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Howard Ullman focuses his practice on competition and antitrust law, trade regulation, unfair competition, and class action and complex litigation issues.
Howard has extensive experience advising on and litigating Section 1 and Section 2 issues, distribution law and distribution system issues, competitor collaborations, joint ventures, pricing issues, non-price restraints and dealer termination issues.
Howard routinely addresses and counsels on the antitrust/intellectual property interface. He regularly counsels companies on competition issues, including Robinson-Patman Act (price discrimination) issues and market concentration issues. He has worked on a number of Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code Section 17200 (unfair competition) litigations. He has also worked on a number of antitrust-healthcare related matters, including mergers and acquisitions.
Currently, Howard represents Delta Dental of California and other Delta Dental entities in several litigations, including the In re Delta Dental Antitrust Litigation, a multi-district litigation brought by a putative nationwide class of providers challenging the structure of the Delta Dental system throughout the United States.
Howard represents Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in the national DRAM antitrust price-fixing cases, one of the largest price-fixing cases in recent years. Other price-fixing experience includes representation of a defendant in the DRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation and a large purchaser in connection with the SRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation, and representation of companies in alleged school milk and paint pigment cartels.
Howard has worked on antitrust cases in the life insurance industry and for Microsoft in connection with intellectual property issues. He defended a supplier of industrial equipment (commercial scales) and a major grocery store chain in connection with claims of below-cost pricing in the retail gasoline industry. He also defended a Section 2 case for a pool products manufacturer that resolved favorably.
Clients Howard has previously advised on antitrust matters include PG&E Corporation, Equifax, Dow AgroSciences, Boiron, Fujifilm, Fortress Investment Group and One Technologies, among others.
Howard also has experience in the defense of Proposition 65 cases alleging consumer exposures to cadmium, lead, mercury and benzo(a)pyrene. He also has briefed and argued numerous appeals in state courts and in the Ninth Circuit. In 2004, he briefed and successfully argued a case of first impression in the Washington Supreme Court concerning the enforceability of arbitration provisions.
He formerly served as an adjunct instructor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and has spoken on the topics of antitrust and intellectual property at the University of California Hastings College of Law and at the Santa Clara University Law School.
Howard frequently writes on antitrust issues and often is quoted or interviewed in national media. He also has conducted a number of antitrust law webinars and has frequently spoken before the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.
Federico Urbani, an Associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Federico has a specific experience in M&A transactions – inter alia stock and other financial instruments purchases, such as investment funds’ units – as well as in other complex corporate transactions. In this field, he advised both private and public Italian and foreign companies, in relation to national and multi-jurisdictional transactions.
His activity is focused on company and corporate matters, corporate governance, capital markets (with a specific expertise in the banking and financial regulatory frameworks), as well as in drafting national and international commercial agreements.
Federico has authored several publications in the fields of corporate law, contract law and financial regulation.
Federico is currently a PhD Student at Bocconi University in Milan (Business and Social Law - Diritto dell'Impresa) and a Teaching Assistant in company law at the University of Milan-Bicocca.
Before graduating, cum laude, at Bocconi University in Milan, Federico spent a semester abroad at Freie Universität in Berlin (Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2014) and at Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne in Paris (Mar. 2014) within the Themis Exchange Program, earning the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.
Before joining Orrick, Federico has been twice a summer intern in the London office of a major Italian law firm.
Robert Uriarte is a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Business Unit located in Silicon Valley. Robert's practice focuses on copyright, trade secrets, and digital crimes.
Robert is a member of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and also regularly works with Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group on intellectual property issues.
In addition to litigation work, Robert also counsels companies ranging from market leaders to start-ups on intellectual property, security, and Internet law issues.
Robert is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. He co-chairs Orrick's Silicon Valley Diversity Committee and is one of the firm-wide facilitators for Orrick’s Latino Affinity Group. Robert is also committed to pro bono work and received the Legal Aid Association of California's 2015 Family Law Pro Bono Award.
Robert served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger in the Eastern District of California prior to commencing private practice.
Mikhail Usubyan advises private and public companies, funds and investors on cross-border M&A, private equity, joint ventures, venture capital and strategic investments.
Over his 15-year legal career, Mikhail has handled numerous cross-border M&A and finance projects in a variety of areas. He has substantial experience in technology, infrastructure, and real estate/construction. Mikhail actively advises on private equity and venture capital transactions.
Mikhail regularly deals with U.S. controls of foreign investments (CFIUS) as well as the U.S. economic sanctions. He also advises on Russian and cross-border privacy issues.
Qualified to practice New York and Russian law, Mikhail is well positioned to handle international transactions. A lot of Mikhail's projects (handled in cooperation with lawyers qualified in the relevant countries) also involve English law, as well as laws of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Cyprus, BVI, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other jurisdictions. Over the course of his career Mikhail has been based in London, Moscow, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Before joining the firm, Mikhail was an attorney at Baker McKenzie and Coudert Brothers.