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Dominic O'Brien Partner Banking & Finance, Direct Lending

London

Dominic is a partner in the firm's English law Banking and Finance Practice with a particular focus on leveraged acquisition and single-asset financings. Dominic has significant experience of advising senior lenders, alternative credit providers, sponsors and borrowers on domestic UK and cross-border international financings.

Dominic has advised on a wide range of corporate and single-asset financings, including traditional greenfield and brownfield energy and infrastructure project financings, real estate financings, reserved-based and commodities financings and telecom projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Dominic has also advised on a wide variety of Islamic finance contracts and is experienced in structuring sharia-compliant products for both Islamic and non-Islamic institutions.

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Kathleen O'Connor Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

Kathy O'Connor is a litigation partner in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and is a co-chair of the firm's life sciences practice. Kathy focuses on complex disputes involving life sciences and consumer products companies.  

Kathy's practice focuses on complex product liability and commercial claims, consumer fraud class actions, licensing and co-development disputes, and government investigations, primarily for branded pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, as well as consumer products companies. She is regularly called upon to advise on litigation and compliance strategy, particularly in complex matters that involve concurrent civil and government actions. She also consults with clients in their effort to manage and mitigate risk. Kathy brings a unique perspective to Orrick's practice, having previously served as an in-house lawyer at Merck.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kathy was a litigation partner at Weil Gotshal. She is regularly recognized as a leading practitioner by lawyer ranking entities such as Euromoney Expert Guides' Women in Business Law and The Legal 500, which singled out her product liability and mass torts defense work.

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Peter O'Driscoll Partner Emerging Markets, M&A and Private Equity

New York; London

Peter O'Driscoll heads Orrick's Emerging Markets Group. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, private equity, corporate conflicts, impact investment, and growth capital transactions in emerging markets, Europe and the United States.

In addition, he advises on corporate governance matters and has led internal investigations. Although he has worked across a number of industry sectors, much of Peter's work has been focused on transactions in the TMT, oil and gas, and mining sectors.

Peter practiced in New York from 1987 to 1991, in London from 1991 until 2010, and in New York from 2010 until 2013.  Since 2013, he has lived in Lugano, Switzerland, and divides his time between Orrick's offices in Milan, London and New York.

During the period between 2005 and 2012, Peter co-led the Orrick team representing Telenor ASA and its affiliates in five arbitration proceedings in New York, Geneva and London, three of which resulted in final awards, and litigation proceedings in the Southern District of New York, the Commercial Court in London,  and the courts of Russia and Ukraine, including the proceedings to enforce an arbitration award that led to the decision by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Telenor Mobile v. Storm LLC et al., 584 F. 3d 396 (2d Cir. 2009). The American Lawyer noted that "[t]he interplay between courts, tribunals, and -- potentially -- treaty panels is showcased in the contest for Russian mobile phone operator VimpelCom between Alfa and Norway's Telenor ASA." Those arbitrations were recognized as among the top 10 arbitrations in The American Lawyer Arbitration Scorecard for 2007. The Economist described the dispute as "one of Russia's longest-running and most bitter boardroom battles."

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Michelle O'Meara Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

Michelle O'Meara, a managing associate in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

During law school, Michelle was a summer law clerk at Orrick, served as an extern at the Department of Justice, taught a writing course to first year law students, was a research assistant for Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law Michael Selmi, and was a member of the George Washington University Law Review.

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Anne O'Neill Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

London

Anne O'Neill, a partner in the London office, is head of Orrick’s UK Real Estate Practice and a member of Orrick's Management Committee.


Her practice focuses on commercial property work with particular emphasis on acquisitions, development and complex joint ventures. She is an expert in shopping centre development and management.

Anne often advises on significant real estate development matters in the housing sector.Chambers UK ranks Anne as a leading individual for her expertise in the London social housing market and Legal 500 UK recognises her as a persuasive negotiator and notable practitioner with local authorities and registered providers.

Legal 500 sources say Anne is "exceptionally sharp" and a "consummate persuasive negotiator".

Clients describe Anne as "responsive and commercial" and able to "articulate complex issues simply and concisely" whilst "providing in-depth knowledge and understanding which ensures we get the best and most appropriate advice." Chambers UK sources say "she is an absolutely exemplary lawyer," who is "proactive and leads her team really well."

Dermot O'Riordan Associate Technology Companies Group

London

Dermot is an associate in the Technology Companies Group and is based in London. Dermot advises on various aspects of corporate finance including domestic and international acquisitions, disposals and venture capital investments.

Dermot has a particular focus on private M&A and investments into fast-growing technology companies.

Dermot's past experience includes time on secondment in the global M&A team of one of the world's largest companies in the consumer sector with a focus on emerging markets as well as a secondment to the Johannesburg office of a major international law firm.

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Jonathan Ocker Partner Compensation & Benefits, Corporate

San Francisco

Jon Ocker is chair of Orrick’s destination Compensation and Benefits group. He specializes in advising public companies, boards of directors and high profile executives on compensation and corporate governance issues.

Jon is often referred to as the “CD&A/Say on Pay Doctor.” Jon is the only lawyer known to have represented chip war adversaries Intel and Advanced Micro Devices simultaneously. When Jon advises clients to not do something, they generally listen.

Jon is also the founder of Orrick’s Global Corporate Solutions consisting of global employment, global equity, global retirement and Verbatim’s global subsidiary maintenance. The signature of these solutions is their unique “global services” single point of contact, strong project management and fixed fee approach to working together with multinational clients to achieve their objectives as a virtual in-house resource in more than 130 jurisdictions.

Before joining the firm, Jon was a partner in the Employee Benefits Practice Group of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro LLP and was associated with the Kirkland & Ellis firm in Chicago, Illinois.

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Yumiko Ohta Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Executive Compensation

Tokyo

Yumiko Ohta, partner in the Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Employment Law Group. Ms. Ohta focuses mainly on employment law advice as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, litigation and general corporate transactions.

Ms. Ohta also has international trade expertise in areas such as customs rules and export controls.

Before joining Orrick, Ms. Ohta was an associate at Tanabe & Partners and advised clients in corporate transactions and employment law as well as represented clients in civil and family cases. Also, she has experience serving as an outside auditor for Japanese corporations. Prior to practicing law, she worked at Mitsubishi Corporation for seven years. While there, she was involved in LNG projects and other global business.

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Alex Okuliar Partner Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust/Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

A litigator and former enforcer at both the Federal Trade Commission and DOJ Antitrust Division, Alex offers clients insightful counseling and informed advocacy before federal and state antitrust authorities. Alex focuses on technology, energy, and finance, but his work extends to many other important sectors of the economy.

Alex divides his practice between transactions, counseling, and litigation. From 2012-2015, Alex served as antitrust and competition advisor to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He also engaged with enforcers outside the United States on key policy issues, including the proper role of antitrust analysis in intellectual property disputes. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on technology and finance. 

In addition to his government work, Alex has more than a decade of experience in private practice. He has defended the transactions of domestic and international technology, media, and energy clients before antitrust agencies and represented class action defendants in federal and state court litigation around the United States. Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.

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Eric R. Olah Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Sacramento

Eric joins the firm after completing judicial clerkships with the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California, the Magistrate Judges of the Eastern District of California, and the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

He graduated in the top 5% of his class and with Order of the Coif honors from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2013. He is also an honors graduate of the University of California, San Diego.
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Joanna Oleniuk Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

London

Joanna Oleniuk is an associate in the London office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Joanna's practice focuses primarily on transactional and advisory work in respect high growth technology companies and venture capital firms.

Prior to joining Orrick, Joanna has worked at a venture capital fund in Berlin and has a particular interest in Central and Eastern Europe.

Scott Oliver Partner Patents, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

When handling patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters, first-chair litigator Scott Oliver blends creative legal strategies with elegant explanations of technology. By distilling complex information to the key elements, he can craft a story that compels ITC judges and layperson juries alike. Scott has handled more than 150 matters and a dozen trials. Depending on each client’s unique business objectives, Scott’s strategy may include quickly reaching a favorable settlement or winning at trial.

Since teaching himself assembly language as a child, Scott has been fascinated with technology. Now as an extremely technically proficient litigator, Scott has more than two decades of experience defending companies such as Accenture, Brocade Communications, Aruba Networks and others in district courts and the ITC.

In addition to his litigation work, he provides intellectual property counseling. Scott advises clients on how to strategically grow and manage their intellectual property portfolios, guides young companies through the stages on patent strategy, and consults for handset manufacturers and patent pools on the licensing of 802.11, 3G and LTE patents.

Scott is the former Chair of the ITC Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, an outgoing member of Amicus and Ethics Committees and a frequent speaker on patent, damages, and ITC issues.