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Lu (Echo) Wang, a senior 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.
Beijing; New York
Dr. Xiang Wang is the Co-Chair of Orrick’s Global Advisory Board, Partner in Charge for Asia and the head of 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, copyright and trademark infringements, 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), technology export control, 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 is a Guiding Expert of the China Overseas IP Dispute Response & Guidance Center. 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.
Fan (Martha) Wang, an associate in Orrick’s Beijing office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Martha regularly represents Chinese and international clients in cross-border M&A, private equity investments and financings, joint ventures, foreign direct investments and other compliance matters.
She has represented clients from a broad range of industries, including TMT, financial services, healthcare, consumer products, energy, manufacturing, etc.In addition, she has experience in handling initial public offerings, debt and equity securities offerings, pre-IPO investments, as well as advising on restructuring, employment, antitrust, and general corporate matters.
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.
Heidi advises on a broad range of corporate practice areas, including cross-border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, venture capital, renewable energy, corporate governance and restructuring.
Heidi frequently works with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on a variety of matters, including investment rounds and general corporate governance.She also has experience working on cross-border M&A and corporate restructurings in a range of sectors, including the energy and technology sectors.
Dan is driven by ensuring his client's objectives are met efficiently and effectively, both in the matter in question and for the longer term.
He has broad experience of cross-border and domestic M&A (public and private), corporate and securities matters, including preferred equity investments, capital markets and special situations. He has worked extensively with upper and mid-market private equity clients, including EQT, KKR, Terra Firma and EIG, as well as public companies and investment banks. He advises on transactions in all sectors but is particularly focused on the technology, energy and infrastructure and financial services sectors.
He is recommended by Legal 500 2019 and described as “[thinking] through highly complex structure and documentation issues without losing sight of the commercial objectives” (Legal 500, Upper Mid-Market M&A, 2018) and “an insightful negotiator” (Legal 500, Upper Mid-Market M&A, 2017). Prior to joining Orrick, Dan worked at Milbank and before that at Slaughter and May.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Jeremiah Weasenforth is the Managing Project Attorney in the Orrick Analytics group. Jeremiah manages a team of attorneys and technical non-attorneys that utilize technology and project management discipline to assist with litigation and transactional tasks. Jeremiah’s focus is bringing efficiency to all aspects of such tasks through the use of technology and sound process.
Jeremiah develops and implements workflows around the use of artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and machine learning by assessing case goals and strategy. This includes implementing a broad array of tools designed to achieve cost savings for clients, including predictive analytics, structured analytics, sentiment analysis, and concept analysis technology. Jeremiah has significant experience managing discovery tasks from early case assessment through trial. Jeremiah regularly consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on complex data issues in discovery.
Jeremiah writes and frequently speaks on the use of advanced analytics, including the challenges associated with unique aspects of litigation.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Nick Weaver is an eDiscovery Career Associate in Orrick's Global Operations & Innovation Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Nick consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on eDiscovery strategy and data privacy issues, including issues related to pending and threatened litigation in federal and state courts.
Nick has experience with a broad range of commercial and civil litigation matters, including multi-district litigation, class actions, healthcare disputes, qui tam lawsuits, securities and financial industry litigation, white collar investigations, and corporate internal investigations. He assists with all aspects of the discovery process, including coordinating the preservation, collection, review and production of information; negotiating and applying search terms to structured and unstructured ESI; conducting custodian interviews; advising clients on TAR and implementing related methods to streamline discovery; managing privilege reviews, creating privilege logs, and advising clients on complex privilege issues; negotiating and structuring ESI protocols; participating in meet and confer negotiations; and responding to written discovery. He also has extensive experience retaining and supervising outside vendors on behalf of clients who will handle sensitive client data while coordinating ediscovery services, including negotiating pricing and the terms of their service agreements to obtain the best possible arrangements for clients. Nick has been a part of trial teams, and has managed case teams during trials and arbitrations.
Nick's practice also focuses on data privacy and cybersecurity. He works with company stakeholders to develop internal privacy programs to comply with the growing number of state privacy laws and regulations. Nick is well versed in The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), working with clients to develop internal inventories to track collected personal information, and advising clients on compliance-related issues. He also has experience with issues related to HIPAA, state privacy laws related to protected health information, GDPR, and laws triggered by data breaches and ransomware attacks.
Nick also devotes a portion of his practice to pro bono matters, including those involving the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nick worked as an attorney in the Business and Tort Litigation group at Jones Day in Pittsburgh, PA. His practice focused on complex commercial disputes, class action defense, and related eDiscovery issues.
Melissa is a litigation associate in Orrick's San Francisco office.
Prior to joining Orrick, Melissa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Philip R. Martinez in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Melissa graduated from Berkeley Law, where she was an editor on the California Law Review and a student advisor for the Law and Technology Writing Workshop.
New York; Tokyo
New York; Tokyo
Mark Weeks is a partner in Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity Group. He has practiced in New York and Tokyo for more than 25 years and served as office leader of Orrick’s Tokyo office from 2006 to 2017.
He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, clean technology, life sciences, IT and telecommunications asset transfers, strategic investments, and general corporate representation for U.S., Japanese and other Asian companies.
Mark speaks, reads and writes fluent Japanese.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
David 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.
David works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize, and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. David assists litigation teams to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda, and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.
Prior to joining Orrick, David interned in an intellectual property firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked in the banking sector in the United Kingdom.
Michael Weil, an Employment and Trade Secrets partner in the San Francisco office, represents clients in high-stakes trade secrets, employee mobility and employment litigation throughout the United States.
Michael's trade secrets engagements frequently arise from employee departures or commercial settings. He has handled trade secrets and non-compete cases involving a variety of intellectual property, such as organic chemistry, genetic sequencing, chemistry lab processes, near field payment technology, client lists, shipping cost information, and many others. As an employment lawyer, Michael also regularly handles matters involving independent contractor status, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and compensation matters, including wage-and-hour class actions and representative actions under state and federal laws. Finally, Michael counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and related business issues.