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Megan McCauley is a litigation Associate in Orrick's Sacramento office.
Megan's practice focuses on civil litigation matters in both federal and state courts.
Prior to joining Orrick, Megan graduated from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law with great distinction. During law school, Megan served as the Managing Editor of The University of the Pacific Law Review, published articles relating to the commercialization of space and to sanctuary states and immigration policies, and was recognized for writing a Best Appellate Brief in the school-wide moot court competition. Megan also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Allison Claire at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Megan earned a bachelor's degree in history from Boston University in 2014.
Nathan Novak has tried and handled a diverse portfolio of civil litigation in federal and state courts and before arbitrators throughout the United States. A Certified Fraud Examiner, Nathan combines his financial and accounting proficiency with his litigation experience to focus particularly on cases involving sophisticated finance, accounting or tax issues. Nathan is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Nathan has handled a wide range of matters, including complex commercial and business litigation, professional liability litigation, employment litigation, disputes between partners or shareholders, and class actions. Nathan has also served as an adviser and resource to the firm's corporate clients on issues related to Nathan's financial expertise.
Neil has more than four decades of experience representing energy clients in complex equity and debt financings, project acquisitions and divestitures, and other significant corporate transactions. He has represented major project developers, equity investors and lenders in the independent energy industry, in the United States and internationally.
In recent years Neil has worked extensively on the development and financing of renewable energy projects involving wind, solar, biomass and fuel cells, and on alternative fuels projects in the ethanol industry. He has also worked extensively on the development and financing of conventional power generation facilities.
His corporate and financing experience has included representation of clients in syndicated bank financings, financings by multilateral and bilateral agencies, Rule 144A debt offerings, sale-leaseback financings, construction loans, formation of joint ventures and partnerships, equity investments, and the purchase and sale of equity interests in projects.
Internationally, Neil has represented sponsors of power projects and electric distribution companies in a number of countries including Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Honduras, Bangladesh, Nepal, Colombia, Turkey, the Dominican Republic and the People’s Republic of China.
Nathan is Of Counsel in The San Francisco office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Nathan has worked on a variety of litigation matters and currently focuses on mass torts and product liability.
Nathan is a member of the Orrick team representing Johnson & Johnson as national coordinating counsel and California trial counsel in lawsuits alleging that the company's talc products contain asbestos. In October 2019, Nathan was part of the trial team named as Law360 Legal Lions for its representation of Johnson & Johnson in a suit alleging the company’s talc products caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma. In addition to punitive damages, the plaintiffs sought at least $45 million in compensatory damages. After a five-week trial, a Los Angeles state court jury rejected all of plaintiffs’ claims and returned a complete defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson.
Nathan has practiced before state and federal courts and has arbitrated matters before The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the International Center for Dispute Resolution. In addition to litigating, Nathan also has extensive experience advising U.S. and foreign companies regarding product safety and product liability prevention. This includes advising companies on their warnings and disclosures, developing internal compliance policies and protocols, and helping clients address customer complaints to avoid potential litigation.
Nathan joined Orrick as a summer associate in 2001. In 2007, he took a brief leave of absence to work as a prosecutor in the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office where he tried several cases to verdict.
Cristine LeVasser is a Real Estate Associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office.
Cristine advises clients on commercial real estate transactions including joint venture structuring and construction, development and lease agreements. She joined Orrick in 2016 as a Summer Associate. Prior to attending law school, Cristine was a designer and project manager at a Los Angeles-based architecture firm, where she oversaw the design and construction of retail, corporate office and residential projects of various scales.
Diana has always loved complex puzzles – studying each piece until the solution emerges. She applies that same determined curiosity to her IP practice. After carefully listening to each client, Diana examines every legal, business, and human element, arranging disparate pieces into elegant solutions. With Diana as their advocate, her clients can confidently develop and expand their IP strategy and portfolios.
As a seasoned IP litigator and counselor, Diana’s practice has run the gamut from high stakes trials, to take-down and anti-counterfeiting campaigns, to employee departure and trade secret investigations. She represents clients in District and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Diana recently tried and won a complex case in which the other side sought to extend the monopoly of an expired utility patent by claiming trade dress rights in a technical product feature. Drawing upon experience handling both complex patent and trademark matters, her team successfully argued that the intersection of patent and trademark policy prevented the other side from continuing its monopoly, clearing the way for her client to enter the market. With Diana at their side, companies can rest assured that their essential assets are protected, from their company name, logo, and website, to their core technologies.
While at Orrick, Diana was seconded to the City and County of San Francisco, where she had the privilege to serve as an Assistant District Attorney, and first-chair several trials. She was also seconded to Salesforce, where she learned first-hand that the law comprises just one component of a company’s overall business strategy.
Diana is also passionate about her pro bono work. For example, she represented two detainees in Guantanamo in connection with their petitions for a writ of habeas corpus, and she is currently working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining the firm, Diana worked for the Legal Aid of Cambodia where she assisted with the prosecution of former Khmer Rouge officials and represented individuals who sought to reclaim land rights.
Diana is a member of the International Trademark Association, of ChIPs: Advancing Women in IP and of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.
Spencer Bruck counsels corporations and individuals on a wide range of high-stakes, international white collar matters, including criminal and civil investigations by government regulators, internal investigations, diligence on transactions, and analyzing and enhancing compliance policies and procedures. As a senior associate in the White Collar and Corporate Investigations practice group, Spencer's practice focuses on representations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities violations and accounting fraud.
Spencer has represented companies and individuals in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, state Attorneys General, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations, FINRA, and multilateral development banks. He also has experience interfacing with various corporate stakeholders and external accountants. His practice has also involved investigations into private boarding schools in the United States.
Mr. Bruck is also active in pro bono work. He represents individuals in criminal cases and is involved in civil rights issues.
Gil is a member of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure team.
He advises developers and sponsors operating in the energy sector on a wide variety of matters, including tax equity financings, energy storage acquisitions, power purchase and sale agreements, and EPC and supply agreements. Prior to joining Orrick, Gil worked as an economic consultant for the World Bank in their Kigali, Rwanda, office.
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.
Roberto Percoco is an Italian qualified lawyer, Managing Associate in the Finance Team, based in the Rome Office.
He specialises in finance transactions with particular emphasis on debt capital markets, including Covered Bonds and Mini-Bonds, on which he has gained significant expertise.
In these areas, he advises major banks acting as arrangers and lead managers, and issuers.
He graduated in law at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", with 110/110 and obtained a Master's degree in Corporate Counsel at the LUISS Business School University in Rome in 2012.
He is Italian mother tongue and fluent in English.
Charles Briand, Partner in Orrick Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Charles is specialized in tax law, and more specifically on the tax aspects of transactions.
He advises multinational companies and private equity funds on a broad range of international tax matters, including French acquisitions abroad or foreign ones in France.
He also advises his clients on the tax structuring of domestic and cross border acquisitions as well as reorganizations.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2017, Charles was transaction Tax lawyer at Ernst &Young in Paris and he also practiced eighteen months in EY New York office.
Abhijit Narayan is a member of the M&A/Private Equity Group.
Abhijit is an India qualified and U.S. educated lawyer and focusses on advising Indian clients across different sectors on their business activities in Germany and beyond.
He has broad experience in advising both Indian investors as well as Indian corporates on outbound investments in Europe and especially in Germany. This inter alia includes M&A, private equity, venture/tech and joint venture transactions including the post-merger/post-acquisition integration but also setting up subsidiaries for Indian companies .
Further to his India focus, Abhijit also has significant experience in advising clients from the Middle East.
Prior to joining Orrick, Abhijit worked with J. Sagar Associates (in India), Hengeler Mueller (in Germany) and Slaughter and May (in the United Kingdom).