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  • Public Finance

Kevin Hale Of Counsel Public Finance

Los Angeles

Kevin Hale is resident in the Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Public Finance Department. Kevin has more than 12 years of experience working as bond counsel and disclosure counsel on tax-exempt bond financings including certificates of participation and lease revenue financings, tax increment redevelopment financings, Mello-Roos district financings, assessment district financings, single- and multi-family housing financings, transportation and capital improvement revenue financings, both pooled and stand-alone Marks-Roos financings and general obligation bonds.

Kevin has also served as bond counsel in conduit financings by the California Educational Facilities Authority (CEFA), the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank), the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) and several local agency issuers for the benefit of educational and cultural facilities throughout California.

Kevin also has extensive experience working as counsel to underwriters and placement agents and is routinely engaged and consulted on disclosure and structuring issues by national and regional investment banks working with public sector clients.

Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate with Wehner & Perlman where he had significant responsibility in the litigation of actions for fraud and securities fraud under California and federal securities laws, both civil and criminal.



  • Structured Finance

Ashley Halvorsen Associate Structured Finance

Los Angeles

Ashley Halvorsen is an associate in the Structured Finance group in the Los Angeles office.



  • Public Finance

Greg Harrington Partner Public Finance

Los Angeles

A partner in the Public Finance Department, Greg Harrington has particular expertise as bond counsel for cities, school districts and special districts; he also serves as underwriters counsel for a diverse group of national and regional investment banks.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Real Estate

Stacy Harrison Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property

Los Angeles

Stacy is an experienced trial lawyer, who practices complex business litigation for clients in the entertainment industries, with an emphasis on intellectual property, licensing, unfair competition, business torts, and breach of contract claims. She also represents financial institutions and property owners in real estate disputes.

Stacy represents numerous clients in consumer class actions involving unfair competition claims, including 17200 claims. She has represented several electronic retailers in putative class actions asserting claims under 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. Most recently, she represented Naturex, Inc., a manufacturer of a Green Coffee Bean extract that was advertised on the Dr. Oz Show, in a putative class action alleging unfair competition and false advertising claims, which settled favorably for the client. She currently represents Johnson & Johnson in two putative class actions, one in the Southern District of California and the other in the complex court of the Los Angeles Superior Court, which allege unfair competition and Proposition 65 violations.

Her work for clients in the commercial and residential real estate, banking, and financial services industries focuses on partnership disputes and representing secured creditors in judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions and bankruptcy proceedings. She has represented numerous real estate developers and property owners, including Ronald A. Simms and the Simms/Mann Institute for Education and Community Development in connection with various disputes. She also has represented financial institutions in bankruptcy proceedings, including adversary proceedings, regarding priority lien disputes and other business issues.

Stacy counsels high-profile artists, producers and talent in accounting and profit-participation, licensing, and other disputes involving the television and motion picture industries.

She also has represented numerous other producers and artists, including a film production company, defeating a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed by an individual claiming to have co-written screenplay; well-known artists prosecuting a copyright infringement and right to publicity action for defendants' improper use of performance sound recordings; and a film financier regarding investments in several independent films.

In addition, Stacy regularly presents at on-line webinars on a variety of topics affecting litigators worldwide.

While she is always prepared to try any case, Stacy firmly believes that resolution of certain matters outside of court sometimes are in the best interests of her client. As such, she is highly skilled in representing clients in alternative dispute resolution through mediations and arbitrations and was elected an Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutral for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2006.

In keeping with her commitment to philanthropy, Stacy currently serves on the Board of the Pacific Clinics Foundation, which works to advance the mission of Pacific Clinics and to generate support for the non-profit organization's behavioral healthcare services. She previously served on the Pacific Clinics Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library.



  • Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments
  • Financial Problems of Municipalities
  • Public Finance Credit Enhancement/Direct Purchase
  • Restructuring
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions
  • Bankruptcy Litigation

Jeffery Hermann Counsel Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments, Financial Problems of Municipalities

Los Angeles

Jeffery Hermann, a member of the Restructuring Group, concentrates his practice in corporate bankruptcy cases, enforcement of and foreclosure of security interests in real and personal property, loan workouts and restructures, and negotiation and documentation of secured lending transactions.

He regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers of assets from bankruptcy estates, bondholders, secured lenders and creditor committees, including debtor-in-possession financings and Chapter 11 exit financings.

Before joining Orrick, Jeff practiced law for 23 years at the Los Angeles offices of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, the last 17 years as a partner of the firm.



  • Structured Finance

Joanna Hernandez Senior Associate Structured Finance

Los Angeles

Joanna Hernandez, an associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, is a member of Orrick's Structured Finance Group.

Joanna’s practice focuses on a variety of asset-backed classes, including credit and charge card receivables, and consumer loans. She regularly works with fintech companies assisting these clients with their financing needs.

Among her experience, Joanna represents issuers, sponsors and underwriters in connection with public offerings and private placements of asset-backed securities. She also has experience with transactions relating to the sale and financing of residential mortgage loans, including residential mortgage-backed securitizations, repurchase facilities and servicer advance facilities.

Prior to joining the firm, Joanna worked as an associate at a municipal law firm and represented public agencies in litigation and public finance matters.

Eric Holcomb Analyst

Los Angeles

Mr. Holcomb has worked in Orrick's Legal department on risk management issues since September 2010.  Prior to that, Mr. Holcomb worked in San Francisco's Securities, General Litigation, Tax and Employment departments and in the Los Angeles' General Litigation and Environmental departments.  He has around 25 years of paralegal experience.

Mr. Holcomb assists Orrick's internal and external world-wide risk management audits, prepares the Legal department's budget, monitors risk management related expenses, responds to client stock trading requests and tracks outside board membership requests.  He assists the Public Finance department's responses to requests for proposals and drafts Orrick's responses to industry and insurance surveys.   Mr. Holcomb tracks claims made against the Firm and works with Orrick's insurance carrier.  He drafts and monitors Orrick's preservation notices, lifts and reminders and coordinates the organization of Orrick and subsidiary formation and partnership documents.

Prior to or when not working at Orrick, Mr. Holcomb was a paralegal in the Legal department of Mission Insurance Company Trust and in the Employment department of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.



  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Mortgage Related Securities

Martin Howard Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

Los Angeles

Martin B. Howard is a partner in the firm’s Structured Finance Group. Marty is a securities, finance and securitization lawyer advising sophisticated financial institutions in the financing, purchase and sale, and securitization of financial assets.

Marty is a securities, finance and securitization lawyer advising sophisticated financial institutions in the financing, purchase and sale, and securitization of financial assets. Marty advises issuers, underwriters, dealers, placement agents, collateral managers, servicers and investment funds in domestic and offshore securities offerings, both public and private, involving the securitization of mortgage-backed securities, collateralized loan obligations, collateralized debt obligations, manufactured housing contracts, residual interests and credit card receivables.

Marty has extensive experience advising clients with respect to a broad array of mortgage products, including prime and non-prime, closed-end second lien, home equity loans, non-performing and re-performing loans, and seasoned loans. Marty also represents investment banks, bank holding companies and investment funds on warehouse financings, whole loan purchases and sales, sales and securitization of servicing advance receivables and the day-to-day operations of servicing mortgage loans.

During the last 31 years of practice in the global financial markets, Marty has been involved with several innovations in financial products and has lectured to domestic and international audiences on the workings of the securitization process, including the rules and regulations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Securities Litigation
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Sunny Hwang Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Los Angeles

Sunny practices in Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.

Sunny's varied experience includes securing dismissal with prejudice of securities fraud claims against a Chinese company incorporated in the Cayman Islands, litigating on behalf of the plaintiff in a civil RICO action, and obtaining a favorable settlement for a corporation in a dispute with its former chairman and controlling shareholder.  He began his legal career by honing his research and writing skills as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller and judicial extern to the Honorable Harry Pregerson. 

Before law school, Sunny served for several years as a trade attache for the French government.



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment

Katherine C. Jones Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

Seattle; Los Angeles

With her strong relationship building abilities, Katie excels at bridging differing view points and constructing mutually beneficial solutions among all parties.

She partners with investment funds, fund sponsors, real estate advisors, developers, public and private pension funds and institutional lenders on sophisticated real property acquisitions and dispositions, secured financings, hospitality, construction and development, joint ventures and other corporate real estate activities.

With a particular passion for the hospitality sector, Katie manages nearly all of Orrick’s hotel transactions throughout the United States. She has in-depth knowledge of the legal and contractual aspects unique to the hotel industry, including construction contracts, hotel management and franchise agreements, in addition to more standard loan documentation, joint venture and purchase and sale agreements.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Yong-Nam Jun Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

Yong-Nam Jun, an Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Department. Yong-Nam focuses on the formation of private equity and venture capital funds and on transactions undertaken by such funds.

Yong-Nam has extensive experience in the fund formation process. He is actively involved in all stages of fund formation, providing advice on terms and marketing strategy, negotiating with placement agents, drafting fund and sponsor documents, negotiating with investors, and providing advice on internal sponsor and management company arrangements. He also represents private equity and venture funds in their investment transactions.

Among his clients are both U.S. and Asia-based private equity and venture fund sponsors and leading institutional investors (including sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds, pension plans and private endowments) that invest in buyout, hedge, real estate, infrastructure and venture capital funds.

Yong-Nam has spoken or moderated at a number of industry conferences in both Korea and the United States and has presented at Harvard Business School and Seoul National University.

He also represents emerging high-technology companies and venture funds in financing transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Yong-Nam was an Of Counsel at DLA Piper in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2014, and a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2011.



  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Internet of Things

Kyle Kessler Managing Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Internet of Things

Los Angeles

For Kyle Kessler, data privacy is where her passion for the law and for cutting-edge programs meets technology. With a background in marketing, public relations and communications, she translates marketing concepts into legal terms. Kyle brings more than a decade of business acumen and experience to her work, and companies turn to her for advice that blends practical business strategies with in-house and outside counsel perspectives.

As a privacy advisor, Kyle is undaunted by the complexity of state, federal and international data privacy and security requirements. She evaluates and advises clients on data collection, storage, use and transfer, as well as breach laws and regulations. Kyle advises on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), the new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from a U.S. perspective.

Kyle also advises and collaborates with her clients on general consumer protection and marketing/advertising matters. For instance, she regularly reviews marketing assets to ensure legal compliance across all channels. She also advises on unfair and deceptive trade practices, compliance issues relating to the Federal Trade Commission and the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), as well as on other state and federal laws.

Before joining Orrick, Kyle was an in-house attorney at one of the Forbes 100 Largest Private Companies, and she has experience in the retail industry working in, among other things, data protection, incident response, unfair and deceptive trade practices and consumer-protection matters.

Kyle is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles and Women in Security and Privacy (WISP).