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Practice:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Ben Aiken Managing Associate 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.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Compensation & Benefits M&A
  • Latin America

Juliano Banuelos Partner Compensation & Benefits, Corporate

San Francisco

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."

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Stephen E Chao Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Silicon Valley

Stephen Chao is an associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity group.

Prior to joining Orrick, Stephen worked for Google, where he performed due diligence on M&A transactions and supported the Google Cloud Platform and global datacenter operations legal teams in negotiating and executing contracts.

Following his first year of law school, Stephen worked as an intern at LinkedIn, where he supported LinkedIn’s legal team on a variety of corporate, privacy, commercial and IP matters.

At Berkeley Law, Stephen served on the editorial boards of the California Law Review and Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Stephen received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Richard Chirls Partner Tax

New York

Richard Chirls, a New York tax partner, focuses his practice on the tax aspects of public finance transactions.  He has served as the head of Orrick’s nationally recognized Public Finance Tax Group.

With over 30 years of experience, Richard is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities, having broad experience with tax exempt financings and related transactions involving governmental and not-for-profit entities.  His expertise and stature in the public finance community was recognized by the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ highest award for his career of distinguished service in public finance. 

Richard focuses on new products, including the development of new and creative financing techniques for governments, non-profits and investment bankers. He regularly works on transactions throughout the country.  However, in his home office in New York City, he leads the relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, serving as counsel on well over 100 transactions over a period of more than 20 years and has headed the tax work in connection with every financing of a cultural facility relating to museums and performing arts in New York City over this same period.  Richard has worked on the tax aspects of several of the largest and most complex public private partnership (P3) transactions in recent years.  He frequently acts as special tax counsel to issuers and underwriters of municipal finance issues.

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Practice:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Kelsi Corkran Partner Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Kelsi Brown Corkran heads the firm's Supreme Court practice. A former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kelsi has served as lead counsel in dozens of federal and state court appeals. Kelsi has presented argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and 11 of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the en banc Ninth Circuit. She also frequently strategizes with trial teams on significant legal questions that arise during earlier stages of litigation.

Kelsi maintains a generalist practice mirroring the wide range of subject matters that appellate judges confront on their dockets. Her constitutional and administrative law experience includes litigating challenges involving the First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments; the Appointments Clause; the Bill of Attainder Clause; separation of powers; statutory interpretation; and regulatory overreach. She has also handled appeals involving copyright, class action certification, civil fraud, breach of contract, financial services, bankruptcy, and employment discrimination, to name a few. Rather than structuring her practice around narrow subject areas, Kelsi’s passion is translating complex disputes into compelling stories that persuade the court to rule in her client’s favor.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kelsi was with the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as lead counsel for the federal government in more than 30 appeals representing a wide array of federal agencies, including the Copyright Royalty Board; the Federal Communications Commission; the Department of Transportation; the Department of Agriculture; the Social Security Administration; the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Department of Health and Human Services; and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Kelsi previously worked in the Communications Office of the White House’s Executive Office of the President, where she assisted with judicial nominations, including the confirmation hearings of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Before law school, she was a social worker in Philadelphia’s foster care system.

Kelsi serves on the Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and on the Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. 

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Practice:

  • Technology Transactions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate

Janice Dow Associate Technology Transactions, Technology Companies Group

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

Janice Dow is an associate in the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.

Janice focuses on technology transactions, including drafting and negotiating commercial and intellectual property agreements. Janice has also provided general corporate counseling and closed venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions.

Janice is also CIPP/US certified as an Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Before joining Orrick, Janice worked in the field of market research.

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Practice:

  • Litigation & IP

Lesley M. Durmann Litigation Career Associate Litigation & IP

Sacramento

Lesley Durmann helps companies navigate compliance risks, respond to government investigations, and win in litigation.

Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar investigations, and regulatory compliance. In addition to her significant trial experience, Lesley assists clients in conducting internal investigations, crafting effective compliance programs, and negotiating settlements with government authorities. Lesley has also worked with Orrick’s Public Policy Group to develop creative, multi-faceted solutions for innovators facing legislative and regulatory challenges.

Lesley is fluent in Portuguese and previously worked with an international law firm in São Paulo, Brazil. Before joining Orrick, Lesley also served as a policy advisor in the Oregon State Senate.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Ellen Ehrenpreis Partner Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Ellen has spent more than twenty years in the tech and venture ecosystem and leverages her broad network and deep understanding of both the tech sector and legal landscape to effectively and strategically advise emerging companies and investors on a wide range of critical needs.

On the company side, Ellen’s clients range from early startups to mature private companies. She advises companies and founders on formation, venture financings, governance, M&A transactions, corporate and securities matters, commercial transactions and litigation strategy. Ellen’s approach is holistic and pragmatic. Her unique skill set and business-driven approach derive from her decades-long career as a Silicon Valley lawyer and her broad experiences earlier in her career as both a successful litigator and business owner. Over her career, Ellen has represented both private and public companies and has worked with both small startups and large multinational enterprises, as well as the executives, investors and advisors involved in those businesses. As a result, Ellen draws upon a deep knowledge base and set of experiences and insights that allow her to offer practical and seasoned advice to her clients. Ellen also works closely with some of the leading venture capital and growth equity firms, whose principals she advises in connection with financings, equity structuring and corporate governance. Ellen’s company clients have represented a broad swath of the technology ecosystem, including both hardware and software, and, as a result, her industry experience is wide-ranging. Her clients have included companies in the semiconductor, SAAS, renewables, fintech, aerospace, digital retail, online sharing, biotech/biopharma, media, design and data analytics fields, among others. Ellen has a passion for working with companies making an impact in the world.

David Fries Chief Profitability Officer

New York

David Fries is broadly viewed as one of the foremost authorities on the “business of law,” bringing to bear 30 years of experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility, a partner in two global law firms and a law firm senior executive.


He presently serves as Orrick’s Chief Profitability Officer, having previously served as Orrick’s Chief Pricing & Practice Management Officer and Orrick’s Chief Client Relationship Officer. In his current role, David helps the firm and its clients reach mutually beneficial fee arrangements, counsels partners on approaches to managing their practices more efficiently and applies data analytics to enhance firm profitability and improve client satisfaction, among other financial and operational responsibilities.

From 1998 through 2005, David served as a senior executive at NYSE-listed Prologis (formerly AMB Property Corporation) in San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai, ultimately as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs, and Chairman and CEO of AMB China, Ltd. During his tenure at AMB, David was a member of AMB’s Management and Investment Committees and was responsible for overseeing AMB’s human resource, information technology, legal, environmental, engineering and risk management departments, as well as its airport facilities group, venture capital investments and other strategic business initiatives and transactions. In 2004, in addition to his other responsibilities, he led AMB’s entry into the China market, including opening AMB’s first office in China in Shanghai.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Traditional Labor Law

John Giansello Counsel Employment Law & Litigation, Traditional Labor Law

New York

John D. Giansello III is resident in the New York office and a member of the employment law group.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

He has considerable experience in and knowledge of litigation and counseling related to the hiring, firing, retention, management and promotion of employees.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability

Emily J. Green Career Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

Washington, D.C.

Emily Green is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

Emily's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on mass torts and product liability matters.  Before joining Orrick as an associate, Emily was a summer associate in the New York office in 2007.

Duane Hughes Managing Director of Inclusion & Move the Needle

New York

Duane Hughes spearheads Orrick’s Inclusion & Move the Needle programs and is a member of the firm’s executive leadership team. A recognized champion for diversity with a deep understanding of the client perspective, Duane engages in advancing the inclusion and diversity conversation with clients, our community, and within Orrick.

Duane’s passion for making inclusiveness actionable in the legal profession guides his remit of increasing diversity among our team and in our client relationships.

Orrick is a founding firm of Move the Needle (MTN) Fund, a 5-year, $5 million collaboration between the Diversity Lab, 25+ corporate legal departments and five law firms. MTN aims to develop innovative solutions to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Working alongside our MTN leadership team, Duane engages directly with Orrick’s clients to enhance the diversity of client teams and client relationship leadership.

A seasoned lawyer and business leader, Duane has long been a a champion for diversity and inclusion. He joined Orrick from JP Morgan, where he served as Managing Director and Senior Finance & Business Manager of the Latin American Private Bank. He also served for nearly two decades in senior roles at Morgan Stanley, including COO of International Wealth Management, and founded and chaired the bank’s legal diversity program. He began his career as a lawyer with Simpson Thacher and Shearman & Sterling.

Duane is a sought-after speaker on diversity and inclusion and career development. He has a particular focus on cognitive bias, in-group favoritism, leniency bias, and developing individual strategies to succeed in one’s career.