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Practice:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Ben Aiken Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Ben handles high-stakes litigation at all levels of state and federal courts across the country as a member of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.

Ben's work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional, financial services, and administrative law.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Ben previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ben graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he participated in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic among other activities.  Before law school, Ben was a high school English teacher in Philadelphia and worked for an education policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

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Practice:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy

Ayla Vilander Associate Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas

Houston

Ayla is an associate in the Energy & Infrastructure group in Orrick's Houston office.

Ayla focuses her practice on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development, and general corporate matters for clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Africa

John Deacon Partner Energy, Infrastructure

London

John focuses on energy projects, carbon finance and trading, and infrastructure law, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and distributed generation both conventional and unconventional.

John's experience began with UK wind projects and has moved into a broad spectrum of global renewable energy projects, including onshore/offshore wind, biomass, large hydro, run-of-river hydro, energy-from-waste and PV (ground and rooftop). John acts for developers, banks, equity providers, employers and contractors in this field. He has advised on projects around the world, including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and across the European Union.

Chambers UK ranks John as a leading individual in the Energy and Natural Resources field and Legal 500 UK positions him as “a highly regarded figure in the renewables space.” Clients describe John as a “strong negotiator” who can “easily defuse contentious situations.”

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property

Peter D. Vogl Partner Intellectual Property

New York

Peter earned his reputation as one of the country’s most prominent trademark lawyers by safeguarding international and domestic brands. For more than 30 years, he has devised practical legal strategies which align with each client’s business objective. In addition to trademark, Peter has litigated trade dress, false advertising, copyright, product disparagement, anti-counterfeiting and trade secret matters on behalf of startups and Fortune 50 companies.

As a veteran first chair litigator, Peter is undaunted by complex facts, precarious circumstances, or cases without legal precedent. No matter the parties or scenario, he uses his experience, creativity and persistence to safely guide clients towards a resolution. He has handled cases before state and federal courts throughout the U.S., inter partes matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as challenges before the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.

In addition to his legal experience, Peter’s success derives from his ability to connect with juries. While growing up, he and his family lived throughout Europe and the United States, working jobs ranging from automotive factory worker to caring for the elderly. This breadth of experience enables Peter to relate to people from every background.  Peter has handled trademark matters for former Vice President Al Gore, former actress Elizabeth Taylor and charity Kars 4 Kids.

Peter is a member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association where he serves on the Association's Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, the American Council on Germany, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity

Brian M. Blood Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity

New York

Brian Blood is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.

His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.

Brian was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2014.

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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:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Litigation & IP

Christopher J. Cariello Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate, Litigation & IP

New York

A Senior Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group, Chris's practice focuses on high-stakes appeals and cutting-edge legal issues.

Chris has a deep passion for intellectual property law, and he specializes in complex copyright and trademark issues arising at the intersection of business and technology. He has represented major tech developers, biomedical manufacturers, and content creators on a wide range of critically important issues. In particular, Chris has litigated cutting-edge issues of personal jurisdiction, extraterritoriality, and damages; the trademark law’s trade dress, functionality, dilution, and nominative fair use doctrines; and the daunting copyright questions that confront technology providers and platforms in the digital age. Chris also has a wealth of experience counseling Fintech clients on novel issues confronting that industry. And he has represented clients in appeals involving trade secrets, class action litigation, bankruptcy, telecommunications, constitutional law, and more. He has authored merits briefs and cert. petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as dozens of briefs in federal and state courts of appeals. And he has represented clients in trial courts, crafting dispositive motions, witness declarations, evidentiary objections, and jury instructions.

Chris also maintains an active pro bono practice. He won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a client seeking immigration relief, and currently represents clients on issues ranging from copyright’s willfulness doctrine, to freedom of information laws, to New York state’s parole system. Chris is also an active member of the bar, sitting on the Federal Bar Council’s Public Service Committee.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Judge Carol B. Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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Practice:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Melanie Hallums Senior Career Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Melanie is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Before joining Orrick, Melanie served as a law clerk and judicial assistant to the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  She was previously an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

Melanie received her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University.

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Practice:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Financial & Structured Products
  • Structured Finance

Alessandro Accrocca Partner Banking & Finance, Financial & Structured Products

Milan; Rome

Alessandro Accrocca is an Italian qualified lawyer and Partner in the Finance Group, based in the Milan office. He has strong experience in structured finance, banking law and banking regulation law.

In particular, he has participated in a wide number of transactions, such as debt, equity and structured products issues, securitisations, covered bonds, debt restructuring and derivatives, advising both domestic and international leading clients.

In 2005 – 2008, he worked as director in the Legal Group in London for UBS Limited, covering all legal matters connected with the business carried out by the bank in Italy.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Oil & Gas
  • France
  • Germany

Nicole Dolenz Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Paris

Nicole Dolenz focuses her practice on international commercial as well as investment arbitration. Dually trained and qualified in civil and common law jurisdictions, she represents an international clientele with a particular emphasis on energy, infrastructure, and construction projects as well as foreign investments.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nicole practiced most recently seven years in the Paris office of a key international law firm, six years with another major law firm in New York, and five years in an Austrian law firm in Vienna.

Her experience extends to most major international arbitration rules, including ICC, SCC, AAA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, and ICSID, as well as local European arbitration institutions.

Nicole also acts as an arbitrator and is a frequent speaker on international commercial and investment arbitration topics.

Clients value her quick understanding of complex technical matters and ability to concisely convey them.

She is fluent in German, English, and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.
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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • United Kingdom
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Traditional Labor Law

Frances Lawson Managing Associate International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, United Kingdom

Geneva

Frances Lawson is an English barrister with a wide range of common law experience. She specialises in international dispute resolution and has expertise in international climate change and environmental law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Frances spent six years as a self-employed barrister at Six Pump Court in London where she built a broad common law practice across civil, employment, public, regulatory, criminal, environmental and planning law. She has particular expertise in international climate change law and acts as a pro bono advisor to developing country parties to the UNFCCC through the Legal Response Initiative (LRI). As a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Taskforce on the Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes, Frances contributed to ICC’s work on climate change and also participated in its Working Group on a UN Global Pact for the Environment.
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Practice:

  • Banking & Finance

Kelsi Cronkhite Associate Banking & Finance

New York

Kelsi is an associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Banking & Finance group. 

She represents banks and other financial institutions in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including acquisition financings, senior secured lending transactions, and debtor-in-possession financings.