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

Daria Buonfiglio Associate Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

Milan; Rome

Daria’s 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 in “The EGP School of Business Development Program”, an Enel Green Power promoted course that is dedicated to its business development professionals and offered through the 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.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation

James Burke Senior Litigation Career Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy Litigation

Washington, D.C.

James is a trial and appellate litigator with more than a decade of experience resolving commercial disputes relating to financial, restructuring, and securities transactions.  James also assists an Orrick litigation team that is defending a bank sponsor of residential mortgage-backed securities with project management for a portfolio of securities fraud and contract actions.



  • Intellectual Property

Lawrence Burns Associate Intellectual Property

Los Angeles

Lawrence Burns is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group in Los Angeles.

Lawrence has handled diverse intellectual property and civil litigation matters in both federal and state courts.  His experience ranges from patent and copyright infringement disputes to complex commercial litigation. Lawrence brings an interesting outlook on the law, shaped by his unique experiences such as working for HBO's legal team, and studying abroad at multiple law schools in Tokyo, Japan.  He speaks fluent Japanese. 


  • 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 Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Matt Bush is a senior associate in the Complex Litigation group and the Supreme Court and Appellate group.  He represents clients in cases involving a wide range of subject areas, including intellectual property, employment, class actions, and products liability.

Matt specializes in high-stakes commercial litigation, devising case strategy and handling all stages of the most complex matters from initial filing, to trial, to appeal.   Matt's appellate background gives him the unique perspective to advise not just on the best strategy to win the critical motion or win the trial, but also to ensure the case is properly set up to win the appeal.  He has argued numerous motions and appeals in state and federal courts across the country, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, Daubert motions, motions in limine, directed verdict motions, and jury instructions.  He has been a part of multiple trial teams in cases that have gone to verdict and second chaired two arguments before the United States Supreme Court.

Matt represents Oracle in Oracle v. Google, the high stakes copyright case 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.  The Federal Circuit found that Oracle's code was protected by copyright, and that Google's copying was not "fair use" as a matter of law.  Matt has a background in computer programming and has experience writing in languages such as Java, JavaScript, and PHP.

Matt also represented Microsoft in a $230 million employment discrimination class action case.   The Court denied a class certification motion attempting to certify a class of 8,600 female IT employees and engineers who claimed discrimination in pay and promotion. 

Prior to Joining Orrick, Matt 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.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Internal Investigations
  • Wage and Hour

Shawn N. Butte Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation, Trade Secrets Litigation

New York

Shawn Butte is a managing associate in the New York office. His practice focuses on representing clients in high-stakes employment litigation, including restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, and conducting sensitive internal investigations.

Shawn's practice involves crafting creative, practical solutions to complex legal challenges faced by multinational corporations and emerging companies in a range of industries, including media, software, insurance, financial services, retail and pharmaceuticals.

Shawn regularly handles high-stakes litigation involving post-employment restrictions, employee raiding, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and class and collective actions. Shawn has experience in both federal and state court, as well as in alternative dispute forums such as the American Arbitration Association, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in TRO and preliminary injunction hearings.

In addition to his litigation practice, Shawn advises management on a variety of workplace issues, including employee mobility, trade secret protection, wage and hour policies, employee classification, and internal investigations. He also frequently serves as outside counsel to both domestic and international startups trying to expand in the U.S. market. Shawn uses his experience as a litigator to help clients proactively avoid protracted legal disputes. Shawn has also advised clients on employment issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. 

Shawn is recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro area "Rising Star” (2018). 



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Africa
  • Oil & Gas

Michael Bühler Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Energy


Michael Bühler, with over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, focuses on international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations. He has represented major corporations, state-owned entities and governments in more than 200 arbitrations and has acted as chairman, sole arbitrator, and party-appointed arbitrator in more than 60 arbitrations worldwide.

Michael assists in clients in pre-litigation situations, helping them to develop a true defense strategy, which often leads to early dispute settlements. He acts regularly as lead counsel in arbitrations under the ICC Rules and those of the arbitration associations of Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States and under the UNCITRAL Rules, ICSID, WIPO (Geneva), and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne). He conducts arbitrations throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region in the following fields: civil construction, engineering, supply of industrial equipment, and industrial or power plants (often involving the application of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract, in common, civil, and Islamic law); oil and gas projects; hotel development projects and hotel management contracts; and distribution and license agreements in various sectors, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, liquor, and luxury goods industries.

Michael started his career as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, of which he was the German member (1997-2009). He was co-chair of the Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration on the Revision of the ICC Arbitration Rules (2008-2011) (which led to the adoption of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, which to date remain the state-of-the-art arbitration rules), and is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and the IBA, as well as numerous arbitral institutions such as CEPANI, DIS, ASA and DIAC and has been appointed to the Panel of Arbitrators for Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.