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Practice:

  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Intellectual Property

Evan Brewer Managing Associate Patents, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

As an IP attorney, Evan helps technology companies solve problems without clear solutions—problems that demand close examination and imaginative strategy.

Drawing on his education background in aeronautical engineering, computer science, economics, and international relations, Evan can translate the complex and constantly-evolving business realities of today’s technology companies into cohesive and powerful legal arguments. In his practice, Evan guides cutting-edge U.S. and European technology companies through patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters, and counsels companies on emerging cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Evan’s clients specialize in machine learning, autonomous driving, integrated circuits, consumer electronics, e-commerce, and medical device technology.

In his pro bono practice, Evan represents domestic violence survivors and counsels an international NGO on environmental law issues.

Before joining Orrick, Evan clerked for Judge Ronald M. Whyte at the Northern District of California.

Evan graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he also served as Executive Articles Editor of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Review. While in law school, he was an extern for Judge Lucy H. Koh at the Northern District of California.

Outside of work, Evan enjoys competitive ski racing and endurance cycling.

Charles Briand Partner Tax

Paris

Charles Briand, Partner in Orrick Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.

Charles is specialized in tax law, and more specifically on the tax aspects of transactions.

He advises multinational companies and private equity funds on a broad range of international tax matters, including French acquisitions abroad or foreign ones in France.

He also advises his clients on the tax structuring of domestic and cross border acquisitions as well as reorganizations.

Prior to joining Orrick in 2017, Charles was transaction Tax lawyer at Ernst &Young in Paris and he also practiced eighteen months in EY New York office.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Katie E. Briscoe Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Sacramento

Katie Briscoe is an associate in Orrick’s Employment Law Group in the Sacramento office.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California 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. Ms. Briscoe's practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.

Katie has experience defending employers against a variety of claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wage and hour violations. She also has assisted clients in resolving employment disputes prior to litigation. Katie has counseled employers regarding their policies and decision-making to ensure compliance with California law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Katie was an employment law and litigation associate at Nossaman LLP. Katie earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif.


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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity

Marley Brison Career Associate M&A and Private Equity

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Marley is a career associate based in Orrick’s Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group, including the Private Investment Funds practice.

Marley focuses primarily on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, restructurings, private equity transactions, and advising on general corporate matters.

Marley also concentrates her practice on matters pertaining to private equity and alternative investment funds, representing both institutional investors and fund sponsors. On the sponsor side, Marley handles various aspects of fund formation, including communicating with investors, preparing regulatory analyses of investors, drafting fund documents, and preparing regulatory filings.

Marley was a Summer Associate with Orrick in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude, where she was the Lead Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University, summa cum laude, in Journalism/Pre-Law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Marley served as a judicial intern to the Honorable David Cercone of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Marley worked as a Legal Associate at rue21, inc., focusing on real estate and general corporate matters.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • White Collar
  • Trials
  • Antitrust & Competition

Walter Brown Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, White Collar

San Francisco

Walt is a seasoned trial lawyer and the leader of Orrick's White Collar Criminal Defense practice. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense and crisis management.

He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative litigation and proceedings. Over the past 25 years, Walt has been on the front lines of many of the most significant government investigations, prosecutions and litigation.  He has extensive experience in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust offenses, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, healthcare fraud, trade secret misappropriation and government fraud. Walt also is engaged routinely by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Marshall Brozost Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

New York

Marshall Brozost is a Real Estate lawyer in Orrick’s New York office and serves as head of the New York Real Estate Group.

He focuses on complex real estate transactions on behalf of institutional and private equity investors. In addition, his practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate investment, from purchases and sales, formation of joint ventures and real estate funds to mortgage and mezzanine financing, REIT structuring, workouts and leasing. His clients include State Street Global Advisors, Phoenix Realty Group, Arel Capital and The Praedium Group, as well as other real estate private equity funds, investment advisers, domestic and foreign institutional investors, lenders and developers. He also advises on CMBS and merger and acquisition transactions.

Marshall is recognized for his real estate and finance work in Legal 500 and described by clients as “exceptional” in the field.

Marshall previously was a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • White Collar
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Internal Investigations
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Spencer Bruck Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, White Collar

New York

Spencer Bruck counsels corporations and individuals on a wide range of high-stakes, international white collar matters, including criminal and civil investigations by government regulators, internal investigations, diligence on transactions, and analyzing and enhancing compliance policies and procedures. As a senior associate in the White Collar and Corporate Investigations practice group, Spencer's practice focuses on representations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities violations and accounting fraud.   

Spencer has represented companies and individuals in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, state Attorneys General, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations, FINRA, and multilateral development banks.  He also has experience interfacing with various corporate stakeholders and external accountants. His practice has also involved investigations into private boarding schools in the United States. 

Mr. Bruck is also active in pro bono work. He represents individuals in criminal cases and is involved in civil rights issues.

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Practice:

  • Governmental Affairs
  • Public Finance
  • Tax
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

James W. Bruner, Jr. Director of Government Affairs Governmental Affairs, Public Finance

Sacramento

James Bruner is the Director of Orrick’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group. Jim has more than 40 years of experience with the state legislature and numerous administrations.

He brings extensive strategic, political and communication experience to the firm and our clients.  His practice focuses on governmental policy and regulatory issues, primarily those relating to finance, tax, and corporate securities. Jim has extensive state and federal policy and regulatory experience. In addition, he is a principal proponent of municipal government finance issues.  He has worked with local governments, investment banks, the state legislature, and the Congress to draw attention to policy and legal changes needed to advance the ability of California municipalities to access financial markets, create more usable bond and finance laws, and update laws governing what public entities may undertake for public purposes.

Jim has directed Orrick’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group since joining the firm in 1984. Before that, he served for 10 years as Executive Director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, where he gained recognition across the United States for raising concerns about Lake Tahoe to a national level.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Michael J. Buchanan Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Washington, D.C.

Michael J. Buchanan is a litigation associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C. office. 

Michael represents clients in federal and state courts across a variety of industries and through all stages of litigation. He has experience in large-scale class actions and complex commercial disputes between sophisticated entities.

Michael also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has assisted with immigration matters and has advocated on behalf of veterans' rights.

Prior to working in Orrick's Washington, D.C. office, Michael worked in Orrick's New York office.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Benjamin R. Buchwalter Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Silicon Valley

Ben Buchwalter is an employment attorney in Orrick's Silicon Valley Office.

Ben defends employers in class action, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff lawsuits in California and federal court, and before state and federal agencies. Ben also advises employers on a variety of pre-litigation employment matters, including discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, wage-and-hour issues, and termination.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Africa
  • Oil & Gas

Michael Bühler Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Energy

Paris

Michael Bühler, with over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, focuses on international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations. He has represented major corporations, state-owned entities and governments in more than 200 arbitrations and has acted as chairman, sole arbitrator, and party-appointed arbitrator in more than 60 arbitrations worldwide.

Michael assists in clients in pre-litigation situations, helping them to develop a true defense strategy, which often leads to early dispute settlements. He acts regularly as lead counsel in arbitrations under the ICC Rules and those of the arbitration associations of Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States and under the UNCITRAL Rules, ICSID, WIPO (Geneva), and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne). He conducts arbitrations throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region in the following fields: civil construction, engineering, supply of industrial equipment, and industrial or power plants (often involving the application of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract, in common, civil, and Islamic law); oil and gas projects; hotel development projects and hotel management contracts; and distribution and license agreements in various sectors, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, liquor, and luxury goods industries.

Michael started his career as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, of which he was the German member (1997-2009). He was co-chair of the Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration on the Revision of the ICC Arbitration Rules (2008-2011) (which led to the adoption of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, which to date remain the state-of-the-art arbitration rules), and is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and the IBA, as well as numerous arbitral institutions such as CEPANI, DIS, ASA and DIAC and has been appointed to the Panel of Arbitrators for Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.

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Practice:

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

Daria Buonfiglio Associate Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

Milan; Rome

Daria’s practice focuses mainly on energy (from both traditional and renewable sources) and infrastructures, in Italy and abroad.

Daria regularly works on M&A and project finance transactions advising banks, sponsors, pension funds, equity investors, project developers, investment funds, lenders and other participants.

Her activity focuses on assisting clients in the development, construction, acquisition, financing and refinancing of power projects and other infrastructure assets and on drafting and negotiating related acquisition agreements, project contracts (including EPC, BOP, TSA and O&M agreements), joint venture agreements, shareholders' agreements and financing agreements.

Daria is lecturer in “The EGP School of Business Development Program”, an Enel Green Power promoted course that is dedicated to its business development professionals and offered through the SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University. Daria focuses her lessons on international business contracts, and in particular on project contracts, joint venture agreements and acquisition agreements.