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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group

Adrian Dengler Senior Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


Adrian is a Senior Associate in the Munich office and a member of the Technology Companies Group. His particular focus lies on M&A, private equity, as well as venture capital investments.

Adrian represents clients in national and cross-border transactions, in particular local and international corporates, private equity/venture funds and high growth companies.

Prior to joining Orrick, Adrian worked at the Frankfurt/Main and Munich offices of leading international law firms renowned for their private equity and venture capital practices.

Adrian acts as a business angel for several venture capital start-up companies.



  • Structured Finance
  • Fintech
  • Banking & Finance

Annalisa Dentoni-Litta Partner Structured Finance, Fintech

Rome; Milan

Annalisa Dentoni-Litta is a dual qualified attorney (Italy and New York) and a partner with the Finance team. She has wide experience in structured finance, securitizations and covered-bond transactions with a focus on public finance and Italian local public entities.

Her structured finance experience includes advice to arrangers, issuers and originators in relation to a number of public and private securitizations, both domestic and cross-border, as well as receivables purchase transactions, involving various types of receivables, including RMBS, consumer loans, healthcare receivables, tax and trade receivables.

She assists on several covered-bond programmes established by Italian banks.



  • Public Finance

Brandon Dias Partner Public Finance


Brandon Dias has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters' counsel on a wide range of municipal and other tax-exempt financing transactions. Brandon's experience includes advising on the issuance, sale and delivery of both publicly offered and privately placed debt instruments.

California Local Government Finance. Brandon focuses on California local government financing structures including general fund lease revenue bonds and certificates of participation; pension obligation bonds; tax and revenue anticipation notes; mello-roos bonds, assessment district bonds and other land secured financing structures; redevelopment financing; water and wastewater revenue bonds; airport revenue bonds; and public power revenue bonds.

Tax-Exempt Healthcare Finance. Brandon also focuses on tax-exempt healthcare finance for 501(c)(3) organizations. His experience includes financings for standalone hospitals, hospital systems and continuing care retirement communities. He has served as bond counsel or underwriters' counsel on tax-exempt healthcare financings in various states throughout the nation.



  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Trade & Compliance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Rebecca Dipple Professional Support Lawyer Antitrust & Competition, International Trade & Compliance


Rebecca Dipple, a Professional Support Lawyer in the London office, is a member of the General Litigation group. Rebecca has broad commercial litigation experience, with a particular emphasis on professional negligence litigation.

Rebecca has acted for “Big Four” audit firms and global listed companies in a range of matters. These have included complex professional negligence litigation in the High Court, internal investigations and investigations by domestic and overseas regulators including the Financial Reporting Council, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

In addition to the above, Rebecca has also advised on UK and EU public procurement legislation including the application of the OJEU notification requirements to real estate developments.



  • 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 is a dual trained, multilingual, international commercial and investment arbitration specialist representing multinational clients around the world. Nicole has outstanding knowledge in foreign investment disputes involving states and the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors.

Nicole has over 20 years’ experience representing clients in international arbitration, having practiced in one of the biggest law firms in the world in New York for 6 years, an Austrian firm in Vienna for 5 years and a major US firm in Paris for 7 years, before joining Orrick. Dual trained in both civil and common law jurisdictions, Nicole has conducted arbitrations under all the main international arbitration rules including the ICC, AAA, SCC, UNCITRAL, ICDR and ICSID as well as local European arbitration institutions such as the Vienna Chamber (VIAC), CEPANI, Swiss Chamber and DIS. Her cases have spanned a variety of industries including oil and gas, nuclear energy, aviation, construction, food and beverages, transportation, and insurance. Most recently Nicole has worked on multi-billion dollar gas price review arbitrations for a major European producer and several construction arbitrations, including an US$8 billion ICC arbitration for the world’s largest shipbuilder. She is frequently nominated to act as arbitrator and speaks and publishes regularly on questions of international commercial and investment arbitration, notably, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Investor-State Arbitration 2019 – Country Questions and Answers: France. Nicole is a former member of the Executive Board and Global Boards of ICDR Y&I and practices in English, German 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.