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Robert, associate at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is member of Data Privacy and Technology Company Group in Germany. He focuses on counseling in the area of Data Privacy, IP/IT and mergers and acquisitions in this field.
Robert has always been fascinated by new technologies and the digitization. Following his fascination, he focused his legal studies on media law, intellectual property law and data protection law. Prior to working at Orrick he also gained experience by founding a company provided a software as a platform solution and working for a German venture capital investor. His legal advice in mergers and acquisitions or legal assessments regarding data privacy will thus reflect not only his legal expertise but also his experience and fascination for new technology. For our clients, he prepares, among other things, privacy policies or data processing agreements or is involved in conducting a due diligence or drafting a shareholders' agreement. Robert is also advising in GDPR readiness and general data privacy compliance and works on various aspects of trademark and competition law.
He joined Orrick in 2017, after working as a scientific researcher in the field of Data Privacy.
Mark has more than 25 years of experience in the financing, development, acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure projects and companies.
Mark has a finance, tax and corporate background, and focuses on structuring complex equity and debt investments, and negotiating investment, shareholder and joint venture agreements. He has a particular focus on tax and cash equity financing of renewable energy projects, including in the solar and wind space.
Mark is a recognized leader in the field. He is the former co-chair of Orrick’s Energy & Infrastructure practice, and has been named by Chambers as one of “America’s leading energy lawyers”, described by clients as “a standout.” He is also highlighted in The Legal 500 USA as a leading individual in the areas of energy: renewable/alternative and is highlighted in the conventional power category. Euromoney has recognized Mark as one of the “world’s leading project finance lawyers” and one of the “world’s leading energy and natural resource lawyers.” He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for project finance law, by The Legal 500 as a leading project finance lawyer, and has been a Law360 Energy MVP. Mark is a frequent speaker on energy project and infrastructure investments.
Sacramento; San Francisco
Sacramento; San Francisco
Tom Welsh is a nationally recognized insurance regulatory and policy attorney with more than 26 years of expertise in the areas of insurance regulation, insurance insolvency and insurance-related transactions and litigation. He is frequently called upon both by regulators and industry to solve vexing challenges with financially troubled insurers, and by technology driven start-ups launching ventures that touch the insurance space.
His insurance insolvency practice has involved the continuous representation of the California Insurance Commissioner and the Commissioner's Conservation & Liquidation Office for more than 25 years in the conservation, rehabilitation and liquidation of several multibillion-dollar California insurers.
He has also represented numerous emerging and disruptive tech companies as they navigate complex regulatory issues. He works for finance clients on insurance related investments, life settlements portfolios, and residential real estate markets.
Adam heads Orrick's Energy Regulatory Group. He has been active in the energy industry for more than 35 years.
As Deputy Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Adam was instrumental in the development of the federal programs and policies that fostered the independent power industry, and his experience includes representing independent power generators -- including some of the largest wind and solar projects in the United States -- as well as merchant transmission companies, traditional electric utility companies, before FERC, state utility commissions and NERC Regional Reliability Organizations.
Adam also advises power project developers and financial institutions in transactions involving the development, financing, sale and purchase of energy projects, and he advises some of the largest U.S. companies in the development and implementation of FERC and NERC compliance programs.
Adam has authored many articles about the power industry in publications including Global Utilities Finance Report, International Power Finance Review, International Financial Law Review, Public Utilities Fortnightly, Electricity Journal and Energy Economist.
Michael Wertheim, an Associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, represents employers in workplace law matters including employment litigation, class actions and preventative advice and counsel.
He represents companies in all types of employment disputes including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination cases in both state and federal court. His practice also involves defending employers in wage-and-hour class and representative actions under the California Labor Code and Private Attorneys General Act.
Additionally, Michael has experience handling unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations and other labor proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and Public Employment Relations Board.
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 is an international arbitration lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. He focuses on commercial, investment, and construction disputes in the EMEA region.
Admitted as an Avocat at the Paris Bar and as a Solicitor of England and Wales, he is an MBA graduate from INSEAD (18J). He has particular experience in international trade and joint-venture contracts, M&A disputes, and investor-State arbitration.
Rory has participated in arbitral proceedings conducted under the ICC, SCC, SIAC, ICSID, Swiss Chambers and the DIAC arbitration rules. He has also acted as Administrative Secretary to arbitral tribunals.
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, eligible borrowers and underwriters in connection with general obligation bond financings, revenue bond financings and lease financings.
Steven's recent transactions include serving as counsel to Red Rock Biofuels, a renewable energy producer, in the financing of an Oregon-based biofuels production facility through the issuance of $245,500,000 in revenue bonds through the Oregon Business Development Commission and serving a special counsel (pro bono) to Mercy Corps in connection with the launch of its Community Investment Trust micro-investing opportunity for residents of east Portland. Steven also serves as bond counsel to the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Oregon Facilities Authority and a number of Oregon municipalities.
Prior to joining Orrick, Steven worked in publishing in various roles including as a business publication editor, business-focused journalist and news reporter covering trends in various industries as well as municipal and state government, law enforcement and state and federal court matters.
Steven serves on the Board of Directors of the Summit Golf Foundation and volunteers as a coach for the nationally-recognized We The People program, working with Portland high school students 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 border 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 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.