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  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Swaps and Other Hedges
  • Capital Markets
  • Structured Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Africa

Madeleine Horrocks Partner Asset Backed Securities, Swaps and Other Hedges

Milan; Rome

Madeleine Horrocks is a finance and capital markets partner based in the Milan office and a dual-qualified English and Italian lawyer. She is a member of the firm's Banking & Finance team.

Madeleine has expertise in a number of different areas and her broad practice covers all types of finance and capital markets work, with a particular emphasis on securitisation, derivatives, EMTN, covered bonds, structured finance and general lending. She regularly represents arrangers, lead managers, swap counterparties, issuers, trustees and noteholder representatives on a wide range of finance and capital markets matters. Madeleine advises major Italian and international banks, corporates and financial institutions active in the European financial markets. She also has experience of advising on finance transactions in the emerging African off-grid energy sector.

She has been based permanently in Italy since 2003. Prior to joining Orrick, Madeleine worked for a leading international firm in their Milan office.

Madeleine is ranked Band 2 in Chambers Global for Capital Markets Italy (Foreign Expert) and in the Legal Community Finance Report she is described as "Superlative: pragmatic with a business orientated approach which allows her to solve complex issues always and easily".



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Nicholas J. Horton Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation


As a former active duty Marine and combat veteran, Nick Horton understands adversity and pressure. Now as an employment litigator, he uses that experience to calmly guide clients through high-stakes collective and class actions.

Nick handles matters related to pay practices for global tech corporations, including a nationwide FLSA collective action seeking damages for up to 40,000 workers, multiple putative California class actions and a regulatory compliance matter, each affecting thousands of employees. When helping clients navigate these challenging cases, Nick draws upon his range of litigation experience. Prior to focusing on employment, Nick handled breach of contract, fraud, and unfair competition law cases in both federal and state courts, and was a member of an Orrick trial team that secured a $52.8 million verdict in a trade secrets trial. 

To help his clients avoid litigation, Nick walks them through the most recent employment laws, case trends and ways to mitigate potential loss.

Before attending law school, Nick served seven years as an infantry officer and instructor in the United States Marine Corps.

David Hosp


  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • U.S. International Trade Commission

R. David Hosp Partner Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising


David’s practice is focused on trademark, copyright, and media litigation. Over the course of the past two decades, he has represented prominent clients in significant trademark litigations and trials, including companies like New Balance, Samsung, Citizens Bank and Dell/EMC. In addition, he has represented some of the most prominent media and technology companies like The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Microsoft, Cablevision and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in significant media and intellectual property matters of first impression.

David brings creativity and determination to all of the matters he handles, whether they involve issues that are novel and complex or more traditional. He has tried matters to both juries and judges, and prepares every one of his cases with the assumption that the matter will be tried to verdict. That attention to preparation often leads to positive results before trial in favorable settlements or rulings on motions to dismiss or on summary judgment, which saves clients time and expense.
Throughout his career, David has been involved in some of the most widely followed cases in the area of trademark, copyright, and media law. For example, David:

  • Represented New Balance at trial in the International Trade Commission in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse. That case was cited by IP Law360 as the top trademark ruling of 2016;
  • Served as Aereo’s lead trial counsel in the successful defense in the district court (874 F. Supp.2d 373 (S.D.N.Y. 2012)) and lead appellate counsel in the successful appeal at the Second Circuit (712 F.3d 676 (2d Cir. 2013)). The case was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court on an issue of first impression in 2015;
  • Represented Cablevision at the district court in Cartoon Network LLP v. CSC Holdings, Inc. (478 F. Supp. 2d 607 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)), and was instrumental in developing the arguments that ultimately succeeded at the Second Circuit, which clarified copyright law on issues of both reproduction and public performance (536 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2008).
  • Served as lead trial counsel for Triumph Learning in the successful defense of trademark claims in Coach Services, Inc. v. Triumph Learning LLC (96 U.S.P.Q.2d 1600 (T.T.A.B. 2010)), and successfully defended that verdict before the Federal Circuit (668 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2012)) in a decision that established a new standard for “fame” in trademark dilution cases.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for the New York Times and The Boston Globe in Gatehouse v. The New York Times, a case of first impression that involved both copyright and trademark claims, which settled favorably just prior to trial.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in successful defense of his client Recorded Books against trademark and copyright claims in Brilliance Audio v. Haights Cross Communications, which established new law with respect to the first sale doctrine, and successfully defended that result before the Sixth Circuit (474 F.3d 365 (6th Cir. 2007)).
  • As a senior associate, served as a member of the trial and appellate team in Lorillard v. Reilly, a case that was ultimately decided in the client’s favor at the United States Supreme Court (533 U.S. 525 (2001)), in one of the leading First Amendment commercial speech decisions in recent jurisprudence.

In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter included David in its annual Power 100 edition, highlighting the most influential media attorneys in the country, and naming his team’s defense of Aereo, Inc. against claims brought by the country’s major television broadcasters at the trial court and before the Second Circuit as the “Case of the Year.” He has been recognized as a leading practitioner in The American Lawyer, The World Trademark Review 1000, and The Legal 500, among other legal publications. He also writes extensively about the law, and has lectured at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center and Boston College Law School.



  • Public Finance
  • Public Policy

Julie Houston Partner Public Finance, Public Policy


Julia (Julie) Houston's practice focuses on various aspects of traditional public finance and public/private project financing.

Julie has served as bond counsel to various state agencies and local governmental entities, including, special districts, cities, counties and public facility corporations; as underwriter and bank counsel to financial institutions that underwrite and purchase tax-exempt and taxable governmental obligations; and as outside counsel to a public facility corporation that owns and operates a convention center hotel and to professional sports teams that lease bond financed sports venue facilities. Julie also has experience representing domestic banks that provide credit and liquidity facilities for tax-exempt financings. Prior to entering private law practice, Julie served as an assistant attorney general in the Public Finance Division of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas.


  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Mortgage Related Securities

Martin Howard Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

Los Angeles

Martin B. Howard is a partner in the firm’s Structured Finance Group. Marty is a securities, finance and securitization lawyer advising sophisticated financial institutions in the financing, purchase and sale, and securitization of financial assets.

Marty is a securities, finance and securitization lawyer advising sophisticated financial institutions in the financing, purchase and sale, and securitization of financial assets. Marty advises issuers, underwriters, dealers, placement agents, collateral managers, servicers and investment funds in domestic and offshore securities offerings, both public and private, involving the securitization of mortgage-backed securities, collateralized loan obligations, collateralized debt obligations, manufactured housing contracts, residual interests and credit card receivables.

Marty has extensive experience advising clients with respect to a broad array of mortgage products, including prime and non-prime, closed-end second lien, home equity loans, non-performing and re-performing loans, and seasoned loans. Marty also represents investment banks, bank holding companies and investment funds on warehouse financings, whole loan purchases and sales, sales and securitization of servicing advance receivables and the day-to-day operations of servicing mortgage loans.

During the last 31 years of practice in the global financial markets, Marty has been involved with several innovations in financial products and has lectured to domestic and international audiences on the workings of the securitization process, including the rules and regulations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Kyle S. Howard Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Kyle S. Howard is a Managing Associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  His practice focuses on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation for clients in the financial services and chemical industries. 

Kyle represents major financial institutions and chemical companies in complex commercial litigations in federal and state courts across the country.  He has experience advising clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-suit disputes through appeal.  Kyle also maintains an active pro bono practice representing U.S. veterans seeking disability compensation.  During law school, Kyle served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jeffrey A. Cohen of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department.  Kyle was a summer associate in Orrick's New York office in 2014.      



  • Banking & Finance

Stephanie S Hsu Associate Banking & Finance

New York

Steph Hsu is an associate in the Banking & Finance group in the New York office. 

Stephanie’s practice focuses on secured lending facilities and other commercial finance transactions. She regularly works with major financial institutions, public and privately owned companies and direct lenders.


  • Intellectual Property
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Patents

Johannes Hsu Managing Associate Intellectual Property, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Orange County

Johannes Hsu draws on his business, technical, and legal acumen developed over more than 20 years in engineering, management, and law to serve technology clients.  His experience enables him to take a holistic approach in his legal services.

Johannes's practice focuses on patent litigation, especially in the fields of electronics, circuits, computer and network systems, software, and telecommunications. He has litigation experience in district courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. He also leverages his technical and operational experience in data-privacy and data-security matters.

Before joining Orrick, Johannes clerked for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner in the Central District of California.  He assisted Judge Klausner on a wide variety of civil matters.  In particular, he worked on many intellectual-property disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Johannes began his legal career primarily as a patent prosecutor at one of the largest intellectual-property boutique firms in the United States.

Before becoming an attorney, Johannes worked for over 20 years as an engineer in high-tech and aerospace industries. He held increasing responsibilities and was last a manager and a senior principal engineer at one of the top two fabless-semiconductor companies in the world. His work in those positions had a direct and significant impact on virtually every chip of a one-billion-dollar product line. A technical leader and a functional manager, he interacted regularly with upper management in engineering and marketing and worked closely with cross-disciplinary teams.  His substantial engineering experience encompasses a wide array of technologies, from communication systems, digital-security systems, to hardware and embedded-software design. In addition to developing digital-security technologies, Johannes also set operational security policies for his engineering organization and developed a secure infrastructure which he led through a successful third-party audit.



  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • China

Yali Hu Senior Associate Intellectual Property, IP Counseling & Due Diligence


Yali Hu, a senior associate in Orrick's Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. 

Yali assists local- and foreign-based multinational companies with all aspects of their intellectual property rights in China, Europe and the United States, including Section 337 U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation. Yali has extensional experience in patent, trademark, domain name, copyright and trade secret.

Yali’s intellectual property-related services include patent filing and subsequent maintenance affairs for her clients.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • China

Mimiao Hu Of Counsel Intellectual Property, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation


Mimiao Hu, an of counsel in Orrick’s Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

Her work has included trademark and copyright protection strategies, intellectual property litigation, unfair competition, intellectual property due diligence, cybersquatting and related technology issues. Mimiao has also advised clients on export regulation of military and dual-use items and customs regulation in China. Mimiao also works extensively on cybersecurity & data privacy issues for both Chinese and international clients.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mimiao was a senior associate in the Beijing and Shanghai offices of a major PRC law firm.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Nicole E. Huang Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

Nicole Huang is an associate in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's M&A and Private Equity Group.

Nicole represents public and private companies in various mergers and acquisitions transactions on both the buy side and sell side, and in strategic investments. Nicole focuses particularly in the technology and software industry, where she is also experienced in advising clients on venture financings and capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nicole was an attorney in the corporate group of DLA Piper LLP (U.S.).



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Japan

Kane Huang Senior Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


Kane Huang, a senior associate in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Kane advises U.S. and Japanese companies on cross-border M&A, joint venture, technology licensing, energy and real estate related transactions, as well as compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.

In addition to transactions between U.S. and Japanese companies, Kane works on a variety of multijurisdictional transactions involving entities and assets in Asia and Europe.

Kane worked at Orrick's Silicon Valley office from 2010 to 2012, where he focused on technology sector M&A.