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  • Cross Border Employment Law Issues
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Employment Advice & Counseling
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations

Michael Disotell Employment Law Career Associate Cross Border Employment Law Issues, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Mike litigates "bet the farm"-style class and collective actions and provides cost-effective solutions to clients with the company's overall business model in mind.

Lawsuits can undermine business strategy.  Mike understands this and approaches legal solutions with a sensitivity towards how litigation may impact the client's overall business goals.  He applies a creative approach in advising clients in several industries, including tech, finance, and retail. 

Currently, Mike is defending a tech giant in a major class action alleging disparate impact based on gender.  His involvement includes addressing novel privilege issues, strategizing eDiscovery solutions, and positioning the client for opposition to class certification.  Besides litigation experience, Mike also counsels clients regarding OFCCP investigations, wage and hour compliance, and cross border human resources issues. He is also a member of the firm's Whistleblower Task Force and Blockchain Working Group.  In 2017, Mike was awarded Orrick's Community Responsibility Award for his involvement with several local service projects.

Mike graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law, where he was also awarded the Public Service Fellow distinction, received several CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, and competed as a member of Ohio State's National Moot Court Team.  He received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, magna cum laude, where he now serves on the College's Alumni Council.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Internal Investigations
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • False Claims Act
  • Anti Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act
  • Class Action Defense

Ben Dobkin White Collar Career Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Internal Investigations

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Ben Dobkin draws upon his investigative background to guide companies through precarious situations.

To do so, Ben tenaciously uncovers the facts of each matter, determines potential liability and recommends a path to resolution. His cases have included domestic as well as international investigations, involving allegations ranging from False Claims Act violations to an illegal kickback conspiracy. In addition to his white collar practice, Ben has also defended a major tech company in a significant gender discrimination matter. Ben helped his team defeat class certification and strategize on motions for summary judgment.

Ben’s ability to relentlessly unravel a mystery stems from his time spent as a police officer and in the Navy. Prior to Orrick, Ben worked in law enforcement for nine years where he investigated everything from commonplace crimes to complex financial fraud schemes. Ben also served in the United States Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. He was deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

In addition to his legal practice, Ben uses his investigative skills to serve the community in various pro bono matters. In the effort to criminalize sexual extortion, Ben is helping legislatures close loopholes so they can successfully prosecute offenders. He also helped a domestic violence survivor secure a critical restraining order.



  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Davis C. Doherty Managing Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley; San Francisco

Davis Doherty advises startups and investors as part of Orrick's Technology Companies group, which focuses on representing high growth technology companies in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance and securities matters.

Davis earned a Ph.D in mathematics and worked as a mathematics professor before becoming a lawyer. He worked in Orrick's Intellectual Property group prior to joining the Technology Companies Group.

He lives with his wife and son in San Francisco, California.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Oil & Gas
  • France
  • Germany

Nicole Dolenz Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Nicole Dolenz is a dual trained, multilingual, international commercial and investment arbitration specialist representing multinational clients around the world. Nicole has outstanding knowledge in foreign investment disputes involving states and the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors.

Nicole has over 20 years’ experience representing clients in international arbitration, having practiced in one of the biggest law firms in the world in New York for 6 years, an Austrian firm in Vienna for 5 years and a major US firm in Paris for 7 years, before joining Orrick. Dual trained in both civil and common law jurisdictions, Nicole has conducted arbitrations under all the main international arbitration rules including the ICC, AAA, SCC, UNCITRAL, ICDR and ICSID as well as local European arbitration institutions such as the Vienna Chamber (VIAC), CEPANI, Swiss Chamber and DIS. Her cases have spanned a variety of industries including oil and gas, nuclear energy, aviation, construction, food and beverages, transportation, and insurance. Most recently Nicole has worked on multi-billion dollar gas price review arbitrations for a major European producer and several construction arbitrations, including an US$8 billion ICC arbitration for the world’s largest shipbuilder. She is frequently nominated to act as arbitrator and speaks and publishes regularly on questions of international commercial and investment arbitration, notably, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Investor-State Arbitration 2019 – Country Questions and Answers: France. Nicole is a former member of the Executive Board and Global Boards of ICDR Y&I and practices in English, German French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.  



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

John Donaleski Partner Energy, Infrastructure

New York

John Donaleski focuses on complex financings for energy and infrastructure assets, primarily in connection with acquisitions.

He represents sponsors, investors and financial institutions in financings and acquisitions for various energy and infrastructure assets, including conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, telecommunications infrastructure and a broad range of other infrastructure assets. Notably, he is experienced with energy and infrastructure term loan B, mezzanine / holdco and bridge financings, with a focus on acquisition financings relating to private equity and infrastructure fund acquisitions.

John’s recent experience includes representing the acquiror of a portfolio of power plants in the negotiation and financial close of an acquisition financing term loan B. He has also structured various bespoke financing solutions in connection with acquisitions of telecommunications infrastructure.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Lara Donnedieu de Vabres Managing Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Lara Donnedieu de Vabres is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, venture capital and private equity, notably on cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Lara worked on corporate and tax matters as a legal intern at Orrick’s Paris office, Jeantet's Paris office and Arsène Taxand's Paris Office.

Nathan Dooley Chief Practice Officer - Corporate


Nathan Dooley serves as Orrick's Chief Practice Officer for the Corporate Business Unit. Comprising nearly 400 lawyers globally, the unit encompasses the firm’s M&A, private equity, capital markets, cyber & data privacy, compensation & benefits, tax, funds, and international trade & compliance practices, as well as Orrick’s startup-focused practice.

Nathan works closely with business unit and practice group leaders to lead strategic and financial planning efforts, improve global operations and business management, and coordinate business development and lawyer recruiting.

Prior to Orrick, he served as Director of Practice Management for Baker McKenzie. In that role, Nathan led firm-wide operational projects and managed a variety of practice groups on a global basis. Nathan also spent a portion of his career improving the delivery of legal services and internal knowledge management, with a securities focus, as Director of Knowledge Management for Baker McKenzie. Prior to that, Nathan was an associate at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison as well as Baker McKenzie.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Africa

Marie-Elise Douge Associate Energy, Infrastructure


Marie-Elise focuses on project financing and development in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Marie-Elise is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer in Orrick's Paris office. Marie-Elise intervenes on projects across Europe and Africa, with experience in public-private partnerships, energy projects and corporate transactions.

Marie-Elise has advised Vinci airports in the acquisition of a global airport portfolio from Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System (nine airports and three partial management contracts) and the ongoing potential concession for seven airprots in Cape Verde. Marie-Elise has also advised sponsors on energy infrastructures in West africa.


  • Technology Transactions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate

Janice Dow Associate Technology Transactions, Technology Companies Group

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

Janice Dow is an associate in the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.

Janice focuses on technology transactions, including drafting and negotiating commercial and intellectual property agreements. Janice has also provided general corporate counseling and closed venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions.

Janice is also CIPP/US certified as an Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Before joining Orrick, Janice worked in the field of market research.



  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Africa
  • M&A and Private Equity

Rebecca Downes Senior Associate Infrastructure, Energy


Rebecca focuses on mergers and acquisitions, gas and LNG sales arrangements and project development activities within the oil and gas industry.

Rebecca has significant experience of acting for a broad range of clients including IOCs, financial institutions and project companies on a variety of domestic and international upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions. Recently, she has been advising clients with interests in Africa, South America, Central Asia and the UKCS.



  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • CCPA Readiness
  • GDPR Readiness

Tori Downey Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, CCPA Readiness


Victoria ("Tori") Downey is an Associate in Orrick's internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice group. Her practice focuses on the intersection of privacy, security and data management.

Tori partners with clients to navigate through the patchwork of global laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity. She also helps clients reduce the risk of privacy and security incidents.

Prior to joining Orrick, Tori served as an in-house data privacy & security law clerk at a pharmaceutical company in Boston, at a large non-profit corporation in New York City, and at an international oil and gas company in Beijing. She also worked on data privacy matters in the Office of the General Counsel of Northeastern University. Having worked across and within a broad array of industries, she brings an in-house perspective to her client matters.