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Elena Kamenir Associate Antitrust & Competition

Washington, D.C.

Elena Kamenir, an Associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Antitrust and Competition practice group.

Elena has experience helping clients on competition matters before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and State Attorneys' General. Elena's practice also includes counseling on competition issues.

During law school, Elena worked as an intern for FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and at the Bureau of Competition. Elena also worked as a research assistant for two former FTC commissioners and at the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI). At GAI, Elena assisted in preparing articles and presentations to foreign competition enforcers on proposed amendments and draft guidelines. Prior to law school, Elena worked at an advertising agency.


Dennis Bent Senior Associate Structured Finance, Mortgage Related Securities

Los Angeles; Orange County

Dennis Bent, a senior associate in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.

His practice focuses on transactions relating to the sale and financing of all types of residential mortgage loans, including residential mortgage-backed securitizations, re-securitizations, repurchase facilities, servicer advance facilities, and net interest margin securitizations. Dennis also has experience in commercial finance and general corporate transactions. His recent experience includes work with issuers, underwriters and funds including Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, PennyMac, Ocwen Financial Corporation, Two Harbors Investment Corp., ResCap and Stonegate Mortgage Corporation.

Dennis is also an adjunct professor of Economics at Irvine Valley College and Citrus College. Dennis was a financial analyst at The Clorox Company and an adjunct professor of Economics at Diablo Valley College prior to attending law school. 


Ben Aiken Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Ben is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Ben's work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional, administrative, and immigration law.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice and participates in the Housing Right to Counsel partnership between Orrick, Legal Aid, and Bread for the City.

Ben previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ben graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he participated in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic among other activities.  Before law school, Ben was a high school English teacher in Philadelphia and worked for an education policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.


Helen Pennock Associate Public Finance

New York

Helen Pennock is a Public Finance associate in Orrick's New York office.

Helen has participated as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, disclosure counsel and borrower's counsel on municipal bond transactions in the affordable housing, not-for-profit, higher education, charter school and health care sectors.

Prior to joining Orrick, Helen was an Assistant Counsel at New York State Homes & Community Renewal.  Immediately after law school, she was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP in the structured finance group.


Julien Bensaid Associate M&A and Private Equity, Finance


Julien Bensaid is an M&A and Private Equity senior attorney based in Orrick's Paris office.

His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance, financing and restructuring. He has significant experience on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Julien worked as an associate in the M&A department of Fried Frank in Paris (2008-2013) and as a law clerk with Cleary Gottlieb and White and Case in New York and Paris (2006-2007).


Stephen Venuto Partner Technology Companies Group, Corporate

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.


Sten Jensen Partner Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

Sten Jensen, partner in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on complex intellectual property litigation.

He is a highly experienced trial lawyer and has represented clients in a number of patent infringement actions in federal courts and before the ITC in Section 337 proceedings. Sten has represented clients in patent litigation covering a wide range of technologies, including integrated circuits, semiconductors, medical devices, optical disk drives, printers, displays, digital cameras, Blu-ray players, and other consumer electronics products. He also has experience litigating trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and trade secret cases.

Sten is a former member of the Executive Committee of the ITC Trial Lawyers' Association and has been involved in numerous Section 337 cases since 1999. He has also practiced extensively in the Eastern District of Texas and defended numerous corporations in cases filed by patent trolls. Sten has lectured frequently on intellectual property issues facing companies in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan.


Spencer Cohen Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

New York

Spencer Cohen is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.

He advises both public and private companies in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and corporate governance matters.

Spencer was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2012.


Betsy (Colleen) Popken Managing Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Criminal investigations and lawsuits can lead to serious consequences for companies and individuals.  Betsy works with clients to resolve issues early on and helps clients achieve the best possible outcome.

For clients seeking to avoid lawsuits, Betsy has conducted over one dozen internal investigations worldwide – on issues ranging from potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations to potential Books and Records violations – and has helped clients update their compliance policies to prevent problems in the future.  For clients already faced with government investigations or lawsuits, Betsy has helped resolve matters under scrutiny by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  

Betsy is also a peace negotiation and public international lawyer.  She provides legal assistance to the Syrian opposition in peace negotiations mediated by the United Nations through Orrick’s pro bono client, the Public International Law & Policy Group.  Betsy was based out of Istanbul, Turkey and Geneva, Switzerland during the Geneva II peace negotiations in 2014 and the Geneva III peace negotiations in 2016, during which time she founded PILPG’s Istanbul office.  She has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and Europe to train and speak on issues including negotiations, transitional justice, constitution drafting, human rights, and rule of law.  


Peter J. Amend Senior Associate Restructuring, Bankruptcy Litigation

New York

Peter Amend is a senior associate in the Firm's Restructuring practice, where he has advised a variety of clients, such as ad hoc creditor groups, debtors and equity owners, in restructuring-related matters.

Upon graduation from law school, Peter clerked for the Hon. Martin Glenn, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Sourthern District of New York. Prior to joining Orrick, Peter was an associate at White & Case LLP in the firm's financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

Peter is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School where he served as executive articles editor for the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial Law. Peter is also a frequent author and contributor to the Distressed Download, Orrick's bankruptcy blog.  Some of Peter's works have been published in nationwide publications such as Law360.


Avi Rosenblit Managing Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

San Francisco

Avi Rosenblit is a Managing Associate in Orrick's San Francisco office and a member of the White Collar & Corporate Investigations group. 

Avi represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. He has experience in matters involving securities fraud, antitrust offenses, Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act compliance, health care fraud and off-label marketing.

Prior to joining Orrick, Avi was an associate in the Investigations, White Collar and Fraud practice group at Hogan Lovells. During law school, Avi was on a four-student team that obtained a plaintiff's verdict for a capital inmate in a federal civil rights jury trial. Avi has also worked as a health policy consultant with Sellers Dorsey in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco.