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

John Wang Partner Public Finance, Higher Education and Student Loan 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.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • China

Fan (Martha) Wang Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


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.


  • Intellectual Property
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Patents
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Trade & Compliance
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility
  • China

Xiang Wang Partner Intellectual Property, Mass Torts & Product Liability

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. 



  • Public Policy

Scott Ward Partner Public Policy

Washington, D.C.

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.



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

Heidi Wardle Associate Fintech, Solar Energy


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.


  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments

Daniel Wayte Partner M&A and Private Equity, Renewable Energy


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.

Jeremiah Weasenforth Managing Project Attorney

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.



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

Nick Weaver eDiscovery Career Associate eDiscovery & Information Governance, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Nick Weaver is an eDiscovery Career Associate in Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Nick consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on eDiscovery strategy regarding matters in federal and state courts.

Nick has experience with a broad range of commercial and civil litigation matters, including healthcare disputes, qui tam lawsuits, securities and financial industry litigation and corporate investigations.  He manages a variety of complex discovery matters, and assists with all aspects of the discovery process, including collection, search terms, custodian interviews, review and production of information, privilege reviews, depositions, and responding to written discovery.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nick worked as an attorney in the Business and Tort Litigation group at Jones Day in Pittsburgh, PA.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Troubled Transactions
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Michael Weed Senior Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Troubled Transactions


Michael Weed, Senior Counsel in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, is based in the Sacramento office. Mike focuses his practice on general commercial litigation.

Mike is experienced and effective in bet-the-company litigation, but his first focus is always to keep his clients out of litigation or to resolve it favorably and quickly when litigation is unavoidable. He has significant experience in a variety of substantive areas, including commercial contract and business disputes, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising and unfair business practices, environmental compliance and litigation, Proposition 65, and administrative enforcement proceedings. Mike has been a lead trial attorney in both civil and criminal matters.  

Mike also has unique and in-depth expertise defending constitutional and statutory challenges to public finance projects on behalf of state and local agencies throughout California. Over the past 15 years, he has successfully prosecuted and defended dozens of validation actions, in both trial and appellate courts, confirming the legality of public finance transactions involving a variety of projects, including sports stadiums, convention centers and critical infrastructure.

Mike was a summer associate with Orrick in 1997, and an associate from 1998 through July 2000. He then joined the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted numerous misdemeanor trials. He returned to Orrick in February 2001 to continue his civil practice.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • China
  • Japan

L. Mark Weeks Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


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.

David Weidner Project Attorney

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.