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Cesar Valdez is an associate in Orrick's San
Francisco office and a member of the White Collar & Corporate
Senior associate in the Orrick corporate team, specialized (in transactional/litigation matters before Civil and Administrative Courts) in providing legal assistance to clients active in highly regulated markets, with specific focus on energy (including generation, infrastructures, incentives, PPA/EFET, and IPEX), environment (including waste, and EIA/IPPC), and pharmaceuticals (including AIFA regulations and wholesale distribution).
Michelle proposes creative solutions to achieve clients' desired outcomes in litigation and dispute resolution.
Michelle's experience includes cases involving breaches of contract, trade secrets misappropriation, and general commercial disputes.
She has also dedicated significant time to pro bono representations in civil rights and unlawful detainer cases. Her bono work has included second chairing a Section 1983 jury trial.
During law school, Michelle worked as a summer law clerk at Orrick and externed for the Honorable Judge Gregory W. Alarcon of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Danielle Van Wert, a senior associate in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Securities Litigation Group. Danielle's practice focuses on securities litigation and white collar criminal defense.
She represents companies and individuals in securities-related regulatory investigations, including SEC and FINRA matters, and also represents special committees in internal investigations. In addition, Danielle's practice focuses on shareholder derivative actions and actions brought under federal and state securities laws.
Prior to joining the firm, Danielle was an associate at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.
Clients count on Amy to move their business forward. Whether litigating a complex patent suit, or advising on a multi-faceted IP strategy, Amy incorporates an in-depth understanding of each client’s business, employees and corporate strategy into her solutions.
For her litigation practice, Amy’s ability to distill the most complicated technology across an array of fields, including telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, renewable energy, cloud computing, and big data, into relatable, every day concepts that has made her successful in persuading judges and juries alike. She has lead trial teams, litigated, and tried cases in state court in California, numerous District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and has briefed appeals before the 9th Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of California, and the United States Supreme Court. Whether litigating patent, trade secret, or IP contract disputes, Amy strives to put herself in her client’s shoes to ensure personalized results tailored to each client’s business objectives.
Amy also provides comprehensive IP counseling on issues including trade secrets protection, employee departure investigations, freedom to operate analysis, licensing strategies, data privacy protection, and regulatory compliance. She has also conducted comprehensive patent portfolio reviews and assisted with IP corporate transactions.
In addition to her IP work, Amy devotes significant time to her pro bono work. For more than a decade, she has assisted domestic violence victims, as well as led Orrick’s Bay Area summer program that enables law clerks to be certified to argue in Family Court to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders for domestic violence clients.
Barrie VanBrackle, a partner in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group. An authority on payments and consumer financial services compliance, Barrie co-leads Orrick’s Fintech team.
Her practice focuses on three areas at the cross-section of
the fintech space: consumer-facing financial and banking regulatory counseling
and investigations, payment card industry (PCI) and brand operating rules
(including PCI Data Security Standards), and strategic transactions and deals
on behalf of leading merchants, payment processors and industry vendors. In addition, Barrie has deep experience
advising corporate and private equity clients in M&A contexts and other
investments in fintech.
Barrie is a sought after speaker on the evolving regulatory and compliance issues surrounding payments and related e-commerce matters. Prior to joining Orrick, Barrie was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.
Virginie Vaquette is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Virginie practice focuses on French and European competition law, on both transactional and litigation cases: merger control, antitrust litigation before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, and State aid.
Prior to joining Orrick, Virginie was an associate at Clifford Chance for three years where she developed a particular experience in merger control and assisted companies in the context of investigations of the French and European competition authorities.
Robert P. Varian, senior counsel, served as a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office for 12 years, and was previously a partner in Clifford Chance US LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
He has been named to Lawdragon's Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America list, one of the most elite accolades in the legal profession, and as one of the top 20 lawyers of the year by The California Lawyer. He is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has successfully tried securities class actions to verdict (twice), and won one of the National Law Journal's top 10 defense verdicts in the United States in the major securities class action jury trial.
Bob has extensive experience in defending securities class actions, SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, and derivative lawsuits throughout the United States. He has led a wide variety of internal investigations centered in the United States and China, and has represented executives, directors and auditors in internal investigations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and in securities class actions and other shareholder litigation. He also has extensive experience in defending consumer class actions and complex business cases, and special expertise in representing Chinese companies and individuals in litigation and investigations.
Bob has successfully litigated numerous high profile cases that have received coverage in the national media.
Michaël Vaz d'Almeida is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
His practice focuses on French and European competition law, including anticompetitive practices, merger control, distribution law and State aid.
Prior to joining Orrick, Michaël worked as a legal intern at UGGC Avocats and Magenta and in the legal departments of Thales Communications & Security and Dexia Life & Pensions (Luxembourg). He was previously an intern at the French Competition Authority and at the Appeal Court of Paris.
L. Christopher Vejnoska, Partner and member of the Mass Torts and Product Liability practice, is located in the San Francisco office.
Chris, a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience handling precedent-setting trials, focuses on complex commercial, product liability, class action, mass tort and insurance coverage litigation. Chris typically handles an average of eight trials per year.
Involved in what The Washington Post described as the largest trial in U.S. history, at the time, Chris has counseled multinational companies entangled in lengthy, enterprise-threatening litigation and negotiated legal and business solutions involving billions of dollars.
Chris actively works on cross-office teams in the defense of Chinese companies and their products against American consumer claims; and has significant experience in assisting foreign aerospace companies with international arbitration disputes with first-tier aircraft manufacturers. Chris also has extensive experience in complex and commercial litigation, ranging from insurance recovery disputes to trade secret issues.
A notable complement to Chris's litigation practice is his transactional work earlier in his career. He previously represented large public companies in mergers, acquisitions, strategic investments and private financings; private companies in initial public offerings; and emerging growth companies in general corporate matters. Chris' experience also offers clients a unique perspective on risk mitigation strategies to avoid costly litigation in the future.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a partner at Clifford Chance and a partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was a member of the Policy Committee, a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Risk Management Committee and Chair of the Hiring Committee.
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Stephen Venuto, a partner who works out of both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is a member of the Technology Companies group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and media companies and their founders, advisors and investors.
Steve was Facebook’s first lawyer and is widely recognized as one of the leading startup lawyers in the country. The American Lawyer recently named him “Dealmaker of the Year”, recognizing his corporate work and representation of Instagram in its sale to Facebook, and quoting a prominent board member as saying that Steve “is an outstanding lawyer, but he’s also an outstanding business partner . . . [He] is someone who cares about everybody [who’s] involved in a company.” In September of 2013, the Daily Journal named him to its list of Top 100 Lawyers in California. In February of 2014, the Daily Journal named him to its inaugural Top Emerging Companies Lawyers list.
Numerous standout technology companies and their founders have turned to Steve for representation including Asana, Bleacher Report (sold to Time Warner), Facebook, Instagram (sold to Facebook), Mailbox/Orchestra (sold to Dropbox), Ooma, Pinterest, ResearchGate and Quora. He also works with new media companies including Brit & Co., Full Picture Productions (executive producer of Project Runway), Say Media, U2, Upworthy and Zuckerberg Media. Steve provides general corporate legal counseling and represents companies at all stages of their life-cycle.
Bryan D. Victor, a partner in the Sacramento office, is a member of the Public Finance practice group. His practice includes bond, disclosure, issuer’s and underwriter’s counsel work for tax-exempt and taxable financings, including transactions for the State of California, the California Department of Water Resources, the California State Public Works Board and 501(c)(3) organizations (with a primary focus on health care financings).
Bryan works on general public finance matters for the State of California, including the issuance of general obligation commercial paper notes, general obligation bonds, revenue anticipation notes and Build America Bonds, negotiation and review of credit and liquidity agreements related to such obligations and disclosure related to same. He also works on financings for the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority, including acting as the firm’s lead attorney for the issuer’s private placement program.