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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

James McQuade Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Trade Secrets Litigation

New York

James McQuade, an employment partner in the New York office, represents clients in high-stakes employment, trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation throughout the United States. 

Jim's practice focuses on matters involving trade secret misappropriation and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions. Jim has conducted numerous temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings in connection with these types of cases. Jim also has extensive experience defending employers on a broad range of employment matters, including whistleblowing, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination matters. 

In recognition of his career trade secrets and restrictive covenant work, Jim has been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Trade Secrets Litigation. Jim also serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief to Orrick's acclaimed Trade Secrets Watch blog.

Douglas H. Meal

Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Trials
  • Class Action Defense
  • Litigation & IP
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Doug Meal Partner Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Boston

Seasoned trial lawyer Doug Meal defends clients targeted by litigation and government investigations stemming from major privacy and cybersecurity incidents. According to Chambers USA, clients select Doug because “[h]e is the premier expert in this field and knows how to run a breach response process from A to Z”; is “extremely experienced [and] can give immediate advice off the top of his head”; “has been in court through trials and negotiations, all aspects of the litigation, and is highly effective in all of them”; and “is good to work with, personable and very authoritative.” Based on client assessments like these, Chambers USA has named Doug as the first and only “Band 1” litigator in the Privacy and Data Security category, describing him as the “market leader,” being “regarded by market sources as the leading privacy litigator in the USA.”

As the lead outside lawyer handling claims stemming from the data security breaches suffered by Target, Neiman Marcus, The Home Depot, Hilton Worldwide, Landry’s, Arby’s, Supervalu, Sally Beauty, Sony, Heartland Payment Systems, TJ Maxx, Hannaford Brothers, Aldo, Genesco, and Wyndham Hotels—some of the most highly publicized data security breaches in recent years—Doug has become the national leader in defending companies that suffer significant cybersecurity breaches involving consumer information against the ensuing claims and regulatory investigations. Doug’s recent successes include leading the team that prevailed in the closely-watched LabMD v. FTC, convincing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to become the first court ever to overturn a cybersecurity enforcement action by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property

David R. Medina Managing Associate Intellectual Property

Los Angeles

Since bold innovation frequently outpaces legal precedent, tech companies must do more than resolve current legal obstacles. They need attorneys who can craft an IP strategy which encompasses the legal issues of today, as well as anticipate the challenges of tomorrow. Drawing upon his engineering degree, experience as a product manager, clerkship for a patent pilot program judge and years as an IP litigator, David is uniquely qualified to guide clients through current and potential challenges.

David develops strategies to protect his client’s bold innovations, whether assisting one of the world's leading technology companies, or a mobile gaming start-up. He offers intellectual property counseling and litigation, including trademark, patent, copyright, and trade secret matters.

Before joining Orrick, David served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Prior to his clerkship, David served as a full-time extern to the Honorable Kathleen O'Malley at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition to his IP practice, David also handles pro bono matters involving technology. He currently represents Impact Justice in an AI related matter which examines law enforcement’s use of predictive data to generate risk assessments for individuals and areas, and deploy forces according to the assigned threat level. David is working to ensure that law enforcement agency metrics and models do not lead to biased policing.

Vedika Mehera Innovation Advisor

San Francisco

Vedika Mehera is Orrick's Innovation Advisor.

Vedika has devoted her career to improving the delivery of legal services. She is trained and skilled in legal operations and technology and applies Six Sigma principles to each project. She uses her legal background to understand the business of law, and her technical and process skills to enhance client value. Working closely with clients and matter teams, Vedika's engagements range from consulting on quick-wins using low fidelity solutions, to in-depth and ongoing collaboration with multiple stakeholders and tools across the firm, to solve complex challenges.

Vedika also works closely with the firm's IT department to assist in researching and advising on technologies for firm-wide adoption that increase the productivity, quality, and efficiency of service delivery.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property

Will Melehani Senior Associate Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Unencumbered by tradition and undaunted by technology, Will brings a fresh approach to IP litigation.

By delving into each case’s complexities and elegantly connecting those details to a broader technical perspective, Will unravels his opposition’s argument.

Will uses this approach to defend cutting edge computer, Internet and software companies with great success, having prevailed in numerous subject matter eligibility challenges. Will also draws upon his broad knowledge of Federal Circuit cases to ensure his strategy will withstand appeal. When his cases are challenged, Will plays a key role in writing and arguing the appellate briefs. Whether handling patent, trademark or trade secrets matters, Will’s creative methodology gives his clients a unique advantage.

Will is also an enthusiastic participant in Orrick's pro bono efforts, and has obtained successful results for several disadvantaged and low-income pro bono clients.

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate

Celeste Mellone Special Counsel Energy & Infrastructure, Real Estate

Milan; Rome

Celeste is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group who is specialised in project financing and has considerable experience advising awarding authorities, sponsor companies, contractors and financial institutions on all aspects of projects and project finance work.

Celeste is specialised in project financing and has considerable experience advising awarding authorities, sponsor companies, contractors and financial institutions on all aspects of projects and project finance work.

She is currently involved, inter alia, in project financing transactions in infrastructures and energy fields, focusing on renewable sources, with respect to corporate aspects, M&A, financing transactions and commercial contracts.

After graduating in Law from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” (1998), Ms. Mellone attended a postgraduate course at the Università degli Studi di Bologna - SPISA (2000) and a postgraduate master at Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” (2001) both in administrative and regulatory law area.

Prior to joining Orrick, she practiced at Italian and international law firms in Rome and London; and was seconded as consultant in the legal department of Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, Global Market.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • International Tax

Camillo Melotti Caccia Associate Tax, International Tax

Milan

Camillo Melotti Caccia is an Italian qualified lawyer located in the Milan office and a member of the Tax Group. He focuses on domestic and international taxation and tax litigation. He also deals with the tax aspects concerning financial transactions, securitization and financing activities.

After graduating in Law from the University of Genoa in 2003, he was awarded: on a Distinction basis, an LL.M. in “International Maritime Law” by the Swansea University Law School  (U.K.) in 2006; a Master’s degree in “Tax Law” by “Il Sole 24 Ore Business School” in 2010; a Second Level Master’s degree in “Tax Litigation” in 2011.

Before joining Orrick, he worked as a lawyer with Crowe Horwath LLP and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and he was a visiting foreign lawyer in Ince & Co’s London office.

Camillo is admitted to the Genoa Bar.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Andrea Memovic Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure

Seattle

Andrea’s practice focuses on project development and commercial corporate transactions in the energy industry, primarily in the renewable power sector.

Andrea has experience representing a broad range of clients through project development, acquisitions and divestitures, and joint ventures, including through the negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements, membership interest purchase agreements, module supply agreements, shared facilities agreements, cash equity financings, and corporate governance arrangements.

Andrea also has extensive experience with power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other long-term offtake agreements (including fixed volume hedges), having represented project developers, corporate and industrial clients and utilities in securing busbar and hedge-based PPAs. Andrea has represented clients on hedge-based PPAs, settled physically and financially, based on proxy generation as well as actual generation in PJM, CAISO, Midcontinent ISO and ERCOT. She has worked with both ISDA and EEl forms and has aided clients in developing innovative arrangements to meet their offtake needs. Andrea’s transactions involve wind energy facilities, solar energy facilities, natural gas-fired peaking and combined-cycle power plants, natural gas processing plants and pipelines.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Lea Menaut Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Paris

Lea Menaut is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Lea Menaut’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including public tender offers, M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions.

Ms. Lea Menaut advises private and listed companies, financial institutions and investors.

Prior to joining Orrick in September 2019, Ms. Lea Menaut practiced law in the Paris office of Mayer Brown and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and worked also as a trainee at the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Bordeaux (Regional Court).

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Marianna Meriani Associate Antitrust & Competition

Rome

Marianna Meriani is a managing associate of Orrick (Rome) and a member of the Antitrust & Competition group.

Marianna assists clients in connection with European and Italian competition law issues in proceedings before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority, as well as in ensuing litigation before the European Courts and the Italian administrative and civil courts. Marianna also assists clients in the assessment of the compatibility of various types of agreements (e.g., technology transfer, R&D, distribution agreements) with European and Italian competition rules.

Before joining Orrick, Marianna worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she developed a specific expertise in antitrust and administrative law issues (June 2014 – September 2018). Marianna worked as a trainee lawyer at the Attorney General’s Office in Rome, where she mainly focused on administrative law issues.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Pietro Merlino Partner Antitrust & Competition

Rome

Pietro Merlino is the Head of Orrick’s Italian Antitrust & Competition practice group, based in the Rome office.

Pietro assists clients in connection with the application of EU and Italian competition rules across a wide range of industry sectors, from energy to media, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive, consumer goods and transportations. He advises and represents Italian and international players in all areas of competition law, including abuse of dominance, cartel and restrictive practices investigations, merger control, licensing and distribution, as well as on general EU law issues.

He regularly appears before the EU courts and Italian civil and administrative courts, as well as before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority.

Over the years, Pietro has developed a particularly strong expertise in the application of competition rules in the life sciences’ sector, where he was involved in some of the most prominent antitrust cases of the past decade, as well as in the energy and transportation sectors. In addition, he focussed extensively on the interplay between antitrust law and intellectual property rights.

Pietro is recognised as a leading individual in Italy for EU, regulatory and competition law by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the Global Competition Review, as well as for healthcare and life sciences by The Legal 500 and the most reputed Italian legal directories. Pietro frequently authors publications on antitrust matters, and lectures at various Italian universities – most recently in the European Competition Law Course at the Law School of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre – and he regularly participates as a speaker at conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad.

Prior to joining the firm, Pietro worked in the Rome and Brussels offices of a leading international law firm for almost two decades.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Internal Investigations
  • Asset Recovery for Corporate Crime Victims
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Mark Mermelstein Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Internal Investigations

Los Angeles

Mark Mermelstein, a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials, specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation.

Mark Mermelstein, a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials, specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation, particularly in technology-related matters. He also handles Cybersecurity, Privacy, Litigation and Enforcement matters.

Mark focuses his work representing corporations and individuals facing allegations of securities fraud, healthcare fraud, environmental crimes, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the False Claims Act, mail/wire fraud, and embezzlement.

Mark also focuses on asset recovery for corporate crime victims such as those victimized by cybercrime, including theft of trade secrets, hacking, counterfeiting and other business crimes. In this regard, Mark routinely leads data breach and cybersecurity incident response efforts, as well as proactively advises on data breach mitigation strategies.

Mark has written many articles and has spoken extensively on many aspects of his practice. A frequent commentator on matters related to white collar crime, he has been recommended by Legal 500 in both White Collar Criminal Defense, and Cybersecurity.