Margaret Abernathy is a managing associate in Orrick's Intellectual Property practice.
Margaret concentrates her work principally on complex technology-based litigation as well as copyright, trademark and trade secret portfolio management. As a former aerospace engineer, Margaret has a passion for finding innovative tech-driven solutions and brings to the table both a depth of experience in technology as well as an understanding of clients' bottom-line needs. Before practicing law, Margaret worked as a propulsion and satellite systems engineer in the defense and aerospace industry, and co-founded an all-female micro-rocket start up based out of Durham, NC.
Prior to joining Orrick, Margaret served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was an associate at a Vault 100 firm in Washington, D.C. She also worked in-house at SpaceX Technologies.
In addition, Margaret devotes her time to various pro bono matters. She is passionate about protecting veterans' rights relating to service-related injuries through the appellate process at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Federal Circuit.
Alessandro Accrocca is an Italian qualified lawyer and Partner in the Finance Group, based in the Milan office. He has strong experience in structured finance, banking law and banking regulation law.
In particular, he has participated in a wide number of transactions, such as debt, equity and structured products issues, securitisations, covered bonds, debt restructuring and derivatives, advising both domestic and international leading clients.
In 2005 – 2008, he worked as director in the Legal Group in London for UBS Limited, covering all legal matters connected with the business carried out by the bank in Italy.
Sacramento; Washington, D.C.
Sacramento; Washington, D.C.
Ian Adams is a public policy attorney splitting his time between Orrick's Sacramento and Washington, D.C., offices. He advises clients on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy with a focus on highly-automated vehicle technologies, privacy and insurance.
His experience in the automotive technology and mobility industry includes testifying before Congress about HAV deployment and regulation, as well as representing clients AIMotive, Baidu, Getaround, NVIDIA, and Scotty Labs.
In addition, Ian is the executive director of the International Center for Law & Economics, a think tank that promotes the use of law & economics methodologies to inform public policy debates.
Earlier in his career, Ian was vice president of policy at TechFreedom, a think tank focused on examining the disruptive impact of burgeoning technologies on law and regulation and was associate vice president of government affairs with the R Street Institute, where he coordinated the think tank's outreach and engagement at the federal, state and local levels.
He was also a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow with the office of California State Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, while Hagman served as vice chairman of the California Assembly Insurance Committee, and served as a legislative aide with the office of Oregon state Rep. Bruce Hanna, R-Roseburg, who was then co-speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. Ian has also worked as a law clerk for California’s largest insurance trade association.
Ian is a graduate of Seattle University, with bachelor's degrees in history and philosophy, and received his law degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the California, District of Columbia and Illinois bars.
Charles C. Adams, Jr., is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Finland (2015-2017) and Global Co-Head of Orrick's International Arbitration Practice Group based in Geneva.
Charles' experience spans four decades at the highest levels of international dispute resolution, in more than 300 international arbitration proceedings as counsel and chairman or party-arbitrator in arbitral fora all over the world.
Charles also has 10 years’ membership on the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).
Jonelle advises clients on a broad range of cross-border transactions and domestic matters. She provides advice to companies across a variety of sectors including technology, telecommunications, energy, and retail on general commercial, intellectual property, IT and data privacy issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jonelle spent time as a Technology, Media and Telecoms Associate for an international law firm and also gained experience working for a boutique intellectual property firm.
Jonelle has previously undertaken a virtual secondment at an international oil and gas company where she assisted with general commercial contracts and queries.
Los Angeles; San Francisco
Los Angeles; San Francisco
Eileen Aghnami, a Senior Associate with our Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark and copyright related disputes and litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Eileen worked as an associate for a boutique intellectual property law firm in the Los Angeles area. Her practice focused on U.S. and international patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, counseling, and litigation as well as filing UDRP Complaints and handling Internet Domain Name disputes and cybersquatting related matters.
Eileen also worked as a civil/field engineer for a General Contractor based in California and Hawaii, prior to attending law school.
Natasha Ahmed is an associate in our Technology Companies Group in London. Before moving into private practice, Natasha spent 5 years in the in-house legal team of a global brand management company.Natasha advises clients on cross-border transactions and domestic matters, providing general commercial, intellectual property, IT and data privacy advice across a broad range of sectors including technology, telecommunications, energy, and retail.
Ben handles high-stakes litigation at all levels of state and federal courts across the country as a member of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.
Ben's work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional, financial services, and administrative law. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.
Ben previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ben graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he participated in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic among other activities. Before law school, Ben was a high school English teacher in Philadelphia and worked for an education policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.
For more than 25 years, James Aiosa has represented clients in national and international complex toxic and mass tort litigation, including in state and federal class actions, multi-district litigation, and appeals, involving military, commercial/agricultural, and consumer products and associated chemical compounds.
Jim has deep case management experience, serving as lead coordinating counsel in litigation involving chemical exposures, environmental contaminants, herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, as well as other chemicals, compounds and products considered persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic.
Jim has also represented large commercial insurance companies in toxic tort, environmental, product liability, and property damage matters, including cases involving PCBs, TCE, asbestos, and tobacco, as well as employment discrimination class action claims.
Serving as lead counsel, Jim has had extensive involvement in a range of complex mass tort and class action products liability litigation, both foreign and domestic, involving military, consumer, and commercial/agricultural products containing dioxins and furans, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), pentachlorophenol (PCP), arsenic, cacodylic acid, and other organic arsenicals. He has defended chemical product manufacturers against claims involving cancers, endocrine-related disorders, neurological complaints, neurodevelopmental deficiencies and other alleged multi-generational effects, pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, fear of future diseases, and medical monitoring. Jim also has prodigious experience in developing the legal and scientific responses to such claims, including those for medical monitoring and future medical surveillance.
Jim has played an integral role in the development of his clients’ medical and scientific defenses and trial strategies relating to these issues, including the identification and development of medical and scientific expert witnesses and associated arguments and evidence. In the course of his efforts, Jim has worked closely with a range of world-class scientists and clinicians to apply efficiently and effectively principles of toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, and biostatistics, in the defense of his clients. Jim also has extensive experience addressing the complex procedural and jurisdictional issues, obstacles, and opportunities frequently presented by complex toxic tort litigation, particularly those venued internationally, including by developing and executing effective strategies for addressing such challenges and controversies both pre-and-post-litigation.
Jim has written extensively on complex/mass tort and related issues, and his articles have appeared in such publications as Mass Torts, LJN’s Product Liability Law & Strategy, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, among other media. Jim serves on the Adjunct Board of Advisors of the US-Korea Law Foundation and was formerly an appointed member of the Nassau County Asian American Economic Advisory Commission.
D. Isabel Ajuria is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of
the Corporate Group, whose focus is primarily on representing high
growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and
private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
During her time at NYU School of Law, Isabel was a legal intern for Gucci, and a Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.
Helen’s practice focuses on project development and financing in the renewable energy sector.
She advises clients on a wide variety of matters, including energy storage and power purchase agreements, debt and tax equity financing, and project acquisitions and sales. She also spent several months on secondment to the project finance group of a major U.S. renewable energy developer.
As a law student, 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.
Before practicing law, 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.