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  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Derivatives
  • Mortgage Related Securities

S. Chris Min Of Counsel Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

Sie Ne Chris Min, an of counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.  Chris represents issuers, sponsors, underwriters and placement agents in connection with public offerings and private placements of various asset-backed securities.

She has broad experience with a number of asset classes, including credit card receivables, auto loan receivables, municipal bonds and residential mortgages.   



  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Denise Mingrone Partner Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

Experienced litigator Denise Mingrone enforces and protect clients’ technology rights. She approaches each challenge on multiple fronts so as to achieve success whether it be in or out of court.

No stranger to the courtroom and having handled complex litigations for technology giants including Synopsys, Brocade, Applied Materials and Oracle, Denise seamlessly and efficiently manages large teams to secure victory. Clients appreciate her transparent collaboration and instinct for developing a strategy that ensures that only the “right” evidence is presented to the trier of fact.

The jury verdict Denise’s team obtained in the Netgear v. Ruckus Wireless patent trial, for example, surprised most because the team took over the case just weeks before jury selection, earning the number one place on that week’s “Top Jury Verdicts.” Prior to the Ruckus trial, Denise’s team similarly received accolades as “Top Verdict of the Year” for its jury win on behalf of Brocade against A10 Networks involving patent and copyright infringement. These victories were preceded by a trade secret win for MGA in the “Barbie v. Bratz” epic battle against Mattel, which earned Denise the “California Lawyer of the Year” award for her contributions.

In addition, Ms. Mingrone has led numerous software piracy matters, obtaining full relief in all such litigations which have reached resolution. Her work in this area encompasses both confidential as well as public investigations, all designed to assist clients in securing the protection of their intellectual property rights and ensuring they receive appropriate relief when those rights have been infringed.

As a former clerk to several federal judges, Denise appreciates that cases do not turn on facts alone. She has waged and won numerous battles both obtaining and defending pre-trial injunction motions. As one opponent noted, “She’s a fierce advocate who will go to the mat for her client’s position.”



  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Capital Markets

Kelly A. Mink Managing Associate Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets

New York

Kelly Mink is a managing associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Capital Markets Group.

Howard Mintz Director of Media Relations

Silicon Valley

As Media Relations Director, Howard Mintz is responsible for coordinating the firm's external communications, relationships with media and preparation of content on various platforms.

He works closely with the firm's lawyers in advising on best practices in dealing with media organizations, assisting in arranging and preparing for media interviews and in the development and publication of original lawyer-authored articles and other content, as well as writing and editing material for the firm's website.

Prior to joining the firm in May 2016, he spent his entire professional career in journalism, including more than 25 years specializing in the coverage of law and courts. He was a nationally-recognized legal affairs writer for the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group for nearly 20 years, and previously worked as a staff writer for The Recorder, an American Lawyer publication, in San Francisco. As a journalist, he was an invited speaker for numerous national conferences on the intersection between media and the courts, including  serving as a panelist at a 2014 University of Missouri Law School symposium (and authoring a related University of Missouri Law Review article) and a speaker at the 2011 "Public Understanding of the Courts in the Age of New Media" conference at the University of Arizona's Rehnquist Center.

He is a dad to two quarterbacks, a resident of San Jose, an Ohio native and a loyal and oft-wounded Cleveland sports fan.



  • Restructuring
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments
  • Latin America

Douglas S. Mintz Partner Restructuring, Bankruptcy Litigation

Washington, D.C.

Doug Mintz is a first call for energy, commodities, technology and public finance restructuring.

Doug has deep experience representing lenders, debtors and official and ad hoc committees. He works primarily with bank and hedge fund investors and co-leads Orrick’s hedge fund client initiative. Doug also represents debtors in the Energy and Technology sectors.

Doug is currently representing hedge funds in a variety of energy and public finance situations – representing groups of funds in multiple distressed situations. The Financial Times recently recognized Orrick's work as co-counsel to the COFINA Senior Bondholders' Coalition as Highly Commended in its "Innovation in Legal Expertise, Managing Complexity and Scale" category of legal innovation awards. He also served recently as debtor’s counsel to Ocean Rig in its global restructuring and Lily Robotics and bondholders in several distressed energy and infrastructure situations.

Chambers USA rates him in Band 3, calling him “a shining star . . . able to apply both a legal mindset and a businessperson’s mindset to distressed situations.” Doug has also been named a Next Generation lawyer by Legal 500, noting he is an “excellent performer” for his work in both Municipal Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring.

Prior to joining Orrick, Doug was special counsel at Cadwalader, where he was best known for his representation of the United States Treasury in the bankruptcies of both General Motors and Chrysler (M&A Advisor’s Magnus Deal of the Year). Treasury also retained Doug in the restructuring of several financial institutions.



  • Restructuring
  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance

Thomas C. Mitchell Partner Restructuring, Banking & Finance

San Francisco

Thomas Mitchell, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Restructuring Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, creditors’ rights and commercial law.

He has represented secured and unsecured creditors, indenture trustees and others in bankruptcies and workouts in a variety of industries, including technology, rail transportation, air transportation, securities trading, commodities trading, supermarket, automobile sales, construction (including solar energy), retailing, convenience store, health care, telecommunications, film and television production, restaurant, home construction, real estate development, and equipment manufacturing.

He also has extensive experience in the structuring of asset securitization transactions to resolve bankruptcy and commercial law issues, representing issuers, underwriters, and credit enhancers with respect to many asset types, including mortgage loans (residential and commercial, U.S. and foreign), credit cards (secured and unsecured), trade receivables (U.S. and foreign), consumer and marketplace loans, property assessed clean energy (PACE), delinquent property tax receivables, tobacco settlement payments, attorneys’ fee payments in connection with the tobacco settlement, whole business securitization, home equity loans, auto loans, time share loans, excess servicing fees, manufactured home loans, aircraft leases, home relocation receivables, defaulted receivables, electric utility stranded costs, franchise loans, dealer floorplan loans, equipment leases, mutual fund fees, limited partnership interests, bank funds flows, annuity fees, health care receivables, insured student loans, repackaged securities, viatical loans, and insurance premium receivables. In addition, he has been responsible for commercial law and bankruptcy structuring of collateralized debt obligations, municipal derivatives, lease to service contracts, Indian tribe financings, and a wide variety of public finance transactions and project finance transactions. He also represents borrowers and lenders in secured transactions.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Alex Mitchell Employment Law Career Associate Employment Law & Litigation

New York

Alex Mitchell is a member of Orrick's Employment Law Group.

Alex graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was awarded the Thomas M. Cooley Legal Writing Award in two consecutive years. He graduated concurrently from Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School, where he was awarded a degree with distinction in public policy and management. While in law school, Alex was an honors legal intern at the Department of Defense, where he participated in a wide variety of legal matters ranging from employment litigation to federal acquisitions.

Alex’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling across a wide range of employment issues claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour issues. Alex’s practice also includes investigating internal employee relations matters, preparing employee handbooks and policies, and drafting employment contracts and other employee agreements.



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Italy

Emanuela Molinaro Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Finance


Emanuela Molinaro is a partner at Orrick, based in the Milan office and member of the Real Estate group within the Finance team.

With a solid corporate background, she has advised on real estate aspects of a wide range of corporate transactions and has also gained significant experience in the area of real estate transactions and construction law, having assisted domestic and international investors in connection with various property and property-development transactions in Italy, including the disposal of complex real estate portfolios, sale and lease-back transactions, land acquisition and building redevelopment.

Emanuela is ranked in Chambers & Partners since many years in Band 3 for Real Estate with the comment: 'Emanuela Molinaro is widely appreciated for her "practical solutions." She acts for both domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of real estate issues.'

She has also a considerable experience in advising on a wide range of corporate transactions also with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance transactions and on-going assistance to corporate clients as well as financial institutions.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Japan
  • Class Action Defense

William Molinski Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

William Molinski is Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. An experienced trial lawyer, Bill has represented corporate clients and individuals in a wide variety of commercial disputes with a particular emphasis in the areas of trade secrets, and other intellectual property disputes, consumer class actions and real estate disputes.

Bill routinely handles complex cases that can have a significant impact on a company's reputation and survival. His clients include major players in the technology, financial services and energy sectors as well as the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries.

Bill was recognized in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 for his work defending DISH Networks against copyright and breach of contract claims brought by four broadcast networks, a win that led to Orrick's recognition as "Litigation Department of the Year" by The Recorder. He was named a "California Lawyer of the Year" in 2011 by California Lawyer magazine as a member of the team representing MGA Entertainment in its "stunning victory" against Mattel over the Bratz doll line, which the Daily Journal called a "top defense win" of 2011.



  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Fintech

Nikki Mondschein Senior Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

New York

Nikki Mondschein's practice focuses on counseling clients, solving problems, and making deals across virtually all sectors, including technology, software, mobile, media and entertainment.

Drawing from her creative background and experience as an in house lawyer at global technology companies, Nikki provides practical advice to both emerging and established companies on both the day-to-day and complex, evolving legal and business considerations of protecting their intellectual property rights, developing or procuring new technologies, products and services, and launching new and innovative products and services, with an emphasis on the digital and mobile space. She has experience drafting, negotiating, and counseling clients on a range of business and intellectual property agreements, including IT services, Internet infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), technology and software licensing and development, cloud services, content licensing and acquisition, marketing, strategic partnerships, customer terms (such as website and mobile app terms of service and privacy policies), global sourcing, and outsourcing agreements, as well as supporting cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures and on privacy and data security matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Nikki served as in house counsel at Nokia and another multinational technology company.



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

Carlo Montella Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

Milan; Rome

Carlo is a partner at Orrick and global Deputy Business Unit Leader of the Energy and Infrastructure practice. He is a transactional lawyer with extensive experience in project development, asset acquisitions and financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Carlo has strong expertise and consolidated background in assisting international sponsors, multinational energy companies, large private equity funds, project developers, borrowers and debt issuers, investment banks and other capital providers and investors who value his contribution thanks to his vast experience, practical know how and willingness to go the extra mile for his client. Carlo regularly advises on energy sector mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, development, structuring and financing of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, both in Italy and internationally (including UK and Eastern European countries).

He has a significant experience in the electric power sector, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other renewable energy projects and has also represented clients in transactions involving electric power and natural gas transmission.



  • Corporate
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Project Finance
  • Renewable Energy

Marcello Montresor Associate Corporate, Energy


Marcello’s practice focuses mainly on energy (from both traditional and renewable sources) and infrastructure deals, in Italy and abroad.

Marcello works on M&A, project finance and private equity transactions in the energy (from both traditional and renewable sources) and infrastructure industries, assisting banks, sponsors, equity investors, investment funds, project developers and other participants in the acquisition or sale of totality, majority or minority shareholdings, in financing transactions (project finance, asset finance, refinancing and leasing transactions) and in power project/infrastructure/asset finance deals throughout the world.

He assists clients in drafting and negotiating all contractual documentation relating to the above transactions, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements, loan and leasing agreements, PPAs, EPC and O&M contracts. Marcello also advises clients on general corporate matters and day-to-day operating matters, including contracts management and other related legal matters.

In 2016, he spent a four-month period in Orrick's London office, advising a global leading solar company in acquisitions of ready-for-construction solar PV plants in the United Kingdom.