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  • Public Finance

Erin Pham Senior Associate Public Finance

San Francisco

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.



  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Renee Phillips Partner Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations, Employment Law & Litigation

New York

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.



  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Melanie Phillips Cybersecurity Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Class Action Defense

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.



  • Public Finance

Jeffrey Philp Partner Public Finance

New York

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.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Gregoire Piat Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


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.



  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Corporate
  • Oil & Gas

Michelle Pichardo Associate Energy, Renewable Energy


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.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Employment Advice & Counseling

Tierra D. Piens Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Trade Secrets Litigation

San Francisco

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.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Tax
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Corporate

Andrea Piermartini Rosi Partner M&A and Private Equity, Tax


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.




  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Steve Pierre-Jean Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

New York

Steve Pierre-Jean is a Corporate associate in the New York office.

Steve's practice focuses on advising private companies on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters.

Steve was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2016.



  • Structured Finance
  • Banking & Finance

Daniela Pietrini Of Counsel Structured Finance, Banking & Finance


Daniela Pietrini is a senior Italian qualified lawyer, Of Counsel of the Finance Group and based in Italy. She has a strong background in securitisations of a wide variety of  performing and non-performing assets.

Daniela represents leading national and international market operators (arrangers, originators and/or investors) in the context of structured finance and debt capital market transactions, securitization transactions and financing transactions. 

Her experience includes the legal assistance to investment funds, banks and servicers in their investments for the purchase and management of non-performing and “unlikely to pay” receivables.

Wolfram Pohl Partner Tax

San Francisco

Wolfram Pohl, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. His practice focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, municipal finance and project finance. 

He has expertise on the tax implications of transactions involving energy projects and public infrastructure projects.  He has represented developers and tax investors in financings for both wind and solar projects.  Wolfram has experience in structuring and negotiating transactions to take advantage of tax credits, Treasury cash grants, depreciation benefits, and other available tax benefits.  His practice also focuses on tax-exempt bond financings for multifamily housing projects.  He has experience in a variety of tax issues, including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and real estate transactions. 



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Technology
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Jaak Poldma International Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


Jaak is a dual-qualified lawyer (New York and England & Wales) and represents large companies in litigation and international arbitration. Most of his clients are in the technology, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Jaak has a wide range of experience in key aspects of dispute resolution, including discovery, oral advocacy, trial proceedings, and enforcement of arbitral awards. As a former professional tennis player, he is a competitive and passionate advocate for his clients’ needs. 

Jaak is currently working on several international arbitration matters in the energy and infrastructure sector. He is representing international companies in ICC and LCIA proceedings which arise from disputes in Africa, CIS countries, and the Gulf region. When practicing in the U.S., he represented Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a high stakes copyright trial known as the "World Series of IP." Jaak is also active in Orrick's pro bono program, having acted on behalf of single mothers in the New York Family Court and a Nigerian citizen facing deportation. In addition to his disputes-related work, Jaak has written and spoken on legal issues affecting blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies and advised companies in this space.

Jaak graduated in the top 10% of his class at U.C. Berkeley and, during law school, was a judicial extern to the Honorable Jon S. Tigar at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Before his legal career, Jaak was a professional tennis player. He is a three-time NCAA champion and was a member of the Estonian Davis Cup team.