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Billy is a highly experienced white collar lawyer and first chair trial litigator having tried many cases, including complex white collar matters.
He has served as general counsel, chief compliance officer, federal prosecutor and government-appointed monitor. His experience serving in different capacities for the Department of Justice (DOJ), particularly the Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement unit, allows him to provide clients significant insight into the processes and decision making of the DOJ. Billy, along with his partner Guy Singer, currently serves as an independent compliance monitor of a large multi-national petrochemical company, appointed by the DOJ and SEC. He regularly counsels clients facing sanctions proceedings brought by Multi-Lateral Development Banks such as the World Bank and African Development Bank. Billy is also considered a thought leader in the industry having spoken extensively on compliance and investigative topics.
Billy served for five and a half years as Senior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Weatherford International Ltd., one of the world’s largest multinational oil and natural gas service companies. While there, he aided the company in establishing what is widely recognized as a best-in-class compliance program. Further, he supervised a litigation and regulatory docket of more than 1,000 cases around the world, including shareholder suits, complex commercial disputes, International Arbitration, employment matters, intellectual property, property damage and personal injury. This included guiding Weatherford through its response to the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 and various shareholder lawsuits.
Jenna is a Managing Associate in Orrick's White Collar Criminal Defense practice.Jenna represents corporations and individuals facing high-stakes criminal, civil and regulatory investigations, criminal prosecution, and enforcement actions. She has extensive experience conducting a broad range of internal corporate investigations and defending clients in cases involving government fraud, Anti Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy laws, trade secret theft, and other violations of federal criminal law. Her practice also focuses on complex commercial litigation matters across a variety of industries.
Stephen is an associate in Orrick's M&A and Private Equity group and advises clients on a range of corporate transactions. He has built up a solid understanding of key issues arising in certain foreign jurisdictions including Germany, Spain and New York and has a good working knowledge of specialist areas such as banking, project and aviation financing and IP.
Stephen has broad experience advising on corporate transactions including M&A, convertible loans and strategic arrangements/joint ventures. He has acted for clients from a variety of industry sectors and markets, including corporates, banks/financial advisers, private equity and other investment houses on both buy-side and sell-side transactions.
Jason Lang is a member of the Patent Litigation practice. Mr. Lang’s practice includes both litigation and counseling in a wide spectrum of technologies, including semiconductor devices, communication technologies, and software applications. With respect to semiconductor devices, Mr. Lang has been working on circuit, fabrication, and memory matters consistently for the last 10 years, including for clients such as Micron, Intel, Hitachi and Maxim.
Mr. Lang has litigated cases before district courts, state courts, and the International Trade Commission. He also been lead counsel in, and managed, parallel patent office proceedings, including inter partes reexaminations, ex parte reexaminations and inter partes reviews. He has been a top-filer in inter partes reviews. Recent matters include work with memories (DRAM, Flash and hard drives), semiconductor packaging, and design software.
His counseling work includes developing defensive and offensive intellectual property strategies in view of potential competitor litigation. He also assists clients in product launches, patent acquisition, licensing and portfolio management.
Before focusing on intellectual property litigation and counseling, Mr. Lang spent a year working for the District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had considerable exposure to numerous trials.
Mr. Lang’s public service commitments include steady work for the San Jose Housing Clinic. Mr. Lang recently first-chaired a four-day trial for a client of the clinic.
Chris Wilkinson maintains a broad practice in labor and employment, Equal Pay, health and safety, government relations and administrative law.
Chris most recently served as Associate Solicitor for Civil Rights and Labor-Management. In that role, Chris was the senior career civil rights and labor management lawyer for the Department of Labor providing advice on regulatory, policy and enforcement matters for seven DOL agencies including the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Civil Rights Center and Office of Labor Management Standards.
Chris counseled the Department on a broad array of equal employment opportunity regulatory and policy initiatives and advised on a wide range of constitutional and statutory matters in federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to EEO matters, Chris led the Solicitor Office’s union election and reporting enforcement work, counseled on transit labor certification matters and advised on appellate matters related to labor union practices.
Chris also has significant litigation experience having served as trial attorney and then Counsel for Civil Rights Programs in the Department’s San Francisco region. In those roles, he litigated a number of complex class wage-and-hour, class discrimination, health and safety citations, and Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower matters.
Chris is an active member of the America Bar Association, having presented on numerous federal contractor compliance, LGBT and compensation discrimination topics at the ABA Conference on Equal Employment Law.
Seattle; New York
Seattle; New York
Paul Rugani focuses his practice on representing financial institutions, accounting firms, and public companies and their officers and directors in a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, manufacturing and entertainment.
He represents these clients in securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, commercial contractual disputes and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in connection with internal, government and regulatory investigations.Legal 500 touts Paul as a recommended attorney for Securities Litigation, observing that he is "among the most creative and strategic lawyers" who always has "an eye on the end game." He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Securities Litigation every year since 2012.
Jay Schau, a corporate associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Jay represents high growth technology companies in several areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, and venture capital financings.
Jay received his JD from the University of Michigan in 2017. He is also a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama where he double majored in Economics and Finance.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jay worked as a Bates Fellow at The Silicon Cape Initiative in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked to grow the tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem in and around the Western Cape.
Daniel Justice joined the firm in 2013 and has since worked on matters involving trademark functionality, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement, contract disputes and proceedings before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board.
These matters involved issues such as government contractor immunity to patent infringement; the effect of amendments to a patent licensing agreement; the effect of an expired utility patent for a chemical composition on the validity of a related trademark for medical implants; the copyrightability of short phrases and the merger doctrine; the copyrightability and fair use of religious materials; and multiple oppositions to office actions, and petitions to cancel trademark registrations to the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board.
Daniel has recently co-authored a scholarly article with Warrington S. Parker III entitled, "The Differing Approaches to Preemption Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act" that was published in Volume 49, Issue 2 of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal. Daniel is also a contributing author to the NorCal IP Blog, which covers notable new intellectual property case filings and verdicts in the Northern District of California. Links to articles Daniel has authored can be found under the "Publications" section of this bio.
Jeff is a Senior Associate in Orrick's Austin office, and a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice. He draws on experience as a software engineer, a business owner, and a judicial clerk at both the Tenth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court to represent clients in high-stakes appeals and trials in Texas and throughout the country.
Experience matters. Lawyers must help generalist judges and lay juries quickly grasp intricate topics in unfamiliar areas. Jeff has written software, managed engineers, run a business, and helped judges at all levels decide cases and draft opinions. He uses this diverse background to translate complex technical, commercial, and legal concepts into simple and persuasive language that courts, juries, and clients can comprehend.
Jeff's practice focuses on appeals of all stripes, intellectual property litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He has represented clients in industries ranging from computer hardware and software, to cellular telephony, oil and gas, real estate, construction, and many others. In the process, he has assisted clients on matters involving alleged breach of contract, negligence, patent infringement, and trade secrets, as well as in federal appeals on a variety of issues. Jeff also has represented clients before the International Trade Commission in product exclusion investigations, and before the Patent and Trademark Office in the prosecution of patent applications and inter partes review proceedings.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jeff served as a law clerk for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court and, several years earlier, for then-Judge Gorsuch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Between his clerkships, Jeff worked as an associate at two major national law firms, where he engaged in a mixture of commercial litigation, patent litigation, patent prosecution, and appeals. Before law school, Jeff designed and wrote software in Silicon Valley, managed engineering teams at a high-technology startup company that later went public, and founded his own real estate investment and brokerage practice.
Laura Najemy, a Senior Associate in the Boston office, is a member of the Intellectual Property group. Her practice focuses on trademark, copyright, false advertising, and trade secret litigation in federal district courts.
Laura's litigation experience includes assisting with trial and witness preparation, drafting motions and oppositions, taking and defending expert and fact depositions, and managing discovery and case teams. Prior to joining Orrick, Laura worked as an associate at Fish & Richardson P.C. focusing on trademark, false advertising, and trade secret litigation, as well as Goodwin Procter LLP, focusing on complex civil litigation in state and federal court.
From May to November 2014, Laura served as a Special District Attorney for Middlesex County. In that capacity, she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, trying jury and bench trials to final verdict and arguing dispositive and evidentiary motions. In 2010-2011, Laura completed a year-long fellowship at the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project in Boston, where she assisted individuals who were affirmatively seeking asylum as well as defended individuals who were in removal proceedings in front of the Immigration Court. Through her pro bono practice, Laura continues to be committed to working to help individuals with various immigration matters.
For Nicole Tadano, cybersecurity and data privacy is where her passion for the law meets digital protection. Her practice focuses on the intersection of data, security, and crisis management.
She partners with clients to successfully manage their reputation and brand and to defend against class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and regulatory investigations.
Nicole has a deep background in a broad array of class actions, including matters involving consumer protection, securities, and employment issues in the technology, media, and financial services industries.