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Annette L. Hurst, Lead Director on Orrick’s Board of Directors and a partner in the San Francisco office, practices in the Intellectual Property Group and leads the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Practice.
Annette is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and business tort claims. As an experienced IP risk analyst with deep expertise in the software industry, Annette has been a go-to counselor and speaker regarding the legal issues surrounding access and use of datasets in the development of machine learning algorithms. She was named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for her work as co-lead counsel on the Mattel/MGA case. Chambers Global ranks her in Band 1 for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, with clients reporting that she is “smart, creative and terrific at oral argument” and "a very well-known authority in copyright law, a great advocate and a great trial lawyer." Chambers reports: “Peers consider Annette Hurst a ‘remarkably intuitive’ lawyer who ‘brings unique perspectives to soft IP cases.” Since 2018, The Legal 500 has recognized Annette as a "Leading Lawyer" in copyright law, and she was named “Female Litigator of the Year West” by Benchmark Litigation in 2013. Annette has been repeatedly named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal.
Annette’s community and professional activities include past service as the President of the Lafayette Elementary School PTA, past membership on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco for which she was chair of the Finance and Investments Committee. She also is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco and the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, as well as a past president of the Barristers Club.
Dao focuses on energy and infrastructure project finance, mergers and acquisitions, project development and general corporate matters.
Dao has participated in a variety of transactions involving traditional and renewable energy projects and public and start-up companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Dao held a year-long fellowship position as a staff attorney at TechSoup Global, a nonprofit technology organization. She also has previous experience working as an editor and contributing writer for Yahoo!, Inc.
Audrey Hwang, a lawyer in our Seattle office, is a member of the Corporate Group. She focuses her practice on technology licensing and other strategic transactions and mergers and acquisitions and related intellectual property issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Audrey held various in-house positions and was in private practice for more than a decade, both as a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP and as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Sunny practices in Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.
Sunny's varied experience includes securing dismissal with prejudice of securities fraud claims against a Chinese company incorporated in the Cayman Islands, litigating on behalf of the plaintiff in a civil RICO action, and obtaining a favorable settlement for a corporation in a dispute with its former chairman and controlling shareholder. He began his legal career by honing his research and writing skills as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller and judicial extern to the Honorable Harry Pregerson.
Before law school, Sunny served for several years as a trade attache for the French government.
Townsend Hyatt is a partner in the Pacific Northwest office in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the Public Finance Group and leads the Indian Tribal Finance practice.
He has worked with Indian tribes in more than a dozen states on a variety of projects, such as financings for land acquisitions; health clinics; schools; government administration buildings; cultural centers; sewer, water and other infrastructure development; parks and recreation facilities; motor vehicle and aircraft purchases; manufacturing plants; and gaming and entertainment facilities.
Max Hyatt, a Managing Associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of Orrick's M&A and Private Equity group.
Max advises public and private companies through a wide range of strategic transactions, including cross-border M&A, internal reorganizations, and global expansions. Max's background includes working with early stage start-ups and competing in international Motorsports.
Prior to joining Orrick, Max was an associate at Baker McKenzie.
Malik Idri is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Malik practice focuses on French and European competition law, on both transactional and litigation cases: merger control, antitrust litigation before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, as well as litigation cases before the administrative courts and State aid.
Malik is an abuse of dominant position specialist, with a particular focus on the telecommunication sector. He dedicated his doctoral thesis to the opening up of competition of the French phone network and he worked at the French sector regulator (ARCEP). He also has advised SFR on a number of litigation matters including the Orange’s sentence to pay the highest fine ever imposed by the French competition authority for abuse of dominant position.
Malik spent seven years at Clifford Chance where he also developed a deep knowledge of the distribution sector, in particular on suppliers and distributors’ relationships and private enforcement cases.
Malik is a regular lecturer at the ESSEC, where he graduated and he regularly publishes articles.
Max Iles is an associate in the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution team in London. Max has experience advising on a broad range of dispute resolution matters, including English High Court litigation, internal investigations and parliamentary select committee hearings.
Max joined Orrick as a trainee in August 2016 and also has experience in the Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure, and Real Estate groups.
Blake Ilstrup is the founding member and leader of the Technology Companies Group practice in the Pacific Northwest. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their investors.
Blake brings a unique and invaluable mix of in-house, entrepreneurial, and law firm experience, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (co-founding one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms.
Blake’s experience spans multiple industries, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, fintech, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and retail. He has counseled fast-growing companies on hundreds of venture capital financings and M&A transactions, numerous public offerings, as well as service as a trusted advisor to management teams and Boards on both strategic and day-to-day matters.
Blake is proud to have worked with a variety of technology and life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, including AppSheet (acquired by Google; Nasdaq: GOOGL), Arris Composites, Barclays, Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), CI Security, Coatue Management, DimensionalMechanics, fatfoogoo (acquired by Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KITE Solutions, Oculus (Nasdaq: FB), OncoSenX, PATH, Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Varian Medical (NYSE: VAR), and Zipwhip.
Prior to his legal career, Blake served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf, where he was decorated for his performance during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.
Jesse Infeld, a managing associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jesse represents public and private companies across industries in a wide range of transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and private investment fund formation and portfolio transactions.
Jesse also advises technology startups, founders and venture capital firms in a variety of matters, including company formation, corporate governance and securities law, angel investments and venture capital financings.
Tokyo; Washington, D.C.
Tokyo; Washington, D.C.
John Inge is counsel in the Intellectual Property Group and resident in the Tokyo office. He has more than 30 years of patent and other intellectual property law experience divided between Japan and the United States.
John has experience handling matters involving a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor devices, consumer electronics, communications systems, computers and associated equipment, radar, optics (including fiber optics), medical and surgical devices, display systems, lighting devices, printing systems, electronic photography, energy storage devices and plastic molding technology.
John's legal practice spans patent litigation, interferences, validity and infringement investigations, and negotiations and licensing involving all aspects of intellectual property. Joint venture and research and development agreements in an international context are a particular area of his focus. He frequently counsels clients in both the United States and Japan on patent portfolio management and intellectual property strategies.
John currently teaches a course on International Intellectual Property Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He previously served on the adjunct faculty of George Mason University School of Law, teaching courses on interference practice and other advanced areas of U.S. PTO practice. He also taught international intellectual property law at Temple University Law School’s Tokyo campus. He also was the longest-serving chairman of the Board of Directors of Yokohama International School, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of secondary international education, and he currently chairs the school’s Board of Trustees. John regularly lectures throughout the Pacific Rim on intellectual property law topics. He is also a frequent lecturer on U.S. patent practice at public and in-house seminars in Japan.
Yuko Ino is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office. She regularly counsels domestic, regional and international funds in sophisticated real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development projects, financings, fund formation, joint ventures, and restructurings and workouts.
Yuko also handles various aspects of cross-border and domestic business transactions including energy projects, fintech related projects, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, international disputes, compliance matters, and general corporate matters.
Before joining Orrick, she worked at Morrison & Foerster from 2006 to 2010. Previously, she worked at Yanagida & Partners (formerly known as Yanagida & Nomura), a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.