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Practice:

  • 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.
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Practice:

  • Public Finance
  • Tax

Bill W. Bothwell Senior Counsel Public Finance, Tax

Los Angeles

Bill Bothwell, a partner in Orrick's Los Angeles office, is a member of the firm's Public Finance Department.

Bill was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1980 and the California Bar in 1984. He has practiced in the area of public finance his entire career, initially with a major public finance firm in Colorado, and since 1984 with Orrick. Bill has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel in numerous tax-exempt financings. He has a broad range of expertise, which includes substantial experience in both traditional enterprise and general fund financings for various types of public entities, including cities, counties and districts, as well as private activity financings for housing and non-profit corporations. In addition, he has devoted substantial time to structuring and analyzing the tax aspects of such financings.    

Bill also frequently speaks and writes on matters related to public finance, develops new financial products and drafts legislation which has been enacted in several states to facilitate borrowing by public entities for a wide variety of projects and programs. 

In addition to being admitted in California, Bill is also admitted in Colorado (inactive).

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate

Alessia Ciranna Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate

Rome

Ms. Alessia Ciranna, a senior associate in Orrick's Rome office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

She focuses her practice on Employment law assisting public, private and state-owned companies. She was on the team of Orrick's litigators who obtained an unprecedented judgment from the Italian Constitutional Court that neutralizes the effects of the rule contained in the "Decreto Salva Italia" (the "Save Italy" Decree), which had blocked certain pension revaluation for 2012 and 2013 for values exceeding Euro 1,300 per month.

She has gained significant experience in a wide range of labour law matters, from issues arising from acquisition of companies, restructuring and privatisation of entities with conversion of labour relations from the public to the ordinary regime, the opening and closing of businesses with strong involvement of manpower, outsourcing services, industrial relations with the unions at all levels, a range of ordinary advice in personnel management (recruitment with open-ended contract and certain, disciplinary proceedings, regulations and business agreements, transfers/staff secondments, exodus encouraged, consensual resolution agreements, etc.), concluding with the judicial activity in favour of public bodies (economic or otherwise) and private companies in each sector, including transnational character.

She is also skilled in individual and collective employee layoff and dismissals and mobility procedures connected to CIGS and CIGO.


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Practice:

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

Heather M. Boylan Clark Senior Litigation Career Associate and GOC Career Associate Manager Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Heather M. Boylan Clark is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group at Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Ms. Boylan Clark's practice focuses on general commercial litigation, insurance recovery and product liability.

Prior to joining Orrick, Ms. Boylan Clark worked in the Trial Practice Group of Jones Day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she litigated cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act, breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, defamation and negligence claims.  She also has significant experience defending class actions, and has acted as lead counsel for one of the big three national credit reporting agencies in more than 40 cases.

Jackson Ratcliffe Technology Architect-Orrick Labs

San Francisco

Jackson Ratcliffe is the Technology Architect for Orrick Labs – a team with the mission of powering technology innovations at Orrick.

Jackson has designed and implemented innovative technology solutions for firms ranging from Venture Law Group to Simpson Thacher, as well as Goldman Sachs. A long time programmer and systems developer, his greatest skills are in bridging the gap between technology and the people who need to use it for business purposes. He is especially passionate about the potential of today’s technology to transform the practice of law.

Jackson previously served as the Chief Technology Officer at Dominican University of California and was responsible for all technology services. He was one of the founders of Virtual Law Partners and was with Venture Law Group when they formed. When he is not at a computer, he is an avid mountain biker and is on the board of two non-profits advocating for fair and reasonable access to our public lands.

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Practice:

  • Structured Finance
  • Public Finance

Katharine Crost Senior Counsel Structured Finance, Public Finance

New York

Katharine Crost, a senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.

Kathy's practice involves advising issuers, underwriters, servicers and institutional purchasers on complex financial transactions. She has extensive experience with the securitization of a variety of assets, including mortgages, tax liens, tobacco litigation settlement funds, utility stranded costs and student loans.

Kathy's mortgage-backed experience has involved all types of mortgages including fixed and adjustable rate first lien mortgage loans, closed end seconds, revolving home equity lines of credit, seasoned mortgage loans, reverse mortgage loans and manufactured housing contracts. She has represented many types of financial institutions, including private companies, governmental agencies and municipalities.

She has been involved in the development of a number of novel securitization structures and programs designed to achieve the client's goals. In addition to securitizations, she has been involved in establishing joint ventures, financing of assets, acquisitions of assets and litigation support and advice.

Recently, Kathy has been involved in advising clients on a number of innovative transactions that address issues arising from the financial crisis and housing and financial regulatory reform. Representative transactions include representing the sponsor and issuer of the first public offerings of private label residential mortgage-backed securities since the advent of the financial crisis, advising a federal agency on the securitization of seasoned assets, and advising the largest issuer of tax lien securitizations. She has also been involved in various initiatives to address regulatory reform proposals.

Kathy is former Chair of the Structured Finance Group. She has also served on the Firm's Executive Committee and as Chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative.


Polly Snyder Chief Practice Officer-Finance and Energy & Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

Polly Snyder serves as Orrick's Chief Practice Officer for the Finance Business Unit, which encompass the firm’s project finance, banking, structured finance, public finance, real estate, and bankruptcy and restructuring practices, comprising nearly 300 lawyers globally.

Polly works closely with the business unit and practice group leaders with regard to business management, financial and strategic planning, business development and lawyer recruiting.

Prior to Orrick, she served as the Practice Manager/Counsel for the & Dispute Resolution Group at Clifford Chance US LLP. In that role, Polly worked closely with practice group management to develop regional business plans, identify and address growth and profitability improvement strategies, support the recruitment and integration of lateral partners, and manage utilization and assignment processes for practice associates. Prior to that, Polly spent much of her career as a Counsel in the L&DR group representing financial institutions, investment companies, issuers, and individuals in securities class actions, derivative actions, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings and inquiries. She was actively involved in the firm’s Diversity and Women’s Committees as well.

She lives with her family and puppy, who is the only one who still greets her at the door when she gets home. Polly also serves on the Board of DC Dress for Success and is active with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.

Practice:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Randy Kozel Associated Law Professor Supreme Court & Appellate

San Francisco

Randy Kozel is a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and an Associated Law Professor in Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.

Randy was named the Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the Notre Dame Law School Class of 2014. He also runs the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure.

Randy teaches and researches in fields including constitutional law, federal courts, information privacy, and contract law, with a particular focus on the role of precedent in legal decision making. His recent scholarship exploring the connection between precedent and interpretive philosophy has been published or is forthcoming in journals including the Michigan Law Review, the California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, and the Texas Law Review. His forthcoming book, entitled Settled Versus Right: A Theory of Precedent, makes the case for using precedent to bridge interpretive disagreements.

Randy received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was the Articles Committee Chair of the Harvard Law Review. He served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and for Judge Alex Kozinski at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He has also practiced as a litigator with a large law firm and as Special Counsel to the General Counsel at General Electric Company.

Randy is admitted to practice in California and provisionally admitted in Indiana.

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Practice:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Gillian Smith Of Counsel Banking & Finance, Real Estate

London

Gillian Smith, an of counsel in Orrick's London office, is a member of the Banking & Finance group. Gillian’s practice includes advising both banking and corporate clients on a wide range of domestic and international structured finance transactions including syndicated lending, investment and development facilities, financing multi-national real estate portfolios, funds finance, securitisation and cross-border leveraged finance for a range of sectors.

Gillian has been repeatedly named in Euromoney’s Guide to Leading Banking Lawyers of the World and in Legal Experts, and is recommended by Chambers and Legal 500. She is known for her thorough and effective advice and “incredibly professional” pro-active approach.

Larry Low Chief Legal Officer (Emeritus)

San Francisco

Larry Low is Orrick's Chief Legal Officer and is located in the San Francisco office. As the Chief Legal Officer, Larry is responsible for strategic planning and managing the firm's global legal affairs, including advising on and overseeing matters relating to governance, litigation, contracts, insurance, ethics and risk management.

In addition to his responsibilities to the firm, Larry represents public and private high growth technology companies, and venture capital funds. His clients are involved in a broad range of industries including, energy, semiconductors, Internet, software and consumer products. He has extensive experience in start-up enterprises, venture financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and advises companies and investors in cross border transactions involving Asia.

Larry was appointed in 1995 by President Clinton as one of four U.S. representatives to serve on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Larry has published articles that have appeared in publications of the California Continuing Education of the Bar and the Practicing Law Institute. He has made presentations to the Practicing Law Institute, Law Journal Seminars, Silicon Valley Association of Start up Entrepreneurs, Hastings College of the Law, University of California at Berkeley, Haas Business School and Boalt Hall School of Law and the California State Bar among others.


Eric Holcomb Analyst

Los Angeles

Mr. Holcomb has worked in Orrick's Legal department on risk management issues since September 2010.  Prior to that, Mr. Holcomb worked in San Francisco's Securities, General Litigation, Tax and Employment departments and in the Los Angeles' General Litigation and Environmental departments.  He has around 25 years of paralegal experience.

Mr. Holcomb assists Orrick's internal and external world-wide risk management audits, prepares the Legal department's budget, monitors risk management related expenses, responds to client stock trading requests and tracks outside board membership requests.  He assists the Public Finance department's responses to requests for proposals and drafts Orrick's responses to industry and insurance surveys.   Mr. Holcomb tracks claims made against the Firm and works with Orrick's insurance carrier.  He drafts and monitors Orrick's preservation notices, lifts and reminders and coordinates the organization of Orrick and subsidiary formation and partnership documents.

Prior to or when not working at Orrick, Mr. Holcomb was a paralegal in the Legal department of Mission Insurance Company Trust and in the Employment department of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.