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Jessica Pers, a lawyer in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Group and focuses on civil litigation, emphasizing antitrust, franchise litigation, trademark and copyright disputes and class actions.Jessica has handled both jury and non-jury trials and injunction proceedings in federal and state courts and has extensive experience in extraordinary writ practice and appeals before California and federal courts.
Additionally, she has advised clients in the computer industry and various manufacturing and service fields on trademark, copyright and antitrust issues, including issues relating to domain name use on the Internet. She has handled cases for major franchisers in the automotive service and home health care industries as well as state and federal antitrust actions against Microsoft, Levi Strauss & Co. and many television and movie studios. Recently, Jessica has had primary responsibility for large consumer class actions settlements arising from antitrust litigation against Microsoft.
Before joining Orrick, Jessica was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP. She was Managing Partner of that firm from 1992 to 1995 and Chair of the Promotion Evaluation Committee from 2001 to 2007.
Jeremy Peterman is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Jeremy’s work spans a number of subject areas, including intellectual property, administrative law, securities, and criminal law. He has represented leading technology companies before the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. He also maintains an active pro bono practice in Courts of Appeals and in the New York Appellate Division.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jeremy served as a law clerk to Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge David Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Scott Peterman, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Scott focuses on representing private fund sponsors and investors in the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including pan-Asian private equity funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure and real estate funds, private REITs, hedge funds, hybrid funds, emerging manager platform funds, Hong Kong authorized funds, and emerging market ETFs. In addition, he has advised on more than 170 managed account arrangements, representing sovereign wealth funds, universities, seeding and first-loss capital programs, family offices, and individual investors.
Scott has extensive experience representing both Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in a broad range of M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital financings, as well as relevant regulatory and compliance matters. He also counsels FinTech start-ups, develops compensation and profit-sharing schemes, and assists entrepreneurs in managing their wealth.
Scott offers clients a unique perspective with in-depth knowledge in the technology and telecommunications industries, having served for 13 years as a Silicon Valley senior executive prior to practicing law, including as Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea, director of Asia Pacific for Alcatel Data Networks and director of North American Corporate Development for Cable & Wireless.
Scott has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from clients for his “incredible base of knowledge”, “commercial acumen” and “awareness of what the client wants.” He is known as “a very experienced practitioner” with “unparalleled” expertise in “complex economic structures”. “Scott’s ability to understand what we wanted to accomplish and tailor-make our documents to our needs rather than giving us a ‘pre-hashed, cut-and-paste’ set of documents made him an unequivocal favourite,” a client noted. As an IFLR-designated “market leader,” Scott has been characterized as one of the “true leaders of their field,” with “a track record of high-profile innovative deals” and “recognized as the standout performers in their country or practice area.”
Scott’s personal research reflects his continuing interest in early Chinese Zen Buddhism. He is the translator of the Tang Dynasty classic, “Treatise on the Essential Path for Entering the Way through Sudden Enlightenment” and the Song Dynasty “Record of Dazhu’s Responses to Questions of Disciples from All Over.”
Prior to joining Orrick, Scott worked at Jones Day and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong, and practiced in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan for many years.
Nicholas Peterson represents individuals and corporations in complex civil litigation and white collar enforcement actions.
Nicholas has experience representing clients in federal and state civil litigation and before regulatory authorities. He represents industry-leading companies in sensitive and high-value disputes, including securities and commodities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, FINRA arbitration suits, and other complex business litigation matters. He has also represented clients in internal investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Nicholas maintains a dedicated pro bono practice, and has assisted in representing clients in matters related to child support rights, seeking attorneys’ fees for prevailing in a pro bono class action matter, and in drafting an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nicholas previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene S. Siler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Erin Pham is a Public Finance lawyer based in Orrick’s San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on water, wastewater, solid waste, and public power revenue bond financings.
Erin has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel on a wide variety of municipal securities transactions involving revenue bond financings, lease financings, certificates of participation financings, general obligation bond financings, and pooled financings.
Renee Phillips, partner in the New York office and Co-Head of Orrick’s Whistleblower Task Force, focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, with particular emphasis on Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank whistleblower issues and internal investigations.
Renee has successfully defended employers in federal and state court litigations as well as administrative proceedings and arbitrations involving claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, trade secret misappropriation and other employment-related claims. She regularly counsels employers on a variety of employment-related issues and assists clients in creating and implementing human resources policies, whistleblower policies, negotiating and drafting executive contracts, restrictive covenants and other employment agreements, and conducting internal investigations.
Renee is the co-author of the PLI treatise, Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era. She regularly writes and speaks on whistleblower and other employment topics.
Los Angeles; Seattle
Los Angeles; Seattle
Businesses of all kinds are facing complex legal issues relating to data collection, management, and security. As a cyber attorney in the firm’s nationally and internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Innovation team, Melanie Phillips works with clients to create practical solutions to their cyber and privacy concerns.
Melanie advises clients in various critical areas, including incident response planning, incident response, consumer breach litigation and regulatory enforcement actions. She has worked on cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations for a range of clients, including enterprise-wide network intrusions. Melanie also assists clients with digital crime investigations. With more than a decade of litigation experience, including in key areas of trade secret, employment, and consumer protection matters, she has a holistic understanding of the key drivers of privacy and security in organizations big and small.
Melanie has dedicated countless hours to pro bono work over her career, focused on issues relating to domestic violence. She was awarded the Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award in 2014 in recognition of her work with the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Clinic. She also earned the Pro Bono Award at Orrick for her outstanding commitment to pro bono work in 2007 relating a complicated VAWA petition on behalf of an Iraqi interpreter working for the United States military.
Jeff advises issuers, underwriters and lenders in a variety of transactions, with a focus on financings for multifamily and single-family housing and the securitization of pools of multifamily housing bonds and loans. Jeff has worked on other project-based financings, advising the developer in the case of natural gas-based fertilizer and chemical production facilities and the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, and advising the underwriter in the case of a biofuel production facility. Jeff was a member of the team that developed the first revolving loan fund to provide financing for facilities for charter schools.
Grégoire is a litigation lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Grégoire advises French and international companies on litigation matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Grégoire was an associate at Fieldfisher in Paris.Grégoire also worked as an intern in various law firms as Kalliopé and White & Case in Paris as well as in the Paris Court of Appeal and at the legal department of CACEIS Bank in Luxembourg.
Michelle is an associate in the Energy & Infrastructure group in Orrick's Houston office.
Michelle focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development and general corporate matters for clients in the oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
Tierra D. Piens, a lawyer in Orrick’s San Francisco office, represents large corporations in high stakes and complex litigation.
Tierra has experience litigating a variety of class action and complex single-plaintiff employment law disputes, including cases alleging violations of wage-and-hours laws, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.
Embodying her drive to find solutions to her clients' legal concerns, Tierra has quickly gained an expertise in advising employers of their rights, duties, and obligations as it pertains to conducting business during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic.
While her practice focuses primarily on the representation of large corporate clients and emerging companies, Tierra also devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and low income individuals.
Tierra received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she also earned a Law & Technology Certificate of Specialization as recognition for her extensive coursework in technology law. While attending law school, Tierra was a member of the Berkeley Technology and Law Journal, and an editor of the Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy.
A former judicial extern on the Northern District of California, Tierra has experience navigating both the federal and state court systems.
Andrea Piermartini Rosi, a partner of the Rome office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. His practice focuses on corporate law, corporate governance and employment law issues. He also practices tax law.
Andrea is an expert in M&A transactions, such as mergers, de-mergers, acquisitions, transfer of going concerns, disposal and outsourcing. He is also active in corporate restructurings and turn-around. In these transactions (carried out both locally and cross border), Andrea focuses on employment law strategies and issues.
Andrea is an Italian qualified lawyer since 2000, Certified Public Accountant since 1987, Certified as Trustee in Bankruptcy and Accounting Auditor since 1995.
Before joining Orrick, Andrea was a partner at Tonucci & Partners Law Firm. He has been head of the team for the drafting of the new customs code for the Republic of Albania and related implementation regulations, as well as the Code of Accise and related implementation regulations.
Andrea is a speaker at numerous national conventions on tax and corporate governance topics.