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Blake Ilstrup Partner Technology Companies Group, Life Sciences


Blake Ilstrup, a Partner in the Seattle office, is a member of the Technology Companies group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their founders, advisors and investors.

Blake brings a unique and invaluable mix of in-house, operational and law firm experience, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (having co-founded one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms.

Blake’s experience spans multiple industries, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, digital media, manufacturing and retail. He has counseled high-growth companies on more than 200 venture capital and debt financings, more than 100 M&A transactions, and numerous public offerings, as well as service as a trusted advisor to management teams and Boards on both strategic and day-to-day matters.

Blake is proud to have worked with a variety of technology and life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, including A Place for Mom (acquired by Warburg Pincus), (Nasdaq: AMZN), Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), Crosstrees Medical, Deutsche Bank, fatfoogoo (sold to Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ground Truth, Hubspan, Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KPI Therapeutics, OVP Venture Partners, Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Rosa & Co., SeaPoint Ventures, Square Enix, Targeted Growth, TIBCO Software (Nasdaq: TIBX), U.S. Venture Partners, Xcyte Therapies, Zumobi, and Zipwhip.

Prior to his legal career, Blake served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf, where he was decorated for his performance during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.


Jesse Infeld Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

New York

Jesse Infeld, a managing associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jesse represents public and private companies across industries in a wide range of transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and private investment fund formation and portfolio transactions.

Jesse also advises technology startups, founders and venture capital firms in a variety of matters, including company formation, corporate governance and securities law, angel investments and venture capital financings.


John Inge Contract Counsel Intellectual Property, Japan

Tokyo; Washington, D.C.

John Inge is counsel in the Intellectual Property Group and resident in the Tokyo office. He has more than 30 years of patent and other intellectual property law experience divided between Japan and the United States.

John has experience handling matters involving a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor devices, consumer electronics, communications systems, computers and associated equipment, radar, optics (including fiber optics), medical and surgical devices, display systems, lighting devices, printing systems, electronic photography, energy storage devices and plastic molding technology. 

John's legal practice spans patent litigation, interferences, validity and infringement investigations, and negotiations and licensing involving all aspects of intellectual property. Joint venture and research and development agreements in an international context are a particular area of his focus. He frequently counsels clients in both the United States and Japan on patent portfolio management and intellectual property strategies.

John was previously on the adjunct faculty of George Mason University School of Law, teaching courses on interference practice and other advanced areas of U.S. PTO practice. He most recently taught international intellectual property law at Temple University Law School’s Tokyo campus. He also was the longest-serving chairman of the Board of Directors of Yokohama International School, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of secondary international education, and he currently chairs the school’s Board of Trustees. John regularly lectures throughout the Pacific Rim on intellectual property law topics. He is also a frequent lecturer on U.S. patent practice at public and in-house seminars in Japan.


Matthew S. Ingles Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Appellate Litigation

Los Angeles

Matthew Ingles practices litigation and dispute resolution in Orrick’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He routinely counsels clients on complex business, antitrust, trade secret and intellectual property law matters.


Matt has achieved highly favorable results for clients in a wide range of industries, with a focus on technology, finance and energy, and also including fashion, consumer retail and real estate. He also routinely counsels clients such as drone manufacturers, tech start-ups, cosmetics companies, fashion companies, and hospitality companies on a wide-variety of business and legal issues.

Matt has represented clients in all aspects of litigation in both state and federal courts around the country and has served as lead trial counsel or counsel of record in several state and federal court actions.  He has co-authored briefs in state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and has argued before New York appellate courts.

Matt has been recognized for his commitment to pro bono service by both the Legal Aid Society of New York and the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Surfrider Foundation's Legal Issues Team and has worked with the California Lawyers for the Arts.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matt served as a Special Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was a first-chair trial attorney and tried several cases to verdict.


Michael Ingram Associate Technology Companies Group

Santa Monica; Los Angeles

Michael Ingram, an associate in Orrick's Santa Monica and Los Angeles offices, is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises emerging technology companies and venture capital firms.

Michael represents startup companies, venture capital funds, and private equity firms on corporate formations, corporate governance, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions.  

During law school, Michael served as Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Chair for the Harvard Association for Law and Business, editor of the Harvard Business Law Review, and worked with various startups at the Harvard Innovation Lab.  Prior to law school, Michael helped run the i3 Innovation Challenge, the annual Harvard College startup competition.


Yuko Ino Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds


Yuko Ino is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office. She regularly counsels domestic, regional and international funds in sophisticated real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development projects, financings, fund formation, joint ventures, and restructurings and workouts.

Yuko also handles various aspects of cross-border and domestic business transactions including energy projects, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, international disputes, compliance matters, and general corporate matters.

Before joining Orrick, she worked at Morrison & Foerster from 2006 to 2010. Previously, she worked at Yanagida & Partners (formerly known as Yanagida & Nomura), a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.


Yuko Inui Senior Associate Energy, Infrastructure


Yuko Inui, a senior associate in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Her practice focuses on renewable energy projects, real estate transactions and environmental conservation.

Before joining Orrick, Ms. Inui was an associate at the Tokyo office of Atsumi & Partners until 2006. Previously, she worked in the Malaysian office of BirdLife International, an international environmental NGO. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Inui worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), where she was involved in environmental and social compliance matters with relation to yen-denominated loan projects.

Ms. Inui is a member of the environmental preservation committees of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.


Francesca Isgro Partner M&A and Private Equity, Public Finance


Francesca Isgrò, a Partner in the Rome office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group. Francesca has extensive experience in administrative law, with a special focus on public contract work, tenders, supplies and services, and assistance and consulting in the event of litigation.

Throughout her career, Francesca has focused on administrative and public law. Parallel to her advisory work, she has been involved in litigation before both the administrative law and civil courts.

Her particular strengths are in general state-owned business and public agencies, utilities (gas, energy, waste, water and transport), public tenders and infrastructure, energy infrastructure projects, administrative, urban planning and environmental law, public sector real estate transactions.

She has also led development of the energy regulatory capability, supporting the transactional energy practice, particularly in renewable energy.

Francesca has lectured as teacher in several Master’s programs in "public procurements," organized by IPSOA and in several seminars in administrative law and urban planning at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She also has lectured as teacher in several Master’s programs in the renewable energy field.


Kazuo Isshiki Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & IP


Kazuo Isshiki is a senior associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.

Kazuo focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He also advises clients on general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kazuo was an associate in the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.