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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy

Adam Wenner Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

Washington, D.C.

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.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Global Investigations
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar
  • Trials

Derek Wetmore Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Global Investigations

San Francisco

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.

366115

Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Margaret Wheeler-Frothingham Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

New York

Margaret Wheeler-Frothingham is a senior associate in the New York office. Her practice covers all aspects of intellectual property 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, technology and fashion and retail industries. Margaret represents both plaintiffs and defendants in infringement actions in federal court and represents licensees in 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 also represents digital music services, technology platforms and other content users in negotiations and pre-litigation disputes with record labels, music publishers, photographers and other rights holders. She is adept at guiding clients through settlement negotiations, and if necessary, to a final judgement.

Margaret’s trademark litigation practice includes representing brands in trademark and trade dress infringement actions, and negotiating coexistence agreements or other resolutions to trademark disputes.

In addition to litigation, Margaret counsels clients on a wide variety of intellectual property issues, including clearance, licensing, brand protection, digital media issues and DMCA compliance, and right of publicity. She manages clients' global trademark portfolios in connection with international and domestic trademark prosecution and enforcement. Margaret also counsels clients on 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 and disputes.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Steven G. White Managing Associate Public Finance

Portland

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.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Nicola Whiteley Partner Employment Law & Litigation

London

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.

Practice:

  • Tax
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Asset Backed Securities

Ken G. Whyburn Senior Counsel Tax, Mortgage Related Securities

San Francisco

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.

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Practice:

  • Technology Transactions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Corporate

Kayla Wieche Associate Technology Transactions, Technology Companies Group

New York

Kayla Wieche is an associate in the Technology Transactions practice at Orrick and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.

Kayla focuses on technology transactions, including drafting and negotiating commercial and intellectual property agreements. Kayla also provides guidance to both emerging and established companies on intellectual property issues, including in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.


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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits

Michael Wiesner Of Counsel Compensation & Benefits

San Francisco

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.

386806

Practice:

  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Project Finance
  • Infrastructure

Eliana M. Wilk Managing Associate Energy, Renewable Energy

Washington, D.C.

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.
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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Pay Equity

Christopher Wilkinson Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Washington, D.C.

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.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • Fintech

Geoff Willard Partner Corporate, Technology Companies Group

Washington, D.C.

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.