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Alessandra Fani is an associate at Orrick's Rome office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
She graduated in 2006 at the University of Perugia (Italy) (www.unipg.it) and she has been qualified in Italy since 2009.
In 2013 she attended a post graduate internship program on the international arbitration and negotiation at the London School of Economic (LSE) (London - UK) (www.lse.ac.uk).
In 2015 she obtained a PhD at the University of Perugia in renewable energy regulatory law.
Before joining Orrick, Alessandra collaborated with Gianni Origoni Grippo and Cappelli law firm (www.gop.it) and she did her training period at the Avvocatura dello Stato (www.avvocaturastato.it)
Alessandra specializes in Administrative Law, handling both transactional and litigation matters, with particular focus on public contracts and environmental law.
She gives advice and assistance to national and foreign operators, public and private. She also deals with the preparation of the tender acts and assists in the stages of qualification, tendering and execution of public contracts.Her experience includes assistance on public contract law, environmental law, energy law, project financing, public utilities, public services, transportation and infrastructure, constructions and city planning.
Privacy and cybersecurity underpins the innovative strategies of businesses across all sectors and introduces both legal and operational concerns. As a Managing Associate in Orrick's internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation team, Nick Farnsworth advises clients on a broad range of privacy and cybersecurity matters, including compliance, risk management, government investigations and incident response.
Nick's practice focuses on guiding clients through the patchwork of state, federal and international privacy and cybersecurity laws. His practice includes advising clients on proposed and effective state privacy and cybersecurity laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), biometric privacy laws, such as the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), CAN-SPAM, and state breach notification laws. Nick also advises clients on the impact of international laws from a U.S. perspective, including the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Nick assists clients from a broad range of industries and sectors in assessing their current privacy and cybersecurity practices. He regularly assists clients in developing global privacy and cybersecurity programs to practically implement the principles and obligations underlying various legal regimes, as well as assessing proposed marketing/advertising, product and business strategies from a privacy and cybersecurity perspective. Nick also advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity government investigations and the assessment of suspected incidents/breaches and any associated notification obligations, as well as the privacy and cybersecurity risks associated with proposed transactions and the development and deployment of advanced technologies, including adtech, artificial intelligence and machine learning, automated and connected vehicles, and biometric tools.
In addition, Nick has an active pro bono practice, which has included representing clients in immigration and innocence matters and assisting small businesses with their legal needs.
To make the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) more accessible, Nick was a member of the team that developed Orrick's CCPA Readiness Assessment Tool. The tool provides companies an opportunity to test their preparedness for compliance with the CCPA as a first step to constructing their strategic compliance roadmap.
Prior to law school, Nick worked in the defense industry, which spurred his interest in innovative, cutting-edge technology and helps him better understand how to integrate legal solutions with business practicality in order to address the needs of his clients.
Diana Szego Fassbender has significant experience in a broad array of intellectual property matters, including patent, copyright, and trademark actions.
Ms. Fassbender regularly represents international clients, including particularly businesses and organizations in Asia and Europe, on a range of IP matters. She works closely with clients to develop innovative and cost-effective case strategy to favorably resolve litigation or achieve other legal objectives.
Dr. Karsten Faulhaber, a Düsseldorf-based partner in the International Arbitration Group, brings more than a decade of experience as counsel and arbitrator. However, his proficiency goes beyond just arbitration, as he has deep knowledge in dispute resolution in many forms, and his background in transactional law allows him to provide solutions to clients’ problems – often before they even reach a courtroom.
He has been praised in Chambers Global for his “proactive and skillful” approach to arbitration. Karsten represents clients in arbitrations under various German and international rules but also regularly acts as arbitrator. In addition, he frequently represents global enterprises in international disputes before the national courts.
When he originally started practicing law, Karsten was an M&A lawyer, and as a result has extensive experience in contracts and their negotiation. But the opportunity to work in dispute resolution and especially arbitration appealed much to him. Calculating the strategy in complex disputes and the importance of thinking ahead, anticipating the moves of the other parties, the temperament of the opponents and ultimately the fight to win was simply more in line with his temperament.
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Matthew Fechik, a Career Associate at Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a member of the Restructuring Group.
The Restructuring Group advises banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other entities on legal issues relating to the purchase and sale of syndicated loans, bankruptcy claims, and other alternative investments. Matthew's practice focuses on distressed debt trading.
During law school Matthew completed internships with Alcoa's Corporate Tax Department and Neighborhood Legal Services Association.
Vickie Feeman, a senior counsel in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. She has been representing clients in intellectual property disputes in federal courts and the ITC for more than 20 years.
Before attending law school, Vickie worked as an electrical engineer for Motorola Inc.'s Government Electronics Group, where her work focused on the design of circuits for satellite communications systems.
Debbie Felder, a senior associate in the Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Restructuring group. Debbie has 18 years of extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights.
Debbie represents secured and unsecured creditors, investors, lenders, asset purchasers, financial institutions, preference defendants, debtors and other parties in a wide variety of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, as well as in related litigation throughout the United States. In 2020, Chambers USA named Debbie an Associate to Watch in the restructuring space, and clients praised her as "extremely knowledgeable" and providing "very business-minded, practical advice in the most efficient manner possible."
Recently, Debbie was the lead restructuring associate representing Toyota in the $30 billion bankruptcy of Takata Corporation. Takata and several of its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States and sought bankruptcy protection in Japan and several other jurisdictions in the aftermath of a worldwide problem involving faulty airbag inflators that led to numerous deaths and the recall of millions of vehicles. Toyota was one of the largest creditors in the proceedings, with claims of over $7 billion. Orrick’s work in the Takata bankruptcy and restructuring matter – which included the sale of all of Takata’s assets except for the inflator business to the Chinese-owned, Michigan-based Key Safety Systems – was awarded the “2019 Cross Border Turnaround of the Year / Large” by Global M&A Network.
Debbie was also the lead restructuring associate in the representation of the Conflicts Committee of Seadrill Partners (SDLP) in the $14 billion Chapter 11 bankruptcy and associated restructuring proceedings of Seadrill Limited, SDLP’s parent company. This bankruptcy and related restructuring was awarded “2019 Cross Border Turnaround of the Year / Mega” by Global M&A Network.
Other recent notable engagements include representing counsel to a borrower in the restructuring of a toll road, representing financial institutions and others in the global Lehman insolvency proceedings, representing a lender in the restructuring of a performing arts center, representing a purchaser in a section 363 bankruptcy sale and representing a defendant in a preference and fraudulent transfer litigation.
Debbie is active in pro bono matters including advising distressed clients in corporate dissolution proceedings pursuant to state statutes. She recently drafted a white paper on “Pay for Success” (PFS) programs – a social services funding mechanism in which non-governmental investors fund social programs and receive returns on their investments from the government only if the programs are successful – which explores the feasibility of using PFS programs to provide civil legal aid to vulnerable populations. She also represents proposed guardians and adoptive parents in connection with guardianship and adoption proceedings involving abused or neglected children in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
Debbie regularly presents CLE training programs to clients on bankruptcy-related topics, including best practices for creditors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Debbie was an associate at Swidler Berlin LLP. As an undergraduate, she spent four summers as an intern in the Clerk’s Office of the United States Supreme Court. During her time at the United States Supreme Court, Debbie researched and wrote a paper on the U.S. Attorneys General, which she presented to the U.S. Solicitor General.
Jake advises on a broad range of contentious matters, often with a multi-jurisdictional focus, including English High Court litigation, contentious insolvency, internal investigations and commercial and investor-state arbitration.
Michael Ferrel has been a technologist for the legal industry for nearly 20 years. He got his start in the industry at Venture Law Group where he was a lead systems engineer and software developer.
After VLG, Michael ran a legal technology and software consulting practice, which serviced dozens of AMLAW 100 firms around the world. In his consulting practice, he migrated, deployed and integrated document management, records, accounting and client intake systems from virtually every major industry vendor. He developed and deployed custom line of business applications where no quality product existed to meet the demanding needs of global law firms and other companies. Although Michael has deep experience in systems architecture and management, he is a software geek at heart. He is a core Microsoft developer who focuses on .NET, SQL and cloud.
Michael previously served as the Vice President of Technology for VLP Law Group LLP (formerly Virtual Law Partners). Michael was recruited by Craig Johnson and Jackson Ratcliffe to help found the first completely virtual law firm in the United States. Michael was part of the VLP team for 10 years before joining Orrick Labs, where he once again is focused on changing the legal industry in a positive way.
When Michael is not sitting in front of a monitor, he is teaching Jujitsu, making wine or is off the grid in the wilderness enjoying the great outdoors.
Robert Feyer is a senior counsel in the San Francisco office of the firm's Public Finance Department. After 40 years representing issuers and underwriters, Mr. Feyer retired from active practice working on bond transactions at the end of 2017, but continues to provide assistance and mentoring within the Department.From 1986 to his retirement, Bob was the lead bond and disclosure counsel for the State of California, working with a team of lawyers to complete the issuance of an estimated 470 billion dollars of new and refunding general obligation bonds, cash flow notes and warrants and lease revenue obligations, including several of the largest long-term municipal bond issues in U.S. history. He was recognized by The American Lawyer magazine in April 2003 as one of 10 "Dealmakers of the Year" for his work on a $12.5 billion cash flow note borrowing in October 2002. This work also garnered recognition as a "Lawyer of the Year in Transactional Law" in 2003 from California Lawyer magazine. Bob has spoken often at conferences and webinars on municipal finance and disclosure matters, and is a member of the Securities Law Committee of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.
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Donald Field is a partner in Orrick's Public Finance Group and the co-chair of Orrick’s School and Community College Finance/General Obligation Bonds Practice Group.
He is also a member of Orrick's Leasing Practice Group, Assessment/Mello-Roos Practice Group, and Revenue Practice Group. Don has extensive experience, as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel, in the financing techniques used by school and community college districts, cities and counties in California. His practice focuses on local governmental infrastructure financing, including general obligation bond financing, municipal lease financing, and land-secured financing, as well as tax and revenue anticipation note (TRAN), pension obligation and other post-employment benefit (OPEB) obligation financings. Don serves as the lead lawyer for the California School Boards Association's annual tax and revenue anticipation note pool.
Alex Fields is a managing associate in the Intellectual Property group of Orrick's San Francisco office.
Alex represents individuals and corporate clients in various civil matters involving patent and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, and wage disputes.