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  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Brian P. Goldman Partner Supreme Court & Appellate

San Francisco

Brian Goldman litigates high-stakes appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts around the country.

Every word counts in appellate litigation. With limited briefing and a short oral argument, lawyers have to summarize the complex facts and history of a case, help busy judges understand the intricacies of sometimes-unfamiliar areas of law, and then persuade the court why the judgment should be affirmed or reversed. Brian specializes in collaborating with clients and trial counsel to distill years of litigation and complicated fact patterns into compelling narratives that drive common-sense arguments.

Brian’s capabilities have proven particularly valuable in cases involving cutting-edge technologies. Brian has helped companies like Microsoft and Facebook set groundbreaking precedent on appeal by combining traditional legal arguments with finely tuned analogies that show how pre-internet-age laws should apply to novel circumstances. In addition to data privacy, Brian has represented companies and individuals in cases involving intellectual property, immigration, and general commercial disputes. Brian also maintains an active pro bono practice in the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals.

The Ninth Circuit appointed Brian to serve as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and then to serve as Chair of that group beginning in 2020. In that role, Brian has been a liaison between the bench and the bar, co-authored The Appellate Lawyer Representatives' Guide to Practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and created a "shell brief" for attorneys to use in preparing properly structured Ninth Circuit briefs.

Brian was named one of California's "Top 40 Under 40" in 2018 by the Daily Journal and one of the country’s “Appellate Rising Stars” by Law360. He also won a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for his work defending a local firearms ordinance against a Second Amendment challenge.

Prior to joining Orrick, Brian served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and to Judge Stephen Reinhardt. He also served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he briefed and argued cases on appeal for the federal government. 

Jolie Goldstein Chief Communications Officer

New York

As Chief Communications Officer, Jolie Goldstein leads the firm’s strategic communications programs. She works closely with firm management on internal and public relations initiatives and leads a team of media and other communications professionals.

Jolie also plays a leadership role in the firm’s client relationship program. She works with the firm’s relationship partners and client teams globally to ensure optimal communication, offer value added relationship benefits, and meet clients’ service and relationship expectations in the fast-changing legal market.

Jolie has more than 20 years of experience in law firm communications and business development. She began her career at the New York-based international law firm of Rogers & Wells, where she built the firm’s marketing and communications department and served on the senior team that orchestrated Rogers & Wells’ three-way combination with U.K.-based Clifford Chance and Germany-based Punder. As head of Business Development for the Americas Region at Clifford Chance, she led the rebranding of the Americas practice and collaborated with colleagues internationally to integrate the combined firm through the introduction of a global client relationship program and consistent, client-focused approaches to business development.

She is a competitive cyclist, a less competitive road runner and a novice mountaineer.



  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Banking & Finance
  • Fintech

Howard Goldwasser Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

Howard Goldwasser has a broad range of transactional experience with a focus on structured finance and securitization of both traditional and non-traditional asset classes, including CDOs and CLOs, “marketplace” loans, credit card receivables, trade receivables, airline ticket receivables, drug royalty receivables and covered bonds.

His clients include investment banks, commercial banks, non-bank lenders, hedge funds and investment managers.

Howard is recognized as a market-leading lawyer in the U.S. CLO space. He has advised on the structuring of U.S. CLOs and CDOs since the emergence of the U.S. CLO and CDO markets in the mid-1990s. Post-financial crisis, he has been advising both arrangers and collateral managers in the “CLO 2.0” market that emerged in the years after the financial crisis. Howard has done pioneering work in the area of securitization risk retention, in particular with respect to the creation of so-called “CMVs” (capitalized management vehicles) and “C-MOAs” (capitalized majority-owned affiliates) designed to enable collateral managers to source third-party debt and equity to facilitate compliance with both the U.S.'s and the European Union's securitization risk retention rules. He is also an innovator in the area of CLO warehousing, where he has designed traditional and non-traditional warehousing programs for CLO arrangers.

Howard also represents banks and non-bank lenders on syndicated and bilateral financings, senior secured term loan financings, receivables and asset-based financings, in particular, financings related to the warehousing of financial assets for securitization.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

David Gomez Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Orange County

David Gomez is an associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group of Orrick’s Orange County office. David handles high-stakes, complex litigation in federal and state courts across the country.

David's practice spans across all stages of the litigation process and covers a wide range of practice areas, including class action, intellectual property, and general commercial litigation matters.

David graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014. Prior to joining Orrick, David practiced in the Los Angeles office of a large international law firm. 



  • Public Finance

Douglas E. Goodfriend Partner Public Finance

New York

Douglas Goodfriend, a New York Public Finance partner, has extensive experience in municipal general obligation financings for various New York counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and fire districts.

He frequently serves as bond counsel to municipal issuers participating in the financing programs of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the grant and loan programs of the Rural Development division of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Douglas' specialized areas of New York municipal law interest include open spaces programs and financings, town and county improvement district formation, consolidation and improvement, innovative lease-purchase financings, bond resolution referendum law, village local improvement programs and the drafting of local laws and propositions, as well as state legislation on behalf of clients.

Douglas is a frequent speaker at municipal professional organizations on local finance law, federal securities law and federal tax matters affecting municipal debt issuance.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Julie Gorchkova Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Julie Gorchkova is a managing associate in the New York Office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group.

Ms. Gorchkova has represented a wide range of clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts, mediations and arbitrations in matters involving complex contractual disputes, federal securities laws, lender liability and debtor defense litigation, enforcement of notes and guarantees, fraud and other business torts, shareholder disputes and derivative litigation, commercial foreclosures, consumer fraud, broker-dealer disputes and judgment enforcement. She also has significant experience representing clients in bankruptcy-related litigation.


  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

R. Rosie Gorn Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

San Francisco

Rosie Gorn is an associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group of Orrick's San Francisco office. 

Rosie represents individuals and corporate clients in state and federal courts in various commercial matters, including white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.

While a student at Georgetown University Law Center, Rosie served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 54, and founded the journal's companion publication, American Criminal Law Review Online.



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Japan
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

David Gotsill Managing Associate Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

San Francisco

David Gotsill, a real estate finance lawyer, assists domestic and international investors in the structuring, financing, acquisition and disposition of real property interests.

As a member of our real estate team, David uses his knowledge of the Japanese real estate laws and market practice to ensure foreign clients achieve transaction terms which track closely to an international standard.  Fluent in Japanese, he assists clients in negotiating financing and collateral from local financing institutions.

David also has experience representing international equity investors and developers in the acquisition, financing and development of solar and wind energy projects. 



  • Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy

Alessandra Grace Managing Associate Energy, M&A and Private Equity


Alessandra is an associate in Orrick's Houston office and a member of the Energy & Infrastructure Group.

She focuses her practice on domestic and international acquisitions and divestitures, project finance, joint ventures, and general corporate matters for clients in the energy sector.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Franziska Gräfin Grote, LL.M. Counsel International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Franziska Gräfin Grote is a member of the International Arbitration Group in the Düsseldorf offices of Orrick. Her practice focuses on national and international arbitration as well as commercial litigation.

Franziska advises and represents clients in arbitration proceedings related to corporate law, post M&A disputes, construction law, energy law and investment law and she has acted under various rules, e.g. ICC Rules, DIS Rules, ICSID Rules and in ad hoc proceedings. In addition, she is regularly appointed as arbitrator. Further, she acts as counsel for global enterprises in disputes before the national German courts.


  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Lara Graham Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Lara Graham is an employment law attorney in Orrick's San Francisco office.

Lara defends companies in class action, multi-plaintiff, and single plaintiff lawsuits under California and federal law.  Lara has experience with litigation related to discrimination, pay equity, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour claims. 

Lara also has extensive pro bono experience representing low-income individuals.  Through her pro bono work Lara gained trial experience, representing a pro bono client in federal court, and hearing experience, having argued in multiple state-court hearings on behalf of a pro bono client, and representing asylum seekers in immigration court. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Lara served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judge Vanessa Zecher.  



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

John D. Grant Energy & Infrastructure Career Associate Energy, Infrastructure

New York

John is a lawyer in the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

In the energy sector, John's work focuses on project finance and development, general corporate matters and miscellaneous investor arrangements in all phases of the development, financing, construction and operation of primarily renewable energy projects. In the infrastructure sector, his work focuses on the development, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of complex infrastructure projects with a focus on public-private partnerships.

John was a summer associate with Orrick in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk for the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning and law clerk for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Pittsburgh Office of General Counsel.