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

Rebecca Downes Senior Associate Infrastructure, Energy


Rebecca Downes is a senior associate in the London office and is a member of the Energy & Infrastructure Practice with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, gas and LNG sales arrangements and project development activities within the oil and gas industry.

Rebecca has significant experience of acting for a broad range of clients including IOCs, financial institutions and project companies on a variety of domestic and international upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions. Recently, she has been advising clients with interests in Africa, South America, Central Asia and the UKCS.



  • Energy
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Francesca Drake Managing Associate Energy, Corporate


Francesca Drake is an associate in the Corporate group and has advised on a range of cross border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, acquisition financings, fundraisings and equity capital market transactions.

Francesca has acted for international and domestic private investors and listed funds in the renewable energy sector, as well as clients in the technology and financial services sectors.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Power Financing
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Banking & Finance

Kyle Drefke Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

Kyle W. Drefke is a member of the Firm's Board of Directors and the Office Leader in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on advising energy industry participants in a wide range of financing, project development, and corporate transactions.

Financings. Kyle has represented clients in domestic and international financings, including syndicated credit facilities, private placements, and registered securities offerings. Representative matters include representation of:

  • borrowers in dozens of syndicated credit facilities;
  • issuers of billions of dollars of debt securities in registered, Rule 144A and 4(a)(2) offerings;
  • a Texas utility in the development and implementation of an innovative “floating lien” first mortgage indenture as part of the refunding of all long-term indebtedness of the utility;
  • a Minnesota generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) in a $1.4 billion Rule 144A debt offering, the largest-ever capital markets offering by a G&T;
  • a North Dakota G&T in a $1.5 billion global private placement, the largest-ever private placement by a G&T;
  • an investor-owned utility in the implementation of a new first mortgage indenture and an accompanying $640 million syndicated credit facility as part of a financial restructuring of the company;
  • a G&T in a $350 million private placement of long-term debt securities to finance the construction of its undivided ownership interest in a coal-fired generation facility; and
  • a federal power agency in lease-purchase transactions for natural gas-fired combined cycle facilities in Mississippi and Tennessee.

Power Purchase Arrangements. Kyle has extensive experience in the development and structuring of long-term power purchase agreements with respect to thermal (nuclear, coal and natural gas) and renewable generation facilities, including:

  • a power supplier in a 850 megawatt long-term power sales arrangement with two aluminum smelters in Kentucky;
  • a Texas utility in a request for proposals for firm, wind and solar energy and related contracts; and
  • an Oklahoma utility with respect to the restructuring of its power supply arrangements to include long-term supplies of conventional, wind and solar energy.

M&A and Corporate. Kyle has represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, auctions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and other general corporate matters, including representation of:

  • a major US renewable developer in the acquisition of the development assets of a Maine wind project;
  • three cooperatives in the separate purchases of the Virginia electric distribution assets of two investor-owned utilities;
  • the negotiation of the acquisition of coal and natural-gas fired and renewable energy generation facilities; and
  • a leading renewables developer in a joint venture with two other leading renewables developers.

Project Development and Ownership. Kyle has represented clients in various matters relating to the development, construction, ownership and operation of electric generation facilities in the United States, South America and Europe, including representation of:

  • the unregulated subsidiary of an investor-owned utility in the negotiation of joint ownership arrangements relating to construction of a natural gas-fired combined cycle facility in Missouri;
  • an independent power producer in the development and construction of a natural gas-fired combustion turbine facility in Colombia; and
  • a Japanese equity investor in wind-powered generating facilities in Italy.

DOE Funding. Kyle has represented clients obtaining substantial financing from the U.S. Department of Energy, including:

  • a public power authority in a $1 billion+ DOE loan guarantee to finance its undivided interest in two new nuclear generation units;
  • an automotive company in a $528 million DOE loan guarantee for the development of a next-generation electric vehicle; and
  • a major global conglomerate in the negotiation of a DOE grant to fund construction of a U.S. manufacturing facility.


  • Real Estate
  • Corporate

Agnès Druot Associate Real Estate, Corporate


Agnès Druot is a Real Estate lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Agnès advises French and international clients on real estate investment, property and development transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick Agnès was a legal intern at Olswang LLP in Paris, BRP Renaud & Partner in Stuttgart (Germany) and in the legal department of Korian SA in Paris and in Munich (Germany).



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability

Morton Dubin Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

Morton is a first chair trial lawyer who excels at developing innovative defenses and themes that influence other defense lawyers.  Morton is a leader of the Orrick team serving as national asbestos counsel to Union Carbide Corporation, responsible for developing and coordinating the company’s national scientific and medical defense. He has tried and won complex cases throughout the United States for Union Carbide and The Dow Chemical Company, often in difficult jurisdictions with significant financial or reputational harm at stake.

For Johnson & Johnson, Morton was lead counsel and won a defense verdict in the nation's first trial involving claims that asbestos in the company's talcum powder caused mesothelioma. The win was named one of the Top Defense Verdicts of 2017 by the Daily Journal.

In addition to his product liability work, Morton is experienced as a first chair trial lawyer in accountants' liability and securities matters, and has represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in actions alleging securities fraud and audit malpractice in connection with a hedge fund collapse.

Chambers USA recognizes Morton for being "an experienced mass torts litigator with a particular strength in asbestos related matters." Clients interviewed by Chambers described him as the "smartest man in the room," "one of the top trial lawyers for our company," and "one of the best defense trial lawyers in the country in terms of mass torts." He also was named a BTI Client Service All-Star in 2018, selected by top legal decision makers at leading companies.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Aoife M. Duffy Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Aoife Duffy is an associate in the General Litigation group of Orrick's San Francisco office. 

Aoife represents corporate clients and individuals in state and federal courts in various civil matters, including contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation claims, and securities enforcement actions.

While a law student, Aoife served as Managing Editor of the Journal of International Law & Politics at New York University School of Law. 



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability

Nathan Dullum Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

San Francisco

Nathan Dullum is Of Counsel in the San Francisco office and a member of the Litigation Group. Nathan has worked on a variety of litigation matters, including product liability, mass tort, securities, and general commercial litigation.

Nathan has practiced before state and federal courts and has arbitrated matters before The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the International Center for Dispute Resolution. He currently focuses his practice on product liability and general commercial litigation.

In addition to litigating, Nathan also has extensive experience advising U.S. and foreign companies regarding product safety and product liability prevention.  This includes advising companies on their warnings and disclosures, developing internal compliance policies and protocols, and helping clients address customer complaints to avoid potential litigation.

Nathan joined Orrick as a summer associate in 2001. In 2007, he took a brief leave of absence to work as a prosecutor in the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office where he tried several cases to verdict.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Internal Investigations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Class Action Defense
  • Insurance Recovery
  • White Collar
  • Trials

Daniel Dunne Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Daniel Dunne, a partner in Orrick's Seattle office, is a member of the Litigation Division, specifically the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Group.

Dan focuses his practice on defense of financial institutions, accountants, corporations, and directors and officers in complex litigation in federal and state courts. 

Dan has deep experience in litigation related to residential mortgage securitizations, derivatives and servicing, including advising and defending financial institution clients with respect to claims for breaches of representations and warranties, securities violations, insurance disputes and related RMBS contract and tort claims. Dan Dunne has acted as first and second chair in jury and bench trials, including both civil and felony criminal cases.

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  • Antitrust & Competition

Elise Durand Antitrust & Competition


Elise Durand is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Before joining Orrick, Elise was a legal intern in International law firms: in the Competition department at Norton Rose Fullbright and at Allen & Overy, in the Litigation & Regulatory department at DLA Piper. She was also a legal intern in the Cartel unit of the Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission and in the Europe Department of the MEDEF.



  • Litigation & IP

Lesley M. Durmann Managing Associate Litigation & IP


Lesley Durmann is a managing associate with the Litigation Practice Group in Orrick's Sacramento office.

Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, although she also works with Orrick’s Public Policy Group to develop creative, multi-faceted solutions to business problems that incorporate legislative and regulatory strategies.

Before joining Orrick, Lesley was a summer associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP in São Paulo, Brazil, and with Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. She also served as a policy advisor in the Oregon State Senate during Oregon’s 2011 legislative session.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Funds
  • Restructuring

Dr. Oliver Duys, LL.M. (UNSW Sydney) Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


Dr. Oliver Duys is a member of the M&A/Private Equity Group.

He has extensive experience in complex corporate transactions including private equity and venture capital transactions, real estate portfolio deals, joint ventures and fund formation as well as restructuring. He also advises on Management Participation Programs and liability issues in this context.

Oliver Duys is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices along with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff. 

Oliver Duys worked for Slaughter and May and Hengeler Mueller. Following his partnership at Hölters & Elsing since 2006, Oliver Duys is a partner at Orrick since 2008.