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Los Angeles; Santa Monica
To Alyssa Caridis, IP protection is more than business; it’s personal. For more than a half-century, Alyssa's family patented several mechanical technologies which they developed into a thriving business. Alyssa’s family inspired her love of engineering, as well as her desire to protect innovative ideas. Today Alyssa defends technology companies, ranging from budding start-ups to international corporations. She knows their success depends on it.
Alyssa handles complex patent and copyright litigation, open source licensing and IP counseling. She has represented companies in all stages of litigation -- from pre-suit investigation, through trial, and on to appeals courts. She draws upon her engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College to engage with technical professionals and quickly grasp new technologies. Alyssa has represented clients in connection with a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from CMOS image sensors and communication systems to software and peripheral computer components to projects in both the aerospace and automotive industries.
Alyssa calls Southern California home, but remains loyal to the sports teams of her Bay Area childhood.
A Senior Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group, Chris's practice focuses on high-stakes appeals and cutting-edge legal issues.
Chris is an expert in intellectual property law, specializing in the copyright and trademark issues that arise at the intersection of business and technology. He has represented major tech developers, biomedical manufacturers, retailers, and content creators on a wide range of critically important issues. From cutting-edge issues of personal jurisdiction, extraterritoriality, and damages in patent cases, to the trademark law’s trade dress, functionality, dilution, and nominative fair use doctrines, to the daunting copyright questions that confront technology providers and platforms in the digital age, Chris has litigated the most pressing questions in courts across the country.
In addition, Chris has a wealth of experience in class action defense in both trial and appellate courts, including two recent appellate victories as lead associate defending the denial of class certification. He has represented clients in appeals involving trade secrets, class action litigation, bankruptcy, telecommunications, constitutional law, and more. And he has counseled Fintech clients on novel issues confronting that industry.
Chris has authored merits briefs and cert. petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as dozens of briefs in federal and state courts of appeals. He has represented clients in trial courts, crafting dispositive motions, witness declarations, evidentiary objections, and jury instructions. And he has argued and won several cases in federal and state courts.
Chris also maintains an active pro bono practice. Last year, he argued and won a precedent-setting appeal in New York’s Appellate Division, persuading the court that the parole board violated his client’s constitutional rights. He has also won victories for clients in immigration cases and cases presenting novel legal issues under freedom of information laws.Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Judge Carol B. Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Ciarra N. Carr is an Associate in the firm’s White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group in the New York office.
Ciarra’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, global investigations across a broad range of industries, and developing anti-corruption compliance programs. She has experience with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including conducting internal investigations and representing companies in FCPA investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and multinational Office of Foreign Assets Control investigations.
Ciarra remains committed to serving her community through the representation of incarcerated individuals in federal court under the Criminal Justice Act, where she has experience advising individuals charged in large racketeering conspiracies and other criminal matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Ciarra graduated from Brooklyn Law School where she received a distinction in criminal law. While there, she authored timely CLE materials as a Center for Criminal Justice Fellow. She also interned with various non-profit and government agencies, including the Bronx and Kings County district attorney’s offices in their respective sex crimes and child abuse units.
Eugene Carron, Senior Counsel in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.
Gene has worked in the area of public finance since 1975 and has extensive experience in all aspects of tax-exempt financing as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter's counsel and developer's counsel with particular emphasis on electric and water utility financings and conduit financings on behalf of both commercial and nonprofit entities. He has also served as counsel in power and other projects developed by private entities in cooperation with public utilities.
He has assisted public power clients such as the Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles, the Northern California Power Agency, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the Transmission Agency of Northern California, the M-S-R Public Power Agency, the City of Anaheim, the City of Riverside, the City of Roseville, the City of Healdsburg, the City of Ukiah, the City of Lodi and the City of Redding in connection with both traditional and innovative financing structures.
Gene has served as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in conduit financings by the California Educational Facilities Authority and the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for educational and cultural facilities throughout California.
In addition to legal representation, he has experience as an investment banker serving as the head of the Los Angeles office of Banc of America Securities LLC.
Max is a member of Orrick's Supreme Court & Appellate practice group.
Before joining Orrick, Max was an Associate Deputy Solicitor General at the California Department of Justice. There, he authored or co-authored dozens of appellate briefs—many of them in the U.S. Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court—and argued two cases in the California courts of appeal. He was the principal author of a Ninth Circuit brief filed on behalf of California and four other States in a case challenging federal regulations affecting the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.
Max also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan Y. Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before law school, Max worked at a New York investment bank, and as a legislative aide to a California State Senator.
Riccardo Caselle, an Italian qualified lawyer, is a managing associate in Orrick's Milan office and a member of the firm's Corporate Group.
Riccardo's practice mainly focuses on white-collar criminal defense and criminal liability of corporations as well as on regulatory enforcement and internal investigations.
Riccardo also has broad experience in general corporate and corporate governance matters.
He assists some of the most important Italian companies, also listed in Italy or abroad, in drawing up compliance programs and is currently a member of several Vigilance Bodies of Italian companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Riccardo was an associate at Dinoia Federico Pelanda Simbari Uslenghi, where he gained extensive experience in white-collar criminal defense.
Vincent is an infrastructure partner, with more than 25 years of experience working on projects in the United States and Latin America.
He regularly advises developers, financing parties, (banks, note purchasers and underwriters), governmental authorities in Public Private Partnerships (PPP/P3), and developers and lenders in all types of other project financings. Vincent's practice covers all aspect of infrastructure and energy including roads, airports, water facilities, social infrastructure and wind farms.
Aoife specialises in a range of corporate transactions, including venture capital, M&A and tax, for a range of clients including technology companies and investment firms.
Aoife has a keen interest and knowledge in the technology sphere having represented Cloudpipes Ltd. on its recent acquisition by Quickbase UK Ltd. and Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of SmartCredit Ltd.
Jean-Paule Castagno is partner in Orrick's Milan office and Head of The Italian White Collar Criminal Defense team.
Jean-Paule has more than 15 years of proven experience in criminal litigation, in the management of all phases of crisis management, such as internal investigations -including those of a cross-border nature – the court defence, in the context of criminal proceedings and the sanction proceedings before the Supervisory Authorities, in the interests of both natural persons and legal persons according to the D. Legislative Decree no. 231/2001), Jean-Paule advises clients in high-profile criminal proceedings with specific reference to anti-money laundering, financial crimes, false accounting, bankruptcy offenses, tax crimes, corruption and bribery in both the public and private sector, environmental crimes, occupational health and safety offenses, intellectual property crimes, data protection and privacy crimes/cybercrime, and vicarious liability of corporate entities.
She has been involved in the preparation and update of a large number of systems and controls pursuant to Law No. 231/2001 and she is a member and chairwoman of the surveillance committees of many Italian and foreign companies.
Jean-Paule received her JD from Università Statale di Milano in 2002, her PhD in Criminal Procedural Law from Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca in 2010 and completed the Broadening Business Perspectives Program at Insead in 2018. She began her career with Avv. Alleva in 2002 and joined Avv. Ripamonti in 2007, both Italian Criminal Law boutiques. From 2012 to 2019 Jean-Paule worked at Clifford Chance. She is ranked #2 in White-Collar Crime and #3 in Compliance by Chambers Europe - 2019 and as “Next Generation Lawyer” in Compliance by Legal500 - 2019. Jean-Paule is a member of Unione Camera Penali – Osservatorio Europa and the European Criminal Bar Association.
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Christina Catzoela is a senior associate in the Technology Companies Group. She focuses her practice on advising emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms on a variety of issues, including formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and other corporate and securities law matters.
In the four years prior to joining Orrick, Christina acted as Senior Corporate Counsel to Zillow Group, Inc. While at Zillow Group, Inc., Christina focused her practice on technology transactions, public reporting and compliance.
She started her practice as a corporate associate in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuvue, Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.
Los Angeles; San Francisco
Steve focuses his practice on representing clients under civil and criminal enforcement proceedings by government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice and SEC, concerning alleged violations of state and federal laws, including securities laws and FCPA violations, as well as federal antitrust matters. He is also available to assist the firm’s corporate clients in conducting internal investigations.
Steve Cazares is a former federal prosecutor and a former enforcement attorney at Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who leverages his governmental experience with both civil and criminal matters for his clients. During his time as Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Steve led many of the largest and highest profile white collar investigations and prosecutions in Southern California. Many of these matters involved parallel criminal, civil, and/or SEC regulatory investigations and litigation, making Steve uniquely qualified to assist clients in managing the complexities of parallel civil and criminal proceedings.