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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.
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.
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.
Ryan Wooten's practice focuses on resolving business disputes, through trial, if necessary, and conducting investigations for clients in the financial services and energy industries.
Ryan has spent most of his career counseling clients in the financial services and energy industries. As a result, Ryan has deep industry knowledge and understands where his clients' business and legal strategies intersect. He has experience representing clients across the United States in federal and state courts and in front of arbitration panels. Ryan represents hydrocarbon producers, explorers, transporters and refiners in the defense of tort and breach of contract actions. In addition, Ryan represents and counsels large financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, class action litigation, and bet-the-company contract disputes.
Ryan seeks efficient outcomes for his clients and has a track record of prevailing at the summary judgment stage. In other cases, Ryan has efficiently negotiated with opposing counsel to reach early, favorable settlements. In the event a case is not fit for early resolution, Ryan has experience trying cases to juries, the bench, and arbitration panels.
Ryan also maintains an active pro bono practice and works closely with the Houston Bar Association, including as a former chairman and current member of its Habitat for Humanity committee.
A former D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court clerk, Tiffany Wright represents clients in high-stakes appeals and complex litigation.
Prior to joining Orrick, Tiffany was a Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she was a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice group. Before that, Tiffany served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Tiffany is a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as a senior editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and the editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. During law school, she worked full-time for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, where she managed discovery and trial presentation in numerous criminal prosecutions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and drafted appellate briefs involving complex evidentiary and constitutional issues.
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 gamut of intellectual property rights. He also secures and protects companies' IP portfolios across a variety of business sectors.
Briggs 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.
Jason Wu is a lawyer in Orrick’s London office and a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises high growth technology companies and venture capital firms.
Jason advises technology companies and venture capital firms in venture capital transactions, corporate formation and governance, and other general corporate matters.
Prior to joining the London office, Jason was a member of Orrick’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in San Francisco, where his practice included representing companies in class action, insurance, and trade secrets litigation, regulatory proceedings, and a variety of commercial disputes in U.S. and international forums.
Jason has also been actively engaged with pro bono clients. His work has included successfully obtaining a grant of asylum in the U.S. for a Guatemalan refugee and representing artists in copyright disputes.
Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.
Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany
Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.
Shinsuke Yakura is the Office Leader of Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He is an expert in handling cross-border litigation, arbitration, intellectual property and compliance matters.
His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.
In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.
Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.
Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.
He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.
Wei (Carol) Yan, a senior associate in Orrick’s Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.
Carol’s practice focuses on patent filing and prosecution, patent-related legal advice and patent litigation across a broad range of industries, including chemistry, materials science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, semiconductor and auto mechanics. Carol has extensional experience in patent, trademark, domain name, copyright and trade secret.
Before joining Orrick, Carol worked with Lung Tin International Property Agent Ltd. and in Jones Day’s Beijing Office.