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Damon Pace Senior Counsel Public Finance

New York

Damon C. Pace, a partner in the New York office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.

He has practiced in the area of public finance for more than 15 years, serving as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and borrower counsel in various revenue bond financings, including those related to public power, sewer and storm water, tobacco, higher education, student loans, hospitals and multi-family and single-family housing. He is also bond counsel to various issuers relating to their commercial paper programs. 

Noel Pacheco Consultant Corporate

San Francisco

Noel Pacheco, an associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Corporate Group. He practices general corporate law and advises both public and private companies in commercial finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law and corporate governance matters.

Prior to law school, Noel served nearly three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and taught English in Costa Rica.

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Nichola Padget Of Counsel Real Estate, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

London

Nichola Padget, of counsel in the London office, is a member of the Real Estate Group.

Nichola specialises in real estate disputes and acts for investment funds, property companies and corporate occupiers dealing with matters such as service charge and dilapidations disputes, consents, rent reviews, break options, forfeiture and lease renewals.

Nichola's practice also covers development matters such as rights of light and preparing vacant possession strategies. She also has experience advising in connection with property related insolvency acting on numerous retail administrations and advising LPA receivers on their powers and duties.

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Mitchel C. Pahl Senior Counsel Compensation & Benefits, M&A and Private Equity

New York

Mitchel C. Pahl, a Senior Counsel in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Compensation & Benefits Group. Mitch represents public companies, financial institutions, private equity groups and high net-worth individuals in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Mitch has particular expertise relating to ERISA fiduciary and private equity matters, M&A transactions, compensation and benefit plan compliance, and the special issues encountered in connection with globally mobile executives.  His extensive experience includes work in such diverse fields as technology, financial services, pharmaceuticals, real estate, energy, banking, retail, healthcare and the food & beverage industry.

Mitch's private equity experience focuses on “ERISA Title I” matters (investment vehicle and fund formation and operation) as well as the tax, employment and other issues raised by upper tier management compensation arrangements maintained by partnerships and LLCs.  This enables Mitch to provide comprehensive counseling to clients in connection with their day-to-day business activities and also their in-house operations.

Throughout his career, Mitch has been involved in numerous high profile corporate transactions, many of which raised cutting edge compliance issues involving employee benefits and executive compensation.  Notable engagements have included those for eBay, Dell, BlackBoard, Datalogic S.p.A., J.P. Morgan, Talbots and King Pharmaceuticals, among others.

Mitch is widely recognized for his work relating to global executive compensation matters.  He is the co-author of the “Multinational Executives” chapter of the leading Executive Compensation treatise, one of the first widely circulated publications to cover the topic.  He has worked with clients in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North, South and Central America.

Currently, Mitch serves as a member of the ABA’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB) and its Subcommittee on Continuing Legal Education, and he has served as the Chair of the Business Law Section’s Subcommittee on International Executive Compensation.  Mr. Pahl has also taught about taxation of employee benefits as an Adjunct Professor at the Lubin School of Business of Pace University.


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John Palmer Partner Public Finance

San Francisco

John Palmer, a lawyer in Orrick's San Francisco office, focuses his practice on financing for school districts, community colleges, cites, counties, and charter schools. 

His practice includes serving as bond and disclosure counsel on revenue and tax-supported bond transactions in a variety of financing structures, including fixed rate bonds, variable rate bonds, synthetic fixed rate bonds and conduit issues.

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Puja Parekh Managing Associate Oil & Gas, M&A and Private Equity

Houston

Puja Parekh represents clients in the energy industry and focuses her practice on oil and gas transactions.

Puja advises oil and gas industry clients in domestic and international acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, and project development, including unconventional and conventional upstream, midstream, and downstream transactions. She also advises clients in the formation of joint ventures investing in oil and gas assets and backed by private-equity sponsors.

Puja’s corporate practice includes representing oil and gas clients on matters relating to restructuring, recapitalization, and issuances and sales of equity interests. She also has experience assisting clients with respect to engineering, procurement, and construction agreements for liquefied natural gas facilities and in the purchase and sale of natural gas storage facilities.

Puja is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu.

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William Parish Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Houston

William “Bill” Parish, Jr. counsels clients on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, partnerships and joint ventures, energy transactions and projects, real estate and general corporate matters.

Bill serves a range of clients from family-owned businesses to exchange-listed companies and multinational corporations, as well as private equity and venture capital firms, family offices and high net-worth individuals, and institutional investors.

Bill has extensive experience in energy transactions and cross-border transactions across Latin America. He has served as lead lawyer in buying and selling oil and gas properties, pipelines, terminals, processing plants, storage facilities, and oilfield service companies. Fluent in Spanish, Bill regularly counsels U.S. and Latin American clients in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial matters involving businesses, operations and assets in Latin America.

Bill also counsels private equity funds and their portfolio companies with respect to investments ranging from portfolio company transactions, equity line investments and minority investments, as well as management compensation packages, corporate governance matters, add-on acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and dispositions. Additionally, he works with landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions and counsels borrowers in real estate and commercial financing transactions, including general corporate revolving and term loan facilities, acquisition finance, mezzanine facilities and asset-based loans.

Bill is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a group to which fewer than one-third of 1% of the members of the Texas Bar are granted admission.

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

San Francisco; Silicon Valley

Warrington S. Parker, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office.  His practice includes both civil and criminal matters.  He is a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group, .

Warrington's practice involves the representation of clients in both civil and criminal matters. These matters typically include government involvement or claimed violations of state and federal regulations or statutes.  Thus, Warrington has represented clients in False Claims Act matters, claims brought by the Federal Trade Commission, employment discrimination cases involving a federal research facility,  allegations of fraud and breach of contract brought against a client by a state, and allegations that a school board inappropriately spent bond monies in violation of California law.

Warrington has conducted criminal and civil investigations, both nationally and internationally, including FCPA investigations in China and  Japan.  Warrington has handled and managed state and federal civil cases from the filing of complaints to discovery and trial.  Since joining Orrick in 2008, Warrington has tried two criminal cases and three civil cases. 

From 1992 to 1996, Warrington was Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California, Criminal Division in Los Angeles.

Before joining Orrick, Warrington was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman.

Mark Parris Partner Intellectual Property, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Seattle

Mark S. Parris, partner in the Seattle office, is a member of the Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups.

"An outstanding trial lawyer, very strategic, very responsive and very creative," according to Chambers USA's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business. His experience includes litigating and assisting clients with drafting and negotiation of licenses and other contracts relating to the sale or distribution of hardware, software, medical devices, and other intellectual property and products.

Mark has substantial experience in representing clients in litigation and counseling concerning protection and misappropriation of trade secrets, enforcement of non-competition agreements and other competitive issues, as well as general commercial distribution practices and contracts. He was one of two patent litigators in Washington selected as an Amazing Attorney by Washington CEO magazine and was recently recognized as one of the top 30 trial lawyers in Washington. He has been a speaker nationally at various seminars on litigation and trial techniques. Mark has tried numerous cases - both jury and non-jury trials - has handled several arbitrations and mediations and has served as an expert witness.

In addition, Mark is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group. He has been named as the leading policy-holder side attorney in Washington State.  He has represented several Fortune 500 companies as well as the State of Washington, the Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys and several cities, counties and port authorities in insurance coverage disputes.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mark was a partner at Heller Ehrman.

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Amy Pasacreta Senior Associate Restructuring, Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments

New York

Amy Pasacreta is a senior associate in Orrick’s Restructuring Group.

She advises investment banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions on legal issues related to the purchase and sale of domestic and international par and distressed assets, including bilateral and syndicated loans, loan participations and derivative structured products. Amy also works with clients to structure deals involving preference, administrative and unsecured trade claims and assists clients in enforcing their rights in the bankruptcy case after the claims are purchased. She represents buy side and sell side clients in connection with private transfers of debt and equity securities, special situations investments, and transactional matters relative to in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Amy also has experience representing lenders on secured and unsecured financing transactions across a wide array of industries, including shipping, airline, energy and infrastructure.

Amy is a consensus builder with industry knowledge and working relationships with all major market players. She has extensive experience in the preparation and negotiation of bespoke documents under the LSTA and LMA regimes, and is routinely involved with cross-border transactions throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States. A seasoned practitioner, she coordinates efforts and resources across the firm to ensure transactions are handled efficiently.

Amy is an active member of the industry’s loan associations and provides training for in house counsel and operations teams at financial institutions.