Arshad A. Ahmed is an experienced transactional lawyer practicing since 1999 in private equity activities, mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, divestitures, corporate governance and counseling. Mr. Ahmed has significant experience in domestic and international transactions. He is also recognized as a leading authority in and critic of Shari'ah-related investment practices and the contemporary Islamic banking and finance sector, and he has spoken widely on matters pertaining to the application of Shari'ah law in contemporary transactions. During his career, Mr. Ahmed has been a partner at a leading international law firm. He co-founded both a boutique financial consulting firm as well as a hedge fund.
George H. Brown is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the Litigation Department. Mr. Brown practices in the areas of complex securities litigation, accountants’ liability and corporate governance. He has represented officers, directors, board committees and the professionals who serve those corporate constituencies in class action securities litigation, internal company investigations, regulatory and grand jury investigations, derivative actions, arbitration proceedings, and related matters. He regularly represents accounting firms in a wide variety of disputes proceedings and regulatory settings.
Mr. Brown was a law professor at UCLA School of Law, where he taught contracts, business associations, and securities regulation courses. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (inactive). He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco and has been a member of the board since 2005. He received a joint JD/MBA in 1988 from UCLA, where he served as editor-in-chief of the National Black Law Journal.
Thomas Brown is a partner in the Antitrust/Competition Practice in O’Melveny & Myers’ San Francisco office. His practice focuses on competition law and legal issues affecting the financial services industry.
Before joining O’Melveny, Mr. Brown was Vice President, Senior Counsel at Visa U.S.A. Inc. In 2003, he defended the company in the then largest private antitrust case in U.S. history. Mr. Brown has written numerous trial and appellate briefs on antitrust law, including the petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Robinson-Patman Act case, Osram Sylvania Products v. Von Der Ahe, which attempted to clarify the type of proof needed to establish injury to competition in a price-discrimination action brought under the act. He has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Mr. Brown received an A.B in Economics-Mathematics (cum laude) from Columbia University. He obtained a J.D. from the University of Chicago where he was a John M. Olin Student Fellow of Law and Economics and member of the Law Review.
Douglas Clark teaches Corporate Governance: State of the Art Topics. He is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and has represented companies and individuals in securities litigation and SEC enforcement actions for more than 20 years.
Mr. Clark received his B.A. from Allegheny College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Alfred F. DeLeo teaches Techniques of Financial Analysis for Lawyers, and Accounting for Lawyers. He is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP, where he practices tax law.
Mr. DeLeo has particular expertise in matters involving real estate acquisitions, dispositions, sale-leasebacks, exchanges, co-venturing and development, and in matters involving real estate investment trusts, and tax-exempt entities (including pension funds) and their investments in real estate. His expertise extends to general individual, partnership, limited liability company and corporate tax planning, and includes Federal and California income taxation, California property taxation and the application of miscellaneous California excise taxes. Mr. DeLeo received his B.S.L. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from George Washington University.
Lothar Determann practices and teaches international technology, commercial and intellectual property law. As a Principal with Baker & McKenzie LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California Lothar Determann’s practice covers counseling companies on taking their products, data, intellectual property and contracts international, as well as related commercial and compliance matters. Dr. Determann is admitted to practice in Germany and California. He is recognized as one of the top 10 Copyright Attorneys / Top 25 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California by the San Francisco / Los Angeles Daily Journal (2008 and 2010 respectively), listed in the World’s 250 Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners by the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine and ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA and California Super Lawyers.
Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and he teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall, since 2004), Hastings College of the Law (since 2010), Freie Universität Berlin (since 1994) and Stanford Law School (since 2011). He has authored three books and more than 70 articles and treatise contributions and frequently presents on international and intellectual property law topics. For more information see www.bakermckenzie.com
David Patrick Eich is a partner with Kirkland and Ellis, representing financial sponsors and their affiliates in multi-jurisdictional leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments, fund formations and other complex private equity transactions in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Mr. Eich is leading the expansion of Kirkland's global private equity practice to Asia and is the senior partner in the firm's Hong Kong office. Dual qualified in the U.S. as an attorney and in the U.K. as a solicitor (he is also a registered foreign lawyer in Germany), he has closed many deals around the world from his offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London and Munich since 1994.
Mr. Eich is a founding co-sponsor of the Private Equity Institute at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and a Director of its Global Advisory Board. Mr. Eich is a founding co-sponsor of the London Business School Private Equity Institute and a member of its Global Advisory Board. He also lectures about private equity annually to classes in the LBS M.B.A. degree program. Mr. Eich graduated from Harvard University (magna cum laude) in 1988 and Columbia Law School with Honors from the Parker Program in International and Foreign Law in 1992.
Bill Falik has practiced land use, real estate, and environmental law and mediation in Northern California for the past 37 years and during this period he has pursued a dual career as attorney and real estate developer. During his legal career, Mr. Falik has been a partner in three San Francisco law firms in which he chaired the environmental and land use law departments. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Westpark Community Builders which developed 1,500 acres in Roseville, California and planned and entitled 4,300 residential units which were sold to the three largest builders in the United States. In addition, as CEO of Live Oak Enterprises, he has developed the Whitney Oaks master planned community in Rocklin, California with a championship Johnny Miller designed golf course and 2,000 homes.
Mr. Falik currently serves on a number of nonprofit Boards and renders real estate development consulting services to diverse clients. In addition, he serves as a mediator and expert witness in complex real estate cases. Mr. Falik has served as a federal district court law clerk in San Francisco and has taught real property law, CEQA, Environmental Law, Land Use Law, and Real Estate Development at the University of San Francisco School of Law where he served as an Assistant Professor. He teaches real estate courses as an Adjunct Professor at both Berkeley Law and Haas School of Business. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1968 and from Harvard Law School in 1971, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on the representation of project developers, utilities, investment banks, and venture capital firms in the energy and clean technology sector in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.
Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served various enterprises as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar, and solar thermal projects. In addition, Todd represents utility-scale solar and other renewable energy clients in their power sales and renewable energy credit (REC) transactions, national and international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and various equity and debt financings.
Todd received his B.A. from Cornell University, and M.P.A. from the University of Washington, and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he was editor in chief of Environmental Law.
Charles A. Hansen teaches Real Estate Transactions and Real Estate Transactions and Litigation. He is a partner at Wendel Rosen Black & Dean in Oakland. With nearly 30 years of experience, Mr. Hansen maintains a busy civil litigation practice with a focus on real estate, commercial and secured transactions litigation. He has been retained as a consultant and expert witness in a variety of transactional and state and federal court litigation matters relating to commercial and real estate lending, real estate transactions, mortgages, trust deeds, brokers, escrow, title insurance, commercial leasing, real estate development, guaranties and personal property-secured transactions. Mr. Hansen received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Boalt Hall.
Abrar Hussain is a corporate partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Palo Alto office and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. His practice focuses on assisting clients in their cross-border transactional needs in emerging markets, particularly in India and the Middle East. He also has significant experience assisting investment funds in their fund structuring and emerging markets transactions. Abrar’s practice has consistently been rated one of the top U.S. / India cross-border practices and he has represented some of the world’s largest multinationals and investment funds in their emerging market transactions.
Edward Jellen, who teaches bankruptcy law, served as a US Bankruptcy Judge in the Northern District of California for 25 years before his retirement from the bench in 2012. For seven of those years, he was the court’s Chief Judge. Judge Jellen is also a past chair of the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges and the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judges’ Education Committee. He co-authored Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy, which appeared in the California Bankruptcy Journal annually from 1996-2006. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Jellen was in private practice in San Francisco, during which time he served as Chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy section of the San Francisco Bar Association.
Judge Jellen received his J.D. from Berkeley Law and his
undergraduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley.
Hanno F. Kaiser, a partner at Latham & Watkins, is an antitrust lawyer with a special focus on technology and new media markets. He has counseled clients in mergers and non-corporate transactions involving online advertising, content distribution, online auctions, operating systems, all levels of the enterprise software stack, chip design and standard setting with respect to both US and EU antitrust law. In the "bricks and mortar" world, Mr. Kaiser has recently advised casino companies, supermarkets, clean energy firms, and a variety of financial institutions, trade associations and hedge funds in proceedings before the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Kaiser's clients include Yahoo! Inc., Oracle Corporation, Apple Inc., eBay Inc., The Hearst Corporation, Hilton Hotels Corporations, Harrah's Entertainment Inc., Pathmark Stores Inc. and The Carlyle Group.
Before relocating from New York to San Francisco in 2008, Mr. Kaiser taught antitrust as an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. He regularly publishes in the field of antitrust, law & economics and jurisprudence and is a frequent speaker on a broad range of antitrust and IP issues. His latest law review publications include "The Three Dimensions of Freedom, Crime, and Punishment," Buffalo Criminal Law Review, Vol. 9, 101-114 (2006) and "Debt Investments in Competitors under the Federal Antitrust Laws," Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, Vol. IX, 605-36 (2004).
Mr. Kaiser is a member of the New York bar and the German bar. He served on the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee of the Bar of the City of New York (2005-07) and on the New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Law Section's Executive Committee (2006-07). Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Kaiser practiced EU competition law with the Düsseldorf office of Shearman & Sterling. Mr. Kaiser holds law degrees from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and the University of California at Davis. For his Ph.D. thesis on the philosophy of criminal justice (University of Bonn, summa cum laude).
Janice Kosel teaches a course on Commercial Transactions and also a course on Secured Transactions. She is a member of the California Bar; specializing in Family Law, Corporate and Commercial. She’s the author of Bankruptcy: Do It Yourself and Chapter 13: The Federal Plan to Repay Your Debts as well as Property Disposition in Antenuptial, Postnuptial and Property Settlement Agreements. Ms. Kosel formerly practiced with Orrick, Herrington, Rowley & Sutcliffe. She is also a former member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee, the Family Law Specialization Exam Writing Committee of the California State Bar and the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance for Seniors.
Ms. Kosel received a B.A. from the UC Berkeley and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Joseph Lavitt has written extensively on a broad range of issues, including a recent article concerning the inconsistent treatment of policyholders following Hurricane Katrina. (54 Loy. L. Rev. 1 (2008)). He has been quoted on matters of tort and insurance law by the AP, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Bloomberg News. His essay about professional independence recently appeared in the first volume of the California Law Review Circuit (1 Cal. L. Rev. Cir. 33 (2010).)
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Lavitt did constituent and campaign service for Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. In private practice, he then served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile lawsuits, including civil actions to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for failed financial institutions and federally-financed housing developments. Apart from civil practice, Lavitt has been frequently appointed to represent indigent defendants in the Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.
Mr. Lavitt has spoken widely to various housing providers about remedying housing discrimination and achieving effective enforcement of anti-discrimination law. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the California State Bar on Group Insurance Programs, an Arbitrator for the San Francisco Human Services Agency - Housing & Homeless Division, a Master and Officer of the American Inns Of Court, and a contributor to many other civic and non-profit organizations.
Prior to teaching at Boalt, Mr. Lavitt taught Insurance Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and Torts and Insurance Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. He earned his A.B. at the University of Georgia (Athens), with high honors, and his J.D. at Berkeley Law.
Allan Marks is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Project Finance Group and Latin America Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1990.
Mr. Marks routinely represents developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects worldwide, with special expertise in the energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors. He has participated in numerous project financings, acquisitions, restructurings, securities offerings and private placements for a variety of sophisticated institutional clients. He speaks and publishes frequently on renewable energy, public-private partnerships, cross-border financing issues, infrastructure investments, deregulation and emerging markets. Mr. Marks has worked on transactions throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Mr. Marks is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading
project finance lawyers by Chambers
Global, Chambers USA
and Chambers Latin America. He is an adjunct professor of law at UC Berkeley Law
School, where he teaches a course on
Energy & Infrastructure Project Finance, and is also an adjunct professor
at the Haas School of Business at the UC Berkeley.
He has given lectures at Berkeley's
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and the Berkeley Center
for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE). He
was previously an adjunct lecturer for the post-graduate program in Derecho de Empresa at the Universidad
Panamericana in Mexico City.
Frank J. Martin
Frank J. Martin is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Standard Pacific Capital, LLC, a global hedge fund manager founded in 1995 and headquartered in San Francisco. Since inception, Standard Pacific has managed its flagship Global Long/Short Equity Fund. The firm also manages a Pan-Asia Long/Short Equity Fund. The funds' investors primarily include foundations and endowments, fund of funds, family offices, high net-worth individuals, insurance companies, and pension funds. Prior to joining Standard Pacific, Mr. Martin practiced corporate and securities law in Silicon Valley representing emerging companies and venture capital funds. Mr. Martin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Youth Radio and St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation.
Mr. Martin received his J.D. from Berkeley Law and his B.B.A. in finance from the University of Georgia.
David Mendel joined the UC Berkeley Law faculty in 2010 after more than 25 years in the investment management business. Mr. Mendel, a lecturer, teaches Introduction to Finance of Business. After working as an analyst and portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments, he founded an investment management firm for high net worth individuals. He has also invested in and founded numerous start-up companies. Most recently he was a lecturer for three years at San Jose State University. Mr. Mendel is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Mendel was awarded his MBA from Harvard Business School. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from Emory University.
Richard Mendelson is an attorney with the law firm of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty and is an internationally-recognized expert on vineyard and wine law and related land use, intellectual property, business and administrative law issues. He chairs the DP&F's Wine Industry Group. Over the past two decades, Mr. Mendelson has handled legal matters involving almost every aspect of the wine business, including liquor licensing, environmental challenges to vineyard development, grape purchase agreements, winery use permits, representation of winery clients before the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and federal Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, state and federal label approvals, distributor appointments and terminations, and import-export contracts. Mr. Mendelson’s background in the wine industry began as a graduate student at Magdalen College, Oxford which houses many of Europe’s largest wine cellars.
Mr. Mendelson resides in Napa, California, and owns a small vineyard, producing three wines under the Mendelson label. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Wine Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he directs the Program on Wine Law and Policy. He also lectures on a variety of vineyard and wine law topics at UC Davis Graduate School of Management and as part of the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of Bordeaux. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College, his M.A. from Oxford University, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Stephen Oetgen is one of the founding partners of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's San Francisco office. When the San Francisco office first opened in January 2003, Mr. Oetgen relocated from the firm's Chicago office, where he began his career in 1994 and became partner in 2000. Mr. Oetgen serves as lead counsel in various private equity transactions, including going-private transactions, leveraged and management buyouts, venture capital investments, divestitures, other mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, and various senior and subordinated debt financings. He also serves as one of the directors of the K&E Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation affiliated with the firm.
Mr. Oetgen received his B.S. from University of Illinois and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Mark Perlow is a partner in the San Francisco office of K&L Gates LLP and one of three global practice group coordinators for the K&L Gates investment management practice. His practice focuses on investment management, financial regulation, and securities law, and he regularly represents mutual funds, hedge fund managers, investment advisers, fund boards of directors and broker-dealers on a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters.
Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Perlow served as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), focusing on investment management, fund and corporate governance, and enforcement, and he also served in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. While on the SEC staff, Mr. Perlow worked on regulatory initiatives on fund governance, auditor independence, the scope of the securities laws online, codes of ethics, personal trading of investment personnel, and foreign custody of fund assets, and he advised the SEC on the policy and legal implications of enforcement actions. He also served as senior attorney on a number of enforcement actions and investigations, including the W.R. Grace 21(a) Report on independent directors’ duties regarding executive compensation, and cases involving accounting fraud, market manipulation, insider trading, and broker-dealer sales abuses.
Mr. Perlow received a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.A. from Oxford University, and an A.B. from UC Berkeley.
Donna Petkanics is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR). Her law practice focuses on the representation of growth companies, with a particular emphasis on corporate and securities issues. She represents both privately held and public companies across a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, Internet infrastructure, networking, life sciences, computer software and hardware, and electronics. She has experience representing companies in many types of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and joint ventures. She also counsels clients who are starting new businesses with respect to general corporate matters and protection of their intellectual property.
During her tenure at the firm, Ms. Petkanics has served in a number of management positions, including as the managing director of operations and chair of the Operations Committee; a member of the firm's Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, and Policy Committee; associate managing partner of the firm; and co-chair of the Hiring Committee and Nominating Committee. She currently is a member of the board of directors of the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation. Ms. Petkanics also serves as a trustee on the University of California Berkeley Foundation through an appointment from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Petkanics was a staff economist in the Executive Office of the President during Jimmy Carter's administration and also worked for the House of Representatives. She began practicing at WSGR in 1985.
Mario RosatiMr. Rosati has been with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati since 1971, first as an associate and, since 1975, as a partner. Mr. Rosati specializes in corporate law, especially as it relates to technology companies. He is an ex officio member of the firm's Board of Directors and currently serves as the managing partner of WS Investments, an investment partnership composed of the partners and associates of the firm. WS Investments has invested in a number of emerging corporations over the years.
Since 1995, Mr. Rosati has been an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and, more recently, a visiting adjunct professor at UC Berkeley's School of Law.
Mr. Rosati has sat as a judge pro-tem in the San Mateo County Superior Court in the State of California. He also participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Task Force to the office of the President Elect, Ronald Reagan. In addition to the boards of the public companies mentioned below, Mr. Rosati is a director of several privately held companies.
Michael C. Ross
Mr. Ross is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Safeway Inc. He was responsible for Safeway's legal affairs in the United States and Canada, and oversaw the security, risk management, and environment, health and safety divisions. He was also responsible for the company's compliance programs.
During his tenure, he successfully managed Safeway's acquisitions of The Vons Companies, Inc., Dominick's Supermarkets, Inc., Carr-Gottstein Foods, C., and Randall's Food Markets, Inc. After his retirement, he consulted with the company for several years on major M&A initiatives, including the successful management of the acquisition of Genuardi's Family Markets, Inc.
Mr. Ross has taught practical M&A seminars for many years at the University of Virginia and UC Berkeley law schools. He has also been teaching practical ethics seminars at both institutions for several years. He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia, and is a member of the ABA Business Law Committee on Corporate Compliance. He is a perennial member of panels on such topics as M&A, D&O Insurance, Ethics and the Corporation, and Financial and Legal Risk Management at Stanford Law School's Directors' College. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, and the Board of Trustees of the California Shakespeare Theater.
Prior to joining Safeway, Mr. Ross was a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He specialized in M&A, participating in numerous transactions in a wide variety of industries. Mr. Ross received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.
Zenichi Shishido is Professor of Law at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley Law School, Columbia, and Harvard.
His major publications include Kigyo-Ho Kaikaku no Ronri:
Insentibu Shisutemu no Seido Sekkei (The Logic of Enterprise Law Reform:
Legislative Policy of Incentive Mechanism) (Ed., Nikkei, 2011), Bencha Kigyo No
Homu Zaimu Senryaku (Law And Finance of Venture Companies) (Co-ed., Shoji Homu,
2010), Dokizuke No Shikumi Toshiteno Kigyo: Insentibu Shisutemi No Hoseidoron
(The Firm As An Incentive Mechanism: The Role of Legal Institutions) (Yuhikaku, 2006), Sweat Equity as a Gift (Working Paper for Sho Sato Conference at UC
Berkeley Law School, March 9-10, 2009 http://www.law.berkeley.edu/8364.htm),
The Turnaround of 1997: Changes in Japanese Corporate
Law and Governance, in Masahiko
Aoki Et Al., Eds., Corporate Governance in Japan: Institutional Change And
Organizational Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2007), and Reform
in Japanese Corporate Law and Corporate Governance, 49 Am. J. Comp.
L. 653 (2001).
Anthony Zaloom has worked in major law firms in the US, China and Japan over the last forty years of his career, dealing with international investments, corporate transactions, and litigation. Most recently he was of counsel with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. Prior to that he was a partner with Skadden Arps from 1986-1999, dividing time among their New York, Beijing and Tokyo offices. This followed multi-year tenures with Morrison & Foerster and Graham & James. He has taught at Stanford University Law School, Tokyo University Law Department, and the Tsinghua Law School.
Mr. Zaloom received his B.A. from Princeton University (summa cum laude in Oriental Studies) and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Scott Zimmermann is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the firm’s energy and clean technology practice. He advises new and established companies and their investors on issues affecting the energy, infrastructure and cleantech industries, including project development, energy regulatory counseling, tax equity finance, joint ventures, startup counseling, corporate finance and project finance. Mr. Zimmermann represents many of the leading companies in the distributed solar and energy efficiency markets, and also supports clients in a wide range of alternative energy industries and nonprofit organizations in the energy and climate fields.
Mr. Zimmermann has over 15 years of experience working in the energy industry and is a licensed professional engineer. Prior to becoming an attorney he was involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of international energy facilities, initially as a process engineer for Fluor Corporation, and later leading product development at a software startup. He has also worked with the California Public Utilities Commission, the Asian Development Bank, and the Natural Resources Defense Council's China Clean Energy Program. Mr. Zimmermann received his B.A. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He obtained his J.D. from Berkeley Law, and also holds a M.S. in Energy & Resources from UC Berkeley. Mr. Zimmermann teaches Energy Project Development & Finance.