Yuliya Oryol is co-chair of the Pensions, Benefits & Investments Group at Nossaman.  She has more than two decades of experience representing institutional investors and government agencies in a broad range of investment, corporate and real estate matters.  She focuses her practice primarily on representing pensions, benefits & investments plan investors in California, nationally and internationally in connection with public market and private market investments.  Yuliya appears before boards of trustees to present on issues related to investments and works with investment officers and in-house counsel on investment transactions.  She also regularly speaks at industry conferences and publishes on the subject of alternative investments and other investment related matters.  Yuliya is the current Chair of the Investment Section of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.

From 2000 to 2003, Yuliya worked in Seoul, South Korea where she represented American, Asian and European entities, including South Korean institutional investors. 

Prior to private practice, she was a Judicial Intern for the Hon. Daniel M. Hanlon, California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District and a Judicial Extern for Chief Magistrate Steele Langford, U.S. District Court, and Northern District of California.

Yuliya is fluent in Russian and proficient in Spanish.



Yuliya represents public pension plans and other institutional investors in all aspects of their alternative investment programs in public market and private market transactions.  She counsels institutional investors in connection with their investments in different asset classes such as private equity, venture, hedge, buyout, distressed debt, energy, timber, and infrastructure funds, as may be recommended by the investors’ advisors and selected by their boards.

Yuliya has extensive experience in representing investors in domestic and off-shore commingled vehicles, co-investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, captive funds, funds of one, separate accounts, and secondary transactions.  She also assists with investment related contracts such as investment management agreements, collective investment trusts, custody agreements, consulting agreements, commodity futures customer agreements,  and counterparty  derivatives agreements.  In addition, Yuliya represents institutional investors with investments in open-ended and closed-ended real estate funds, as well as direct investments in real estate including acquisitions, dispositions, mortgage financing, leasing, tenant relations and asset management.  


  • Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund
  • Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association
  • Delaware Public Employees’ Retirement System
  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
  • Maryland State Retirement and Pension System
  • Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board
  • New Mexico State Investment Council
  • New York State Common Retirement Fund
  • New York State Teachers' Retirement System
  • Office of the Treasurer, State of Connecticut
  • State of Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System
  • State of Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Texas Municipal Retirement System
  • Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System
  • Imperial County Employees' Retirement System
  • Kern County Employees Retirement Association
  • Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System
  • Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions
  • Los Angeles Water and Power Employees’ Retirement Plan
  • Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Merced County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Orange County Employees Retirement System
  • Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System
  • San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System
  • San Diego County Employees’ Retirement System
  • San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System
  • San Jose Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan
  • San Luis Obispo County Pension Trust
  • Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • The Regents of the University of California
  • Tulare County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association



Speaking Engagements



Community & Professional

President, University of San Francisco School of Law, Women Lawyers Committee

Chair of Investment Committee, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA)

Board Member, Refugee Transitions

Pension Real Estate Association

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Institutional Investors Committee

State Bar of California

San Francisco Bar Association




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