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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property

Alyssa Caridis Partner Intellectual Property

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

To Alyssa Caridis, IP protection is more than business; it’s personal. For more than a half-century, Alyssa's family patented several mechanical technologies which they developed into a thriving business. Alyssa’s family inspired her love of engineering, as well as her desire to protect innovative ideas. Today Alyssa defends technology companies, ranging from budding start-ups to international corporations. She knows their success depends on it.

Alyssa handles complex patent and copyright litigation, open source licensing and IP counseling.  She has represented companies in all stages of litigation -- from pre-suit investigation, through trial, and on to appeals courts.  She draws upon her engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College to engage with technical professionals and quickly grasp new technologies.  Alyssa has represented clients in connection with a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from CMOS image sensors and communication systems to software and peripheral computer components to projects in both the aerospace and automotive industries.

Alyssa calls Southern California home, but remains loyal to the sports teams of her Bay Area childhood.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability

Jennifer Jones Senior Litigation Career Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Jennifer Jones is a member of the Litigation Group in Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Jennifer's practice focuses on commercial litigation, product liability and government investigations.

Jennifer has substantial experience defending complex product liability claims, high stakes commercial litigation, class actions, and state and federal government investigations. She also has significant experience managing complex discovery matters, coordinating company-wide fact investigations, coordinating cases across jurisdictions, and working in joint defense groups.

Jennifer is committed to pro bono work and has successfully represented clients in state and federal court, including the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where she obtained a reversal and remand. She is a member of the United Way of Allegheny County's Women's Leadership Council and serves on its United For Women Grant Approval Committee.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jennifer worked in the Business and Tort Litigation group at Jones Day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Camille Joanne Rosca Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Camille Joanne Rosca is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York Office.

Prior to joining Orrick, Camille served as a law clerk to Justice Anne M. Patterson of the New Jersey Supreme Court. In 2014, she was a summer associate in the firm's New York office.

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Practice:

  • Trials
  • White Collar
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Robert Cohen Senior Counsel Trials, White Collar

New York

Robert G. Cohen focuses his practice on the representation of accounting firms. He currently serves as a mediator with the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court and as an arbitrator with New York’s Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation.

Until 2010, Bob served as Senior Deputy General Counsel and Head of Litigation for Ernst & Young LLP. He managed and supervised the EY group in defending the firm in lawsuits alleging professional malpractice, breach of contract and securities class action claims and in responding to inquiries and investigations by state and federal regulatory entities. Bob was responsible for the strategy and decision making relating to all major cases filed against EY throughout the United States. His experience includes the supervision of numerous trials and arbitrations.

Prior to joining EY, Bob was with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement in New York for six years, serving as the Regional Counsel for the Eastern Region of the United States during his last two years. He also served as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Practice:

  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Laurie Strauch Weiss Partner Mass Torts & Product Liability, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Laurie Strauch Weiss is a partner in the New York office. She represents clients in large, complex and multi-party class action litigation, and has handled significant actions involving the chemical, tobacco and medical device industries.

Laurie advises companies on overall strategies, from pre-litigation assessments to the final resolution of matters, which often involve novel scientific issues. Her clients frequently enlist her to strategically address the scientific claims asserted by non-governmental organizations, the plaintiffs' bar and consumer advocacy groups which affect the reputation of their products both before and during litigation.

Laurie is a frequent lecturer, author and media source on topics concerning mass tort/class actions, complex scientific issues and expert witnesses.

Prior to joining Orrick, Laurie was an associate at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP, where she gained extensive experience in complex litigation including class actions based on product liability, securities RICO and fraud claims.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk

Matteo Daste Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

Matteo Daste is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group and the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk. His practice focuses on strategically advising companies and entrepreneurs.

Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clients in corporate finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.

As the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk, he is active in advising companies and investors in a variety of cross border transactions between Europe and United States, primarily in the technology sector.

Matteo’s past experience also includes representing issuers in both registered and exempt public offerings, and exchange listings. He has been involved in structuring bridge and equity financing deals, and in representing financial institutions in restructuring transactions.

Matteo has authored various articles on topics related to securities regulation. He has also been featured as a speaker on several occasions, appearing at the Italian Parliament on venture capital reform, in newspaper interviews, and on television and radio programs both domestically and internationally. Matteo has also held a number of lectures and seminars at universities including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Hastings College of Law, La Sapienza in Rome, the Università di Genova, the Libera Università di Bolzano and at the Università dell’Insubria in Varese. He is also a Fellow of the Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jonkoping University in Sweden.

Matteo is a founder of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and was on the founding Board of the Mind The Bridge Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Italian Community Services, a 100-year old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. He is also outside counsel (legale di fiducia) to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. In 2015, Matteo was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the President of the Republic of Italy.

Lorenzo Lista Project Attorney

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Lorenzo Lista is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Lorenzo works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Mr. Lista assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. Lorenzo also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Prior to joining Orrick, Lorenzo interned with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Pittsburgh and with the University of Pittsburgh Elder Law Clinic.

Yvonne Nyborg Analyst

San Francisco

Yvonne T. Nyborg is an Employee Benefits Analyst with 28 years of experience providing sophisticated legal services to large clients with multiple complex tax-qualified retirement plans.  As an Employee Benefits Analyst, she provides high level legal services at reduced rates. 

She specializes in qualified retirement plan design and compliance, including company acquisitions and dispositions, plan mergers and spinouts, large controlled group nondiscrimination testing analysis, plan drafting and preparation of employee communications and enrollment materials.  Yvonne has extensive experience in defined benefit plan compliance issues, and in terminations of large defined benefit plans in accordance with Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation requirements.  She is also an expert in obtaining favorable determination letters from the Internal Revenue Service approving the tax-qualified status of various types of retirement plans, and in responding to Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor plan audits.  In addition, Yvonne is highly proficient in answering day-to-day administration issues and in assisting attorneys with the research of legal issues impacting all types of employee benefit plans.

Yvonne has completed courses I-III, VI, VIII, IX, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program, 1987-1993, and holds a Certificate from the Institute for Employee Benefits Training, 1985.  She received her B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1984.
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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • ERISA & Benefits Litigation
  • Qualified Retirement Plans & ESOPs
  • Welfare Plans

William Berry Senior Counsel Compensation & Benefits, ERISA & Benefits Litigation

San Francisco

William D. Berry, a compensation and benefits senior counsel in the San Francisco office, has a broad practice in the area of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation and welfare benefits.

William also has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses (including bankruptcy transactions), the restructuring of defined benefit pension plans, the defense of ERISA class action litigation, and public pension plan matters.

His clients include a wide range of large and medium-sized corporations, as well as individual and public clients. He also provides tax and retirement planning advice to many of Orrick's corporate clients.

William has been a frequent lecturer on employee benefits and related individual tax and fiduciary topics for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association; California Continuing Education of the Bar; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the Practicing Law Institute; the Western Pension & Benefits Conference; various Bay Area Estate Planning Councils; and other organizations.

William became a senior counsel in 2013 after having been an Orrick partner since 1999.  Before joining Orrick, William was a partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco.

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Practice:

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group

Chris Trester Senior Associate Capital Markets, Corporate

Silicon Valley

Chris Trester is a Senior Associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Private Equity practice groups.

Chris has a broad range of practices which includes venture capital and public market financings, M&A, preparation of public company SEC reporting and disclosure, corporate governance and general corporate and business counseling for private and public companies.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was an associate at DLA Piper.

In addition to his legal experience, Chris was previously a Manager at PwC in their Transaction Services Group. In this role, he led clients through initial public offerings, private placements (144A), M&A and divestitures. Based on this experience, he regularly consults with his private and public clients on accounting issues they encounter during transactions.