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John A. Farmer Contract Associate Restructuring, Asset Backed Securities

Los Angeles

John A. Farmer, an associate in the Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on secured and unsecured lending, loan restructures and workouts, bankruptcy and insolvency and supply chain financing.

Prior to joining Orrick, John was an associate with Coudert Brothers in New York.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Quiet in the Land, Inc. and does pro bono work for arts organizations.


Diana Szego Fassbender Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Japan

Washington, D.C.

Diana Szego Fassbender has significant experience in a broad array of intellectual property matters, including patent, copyright, and trademark issues.

She has been involved in all phases of litigation, from inception through trial and appeal. Ms. Fassbender has worked closely with other attorneys and client representatives to develop innovative and cost-effective case strategy to help prepare cases for trial or obtain early resolution on favorable terms. Ms. Fassbender has significant experience representing international clients, including particularly businesses and organizations in Asia and Europe.

Ms. Fassbender regularly litigates complex multi-defendant, multi-patent district court infringement actions and Section 337 Investigations in the International Trade Commission, representing clients in the consumer electronics, semiconductor, e-commerce, Internet media, and life sciences industries.  Ms. Fassbender also routinely represents clients in trademark matters, including trademark infringement cases, domain name arbitrations under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, and provides representation in international trademark prosecution and branding strategy. Ms. Fassbender also works on intellectual property issues surrounding the Internet, such as pursuing actions under the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, and drafting terms of use and other similar agreements governing content for website operators. Ms. Fassbender has worked on several copyright, unfair competition, defamation, and contract actions in federal and state trial courts on behalf of clients in the music, entertainment, and sports industries.

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Dr. Karsten Faulhaber Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Düsseldorf

Dr. Karsten Faulhaber is partner and a member of the International Arbitration Group in the Düsseldorf offices of Orrick. He has more than 10 years' experience as counsel in complex national and international arbitrations.

He represents both national and international clients in arbitrations under various rules, e.g. the ICC Rules, the DIS Rules, the WIPO Rules and the Rules of the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg. Chambers Global noted in its year book 2014 that he attracts praise from clients for his "proactive and skilful" approach to international arbitration. Also, he acts as arbitrator in national and international arbitrations. In addition, he frequently represents global enterprises in international disputes before the national courts.

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Matthew Fechik Distressed Trade Career Assoc Restructuring

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Matthew Fechik, a Career Associate at Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a member of the Restructuring Group.

The Restructuring Group advises banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other entities on legal issues relating to the purchase and sale of syndicated loans, bankruptcy claims, and other alternative investments. Matthew's practice focuses on distressed debt trading.

During law school Matthew completed internships with Alcoa's Corporate Tax Department and Neighborhood Legal Services Association.

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Vickie Feeman Partner Patents, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

Vickie Feeman, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. She has been representing clients in intellectual property disputes in federal courts and the ITC for more than 17 years.

Vickie focuses on complex patent litigation for clients in the consumer products, mobile device, software, networking, computer security, Internet and semiconductor industries. She has also represented clients in matters related to misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement and trademark infringement and dilution.

Before attending law school, Vickie worked as an electrical engineer for Motorola Inc.'s Government Electronics Group, where her work focused on the design of circuits for satellite communications systems.  

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Debra Felder Senior Associate Restructuring, Bankruptcy Litigation

Washington, D.C.

Debbie Felder, a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office, is a member of the Restructuring Group. Debbie has extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, and creditors' rights.

Debbie represents secured and unsecured creditors, investors, lenders, asset purchasers, financial institutions, preference defendants, debtors, and other parties in a wide variety of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and in related litigation throughout the United States. 

Recent notable engagements include representing counsel to a borrower in the restructuring of a toll road, representing financial institutions and others in the global Lehman insolvency proceedings, representing a lender in the restructuring of a performing arts center, and representing a purchaser in a section 363 bankruptcy sale.

Debbie is active in pro bono matters including advising distressed clients in corporate dissolution proceedings pursuant to state statutes.  She also represents proposed guardians and adoptive parents in connection with guardianship and adoption proceedings involving abused or neglected children in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Orrick, Debbie was an associate at Swidler Berlin LLP. As an undergraduate, she spent four summers as an intern in the Clerk's Office of the United States Supreme Court. During her time at the United States Supreme Court, Debbie researched and wrote a paper on the U.S. Attorneys General, which she presented to the U.S. Solicitor General.

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Robert Feyer Senior Counsel Public Finance

San Francisco

Robert Feyer is located in the San Francisco and Sacramento offices and a member of the Public Finance Department, with more than 35 years experience representing issuers and underwriters of municipal bonds. Bob's principal client is the State of California. 

Since 1986, Bob has been the lead bond counsel for the State, working with a team of lawyers to complete the issuance of many tens of billions of dollars of general obligation bonds, cash flow notes and warrants and lease revenue obligations, including three of the five 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.   Bob also serves as Co-Disclosure Counsel for the State.  He has spoken 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 has an active practice in private activity financing for such purposes as solid waste disposal, pollution control and industrial development. For more almost 35 years, he has been a lead bond counsel for the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.

In May, 2015 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, he 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.
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Donald Field Partner, Public Finance

Orange County; Los Angeles

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, Revenue Practice Group and Redevelopment 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, counties and redevelopment agencies in California. His practice focuses on local governmental infrastructure financing, including general obligation bond financing, municipal lease financing, land-secured financing and redevelopment 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, which consisted of 149 participants in 2009.

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Steven Fink Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

New York

Steve Fink, a partner in the New York office, practices in the areas of commercial and securities litigation.

Steve has handled a wide range of investment-related disputes, including RMBS disclosure and put-back litigation, structured finance waterfall disputes, disputes between private equity fund managers and their limited partners, auditor liability matters, and disputes concerning financing arrangements for life settlements and alternative energy projects.  He has also been heavily involved in litigation concerning the termination and valuation of derivatives transactions, including credit default swaps, interest rate swaps and reserve fund agreements, among others.