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  • Public Finance

Stephen Spitz Partner Public Finance

San Francisco

Stephen Spitz, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Public Finance Department. He serves as leader of the Department’s Water and Wastewater Financing Team.

Steve serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel in a variety of municipal enterprise revenue bond issuances, including financing for water, wastewater, solid waste and airport facilities. His practice is, in addition, focused on single family and multifamily affordable housing financings. Steve also has expertise in higher education financings, interest rate swaps and swap based products in the municipal market. He often assumes a leading role in bond and disclosure work for new and complex clients.



  • Tax
  • Public Finance

John Stanley Partner Tax, Public Finance

San Francisco

John F. Stanley focuses his practice on the tax aspects of municipal finance and on tax controversy matters. He also has experience advising on tax issues related to closely held corporations, including gift and estate tax matters.

In his municipal finance practice, John has served as bond counsel, special tax counsel and underwriter’s counsel for a variety of transactions, including particularly governmental, airport, and public power financings. John has represented issuers and borrowers before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with audits, private letter rulings, and requests pursuant to the voluntary closing agreement program (VCAP). 

John has worked with issuers to establish post-issuance compliance programs tailored to their specific financings, and also has significant experience with tax-exempt commercial paper programs for both governmental and exempt facilities. 



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Alexandra Stathopoulos Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

Alex Stathopoulos, a senior associate in the San Francisco employment group, defends employers in complex wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff cases, and provides creative and practical counseling on a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

In 2018, Alex was named California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Section Liaison to the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Labor and Employment Section, and is an editorial board member of the CLA Labor & Employment Section Law Review.  She was also recently appointed as an Alternate Delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, the policymaking body of the nationwide group.

Alex defends employers in class and collective actions brought under federal and state wage and hour laws, including misclassification, meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, expense reimbursement, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.  She also routinely defends employers in high-stakes single plaintiff cases involving leaves and accommodations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, and trade secrets.

Her counseling practice focuses on providing advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and procedures, and offering creative and practical solutions to address a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.



  • Italy
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Enrico Stefanelli Associate Italy, Real Estate


Enrico Stefanelli is a Real Estate Lawyer member of the Finance Group in the Milan Office.

Enrico assists primary operators and investment funds on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios, development and redevelopment projects, financing, joint ventures and leasing.

He has represented investors, real estate funds, corporations, financial institutions and asset management companies, both domestic and international, in transactions involving commercial, residential, and industrial assets.

He has also gained experience in the field of corporate matters, including extraordinary transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and on-going assistance to corporate clients.

Prior to joining Orrick, Enrico was an associate in a real estate boutique law firm in Milan.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Ylan Steiner Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Ylan is recognised as a leading advisor across private equity investing, specialising in venture and growth capital financings and related exits, including portfolio/ secondary disposals.

Following an earlier career as a computer software programmer, Ylan has a passion for the technology industry and advises financial investors and growth companies in a number of other sectors including:

  • Technology, including FinTech and Media
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Financial institutions
  • Energy and infrastructure


  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

James Stengel Partner Mass Torts & Product Liability, Bankruptcy Litigation

New York

James Stengel represents clients in large, complex and multi-party class action litigation, including significant actions involving the chemical, building products and medical device industries. He also has significant experience representing Chinese companies in litigation in U.S. courts. 

Jim is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in legal publications such as Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation. Chambers notes Jim is "well versed in acting on mass torts and class actions relating to environment and climate change litigation."  

Jim has served in a variety of management roles at Orrick, including Managing Director of Litigation, Member of the Executive Committee and Board, Lead Director, and, currently, a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Jim has written and lectured on complex litigation and mass tort subjects at a variety of law schools and seminars.

Before joining Orrick, Jim was a partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP.



  • Public Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Nonprofit Corporation Financing
  • School Finance
  • Charter School Finance

Amanda Stephens Senior Associate Public Finance, Banking & Finance


Amanda Stephens focuses her practice on public finance, where she serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters' counsel, issuer’s counsel and bank’s counsel in connection with a broad range of taxable and tax-exempt transactions including education, nonprofit corporations and healthcare.

 Amanda also represents banks and other financial institutions in connection with direct purchases of tax-exempt bonds and the issuance of letters of credit and other liquidity facilities in connection with tax-exempt transactions.

Over the course of her career, Amanda has prepared, negotiated and reviewed contracts, loan documents, amendments, closing documents, default letters, demand letters, payoff and buyout agreements, intercreditor subordination agreements, and federal tax lien subordinations. She also has reviewed client contracts and MSA agreements in the oil and gas, construction, medical, retail and transportation industries, and she has addressed regulatory and compliance issues for the finance industry and oil and gas industry. Amanda previously served as an in-house attorney for a national financial services company. She also has served as a staff attorney for Judge Jaclanel McFarland of the 133rd Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas, and as assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s office.



  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Eric Stephens Partner Renewable Energy, M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

Eric is a leading energy lawyer with a particular focus on development and financing of solar and other renewable energy projects.

Eric helps clients design and build successful renewable energy businesses by advising on how projects and portfolios large and small can maximize their value through well-informed negotiation, efficient diligence and acquisition techniques, and responsive and creative problem solving.

Eric has particularly deep expertise in helping developers strategically procure the equipment and services necessary to develop, construct, commission, operate and sell renewable energy projects of all sizes, and in helping investors evaluate the development work of potential investments. Development and procurement managers excel at sourcing and pricing a project’s needs, and Eric can build on this by bringing these contracts to completion with deep market knowledge, in a way best suited to the client’s commercial objectives and so that they withstand the scrutiny of project investors, lenders and buyers. Eric balances work for utility-scale projects with the growing distributed energy generation and storage sector, both of which recently include negotiation of contracts to “safe harbor” equipment or construction activities to preserve higher levels of ITC or PTC. He has represented energy project developers, equipment suppliers and installers, publicly-owned utilities, private equity investors and other parties in developing energy projects from very early stages of securing technology and land/resource rights to buying and selling operating assets, and everything in between.



  • eDiscovery & Information Governance

Matthew Steranko Project Attorney eDiscovery & Information Governance

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Matthew Steranko is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in driving legal innovation through collaboration with the firm's various firm practice groups utilizing new legal technology and unique workflows.

Mathew works to drive legal innovation across practice groups including both litigation and corporate services practice groups.

He works with corporate attorneys to increase efficiency and reduce costs for client services. His work focuses on emerging and public companies, with projects ranging from M&A due diligence reviews, capitalization table audits, corporate audits and various projects associated with IPOs and public disclosure obligations.

He also works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. Matthew's work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Matthew assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts.

Matthew frequently works with other Orrick attorneys on pro bono projects involving Human Rights and Public International legal issues.


  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Power
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate
  • Public Power Financing
  • Infrastructure
  • United Kingdom

Evan Stergoulis Partner Energy, Renewable Energy


Evan has over 25 years’ experience advising on the financing, development and acquisition of energy projects. Throughout his career, Evan has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge, innovative structures that have helped to shape industry standards.

Evan advises lenders, ECAs, institutional investors, renewable energy companies, investment firms and pension funds on financings, M&A, joint ventures and other strategic combinations. He brings considerable experience in wide range of renewable energy portfolio deals, as well as gas and power transmission and distribution projects and he has a market-leading offshore wind practice.

Chambers Global 2020 notes that clients say Evan is a “leading figure who has secured incredible and loyal clients because he does an excellent job.” He has also been named to The Lawyer’s Hot 100.



  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Trials
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Fintech

Robert Stern Partner Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits, Financial Services Litigation

Washington, D.C.; New York

Rob Stern is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group.

Rob is a nationally ranked securities, financial services and regulatory litigator with a demonstrated track record of achieving outstanding results for financial services institutions, Fortune 100 companies and officers and directors of public companies. Rob's mastery of the field enables him to develop creative litigation strategies and business solutions for his clients in a broad array of situations.

For the past 20 years, Rob has handled many of the most complex financial services and civil and governmental securities matters. Rob possesses particular expertise litigating claims involving accounting-related matters, structured products, mortgages, futures and derivatives. Rob routinely represents financial institutions, public companies, officers and directors.

Rob is a faculty member for the Practicing Law Institute’s Securities Litigation program. Rob has also been nationally recognized as a leader in securities litigation by The Legal 500 and SuperLawyers.

Connor Stewart Project Attorney

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Connor Stewart is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Connor works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Connor assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Prior to joining Orrick, Connor practiced estate planning and administration in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Connor serves on the Board of Directors of Allegiant Human Services, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.