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Ronny Clausner, an associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Real Estate Group.He advises institutional investors and developers on a wide range of real property investments and transactions. Ronny has represented clients in connection with the development, management, leasing, secured financing, acquisition and disposition of all asset classes of commercial real estate, including portfolio transactions. He was previously an associate at Miller Starr Regalia and focused on entitlement and CEQA matters.
Olivia Clements is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York office. Her practice includes representing a multinational company under review by an independent FCPA Monitor and a large consumer products company in mass torts litigation across the country.
Robert G. Cohen focuses his practice on the representation of accounting firms. He currently serves as a mediator with the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court and as an arbitrator with New York’s Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation.
Until 2010, Bob served as Senior Deputy General Counsel and Head of Litigation for Ernst & Young LLP. He managed and supervised the EY group in defending the firm in lawsuits alleging professional malpractice, breach of contract and securities class action claims and in responding to inquiries and investigations by state and federal regulatory entities. Bob was responsible for the strategy and decision making relating to all major cases filed against EY throughout the United States. His experience includes the supervision of numerous trials and arbitrations.
Prior to joining EY, Bob was with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement in New York for six years, serving as the Regional Counsel for the Eastern Region of the United States during his last two years. He also served as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
New York; Boston
New York; Boston
David’s practice focuses on complex litigation, particularly in the area of privacy and data security. He has extensive experience working with corporate clients that have suffered data breaches or have been accused of privacy violations, defending them against class actions and claims asserted by payment card brands and representing them in connection with federal and state government actions.
In addition, David is a thought leader in the area of privacy and cybersecurity, publishing extensively on the latest issues in the space and serving as a resource to reporters and others writing on breaking legal developments. David is also an active member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability.
Spencer Cohen is a senior associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.
Spencer advises a wide variety of companies in a variety of transactions and across industries, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and restructurings. Spencer also represents individuals, companies and investors in venture capital financings, and advises boards of directors and shareholders in all aspects of New York and Delaware corporate, partnership and limited liability company law, including corporate governance and fiduciary duty matters. Spencer was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2012.
Russell Cohen is a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office with experience litigating antitrust and other complex business disputes on behalf of companies and individuals, particularly in the technology sector.
Russell has extensive experience representing clients in company-critical antitrust and unfair competition matters, particularly in the technology sector. These complex cases require a deep understanding of issues such as multi-sided platform economics and strategy, software interoperability and the duty to disclose interface information; IP-related antitrust claims; and employee non-compete and other mobility-restricting arrangements. He has represented clients in direct and indirect purchaser antitrust class actions, unfair competition cases and competitor suits in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration and international forums.
Russell also represents clients in other complex business disputes, including venture capital investor disputes, insurance recovery for financial, property and other losses, and other commercial matters in federal and state court, and in arbitration proceedings.
Russell also works with clients on data-breach response efforts, including utilizing cyber insurance as part of a coordinated, comprehensive strategy for managing and recovering from data breaches.
Russell is committed to pro bono legal work and community service. He was counsel in the successful Alien Tort Statute case against one of the assassins of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980. He is currently representing a parent and child separated at the Southern border, has represented former Guantanamo detainees pursuing damages for torture and unlawful detention, and was amicus counsel for a group of Canadian and international human rights organizations and scholars in the U.S. Supreme Court in Arar v. Ashcroft.
Peter Cohn, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group.
He represents emerging growth technology companies, venture capital firms, and investment banks in a broad range of matters, including initial public offerings, venture capital and other private securities financings, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation matters, as well as technology licensing and general corporate matters.
Representative company clients include ActivityHero, Inc., Anvato, Inc., Applied Science, Inc., Bluenose Analytics, Inc., Chuckwalla, Inc., Complete Solar Solutions, Crossing Automation, Inc., DistroScale, Inc., EcoBuilding Holdings, Inc., Embark Systems, Inc., ESS Technologies, Inc., FirstPoint Health, Inc., FloWater, Inc., Integrated Memory Logic, Inc., jobFig, Inc., Jovia, Inc., MediSens, Inc., Nocimed LLC, Oraya Therapeutics, Inc., PlumSlice, Inc., Plus 3 Network, Inc., rENIAC, Inc., Returnly, Inc., RiffRaff Technologies, Inc., Social Finance, Inc., Solaylytics, Inc., Tap.IN2, Inc., TellX, Inc., Tiatros, Inc., Visual EDGE Technology, Inc., ZLemma, Inc., as well as public companies such as PDF Solutions, Inc. and Integrated Memory Logic Limited.
Peter joined Orrick in May 1999 and founded Orrick’s Silicon Valley Technology Companies Practice. He previously practiced with Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California from 1995 to 1999; Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco from 1986 to 1995; and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City from 1982 to 1986.
He currently serves on the Board of the Young Adult and Family Center out of the University of California at San Francisco, which provides mental health services to young adults. He has served on the Board of Directors of: Family House, Inc., a temporary home for families of children undergoing cancer treatment at the University of California; San Francisco Medical Center; and KTEH Foundation - Channel 54 (PBS), the San Jose public television station.
Abby Colella is a managing associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group. Her practice focuses on high-stakes appeals, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property and emerging technologies.
Abby has co-authored briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and federal and state trial courts. She is passionate about communicating complex technological issues to judges of all backgrounds, and her work spans a wide range of topics and industries—from cutting-edge patent eligibility issues to data privacy disputes to monetary remedies in trademark cases.
Abby also maintains an active pro bono practice representing incarcerated individuals in cases under § 1983.
Prior to joining Orrick, Abby served as a law clerk to the Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Thomas Coleman was a partner in the firm for 25 years before he retired from that position at the end of 2012. He remains with the firm as a Senior Counsel. Tom served as the Chair of Orrick’s Professional Development Committee for many years.
Before his retirement as a partner, he was also the Partner-in-Charge of Lawyer Development for a number of years. While still practicing, he served at times as the firm’s General Counsel, Executive Director, Peer Review Committee Chair and member of the Partner Compensation Committee. He still acts as an advisor to the firm on matters affecting lawyer development.
Tom concentrated his practice in banking and commercial transactions. He represented banks and other financial institutions in a variety of transactions, including syndicated and single-lender credit agreements (both secured and unsecured), project financings, public finance transactions, and “synthetic” and other lease arrangements. As a lecturer and panelist, Tom frequently spoke at seminars on a range of topics related to his practice.
He served for several years as co-counsel of the International Bankers Association in California. He has been a member of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section’s Financial Institutions Committee and Uniform Commercial Code Committee. In addition, he has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony’s Business Gifts Committee.
Before joining Orrick, Tom was Vice President and Counsel at California First Bank (now Union Bank of California) in San Francisco. He was a visiting attorney at Clifford-Turner (now Clifford Chance), Solicitors, in London.
New York; Boston
New York; Boston
Matthew Coleman is a Managing Associate in Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice group in New York. Matthew leverages years of experience in researching, auditing, counseling, and litigating complex, multi-jurisdictional issues surrounding privacy, cybersecurity and information governance. Matthew is a Certified Information Privacy Manager and a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a specialization in United States privacy law.
Matthew focuses his practice on helping clients develop global privacy programs to meet the requirements of an incomplete patchwork of privacy and cybersecurity laws, both in the United States and abroad, including the GDPR, CCPA and its progeny, GLBA, COPPA, FCRA, TCPA, CAN-SPAM and state breach notification and cybersecurity laws. He also has extensive experience guiding clients through mergers and acquisitions to identify and mitigate privacy and cybersecurity risks. Matthew routinely advises on emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain, and helps clients navigate self-regulatory privacy programs such as the EU-US Privacy Shield, Binding Corporate Rules, APEC CBPRs, programs covering online behavioral advertising including the DAA, EDAA, IAB and the NAI, and programs covering payment card processing. An ever-growing portion of Matthew’s practice involves helping companies prepare for privacy or security breaches and leading an immediate response in the event of an incident, successfully guiding clients through investigation, remediation, notification and ensuing government inquiries.
Matthew leans on his experience working for federal regulators to keep clients on the safe side of the watchful eye of the law. His understanding of overarching data management best practices helps him counsel beyond the letter of the law, but also facilitate worldwide expansion, interoperable business processes, and innovative uses of consumer data all while maintaining user trust. His all-encompassing, risk-based approach involves developing and executing internal and external policies for the collection, use, disclosure, sharing, retaining, transferring, and destruction of personal information. This includes managing contractual relationships with vendors, employees, acquired entities, and creditors as well as the building privacy into companies’ product development life cycle and change management strategies. Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew was an Enterprise Privacy Solutions Manager for TrustArc (formerly TRUSTe), a San Francisco-based privacy consulting and certification firm, and an adjunct law professor of Privacy Law at Santa Clara University.
Alberto Coletti is an associate in the M&A and Private Equity team, based in the Rome office.
Graduate LL.B./M.Sc. at Bocconi University in Milan, selected for the Themis Legal Network Excellence Program for outstanding law students.
He has assisted a wide number of corporate clients involved in venture capital and debt restructuring operations, and has therefore specialized in corporate transactions focusing on international business law, competition law and private equity, and developed a broad expertise in negotiating and drafting share purchase agreements, investment & purchase agreements and shareholders' agreements.
In virtue of his study experience abroad in Paris and London, he speaks fluently both English and French, a key quality that allows him to provide legal advice on a broad set of corporate topics to high-profile international clients and industrial groups.Text
Peter Coll is a senior member of the firm's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group in New York. He served as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee from 2000 until 2012. He is known for his ability to help clients develop litigation strategies that meet both their case-specific and business objectives.
Peter has tried major, complex cases in New York state and federal courts and throughout the United States, including Washington, the Virgin Islands, California and Arizona. During his 40+ year litigation and trial career, he has argued appeals before the United States Supreme Court, the highest-level appellate courts of New York and New Jersey, and seven federal circuit courts of appeal.
Peter has represented Fortune 500 companies, such as American Cyanamid Company, The Dow Chemical Company, American Home Products Corporation, Mead Corporation, Alleghany Corporation and Schering-Plough Corporation. He has also represented privately held companies and high-profile individuals, such as Mickey Mantle and Tom Brady. Peter's cases have involved general commercial, antitrust, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, federal taxation, ERISA, consumer fraud and intellectual property.
He currently represents Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation in a number of suits pending in both state and federal courts in Michigan and New York seeking to recover damages (in the billions of dollars) for Hemlock under long term polycrystalline silicon contracts with both foreign and domestic buyers. He also represents DHL in its antitrust suits in the Eastern District of New York against domestic and international airlines arising out of a price fixing cartel. He recently has represented several energy producers in litigation over disputes arising out of sale and lease back transactions and option to buy disputes.
Before joining Orrick, Peter was a partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, LLP (1976-1998), where he served as Chairman of its Executive Committee.