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Stephen Jackson Partner Corporate, Corporate Tax


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 Managing Associate Intellectual Property

San Francisco

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 Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

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.

Mr. Jacobsen'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."


William Jacobson Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, White Collar

Washington, D.C.

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 and federal prosecutor. 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 regularly counsels clients facing sanctions proceedings brought by Multi-Lateral Development Banks such as the World Bank and African Development Bank. Billy 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 5 1/2 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.


Laurent Jaeger Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Energy


Laurent Jaeger is an international arbitration and litigation lawyer in Orrick's Paris office, with a focus on commercial and investment disputes.

He represents industrials, companies as well as States and governments in various jurisdictions across Europe, Africa and the United States and has a particular experience in the energy sector.

According to Chambers & Partners, where he is ranked as a top practitioner in his specialist practice areas, clients describe him as "thorough and precise".

Major French and foreign players of the energy (notably oil, gas and mining), infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, real estate construction and automotive manufacturing (cars and aircrafts) industries have chosen Orrick's Laurent Jaeger to help them solve their legal issues or disputes. He has also acted as counsel in more than 100 arbitrations and as arbitrator, president of the arbitral tribunal or co-arbitrator in more than 30 arbitrations.

Prior to joining Orrick, Laurent was a partner at Latham & Watkins.


Jessica R. L. James Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation


Jessica James is an attorney in the Sacramento office and a member of the Employment Law Group. Orrick’s Employment Law Group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

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 wage-and-hour violations. She has experience counseling companies regarding pay equity and compensation analysis, including with respect to OFCCP and other EEO audits, as well as independent contractor classification issues.

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. As a clerk, Jessica researched and drafted opinions resolving complex civil litigation, including issues of employment, corporate, privacy, and administrative law.

Jessica 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.  While at McGeorge, she also served as a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.

Alexander Janes Partner Africa, Finance


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 renewables).

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 Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Supreme Court & Appellate

San Francisco

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.


Steeve Jaskierowicz Associate Banking & Finance, Debt Capital Markets


Steeve Jaskierowicz is a banking and finance lawyer in Orrick's Paris Office. 

Steeve advises French and international banks and financial institutions as well as borrowers / issuers on debt restructuring, acquisition and corporate finance and debt capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Steeve was an associate for three years in the Banking & Finance department of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei.


Foucaud Jaulin Associate Energy, Infrastructure


Foucaud Jaulin is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. Foucaud intervenes on 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 at Gide Loyrette Nouel in the Projects department and was successively based in Moscow and Paris.


Lee P. Jay Senior Counsel M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

Leslie P. ("Lee") Jay is currently a senior counsel based in San Francisco. From 2006 to 2012 he was a senior partner based in the Paris office and served in a variety of management and practice development roles helping to integrate and expand the firm's European platform.

From 2000 to 2005, he served as a member of Orrick's Executive Committee; from 2000 to 2003, he served as chair of the firm's Corporate Department; from 1998 to 2000, he served as managing partner for the firm's nine transactional practice groups; and from 1987 to 1998, he served as chair of the firm's Corporate Department.

His principal areas of practice have been securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation, with a particular emphasis on financings, restructurings, acquisitions, dispositions, strategic alliances, and a variety of investment-related transactions.

In addition to transactional work, a significant portion of Lee’s practice has involved the counseling of corporations and their boards of directors regarding a wide range of corporate issues, including disclosure issues, fiduciary duties, officer and director liability, compliance programs, internal corporate investigations, stockholder litigation, corporate restructuring, and takeover defense.

He has been a speaker or panelist at various seminars and professional programs in the corporate and securities law practice areas.