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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Kristopher R. Wood Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Action Defense

Orange County

Kristopher Wood is a Managing Associate in Orrick's Orange County office and is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Wood represents clients in a broad array of litigation matters, including intellectual property disputes, shareholder disputes, class action defense, complex breach of contract actions, and other commercial litigation matters.

He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation, arbitration and mediation in jurisdictions across the United States.

Mr. Wood joined Orrick in October, 2015. Prior to his tenure at Orrick, Mr. Wood was an associate attorney at the Orange County office of Paul Hastings LLP in the Complex Litigation Group and a judicial extern for the Hon. Rex Armstrong and Appellate Commissioner James C. Nash of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Energy
  • Class Action Defense
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Ryan Wooten Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Financial Services Litigation

Houston

Ryan Wooten's practice focuses on resolving business disputes and conducting investigations for clients in the financial services and energy industries.

Ryan has represented and counseled large financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, and class action litigation. In addition to his work in the financial services industry, Ryan has represented hydrocarbon producers, explorers, transporters and refiners in the defense of tort and breach of contract actions.

Ryan has prevailed on several motions for summary judgment related to contract disputes. In other cases, Ryan has efficiently negotiated with opposing counsel to reach early, favorable settlements.

Through his volunteer work with Missouri City Municipal Court, Ryan has tried more than 10 Class C misdemeanor cases to a jury verdict. During law school, Ryan also interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and for Judge Vanessa Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, who has jurisdiction over criminal matters.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Nicole Wredberg Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Nicole Wredberg is a lawyer in Orrick's San Francisco office, where she focuses on regulatory enforcement actions, complex business litigation, and securities litigation.

Her clients have included industry-leading companies in the manufacturing, technology, and financial sectors.

Nicole is also actively involved in pro bono matters. She recently second-chaired a federal trial to verdict in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 police brutality matter, and she currently represents an individual in connection with immigration proceedings.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property

Briggs M. Wright Managing Associate Intellectual Property

New York

Briggs Wright is an associate in the New York office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on trademark litigation, counseling and prosecution, as well as copyright and patent law. 

With experience in federal court and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the United States International Trade Commission, Briggs is involved in every aspect of high stakes litigation running the entire gamut of intellectual property rights.  He also secures and protects companies' portfolios across a variety of business sectors. 

He has also been active in Orrick's pro bono practice, representing clients in copyright and contract issues relating to the production of a documentary film, various trademark disputes representing non-profit entities, and trademark counseling and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

During law school, he was Senior Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.

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Practice:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Tiffany R. Wright Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

A former D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court clerk, Tiffany Wright represents clients in high-stakes appeals and complex litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Tiffany was a Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she was a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice group. Before that, Tiffany served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Tiffany is a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as a senior editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and the editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. During law school, she worked full-time for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, where she managed discovery and trial presentation in numerous criminal prosecutions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and drafted appellate briefs involving complex evidentiary and constitutional issues.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Jason Wu Associate Technology Companies Group

London

Jason Wu is a lawyer in Orrick’s London office and a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises high growth technology companies and venture capital firms.

Jason advises technology companies and venture capital firms in venture capital transactions, corporate formation and governance, and other general corporate matters.

Prior to joining the London office, Jason was a member of Orrick’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in San Francisco, where his practice included representing companies in class action, insurance, and trade secrets litigation, regulatory proceedings, and a variety of commercial disputes in U.S. and international forums.

Jason has also been actively engaged with pro bono clients. His work has included successfully obtaining a grant of asylum in the U.S. for a Guatemalan refugee and representing artists in copyright disputes.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China

Dr. Hang Xu Foreign Counsel Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.

Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany

Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Shinsuke Yakura Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Patents

Tokyo

Shinsuke Yakura is the Office Leader of Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He is an expert in handling cross-border litigation, arbitration, intellectual property and compliance matters.

His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • China

Carol Yan Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Patents

Beijing

Carol W. Yan, a senior associate in Orrick's Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Carol’s practice focuses on patent filing and prosecution, patent-related legal advice and patent litigation across a broad range of industries, including chemistry, materials science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, semiconductor and auto mechanics.

Carol has extensional experience in patent, trademark, domain name, copyright and trade secret.

Carol's recent experience includes:

  • patent enforcement litigations, patent invalidation proceedings, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy efforts;
  • patent prosecution including patent drafting, office actions and reexamination procedures;
  • technology transfer/licensing arrangements for substantial patent and trademark portfolios for companies doing business in China;
  • IP due diligence and portfolio counseling;
  • advising on IP protection strategies, R&D related IP issues and trade secret issues;
  • advising pharmaceutical and medical device companies in regulatory compliance and proceedings in China; and
  • assisting Chinese companies in defending Section 337 U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

Before joining Orrick, Carol worked with Lung Tin International Property Agent Ltd. and in Jones Day's Beijing Office.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits

Michael Y. Yang Partner Compensation & Benefits

Santa Monica

Michael Yang is a partner in Orrick's Compensation and Benefits Group. He is based in the firm's Santa Monica office.

Michael's practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and international public and private high technology companies, as well as executives, management teams and founders with compensation and employee benefits issues in the context of M&A transactions, spin-offs, venture capital financings and IPOs.

Michael also advises on day-to-day tax, employment, accounting and securities law issues in connection with the design, administration and implementation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, severance arrangements, change in control carve-out plans, stock option plans and employee stock purchase plans with a particular focus on Code Sections 409A, 280G and 162(m). In addition, he advises on nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, tax-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans.

Prior to practicing law, Michael was a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young.


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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Sean Yates Associate Public Finance

San Francisco

Sean Yates is a Public Finance lawyer based in San Francisco.

Sean serves as bond counsel and disclosure counsel on a variety of transactions, including general obligation bond financings for local agencies.

Prior to Orrick, Sean was a mortgage analyst with JVM Lending.

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Practice:

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

Sook Young Yeu Partner M&A and Private Equity, Funds

Hong Kong

Sook Young Yeu, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Sook focuses her practice on corporate and securities matters in connection with the establishment of private investment funds and ongoing representation of investment funds, fund managers, fund sponsors and fund investors. This includes private equity and venture capital investment, along with related mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and public and private securities offerings throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

During the last 30 years, Sook has advised Asian institutional investors investing in U.S., European and Asian private funds, as well as Asian private equity and venture capital funds sponsored by U.S., European and Asian financial institutions, and Asian hedge funds managed by independent fund managers. Her extensive experience covers virtually every type of fund, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate investment funds, hedge funds, buyout funds, mezzanine funds, funds-of-funds, co-investment funds and restructuring funds.

Sook has served as the administrative partner in charge of Orrick’s Hong Kong office since 2005. Before joining Orrick, she was a partner of Coudert Brothers and the partner in charge of its Hong Kong office responsible for the firm’s Asian Investment Management Practice.