Kristen R. Fournier, a lawyer in Orrick’s New York office, is Co-Leader of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group.

Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings, with a particular focus on mass torts and product liability matters. Kristen represents clients at trial and other proceedings in both federal and state courts, in arbitrations before various bodies and before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and has particular experience with jury trials.

In 2016, Chambers USA named Kristen an up-and-coming star in nationwide product liability and mass torts, with client sources describing her as "a very skilled trial attorney who is strategic, smart and efficient" and praising her "great gift for long-term strategy." She was hailed by The Legal 500 U.S. as "an 'outstanding trial lawyer,' who is 'also very talented at developing, implementing and organizing national strategy in mass tort defense.'" In addition, in July 2016, Kristen was named to the inaugural "Under 40 Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation.  The designation, which is designed  to recognize the "achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger," is compiled through a process of both peer review and case examination.

Kristen acts as national coordinating counsel for The Dow Chemical Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation, in relation to its substantial asbestos docket. She regularly serves as trial counsel in the company's most difficult and dangerous cases in jurisdictions like New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans. She routinely negotiates multi-million dollar case settlements involving multiple cases and a variety of claims. Kristen assists Dow/UCC in identifying and analyzing overarching issues and case trends, and developing both case work up and trial strategies to address cases across the country in a consistent and effective manner. She works with local counsel to make sure that they are intimately familiar with the clients' business needs, including their long and short-term litigation strategies. She is responsible for ensuring that a uniform approach is applied across jurisdictions so that the client maintains a consistent defense and secures desirable results nationwide.

  • In addition to her national counsel work, Kristen's notable representations include:

    • The Dow Chemical Company. Kristen has been involved in a multitude of cases at a national level related to a variety of product defect claims against Dow and several of its subsidiaries and related entities. Those claims have touched on a broad range of products, including vinyl chloride, dichlorosilane, trichlorosilane, methylsilane, trichloroethylene ("TCE") and trichloroethane ("TCA").  She has lead teams on all aspects of such litigation, including fact investigation, medical and expert work up, and dispositive motion practice, and in each instance secured dismissal or a favorable settlement for her client.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). For more than 12 years, Kristen was a member of the Orrick team representing PwC in a series of actions alleging securities fraud and audit malpractice in connection with the failure of Lipper Convertibles, a hedge fund. During the representation, Kristen appeared before federal, state and investigative bodies, and ultimately served as second chair at the only trial resulting from this multi-year, multi-jurisdiction litigation. She has also assisted PwC with a variety of confidential, internal investigations.