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Steve Foresta is a partner in Orrick’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the global head of Orrick’s Litigation Business Unit.
Steve has extensive experience handling all phases of complex litigation and has tried numerous cases in state and federal court and before arbitral panels in the United States and abroad. He has a varied practice that includes litigating commercial disputes, representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and defending manufacturers in mass tort and product liability actions. He chairs Orrick’s Life Settlements Working Group and has litigated all aspects of life settlement-related disputes, including insurable interest/STOLI allegations, cost of insurance rate increases, enforcement of contestability clauses, and claims of elder abuse, fraud and unfair competition. Steve has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in environmental actions, patent infringement claims and other types of disputes for clients across a wide variety of industries.
Steve is an active participant in Orrick’s pro bono and associate training programs, and received Orrick’s Excellence in Mentoring Award in recognition of his strong commitment to providing advice and guidance to the firm’s associates. He also devotes substantial time to community service organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Indego Africa, a non-profit social enterprise that provides job skills and other training to women in Rwanda and Ghana and delivers access to export markets to facilitate the sale of their handicrafts. In addition, he is chair of the New York Board of Advisors of Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit legal center whose mission is to advance equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.
Before joining Orrick in 1998, Steve was an associate and then a partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, LLP.
Complex Business Disputes.
Mass Torts and Product Liability Litigation.