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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Power
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Latin America

Blake Winburne Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Houston

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.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • China
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Technology Companies Group

Mark P. Wine Partner Intellectual Property, Patents

Orange County

In Memoriam:

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.

346925

Practice:

  • Tax
  • Tax Advocacy

Bridget Winters Managing Associate Tax, Tax Advocacy

London

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.
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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Rick Witte Partner Public Finance

Houston

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.

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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.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Corporate
  • White Collar
  • Trials

John Wolfe Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Corporate

Seattle

For nearly 40 years, John Wolfe has provided crisis management advice to and directly represented businesses (public and private) and individuals confronting complex, high profile government investigations (criminal and civil). 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, consumer protection violations,  public corruption and campaign finance violations, environmental violations (both land-based and maritime), including catastrophic industrial accident 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, New York, and Wyoming.

Honors:

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.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance
  • Restructuring
  • Public Power Financing
  • Derivatives

Neil Wolk Partner Public Finance, Restructuring

New York

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.
Over his career, Neil has worked on financings for joint action agencies and municipal utilities such as Gainesville (Florida) Regional Utilities, Intermountain Power Agency, JEA, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power), Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and WPPI Energy. The transactions in which Neil has participated have included public offerings, private placements, system and project financings, tax-exempt and taxable financings, secured and unsecured debt, senior and subordinated debt, fixed rate and variable rate debt and derivatives and he has had extensive experience in drafting documents for all of these types of financings. In addition, he has considerable experience with all types of disclosure issues encountered by electric utilities.
Neil also has been involved in a number of transactions involving the acquisition of utility companies and/or utility properties.
Recently, Neil represented MEAG Power in the financing of its undivided ownership interest in the first new nuclear generating facilities constructed on U.S. soil in over 30 years, which involved both taxable and tax-exempt capital markets debt, along with U.S. Department of Energy-guaranteed debt, and which was selected by The Financial Times as one of the most Innovative Deals of 2011.
Before joining Orrick, Neil was a partner at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon in New York.
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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Besorah Won Associate Public Finance

Los Angeles

Besorah Won is an attorney in the Los Angeles office and a member of Orrick's Public Finance Department.

Besorah serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel on transactions involving general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, certificates of participation and various land secured financing structures.

Prior to joining Orrick, Besorah served as a fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Carmen Wong Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Hong Kong

Carmen Wong, an associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group.

Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and corporate investigations.

Carmen advises multinationals and financial institutions on a variety of business disputes and employment law matters, responsible for drafting legal agreements and conducting legal research on commercial law and employment law issues. She also has experience in conducting corporate internal investigations related to activities in China. 

In addition, Carmen assisted in duty lawyer services and pro-bono work on human trafficking (International Bar Association), for domestic helpers (Helpers for Domestic Helpers) and for an international school in Hong Kong (The Harbour School).

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Kristopher R. Wood Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Action Defense

Orange County

Kristopher Wood is a Managing Associate in Orrick's Orange County office and is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Wood represents clients in a broad array of litigation matters, including intellectual property disputes, shareholder disputes, class action defense, complex breach of contract actions, and other commercial litigation matters.

He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation, arbitration and mediation in jurisdictions across the United States.

Mr. Wood joined Orrick in October, 2015. Prior to his tenure at Orrick, Mr. Wood was an associate attorney at the Orange County office of Paul Hastings LLP in the Complex Litigation Group and a judicial extern for the Hon. Rex Armstrong and Appellate Commissioner James C. Nash of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Energy
  • Class Action Defense
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Ryan Wooten Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Financial Services Litigation

Houston

Ryan Wooten's practice focuses on resolving business disputes and conducting investigations for clients in the financial services and energy industries.

Ryan has represented and counseled large financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, and class action litigation. In addition to his work in the financial services industry, Ryan has represented hydrocarbon producers, explorers, transporters and refiners in the defense of tort and breach of contract actions.

Ryan has prevailed on several motions for summary judgment related to contract disputes. In other cases, Ryan has efficiently negotiated with opposing counsel to reach early, favorable settlements.

Through his volunteer work with Missouri City Municipal Court, Ryan has tried more than 10 Class C misdemeanor cases to a jury verdict. During law school, Ryan also interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and for Judge Vanessa Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, who has jurisdiction over criminal matters.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property

Briggs M. Wright Managing Associate Intellectual Property

New York

Briggs Wright is an associate in the New York office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on trademark litigation, counseling and prosecution, as well as copyright and patent law. 

With experience in federal court and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the United States International Trade Commission, Briggs is involved in every aspect of high stakes litigation running the entire gamut of intellectual property rights.  He also secures and protects companies' portfolios across a variety of business sectors. 

He has also been active in Orrick's pro bono practice, representing clients in copyright and contract issues relating to the production of a documentary film, various trademark disputes representing non-profit entities, and trademark counseling and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

During law school, he was Senior Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.