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William D. Berry, a compensation and benefits senior counsel in the San Francisco office, has a broad practice in the area of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation and welfare benefits.
William also has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses (including bankruptcy transactions), the restructuring of defined benefit pension plans, the defense of ERISA class action litigation, and public pension plan matters.
His clients include a wide range of large and medium-sized corporations, as well as individual and public clients. He also provides tax and retirement planning advice to many of Orrick's corporate clients.
William has been a frequent lecturer on employee benefits and related individual tax and fiduciary topics for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association; California Continuing Education of the Bar; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the Practicing Law Institute; the Western Pension & Benefits Conference; various Bay Area Estate Planning Councils; and other organizations.
William became a senior counsel in 2013 after having been an Orrick partner since 1999. Before joining Orrick, William was a partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco.
Michele Bertani is a special counsel in Orrick’s Milan office.
As a lawyer, he has extensive experience in intellectual property and competition matters, especially in the fields of copyright, media and information technology legal problems, trademarks, patents, advertising and antitrust law.
Michele is a full professor of intellectual property law at the Law Faculty of the University of Foggia. He also teaches commercial law and competition law at the same Faculty, Competition Law at the IULM University in Milan.
Geoffroy Berthon is an Energy and Infrastructure lawyer in Orrick's Paris office with a focus on public law and public contracts (notably concessions and PPP) as well as regulatory matters.
Geoffroy Berthon has an extensive experience in several key public infrastructure projects, railroad work infrastructures and hydroelectric concessions as well as renewable energies and marine sectors. He also works on regulatory and litigation matters notably in the energy sector.
He advises sponsors as well as lenders and he has been working with several public entities and governments, in France and Africa.
Recognized by the Legal 500 guide in public law and project finance, Geoffroy Berthon is quoted as a "one to watch" lawyer.
Before joining Orrick, Geoffroy Berthon worked as an associate with the firm Allen & Overy, in the Public and Environmental law department.
He is a lecturer in public contracts at Sciences Po.
Andrew helps both issuers and underwriters navigate complex municipal infrastructure financing transactions through creative solutions and dedicated client service. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Andrew’s practice focuses on public finance, which includes serving as bond counsel or disclosure counsel to cities, counties and other local governments, state agencies, school districts, institutions of higher education, 501(c)(3) nonprofit healthcare organizations, and special districts in connection with infrastructure financings and related projects. Andrew also has extensive experience representing national and regional investment banks in the underwriting of municipal bonds.
Andrew has represented clients in a wide range of public finance transactions, including tax-exempt and taxable, fixed and variable rate, and long- and short-term debt, general obligation and revenue bonds, direct purchases/private placements, credit and liquidity enhancement, and commercial paper financings. Andrew has experience with projects relating to transportation, water systems, public education, higher education, hospitals, and ports.
Over the course of his career, Andrew has prepared, negotiated and reviewed hundreds of complex agreements relating to municipal financing transactions, including trust indentures, loan agreements, and bond purchase contracts. Andrew also regularly advises clients with respect to bond election matters and compliance with federal securities laws, including continuing disclosure requirements under SEC Rule 15c2-12.
Pia Bhathal, an associate in Orrick's Santa Monica office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Pia represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, corporate formations, and venture capital financings.
During her time at Harvard Law School, Pia worked with a number of startups from the Harvard Innovation Lab and MIT.
Prior to joining Orrick, Upnit was a products liability and complex litigation associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and a mid-size firm in Upstate New York. Along with other clients, Upnit represented a consumer products company in the defense of thousands of personal injury cases in state and federal courts. She was the primary drafter of several motions and appellate briefs for cases in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and presented oral argument in state and federal courts. She was also deeply involved in the firms’ pro bono practice and was first chair in a trial dealing with First and Eighth Amendment claims.
Upnit has also clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and interned for the Honorable Thérèse Wiley Dancks of the Northern District of New York.
In law school, Upnit served as the Managing Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, an arguing member of the American Bar Association National Appellate Team, and was the recipient of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Executive Director Award.
Peter Bicks is a nationally recognized trial lawyer based in New York. Clients repeatedly turn to Peter for their most challenging, high-profile business disputes -- ranging from intellectual property to mass tort claims. Over the course of his career, he has proven he can win at trial in any forum, ranging from state court juries in Alabama, California, New York, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia to the International Trade Commission.
In recognition of Peter’s career trial work, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2015. Juries have compared him favorably to Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey. Chambers USA calls him “Enormously talented, extremely organized and a fantastic leader,” adding: “You can put him in front of a jury anywhere and he’ll connect with it.” And a peer in the trial bar told Law360: “What is most impressive is his ability as a true Field General – calmly directing his team’s efforts.”
Peter has received numerous other awards for his trial successes. Benchmark Litigation has recognized Peter as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America in its 2017 and 2018 editions “on the strength of historical and unwavering peer and client review, as well as proven achievements.” Law360 named him Media & Entertainment “MVP” in 2013 for his wins in “bet the company cases.” Lawdragon has recognized him for an “impressive track record of winning cases.”
Peter’s versatility is one of his hallmarks. To each case, he brings a combination of deft courtroom skills, strategic acuity and team leadership. The results have included a triumph in a bi-coastal battle for Dish Networks against the major television networks, fending off a multibillion-dollar lawsuit for Union Carbide in a hostile Texas courtroom against one of the nation’s winningest plaintiff’s lawyers, and protecting Nintendo’s popular Wii video gaming system before the ITC.
Peter defended DISH Network in a high-profile trial in Illinois where the FTC and various state attorneys general sought more than $700 billion in damages and penalties for alleged telemarketing violations, limiting recovery to less than one percent of that amount. Peter also represents Oracle in its high-stakes copyright infringement litigation against Google, currently on appeal, in which The Recorder proclaimed after his opening statement: “Oracle’s New Lawyer Comes out Swinging.” Additional examples of his opening statements, voir dires, cross-examination and closing statements, including accompanying graphics, can be found in the Engagements section below.
Peter serves as a member of Orrick’s Board. Before joining Orrick, Peter was a partner at Donovan Leisure. He captained his college tennis team to a national ranking, has successfully competed in major national sailboat competitions, and serves on the Board of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. With his wife Linda, he has three children: Avery, Isabelle and Phoebe.
Richard A. Bierschbach is Dean and Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School and an Associated Law Professor in the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation practice.
Richard has substantial experience advising clients across a wide range of cases, with particular expertise in matters involving novel or complex constitutional, statutory, administrative, or other public-law issues, appeals, and legal and strategic counseling. A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and to Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the D.C. Circuit, Richard served both as a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Solicitor General and as an Attorney-Adviser in its Office of Legal Counsel. During that time, he regularly counseled federal government attorneys on appellate and legal strategy issues and provided written and oral advice to the White House, the Attorney General and other executive branch offices on a broad spectrum of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory questions. He also practiced as an appellate litigator in the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 2001-03 and, more recently, as of counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Before his appointment as Dean, he was a tenured professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was Vice Dean from 2015-16.
Richard teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, criminal justice, and corporations. His published work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the University of Minnesota Law Review, among other journals. He twice—in 2013 and 2015—received the Best Professor Award from Cardozo’s graduating class. He has been quoted on legal developments by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC News, Slate, and other media.
James is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
James represents developers, electric utilities, lenders and investors in project financings, infrastructure projects, private placements, securities offerings and asset transfers. In the energy sector, his work focuses on the development, financing and construction of renewable generation facilities.
William Blackman, an associate in Orrick's Santa Monica office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
William represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions. Super Lawyers recognizes William as a "Rising Star" in Business/Corporate for 2018, a recognition given to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in California.
William began his legal career as a corporate associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. During his time at Stanford Law School, William worked with a number of startups.
Gregory A. Blonde is a member of the Public Finance Department in Portland, Oregon. Greg serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel and underwriter’s counsel on a wide variety of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions.
Greg primarily focuses on health care/senior living finance, airport transactions and traditional municipal bond work for cities, counties and special districts.
Greg is the lead associate on conduit bond transactions for many of the most active healthcare borrowers in the Pacific Northwest, including Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University, Salem Hospital, Asante, Samaritan Health Services and PeaceHealth. He is the primary associate on financings for many nonprofit senior living providers, including Pacific Retirement Services, Terwilliger Plaza and Capital Manor, and has worked on senior living bond transactions in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Wisconsin and Florida. Greg also maintains an active traditional municipal finance practice, serving as bond counsel for public bodies and municipalities such as The Port of Portland, the City of Lake Oswego and the City of West Linn.
Greg is a member of the Board of Directors of Youth, Rights & Justice, a nonprofit law firm that serves underprivileged children (primarily foster children) in the Portland area. In addition, Greg provides pro bono legal services to Iraqi refugees through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.
Brian Blood is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.
His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.
Brian was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2014.