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  • Public Policy
  • State Legislative and Regulatory Practice

Michelle (McGann) MacGregor Senior Strategist Public Policy, State Legislative and Regulatory Practice

Washington, D.C.

Michelle McGann is a senior strategist in Orrick’s Public Policy group. She uses her extensive experience working with legislators to address clients’ most important state legislative and regulatory problems.

Before joining Orrick, Michelle gained broad experience working with elected leadership at the federal and state government levels. Most recently as Executive Director of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, Michelle was responsible for advancing the Committee’s objectives of providing financial support, leadership development, and strategic assistance to lawmakers nationwide. In her previous leadership positions at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, Michelle reported directly to Senate and House leadership and was tasked with advancing their objectives by evaluating and managing the nexus of policy initiatives and political impact.

Michelle is a graduate of Amherst College, where she received a B.A. in Political Science.



  • Litigation & IP Sector
  • Public Policy
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • State Legislative and Regulatory Practice

Ian Adams Attorney Public Policy, Automotive Technology & Mobility

Sacramento; Washington, D.C.

Ian Adams is a public policy attorney splitting his time between Orrick's Sacramento and Washington, D.C., offices. He advises clients on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy with a focus on highly-automated vehicle technologies, privacy and insurance.

His 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 executive director of the International Center for Law & Economics, a think tank that promotes the use of law & economics methodologies to inform public policy debates.

Earlier in his career, Ian was vice president of policy at TechFreedom, a think tank focused on examining the disruptive impact of burgeoning technologies on law and regulation and 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 District of Columbia bars.



  • Litigation & IP Sector
  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Ben Aiken Senior Associate, Currently on a Racial Justice Fellowship Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Ben handles high-stakes litigation at all levels of state and federal courts across the country as a member of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.

Ben's work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional, financial services, and administrative law.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Ben previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ben graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he participated in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic among other activities.  Before law school, Ben was a high school English teacher in Philadelphia and worked for an education policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Kristina Arianina Of Counsel White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Washington, D.C.

Kristina is a member of the White Collar & Corporate Investigations team in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She represents companies and executives in internal investigations, enforcement actions and commercial litigation.

Kristina's investigations practice focuses on allegations of bribery, securities fraud, violations of U.S. economic sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and False Claims Act. She has represented companies and individuals in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other government agencies. She conducts internal investigations and due diligence for companies headquartered in the United States and abroad, represents clients in enforcement matters, and helps companies develop and implement compliance policies and strategies for their domestic and international operations. Kristina’s Russian and Ukrainian background contributes to the global nature of her practice.

Kristina has represented multinational corporations across the financial services, health care, technology, engineering, and manufacturing industries. She has led investigations and compliance reviews in the Middle East, China, and Europe.

Previously, Kristina clerked for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins at the U.S. Court of Appeals of Maryland. While in law school, she served as an executive comments and notes editor for Maryland Law Review and worked as a writing fellow in the legal writing program for two years. She also served as a student attorney at the law school’s Clinical Office where she represented a father in a termination of parental rights case before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, as well as interning at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as a recipient of Maryland Public Interest Law Project Grant.



  • Litigation & IP Sector
  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Kevin Arlyck Associated Law Professor Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Kevin is an Associated Law Professor affiliated with the Supreme Court and Appellate group. His practice involves high-stakes appeals in federal and state courts across the country.

Kevin has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including class actions, securities, bankruptcy, and patents. He has co-authored numerous appellate briefs, including briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States at the certiorari and merits stages, on subjects including consumer protection, Indian law, criminal forfeiture, federal court jurisdiction, and foreign sovereign immunity. Kevin has also engaged in strategic planning and motions practice at the trial stage in both federal and state courts.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kevin clerked for Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States and Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has a Ph.D. in history from NYU, where he concentrated on the history of the federal courts in the early national period.



  • Transactions Sector
  • Finance Sector
  • Tax
  • Public Finance

Andrea Ball Senior Associate Tax, Public Finance

New York; Washington, D.C.

Andrea Ball, a senior associate in the New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Andrea focuses her practice on the taxation of municipal finance, and she also has experience counseling a variety of nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.

In her municipal finance practice, Andrea has worked extensively with governmental issuers such as the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority and the County of Nassau, New York, as bond counsel, advising on private use issues, arbitrage and rebate rules, and the sizing of working capital borrowings. In addition, Andrea has worked on numerous financings for cultural institutions, universities, and hospitals as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, as well as on multi-family housing and other private activity bond transactions.

In her nonprofit practice, Andrea formed and obtained recognition of tax-exempt status for charitable and educational organizations, as well as trade associations and social welfare groups. She also assists public charity and private foundation clients in navigating state and federal laws on corporate governance, charitable solicitation and tax matters.

Danny Barefoot Associate

Washington, D.C.

Danny Barefoot is a litigation associate in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office.

Danny is member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group. Danny joined Orrick after completing a one-year fellowship at the ACLU of Virginia. Prior to joining Orrick, Danny was the founder and managing partner of Anvil Strategies, a political consulting firm and advertising agency.



  • Litigation & IP Sector
  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Sheila Baynes Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Sheila is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice, where she represents clients in appellate and trial-level litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Sheila was an Honors Attorney at the Department of Justice.  At DOJ she handled all aspects of litigation in a diverse array of matters, from shepherding complex cases through discovery to briefing and arguing dispositive motions in federal courts coast to coast.  Sheila has also successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.

Sheila graduated from Harvard College and NYU School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor on the New York University Law Review and won the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for overall achievement.  Immediately following law school, she served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Before becoming a lawyer, Sheila had a decade-long career in education and leadership development, including teaching high school in coastal Alaska and coaching leadership and wilderness skills for students of all ages in remote settings throughout North America.



  • Antitrust & Competition

Jesse Beringer Senior Associate Antitrust & Competition

Washington, D.C.

Jesse Beringer is a Senior Associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Antitrust & Competition practice group.

Jesse’s practice involves representing clients in a wide array of complex litigation matters in a number of areas, including antitrust, class action defense, contract disputes, False Claims Act defense, government administrative proceedings, and internal investigations. She also has experience assisting clients with issues related to mergers and acquisitions, including preparation of Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings and responses to Second Requests.

Additionally, Jesse is a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section and co-chairs the Section’s Young Lawyer Task Force, in addition to serving as a co-coordinator of the Section’s Young Lawyer/Economist Representative (YLR/YER) Program, for the 2021-2022 Section year.



  • Litigation & IP Sector
  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Upnit K. Bhatti Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Upnit represents clients in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate level, often embedding in trials as appellate counsel. 

As embedded counsel, Upnit is responsible for dispositive motions and pre-trial filings and for ensuring that appellate issues are preserved. Upnit also works with trial teams in complex commercial matters to develop creative legal strategies for trial and subsequent appeals. She has presented oral argument in state and federal courts and has co-authored briefs before state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, Upnit maintains an active pro bono practice.

Prior to joining Orrick, Upnit focused on products liability and complex litigation work at Arnold & Porter LLP and a mid-size firm in Upstate New York. This included representing a consumer products company in the defense of thousands of personal injury cases in state and federal courts. She was the primary drafter of several motions and appellate briefs. She was also deeply involved in the firms’ pro bono practice and first chaired a trial dealing with First and Eighth Amendment claims.

Outside of the firm, Upnit serves as the Co-Chair of the DC Women’s Bar Association’s Amicus Committee and Advocacy Committees. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of her law school’s Alumni Association.

Upnit previously clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and interned for the Honorable Thérèse Wiley Dancks of the Northern District of New York. In law school, Upnit served as the Managing Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, and was an arguing member of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Team. She received the Moot Court Honor Society’s Executive Director Award and the Syracuse Law Review Distinguished Leadership Award.



  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

James Billard Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

James is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

His practice focuses on project finance and development, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. James represents sponsors, issuers, project developers, lenders and investors in project financings, securities offerings and infrastructure projects.



  • Renewable Energy

Nathan Bishop Managing Associate Renewable Energy

Washington, D.C.

Nathan's practice focuses on renewable energy project development and finance. 

His practice focuses on debt and tax equity financings and the development of solar, wind and storage projects.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nathan worked on renewable energy project finance at a global law firm. As a law student, Nathan worked as a legal intern at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he researched emissions credit trading policies among EEA and EFTA states, and at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he analyzed a variety of energy policy issues. Nathan also served as a research assistant at the United Nations International Law Commission, where he helped prepare guidelines concerning states' responsibility to protect the atmosphere under international law.