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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, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

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 20 years.

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, and Revenue 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 and counties in California. His practice focuses on local governmental infrastructure financing, including general obligation bond financing, municipal lease financing, and land-secured 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. 


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Zachary Finley Partner Banking & Finance, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Zach Finley, a partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Group.

He advises publicly held and privately owned (including sponsor-backed) companies, as borrowers, and major financial institutions, as arrangers and lenders, in syndicated credit facilities (including pro rata, first-lien/second-lien, term loan B and bridge loan facilities) used for acquisitions, recapitalizations, refinancings and general corporate purposes. His experience also extends to asset-based loans, equipment financings, debt restructurings and workouts.

Zach previously served a three-year term on the Commercial Transactions Committee (formerly called the Uniform Commercial Code Committee) of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, acting as its Co-Chair for the final year of his term.

In the 2017 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients praise Zach commenting that "you know nothing is ever going to get missed by Zach." Zach is also identified by IFLR1000 in its 2015-2017 editions as a "Rising Star" in Banking & Finance.

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Jason D. Flaherty Partner Compensation & Benefits

San Francisco

Jason D. Flaherty, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Group. Jason is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation and taxation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including severance arrangements and executive employment agreements, for both public and private companies.

Jason advises both public and private companies on compensation and benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions, including pre-signing negotiations, executive and equity compensation and post-closing employee integration issues. Jason assists companies with compensation and benefit issues that arise with respect to their initial public offerings.

Jason's practice also focuses on counseling clients on all aspects of employee benefits related to the design, implementation, operation and any related fiduciary obligations with respect to tax-qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements with a particular focus on Code Section 409A compliance and employee welfare benefit plans, including compliance with HIPAA, COBRA and other health laws.

Prior to attending law school, Jason served as a Sergeant in the United States Army.

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Ashley Fletcher Project Attorney Litigation & IP

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Ashley Fletcher is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Ashley works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. She also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Ashley assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. She also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Ashley has dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including assisting trial counsel representing abused and neglected children. She is an active member of Orrick’s Associates of Color Mentoring Group, which promotes diversity and leadership among minority associates.