Companies face risks and problems that often don't fit neatly into a single area of the law. Clients engage Caroline to defend them in high-stakes, complex investigations and litigation because of her commitment to her clients and her ability to draw from her experience in IP, criminal, and commercial disputes to craft creative and aggressive strategies consistent with her clients' business objectives and appetite for risk.
Caroline leads the Boston office and specializes in intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on disputes involving trade secret misappropriation and trademark infringement claims. She has handled multiple trials before judges and juries, in state and federal court, and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). In this space, she has represented and defended companies across the life sciences, pharmaceutical, materials, manufacturing, tech, and financial sectors.
Caroline also has significant expertise defending clients facing investigations or charges by state and federal prosecutors, as well as civil enforcement proceedings from regulatory agencies. She recently obtained a swift acquittal for a client charged with Hobbs Act extortion after a federal criminal trial, and has successfully defended clients against allegations of public corruption and fraud, resulting in decisions not to prosecute. Caroline has helped clients navigate investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), trade secret theft, and insider trading; she has also helped companies develop policies to manage risks in those areas.
Caroline currently co-chairs the IP Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section. In 2017, Caroline was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2016 - 2020. She currently serves as an ambassador in the Move the Needle initiative, a trailblazing collaboration between Orrick, Diversity Lab, leading GCs, and four other law firms to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through ambitious goals and bold experimentation. Caroline also maintains an active pro bono practice, currently representing children and refugees in asylum proceedings in conjunction with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) and the Political Asylum / Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project. She has drafted amicus briefs in cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines, reproductive rights, and political law.
Represented drone technology company in investigation and dispute with departing engineer with respect to trade secret misappropriation.
Counseled sports technology company with respect to suspected trade secret misappropriation and copyright violations stemming from failed joint venture.
Counseled and conducted investigation for search engine companies with respect to suspected trade secret misappropriation and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations by former partner.
Counseled start-up client focusing on battery technology with respect to policies protecting proprietary information and trade secrets.