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  • Banking & Finance
  • Financial & Structured Products
  • Structured Finance

Alessandro Accrocca Partner Banking & Finance, Financial & Structured Products

Milan; Rome

Alessandro Accrocca is an Italian qualified lawyer and Partner in the Finance Group, based in the Milan office. He has strong experience in structured finance, banking law and banking regulation law.

In particular, he has participated in a wide number of transactions, such as debt, equity and structured products issues, securitisations, covered bonds, debt restructuring and derivatives, advising both domestic and international leading clients.

In 2005 – 2008, he worked as director in the Legal Group in London for UBS Limited, covering all legal matters connected with the business carried out by the bank in Italy.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate

Charles Adams Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Corporate


Charles Adams, Jr., is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Finland (2015-2017) and Global 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).



  • Public Policy
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Ian Adams Attorney Public Policy, Automotive Technology & Mobility


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.

His 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.

Earlier 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.

Amy Adovasio Project Attorney

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Amy Adovasio is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Amy works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. She also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Amy assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. She also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Prior to joining Orrick, Amy was a law clerk for the Honorable Edwin M. Kosik at the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania and a pro se law clerk at the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.



  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Technology Transactions

Jonelle Afonso Associate IP Counseling & Due Diligence, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising


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.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Patents
  • Bay Area: San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Eileen Z. Aghnami Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Los Angeles; San Francisco

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.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Natasha Ahmed Senior Associate Technology Companies Group, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation


Natasha Ahmed is an associate in our Technology Companies Group in London. Before moving into private practice, Natasha spent 5 years in the in-house legal team of a global brand management company.

Natasha advises clients on cross-border transactions and domestic matters, providing general commercial, intellectual property, IT and data privacy advice across a broad range of sectors including technology, telecommunications, energy, and retail.


  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Structured Finance
  • Financial & Structured Products
  • Banking & Finance
  • Japan

Jae-Hyon Ahn Of Counsel Renewable Energy, Energy

Tokyo; Hong Kong

Jae-Hyon’s practice focuses on international energy and infrastructure projects representing key stakeholders including, sponsors, lenders and export credit agencies.

Jae-Hyon also regularly advises financial institutions and major international companies in connection with various complex cross border financing matters, including bank, structured and asset finance transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick's Tokyo office, Jae-Hyon was a member of Orrick's Finance group in New York. He also worked at another major international law firm in Tokyo.



  • 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.


  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

James V. Aiosa Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

For more than 25 years, James Aiosa has represented clients in national and international complex toxic and mass tort litigation, including in state and federal class actions, multi-district litigation, and appeals, involving military, commercial/agricultural, and consumer products and associated chemical compounds.

Jim has deep case management experience, serving as lead coordinating counsel in litigation involving chemical exposures, environmental contaminants, herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, as well as other chemicals, compounds and products considered persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic.

Jim has also represented large commercial insurance companies in toxic tort, environmental, product liability, and property damage matters, including cases involving PCBs, TCE, asbestos, and tobacco, as well as employment discrimination class action claims.

Serving as lead counsel, Jim has had extensive involvement in a range of complex mass tort and class action products liability litigation, both foreign and domestic, involving military, consumer, and commercial/agricultural products containing dioxins and furans, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), pentachlorophenol (PCP), arsenic, cacodylic acid, and other organic arsenicals. He has defended chemical product manufacturers against claims involving cancers, endocrine-related disorders, neurological complaints, neurodevelopmental deficiencies and other alleged multi-generational effects, pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, fear of future diseases, and medical monitoring. Jim also has prodigious experience in developing the legal and scientific responses to such claims, including those for medical monitoring and future medical surveillance.

Jim has played an integral role in the development of his clients’ medical and scientific defenses and trial strategies relating to these issues, including the identification and development of medical and scientific expert witnesses and associated arguments and evidence. In the course of his efforts, Jim has worked closely with a range of world-class scientists and clinicians to apply efficiently and effectively principles of toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, and biostatistics, in the defense of his clients. Jim also has extensive experience addressing the complex procedural and jurisdictional issues, obstacles, and opportunities frequently presented by complex toxic tort litigation, particularly those venued internationally, including by developing and executing effective strategies for addressing such challenges and controversies both pre-and-post-litigation.

Jim has written extensively on complex/mass tort and related issues, and his articles have appeared in such publications as Mass Torts, LJN’s Product Liability Law & Strategy, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, among other media. Jim serves on the Adjunct Board of Advisors of the US-Korea Law Foundation and was formerly an appointed member of the Nassau County Asian American Economic Advisory Commission.



  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

D. Isabel Ajuria Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

D. Isabel Ajuria is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Corporate Group, whose focus is primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.

During her time at NYU School of Law, Isabel was a legal intern for Gucci, and a Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law