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Los Angeles; San Francisco
Eileen Aghnami, a Senior Associate with our Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark and copyright related disputes and litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Eileen worked as an associate for a boutique intellectual property law firm in the Los Angeles area. Her practice focused on U.S. and international patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, counseling, and litigation as well as filing UDRP Complaints and handling Internet Domain Name disputes and cybersquatting related matters.
Eileen also worked as a civil/field engineer for a General Contractor based in California and Hawaii, prior to attending law school.
D. Isabel Ajuria is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of
the Corporate Group, whose focus is primarily on representing high
growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and
private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
During her time at NYU School of Law, Isabel was a legal intern for Gucci, and a Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.
Helen’s practice focuses on project development and financing in the renewable energy sector.
During her time at Berkeley Law, Helen worked as a summer legal intern in the Administrative Law Judge Division of the California Public Utilities Commission, as a senior business analyst with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and as a legal trainee at Positive Planet UK.
Prior to law school, she led programs with state and local governments and ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs to advance the adoption of clean technologies, including battery storage, virtual power plants, commercial and industrial lighting and advanced building control systems.
Jesse Albani, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.
Jesse has experience on a broad spectrum of tax-exempt and taxable financings, including advising issuers, developers and lenders on financings for multifamily housing developments, solid waste disposal facilities and general governmental obligations.
Bill Alderman, a Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office, concentrates his practice on business litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in matters involving federal and state securities, corporate governance, technology, trade secrets, business torts and international disputes.
Bill is additionally recognized for the results he has obtained in insurance coverage, employee benefits, and federal and state antitrust disputes. He commits a substantial part of his time to pro bono representation and to representation of the firm.
Representing clients in class and derivative actions, Bill's approach is to minimize his clients’ overall cost through careful strategic planning, dispositive motions and aggressive negotiation. Only three of the many securities class actions he has defended have resulted in any settlement payment by his client or its carrier. Of his nearly 100 motions to dismiss securities class, mass or derivative actions since 1996, more than 90 percent were granted in their entirety (most with prejudice), while others were granted in part or led to a successful motion for summary judgment.
Nick is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Group.
Nick represents leading institutional real estate investors in a wide array of real estate transactions. He has significant experience in advising on, negotiating and closing acquisitions and dispositions of a wide array of real estate assets, commercial leases, secured financing transactions and joint ventures.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nick worked as a bankruptcy and finance associate in Chicago.
Patricia is Of Counsel in our San
Francisco office, and is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation
and taxation of qualified and nonqualified retirement benefits, deferred
compensation and health and welfare benefits. Patricia also regularly advises
benefit plan committees on their fiduciary duties.
Patricia is a trusted resource for her clients and leads complex negotiations to provide innovative solutions with regard to benefits design, administration and compliance. Patricia provides substantive expertise in the defense of benefits litigation matters, has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses and is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA.
Patricia regularly advises general counsel, executive management, CEOs, boards of directors, retirement and health plan committees and key leadership of Fortune 500 companies on complex questions and issues regarding the operation of their domestic and international employee benefit plans and compliance with federal and state law.
Before joining the firm, Patricia acted as Senior Manager of National Employee Benefits at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and formerly served as Senior Counsel-Benefits and Executive Compensation at AirTouch Communications, Inc. (now Vodafone).Patricia also acted as Legislation Counsel on the Joint Committee on Taxation within the United States Congress working extensively on the Clinton health care proposal and other benefits legislation. Prior to the Joint Committee, Patricia was an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop).
Lacey Bangle helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, and a variety of complex civil litigation.
Lacey’s corporate investigation experience includes insider trading, False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigations. She has also represented clients in a range of government enforcement action, including those brought by the SEC, DOJ, and state regulators.
Lacey has broad complex litigation experience, frequently handling claims of fraud, securities law violations, breaches of fiduciary duties, and breaches of contract, among others.
Lacey’s pro bono work has included briefing and arguing an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, first-chair representation of clients at administrative hearings, advising non-profit clients on compliance matters, and assisting a woman serving a life sentence in gaining parole after 34 years in prison.
While in law school, Lacey participated in the East Bay Community Law Center’s Housing practice. While at EBCLC, Lacey successfully represented clients in administrative hearings and successfully wrote and argued dispositive motions in unlawful detainer proceedings. She joined Orrick in 2012.
Juliano Banuelos chairs Orrick’s Compensation & Benefits Group and focuses on advising public companies and mature private companies on executive compensation and related fiduciary duty and governance matters.
Mr. Banuelos’ representative clients include Ancestry.com, Apollo Education Group, Inc. (the University of Phoenix), Cisco Systems, Inc., Gap, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Kimpton Hotels, Levi Strauss, Oracle Corporation, Varex Imaging Corporation, Varian Medical Systems and Williams-Sonoma. Juliano is also a leader in providing compensation advice in mergers and acquisitions and regularly serves as special M&A tax counsel to in-house tax and HR departments.
In addition to being a recognized practitioner on IRC Section 409A, Juliano provides advice on the full range of compensation and benefits issues that arise ranging from designing and implementing equity-based, employment, separation, deferred compensation, change in control and similar arrangements to providing advice with respect to the design and legal compliance of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and welfare plans.
Mr. Banuelos also advises companies on all aspects of the securities laws relating to such arrangements.
Clients interviewed for Chambers and Partners describe Mr. Banuelos as "incredibly bright and very creative," and "extremely knowledgeable, and extremely helpful, as he provides practical solutions."
Suzette Barnes is a senior associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Her practice focuses on the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and complex commercial actions, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations.
Additionally, Suzette devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to veterans seeking VA benefits, homeless individuals seeking the resolution of open warrants, and low income individuals seeking criminal record remedies (including expungements).
Prior to joining Orrick, Suzette was a litigation fellow in the Office of General Counsel for The Regents of the University of California, where she litigated commercial, probate and mandamus actions.
San Francisco; Santa Monica; Silicon Valley
San Francisco; Santa Monica; Silicon Valley
John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia.
John focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech and life sciences companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and technology licensing.
The Recorder named John the “2019 Innovator of the Year” for his work as the chief lawyer on the Long-Term Stock Exchange, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-approved exchange designed to change the paradigm of traditional stock markets by rewarding entrepreneurs and investors committed to long-term business strategies. Financial Times recognized John as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year in 2017, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.” He is ranked Band 2 by Chambers USA California, for Venture Capital and Chambers USA Nationwide, ranked him Band 3 for Startups & Emerging Companies.
John is a Board member and co-founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors, as well as an advisor and co-founder of Clerky.com, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies. He is also recognized for his work with Y Combinator companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, John was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. John previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. John also served as Mayor of the City of Cupertino, California and a council member from 1993-1997, where he helped build important public partnerships, including with Apple Computer, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, and San Jose and California Water Companies.
Elaine R. Bayus, resident in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. She concentrates her practice in municipal finance work.
Elaine has particular experience in financings for housing, student loans, educational facilities, power facilities, prepaid natural gas, and public facilities financed with general obligation and revenue bonds.