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  • Employment Law & Litigation

Jessica R. L. James Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation


Jessica James, an attorney in the Sacramento office, has experience in defending a broad range of employment issues, including claims of harassment, wrongful discharge, misclassification and systemic discrimination investigations. 

Jessica's practice involves employment litigation on a variety of legal issues, including defense of class action and single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, and other wage-and-hour violations.  She also has experience in defending and advising industry leaders regarding pay equity and compensation analysis in response to civil litigation, OFCCP and EEOC investigations, and other claims of systemic discrimination.

Jessica regularly counsel clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including human resources policies and procedures, separation agreements, employee termination, and compliance with various state and federal regulations, including the Equal Pay Act (EPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).  As part of her counseling role, she frequently conducts training programs for her clients, including trainings on sexual harassment and discrimination prevention.  Jessica also has significant experience conducting internal investigations in response to claims of misconduct.

Jessica's experience also includes business litigation on issues beyond the employment context, relating to white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jessica served for two years as a judicial clerk for the Nevada Supreme Court.  She earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the McGeorge Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.  She also served as a judicial extern for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.



  • Africa
  • Finance
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Alexander Janes Partner Africa, Finance


Alex advises clients on cross-border project financings with an emphasis on project and trade finance.

Alex represents lenders, multi-lateral lenders, development finance institutions and borrowers doing business in emerging markets, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

With over 20 years' experience, Alex provides clear, commercial advice on complex issues to clients operating in the power and infrastructure sectors. He has extensive experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors (particularly oil, gas and renewable energy).

Alex has been recognised in Legal 500 in the categories of infrastructure, power and most recently as a leading practitioner in emerging markets. He is ideally placed to advise on transactions involving multi-lateral lenders having served a secondment to the Office of the General Counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Business & Human Rights

Haley Jankowski Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Supreme Court & Appellate


Haley Jankowski is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Haley has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including administrative law, intellectual property, patent, securities, and immigration. She has co-authored cert-stage briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and has co-authored briefs in several federal courts of appeals. Haley also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Prior to joining Orrick, Haley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Haley earned her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, graduating first in her class. While attending law school, she served as a Lead Articles Editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review.

Margot Janot Associate Tax


Margot Janot is a tax lawyer in the Paris office of Orrick.

Margot advises French and international companies and private equity funds on transactional tax matters. She advises companies on their development in France and abroad, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and refinancing. She also assists companies in tax audits and litigation.

Margot also advises individuals on the management and transfer of their assets.

Before joining Orrick, Margot Janot worked in international firms such as Dentons, Pwc Law Firm and Fidal. She has also worked at the Klépierre real estate company and at the P20 section of the Parquet du TGI de Paris.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate
  • Africa
  • Russia
  • Emerging Markets

Foucaud Jaulin Of Counsel Energy, Infrastructure


Foucaud focuses on energy and infrastructure projects across Africa, Europe and the CIS.

His work includes advising governments and state-owned entities, financial institutions, oil and gas companies and sponsors on medium and large-scale investments, with expertise in project finance, public-private partnerships, energy projects, industrial projects and corporate transactions. Foucaud acquired extensive knowledge of business practices and legal strategies in both developed and emerging countries.

Before joining Orrick, Foucaud was an associate in the French and Russian projects departments of a French law firm.



  • Patent & Intellectual Property Rights Appeals
  • Patents
  • Patent & Intellectual Property Rights Appeals
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents

Travis Jensen Partner Patent & Intellectual Property Rights Appeals, Patents

Silicon Valley

Travis is an experienced patent litigator and trial lawyer. He draws upon his strong technical skills, litigation experience, and real-world business background to craft comprehensive IP strategies. As noted in his engagements, his strategic planning and careful execution guides clients through the intricacies of patent litigation, including the interplay between district court, PTO, and appellate proceedings.

Able to quickly understand complex technology in the litigation context, Travis is particularly well-suited to resolve patent disputes involving semiconductor processes and circuits such as NAND flash memory, optical devices, wireless technologies, and related areas. After earning advanced degrees in electrical engineering, and before embarking on his legal career, Travis worked at Intel Corp. and co-founded a fabless semiconductor design company.

Travis has used his distinctive skillset to litigate technically complex patent cases to verdict, and obtain favorable settlements for clients such as SanDisk, AT&T, and DIRECTV. Travis has second-chaired both jury and bench trials in district court, handled numerous appeals before the Federal Circuit, and, as a registered patent attorney, served as lead and back-up counsel in post-grant proceedings (inter partes review and ex parte reexamination) at the PTO. While on a recent secondment to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Travis first-chaired several jury trials to successful verdicts.



  • Intellectual Property

Sten Jensen Partner Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

Whether handling an ITC trial, or serving as Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property group, Sten Jensen brings exceptional focus and precise execution to his work. 

Sten routinely guides clients such as FUJIFILM and Panasonic through the minefields of the ITC. Sten also has long-standing relationships with attorneys in the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, developed when he served on the Executive Committee of the ITC Trial Lawyers' Association. Sten’s credibility with this group, combined with his thorough knowledge of the ITC’s speed and complexity, gives his clients a distinct advantage.

Sten has also represented clients in more than 50 federal patent cases, including cases in the top five venues for patent infringement filings. He has particular expertise in Delaware, where he served as a judicial clerk for former District Court Judge Roderick McKelvie. Sten has defended numerous corporations against claims filed by aggressive patent trolls, and his cases have protected a wide range of technologies, including integrated circuits, semiconductors, optical disk drives, digital cameras, printers, and other consumer electronics products.

Sten has frequently lectured on intellectual property issues facing companies in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. He is widely praised by clients for his dedication, knowledge, and skill in guiding them through discovery, merits, and settlement issues.


  • Banking & Finance

Edward Ji Associate Banking & Finance

Los Angeles

Ed Ji is an associate in the Banking & Finance group in the Los Angeles office.

Ed assists major financial institutions, public and privately owned companies and direct and alternative lenders in effectively assessing legal risks in complex secured and unsecured commercial finance transactions.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Latin America
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Fintech
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Giji John Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Giji’s practice focuses on the development and finance of domestic and international energy projects.

He has extensive experience representing project sponsors through development (including through the negotiation and drafting of power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, management services agreements and site services agreements), acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. His representation has included transactions involving LNG facilities, methanol facilities, petrochemical refineries, carbon capture and sequestration facilities, natural gas processing and storage facilities, natural gas and CO2 pipelines, wind energy, solar energy, natural gas-fired peaking and combined-cycle power plants, thermal and battery energy storage, transportation, aviation and ports.

His prior experiences include a two year secondment to International Finance Corporation’s Office of General Counsel where he worked on multi-currency corporate financings, project financings and equity investments in infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey.

Giji is currently ranked as a Projects Leading Lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and has been recognized for excellence by numerous leading industry and legal publications, including being named one of 34 "Groundbreaking lawyers" by Public Utilities Fortnightly.

Pamela Johnson Chief Practice Officer - Litigation

San Francisco

Pamela Johnson is the Chief Practice Officer for Orrick’s global Litigation Business Unit, which encompasses approximately 450 lawyers and generates over one-third of the firm’s annual revenue.

She advises on the strategic planning, operation and management of the business unit. Her responsibilities include oversight of the unit's financial performance, business planning and execution, and lawyer recruiting. Pamela oversees the managing attorney's office, which includes the firm-wide court and calendaring functions.

Pamela brings to her position over 20 years of experience in various law firm roles. She was formerly a commercial real estate lawyer at Steefel, Levitt and Weiss (now Manatt, Phelps & Phillips) and at Orrick. Her practice focused on the representation of institutional investors in the acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial and multifamily properties. Pamela has also served as Director of Business Development for various transactional and litigation practice groups at Orrick.

Deborah Johnson Analyst

New York

Deborah Johnson is an Analyst in the New York Public Finance Group with more than 18 years of Public Finance experience. At Orrick, she focuses primarily on bond transactions. On a routine basis, Ms. Johnson organizes and coordinates multiple public finance transactions, ensuring all steps are completed and deadlines are met. She works closely with the clients and all participants in each transaction to coordinate document preparation, review, and execution, and keeps the attorneys apprised of deadlines and any issues that may arise during the course of a transaction to ensure the bond financing progresses smoothly. Ms. Johnson’s public finance experience includes:

  • Assisting attorneys with the research and drafting of documents for tax-exempt bond financings;
  • Conducting due diligence reviews, including review of authorizing resolutions, Board and Committee meeting minutes, Articles of Incorporation, good standing certificates, By-Laws, authorized signatories and closing documents.;
  • Assist with the preparation of transactional documents; email correspondence and drafts to working group; receive and consolidate comments to drafts; proofread and edit closing documents; prepare, obtain, and organize necessary legal and closing documents for closing, such as articles of incorporation, bylaws, resolutions, UCC financing statements and other corporate governance documents
  • Coordinate pre-closing, closing and post-closing matters, including distribution of preliminary and final executed documents, preparing and maintaining closing checklist; obtaining appropriate signatures, follow-ups to request of and status of documents; ensure all conditions precedent to closing have been met; copy closing documents and prepare closing packages for appropriate parties; be responsive to client’s requests and inquires;
  • Review Record of Proceeding and Closing Memorandum to identify post-closing items; file documents with appropriate entities as required and other post-closing matters, including filing all required reporting documents with various state and federal agencies;
  • Coordinate with the global operation center for production and distribution of closing transcripts in various formats;
  • Calendar and monitor key dates and deadlines; prepare and file annual information and material event notices with the MSRB / EMMA for municipal securities continuing disclosures.

Her administrative responsibilities include preparing Request for Proposal/Request for Qualifications for the Public Finance Group and keeping abreast of the quarterly and annual required filings for the various governmental entities

Prior to joining Orrick, Deborah worked a senior paralegal in the public finance group at Nixon Peabody LLP.  Prior to that, she worked for several years at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-Office of the General Counsel as a paralegal and “FOIL” Officer, where she managed and coordinated with the various MTA Agencies and departments to obtain records response to Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) requests and determined propriety of disclosure of such records; her duties also included preparing and filing applications/renewals and necessary deposits for trademark and copyright registrations;  and addressing piracy and infringement matters.


  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents

Jeffrey Johnson Partner Intellectual Property, Patents


Jeffrey Johnson resolves complex commercial and IP litigation for the high-tech, energy and life science industries. Jeffrey earned his reputation as a first class litigator in the Eastern District of Texas, one of the nation’s toughest jurisdictions. Known for extricating clients out of multi-faceted litigation with creative settlements, he now represents clients throughout the country and in Asia.

Jeffrey manages all aspects of litigation from discovery to arguing motions and Markman hearings to trial. He has also been Lead counsel on both IPR and CBM actions and argued IPR hearings. Jeffrey’s diverse experience allows him to efficiently and effectively manage all types of cases. Depending on each client’s specific business objective, he can compose a lean team to quickly resolve a minor matter, or lead a massive joint defense group across multiple jurisdictions. 

With his doctorate degree in chemistry and engineering and his prior work as a scientist, Jeffrey brings a robust understanding of technical issues. Jeffrey has litigated matters concerning in a variety of technologies, including:

  • High-tech: semiconductor technology, integrated circuits, Internet protocols and security software, fuel cells, adhesives, telecommunications, handsets, and distributed systems
  • Energy: liquefied natural gas, gas-to-liquids, hydrocarbon recovery, well completion, wireline, downhole tools, drilling equipment, drilling muds, proppants, coriolis flowmeters, mud additives, mineralogy, chemical processing and polymer chemistry
  • Life Sciences: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, DNA sequencing and software