Bill Walderman counsels insurance companies on the taxation of insurance companies and their products. He works on the tax-compliant design and administration of life insurance and annuity products on behalf of insurers, other financial service providers and corporate purchasers; the remediation of non-tax compliant insurance products; and tax reserving and other insurance company tax issues.
Christian Walker represents corporate clients in the areas of securities, corporate governance and finance. His practice focuses on advising public and private companies and funds, such as business development companies, on public and private debt and equity offerings and other financing transactions, ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and securities law compliance and other transactional matters.
A 23-year veteran of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), John Walsh joined Eversheds Sutherland (US) in October 2011. With his deep, insider’s experience and perspective of the SEC, John now represents broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment advisers and other securities firms in compliance and regulatory issues involving the agency. He counsels clients on the full spectrum of securities issues from development and compliance to cooperation in examinations and defense in enforcement proceedings.
Kyle Wamstad represents electric power, natural gas and renewable energy sector clients in various transactional and regulatory matters. His recent transactional experience includes purchase and sale, asset purchase, power purchase, joint development, interconnection, transportation/transmission service and asset management agreements, as well as transactions based upon International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) master agreements to buy and sell electricity, gas, capacity, renewable energy certificates and other energy-related products. Kyle also advises clients on the development and operation of liquefied natural gas, energy storage, hydroelectric generation and high-voltage transmission assets.
Dan Warren protects the intellectual property of some of the world’s largest companies and best known brands. Dan prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications, and domestic and foreign trademark applications. With a background in mechanical engineering, Dan has served as trial and appellate counsel and as an expert witness in patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright litigation, including litigation concerning medical instruments, athletic equipment, computer software, camouflage and digital piracy.
Working primarily in the electric power and natural gas industries, Tom Warren helps his clients manage risk and strategically negotiate complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, energy commodity transactions and project development.
Bill Warren advises clients on strategic intellectual property issues primarily in the life sciences sector, but also in a number of other industries. The majority of his practice focuses on patents related to biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical inventions. Bill prosecutes patents, counsels clients on patent validity and infringement issues and prepares product clearance opinions and development strategies. He also negotiates technology transfer licensing agreements and conducts intellectual property due diligence.
Mark Wasserman has been the Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP for 12 years and is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Eversheds Sutherland Limited. He leads the firm’s lawyers and staff in collaborating to provide high quality, efficient and creative service to the firm’s clients.
Jeanne Waters advises clients on a broad range of corporate finance matters and transactions, as well as maintaining compliance with securities regulations. She also counsels companies on managing complex capital structures.
Bill Watts is a corporate securities attorney who represents clients in the creation and operation of domestic and non-U.S. investment funds and private equity funds. He is experienced drafting contracts and negotiating business transactions; including investments in real estate, venture capital and corporate buyout funds. Bill also provides companies everyday management advice regarding compliance with the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, risk management and general corporate matters.
Veronica Wayner counsels financial services and insurance companies in commercial litigation and class action lawsuits in federal and state courts. She handles matters involving unfair trade practices, alleged violations of consumer protection statutes and policy coverage issues, as well as a variety of business torts actions and commercial disputes. She also assists clients in conducting internal investigations and with regulatory compliance.
Kristy Weathers is the firm’s Professional Development Partner. In this position, she works with the Professional Development Committee, individual practice groups and firm management to craft and implement the firm's professional development strategy. She also works with the Professional Development Committee and individual practice groups to design and implement training programs for the firm's attorneys and clients.
Ryan Weiss counsels clients on the regulatory landscape surrounding the production, trade and movement of physical commodities, including crude oil, petroleum products, renewable fuels and agricultural products. His practice includes advising clients on regulatory issues under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mobile Source and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programs under the Clean Air Act and the programs of a host of related agencies including the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Ryan’s practice in this area includes helping companies assess and navigate enforcement issues arising out of the production and transportation of petroleum products and renewable fuels, including all aspects of the RFS and EPA’s gasoline and diesel regulations.
Danny Wells counsels clients on a wide variety of complex business and commercial litigation matters, including construction and contract disputes in state and federal courts.
He also advises on professional liability and corporate governance matters, and represents clients in constitutional law cases.
Gail Westover advocates for clients in federal and state court litigation and arbitration. In more than 19 years, she has gained experience in energy, employment, ERISA, insurance, financial services, intellectual property, construction and general commercial contract disputes.
Danyel White represents major and market-leading commodity traders and their insurers in contentious matters including charterparty and commodity sale disputes, and has been involved in a number of high-profile reported cases. He also routinely advises clients in transactional matters focusing on trade finance, ship and rig sales, ship management, and related finance work.
A member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)’s Tax Practice Group, Larry White advises clients regarding estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax; income taxation of estates and trusts; wills, trusts and administration of estates; life insurance planning; tax controversies; and fiduciary litigation. Larry guides clients through the complexities of estate planning; the preparation of wills, trusts and related documents; and planning for closely held businesses, including corporate restructurings and recapitalizations, gift planning, income tax planning, and charitable planning.
Allison Wielobob brings nearly 20 years of employee benefits law experience—both in government service and private practice—to advise her clients on a range of fiduciary issues under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Lewis Wiener, an experienced trial and appellate attorney with three decades of trial and counseling experience, represents a broad array of clients in state, federal and appellate court litigation throughout the United States. Lew leads the Eversheds Sutherland (US) TCPA Practice and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee. His extensive litigation and trial experience includes serving as class action defense counsel, conducting large internal investigations, handling complex litigation matters and representing entities in litigation brought by and against the federal government. Lew also represents clients in eminent domain/inverse condemnation environmental and land-use litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
David Wigley, Ph.D. combines his legal experience with years of academic research in chemistry to develop intellectual property strategies that protect both established and fledgling businesses. David focuses mainly on the IP rights of companies involved in chemical, pharmaceutical, materials-related and polymer technologies. Based in Eversheds Sutherland (US)’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, he works to secure, maintain, license and enforce the IP rights of clients. His track record includes prosecuting patent applications and developing opinions regarding validity/invalidity, infringement/non-infringement and freedom to operate issues.
Bill Wildman’s practice focuses on representing parties in the construction industry. Bill helps his clients anticipate and solve potential problems and counsels them on day-to-day operations. He represents owners, contractors and design professionals in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and in all aspects of both construction litigation and arbitration, including prosecuting and defending against claims. Bill has significant experience drafting and negotiating construction contracts for developers and large institutional investors for multi-family projects.
Yvonne Williams-Wass defends clients in investigations, enforcement actions, and litigation brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), state regulators, and private litigants. She also represents audit or special committees or the boards of directors at public or private companies, investigating securities law violations, financial reporting fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and officer and director misconduct.
Liz Williamson counsels energy clients on environmental regulations under state and federal law, with an emphasis on Clean Air Act issues, such as compliance, enforcement and strategy related to new source review (NSR) enforcement and the implementation of Clean Air Act settlements. She also counsels clients on compliance with all environmental regulations, including the mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), and all aspects of new and existing permitting. Liz also has experience in performing due diligence and advising on corporate asset transactions.
For more than 20 years, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik has helped her insurance company clients comply with the fast-changing requirements of state and federal regulators and successfully respond to state unclaimed property and market conduct examinations and changes in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, with a particular focus on cybersecurity. Her extensive knowledge of company operations and of insurance, unclaimed property and securities regulation and corporate governance helps clients evaluate and refine compliance procedures to improve positioning with regulators, including unclaimed property administrators and securities and insurance regulators, and to address cybersecurity risks.
Sean Wissman is an attorney with experience working on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, restructurings, debt offerings and general corporate matters. Much of Sean’s practice at Eversheds Sutherland (US) has been focused on insurance-related matters, including acquisitions and XXX reserve financing transactions.
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