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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, LGBT 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.
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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.
Alice is an international arbitration associate based in Orrick's Geneva office
Alice's practice focuses on international arbitration and cross-border disputes concerning in particular, construction contracts and joint venture agreements governed by a variety of procedural and substantive laws (including English, French, New York and Qatari). She acts as counsel in all phases of complex proceedings before major arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss Chambers of Commerce.
Prior to joining Orrick, Alice worked in the international arbitration and litigation practices of several major international law firms in Paris.
Alice is an English and French native speaker.
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."
William Wilson practices in our Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, where he focuses on the intersection of technology transactions, privacy, and payments. William is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
William’s experience includes:
Before working at Orrick, William was an associate at a large West Coast-based law firm where he completed a secondment with one of the world’s largest technology companies, overseeing a broad range of technology and intellectual property transactions. Prior to law school, William worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Ariel Winawer is an associate in Orrick's San Francisco office and a member of the General Litigation group.
Ariel represents companies and individuals in a broad range of complex civil litigation and white collar criminal matters.
Blake H. Winburne is based in the Houston office and is global head of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure Group. He is a transactional lawyer focusing on the downstream and midstream energy sectors.
Blake is recognized both nationally and globally by Chambers (Chambers USA 2008-2018 and Chambers Global 2010-2018), which reports that he is "very strong in the industry and has a really good client following" and that clients describe him as "very pragmatic with good business judgment and a very effective negotiating style." Blake has also been named by Euromoney (2009-2016) as one of the “world’s leading project finance lawyers" and one of the "world’s leading energy and natural resources lawyers," and has been recognized by Legal Media Group (2013) as being in the top 100 practitioners in the clean tech and renewable energy field.
Blake advises clients on energy sector mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures, and on the development, structuring, and financing of large-scale energy projects, both in the United States and internationally. He regularly represents multinational energy companies, large private equity funds, project developers and sponsors, borrowers and debt issuers, investment banks, and other capital providers and investors in the energy industry.
Blake has significant experience in the electric power sector, including fossil fuel-fired, simple and combined cycle and cogeneration generating facilities; as well as wind, solar (central station and distributed), landfill gas, biomass and other renewable energy projects. He also has represented clients in transactions involving oil, natural-gas and refined-products pipelines, gathering and processing systems and storage facilities (tank farms and underground), exploration and production investment platforms and operations, electric power and natural gas transmission and local distribution systems, and alternative fuels production and marketing arrangements.
Having tried 27 federal and state trials over the past 40 years, Mark Wine can charm any jury. A natural storyteller and affable teacher, Mark transforms complicated technology into compelling stories, and faceless corporations into engaging individuals. Mark applies the same friendly and confident style when leading his litigation teams, inspiring each person to strive for greatness, and thereby elevating the entire team.
Mark serves as Deputy Chair of the Global Intellectual Property Business Unit. Given his lifelong passion for technology, Mark is a natural fit for intellectual property litigation. He tries patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases for Fortune 500 companies throughout California, as well as international clients in Asia and Europe. He handles all phases of discovery, prior art research, pretrial, jury and bench trial work, post-trial motions and appeals before the Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits, as well as Section 337 proceedings before the ITC.
As lead defense counsel, Mark settled a five-patent matter for a European medical manufacturer, for approximately one-half of one percent of the original demand. Mark’s team invalidated two of the five asserted patents on summary judgment and successfully defended that outcome in the Federal Circuit. The case settled just before trial on the remaining issues.
Mark has also defended one of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers in patent infringement litigation involving plasma screen displays. The case involved claims and counterclaims covering 16 patents and was settled favorably following an intensive discovery and claims construction battle.
Bridget Winters is an associate in the Tax group in London.
Bridget works across all areas of non-contentious tax with particular experience in corporate tax, investment funds, VAT and share schemes and incentives.Before joining Orrick, Bridget trained at the Bar before qualifying as a solicitor in DLA’s tax litigation practice in 2012.
Rick practices in the public law area. His focus is public finance, serving as bond counsel, bank counsel, purchaser’s counsel, disclosure counsel or underwriters’ counsel in tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions for school districts, junior college districts, cities, counties, state agencies, economic development corporations and special authorities throughout Texas.
He has extensive experience with education, infrastructure financings and economic development. Rick has also represented various local governments on special projects, including legislative and investment matters.