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  • Real Estate
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Stephan Wagner Of Counsel Real Estate, Energy

San Francisco; Portland

Stephan Wagner, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Steve's practice focuses on domestic and international clients in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, commercial financing, commercial project development, commercial leasing transactions and energy real estate transactions, including ground leases and build-to-suit leases.



  • Renewable Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Japan

Minako Wakabayashi Partner Renewable Energy, Infrastructure


Minako plays a vital role in the rise of Japan’s renewable energy market.

Minako has significant experience advising international and domestic sponsors and developers on complex and innovative projects. She was called upon by the Japanese government in structuring the renewable Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan and prepared the government’s model contracts for specific contracts (power purchase contract/interconnection contract), which are a key component of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan.

Backed by her experience in her prior career as a public prosecutor in Japan, she also serves as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) which advocates public rights to the fairness and adequacy of the public bidding procedures of the government. Minako practiced at Orrick's New York office in 2004-2005.


  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Fintech

Charles Walker Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Chuck Walker, resident in the firm's Houston office, regularly counsels publicly traded technology companies and private equity sponsors in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, restructurings, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate matters.

He has handled matters for clients ranging from acquisitions in excess of a billion dollars to small early round equity investments.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chuck was a member of DLA Piper's Northern California corporate practice. Chuck began his legal career as an associate in the private equity group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.


  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Advocacy
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Eric Wall Partner Tax, Corporate Tax

San Francisco

Eric Wall, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group.

His practice encompasses a wide variety of federal and state tax issues, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation matters, real estate matters, development and investment in renewable energy projects, transactions involving pass-through entities, and complex tax controversies.

Representative transactions include:

  • advising numerous privately held technology companies with respect to the federal and state tax aspects of selling their businesses;
  • assisting a large publicly held technology company on equity-based compensation, income deferral, and golden parachutes in more than 20 acquisitions of privately and publicly held domestic and foreign companies;
  • structuring of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects and obtaining tax incentives;
  • advising a large publicly held retailer with respect to the IRS’s examination of a variety of income tax accounting issues; and
  • assisting limited liability companies and their owners with various federal and state tax issues.
Eric began his career at the firm as a summer associate in 2001.


  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Mary Wallace Of Counsel Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Washington, D.C.

Mary Wallace, Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office, has been a corporate lawyer for over twenty years and is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. Mary has extensive experience in sophisticated corporate and finance transactions, including broad experience in investor-side representation in investments in private equity and mezzanine funds and mezzanine debt and equity co-investment transactions.  She has represented public pension fund investors, including the Washington State Investment Board and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, and well as private investors, such as the alternative investment program of a global health services company.

Mary represents financial institutions and other entities in connection with private debt financings (secured and unsecured), co-investment transactions, private equity financings and restructurings involving privately held companies.  She regularly negotiates and drafts complex legal documents to implement these transactions.


  • Real Estate
  • Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Restructuring
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions

Gerard Walsh Partner Real Estate, Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment

Los Angeles

Jerry Walsh, a partner who serves as head of the Real Estate Group, is based in Los Angeles. He advises public and private entities, developers, companies and institutional lenders (including commercial banks, pension and opportunity funds and their advisors) on the acquisition, construction, development, entitlement, financing, leasing, restructuring and disposition of master planned communities, hotel, golf and resort projects, mixed use projects, corporate campuses, and commercial and retail centers.

Jerry is particularly recognized for his work in connection with the acquisition, restructuring and realization of distressed debt in the real estate and hospitality markets. Clients seek him out for the most complex distressed debt transactions, including securitized and mezzanine debt intercreditor workouts and the establishment of mezzanine debt lending platforms. Jerry led a multidisciplinary Orrick team in one of the most sophisticated real estate debt transactions that was restructured in 2013, involving a series of complex transactions and multi-state litigation. In the 2017 California Real Estate category, a client told Chambers USA that Jerry is "practical and technically great, and he understands how to get a transaction done."

In addition, Jerry leads Orrick’s hospitality practice and advises global opportunity, hotel and pension funds and advisors in connection with the acquisition, repositioning and disposing of hotel portfolios throughout the United States. He advises on acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, rebranding, disposition and negotiation of hotel management agreements, shared services and amenities agreements, and franchise agreements, including termination of hotel management and franchise agreements involving brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, St. Regis, Renaissance, Luxury Collection, Westin, Kimpton and other Sheraton/Starwood brands.

Jerry's representative clients include Cisco Systems, Inc., Cornerstone Advisers LLC, JMA Ventures, LACERA, The Newhall Land and Farming Company, Walton Street Capital, and Westbrook Partners.

Before joining Orrick, Jerry was a partner with a magic circle firm and chairman of the real estate group of a prominent national law firm.



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds

Nicole Walsh Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

Los Angeles

In complex real estate transactions, Nicole remains focused on managing moving parts and different business interests while remaining dedicated to protecting her client in every market cycle.

One of Nicole’s strengths as a lawyer is her balanced approach to dealmaking – advising on restructurings, workouts, foreclosures, mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction contracts, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions. She represents real estate investment funds, banks, developers and corporate clients. Nicole understands the complexity of a real estate deal, and with her strong background in corporate finance, she can examine nuances in contracts and work to ensure that the legal documents accurately reflect the deal at-hand.

She serves as a relationship co-lead for one of our largest real estate clients, Hackman Capital Partners. Nicole also works closely with Colony Capital, Westbrook Partners, Walton Street, Wells Fargo and has deep relationships with CoreVest.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Amy Walsh Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

New York

Amy Walsh, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, is the former Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Walsh was an Assistant United States Attorney for 12 years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where she led dozens of investigations and cases on behalf of the government, and supervised several sections within the Office.

Ms. Walsh is a trusted advisor to her clients, who hire her to handle matters involving government and internal investigations.  

Throughout her time in private practice, Ms. Walsh has represented individuals and institutions in government investigations, enforcement actions, and prosecutions conducted by various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. Ms. Walsh litigates cases in federal and state court, negotiates with representatives of government enforcement agencies, and advises clients on compliance issues.

In addition, Ms. Walsh served as the court-appointed Independent Reviewer in JPMorgan Chase’s settlement with the United States Department of Justice, where she was responsible for ensuring JPMC’s fulfillment of its obligations under the settlement agreement and publicly reporting on JPMC’s compliance.

Ms. Walsh serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and was named by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metro area.


  • China
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets

Lu (Echo) Wang Managing Associate China, M&A and Private Equity


Lu (Echo) Wang, a managing associate in Orrick’s Shanghai office, is a member of the Corporate Group.

Her practice focuses on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets and SEC compliance matters.



  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Patents
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Trade & Compliance
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • China

Xiang Wang Partner Intellectual Property, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Beijing; New York

Dr. Xiang Wang is the Co-Chair of Orrick’s Global Advisory Board and Senior Partner for Asia and the head of Orrick’s China IP practice, splitting his time between three offices: Shanghai, New York and Beijing, where he is the Managing Partner.

Xiang has extensive experience in assisting local and foreign-based multinational companies with all aspects of their IP rights in the U.S., China and Asia, including IP litigation and arbitration, patent infringement, Section 337 U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations, patent office proceedings including inter partes reviews (IPR), IP due diligence and portfolio counseling, industrial espionage, trade secrets misappropriation, mass torts and product liability, securities litigation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Alien Tort Statute (ATCA) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) investigations and compliance. These matters have implicated a vast array of technologies, from software and electronics to renewable energy and medical devices as well as agricultural and building materials, to name just a few. Xiang also works extensively on cybersecurity & data privacy issues for both Chinese and international clients.

Xiang has been particularly active in Chinese state-owned enterprises related U.S. litigation. Clients turn to his strategic and innovative advice thanks to the in-depth understanding of their business needs and political risks, and appreciate that he “understood the environment in the China legal system and can give nuanced advice”.

Xiang has developed the region’s premier IP practice based on his reputation as one of the few IP lawyers who has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, a Chinese Certificate of Laws and admission to practice law in New York, Indiana and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Due to its success in patent disputes in the U.S. and China, involving both foreign and Chinese companies, Orrick IP team was exclusively featured in a documentary film “Patent Wars” by the China Central Television (CCTV). 

Xiang is highly regarded for his practical legal advice that results from more than 10 years of experience at medical and electronic device businesses before becoming a lawyer. He also has received four U.S. medical-technology patents in his name. 



  • Public Finance
  • Higher Education and Student Loan Financing
  • Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing
  • Public Power Financing
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Renewable Energy
  • Nonprofit Corporation Financing

John Wang Partner Public Finance, Higher Education and Student Loan Financing

San Francisco

John Wang is a member of the Public Finance Department and chair of the higher education financing group. John's practice includes serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter's counsel and borrower’s counsel on a wide variety of transactions. John was recently recognized as one of California's top 50 development lawyers by The Daily Journal.

John has significant experience with advising issuers, developers and underwriters on financings for higher education, utilities (including water, wastewater and energy facilities), solid waste disposal facilities (including waste-to-energy facilities) and 501(c)(3) corporations. He has experience advising clients in such financings in several states and territories, including California, Hawaii, Guam, Nevada and Texas.



  • Public Policy

Scott Ward Partner Public Policy

Washington, D.C.

Scott Ward is a government affairs Partner in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office. Scott brings a national view and strategy to help clients with their most important issues before state legislatures, attorneys general, and other state and local administrative agencies.

Scott has spent years working in the political arena on both the federal and state level, promoting political and policy agendas via a national network of elected officials, policy makers and outside influence groups.

He has comprehensive experience in federal and state campaign finance, ethics, lobbying and compliance law, and assists clients in all aspects of compliance with rules related to engaging in the political process.

Prior to joining Orrick, he was the President and General Counsel of the Republican State Leadership Committee, a $30 million national political organization focused on electing Republicans to the state offices of Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and State Legislator. Under his leadership, the Republican State Leadership Committee made historic gains in the 2010 elections, netting a record 700 plus state legislative seats, flipping 20 state chambers to Republican control as well as netting six Attorneys General, seven Secretaries of State and three independently elected Lt. Governors.

Scott was previously in private practice with Holtzman Vogel Josefiak PLLC and Arent Fox LLP in the areas of Political law and Litigation. He advised numerous IRS § 527 political organizations, federal and state political action committees, federal and state candidates, state parties, associations, corporations and non-profits in all aspects of fundraising, organization, compliance, disclosure and reporting under federal and state campaign finance laws.

He was General Counsel and served on the Executive Committee of the District of Columbia Republican Party from 2004 to 2012. Prior to his legal career, Scott served as Field Director for Americans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee (ARMPAC) and worked on the majority staff of the U.S. House Budget Committee for Chairman John Kasich.