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Former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., draws on more than 25 years of public sector experience to advise clients navigating the fast-developing sports betting market.
Ed was appointed head of the Massachusetts gaming regulatory system just a few years after the state legalized gaming. As Executive Director, Ed guided the opening of the state’s two major resort casinos which have a combined investment of over $3.4 billion. He advised Commissioners on regulatory compliance issues and worked with host and surrounding communities to address any impacts of casino openings. He also guided one of the most robust responsible gaming programs in the country. Additionally, Ed was responsible for regulating Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing as well as simulcasting in Massachusetts.
In addition to overseeing both civil and criminal litigation as the First Assistant Attorney General in the office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Ed was the Attorney General’s top legal advisor. He oversaw appellate strategy, approved indictments and personally negotiated settlements. He was designated by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court as a member of Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board where he served as an advisor on management issues to members of the Massachusetts trial court. Ed also advised the Attorney General on healthcare, environmental, energy, and antitrust law and regulatory issues. He served as the Attorney General’s point of contact on terrorism issues and was a member of the local multi-agency Anti-Terrorism Activation Committee.
At the Attorney General’s office, he managed two large bureaus plus the State Solicitor’s office, the Division of Gaming Enforcement, and the Division of Open Government, and was responsible for all Special Assistant Attorney General appointments. He was also frequently an advisor to large state agencies on litigation and regulatory matters.
Prior to his service in the Attorney General’s office, Ed was a Deputy District Attorney with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. He tried hundreds of cases, including white collar fraud, narcotics and homicide cases. He also managed a Special Investigations Unit that focused on organized crime and career criminals.
Mark Beeley acts as advocate and counsel in international arbitrations (both commercial and investor-state) and in litigation in the English and DIFC courts. He has particularly deep experience in energy disputes, but also regularly acts in construction, technology, insurance, shareholder and white-collar/civil fraud matters, as part of a broader commercial practice.
Mark has acted in arbitrations under the ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, LMAA, DIAC, AAA and other arbitration rules in disputes seated around the globe concerning multiple governing laws and is recognised in the leading directories for arbitration and natural resources disputes. In addition, he sits as arbitrator (including both as chairman and sole arbitrator). He previously practiced in Dubai as a Registered Foreign Lawyer and maintains a practice as advocate (and solicitor) in both the English and DIFC Courts (along with supervising cross-border litigation in multiple jurisdictions). Mark has been recognised as a foreign expert in disputes in both the UAE and India by Chambers.
He has a particular interest in energy sector disputes, including those in the upstream and LNG areas (he was described by Chambers & Partners UK 2018 as “an excellent litigator” knowing “oil and gas inside out” and is recognised in Who's Who Legal for Energy), but has dealt with matters across the industry, running the gamut from seismic acquisition agreements through to IP disputes involving refined products, carbon trading agreements and the construction of renewable projects. He currently leads the AIPN Model Form Revision sub-committee focusing on the dispute resolution aspects of the model form JOA.
Beyond energy, Mark has acted in the infrastructure/construction, technology, insurance, crypto-currency, fintech, pharmaceutical, telecoms, insurance and finance sectors (amongst others) and also advises extensively on white-collar/fraud matters, including money laundering, bribery, sanction and export control issues.
Originally called to the English Bar and now practicing as a solicitor-advocate, Mark frequently publishes and speaks on arbitration and energy matters, including on questions of sovereign immunity, res judicata, arbitration procedure, the award of interest and other questions on damages. He features in two categories of Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration and Energy 2020.
Emmanuel Bénard is an employment lawyer, respected for his deep experience with challenging restructuring and complex collective litigation. Partner in Orrick’s Paris office, he is Head of the Employment Law Practice in France and Europe.
Emmanuel represents numerous French and international companies on all aspects of employment law including international and cross-border issues.
His practice focuses on reorganizations, collective redundancies. He notably advised key players of the Financial, Metal, Food and Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Leisure and Music Industries in implementing economic dismissals and voluntary departures. He also assists these clients with employee representation and collective bargaining and sensitive individual cases.
Emmanuel developed a special expertise in collective litigation as well as criminal litigation and currently handles a number of sensitive cases arising from works council and health and safety committee information consultation procedure, professional elections, collective bargaining agreements and employees performance appraisal system.
With a long-standing experience on landmark M&A, he regularly supports HR Directors in dealing with works council information and consultation procedures and transfer of employees triggered by such complex projects, helping them achieving their strategic objectives.
Co-author of an insightful and pedagogic book on all labor and employment facets of companies’ reorganization, Emmanuel is described by his clients as “a guru in the field of employment law” and praised for his “business sense”.
Before joining Orrick in 2016, Emmanuel was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits Department. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.
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For nearly three decades, Robert Benson has dedicated himself to helping clients resolve their most challenging legal disputes. Whether litigating multi-patent matters, competitor disputes, or licensing obligations, Robert blends his commitment to serving others with his legal acumen, creativity, integrity, and collaborative leadership to attain the best possible results for his clients.
Robert has handled a wide range of commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, litigated Section 337 investigations before the ITC, represented both patent owners and petitioners in PTAB proceedings, obtained injunctive relief, and argued before the Federal Circuit. He has handled both offensive and defensive patent licensing and litigation, and has implement strategies that incorporate inter partes review and reexamination proceedings. His matters have involved technologies including semiconductors, graphics processing, mobile devices, computer hardware and software, medical devices, and countless other products and consumer electronics.
In addition to his domestic practice, Robert also leads Orrick’s Taipei office. In Chambers Global 2020, Robert is the only attorney ranked in the U.S. for Intellectual Property – Foreign Expert for Taiwan. Global corporations headquartered in Asia trust him to navigate the unique issues, claims, and defenses that arise in multinational litigation and cross-border disputes. Please click here to read his bio in Simplified Chinese.
Robert’s commitment to service extends beyond his professional clients. Over the past 20 years, Robert has established programs in Asia, Africa, and North and South America that care for hundreds of at-risk children and enable them to attend universities and launch their careers. He is the founder of Arms of Love International, a charitable organization that operates family-based homes for abandoned or abused children, and Love Forward, a charitable organization that provides a higher education for students who have experienced violence and other forms of abuse. In his recently published book, Love Forward, Robert shares the life stories of some of the young women and men who grew up in the Arms of Love homes, together with his personal story, to encourage and inspire others in their own endeavors. In recognition of his service, Orrick awarded Robert its Community Responsibility Award in 2017.
Michele Bertani is a special counsel in Orrick’s Milan office.
As a lawyer, he has extensive experience in intellectual property and competition matters, especially in the fields of copyright, media and information technology legal problems, trademarks, patents, advertising and antitrust law.
Michele is a full professor of intellectual property law at the Law Faculty of the University of Foggia. He also teaches commercial law and competition law at the same Faculty, Competition Law at the IULM University in Milan.
Prior to joining Orrick, Upnit was a products liability and complex litigation associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and a mid-size firm in Upstate New York. Along with other clients, Upnit represented 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 for cases in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and presented oral argument in state and federal courts. She was also deeply involved in the firms’ pro bono practice and was first chair in a trial dealing with First and Eighth Amendment claims.
Upnit has also 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, an arguing member of the American Bar Association National Appellate Team, and was the recipient of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Executive Director Award.
Cécile's practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration.
Cécile is an associate focusing on domestic and international litigation and arbitration, white collar defense and investigations, securities and M&A litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution methods. Cecile has advised leading French and international companies in the technology, banking, aviation and industry sectors.
Cécile acts in pro bono matters, in particular defending women's rights before French Courts. Cécile has been a member of the criminal defense bar in Paris for several years and regularly acts before the French criminal Courts for indigent individuals.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2020, Cécile has practiced in the litigation and arbitration department of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Paris since 2012.
Peter Bicks is a nationally recognized trial lawyer based in New York. Clients repeatedly turn to Peter for their most challenging, high-profile business disputes -- ranging from intellectual property to mass tort claims. Over the course of his career, he has proven he can win at trial in any forum, ranging from state court juries in Alabama, California, New York, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia to the International Trade Commission.
In recognition of Peter’s career trial work, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2015. Juries have compared him favorably to Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey. Chambers USA calls him “Enormously talented, extremely organized and a fantastic leader,” adding: “You can put him in front of a jury anywhere and he’ll connect with it.” And a peer in the trial bar told Law360: “What is most impressive is his ability as a true Field General – calmly directing his team’s efforts.”
Peter has received numerous other awards for his trial successes. Benchmark Litigation has recognized Peter as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America in its 2017 and 2018 editions “on the strength of historical and unwavering peer and client review, as well as proven achievements.” Law360 named him Media & Entertainment “MVP” in 2013 for his wins in “bet the company cases.” Lawdragon has recognized him for an “impressive track record of winning cases.”
Peter’s versatility is one of his hallmarks. To each case, he brings a combination of deft courtroom skills, strategic acuity and team leadership. The results have included a triumph in a bi-coastal battle for Dish Networks against the major television networks, fending off a multibillion-dollar lawsuit for Union Carbide in a hostile Texas courtroom against one of the nation’s winningest plaintiff’s lawyers, and protecting Nintendo’s popular Wii video gaming system before the ITC.
Peter defended DISH Network in a high-profile trial in Illinois where the FTC and various state attorneys general sought more than $700 billion in damages and penalties for alleged telemarketing violations, limiting recovery to less than one percent of that amount. Peter also represents Oracle in its high-stakes copyright infringement litigation against Google, currently on appeal, in which The Recorder proclaimed after his opening statement: “Oracle’s New Lawyer Comes out Swinging.” Additional examples of his opening statements, voir dires, cross-examination and closing statements, including accompanying graphics, can be found in the Engagements section below.
Peter serves as a member of Orrick’s Board. Before joining Orrick, Peter was a partner at Donovan Leisure. He captained his college tennis team to a national ranking, has successfully competed in major national sailboat competitions, and serves on the Board of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. With his wife Linda, he has three children: Avery, Isabelle and Phoebe.
Richard A. Bierschbach is Dean and Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School and an Associated Law Professor in the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation practice.
Richard has substantial experience advising clients across a wide range of cases, with particular expertise in matters involving novel or complex constitutional, statutory, administrative, or other public-law issues, appeals, and legal and strategic counseling. A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and to Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the D.C. Circuit, Richard served both as a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Solicitor General and as an Attorney-Adviser in its Office of Legal Counsel. During that time, he regularly counseled federal government attorneys on appellate and legal strategy issues and provided written and oral advice to the White House, the Attorney General and other executive branch offices on a broad spectrum of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory questions. He also practiced as an appellate litigator in the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 2001-03 and, more recently, as of counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Before his appointment as Dean, he was a tenured professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was Vice Dean from 2015-16.
Richard teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, criminal justice, and corporations. His published work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the University of Minnesota Law Review, among other journals. He twice—in 2013 and 2015—received the Best Professor Award from Cardozo’s graduating class. He has been quoted on legal developments by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC News, Slate, and other media.
Jared Bobrow is co-chair of Orrick’s global Intellectual Property practice group. He focuses on litigating patent disputes nationwide, both in district courts and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He also litigates and counsels clients in the field of trade secrets, particularly those involving complex technology.
Since the late 1980s, Mr. Bobrow has been involved extensively in all aspects of patent and technology-related litigation, including trials and appeals. He has earned a reputation with clients for managing complex cases efficiently and creatively. Mr. Bobrow is a hands-on litigator who learns and develops the critical facts, masters the technology and law, and weaves the facts and law into a story that a judge or jury will understand and embrace.
Mr. Bobrow is ranked Band 1 in the field of Intellectual Property: Patent in California by Chambers USA and he has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global 2013-2020, with sources describing him as “an exceptional litigator; one of the smartest lawyers you will ever meet,” as "extremely strategic, delivers excellent work product and argues well before the court ” and as “probably the finest patent litigator I have ever worked with. He has a keen intellect and a good sense of what will resonate with judges and juries.” He has been named a leading patent litigation attorney in California by IAM Patent Litigation 250 Magazine 2011 and by IAM Patent 1000 2012-2019. He has also been recognized as an “IP Star” in California by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars since 2013, and he has been consistently selected among the “Top IP Attorneys” in California from 2016-2019 by the Daily Journal, a leading legal publication in California. He has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” since 2014 and as a “National Star” since 2018.
Mr. Bobrow teaches patent litigation at U.C. Berkeley Law School, and has spoken and written on patent law, patent litigation, and trade secret matters.
Mr. Bobrow graduated in 1986 from Columbia Law School, where he served on the Columbia Law Review. In 1986 and 1987, he clerked for the Honorable Charles P. Sifton (E.D.N.Y.).
Marco Boldini is a Partner and the Head of the Italian Financial Services Regulatory practice, splitting his time between Orrick’s Milan and London offices.
Marco is a leading authority on financial services regulations, including but not limited to AIFMD, UCITS, PRIIPs, FCA Handbook and Brexit-related topics, as well as on all aspects of funds-related work, in particular on ETFs and ETCs. He advises clients on MIFID II and compliance matters before the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the Italian Companies and Exchange Commission. Marco also has deep knowledge of the fintech sector, particularly blockchain and cryptocurrency matters.
Named Legal 500 UK’s in-house Regulatory Lawyer of the Year for 2019, Marco serves as Italian Honorary Consul in the United Kingdom to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Italians’ Private Capital Association in London.
Before joining Orrick, Marco served as Head of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK Financial Services Regulatory practice. Prior to PwC, he served as European Regulatory Director at asset management firm ETF Securities in London. He is a Solicitor in England and Wales and a fully qualified UK Barrister at Middle Temple Inn, a Notary in England and Wales, as well as an avvocato in Italy. Marco currently teaches financial services law at Cass Business School, City University of London.
Stephen Bomse, Senior Counsel in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Group.
He is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading antitrust lawyers, having tried cases throughout the United States involving multibillion-dollar claims while also maintaining a significant appellate practice, including his successful representation of Weyerhaeuser Company in a major Section 2 case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve also represents clients from around the world in other types of complex commercial litigation, both at the trial and appellate level.
In recent years, Steve has focused his practice to a significant extent on cartel cases, including in particular companies, such as Sony, located in various countries in Asia. He has been involved in most of the major recent international cartel cases involving electronic products, such as DRAM, SRAM and LCD representing companies from Japan, Taiwan and China.
While the primary focus of Steve's practice has been, and remains antitrust, he also has had an active trial and appellate practice outside the competition area. In addition to several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, he has argued appeals in seven separate federal circuits and has tried cases in a number of different federal districts.