Derek Wetmore Managing Associate, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Global Investigations
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Derek Wetmore is a Managing Associate in Orrick's San Francisco office. His practice includes a range of criminal and civil enforcement actions involving potential violations of securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the False Claims Act, and antitrust laws.
Derek represents companies and individuals across the globe. His clients range from closely held private entities to Fortune 50 companies in the technology, finance, retail, and manufacturing sectors. In addition to representing clients in enforcement actions, Derek has conducted dozens of internal investigations in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. He also counsels companies on compliance best practices and has served on the Monitor Team for a banking technology company.
Prior to law school, Derek worked as a data analyst for an environmental engineering firm with a focus on geospatial analysis, remedial design, and negotiations with state, federal, and foreign governmental agencies.
Rory V. Wheeler is an international arbitration lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. His practice focuses on commercial, investment, and construction disputes.
He has particular experience in the energy and mining sectors, as well as the aeronautical and automobile industries.
Rory intervenes on international projects, particularly in Europe and Africa, and acts in several jurisdictions. He has participated in arbitral proceedings conducted under the ICC, SCC, ICSID and the DIAC arbitration rules. His engagements also include acting as Administrative Secretary to arbitral tribunals.
Rory has advised aeronautical and automobile manufacturers, oil & gas companies and States on conflicts regarding joint-venture agreements (manufacturing plants, supply chains, mining projects, etc.), expropriation claims, construction works, and cost overruns disputes.
Prior to joining Orrick, Rory was an associate in an arbitration boutique law firm in Paris.
Margaret Wheeler-Frothingham is a managing associate in the New York office. Her practice covers all aspects of copyright and trademark litigation, as well as counseling, licensing and prosecution.
While Margaret represents clients across a broad range of industries, her practice has a particular emphasis on the music, media and fashion industries. Margaret litigates copyright infringement actions and royalty rate setting proceedings – including before the Copyright Royalty Board, where she obtained one of only two royalty rate reductions ever granted in that court. Margaret represents digital music services, as well as other content users in negotiations and disputes with record labels, music publishers, photographers and other rights holders.
Margaret’s trademark practice includes representing fashion, hospitality and alcoholic beverage companies in trademark and trade dress infringement litigations in federal court and proceedings before the TTAB.
In addition to litigation, Margaret counsels companies ranging from local hospitality venues to multinational fashion retailers on a wide variety of issues, including clearance, licensing, brand protection, digital media issues and DMCA compliance, and right of publicity. She has represented the global trademark portfolios of multinational corporations in connection with international and domestic trademark prosecution, enforcement and litigation. She also assists her clients with licensing and other IP transactions.
Margaret is actively involved in pro bono work. She has counseled individual musicians and artists, as well as nonprofit media companies, on a variety of legal and compliance issues.
Steven White is a Public Finance lawyer based in Orrick’s Portland office.
Steven’s practice includes representing local and state government issuers, non-profit corporations, tribal governments and underwriters in connection with general obligation bond financings, revenue bond financings and lease financings. Prior to joining Orrick, Steven worked in publishing in various roles including as a business publication editor, business-focused journalist and news reporter covering law enforcement and state and federal court matters.
Steven volunteers as a coach for the nationally-recognized We The People program, working with students at Portland’s Central Catholic High School to explore historical and contemporary Constitutional issues in a team competition format sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and Oregon’s Classroom Law Project.
Nicola Whiteley, a partner in London and head of the London Employment Team, has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, with a particular focus on complex and/or cross boarder issues for multinational clients and on the Technology and Finance sectors.
Leading a "robust and highly capable" team in London, Nicola is listed and noted for her "business-oriented approach" in Who's Who Legal and recognised by Legal 500 as a "clever, experienced and thorough litigator", with clients praising her as a "great communicator" and "exceptionally capable".
She is a member of the International Committee of the Employment Lawyer's Association.
Kevin Whittaker is an experienced trial lawyer. He focuses on defending and advising employers under California and U.S. law. He works with client employers in the technology, e-commerce, venture capital, entertainment, retail and finance industries.
Kevin has substantial experience representing employers in courts, arbitration and administrative agency hearings. He has successfully defended employers through trial against claims involving gender, race and disability discrimination, as well as alleged retaliation and harassment.
He also advises on litigation prevention, hiring and reductions in force, and workplace investigations. He often provides corporate training on policy implementation, particularly concerning the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Kevin has been quoted in publications such as the Daily Journal, E! Entertainment, and Bloomberg on issues affecting employers across the country. He is also a frequent speaker at various events, including Advisen's Conference on Cyber Liability and Lorman Education Services' seminars.
In his spare time, Kevin competes in poker and backgammon, as well as travels with his wife and daughter.
Ken Whyburn, senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Ken focuses on federal and state taxation of mortgage-backed securities and the securitization of credit card, automobile and other asset receivables where he enjoys expertise in both tax and legal structures and financial analysis.
He also has substantial experience in the taxation of offshore insurance companies and California franchise tax matters relating to apportionment and unitary tax.
Chris Wilkinson maintains a broad practice in labor and employment, Equal Pay, health and safety, government relations and administrative law.
Chris most recently served as Associate Solicitor for Civil Rights and Labor-Management. In that role, Chris was the senior career civil rights and labor management lawyer for the Department of Labor providing advice on regulatory, policy and enforcement matters for seven DOL agencies including the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Civil Rights Center and Office of Labor Management Standards.
Chris counseled the Department on a broad array of equal employment opportunity regulatory and policy initiatives and advised on a wide range of constitutional and statutory matters in federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to EEO matters, Chris led the Solicitor Office’s union election and reporting enforcement work, counseled on transit labor certification matters and advised on appellate matters related to labor union practices.
Chris also has significant litigation experience having served as trial attorney and then Counsel for Civil Rights Programs in the Department’s San Francisco region. In those roles, he litigated a number of complex class wage-and-hour, class discrimination, health and safety citations, and Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower matters.
Chris is an active member of the America Bar Association, having presented on numerous federal contractor compliance, LBGT and compensation discrimination topics at the ABA Conference on Equal Employment Law.
Geoff Willard is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He is a strategic advisor to technology companies and their investors, helping clients execute venture capital, growth and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and capital markets transactions.
In addition to his corporate transactional practice, Geoff advises clients on their formation and structuring, corporate governance, general licensing and commercial contracting matters, employment and equity compensation matters, and a variety of strategic issues. He also acts for venture capital, corporate and strategic investors, as well as private equity sponsors. His experience spans the telecoms, software, edtech, internet, digital media, ecommerce, retail, fintech, government services, life sciences, cleantech and manufacturing spaces in markets throughout the U.S. and globally.
Geoff has been active in numerous organizations serving the technology community, including the MidAtlantic Venture Association and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Matthew Williams is co-head of Orrick’s European Energy Practice, based in the London office. His practice focuses on transactional and regulatory work in the energy, emissions and infrastructure sectors with extensive experience on project finance, M&A, commodity trading and corporate restructuring.
Matthew has established a market leading power M&A practice and has represented parties involved in the majority of power sector disposals in the UK in the last two years. He acts for a broad range of clients including power generators, energy utilities, investment banks and private trading houses.
As a former in-house lawyer with National Power plc, he has a particular interest in conventional and renewable power generation project development and asset acquisitions/disposals.
Chambers UK recognizes Matthew as a leading individual in his field and clients say “he is very pragmatic and business-orientated” and that he “stands out with his experience in the sector.”
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Yvette Williams 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.
Yvette works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. Yvette's work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. She also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Yvette assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. She also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yvette clerked with Judge David R. Janes in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of West Virginia and was an associate at Bailey & Wyant in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Simon Willis is a partner in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group in London. He focuses on commercial disputes, often involving financial and professional services institutions, contentious regulatory work and professional negligence.
Simon has wide experience of acting for major financial institutions, companies and professional firms in complex litigation, investigations and proceedings by domestic and overseas regulators, professional disciplinary proceedings, ad hoc governmental inquiries and internal investigations. In particular he has acted for those subject to investigations by a wide range of regulatory bodies including the Financial Reporting Council, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and others. He has considerable experience of advising clients on risk management and reputational risk arising from contentious matters.
Simon has been recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as: "an astute legal mind" and someone who "is able to draw out the salient points and proceed in his clients' best interests," according to sources, who adds that he is "accessible and user friendly."