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Andrew helps both issuers and underwriters navigate complex municipal infrastructure financing transactions through creative solutions and dedicated client service. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Andrew’s practice focuses on public finance, which includes serving as bond counsel or disclosure counsel to cities, counties and other local governments, state agencies, school districts, institutions of higher education, 501(c)(3) nonprofit healthcare organizations, and special districts in connection with infrastructure financings and related projects. Andrew also has extensive experience representing national and regional investment banks in the underwriting of municipal bonds.
Andrew has represented clients in a wide range of public finance transactions, including tax-exempt and taxable, fixed and variable rate, and long- and short-term debt, general obligation and revenue bonds, direct purchases/private placements, credit and liquidity enhancement, and commercial paper financings. Andrew has experience with projects relating to transportation, water systems, public education, higher education, hospitals, and ports.
Over the course of his career, Andrew has prepared, negotiated and reviewed hundreds of complex agreements relating to municipal financing transactions, including trust indentures, loan agreements, and bond purchase contracts. Andrew also regularly advises clients with respect to bond election matters and compliance with federal securities laws, including continuing disclosure requirements under SEC Rule 15c2-12.
Pia Bhathal, an associate in Orrick's Santa Monica office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Pia represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, corporate formations, and venture capital financings.
During her time at Harvard Law School, Pia worked with a number of startups from the Harvard Innovation Lab and MIT.
Upnit represents clients in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels. For example, she has embedded in multiple trials as appellate counsel for Johnson & Johnson to preserve appellate issues. Upnit also works with trial teams in complex commercial matters to draft dispositive motions and develop creative legal strategies. 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 Diversity Committee. She is also the Secretary of the Board 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.
Cécile's practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration.
Cécile's practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration, as well as white collar defense and investigations, securities and M&A litigation, and alternative dispute resolution methods. Cécile advises French and international companies, and their directors before civil, commercial, and criminal Courts in France. Cecile also acts in commercial arbitration proceedings whether domestic or international, under ICC Rules of Arbitration or in ad hoc proceedings.
Cécile also acts in pro bono matters, and has in particular acted in favor of 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. Cécile also acts as Administrative Secretary to arbitral tribunals.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2020, Cécile has practiced in the litigation and arbitration department of another major international law firm 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.
James is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
James represents developers, electric utilities, lenders and investors in project financings, infrastructure projects, private placements, securities offerings and asset transfers. In the energy sector, his work focuses on the development, financing and construction of renewable generation facilities.
Keily heads up the Cyber & Data Privacy Enforcement & Litigation Practice in London. Keily works with her clients to navigate crises, and to achieve better regulatory and judicial outcomes in all aspects of international data privacy enforcement and litigation. Keily is ranked as a key practitioner in data protection, privacy and cyber security in Legal 500.
As a litigator, Keily has a different perspective on cyber and data privacy issues.
Keily has led the response to investigations by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, the Irish Data Protection Commission, the FCA, the SFO, the US Department of Justice, the FBI, the SEC and Parliamentary Select Committees. She has also acted as external legal counsel for regulators.
In the civil arena, Keily has led on a number of high-profile contentious matters, including multi-jurisdictional investigations into post-GDPR data breaches, judicial reviews and associated civil litigation.
Keily has represented the private sector at the United Nations and the European Criminal Bar Association. She is committed to improving diversity and social mobility in the legal sector.
Keily sits on the Law360's 2020 Editorial Advisory Board on Cybersecurity & Privacy and also leads the IAPP Cyber & Privacy Investigations, Enforcement & Litigation Affinity Group.
Prior to joining Orrick, Keily led the Contentious Data Privacy, Law & Strategy practice at PwC having been a litigator at two international law firms before this.
Gregory A. Blonde is a partner in the Public Finance Department. Greg serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel, borrower's counsel and underwriter’s counsel on a wide variety of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions.
Greg primarily focuses on health care/senior living finance, airport transactions and traditional municipal bond work for cities, counties and special districts.
Greg has completed conduit bond transactions for the most active healthcare borrowers in the Pacific Northwest, including Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University, Salem Health, Asante, Samaritan Health Services, St. Charles Health System, Columbia Memorial Hospital and PeaceHealth. He also regularly works on financings for many nonprofit senior living providers, including Pacific Retirement Services, Transforming Age, Terwilliger Plaza, Rose Villa, Mary's Woods, Dallas Retirement Village and Capital Manor, and has worked on senior living bond transactions in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Florida. Greg also maintains an active traditional municipal finance practice, serving as bond counsel for public bodies and municipalities such as The Port of Portland, the City of Lake Oswego and the City of West Linn.
Since 2011, Greg has provided pro bono legal services to Iraqi refugees through the International Refugee Assistance Project. Greg is also a past member of the Board of Directors of Youth, Rights & Justice, a nonprofit law firm that serves underprivileged children (primarily foster children) in the Portland area.
Brian Blood is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.
His practice has focused on domestic and cross-border private company mergers and acquisitions, with deal values ranging from $750,000 to $370 million. He has also advised on a variety of corporate transactions across industries, including FinTech transactions, joint ventures, company formations and dissolutions, public offerings, equity and debt financings from both the investor and issuer side, fund financings, and alternative energy transactions. He has assisted in drafting and reviewing filings with the SEC and CFIUS, and has experience in advising on all manner of New York and Delaware corporate, partnership, limited liability company and non-profit law.
Brian was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2014.
Brian Bloomer is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Brian focuses primarily on representing high growth technology companies in several areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, and venture capital and private equity financings.
Brian received his JD from Stanford University and his Master of Information Management and Systems from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian also contributes to Orrick's cryptocurrency, digital asset, and blockchain-focused blog, On the Chain.
Laura represents high growth technology and life sciences companies from inception to exit. She advises entrepreneurs in company formation, venture capital financing, and a variety of corporate and governance matters.
Laura is a founding member of Orrick’s technology companies practice in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about working with founders to grow their business at every stage. She serves as a trusted advisor to her clients in multiple capacities: providing strategic advice in the boardroom, designing and executing financing strategies, negotiating complex transactions from venture financings to successful exits, and supporting day-to-day legal needs of executive teams.
She represents companies and their investors in a variety of verticals, including automotive and logistics (Civil Maps, Convoy, Getaround), consumer applications (AppSheet, Life360, Mylio), financial technology (Credible Labs, Ladder Financial, SoFi), information security (Critical Informatics, Zimperium) and life sciences (Cortexyme, Inmedix), among others.
Prior to joining Orrick, Laura worked in New York as a leveraged finance attorney at Milbank, and in-house at Goldman Sachs and the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to start-up representation, she regularly provides pro bono legal advice to charitable organizations regarding non-profit incorporation and tax exemption applications.