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Helen’s practice focuses on project development and financing in the renewable energy sector.
During her time at Berkeley Law, Helen worked as a summer legal intern in the Administrative Law Judge Division of the California Public Utilities Commission, as a senior business analyst with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and as a legal trainee at Positive Planet UK.
Prior to law school, she led programs with state and local governments and ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs to advance the adoption of clean technologies, including battery storage, virtual power plants, commercial and industrial lighting and advanced building control systems.
Walter counsels private and public companies in their roles as sponsors, investors, lenders, and borrowers in energy and infrastructure projects.
His experience includes drafting and negotiating documentation specific to project finance, tax equity finance, bond offerings, and general corporate matters.
Jesse Albani, a managing associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.
Jesse has experience on a broad spectrum of tax-exempt and taxable financings, including advising issuers, developers and lenders on financings for single family and multifamily housing developments, charter schools, solid waste disposal facilities and general governmental obligations.
Stephanie Albrecht, a senior associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, focuses her practice on regulatory and internal investigations and complex litigation.
Stephanie has experience representing companies and individuals in SEC and DOJ investigations involving potential violations of the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, consumer protection laws, and other federal and state laws. Stephanie also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in securities, trade secrets, employment, and other complex commercial litigation matters.
Additionally, Stephanie devotes her practice to pro bono work, representing clients in adoption, immigration, and civil rights matters.
Stephanie is a regular contributor to Orrick's Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement blog and an Associate Editor of The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities.
During law school, Stephanie was a law clerk in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bill Alderman, a Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office, concentrates his practice on business litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in matters involving federal and state securities, corporate governance, technology, trade secrets, business torts and international disputes.
Bill is additionally recognized for the results he has obtained in insurance coverage, employee benefits, and federal and state antitrust disputes. He commits a substantial part of his time to pro bono representation and to representation of the firm.
Representing clients in class and derivative actions, Bill's approach is to minimize his clients’ overall cost through careful strategic planning, dispositive motions and aggressive negotiation. Only three of the many securities class actions he has defended have resulted in any settlement payment by his client or its carrier. Of his nearly 100 motions to dismiss securities class, mass or derivative actions since 1996, more than 90 percent were granted in their entirety (most with prejudice), while others were granted in part or led to a successful motion for summary judgment.
Nick is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Group.
Nick represents leading institutional real estate investors in a wide array of real estate transactions. He has significant experience in advising on, negotiating and closing acquisitions and dispositions of a wide array of real estate assets, commercial leases, secured financing transactions and joint ventures.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nick worked as a bankruptcy and finance associate in Chicago.
Colby Allsbrook is Of Counsel in the New York office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Colby has deep experience in financial services, asset-backed security and mortgage-related litigation, and has been at the forefront of litigation arising out of the financial crisis.
Prior to joining Orrick, he was a Director and senior litigation counsel at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, where he chaired the firm's Mortgage Securities Litigation Task Force and helped direct the bank's litigation response to the mortgage crisis. He previously practiced law in the New York offices of King & Spalding and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
Howard Altarescu is a partner in Orrick’s Finance Group. He co-leads the Firm’s global Fintech team, helping industry participants navigate this complex and evolving sector.
Howard Altarescu advises bank and non-bank financial institutions and governmental agencies in connection with innovative capital markets, debt financing and other transactions, as well as on the implications of financial markets regulation. Howard also co-heads the firm's Fintech team, which is focused on serving a wide array of fintech platforms and other businesses. Howard has previously served as Orrick's Finance Sector Leader, responsible for implementing the firm's strategy to provide distinctive transactional, litigation and regulatory services to financial institution clients globally, as well as co-head of the firm’s Finance Business Unit. In these roles, Howard has a broad strategic, advisory and business development role at the firm, drawing on many years of experience, both in law firms and as a banker helping clients develop innovative financial solutions to meet their objectives.
Most recently, Howard has worked on securitizations and other structured financings backed by marketplace loans and has advised numerous clients on the implications of the Madden v. Midland Funding case, the OCC "fintech charter" and related legal issues. Howard has also recently worked on a number of groundbreaking mortgage credit risk transfer transactions between Fannie Mae and major banks and other clients.
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 Southern 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.
Mona Amer, an Of Counsel in Orrick's Los Angeles office, is a member of the Litigation Group and the White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations Group. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.
Mona also has extensive experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts involving breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices.
A former Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court clerk, Easha focuses on appeals and dispositive motions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Easha served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and to Judge Paul Watford. Before law school, Easha worked as a journalist and as an investigator.
Candice Andalia is a Managing Associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the firm's Mass Torts and Product Liability practice. She represents clients in all phases of complex multi-party, consolidated, and class action litigation, and has handled significant actions involving the prescription drug and consumer products industries in federal and state courts, both at the trial and appellate levels. Candice also has extensive experience white collar, investigations, and securities litigation including allegations of off-label promotion, anti-kickback statute violations, False Claims Act violations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and other issues related to sales, marketing, and pricing practices.
In addition to her practice, Candice maintains an active pro bono practice handling civil and criminal appeals, with a special focus on cases in the service of Spanish-language speakers.
Candice received her JD from Cornell and two bachelors' degrees from Yale University, one in history and one in political philosophy.