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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Spencer Wan Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Spencer Wan is a managing associate in Orrick's San Francisco office.

Spencer Wan is a managing associate in Orrick's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group.

Spencer’s practice focuses on litigation, securities, intellectual property, and trade secrets. He also has experience in handling complex disputes in the finance and technology sectors. As a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, Spencer represents corporate clients and individuals in state and federal courts across various civil matters, including contract disputes, securities claims, and trade secret misappropriation claims.

Spencer also works with Orrick’s pro bono team to support underrepresented populations, including OneJustice, a California organization providing legal services to low-income families and individuals.

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Practice:

  • Higher Education and Student Loan Financing
  • Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing
  • Public Power Financing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Nonprofit Corporation Financing
  • Water and Wastewater

John Wang Partner Higher Education and Student Loan Financing, Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing

San Francisco


John Wang is a member of the Public Finance Department and chair of the higher education financing group. John's practice includes serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter's counsel and borrower’s counsel on a wide variety of transactions. John was recently recognized as one of California's top 50 development lawyers by The Daily Journal.

John has significant experience with advising issuers, developers and underwriters on financings for higher education, utilities (including water, wastewater and energy facilities), solid waste disposal facilities (including waste-to-energy facilities) and 501(c)(3) corporations. He has experience advising clients in such financings in several states and territories, including California, Hawaii, Guam, Nevada and Texas.

Melissa Wee Associate

San Francisco

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. 

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Practice:

  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Michael D. Weil Partner Trade Secrets Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

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. 

387851

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Israel
  • Corporate

Gabriel Weiner Managing Associate Technology Companies Group, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

San Francisco

Gabriel Weiner, a corporate associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Tax

Mark Weitzel Partner Energy, Infrastructure

San Francisco

Mark has more than 25 years of experience in the financing, development, acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure projects and companies.

Mark has a finance, tax and corporate background, and focuses on structuring complex equity and debt investments, and negotiating investment, shareholder and joint venture agreements. He has a particular focus on tax and cash equity financing of renewable energy projects, including in the solar and wind space.

Mark is a recognized leader in the field. He is the former co-chair of Orrick’s Energy & Infrastructure practice, and has been named by Chambers as one of “America’s leading energy lawyers”, described by clients as “a standout.” He is also highlighted in The Legal 500 USA as a leading individual in the areas of energy: renewable/alternative and is highlighted in the conventional power category. Euromoney has recognized Mark as one of the “world’s leading project finance lawyers” and one of the “world’s leading energy and natural resource lawyers.” He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for project finance law, by The Legal 500 as a leading project finance lawyer, and has been a Law360 Energy MVP. Mark is a frequent speaker on energy project and infrastructure investments.

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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.

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:

  • 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.

376964

Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • eDiscovery & Information Governance

David Williams Career Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, eDiscovery & Information Governance

San Francisco

David Williams, CIPP/US, CIPM is an eDiscovery and Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation lawyer in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. David advises clients on a broad range of privacy and cybersecurity matters, including compliance and risk management.

David's practice focuses on leveraging his experience of providing insight and guidance on U.S. and E.U. privacy laws to assist clients with their privacy and cybersecurity needs. David works primarily with the eDiscovery and Cyber, Privacy, & Data Innovation groups addressing issues in both privacy issues in the context of litigation and compliance efforts. David assists clients from a broad range of industries and sectors in assessing their current privacy and cybersecurity practices.

David has guided clients through tailored California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) compliance programs and 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 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.

David also has an active pro bono practice, which has included representing clients in immigration and innocence matters and assisting small and non-profit businesses with their privacy needs.

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Practice:

  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • White Collar
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Ariel Winawer Associate Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

San Francisco

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.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • Structured Finance
  • Public Finance Tax
  • Corporate Tax

George Wolf Partner Tax, Structured Finance

San Francisco

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.