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Raniero D’Aversa is chair of Orrick’s Restructuring group. He is a market-leading practitioner in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies and brings years of experience representing DIP lenders, secured lenders, bank groups and hedge funds in those capacities.
Ron is the designated restructuring counsel to many leading financial institutions such as The Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, Citibank, Commerzbank, Wells Fargo, Toronto-Dominion Bank and The Bank of Nova Scotia. He has represented clients in bankruptcies, workouts, DIP loans, distressed debt transactions, bankruptcy litigation, derivatives and distressed acquisitions. Ron has represented interests of financial institutions and investors in such restructuring and bankruptcy cases as Ocean Rig, Seadrill, CHC Helicopter, Erickson, Indiana Toll Road, Pocahontas Parkway, Eagle Bulk, Spyglass Films, American Airlines, Republic Airlines, Chemtura Corporation, Quebecor, AbitibiBowater, North Las Vegas, Ritchie Risk-Linked Strategies, Star Diamond, Lehman and Mesa Airlines.
Janina focuses on public
procurement (PPP and concessions) and public domain law.
She regularly works on regulatory issues and has a particular focus on the energy sector. She advises both private entities and public entities in the development of projects, with a main focus on renewable energy.
Before joining Orrick, Janina completed several internships with French and other major international law firms and also with an independent administrative authority (ARCEP).
Glenn Dassoff is a first chair trial lawyer with extensive and diverse experience having successfully tried more than 50 cases in his career. His trial work has covered every major practice area of the firm, though most concentrated in the intellectual property, trademark, general commercial litigation, real estate, banking, and construction industries, where he has handled litigation for some of the best known companies in America.
For many years, Glenn has represented some of the nation’s leading high technology companies in a variety of litigation disputes involving theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, intellectual property, and joint-venture financings. He has successfully handled over a hundred trade secret cases, including more than a dozen trials and related evidentiary hearings on injunctive relief.
He has also handled shareholder class action and derivative suits, securities, government contracts, defense contracts, etc.
A sample of Glenn's experience includes the following matters:
Glenn is a popular speaker for many of the country’s leading bar groups, including the Rutter Group and the Continuing Education of the Bar, and has lectured on subjects ranging from civil procedure before and during trial, to cross-examination and jury selection. He has served as keynote speaker for the American Appraisal Institute at its National Convention.
Matteo Daste is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group and the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk. His practice focuses on strategically advising companies and entrepreneurs.
Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clients in corporate finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.
As the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk, he is active in advising companies and investors in a variety of cross border transactions between Europe and United States, primarily in the technology sector.
Matteo’s past experience also includes representing issuers in both registered and exempt public offerings, and exchange listings. He has been involved in structuring bridge and equity financing deals, and in representing financial institutions in restructuring transactions.
Matteo has authored various articles on topics related to securities regulation. He has also been featured as a speaker on several occasions, appearing at the Italian Parliament on venture capital reform, in newspaper interviews, and on television and radio programs both domestically and internationally. Matteo has also held a number of lectures and seminars at universities including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Hastings College of Law, La Sapienza in Rome, the Università di Genova, the Libera Università di Bolzano and at the Università dell’Insubria in Varese. He is also a Fellow of the Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jonkoping University in Sweden.
Matteo is a founder of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and was on the founding Board of the Mind The Bridge Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Italian Community Services, a 100-year old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. He is also outside counsel (legale di fiducia) to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. In 2015, Matteo was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the President of the Republic of Italy.
Michael focuses on the representation of sponsors, borrowers, issuers, developers, lenders, investors, other financial institutions and governmental entities in complex project finance and acquisition finance transactions involving bank debt, bond issuances and tax equity investments.
His experience spans wind, natural gas and road transportation sectors and projects in North America and Africa and includes award-winning transactions.
Clients facing intense public scrutiny need to know when smoke means fire. As a meticulous investigator and creative strategist, Rabi uncovers obscured information, distills overwhelming minutiae into relevant details and creates a precise path forward.
When handling internal investigations, Rabi draws upon his years spent as a Judge Advocate General and plaintiff’s litigator. In addition to gaining a robust understanding of the law, Rabi’s unique experience trained him to uncover potentially damaging information. Now as a defense attorney, Rabi uses that approach to ensure his clients are informed, and their bottom line and reputation remain protected.
Prior to joining Orrick, Rabi served more than 10 years active duty in the United States Air Force as an aviator, maintenance officer and Judge Advocate General. As a JAG officer, he prosecuted sexual assault courts-martial and disciplinary infraction discharges, and legally advised more than 60 commanders as the Chief of Military Justice. During his military service, Rabi also flew as an Electronic Warfare Officer on AC-130 Gunships and supervised the maintenance of RC-135 Rivet Joints for eight years. Afterwards, Rabi gained substantial motion practice experience as a civil litigator, writing and orally presenting in California state and federal courts.
Andrew Davidson is a senior associate in the San Francisco office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Andrew's practice focuses on defending large multinational companies in complex commercial litigation in federal and state court. His practice also involves federal class action and multi-district litigation defense in products liability and mass tort actions, and a variety of business disputes.
Mark Davies is co-head of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation practice.
Mark believes in Progress through persuasion. As a life-long early adopter of the latest technology, Mark has always believed in the promise of innovation. And as a believer in the justice embedded in the appellate process, Mark has time and time again persuaded Federal Circuit judges to rule for his clients.
Mark leads a team with spectacular credentials, deep expertise in intellectual property law, and that shares his belief in the client’s case. In the past few years, Mark has led Dow AgroSciences, EMC, NVIDIA, and Nintendo among others to victories that live out the Constitutional vision of a sound intellectual property regime. Mark feels lucky to have a legal practice he enjoys so much, one that combines his admiration for technological advances with enjoyment of the art of legal persuasion.
The author of the “user manual” for Federal Circuit appeals, Patent Appeals: The Elements of Effective Advocacy in the Federal Circuit (LexisNexis® Intellectual Property Law and Strategy Series, November 2017), Mark brings nearly twenty years’ of experience in intellectual property appeals, both in private practice and government. He was recognized in a Reuters special report as a member of the “elite cadre” of lawyers that are “the most influential members of one of the most powerful specialties in America: the business of practicing before the Supreme Court.” Reuters researched a field of 17,000 practitioners, identified a group of 75 who “have stood out – most for their success at getting cases before the high court,” and who “giv[e] their clients a disproportionate chance to influence the law of the land.”
As a member of the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mark represented the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, the International Trade Commission and other federal agencies before the Federal Circuit, other U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sample Wins in the Last Five Years
Roger L. Davis has concentrated his practice on public
finance at Orrick for more than three decades. In that capacity, he has had a lead role in
more than 1,000 transactions, as bond counsel, underwriters counsel, borrower
counsel, disclosure counsel, credit provider counsel and other roles, on
virtually every type of municipal security, in roughly 20 states and
Roger is particularly known and sought out for his ability to apply that unusually extensive and diverse experience in figuring out how to finance projects or programs when it is not clear whether or how that can be done, how to solve problems as they arise and how to make new programs work. Roger is dedicated to helping bring about projects and programs (whether sponsored by public entities, nonprofit corporations or for-profit enterprises) that provide a public benefit and make people’s lives better.
Roger's recent focus has been on general governmental transactions, including pension obligation bonds, all manner of nonprofit corporations, public private partnerships (P3s), securitizations, energy and water efficiency programs, pool programs, and development of new products or programs. His practice is national with concentrations in California, Hawaii and several Pacific Islands. He was instrumental in the creation of the Public Finance Authority in Wisconsin, which is designed to finance projects anywhere in the United States.
Roger also advises on securities laws and disclosure and drafts legislation (exacted in several states) to facilitate borrowing by public entities for a wide variety of projects and programs.
In addition, Roger holds a number of management positions at Orrick. He is co-chair of Orrick’s public finance department, which resides in nine offices around the country, and for the last two decades has ranked as number one bond counsel and disclosure counsel, and within the top five underwriters counsel, for bonds issued by state and local governments throughout the United States. In that capacity, Roger is responsible for strategy, opinion policy and other standards of practice for the group, and is consulted on a wide range of matters in addition to his own.
A dozen or so of Roger’s transactions have been selected as deals of the year by various publications. He himself has been recognized by The American Lawyer as Dealmaker of the Year (twice), as “best”, “super” or "lawyer of the year" by several other publications, ranked by Acritas as an Acritas Star Lawyer, and was declared the “The Bond King” in a cover article by California Lawyer.
Donald Daybell, a senior attorney in Orrick's Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Daybell's practice is focused on high-stakes patent litigation, with an emphasis on trials in the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
Mr. Daybell is lead or backup counsel on over 60 Inter Partes Reviews before the PTO, and has spoken frequently about the America Invents Act and the PTO trial procedures enacted by this ground-breaking legislation.
Mr. Daybell also has substantial experience in all aspects of patent litigation. He has managed the day-to-day activities of complex patent cases, has taken and defended numerous depositions, has presented witnesses at trial, and has argued matters before various tribunals, including district courts and the International Trade Commission.
Mr. Daybell has experience in litigating and prosecuting patents in various technical fields, including semiconductors, computer software and hardware, databases, financial services, e-commerce, business methods and medical devices. His experience further includes preparing requests for ex parte re-examination and prosecuting re-examination requests with the PTO. His experience also includes providing counseling and opinions regarding issued patents, and conducting due diligence reviews of intellectual property.
Having handled dozens of ITC investigations, Bas knows an exceptional legal strategy is not enough. The Commission’s aggressive speed and complexity are unmatched, and can easily overwhelm. Success requires a tenacious focus, and deep knowledge of jurisdictional, procedural and legal issues. Clients such as NVIDIA, Acer and Hitachi hire Bas for precisely that mix of skill and dedication.
In addition to his ITC practice, Bas also heads Orrick’s contentions prosecution practice. He has led more than 30 IPRs and first-chaired more than a dozen trials before the United States Patent Office, as well as represented clients in dozens of trials in district courts, and before PTAB.
As someone with degrees in both engineering and English literature, Bas is uniquely suited to present complicated topics to non-technical audiences. He has represented clients in fields as diverse as semiconductor processing and structure, GPS and geosynchronous satellites, image texture and graphics processing, Internet switches and communications, and various consumer products.