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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.
Kayla Wieche is an associate in the Technology Transactions practice at Orrick and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
Michael Wiesner, of counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Group. Michael advises public and private companies and individual executives on compensation and benefits matters in the context of ongoing business operations and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on private equity-sponsored acquisitions and divestitures.
Michael’s practice covers executive agreements, cash and equity-based incentive programs, change in control and severance plans, 409A and other deferred compensation issues and 280G “golden parachute” compliance, as well as compensation and benefits structuring in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
Michael authors the chapter “Executive Compensation and Benefits Issues for Start-ups and Emerging Companies” within Bloomberg BNA’s Benefits Practice Resource Center treatise.
From 2005 to 2010, Michael was a statistician with a Stanford University School of Medicine research group.
Eliana represents sponsors, project developers, lenders and investors in a variety of corporate transactions, primarily in the renewable energy sector.
Her practice focuses on project finance and development, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
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.
Geoff's experience in the technology space spans the telecoms, satellite, software, AI/machine learning, proptech, edtech, internet, digital media, ecommerce, fintech, smart cities, government services, life sciences, cleantech and manufacturing spaces in markets throughout the U.S. and globally.
In the healthcare arena, Geoff has represented medical device, health monitoring, healthcare IT, life sciences/biotech, and healthcare and dental care technology and service providers.
In the consumer space, Geoff has advised companies in the cosmetics, personal care products, candle and fragrance, home furnishing, and jewelry verticals, among others, as well as clients in the gym/recreation space and fast casual and high growth restaurant concept operators.
Geoff has been active in numerous organizations serving the technology community, including the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
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.
David Williams, CIPP/US, CIPM is an eDiscovery and Privacy lawyer in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. David consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on eDiscovery strategy and data privacy issues.
David has experience providing insight and guidance on U.S. and E.U. privacy laws. David works primarily with the eDiscovery and Cyber, Privacy, & Data Innovation groups advising on data privacy issues and eDiscovery strategy. Additionally, David has experience evaluating the applicability of European data protection requirements, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to U.S. companies.
Before joining Orrick, David was a Privacy Law Clerk at LinkedIn, where he worked with the legal team to develop policies and procedures in preparation for the enforcement date of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). David also addressed privacy and data management questions for LinkedIn services and managed data processing and handling issues for new products.
Additionally, David has an active pro bono practice, which includes providing data management guidance to non-profit organizations.
Robert Williams is a senior strategist in Orrick’s Public Policy group. Drawing on his deep relationships and past experience in legislative organizations, Robert advances clients’ interests through advocacy before state lawmakers nationwide.
Before joining Orrick, Robert was Director of Corporate Relationships for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, where he advanced the Committee’s objectives of electing, assisting, and developing democratic leadership in legislatures throughout the country. He previously held several development-related positions at the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures.
Robert is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where he received a B.A. in Political Science.
Elizabeth Williams, an associate in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group. Elizabeth represents a variety of market participants, including sponsors, issuers and underwriters, in public and private offerings of various asset-backed securities.
Elizabeth has experience with a number of different asset classes, including credit card receivables, auto loan receivables, municipal bonds and commercial mortgages.
Elizabeth was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2017.
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."