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Margaret Abernathy is a managing associate in Orrick's Intellectual Property practice.
Margaret concentrates her work principally on complex technology-based litigation as well as copyright, trademark and trade secret portfolio management. As a former aerospace engineer, Margaret has a passion for finding innovative tech-driven solutions and brings to the table both a depth of experience in technology as well as an understanding of clients' bottom-line needs. Before practicing law, Margaret worked as a propulsion and satellite systems engineer in the defense and aerospace industry, and co-founded an all-female micro-rocket start up based out of Durham, NC.
Prior to joining Orrick, Margaret served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was an associate at a Vault 100 firm in Washington, D.C. She also worked in-house at SpaceX Technologies.
In addition, Margaret devotes her time to various pro bono matters. She is passionate about protecting veterans' rights relating to service-related injuries through the appellate process at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Federal Circuit.
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.
Charles C. Adams, Jr., is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Finland (2015-2017) and Global Co-Head of Orrick's International Arbitration Practice Group based in Geneva.
Charles' experience spans four decades at the highest levels of international dispute resolution, in more than 300 international arbitration proceedings as counsel and chairman or party-arbitrator in arbitral fora all over the world.
Charles also has 10 years’ membership on the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).
Jonelle advises clients on a broad range of cross-border transactions and domestic matters. She provides advice to companies across a variety of sectors including technology, telecommunications, energy, and retail on general commercial, intellectual property, IT and data privacy issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jonelle spent time as a Technology, Media and Telecoms Associate for an international law firm and also gained experience working for a boutique intellectual property firm.
Jonelle has previously undertaken a virtual secondment at an international oil and gas company where she assisted with general commercial contracts and queries.
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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.
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.
Stephanie Albrecht, a senior associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, focuses her practice on regulatory and internal investigations and complex litigation.
Stephanie has experience representing companies and individuals in SEC and DOJ investigations involving potential violations of the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, consumer protection laws, and other federal and state laws. Stephanie also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in securities, trade secrets, employment, and other complex commercial litigation matters.
Additionally, Stephanie devotes her practice to pro bono work, representing clients in adoption, immigration, and civil rights matters.
Stephanie is a regular contributor to Orrick's Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement blog and an Associate Editor of The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities.
During law school, Stephanie was a law clerk in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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.
Colby Allsbrook is Of Counsel in the New York office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Colby has deep experience in financial services, asset-backed security and mortgage-related litigation, and has been at the forefront of litigation arising out of the financial crisis.
Prior to joining Orrick, he was a Director and senior litigation counsel at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, where he chaired the firm's Mortgage Securities Litigation Task Force and helped direct the bank's litigation response to the mortgage crisis. He previously practiced law in the New York offices of King & Spalding and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
Mona Amer, an Of Counsel in Orrick's Los Angeles office, is a member of the Litigation Group and the White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations Group. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.
Mona also has extensive experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts involving breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices.
A former Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court clerk, Easha focuses on appeals and dispositive motions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Easha served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and to Judge Paul Watford. Before law school, Easha worked as a journalist and as an investigator.