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The former chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Networks and Technology Enforcement Section (Net Tech), Jim focuses his practice on antitrust and competition law, advocating before federal agencies on behalf of the firm’s global clients in the technology, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors.
Jim is a well-recognized figure inside the Beltway and an accomplished antitrust lawyer, with expansive knowledge of regulatory issues facing the technology and finance sectors.
As Net Tech chief, Jim oversaw all civil antitrust enforcement in the tech and financial services sectors, reviewing, investigating and, when necessary, litigating, every major strategic technology transaction and conduct issue in the past decade. He oversaw civil antitrust enforcement, competition advocacy, and competition policy in the areas of computer hardware and software, high-technology component manufacturing, financial services, securities industries, and professional associations. Jim also led the agency’s cooperation with antitrust and competition authorities worldwide.
Jim is a five-time recipient of the Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction, and also received the prestigious Roberts Award in 2011 for excellence, leadership and dedication in the enforcement of antitrust laws. Prior to becoming Net Tech’s chief, he served for three years as assistant chief of the Antitrust Division’s Litigation 2 section and was a trial attorney in the agency from 1994 to 2003. He also served in the Antitrust Division’s Professions and Intellectual Property section. He clerked for Washington State Supreme Court Justices James A. Andersen and Fred H. Dore.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Erin Carter Tison has unique experience in private practice, government, and serving in an in-house role, which allows her to bring a variety of perspectives to the when advising clients on various litigation issues.
Erin has experience with all aspects of litigation, from filing the complaint up to serving as first chair at trial and everything in between. In addition to trial work, she has substantial experience taking and defending both fact and expert depositions, drafting and arguing complex dispositive briefing, managing the preservation, collection, analysis, and production of paper and electronic documents, conducting custodian interviews, and briefing complex and technical discovery and privilege issues. Recently, Erin served an extended secondment with The Dow Chemical Company as a case Manager in Dow's Asbestos, Products Liability & Insurance Litigation Group. In this capacity, she managed the asbestos and premises litigation dockets for Union Carbide and Dow throughout the western and northeastern United States. This involved overseeing hundreds of ongoing product liability cases, including advising the litigation management team on case evaluation, resolution, and business strategies, as well as directing outside counsel and trial counsel teams.
Prior to joining Orrick, Erin served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia in Wheeling, WV. At the United States Attorney's Office, Erin focused on both defensive and affirmative civil matters on behalf of the United States, its agencies, and employees. In this role, Erin practiced in a variety of areas of the law, including but not limited to, constitutional claims, torts, statutory and administrative claims, environmental matters, tax and bankruptcy matters, FOIA litigation, and fraud. While at the United States Attorney's Office, Erin served as the e-discovery office coordinator for the District, and was the chair of the diversity committee. Prior to her government service, Erin was a member of the Trial Practice group at Duane Morris LLP, where she focused on commercial litigation and corporate internal investigations.
Dr. Nikita Tkatchenko is a Partner in our Dusseldorf office and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
He advises mainly on M&A transactions, restructuring and general corporate law.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2011, Nikita worked at the German law firm Hengeler Mueller.
Thomas H. Tobiason is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises high growth technology companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.
Tommy represents public and private high-tech and life science companies in the renewable energy, life science, mobile, Internet, display, semiconductor and other high-tech industries, focusing on formation, financing and general corporate counseling.
He has completed hundreds of venture capital financings as well as numerous acquisitions (representing both acquirers and sellers), public offerings (representing both issuers and underwriters) and commercial transactions.
Tommy, who spent most of his career based in California's Silicon Valley, also advises a number of entrepreneurs and companies doing business in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and India. He regularly advises on corporate governance and securities law compliance matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley counseling and compliance.
Tommy has represented numerous investment banking clients including Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. He has also represented numerous venture capital firms, including Matrix Partners, Maveron, Sequoia Capital, Steamboat Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Walden International.
Prior to joining the firm, Tommy was a director of Venture Law Group.
Shota Togashi is an associate in the Tokyo office and a member of the Real Estate Group.
His practice focuses on advising domestic and overseas financial institutions, real estate funds, real estate developers and other companies. He works mainly on finance related transactions with SPCs and Trust schemes. He also gives legal advice on international corporate trades, finance‑related transactions, real estate related transactions and general corporate matters.
Ramin Tohidi is a member of the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
Ramin focuses on technology transactions and other commercial and licensing matters. He helps clients maximize their intellectual property and technology portfolios in a variety of ways, including drafting, negotiating, and advising on development, production, supply, procurement, and other technology licensing arrangements. In addition, he advises clients on open source licensing and intellectual property issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. He represents both mature and emerging companies in a variety of industries, including in SaaS, software, hardware, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and data intelligence.
Ramin previously served as in-house counsel at a public SaaS and software company in the Bay Area, where he advised on technology transactions, product and regulatory issues. He also was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he focused on complex business and intellectual property related litigation.
Paul Toland is an attorney in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's top-ranked Public Finance Department.
Paul's practice includes bond and issuer counsel work for tax-exempt and taxable financings, with a focus on revenue bonds, particularly multifamily housing revenue bonds issued by cities, counties, public authorities and joint powers agencies.
Paul also serves as special counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its conduit housing financings.
Lisa is widely recognized as an innovator in the natural gas regulatory arena. She has represented clients in the energy industry on regulatory strategy, compliance and transactional matters for more than 25 years.
At the forefront of her field, Lisa helped a client obtain
the first authorization from the DOE to export domestic natural gas as LNG to
all trading partners, and represented the first bi-directional LNG terminals
proposed in the United States in proceedings before FERC.
Lisa has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500 for many years.
San Francisco; New York
San Francisco; New York
Michael Torpey, former Managing Partner of the firm and currently Special Assistant to the Chairman, is a partner in the San Francisco office. He is recognized for his expertise in SEC investigations, securities class actions and breach of fiduciary duty-related matters.
Mike was Orrick's Securities Litigation practice leader from 2004 to 2012.
He has the unique ability to look at corporate governance problems from a business perspective, to carefully navigate or avoid collateral consequences, and strategically win legal problems. He is frequently recognized for his expertise by Chambers, Super Lawyers and The Daily Journal.
Mike specializes in litigation involving the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, The Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Act of 1934, the Uniform Standards Act and proceedings initiated by the Securities Exchange Commission, the National Association of Securities Dealers and other self-regulatory organizations.
Mike has extensive experience in litigation involving breaches of fiduciary duty and conducting various types of corporate investigations.
Sacramento; San Francisco
Sacramento; San Francisco
Julie Totten leads Orrick’s Global Employment Law and Litigation Practice Group.Julie, who has more than 20 years’ experience representing companies in high stakes litigation, is honored to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment. She also serves as a Council Member of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. In the latest Chambers USA rankings, Julie’s clients describe her as “very talented and highly regarded." Legal 500 has described her as someone who "truly understands corporate politics and works with in-house counsel to understand the intersections of legal advice and business objectives."
Hervé Touraine is Head of Finance Europe, based in Geneva.
Hervé represents French and international financial institutions, corporates, sponsors, investors, insurance companies, asset managers and alternative capital providers on French and cross border transactions. He advises on banking, structured finance, securitization, and capital markets transactions.
Hervé has worked on numerous complex, strategic and/or innovative transactions (including many firsts in France and Europe) such as international securitization transactions, covered bonds, corporate structured bonds, project bonds, debt funds and the establishment of dedicated origination and refinancing platforms. He also acted on transactions for financing or refinancing purposes (including liquidity), and for off-balance sheet or regulatory capital purposes. As such, he has developed particular skills in handling multi-jurisdictions and multi-practices transactions.
He has developed a substantial experience in the energy and infrastructure sector in the context of financing and refinancing transactions, using classical bank structures as well as Euro PP, bond and project bond structures, specialized credit institutions and dedicated debt funds.
Hervé is described by his clients as a “key person” for structured finance deals, noting: “when we've got a problem, he's there. We know we can count on him”. Clients further comment: “He is dedicated and innovative, and an expert in is field. We see him as a business partner of ours, rather than a lawyer”.
Hervé is an active participant in drafting securitization and structured finance legislation and regulations in France. Hervé regularly publishes and speaks in relation to structure finance markets and related points of interest and deals.
Before joining Orrick in 2016, Hervé was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where he worked for 20 years, including 18 years as a partner.
Andrew Treptow is a litigation associate at Orrick's Silicon Valley Office. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters.
Before joining Orrick, Andrew was a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California, serving in the criminal division, and concentrating on border crimes. He made over one hundred appearances in federal district and magistrate court.
Andrew also served in the United States Marines, and is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. His final military assignment was at the Pentagon as the senior special assistant to the Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.