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  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Global Investigations
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Fintech
  • Public Policy

Jonathan Direnfeld Partner Antitrust & Competition, Global Investigations

Washington, D.C.

Jon Direnfeld is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office focused on defending tech and data-driven companies against enforcement actions involving critical online and offline sales & marketing activities.  

Jon’s enforcement work informs his counseling practice, where he regularly helps clients navigate the patchwork of federal and state “consumer protection” rules and regulations, including statutes and regulations enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), state AGs, and local district attorneys.

Jon also has substantial expertise in other government enforcement matters, including defending global criminal cartel investigations and antitrust merger investigations.  He has also developed an innovative approach to assisting clients maximize recoveries in affirmative price-fixing litigation.



  • Public Finance
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Stanley Dirks Senior Counsel Public Finance, Energy

San Francisco

Stanley Dirks is a senior counsel in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Public Finance Department.

He represents issuers and underwriters of tax-exempt bonds to finance a variety of public facilities and programs, including water and power systems, airports, schools, rental housing loan programs and homeownership loan programs. 

Stan has served as a lecturer and panelist on a variety of programs concerning state and local government debt issuance.  He also served for ten years as one of the original members of the Technical Advisory Committee of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission.

Stan also has a long history of involvement in the governance of nonprofit education, arts and other charitable organizations.



  • Cross Border Employment Law Issues
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Employment Advice & Counseling
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations

Michael Disotell Employment Law Career Associate Cross Border Employment Law Issues, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Mike litigates "bet the farm"-style class and collective actions and provides cost-effective solutions to clients with the company's overall business model in mind.

Lawsuits can undermine business strategy.  Mike understands this and approaches legal solutions with a sensitivity towards how litigation may impact the client's overall business goals.  He applies a creative approach in advising clients in several industries, including tech, finance, and retail. 

Currently, Mike is defending a tech giant in a major class action alleging disparate impact based on gender.  His involvement includes addressing novel privilege issues, strategizing eDiscovery solutions, and positioning the client for opposition to class certification.  Besides litigation experience, Mike also counsels clients regarding OFCCP investigations, wage and hour compliance, and cross border human resources issues. He is also a member of the firm's Whistleblower Task Force and Blockchain Working Group.  In 2017, Mike was awarded Orrick's Community Responsibility Award for his involvement with several local service projects.

Mike graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law, where he was also awarded the Public Service Fellow distinction, received several CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, and competed as a member of Ohio State's National Moot Court Team.  He received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, magna cum laude, where he now serves on the College's Alumni Council.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Internal Investigations
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • False Claims Act
  • Anti Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act
  • Class Action Defense

Ben Dobkin White Collar Career Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Internal Investigations

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Ben Dobkin draws upon his investigative background to guide companies through precarious situations.

To do so, Ben tenaciously uncovers the facts of each matter, determines potential liability and recommends a path to resolution. His cases have included domestic as well as international investigations, involving allegations ranging from False Claims Act violations to an illegal kickback conspiracy. In addition to his white collar practice, Ben has also defended a major tech company in a significant gender discrimination matter. Ben helped his team defeat class certification and strategize on motions for summary judgment.

Ben’s ability to relentlessly unravel a mystery stems from his time spent as a police officer and in the Navy. Prior to Orrick, Ben worked in law enforcement for nine years where he investigated everything from commonplace crimes to complex financial fraud schemes. Ben also served in the United States Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. He was deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

In addition to his legal practice, Ben uses his investigative skills to serve the community in various pro bono matters. In the effort to criminalize sexual extortion, Ben is helping legislatures close loopholes so they can successfully prosecute offenders. He also helped a domestic violence survivor secure a critical restraining order.



  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Davis C. Doherty Managing Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley; San Francisco

Davis Doherty advises startups and investors as part of Orrick's Technology Companies group, which focuses on representing high growth technology companies in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance and securities matters.

Davis earned a Ph.D in mathematics and worked as a mathematics professor before becoming a lawyer. He worked in Orrick's Intellectual Property group prior to joining the Technology Companies Group.

He lives with his wife and son in San Francisco, California.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Oil & Gas
  • France
  • Germany

Nicole Dolenz Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Nicole Dolenz focuses her practice on international commercial as well as investment arbitration. Dually trained and qualified in civil and common law jurisdictions, she represents an international clientele with a particular emphasis on energy, infrastructure, and construction projects as well as foreign investments.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nicole practiced most recently seven years in the Paris office of a key international law firm, six years with another major law firm in New York, and five years in an Austrian law firm in Vienna.

Her experience extends to most major international arbitration rules, including ICC, SCC, AAA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, and ICSID, as well as local European arbitration institutions.

Nicole also acts as an arbitrator and is a frequent speaker on international commercial and investment arbitration topics.

Clients value her quick understanding of complex technical matters and ability to concisely convey them.

She is fluent in German, English, and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.


  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

John Donaleski Partner Energy, Infrastructure

New York

John Donaleski focuses on complex financings for energy and infrastructure assets, primarily in connection with acquisitions.

He represents sponsors, investors and financial institutions in financings and acquisitions for various energy and infrastructure assets, including conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, telecommunications infrastructure and a broad range of other infrastructure assets. Notably, he is experienced with energy and infrastructure term loan B, mezzanine / holdco and bridge financings, with a focus on acquisition financings relating to private equity and infrastructure fund acquisitions.

John’s recent experience includes representing the acquiror of a portfolio of power plants in the negotiation and financial close of an acquisition financing term loan B. He has also structured various bespoke financing solutions in connection with acquisitions of telecommunications infrastructure.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Lara Donnedieu de Vabres Managing Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Lara Donnedieu de Vabres is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, venture capital and private equity, notably on cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Lara worked on corporate and tax matters as a legal intern at Orrick’s Paris office, Jeantet's Paris office and Arsène Taxand's Paris Office.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Africa

Marie-Elise Douge Associate Energy, Infrastructure


Marie-Elise focuses on project financing and development in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Marie-Elise is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer in Orrick's Paris office. Marie-Elise intervenes on projects across Europe and Africa, with experience in public-private partnerships, energy projects and corporate transactions.

Marie-Elise has advised Vinci airports in the acquisition of a global airport portfolio from Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System (nine airports and three partial management contracts) and the ongoing potential concession for seven airprots in Cape Verde. Marie-Elise has also advised sponsors on energy infrastructures in West africa.


  • 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.



  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Africa
  • M&A and Private Equity

Rebecca Downes Senior Associate Infrastructure, Energy


Rebecca focuses on mergers and acquisitions, gas and LNG sales arrangements and project development activities within the oil and gas industry.

Rebecca has significant experience of acting for a broad range of clients including IOCs, financial institutions and project companies on a variety of domestic and international upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions. Recently, she has been advising clients with interests in Africa, South America, Central Asia and the UKCS.