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Russell Cohen is a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office with experience litigating antitrust and other complex business disputes on behalf of companies and individuals, particularly in the technology sector.
Russell has extensive experience representing clients in company-critical antitrust and unfair competition matters, particularly in the technology sector. These complex cases require a deep understanding of issues such as multi-sided platform economics and strategy, software interoperability and the duty to disclose interface information; IP-related antitrust claims; and employee non-compete and other mobility-restricting arrangements. He has represented clients in direct and indirect purchaser antitrust class actions, unfair competition cases and competitor suits in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration and international forums.
Russell also represents clients in other complex business disputes, including venture capital investor disputes, insurance recovery for financial, property and other losses, and other commercial matters in federal and state court, and in arbitration proceedings.
Russell also works with clients on data-breach response efforts, including utilizing cyber insurance as part of a coordinated, comprehensive strategy for managing and recovering from data breaches.
Russell is committed to pro bono legal work and community service. He was counsel in the successful Alien Tort Statute case against one of the assassins of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980. He is currently representing a parent and child separated at the Southern border, has represented former Guantanamo detainees pursuing damages for torture and unlawful detention, and was amicus counsel for a group of Canadian and international human rights organizations and scholars in the U.S. Supreme Court in Arar v. Ashcroft.
Daniel Rubens is a partner in the firm's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate Practice. He handles high stakes appeals and critical motions in courts across the nation, with a focus on the financial services and technology sectors.
Danny's practice focuses on appellate litigation. He has led the drafting on dozens of appellate briefs, and regularly argues appeals in state and federal courts. Danny has extensive trial litigation experience as well, with an emphasis on dispositive motions, preserving appellate issues, and developing creative legal strategies.
Danny’s work has covered a wide range of subject areas, including securities, bankruptcy, intellectual property, arbitration, and complex commercial litigation. He has deep expertise in appeals and critical motions in financial services litigation, and in recent years has played a key role in representing financial institutions in major RMBS cases brought by trustees, investors, and monoline insurers. Danny is also an experienced bankruptcy litigator, having represented various debtors and creditors in fraudulent transfer cases and other contested insolvency-related matters involving U.S. and foreign law.
Danny is a member of the Second Circuit's pro bono panel and maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on criminal, immigration, and LGBTQ+ rights matters. He was recently recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as a “Best LGBTQ+ Lawyer Under 40.”
Before joining Orrick, Danny served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following his clerkships, he was selected to represent the American Inns of Court as a Temple Bar Scholar in London.
Sacramento; San Francisco
Sacramento; San Francisco
Julie Totten, who leads Orrick’s Global Employment Law and Litigation Practice Group, built her reputation by helping companies prevent and resolve their most challenging litigation and compliance issues in the employment law arena.
In doing so, Julie closely collaborates with each client, gathering an in-depth understanding of their specific tensions, challenges and objectives. Legal 500 noted she "truly understands corporate politics and works with in-house counsel to understand the intersections of legal advice and business objectives." Julie then draws upon nearly three decades of experience to guide clients towards the best possible resolution. Her client-focused approach is one of many reasons she was selected to lead Orrick’s global employment practice, which Chambers ranks as one of the country’s foremost practices and describes Julie as “a big thinker and a thought leader.”
Julie handles complex wage-and-hour class and collective actions, complex pay equity and promotion matters and discrimination and retaliation litigation. She also guides clients through sensitive investigations, as well as government agency audits and litigation. Julie is proactive in helping clients avoid litigation by assisting them with the development of policies and practices designed to minimize exposure.
Julie is honored to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment and a member of the American Employment Law Council. She also serves as a Council Member of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.
Gary Siniscalco, Senior Counsel and Co-Chair of the EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group, has significant experience advising clients on complex employment litigation and advisory matters. He has particular experience in counseling and litigation defense for clients on equal opportunity, affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance, wrongful discharge, wage-and-hour matters and in working with companies on cross-border employment issues. A “zealous and well-connected advocate in the employment law arena” as described in Chambers by clients and peers, Gary has notable expertise in a range of disputes and investigations, including those into allegations of discrimination.
Gary has handled numerous class actions, pattern and practice cases and government audits, in court and before the EEOC and Department of Labor. Most recently, Gary served as senior counsel on the Orrick team that obtained a complete dismissal for Oracle in OFCCP v. Oracle, a high-stakes systemic compensation discrimination case that garnered national media attention. Gary was named, "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer for his role in the successful defense of Oracle in litigation against the OFCCP. He brings a particularly unique perspective to clients on matters involving the EEOC, having served as regional counsel and senior trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco prior to joining Orrick.
Gary also has an extensive class actions practice, focusing on litigation, consent decree strategies and preventive advice. He has been designated as an expert or retained as special counsel in several federal court class actions throughout the United States.
Gary’s counseling practice extends beyond the United States and includes assisting U.S. multinational companies in dealing with complex employee issues in foreign jurisdictions
Gary has written numerous articles on employment law. Most recently, he is Management Editor-in-Chief of a two-volume treatise--Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey (BNA, 2010). Gary is co-author of "The Pay Gap, the Class Ceiling, and Pay Bias: Moving Forward Fifty Years After the Equal Pay Act", ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Vol 29, November 3 (Spring 2014), and "The Law of Employment Discrimination from 1985-2010," ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Spring 2010).
Gary is widely recognized as one the top management employment lawyers in the United States by every major ranking organization, including Chambers USA, the National Law Journal, Best of the Best USA (Euromoney), and Who’s Who Legal. Among management employment lawyers in the United States and Europe, Gary is ranked in the top 10 of Who’s Who international management labor and employment lawyers and is described as “absolutely superb.”
Gary also serves regularly on the NYU faculty for training federal judges on employment law, the OFCCP Institute, PLI International Employment Law and ABA Labor and Employment Law Section programs.
Wendy is Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer.
Named the "Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year" by Financial Times in 2018, Wendy is celebrated by clients for her “fresh thinking, legal nuance and practical understanding of the courts.” FT editors noted that “rarely have our panel of judges so quickly homed in on a top candidate for innovative individual.” As Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer, Wendy leads Orrick’s efforts to operationalize innovation through novel products, streamlined processes, technology and client consulting on tailored solutions. These efforts have contributed to Orrick being named the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America by the Financial Times from 2016-2018 and runner-up in 2019. In 2018, The American Lawyer also honored Orrick with its first-ever Legal Services Innovation Award.
Wendy leads an innovation team of lawyers, technologists, developers, project managers and business professionals. FT notes that Wendy “understand[s] the diversity of roles that make a team great” and has “introduce[ed] many new technologies and delivery models that have transformed the way the firm operates and works with clients.” She is also recognized by Chambers as a leading individual, nationally, in the area of eDiscovery. Wendy is the chair of Orrick’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Group. She has been engaged by Fortune 100 companies and major financial institutions to create and deploy eDiscovery and records management programs. Wendy has substantial experience in pharmaceutical, product liability and class action litigation. Her litigation experience includes multiple trials, supervision of regional and local counsel, management of complex discovery and meet-and-confer negotiations.
Bill Haft is a corporate finance lawyer and serves as head of Orrick’s global Banking & Finance group. He has a broad practice counseling international financial institutions and corporations in credit and capital markets transactions; bank, structured and asset finance; project finance; securities regulation and commercial law; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and restructurings.
Bill regularly counsels clients in connection with cross-border matters, including maritime, energy and infrastructure transactions.
Reflecting feedback from his clients, Bill was recently named to BTI’s “Client Service All-Stars,” an exclusive recognition for lawyers who demonstrate superior client service. Described by an IFLR1000 client commentator as “extremely responsive” with a “deep spectrum of knowledge,” in Banking and Finance, Bill is also consistently recognized as a leading international lawyer by Chambers Global for his “experience working with French and other European clients on capital markets transactions.”
Bill has particular experience in the maritime sector having advised on numerous complex international shipping and offshore corporate and capital markets transactions and restructurings on behalf of a cross section of banks, arrangers, investors, owners and operators.
Before joining Orrick, Bill practiced with two other international law firms in New York and Paris.
Alison JW Epperson is a member of the firm's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group in the New York office.
Alison represents individuals and corporations in white collar criminal defense and regulatory matters across the globe with a focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws and regulations. Alison has handled matters involving internal investigations, U.S. and foreign government enforcement actions, and securities laws violations.
Alison remains committed to serving her community through pro bono representation and has experience in immigration and asylum matters, death penalty cases, and a range of other constitutional issues. Alison has represented clients on civil and criminal matters in federal court.
In addition, Alison has experience with the firm's Structured Finance group, specifically on asset-backed securities transactions, including PACE lien securitizations. She has also worked with Orrick's Public Policy group, helping with various multi-state campaigns.
Prior to joining Orrick, Alison graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In addition, while pursuing her undergraduate degree from Centre College, Alison worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., specifically in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. In 2016, Alison co-founded the non-profit, CTE Hope, an organization dedicated to addressing the issues and research of traumatic brain injures and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Mike Sullivan is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on representing emerging companies, entrepreneurs and angels/venture capital funds. Mike has led hundreds of financing and M&A transactions for emerging companies in a wide variety of industries, including the software, life sciences, mobile, digital media, cleantech and food/wine/spirits sectors.
Mike is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute's Venture Capital series, and a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Some of Mike's clients have included:
Mike also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, DFJ, Evok Innovations, Ridge Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Northgate Capital, The Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital.
Raul Ricozzi is an Italian qualified lawyer and a partner in Orrick's Rome office. He is a member of the Banking & Finance Group.
Raul has 20+ years experience in project financing, leveraged and asset financing, debt issues (with a particular focus on "green bonds"), and securitisation, mainly acting for banks and underwriters.
He advised on some groundbreaking transactions in the Italian market: the first public lighting infrastructural "green bond" (listed on the Italian Stock Exchange ExtraMOT Pro segment), the first securitization by a P2P consumer lending platform, as well as the first ship construction financing for the largest Italian shipbuilding company.
He has worked on cross-border transactions in many countries, including in Africa.
Raul spent one year (2005) in Orrick's Structured Finance group in New York, working mainly on cash and synthetic CDOs and RMBS transactions.
He was also a visiting lawyer in a leading Italian law firm in Brussels (Belgium) in 2000, having been chosen by the University of Rome, "Tor Vergata," for the "EU Leonardo da Vinci" scholarship.
In 1994, Raul attended one semester in "Johannes Gutenberg Universität" of Mainz (Germany) through an EU "Erasmus" scholarship.
Giovanni Leoni, of counsel in the Milan Office, is a member of the Tax group. Giovanni specializes in Italian and international tax law and tax litigation. He has acquired extensive expertise in general corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.
Giovanni's previous work experience includes associate and partner at CBM & Partners LLP in Milan. Prior to joining CBM & Partners LLP, Giovanni worked as a trainee lawyer at Berenghi, Fiorini, Strobino in Milan.
Maria Teresa is member of the Energy & Infrastructure department. Her activity focuses on both the renewable energy sector and infrastructure.
Maria Teresa regularly deals with banking and financial transactions and, in particular, project finance transactions, both in infrastructure and renewable energy sector, assisting both sponsors and funds as well as leading Italian and international financial institutions. In this context, Maria Teresa has acquired significant experience in all phases of such transaction and, in particular, from due diligence activities, rick analysis and allocation, drafting and negotiation of finance documents (including related security documents), to financial close. Maria Teresa has also a significant experience in drafting and negotiation of project contracts, including power purchase agreement and PPP contracts.
Diana focuses her practice on antitrust law, specializing in Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act pre-merger notification compliance and counseling. Her experience includes advising clients on issues of reportability and interpretations of the HSR Act and regulations.
Prior to joining the firm, Diana was an attorney in the Premerger Notification Office with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, where she concentrated on HSR notification compliance and review. While at the FTC, Diana received the Stephen Nye Award for outstanding service.