. She also has assisted clients in resolving employment disputes prior to litigation. Katie has counseled employers regarding their policies and decision-making to ensure compliance with California law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Katie was an employment law and litigation associate at Nossaman LLP. Katie earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif.



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

Emily K. Brown Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Los Angeles

Emily is an associate in the Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group.

She has represented clients in a wide array of matters in both federal and state court, including class actions, actions against the government, securities defense, white collar defense, arbitration consultation, and matters focused on protecting her clients' contractual rights and intellectual property interests.


  • Real Estate

Joanna Brown Senior Associate Real Estate


Joanna Brown, a Senior Associate in the London office, is a member of the Real Estate Group. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate work, including landlord and tenant matters with particular emphasis on negotiating commercial leases and ancillary transactions.

Joanna provides real estate law and commercial management advice to clients in respect of major shopping centre developments, commercial office space and prime retail real estate across the UK.

Joanna also provides general advice to commercial real estate clients on dispute potential and advice in relation to commercial landlord and tenant matters.



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

Walter Brown Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, White Collar

San Francisco

Walt is a seasoned trial lawyer and the Practice Group Leader of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation.

He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative proceedings. He has extensive experience in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust offenses, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, public corruption, government fraud and environmental crimes. Walt also is engaged routinely by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations.



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance

Marshall Brozost Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

New York

Marshall Brozost is a Real Estate lawyer in Orrick’s New York office and serves as head of the New York Real Estate Group.

He focuses on complex real estate transactions on behalf of institutional and private equity investors. In addition, his practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate investment, from purchases and sales, formation of joint ventures and real estate funds to mortgage and mezzanine financing, REIT structuring, workouts and leasing. His clients include GE Asset Management, Phoenix Realty Group, Arel Capital and The Praedium Group, as well as other real estate private equity funds, investment advisers, domestic and foreign institutional investors, lenders and developers. He also advises on CMBS and merger and acquisition transactions.

Marshall is recognized for his real estate and finance work in Legal 500 and described by clients as “exceptional” in the field.

Marshall previously was a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • White Collar
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Internal Investigations
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Spencer Bruck Managing Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, White Collar

New York

Spencer Bruck is a managing associate in the White Collar and Corporate Investigations practice group.  Spencer's practice focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar criminal matters, and anti-corruption and compliance matters.

Spencer has represented companies and individuals in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations, FINRA, and multilateral development banks involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities violations, and accounting fraud issues.

He also has experience conducting, and representing individuals, in internal investigations as well as performing anti-corruption due diligence.  In addition, Spencer has represented corporate and individual clients in complex commercial disputes and shareholder litigations.

Mr. Bruck is also active in pro bono work. He represents individuals in immigration matters and is involved in civil rights issues.



  • Governmental Affairs
  • Public Finance
  • Tax
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

James W. Bruner, Jr. Director of Government Affairs Governmental Affairs, Public Finance


James Bruner is the Director of Orrick’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group. Jim has more than 40 years of experience with the state legislature and numerous administrations.

He brings extensive strategic, political and communication experience to the firm and our clients.  His practice focuses on governmental policy and regulatory issues, primarily those relating to finance, tax, and corporate securities. Jim has extensive state and federal policy and regulatory experience. In addition, he is a principal proponent of municipal government finance issues.  He has worked with local governments, investment banks, the state legislature, and the Congress to draw attention to policy and legal changes needed to advance the ability of California municipalities to access financial markets, create more usable bond and finance laws, and update laws governing what public entities may undertake for public purposes.

Jim has directed Orrick’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group since joining the firm in 1984. Before that, he served for 10 years as Executive Director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, where he gained recognition across the United States for raising concerns about Lake Tahoe to a national level.



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

Daria Buonfiglio Associate Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy


Daria Buonfiglio is an Italian qualified lawyer located in the Milan office, and a member of the Energy & Infrastructure Group.

Her practice focuses mainly on energy (from both traditional and renewable sources) and infrastructures, in Italy and abroad. Daria regularly works on M&A and project finance transactions advising banks, sponsors, pension funds, equity investors, project developers, investment funds, lenders and other participants.

Her activity focuses on assisting clients in the development, construction, acquisition, financing and refinancing of power projects and other infrastructure assets and on drafting and negotiating related acquisition agreements, project contracts (including EPC, BOP, TSA and O&M agreements), joint venture agreements, shareholders' agreements and financing agreements.

Daria is lecturer at the training course “The EGP school of business development program” promoted by Enel Green Power, dedicated to its Business Development professionals and delivered by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University. Daria focuses her lessons on international business contracts, and in particular on project contracts, joint venture agreements and acquisition agreements.


  • Internal Investigations
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Trials
  • White Collar
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

James E. Burns Jr. Senior Counsel Internal Investigations, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

San Francisco

James E. Burns Jr., senior counsel in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Division. Jim focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration of complex business and securities disputes, including claims arising from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, shareholder class actions and derivative cases.

Jim conducts internal investigations for clients and represents them in regulatory investigations and proceedings before the SEC and state securities regulatory authorities. He has broad experience in jury and bench trial matters before federal, tax and state courts. He has handled numerous class actions and litigated multi-district cases involving claims under RICO and federal and state securities law, as well as professional services malpractice claims and various business torts.

Jim has extensive experience in commercial arbitrations before various arbitration and mediation tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Securities Dealers and privately chosen arbitrators. He acts on behalf of technology companies, venture capitalists, securities issuers, directors, brokers, underwriters, promoters and mutual funds.

Jim has represented Retek, Inc., Touch America Holdings, Inc., RS Investment Management, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Cygnus, Inc., Everen Securities Inc., Chiron Corp., Intevac, Inc., Accel Partners, TA Associates, Kenetech, Pope & Talbot, Citrix Systems, Inc., Everex and The Photonics Fund.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jim was a partner and West Coast Managing Partner at Clifford Chance, a partner and managing partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and a partner at Chickering & Gregory.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Matthew L. Bush Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Matthew Bush is a managing associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate group and the General Litigation group.

Matthew represents clients in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. His work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional law, copyright, patent, employment, class actions, criminal law, federal jurisdiction, bankruptcy, and others.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew served as a law clerk for Judge Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jan. E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Matthew recently represented Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a high stakes copyright trial known as the "World Series of IP."  Google copied thousands of lines of code from Oracle's Java Platform, and used those lines in the Android operating system found in smartphones and other devices.  Matthew has a background in computer programming, and has experience writing in languages such as Java, JavaScript, and PHP.