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Nina Trovato focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes at all stages of litigation including matters involving product liability, intellectual property, commercial contracts, and securities.
Nina specializes in coordinating national medical and scientific defenses for clients in all stages of litigation, including trial and appeal. She represents industry leading clients in the manufacturing, technology, and financial sectors, often in difficult jurisdictions with significant financial or reputational harm at stake. Nina understands the importance of developing thoughtful and cohesive defenses for our clients, and she excels at distilling complicated scientific principles for courts and jurors alike to achieve the best possible results in her engagements.
Winnie Tsien is a senior tax associate specializing in tax-exempt bond financing. She has extensive experience in governmental and exempt facility bonds, including general governmental facilities, non-profit cultural, educational and health care facilities, and public utilities. She also has significant experience in rebate, short-term and long-term working capital financings and post-issuance compliance relating to private use issues.
Winnie has addressed the Bond Attorneys' Workshop for the National Association of Bond Lawyers relating to various topics, including arbitrage and rebate, refundings, working capital financings, and 501c3 financings. Winnie earned a J.D. in 1994 from the University of California, Davis School of the Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of Law Review. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College.
Toshihiko Tsuchiya, partner in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Real Estate Group. His practice focuses on the securitization and liquidation of real estate assets, including the utilization of the TMK structure in development projects.
His experience covers not only real estate assets, but also receivables and claimable assets.
Mr. Tsuchiya has also been involved in a wide range of international and domestic business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, international litigation and international arbitration.
Before joining Orrick, Mr. Tsuchiya was a partner at Jones Day and a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.
Michael Tu leads the firm's securities litigation practice in Southern California. His practice focuses on litigation and counseling under the federal and state securities laws, mergers and acquisitions lawsuits, regulatory investigations and proceedings, securities and corporate governance advice, and business litigation and trade secrets disputes.
Michael is recognized as a leading trial lawyer who has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous trials to verdict in federal and state courts, and is among the few lawyers in the country who have defended a securities class action trial to verdict. That shareholder class action trial was recognized as one of the "Top Defense Verdicts" in California by the Daily Journal.
In addition to his representation of clients in litigation disputes, he regularly counsels public and private companies regarding securities, corporate governance and disclosure issues, and has represented numerous board committees and accounting firms in connection with investigatory and litigation matters. He frequently advises multi-national corporations and executives based in Asia and Europe with respect to business disputes and securities matters. His successful representation of clients in high-profile securities and corporate governance disputes has been widely reported in the media (Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, New York Times, Fortune), and he was recently recognized as one of the "Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Michael has moderated and spoken at numerous events on securities law and corporate governance developments. In addition, as a past faculty member of the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program, he has taught business executives and leaders on a number of subjects, including cross-border litigation, risk management and securities and accounting liability issues.
Michael serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is Co-Chair of the Programs Committee. He previously served as the Court Alerts Editor, and as Co-Chair of the Federal Courts and Breakfast at the Bar Committees. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the monthly Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter publication. He served as a Lawyer Representative for the Central District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 2006-2009.
Chris Tucker is a systems, software and security architect and developer for Orrick Labs.
His skills are in system and security design, software engineering and systems integration. Chris is our resident Linux and Open Source guru.
His work has ranged from research and development to consulting on system and software design and administration.
Chris previously served as the director of networking and support services for a private university.
San Francisco; Los Angeles
San Francisco; Los Angeles
Will joined Orrick in late 2001 as Director of Operations and served as an integral member of the management team that created the Global Operations Center (GOC), a first of a kind U.S. law firm insourcing facility, in 2002. Today, he is responsible for managing and sustaining operations, growth and employee engagement.
Will also has firmwide responsibility for managing several of the firm’s operational relationships, including Williams Lea and AMEX, and serves as Director of the Firm’s Community Responsibility Programs.
Prior to joining Orrick, Will was the City Manager of Wheeling, West Virginia, for four years and the Assistant City Manager for four years prior to promotion to City Manager. He also served as the County Administrator for Hancock County, West Virginia, from 1989 to 1993.
Will is a graduate of West Liberty State College with a BS in Political Science and holds a MPA degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University.
He is married to Tracey (Nichols) and has two children, Nicholas, age 26 and Anna, age 20.
Jerry has more than 40 years of experience in public finance and has served as senior attorney in connection with the representation of various public clients, including state agencies, university systems, cities, counties, transit authorities and other political subdivisions.
Jerry's public finance practice includes serving as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel in connection with municipal bond offerings. In addition, Jerry represents various public funds and endowments in connection with their investment activities.
Christian Turotti is a Real Estate Lawyer member of the Finance Group in the Milan Office.
Christian works on a range of commercial real estate matters including lease agreements, acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios, development and redevelopment projects, funds formation and liquidation, as well as other corporate real estate activities and joint ventures.
He has represented various funds, developers, corporations, financial institutions and asset management companies, both domestic and international, in transactions involving commercial, residential, hotel and industrial assets.
He has also gained significant expertise in transactions involving assets owned by distressed companies, carried out in pre-insolvency or bankruptcy procedures.
San Francisco; Los Angeles
San Francisco; Los Angeles
Jasmine advises institutional investors, investment funds, fund sponsors and developers in all phases of real property investment, development, secured financing, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate portfolios, hospitality, construction and other corporate real estate activities.
In particular, Jasmine is experienced with negotiating and drafting documentation unique to the hotel industry, including management and franchise agreements, construction and development agreements, and mezzanine loan agreements.
Howard Ullman, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation and the Antitrust and Competition Groups. He focuses his practice on competition and antitrust law, trade regulation, unfair competition, class action and complex litigation issues.
He has extensive experience advising on distribution law and distribution system issues (including competitor collaborations, pricing issues, non-price restraints and dealer termination issues). He routinely addresses and counsels on the antitrust / intellectual property interface.
Howard represents Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in the national DRAM antitrust price-fixing cases. Other price-fixing experience includes representation of a defendant in the DRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation and a large purchaser in connection with the SRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation, and representation of companies in alleged school milk and paint pigment cartels.
He has also worked on antitrust cases for PG&E Corporation, Equifax, One Technologies, and a number of other companies. He regularly counsels companies on competition issues, including Robinson-Patman Act (price discrimination) issues and market concentration issues. He has worked on a number of Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code Section 17200 (unfair competition) litigations. He has also worked on a number of antitrust-healthcare related matters, including mergers and acquisitions.
Howard has worked on antitrust cases in the life insurance industry and for Microsoft Corp. in connection with intellectual property issues. He recently finished cases for a supplier of industrial equipment (commercial scales) and involving below-cost pricing in the retail gasoline industry. He also recently worked on a Section 2 case for a pool products manufacturer that resolved favorably.
Federico Urbani, an Associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Federico has a specific experience in M&A transactions – inter alia stock and other financial instruments purchases, such as investment funds’ units – as well as in other complex corporate transactions. In this field, he advised both private and public Italian and foreign companies, in relation to national and multi-jurisdictional transactions.
His activity is focused on company and corporate matters, corporate governance, capital markets (with a specific expertise in the banking and financial regulatory frameworks), as well as in drafting national and international commercial agreements.
Federico has authored several publications in the fields of corporate law, contract law and financial regulation.
Federico is currently a PhD Student at Bocconi University in Milan (Business and Social Law - Diritto dell'Impresa) and a Teaching Assistant in company law at the University of Milan-Bicocca.
Before graduating, cum laude, at Bocconi University in Milan, Federico spent a semester abroad at Freie Universität in Berlin (Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2014) and at Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne in Paris (Mar. 2014) within the Themis Exchange Program, earning the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.
Before joining Orrick, Federico has been twice a summer intern in the London office of a major Italian law firm.
Robert Uriarte is a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Business Unit located in Silicon Valley. Robert's practice focuses on copyright, trade secrets, and digital crimes.
Robert is a member of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and also regularly works with Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group on intellectual property issues.
In addition to litigation work, Robert also counsels companies ranging from market leaders to start-ups on intellectual property, security, and Internet law issues.
Robert is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. He co-chairs Orrick's Silicon Valley Diversity Committee and is one of the firm-wide facilitators for Orrick’s Latino Affinity Group. Robert is also committed to pro bono work and received the Legal Aid Association of California's 2015 Family Law Pro Bono Award.
Robert served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger in the Eastern District of California prior to commencing private practice.