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Will Turani Director of Administration, Bay Area Offices

San Francisco; Los Angeles

Will joined Orrick in late 2001 as Director of Operations and served as an integral member of the management team that created the Global Operations Center (GOC), a first of a kind U.S. law firm insourcing facility, in 2002. Today, he is responsible for managing and sustaining operations, growth and employee engagement.

Will also has firmwide responsibility for managing several of the firm’s operational relationships, including Williams Lea and AMEX, and serves as Director of the Firm’s Community Responsibility Programs.

Prior to joining Orrick, Will was the City Manager of Wheeling, West Virginia, for four years and the Assistant City Manager for four years prior to promotion to City Manager. He also served as the County Administrator for Hancock County, West Virginia, from 1989 to 1993.

Will is a graduate of West Liberty State College with a BS in Political Science and holds a MPA degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University.

He is married to Tracey (Nichols) and has two children, Nicholas, age 26 and Anna, age 20.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Jerry Edward Turner Senior Counsel Public Finance

Austin

Jerry has more than 40 years of experience in public finance and has served as senior attorney in connection with the representation of various public clients, including state agencies, university systems, cities, counties, transit authorities and other political subdivisions.

Jerry's public finance practice includes serving as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel in connection with municipal bond offerings. In addition, Jerry represents various public funds and endowments in connection with their investment activities.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Italy

Christian Turotti Associate Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

Milan

Christian Turotti is a Real Estate Lawyer member of the Finance Group in the Milan Office.

Christian works on a range of commercial real estate matters including lease agreements, acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios, development and redevelopment projects, funds formation and liquidation, as well as other corporate real estate activities and joint ventures.

He has represented various funds, developers, corporations, financial institutions and asset management companies, both domestic and international, in transactions involving commercial, residential, hotel and industrial assets.

He has also gained significant expertise in transactions involving assets owned by distressed companies, carried out in pre-insolvency or bankruptcy procedures.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions
  • Mortgage Related Securities

Jasmine Y. Tzeng Managing Associate Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

San Francisco; Los Angeles

Jasmine advises institutional investors, investment funds, fund sponsors and developers in all phases of real property investment, development, secured financing, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate portfolios, hospitality, construction and other corporate real estate activities.

In particular, Jasmine is experienced with negotiating and drafting documentation unique to the hotel industry, including management and franchise agreements, construction and development agreements, and mezzanine loan agreements.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Private Litigation
  • Antitrust (Cartels)
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & IP
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Howard Ullman Of Counsel Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust Counseling & Compliance

San Francisco

Howard Ullman, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation and the Antitrust and Competition Groups. He focuses his practice on competition and antitrust law, trade regulation, unfair competition, class action and complex litigation issues.

He has extensive experience advising on distribution law and distribution system issues (including competitor collaborations, pricing issues, non-price restraints and dealer termination issues). He routinely addresses and counsels on the antitrust / intellectual property interface.

Howard represents Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in the national DRAM antitrust price-fixing cases. Other price-fixing experience includes representation of a defendant in the DRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation and a large purchaser in connection with the SRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation, and representation of companies in alleged school milk and paint pigment cartels.

He has also worked on antitrust cases for PG&E Corporation, Equifax, One Technologies, and a number of other companies. He regularly counsels companies on competition issues, including Robinson-Patman Act (price discrimination) issues and market concentration issues. He has worked on a number of Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code Section 17200 (unfair competition) litigations. He has also worked on a number of antitrust-healthcare related matters, including mergers and acquisitions.

Howard has worked on antitrust cases in the life insurance industry and for Microsoft Corp. in connection with intellectual property issues. He recently finished cases for a supplier of industrial equipment (commercial scales) and involving below-cost pricing in the retail gasoline industry. He also recently worked on a Section 2 case for a pool products manufacturer that resolved favorably.

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Practice:

  • Corporate

Federico Urbani Associate Corporate

Milan

Federico Urbani, an Associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.

Federico has a specific experience in M&A transactions – inter alia stock and other financial instruments purchases, such as investment funds’ units – as well as in other complex corporate transactions. In this field, he advised both private and public Italian and foreign companies, in relation to national and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

His activity is focused on company and corporate matters, corporate governance, capital markets (with a specific expertise in the banking and financial regulatory frameworks), as well as in drafting national and international commercial agreements.

Federico has authored several publications in the fields of corporate law, contract law and financial regulation.

Federico is currently a PhD Student at Bocconi University in Milan (Business and Social Law - Diritto dell'Impresa) and a Teaching Assistant in company law at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

Before graduating, cum laude, at Bocconi University in Milan, Federico spent a semester abroad at Freie Universität in Berlin (Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2014) and at Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne in Paris (Mar. 2014) within the Themis Exchange Program, earning the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.

Before joining Orrick, Federico has been twice a summer intern in the London office of a major Italian law firm.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Robert L. Uriarte Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Silicon Valley

Robert Uriarte is a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Business Unit located in Silicon Valley. Robert's practice focuses on copyright, trade secrets, and digital crimes.

Robert is a member of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and also regularly works with Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group on intellectual property issues.

In addition to litigation work, Robert also counsels companies ranging from market leaders to start-ups on intellectual property, security, and Internet law issues. 

Robert is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. He co-chairs Orrick's Silicon Valley Diversity Committee and is one of the firm-wide facilitators for Orrick’s Latino Affinity Group. Robert is also committed to pro bono work and received the Legal Aid Association of California's 2015 Family Law Pro Bono Award.

Robert served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger in the Eastern District of California prior to commencing private practice.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk
  • Impact Finance and Investment
  • Emerging Markets
  • Russia

Mikhail Usubyan Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Washington, D.C.

Mikhail Usubyan advises private and public companies, funds and investors on cross-border M&A, private equity, joint ventures, venture capital and strategic investments.

Over his 15-year legal career, Mikhail has handled numerous cross-border M&A and finance projects in a variety of areas. He has substantial experience in technology, infrastructure, and real estate/construction. Mikhail actively advises on private equity and venture capital transactions. 

Mikhail regularly deals with U.S. controls of foreign investments (CFIUS) as well as the U.S. economic sanctions. He also advises on Russian and cross-border privacy issues.

Qualified to practice New York and Russian law, Mikhail is well positioned to handle international transactions. A lot of Mikhail's projects (handled in cooperation with lawyers qualified in the relevant countries) also involve English law, as well as laws of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Cyprus, BVI, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other jurisdictions. Over the course of his career Mikhail has been based in London, Moscow, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Before joining the firm, Mikhail was an attorney at Baker McKenzie and Coudert Brothers.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Wage and Hour

Annie Prasad Vadillo Associate Employment Law & Litigation, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Silicon Valley

Driven and always prepared, Annie thrives on new challenges and brings an eye for precision and efficiency to her work. Combined with her passion for overcoming obstacles, Annie loves to conquer high-stakes employment challenges.

As a litigator, Annie helps employers navigate single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits under state and federal laws. She also works with companies on state agency tax audits. Since an adverse ruling can threaten the very core of a company’s business model, companies need attorneys like Annie to guide them through the complex audit and assessment process.

Having amassed significant courtroom experience, she knows how to deliver the best results for her client – whether that means resolving a matter quietly, or winning decisively at trial. For example, Annie was a key member of the team which secured a complete defense verdict for a Fortune 500 retail employer in a religious discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination case. As the only associate on the trial team, Annie assisted with witness preparation, argued four of the pre-trial discovery motions and a motion in limine. Moreover, to help ease the stress of litigation for her clients, Annie maintains the highest service standards.

Annie also serves on the planning committee for Orrick’s Women in Employment Law (WE) Initiative. She spearheads networking events to foster connections between female leaders in the human resources, employment and legal professions. 
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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

José Mario Valdés Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

José Mario Valdés is a Managing Associate in Orrick’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.



José Mario represents clients in complex, multidistrict, and class action litigation.  Prior to clerking, he worked as a litigation associate at a global law firm representing companies in complex commercial disputes involving claims of fraudulent transfer and successor liability.  He also represented clients facing regulatory enforcement actions before the SEC for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Pay to Play regulations.  His pro bono experience includes representing low income tenants in NY Housing Court and asylum seekers in removal proceedings.

José Mario received his JD from Columbia Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.

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Practice:

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

Riccardo Valle Special Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Renewable Energy

Rome

Riccardo Valle is a lawyer with our corporate team, focusing (in regards to transactional/litigation matters before Civil and Administrative Courts) in providing legal assistance to clients active in highly regulated markets, with specific focus on energy (including generation, infrastructures, incentives, PPA/EFET, and IPEX), environment (including waste, and EIA/IPPC), and pharmaceuticals (including AIFA regulations and wholesale distribution).  

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Amy Van Zant Partner Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

Clients count on Amy to move their business forward. Whether litigating a complex patent suit, or advising on a multi-faceted IP strategy, Amy incorporates an in-depth understanding of each client’s business, employees and corporate strategy into her solutions.

For her litigation practice, Amy’s ability to distill the most complicated technology across an array of fields, including telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, renewable energy, cloud computing, and big data, into relatable, every day concepts that has made her successful in persuading judges and juries alike. She has led trial teams, litigated, and tried cases in state court in California, numerous District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and has briefed appeals before the 9th Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of California, and the United States Supreme Court. Whether litigating patent, trade secret, or IP contract disputes, Amy strives to put herself in her client’s shoes to ensure personalized results tailored to each client’s business objectives.

Amy also provides comprehensive IP counseling on issues including trade secrets protection, employee departure investigations, freedom to operate analysis, licensing strategies, data privacy protection, and regulatory compliance. She has also conducted comprehensive patent portfolio reviews and assisted with IP corporate transactions.

In addition to her IP work, Amy devotes significant time to her pro bono work. For more than a decade, she has assisted domestic violence victims, as well as led Orrick’s Bay Area summer program that enables law clerks to be certified to argue in Family Court to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders for domestic violence clients.