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Ian Adams is a public policy attorney in Orrick's Sacramento offices. He advises clients on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy with a focus on highly-automated vehicle technologies and insurance.
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 vice president of policy at TechFreedom, a think tank focused on examining the disruptive impact of burgeoning technologies on law and regulation.
in his career, Ian 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 and Illinois bars.
Patrick Bocash's diverse practice encompasses complex civil and appellate litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, and public policy advocacy.
Patrick has represented a number of clients in high-stakes litigation, including bankruptcy proceedings for the cities of Stockton, CA and Vallejo, CA, which received extensive press coverage. Patrick has also represented the California Insurance Commissioner in numerous matters, including the conservation and liquidation of insolvent insurance companies.
Additionally, Patrick has represented start-up clients in nationwide regulatory and legislative campaigns in conjunction with Orrick's Public Policy Group and has also worked with Orrick's Appellate Group on multiple cases before the Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court.
Katie Briscoe is an associate in Orrick’s Employment Law Group in the Sacramento office.
James Bruner is the Director of Orrick’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group. Jim has more than 40 years of experience with the state legislature and numerous administrations.
He brings extensive strategic, political and communication experience to the firm and our clients. His practice focuses on governmental policy and regulatory issues, primarily those relating to finance, tax, and corporate securities. Jim has extensive state and federal policy and regulatory experience. In addition, he is a principal proponent of municipal government finance issues. He has worked with local governments, investment banks, the state legislature, and the Congress to draw attention to policy and legal changes needed to advance the ability of California municipalities to access financial markets, create more usable bond and finance laws, and update laws governing what public entities may undertake for public purposes.
Jim has directed Orrick’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group since joining the firm in 1984. Before that, he served for 10 years as Executive Director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, where he gained recognition across the United States for raising concerns about Lake Tahoe to a national level.
San Francisco; Sacramento
San Francisco; Sacramento
Justin Cooper leads Orrick’s Finance Sector and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He also chairs the Public Finance Department’s nationally prominent housing finance group.Justin's practice is focused primarily in the following areas:
Justin is on the Board of Directors of the California Housing Consortium and is a past Chairman of the Bond Buyer's California Public Finance Conference. He speaks frequently at conferences and other industry events.
Justin is known in the affordable housing community in particular for being a solution-oriented lawyer who understands the business fundamentals of affordable housing and real estate finance as well as being fully versed in the applicable laws and regulations. He frequently collaborates with developers and other participants in the development of new financial structures and products designed to lower overall financing costs for housing providers and thereby increase both the supply and quality of available affordable housing.
Clients facing intense public scrutiny need to know when smoke means fire. As a meticulous investigator and creative strategist, Rabi uncovers obscured information, distills overwhelming minutiae into relevant details and creates a precise path forward.
When handling internal investigations, Rabi draws upon his years spent as a Judge Advocate General and plaintiff’s litigator. In addition to gaining a robust understanding of the law, Rabi’s unique experience trained him to uncover potentially damaging information. Now as a defense attorney, Rabi uses that approach to ensure his clients are informed, and their bottom line and reputation remain protected.
Prior to joining Orrick, Rabi served more than 10 years active duty in the United States Air Force as an aviator, maintenance officer and Judge Advocate General. As a JAG officer, he prosecuted sexual assault courts-martial and disciplinary infraction discharges, and legally advised more than 60 commanders as the Chief of Military Justice. During his military service, Rabi also flew as an Electronic Warfare Officer on AC-130 Gunships and supervised the maintenance of RC-135 Rivet Joints for eight years. Afterwards, Rabi gained substantial motion practice experience as a civil litigator, writing and orally presenting in California state and federal courts.
Brandon Dias has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters' counsel on a wide range of municipal and other tax-exempt financing transactions. Brandon's experience includes advising on the issuance, sale and delivery of both publicly offered and privately placed debt instruments.
California Local Government Finance. Brandon focuses on California local government financing structures including general fund lease revenue bonds and certificates of participation; pension obligation bonds; tax and revenue anticipation notes; mello-roos bonds, assessment district bonds and other land secured financing structures; redevelopment financing; water and wastewater revenue bonds; airport revenue bonds; and public power revenue bonds.
Tax-Exempt Healthcare Finance. Brandon also focuses on tax-exempt healthcare finance for 501(c)(3) organizations. His experience includes financings for standalone hospitals, hospital systems and continuing care retirement communities. He has served as bond counsel or underwriters' counsel on tax-exempt healthcare financings in various states throughout the nation.
Lesley Durmann is a career associate with the Litigation Practice Group in Orrick's Sacramento office.
Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, although she also works with Orrick’s Public Policy Group to develop creative, multi-faceted solutions to business problems that incorporate legislative and regulatory strategies.
Before joining Orrick, Lesley was a summer associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP in São Paulo, Brazil, and with Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. She also served as a policy advisor in the Oregon State Senate during Oregon’s 2011 legislative session.
Patricia Eichar serves as bond, disclosure, issuer and underwriter partner for a variety of public infrastructure, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, enterprise fund, general obligation and other financing structures and also serves as the Sacramento office leader.
Ms. Eichar has represented issuer and underwriter clients in transactions involving tax-exempt financings for health care organizations, senior living communities, and other types of 501(c)(3) organizations.
Ms. Eichar has represented various municipal issuers, including the State of California, in the issuance of general obligation bonds, deficit bonds, revenue anticipation notes, lease revenue bonds and land-secured bonds, and in municipal lease and redevelopment financing.
In addition to her work representing municipal issuers and underwriters, Ms.
Eichar has taken on multiple pro bono projects, including prosecuting
guardianships for Sacramento's Voluntary Legal Services Program and assisting veterans with appeals of denial of disability benefits before the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Avalon uses her analytical skills and thorough understanding of the litigation process to guide clients through high-stakes employment matters.
Avalon learned firsthand how cases are decided while clerking for Ninth Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan and District Judge Morrison C. England. These experiences provided her with a clear view of how to effectively litigate a case from the initial complaint through the appellate process. Using a mix of sharp advocacy, strategic thinking, and a strong work ethic, Avalon helps clients navigate litigation and obtain effective results. She draws upon that invaluable experience to help Fortune 500 companies resolve a variety of employment matters, from federal single-plaintiff discrimination and retaliation litigation to wage and hour class actions in California state court. She is currently helping to defend a global technology leader from the largest OFCCP litigation to date.
In recognition of her achievements, she was recently named to the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list.
As a former federal law clerk, Avalon understands the importance of advocacy both in and out of the courtroom. She’s a board member of the Federal Bar Association’s Sacramento Chapter, a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit, and the Vice Chair of the Eastern District of California’s Judicial Conference.
Whether in litigation, consultation or investigations, Justin leverages deep understanding of his clients’ unique goals and challenges to achieve tailored results.
Justin has represented individuals, corporations and public entities in connection with civil lawsuits and government investigations. He has managed civil litigation matters and corporate internal investigations relating to accounting fraud, harassment, securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In October 2018, Justin represented the victim of a sexual assault in a jury trial in Yolo County Superior Court. Sitting first chair at trial, Justin obtain a unanimous verdict and full damages for this pro bono client.
Prior to attending law school, Justin served on active duty for nine years in the United States Air Force. He is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
Alex Guerra, an Associate in the Sacramento Office, is a member of the Employment Law & Litigation Group.
Alex focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling. Alex defends employers in class action, multi-plaintiff, and single
plaintiff lawsuits on a variety of issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification,
and wage-and-hour claims. Orrick's Employment Law & Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today's most complex and challenging employment law matters.
Before joining Orrick, Alex was active in California politics. She helped manage presidential, congressional, and supervisorial campaigns and held leadership positions within the youth arm of a major political party. Alex also interned for high-ranking members of the legislature, to include the Majority Whip of the California State Assembly and the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. These experiences put Alex in a position to understand the complexity of California’s employment laws and the varied interests motivating these policies.