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Max Iles is an associate in the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution team in London. Max has experience advising on a broad range of dispute resolution matters, including English High Court litigation, internal investigations and parliamentary select committee hearings.
Max joined Orrick as a trainee in August 2016 and also has experience in the Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure, and Real Estate groups.
Blake Ilstrup, a Partner in the Seattle office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their founders, advisors and investors.
Blake brings a unique and invaluable mix of in-house, entrepreneurial, and law firm experience, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (co-founding one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms.
Blake’s experience spans multiple industries, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, fintech, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and retail. He has counseled high-growth companies on hundreds of venture capital financings and M&A transactions, numerous public offerings, as well as service as a trusted advisor to management teams and Boards on both strategic and day-to-day matters.
Blake is proud to have worked with a variety of technology and life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, including A Place for Mom (acquired by Warburg Pincus), Barclays, Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), CI Security, Deutsche Bank, fatfoogoo (sold to Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KITE Solutions, Oculus (Nasdaq: FB), Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Square Enix, Storm Ventures, Targeted Growth, TIBCO Software (Nasdaq: TIBX), U.S. Venture Partners, Xcyte Therapies, Zumobi, and Zipwhip.
Prior to his legal career, Blake served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf, where he was decorated for his performance during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.
Jesse Infeld, a managing associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jesse represents public and private companies across industries in a wide range of transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and private investment fund formation and portfolio transactions.
Jesse also advises technology startups, founders and venture capital firms in a variety of matters, including company formation, corporate governance and securities law, angel investments and venture capital financings.
Tokyo; Washington, D.C.
Tokyo; Washington, D.C.
John Inge is counsel in the Intellectual Property Group and resident in the Tokyo office. He has more than 30 years of patent and other intellectual property law experience divided between Japan and the United States.
John has experience handling matters involving a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor devices, consumer electronics, communications systems, computers and associated equipment, radar, optics (including fiber optics), medical and surgical devices, display systems, lighting devices, printing systems, electronic photography, energy storage devices and plastic molding technology.
John's legal practice spans patent litigation, interferences, validity and infringement investigations, and negotiations and licensing involving all aspects of intellectual property. Joint venture and research and development agreements in an international context are a particular area of his focus. He frequently counsels clients in both the United States and Japan on patent portfolio management and intellectual property strategies.
John currently teaches a course on International Intellectual Property Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He previously served on the adjunct faculty of George Mason University School of Law, teaching courses on interference practice and other advanced areas of U.S. PTO practice. He also taught international intellectual property law at Temple University Law School’s Tokyo campus. He also was the longest-serving chairman of the Board of Directors of Yokohama International School, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of secondary international education, and he currently chairs the school’s Board of Trustees. John regularly lectures throughout the Pacific Rim on intellectual property law topics. He is also a frequent lecturer on U.S. patent practice at public and in-house seminars in Japan.
Yuko Ino is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office. She regularly counsels domestic, regional and international funds in sophisticated real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development projects, financings, fund formation, joint ventures, and restructurings and workouts.
Yuko also handles various aspects of cross-border and domestic business transactions including energy projects, fintech related projects, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, international disputes, compliance matters, and general corporate matters.
Before joining Orrick, she worked at Morrison & Foerster from 2006 to 2010. Previously, she worked at Yanagida & Partners (formerly known as Yanagida & Nomura), a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.
Yuko is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Her practice mainly focuses on M&A, project financing, and permits and authorizations of renewable energy projects. She also handles real estate transactions, environmental conservation and fintech matters.
As of November 2018, Yuko has conducted legal due diligence for clients on 26 solar projects (total 1244MW) and 24 wind projects (total 233MW) in Japan, including Japan’s largest solar project (235MW) and Japan’s largest wind project (121.6MW).
Yuko has been appointed as special member of the Environmental Preservation Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations every year since 2006.
In 2019, Yuko was recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer for Japan in Projects and Energy: International Firms and Joint Ventures category by Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Francesca Isgrò, a Partner in the Rome office, is the responsible for the Administrative Law and member of the Banking & Finance Group. Francesca has extensive experience in administrative law, with a special focus on public contract work, tenders, supplies and services, and assistance and consulting in the event of litigation.
Throughout her career, Francesca has focused on administrative and public law. Parallel to her advisory work, she has been involved in litigation before both the administrative law and civil courts.
Her particular strengths are in general state-owned business and public agencies, utilities (gas, energy, waste, water and transport), public tenders and infrastructure, energy infrastructure projects, administrative, urban planning and environmental law, public sector real estate transactions.
She has also led development of the energy regulatory capability, supporting the transactional energy practice, particularly in renewable energy.
Francesca has lectured as teacher in several Master’s programs in "public procurements," organized by IPSOA and in several seminars in administrative law and urban planning at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She also has lectured as teacher in several Master’s programs in the renewable energy field.
Kazuo Isshiki is a senior associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Kazuo focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He also advises clients on general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kazuo was an associate in the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Scott Iyama is an advisor to leading technology and life science companies, and is the partner in charge of Orrick's Silicon Valley Office. Scott provides tactical guidance throughout the life cycle of high growth companies and has led clients through hundreds of financings and numerous mergers, acquisitions, and partnering transactions.
Scott is an experienced corporate lawyer who leverages his technical experience as a member of research teams at Genentech (Virology R&D) and the NASA Ames Research Center (Advanced Displays Lab) to provide a unique business and legal perspective to companies commercializing disruptive solutions in technology and healthcare. In recognition for such work, The Recorder named Scott one of its “Lawyers on the Fast Track” (one of 50 California attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s leaders).
Scott has represented a majority of such companies from inception, with many of the companies founded by leading entrepreneurs and scientists from Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and UCLA. He also works with non-profit entities, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area. Scott’s practice has included representation of numerous high growth companies, including:
Stemming from his experience and deep knowledge in the life sciences and technology industries, Scott is a frequently sought after advisor, speaker and author on technology companies. He routinely volunteers his time with entrepreneur groups and frequently lectures at forums such as the National Cancer Institute, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford Technology Venture Program, the University of California, Los Angeles and the California Life Sciences Association.
Stephen Jackson, partner in Orrick's Paris office, is a member of the Tax group. Steve's practice covers a wide range of U.S. federal income tax matters arising in connection with various domestic and international transactions, as well as financial products and tax planning for financial institutions.
His primary focus is on U.S. taxation of securitizations and re-securitizations, including collateralized debt and loan obligations, mortgage-backed securitizations, structured investment vehicles and other structured finance and financial markets transactions.
For over a decade, Steve has served as tax counsel to issuers and underwriters in numerous registered, agency and privately-placed RMBS transactions (primary issuances and re-securitizations), involving performing loans and non-performing loans, as well as other mortgage-related asset classes, such as servicing advances and tax liens, and in securitizations involving other asset classes such as credit card and auto loan/lease receivables. Steve also provides tax advice in connection with whole loan purchase transactions, including leveraged and nonleveraged acquisitions, joint ventures involving mortgage assets and repo and warehouse financings for various asset classes. Steve also advises financial institutions on tax issues in connection with their role as servicer, trustee or securities administrator under various securitization programs, as well as with respect to FATCA.
Steve writes and lectures on finance and international related tax topics and also participates actively in the tax committee and other initiatives of the Structured Finance Industry Group and other industry and bar-related organizations.
Johanna Jacob, an attorney in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on patent infringement litigation in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission, trade secrets, copyright, and complex commercial disputes.
Johanna has represented a broad range of technology companies in Federal and State Court, with a primary focus on bio-technology, high-tech laboratory equipment, and the healthcare industry. In addition, Johanna is a member of the firm's life sciences working group.
Johanna is also a registered patent attorney.
Prior to law school, Johanna conducted neuro-physiological research in the Vision Center Laboratory at the Salk Institute. During her time at Boston University, Johanna researched cellular signaling in prostate cancer at the Cancer Research Center in Boston University’s School of Medicine. Johanna also externed at Macropore Biosurgery in San Diego and in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering laboratory at Boston University.
Richard Jacobsen, co-leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, litigates a wide variety of matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and London Court of International Arbitration. He represents clients in diverse industries, including many that are highly regulated, such as the finance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, computer and consumer goods industries.
Richard has argued numerous appeals at the State and Federal levels and also has experience representing clients before federal and state regulators. He has argued multiple times before seven of the eight current Justices in the Commercial Division of New York’s Supreme Court, New York County. Much of his practice involves the intersection of litigation and public policy advocacy and his past and present clients include Credit Suisse, Citigroup Financial Products Inc., Wyeth, The Dow Chemical Company, Microsoft, DISH Network, and Acer Inc.
Richard's cases have received widespread media attention in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Reuters, among others. The Legal 500 recognized him for his work in "General Commercial Disputes," citing his "strong financial institution and corporate client base."