Christopher Wilkinson Partner, Employment Law & Litigation, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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."
William Wilson practices in our Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, where he focuses on data privacy and technology transactions. William is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
William’s experience includes counseling clients on data privacy and security issues, including privacy issues in M&A and technology transactions and compliance with privacy laws, regulations, and industry standards. William also drafts and negotiates complex technology and intellectual property agreements, such as bank technology outsourcing, payment systems, supply and distribution, development and integration, software as a service, and other internet- and technology-related agreements.
Before working at Orrick, William was an associate at another West Coast-based law firm where he completed a secondment with a large technology provider, overseeing a broad range of technology and intellectual property transactions. Prior to law school, William worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Ariel Winawer is an associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group.
Ariel represents companies and individuals in a broad range of civil and criminal matters, including government enforcement and regulatory investigations, internal investigations, securities class actions, and shareholder derivative actions.
Ariel also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on immigration and civil rights matters.
Blake is the global head of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure Group and is a transactional lawyer focusing on the downstream and midstream energy sectors.
Blake is recognized both nationally and globally by Chambers (Chambers USA and Chambers Global 2008-2019), which reports that he is "very strong in the industry and has a really good client following" and that clients describe him as "very pragmatic with good business judgment and a very effective negotiating style." Blake has also been named by Euromoney (2009-2019) as one of the “world’s leading project finance lawyers" and one of the "world’s leading energy and natural resources lawyers."
Blake advises clients on energy sector mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures, and on the development, structuring, and financing of large-scale energy projects in the United States and internationally. He regularly represents multinational energy companies, large private equity funds, project developers and sponsors, borrowers and debt issuers, investment banks, and other capital providers and investors in the energy industry.
Blake has significant experience in the electric power sector, including fossil fuel-fired, simple and combined-cycle and co-generation facilities, as well as wind, solar (central station and distributed), landfill gas, biomass and other renewable energy projects. He also represents clients in transactions involving oil, natural-gas and refined-products pipelines, gathering and processing systems and storage facilities (tank farms and underground), exploration and production investment platforms and operations, electric power and natural gas transmission and local distribution systems and alternative fuels production and marketing arrangements.
Orrick mourns the passing of our partner and friend Mark Wine on April 20, 2019.
Having tried 27 federal and state trials over the past 40 years, Mark Wine can charm any jury. A natural storyteller and affable teacher, Mark transforms complicated technology into compelling stories, and faceless corporations into engaging individuals. Mark applies the same friendly and confident style when leading his litigation teams, inspiring each person to strive for greatness, and thereby elevating the entire team.
Mark serves as Deputy Chair of the Global Intellectual Property Business Unit. Given his lifelong passion for technology, Mark is a natural fit for intellectual property litigation. He tries patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases for Fortune 500 companies throughout California, as well as international clients in Asia and Europe. He handles all phases of discovery, prior art research, pretrial, jury and bench trial work, post-trial motions and appeals before the Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits, as well as Section 337 proceedings before the ITC.
As lead defense counsel, Mark settled a five-patent matter for a European medical manufacturer, for approximately one-half of one percent of the original demand. Mark’s team invalidated two of the five asserted patents on summary judgment and successfully defended that outcome in the Federal Circuit. The case settled just before trial on the remaining issues.
Mark has also defended one of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers in patent infringement litigation involving plasma screen displays. The case involved claims and counterclaims covering 16 patents and was settled favorably following an intensive discovery and claims construction battle.
Bridget Winters is an associate in the Tax group in London.
Bridget works across all areas of non-contentious tax with particular experience in corporate tax, investment funds, VAT and share schemes and incentives.Before joining Orrick, Bridget trained at the Bar before qualifying as a solicitor in DLA’s tax litigation practice in 2012.