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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."
Washington, D.C.; New York
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William Wilson practices in our Technology Companies Group, where he focuses on technology transactions and data privacy. William is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.William focuses on technology transactions, including counseling, structuring and negotiating deals across industries with a particular focus on the fintech, healthcare, and technology sectors. He also advises clients on data privacy matters and the intersection of privacy in technology transactions. William is a strategic advisor in these matters to startups and large corporate enterprises and to investors in such companies.
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 leads Orrick's Energy and Infrastructure Sector (one of the firm's three focus areas, along with technology and finance) 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 2008-2020), 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.
Rick practices in the public law area. His focus is public finance, serving as bond counsel, bank counsel, purchaser’s counsel, disclosure counsel or underwriters’ counsel in tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions for school districts, junior college districts, cities, counties, state agencies, economic development corporations and special authorities throughout Texas.
He has extensive experience with education, infrastructure financings and economic development. Rick has also represented various local governments on special projects, including legislative and investment matters.
George Wolf, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group and the Corporate Tax Group. George has handled nearly all aspects of federal and state tax planning, specializing in financial transactions, synthetic securities, structured and securitized financings, tax exempt bonds and foreign financing transactions.
George is also a long-time member of the Public Finance Tax Group, specializing in public power and health care, and is the leading national authority on municipal derivative products. He is principal tax advisor to several major municipal electric utilities and nonprofit healthcare organizations. He also has extensive experience in working with leading banks in creating new financial products, including secondary market synthetic instruments, contingent payment debt instruments, financing strategies for energy, as well as defending the taxation of financial transactions before taxing authorities.
George also has substantial experience defending the tax integrity of financing arrangements in particular as well as tax litigation in general.
For more than 40 years, John Wolfe has provided crisis management advice to and directly represented businesses (both public and private) and individuals confronting complex, high profile government investigations (criminal and civil) or other character and conduct related issues. Chambers USA has described John as “having a fantastic reputation throughout the Bar as someone who can solve big-time problems,” and "one of the premier white-collar defense lawyers on the West Coast."
John is consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and recommended by The Legal 500 United States as a white collar criminal defense lawyer. John relies upon a multi-disciplinary crisis management strategy to assist clients address both legal and reputational risk.
John has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state criminal and civil investigations, including state attorney general investigations, related to alleged: health care fraud and standards of care violations resulting in death, consumer protection violations, public corruption and campaign finance violations, environmental violations (both land-based and maritime), including catastrophic industrial accident response and investigations, cybersecurity investigations and securities and tax fraud, including money laundering. John is an accomplished and seasoned trial lawyer who has represented public and private clients in more than 100 jury trials, and appeared in state and federal proceedings throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as California, Florida, Montana, New York, and Wyoming.
In 2004, John chaired the Magistrate Selection Committee for the Federal District Court in the Western District of Washington. He has also served on several Merit Selection panels identifying candidates for appointment to the federal bench in the Western District of Washington. He is currently co-chair of the Federal Appointments Committee for the Federal Bar Association and has served as a Ninth Circuit Representative. He was once appointed to serve as a Special Master in a matter pending before the Federal District Court in the Western District of Washington to investigate issues related to a multi-party joint defense agreement.
Neil Wolk, a New York public finance partner, is a member of the firm’s Public Finance Department. He has extensive experience in the areas of municipal and corporate finance with particular expertise in financing transactions for public power entities and rural electric cooperatives.Neil has spent the bulk of his career working on both tax-exempt and taxable financings for public power clients including joint action agencies, municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. He has had many roles in these financings including bond counsel, counsel to the underwriters and counsel to credit enhancers.