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Stephen Jackson Partner Tax, Corporate

Paris; New York

Stephen Jackson, partner in Orrick's Paris office, is a member of the Tax group. Steve's practice covers a wide range of U.S. federal income tax matters arising in connection with various domestic and international transactions, as well as financial products and tax planning for financial institutions.

His primary focus is on U.S. taxation of securitizations and re-securitizations, including collateralized debt and loan obligations, mortgage-backed securitizations, structured investment vehicles and other structured finance and financial markets transactions.

For over a decade, Steve has served as tax counsel to issuers and underwriters in numerous registered, agency and privately-placed RMBS transactions (primary issuances and re-securitizations), involving performing loans and non-performing loans, as well as other mortgage-related asset classes, such as servicing advances and tax liens, and in securitizations involving other asset classes such as credit card and auto loan/lease receivables. Steve also provides tax advice in connection with whole loan purchase transactions, including leveraged and nonleveraged acquisitions, joint ventures involving mortgage assets and repo and warehouse financings for various asset classes. Steve also advises financial institutions on tax issues in connection with their role as servicer, trustee or securities administrator under various securitization programs, as well as with respect to FATCA.

Steve writes and lectures on finance and international related tax topics and also participates actively in the tax committee and other initiatives of the Structured Finance Industry Group and other industry and bar-related organizations.



  • Intellectual Property

Johanna Jacob Senior Associate Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Johanna Jacob, an attorney in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on patent infringement litigation in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission, trade secrets, copyright, and complex commercial disputes.

Johanna has represented a broad range of technology companies in Federal and State Court, with a primary focus on bio-technology, high-tech laboratory equipment, and the healthcare industry. In addition, Johanna is a member of the firm's life sciences working group.  

Johanna is also a registered patent attorney.

Prior to law school, Johanna conducted neuro-physiological research in the Vision Center Laboratory at the Salk Institute. During her time at Boston University, Johanna researched cellular signaling in prostate cancer at the Cancer Research Center in Boston University’s School of Medicine. Johanna also externed at Macropore Biosurgery in San Diego and in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering laboratory at Boston University.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Internal Investigations
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Class Action Defense
  • White Collar
  • Trials
  • Fintech

Richard Jacobsen Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

Richard Jacobsen, leader of Orrick's financial services litigation practice, litigates a wide variety of matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and London Court of International Arbitration. He represents clients in diverse industries, including many that are highly regulated, such as the finance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, computer and consumer goods industries.

Richard has argued numerous appeals at the State and Federal levels and also has experience representing clients before federal and state regulators. He has argued multiple times before seven of the eight current Justices in the Commercial Division of New York’s Supreme Court, New York County. Much of his practice involves the intersection of litigation and public policy advocacy and his past and present clients include Credit Suisse, Citigroup Financial Products Inc., Wyeth, The Dow Chemical Company, Microsoft, DISH Network, and Acer Inc.

Richard's cases have received widespread media attention in Chambers and PartnersThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Reuters, among others. Richard is regarded as "an exceptional litigator" and "a master of navigating commercial disputes." Interviewees hold him in high regard as "a commercial disputes wizard" by Chambers . The Legal 500 also recognizes him for his work in "General Commercial Disputes," citing his "strong financial institution and corporate client base."



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

James P. Jaconski Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

New York

James Jaconski is a Corporate associate in the New York office.

His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.


  • Employment Law & Litigation

Kourosh Jahansouz Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

Kourosh Jahansouz is a Managing Associate in the Labor & Employment Group and is based in the San Francisco office.

Kourosh focuses his practice on defending employers against claims alleging unlawful harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour. He also counsels employers and offers practical solutions to address a wide range of employment issues, including new and developing areas of the law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kourosh was an associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Jessica R. L. James Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation


Jessica James, an attorney in the Sacramento office, has experience in defending a broad range of employment issues, including claims of harassment, wrongful discharge, misclassification and systemic discrimination investigations. 

Jessica's practice involves employment litigation on a variety of legal issues, including defense of class action and single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, and other wage-and-hour violations.  She also has experience in defending and advising industry leaders regarding pay equity and compensation analysis in response to civil litigation, OFCCP and EEOC investigations, and other claims of systemic discrimination.

Jessica regularly counsel clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including human resources policies and procedures, separation agreements, employee termination, and compliance with various state and federal regulations, including the Equal Pay Act (EPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).  As part of her counseling role, she frequently conducts training programs for her clients, including trainings on sexual harassment and discrimination prevention.  Jessica also has significant experience conducting internal investigations in response to claims of misconduct.

Jessica's experience also includes business litigation on issues beyond the employment context, relating to white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jessica served for two years as a judicial clerk for the Nevada Supreme Court.  She earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the McGeorge Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.  She also served as a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Business & Human Rights

Haley Jankowski Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Supreme Court & Appellate


Haley Jankowski is a member of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Supreme Court and Appellate practice, and she recently joined the firm's global Business & Human Rights practice.

Haley has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including administrative law, intellectual property, trade secrets, employment law, securities, and mass torts and products liability. She has co-authored cert-stage and merits briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and has co-authored briefs in several federal courts of appeals. She has also written and argued substantive pre- and post-trial motions and defended depositions. Haley maintains an active pro bono practice, representing immigrants seeking asylum, inmates seeking relief under section 1983, and debtors seeking relief in bankruptcy appeals.

Prior to joining Orrick, Haley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Haley earned her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, graduating first in her class. While attending law school, she served as a Lead Articles Editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review, and she competed on the Vis International Commercial Arbitration team in Vienna and Hong Kong.

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  • Tax

Margot Janot Associate Tax


Margot Janot is a tax lawyer in the Paris office of Orrick.

Margot advises French and international companies and private equity funds on transactional tax matters. She advises companies on their development in France and abroad, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and refinancing. She also assists companies in tax audits and litigation.

Margot also advises individuals on the management and transfer of their assets.

Before joining Orrick, Margot Janot worked in international firms such as Dentons, Pwc Law Firm and Fidal. She has also worked at the Klépierre real estate company and at the P20 section of the Parquet du TGI de Paris.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate
  • Africa
  • Russia
  • Emerging Markets

Foucaud Jaulin Of Counsel Energy, Infrastructure


Foucaud focuses on energy and infrastructure projects across Africa, Europe and the CIS.

His work includes advising governments and state-owned entities, financial institutions, oil and gas companies and sponsors on medium and large-scale investments, with expertise in project finance, public-private partnerships, energy projects, industrial projects and corporate transactions. Foucaud acquired extensive knowledge of business practices and legal strategies in both developed and emerging countries.

Before joining Orrick, Foucaud was an associate in the French and Russian projects departments of a French law firm.



  • Intellectual Property

Sten Jensen Partner Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

Whether handling an ITC trial, or serving as Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property group, Sten Jensen brings exceptional focus and precise execution to his work. 

Sten routinely guides clients such as FUJIFILM and Panasonic through the minefields of the ITC. Sten also has long-standing relationships with attorneys in the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, developed when he served on the Executive Committee of the ITC Trial Lawyers' Association. Sten’s credibility with this group, combined with his thorough knowledge of the ITC’s speed and complexity, gives his clients a distinct advantage.

Sten has also represented clients in more than 50 federal patent cases, including cases in the top five venues for patent infringement filings. He has particular expertise in Delaware, where he served as a judicial clerk for former District Court Judge Roderick McKelvie. Sten has defended numerous corporations against claims filed by aggressive patent trolls, and his cases have protected a wide range of technologies, including integrated circuits, semiconductors, optical disk drives, digital cameras, printers, and other consumer electronics products.

Sten has frequently lectured on intellectual property issues facing companies in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. He is widely praised by clients for his dedication, knowledge, and skill in guiding them through discovery, merits, and settlement issues.


  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent & Intellectual Property Rights Appeals

Travis Jensen Partner Patents, Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley

Travis is an experienced patent litigator and trial lawyer. He draws upon his strong technical skills, litigation experience, and real-world business background to craft comprehensive IP strategies. As noted in his engagements, his strategic planning and careful execution guides clients through the intricacies of patent litigation, including the interplay between district court, PTO, and appellate proceedings.

Able to quickly understand complex technology in the litigation context, Travis is particularly well-suited to resolve patent disputes involving semiconductor processes and circuits such as NAND flash memory, optical devices, wireless technologies, and related areas. After earning advanced degrees in electrical engineering, and before embarking on his legal career, Travis worked at Intel Corp. and co-founded a fabless semiconductor design company.

Travis has used his distinctive skillset to litigate technically complex patent cases to verdict, and obtain favorable settlements for several of the world’s leading technology companies such as AT&T, SanDisk, and Synopsys. Travis has second-chaired both jury and bench trials in district court, handled numerous appeals before the Federal Circuit, and, as a registered patent attorney, served as lead and back-up counsel in post-grant proceedings (inter partes review and ex parte reexamination) at the PTO. While on a recent secondment to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Travis first-chaired several jury trials to successful verdicts.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Latin America
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Fintech
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Giji John Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Giji’s practice focuses on the development and finance of domestic and international energy projects.

He has extensive experience representing project sponsors through development (including through the negotiation and drafting of power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, management services agreements and site services agreements), acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. His representation has included transactions involving LNG facilities, methanol facilities, petrochemical refineries, carbon capture and sequestration facilities, natural gas processing and storage facilities, natural gas and CO2 pipelines, wind energy, solar energy, natural gas-fired peaking and combined-cycle power plants, thermal and battery energy storage, transportation, aviation and ports.

His prior experiences include a two year secondment to International Finance Corporation’s Office of General Counsel where he worked on multi-currency corporate financings, project financings and equity investments in infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey.

Giji is currently ranked as a Projects Leading Lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and has been recognized for excellence by numerous leading industry and legal publications, including being named one of 34 "Groundbreaking lawyers" by Public Utilities Fortnightly.