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Alessandra Fani is an associate in the Rome office and and a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
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 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.
Dr. Karsten Faulhaber, a Düsseldorf-based partner in the International Arbitration Group, brings more than a decade of experience as counsel and arbitrator. However, his proficiency goes beyond just arbitration, as he has deep knowledge in dispute resolution in many forms, and his background in transactional law allows him to provide solutions to clients’ problems – often before they even reach a courtroom.
He has been praised in Chambers Global for his “proactive and skillful” approach to arbitration. Karsten represents clients in arbitrations under various German and international rules but also regularly acts as arbitrator. In addition, he frequently represents global enterprises in international disputes before the national courts.
When he originally started practicing law, Karsten was an M&A lawyer, and as a result has extensive experience in contracts and their negotiation. But the opportunity to work in dispute resolution and especially arbitration appealed to him as it reminded him of his passion for the game of chess. Much in the same way he calculates strategy when playing the game, he sees in complex disputes the importance of thinking ahead, anticipating the moves of the other parties, the temperament of the opponents and ultimately the fight to win.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)
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.
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.
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.
Michael Ferrel has been a technologist for the legal industry for nearly 20 years. He got his start in the industry at Venture Law Group where he was a lead systems engineer and software developer.
After VLG, Michael ran a legal technology and software consulting practice, which serviced dozens of AMLAW 100 firms around the world. In his consulting practice, he migrated, deployed and integrated document management, records, accounting and client intake systems from virtually every major industry vendor. He developed and deployed custom line of business applications where no quality product existed to meet the demanding needs of global law firms and other companies. Although Michael has deep experience in systems architecture and management, he is a software geek at heart. He is a core Microsoft developer who focuses on .NET, SQL and cloud.
Michael previously served as the Vice President of Technology for VLP Law Group LLP (formerly Virtual Law Partners). Michael was recruited by Craig Johnson and Jackson Ratcliffe to help found the first completely virtual law firm in the United States. Michael was part of the VLP team for 10 years before joining Orrick Labs, where he once again is focused on changing the legal industry in a positive way.
When Michael is not sitting in front of a monitor, he is teaching Jujitsu, making wine or is off the grid in the wilderness enjoying the great outdoors.
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.
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.
Alex Fields is an associate in the Intellectual Property group of Orrick's San Francisco office.
Alex represents individuals and corporate clients in various civil matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, and wage disputes.
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 2015-2018 editions as a Rising Star in Banking & Finance, where clients report that Zach "is an outstanding business partner" and "his strengths are his creativity, accessibility, diligence and his ability to bring all of Orrick's resources to bear."