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Stephen Jackson, partner in Orrick's Paris office, is a member of the Tax group. Steve's practice covers a wide range of U.S. federal income tax matters arising in connection with various domestic and international transactions, as well as financial products and tax planning for financial institutions.
His primary focus is on U.S. taxation of securitizations and re-securitizations, including collateralized debt and loan obligations, mortgage-backed securitizations, structured investment vehicles and other structured finance and financial markets transactions.
For over a decade, Steve has served as tax counsel to issuers and underwriters in numerous registered, agency and privately-placed RMBS transactions (primary issuances and re-securitizations), involving performing loans and non-performing loans, as well as other mortgage-related asset classes, such as servicing advances and tax liens, and in securitizations involving other asset classes such as credit card and auto loan/lease receivables. Steve also provides tax advice in connection with whole loan purchase transactions, including leveraged and nonleveraged acquisitions, joint ventures involving mortgage assets and repo and warehouse financings for various asset classes. Steve also advises financial institutions on tax issues in connection with their role as servicer, trustee or securities administrator under various securitization programs, as well as with respect to FATCA.
Steve writes and lectures on finance and international related tax topics and also participates actively in the tax committee and other initiatives of the Structured Finance Industry Group and other industry and bar-related organizations.
Johanna Jacob, an attorney in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on patent infringement litigation in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission, trade secrets, copyright, and complex commercial disputes.
Johanna has represented a broad range of technology companies in Federal and State Court, with a primary focus on bio-technology, high-tech laboratory equipment, and the healthcare industry. In addition, Johanna is a member of the firm's life sciences working group.
Johanna is also a registered patent attorney.
Prior to law school, Johanna conducted neuro-physiological research in the Vision Center Laboratory at the Salk Institute. During her time at Boston University, Johanna researched cellular signaling in prostate cancer at the Cancer Research Center in Boston University’s School of Medicine. Johanna also externed at Macropore Biosurgery in San Diego and in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering laboratory at Boston University.
Richard Jacobsen, co-leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, litigates a wide variety of matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and London Court of International Arbitration. He represents clients in diverse industries, including many that are highly regulated, such as the finance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, computer and consumer goods industries.
Richard has argued numerous appeals at the State and Federal levels and also has experience representing clients before federal and state regulators. He has argued multiple times before seven of the eight current Justices in the Commercial Division of New York’s Supreme Court, New York County. Much of his practice involves the intersection of litigation and public policy advocacy and his past and present clients include Credit Suisse, Citigroup Financial Products Inc., Wyeth, The Dow Chemical Company, Microsoft, DISH Network, and Acer Inc.
Richard's cases have received widespread media attention in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Reuters, among others. The Legal 500 recognized him for his work in "General Commercial Disputes," citing his "strong financial institution and corporate client base."
Billy is a highly experienced white collar lawyer and first chair trial litigator having tried many cases, including complex white collar matters.
He has served as general counsel, chief compliance officer, federal prosecutor and government-appointed monitor. His experience serving in different capacities for the Department of Justice (DOJ), particularly the Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement unit, allows him to provide clients significant insight into the processes and decision making of the DOJ. Billy, along with his partner Guy Singer, currently serves as an independent compliance monitor of a large multi-national petrochemical company, appointed by the DOJ and SEC. He regularly counsels clients facing sanctions proceedings brought by Multi-Lateral Development Banks such as the World Bank and African Development Bank. Billy is also considered a thought leader in the industry having spoken extensively on compliance and investigative topics.
Billy served for five and a half years as Senior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Weatherford International Ltd., one of the world’s largest multinational oil and natural gas service companies. While there, he aided the company in establishing what is widely recognized as a best-in-class compliance program. Further, he supervised a litigation and regulatory docket of more than 1,000 cases around the world, including shareholder suits, complex commercial disputes, International Arbitration, employment matters, intellectual property, property damage and personal injury. This included guiding Weatherford through its response to the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 and various shareholder lawsuits.
James Jaconski is a Corporate associate in the New York office.His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.
Kourosh Jahansouz is a Managing Associate in the Labor & Employment Group and is based in the San Francisco office.
Kourosh focuses his practice on defending employers against claims alleging unlawful harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour. He also counsels employers and offers practical solutions to address a wide range of employment issues, including new and developing areas of the law.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kourosh was an associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.
Jessica James, an attorney in the Sacramento office, has experience in defending a broad range of employment issues, including claims of harassment, wrongful discharge, misclassification and systemic discrimination investigations.
Jessica's practice involves employment litigation on a variety of legal issues, including defense of class action and single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, and other wage-and-hour violations. She also has experience in defending and advising industry leaders regarding pay equity and compensation analysis in response to civil litigation, OFCCP and EEOC investigations, and other claims of systemic discrimination.
Jessica regularly counsel clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including human resources policies and procedures, separation agreements, employee termination, and compliance with various state and federal regulations, including the Equal Pay Act (EPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). As part of her counseling role, she frequently conducts training programs for her clients, including trainings on sexual harassment and discrimination prevention. Jessica also has significant experience conducting internal investigations in response to claims of misconduct.
Jessica's experience also includes business litigation on issues beyond the employment context, relating to white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and complex commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jessica served for two years as a judicial clerk for the Nevada Supreme Court. She earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the McGeorge Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. She also served as a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.
Alex advises clients on cross-border project financings with an emphasis on project and trade finance.
Alex represents lenders, multi-lateral lenders, development finance institutions and borrowers doing business in emerging markets, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.
With over 20 years' experience, Alex provides clear, commercial advice on complex issues to clients operating in the power and infrastructure sectors. He has extensive experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors (particularly oil, gas and renewable energy).
Alex has been recognised in Legal 500 in the categories of infrastructure, power and most recently as a leading practitioner in emerging markets. He is ideally placed to advise on transactions involving multi-lateral lenders having served a secondment to the Office of the General Counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Haley Jankowski is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Haley has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including administrative law, intellectual property, patent, securities, and immigration. She has co-authored cert-stage briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and has co-authored briefs in several federal courts of appeals. Haley also maintains an active pro bono practice.
Prior to joining Orrick, Haley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Haley earned her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, graduating first in her class. While attending law school, she served as a Lead Articles Editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review.
Margot Janot is a tax lawyer in the Paris office of Orrick.
Margot advises French and international companies and private equity funds on transactional tax matters. She advises companies on their development in France and abroad, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and refinancing. She also assists companies in tax audits and litigation.
Margot also advises individuals on the management and transfer of their assets.
Before joining Orrick, Margot Janot worked in international firms such as Dentons, Pwc Law Firm and Fidal. She has also worked at the Klépierre real estate company and at the P20 section of the Parquet du TGI de Paris.
Foucaud focuses on energy and infrastructure projects across Africa, Europe and the CIS.
His work includes advising governments and state-owned entities, financial institutions, oil and gas companies and sponsors on medium and large-scale investments, with expertise in project finance, public-private partnerships, energy projects, industrial projects and corporate transactions. Foucaud acquired extensive knowledge of business practices and legal strategies in both developed and emerging countries.
Before joining Orrick, Foucaud was an associate in the French and Russian projects departments of a French law firm.
Travis is an experienced patent litigator and trial lawyer. He draws upon his strong technical skills, litigation experience, and real-world business background to craft comprehensive IP strategies. As noted in his engagements, his strategic planning and careful execution guides clients through the intricacies of patent litigation, including the interplay between district court, PTO, and appellate proceedings.
Able to quickly understand complex technology in the litigation context, Travis is particularly well-suited to resolve patent disputes involving semiconductor processes and circuits such as NAND flash memory, optical devices, wireless technologies, and related areas. After earning advanced degrees in electrical engineering, and before embarking on his legal career, Travis worked at Intel Corp. and co-founded a fabless semiconductor design company.
Travis has used his distinctive skillset to litigate technically complex patent cases to verdict, and obtain favorable settlements for clients such as SanDisk, AT&T, and DIRECTV. Travis has second-chaired both jury and bench trials in district court, handled numerous appeals before the Federal Circuit, and, as a registered patent attorney, served as lead and back-up counsel in post-grant proceedings (inter partes review and ex parte reexamination) at the PTO. While on a recent secondment to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Travis first-chaired several jury trials to successful verdicts.