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Francesca Proietto, an associate in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Francesca has extensive experience in corporate and civil law matters, commercial agreements, domestic and cross border litigation in commercial and civil law and also arbitration.
She has developed experience in the European litigation legal system, working in France and Scotland.
Prior to joining Orrick, Francesca was an associate in De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani Law Firm. Previously, she worked in an Italian law firm, providing advice both in transactional matters and in banking and commercial litigation.
Henry Putzel III (“Pete”) is Senior Counsel in Orrick’s New York office. Pete focuses as a defense lawyer on both criminal and civil white-collar cases and attorney disciplinary matters.
Pete graduated from Yale College and the Yale Law School. From 1968 to 1970, he was associated with Davis Polk and Wardwell. From 1970 to 1974 he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. While serving in the Criminal Division of that office, he received the Assistant United States Attorney’s Award “for superior performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.”
From 1974 to 1979, he served as Associate Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law, where he taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Trial Advocacy and Constitutional Problems in Criminal Law. From 1979 through 2016, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he taught Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy and served as coordinator of Fordham’s Trial Advocacy program. In 1997 he was honored by Fordham’s Student Bar Association as a co-recipient of the Eugene J. Keefe Memorial Award “for outstanding contributions and service to the Fordham Community.”
Pete entered private practice in 1979. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council. Pete is a Past President of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past Trustee of the Federal Bar Foundation and currently serves on the Board of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. From 1995-2016 Pete served as a member of the Magistrate-Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and, from 1998 through 2000 served as Chair of the panel.
Pete is the recipient of the 2005 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award, conferred jointly by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the American Inns of Court.
Trademark and copyright litigator Mark Puzella protects some of the world’s most powerful brands and emerging technologies. Clients rely on his ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise, whether developing comprehensive strategies to avoid litigation where possible, or succeeding in litigation when necessary.
As a trial lawyer, Mark excels at handling accelerated, complex cases. For example, as lead counsel for New Balance, Mark won a swift six-month International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation concerning claims of trade dress infringement. The ITC ruled in favor of his client, finding that the plaintiff had no rights in the claimed design. And, as lead plaintiff counsel for Explorica in a trademark case, he won a jury verdict just ten weeks after filing the complaint. During that short span, the parties engaged in complete discovery, including taking and defending numerous fact and expert depositions. Clients routinely ask him to take over matters at the close of discovery or prior to trial, which presents unique challenges and time constraints.
He is also skilled at explaining complex concepts and technology to judges and juries in a persuasive, intelligible style. In the high-profile Supreme Court case ABC v. Aereo, he led the trial and appellate team’s presentation of the key technology. That presentation was the basis of the trial court’s denial of a preliminary injunction, and the Second Circuit’s affirmance of that decision.
Mark draws upon his litigation experience to help clients anticipate and avoid legal issues related to new technologies and brands. For example, Mark has advised numerous technology and media companies on the creation, use, and delivery of content and helped clients assess whether their products will withstand investor and competitor scrutiny. He also has significant experience advising on branding and re-branding projects, including private brand or store brand clearance and risk assessments.
Mark’s exceptional record has earned him praise as a problem solver from client and peer surveys. World Trademark Review 1000 has called him “intelligent, thoughtful and client-oriented” and “incredibly impressive.” Legal 500 has described him as a “smart, creative” trial lawyer who “anticipates everything.” And in 2016, IP Law360 named two of his cases among the top ten trademark decisions of the year. However, Mark’s greatest accomplishment lies with his client relationships. At every turn, in every case, Mark’s clients know their problems are his problems and that his ultimate focus is helping them grow their businesses.
Alessandra Quattrini is a Special Counsel in the Rome office and member of the Litigation Group of Orrick. She specializes in Administrative and Public Law, with particular focus on public contracts for Infrastructure and transportation, works, supplies and services, handling both transactional and litigation matters.
Her practice comprises of legal assistance on Administrative and Public Law, Transportation and infrastructure, project financing, public utilities, Public Companies, healthcare, constructions and city planning, landscape restraint, and the environment.
In 1995, she collaborated with the Deputy-Ministry of Industry, in Rome. From 1992 to 2003, she was responsible for the Department of “Administrative Litigation” of the Legal and Administrative Litigation Office of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata."
Before joining Orrick, Alessandra was a partner at the boutique law firm Studio Associato Crisci and at Studio Carnelutti of Rome.
Jeff is a Senior Associate in Orrick's Austin office, and a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice. He draws on experience as a software engineer, a business owner, and a judicial clerk at both the Tenth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court to represent clients in high-stakes appeals and trials in Texas and throughout the country.
Experience matters. Lawyers must help generalist judges and lay juries quickly grasp intricate topics in unfamiliar areas. Jeff has written software, managed engineers, run a business, and helped judges at all levels decide cases and draft opinions. He uses this diverse background to translate complex technical, commercial, and legal concepts into simple and persuasive language that courts, juries, and clients can comprehend.
Jeff's practice focuses on appeals of all stripes, intellectual property litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He has represented clients in industries ranging from computer hardware and software, to cellular telephony, oil and gas, real estate, construction, and many others. In the process, he has assisted clients on matters involving alleged breach of contract, negligence, patent infringement, and trade secrets, as well as in federal appeals on a variety of issues. Jeff also has represented clients before the International Trade Commission in product exclusion investigations, and before the Patent and Trademark Office in the prosecution of patent applications and inter partes review proceedings.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jeff served as a law clerk for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court and, several years earlier, for then-Judge Gorsuch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Between his clerkships, Jeff worked as an associate at two major national law firms, where he engaged in a mixture of commercial litigation, patent litigation, patent prosecution, and appeals. Before law school, Jeff designed and wrote software in Silicon Valley, managed engineering teams at a high-technology startup company that later went public, and founded his own real estate investment and brokerage practice.
Alison J. Radecki is a partner in Orrick’s Public Finance Department. Since joining the firm in 1999, Alison has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower’s counsel, bank counsel and credit enhancer’s counsel.
Alison has been involved in financings for healthcare institutions, education institutions (including charter schools), cultural institutions and other nonprofit entities, municipalities and public power agencies. She regularly serves as bond counsel to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and The Trust for Cultural Resources of The City of New York.
Alison has extensive experience with variable rate debt, tax-exempt and taxable debt, letters of credit and liquidity supported bonds, conversions, restructurings, reofferings, setting up direct purchase programs for banks, as well as assisting in the creation of various interest rate products for her underwriting clients. Most recently, she has focused on post-issuance compliance matters, in particular assisting industry participants with the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, as well as with their ongoing continuing disclosure compliance obligations.
Alex Radisich, an associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, is a member of the firm's Structured Finance and Banking and Finance Groups.
During law school, Alex served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a law clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Emily is an associate in the Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group.She has represented clients in a wide array of matters in both federal and state court, including class actions, actions against the government, securities defense, white collar defense, arbitration consultation, and matters focused on protecting her clients' contractual rights and intellectual property interests.
Joshua Raff is a senior counsel in the New York office.
Josh advises issuers, underwriters, investment funds, institutional investors, fund sponsors and investment advisors and other financial institutions on a variety of complex financing and capital markets transactions, as well as asset purchases and sales, asset- and mortgage-backed securities, fund formation, corporate transactions with respect to asset management entities and platforms, and related matters.
He has participated in many novel transactions and in the development of innovative structures on behalf of a wide array of participants in the financial markets, and has spoken and participated in panels on a range of relevant topics.
Josh has long been recognized as a leading practitioner in publications such as Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal, New York Area’s Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Expert Guides: Best of the Best USA, The Legal 500 and others. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Capital Markets Law Journal.
Hari Raman, a partner working across our Bay Area offices in our Corporate group, is
a member of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices.
Hari focuses on the technology industry. He centers his practice on leading companies in core technology markets through all aspects of the M&A process. By virtue of his focused industry experience, Hari understands the unique issues, deal terms and trends at play in technology M&A, allowing him to optimize efficiency, transaction execution and results for his clients.
Hari advises public, private, emerging and late-stage technology companies in domestic and cross-border M&A, majority/minority investments, restructurings and general corporate matters. He works closely with serial acquirers implementing their buy-side M&A strategies, and with venture-backed companies, founders and investors in M&A exits and other liquidity transactions.
Hari has also previously worked in Asia and the Middle East on complex, cross-border M&A, and leverages that experience in leading tech-focused M&A transactions across the globe, including China, India, Israel and the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining Orrick, Hari was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is qualified to practice in both California and New York.
Dimitrie Ramniceanu is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Dimitrie Ramniceanu’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including public tender offers, M&A, joint ventures, capital market and private equity transactions.
Mr. Ramniceanu advises private and listed companies, financial institutions and investors and has extensive experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions.
In addition, Mr. Ramniceanu regularly represents French and foreign companies with respect to strategic disputes relating to corporate and securities laws.
Prior to joining Orrick in September 2017, Mr. Ramniceanu practiced law in the Paris office of another leading international law firm and worked also as a junior analyst at a first-class investment bank.
In 2011, Mr. Ramniceanu received the HEC Paris/Allen & Overy prize for his work on public tender offers.