Kristen is uniquely qualified to distill complex and emotionally-charged cases into simple, jury-friendly themes. As an experienced mass tort and product liability litigator, and member of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, she has a profound understanding of jury demographics and trends across the country. In addition to knowing which message will perfectly align with each jury composition and fact pattern, she works closely with her client to ensure the company’s specific business objectives are met.
Chambers USA named her an up-and-coming star in nationwide product liability and mass torts, with clients praising her "great gift for long-term strategy," and describing her as "a very skilled trial attorney who is strategic, smart and efficient." The Legal 500 U.S. hailed her as "an 'outstanding trial lawyer,' who is 'very talented at developing, implementing and organizing national strategy in mass tort defense.'" In 2016, Benchmark named her to its national ranking of the "Under 40 Hot List."
Kristen acts as national coordinating and litigation counsel for The Dow Chemical Company's wholly owned chemical and polymers 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. In that role, she routinely negotiates multi-million dollar settlements involving multiple cases and a variety of claims; identifies and analyzes overarching issues and case trends; and develops 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.
Kristen also plays a critical role in Orrick’s ongoing representation of Johnson & Johnson’s high-profile talc litigation. Orrick serves as national coordinating counsel, as we continue to defend the company from product liability allegations that its talcum powder products caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.
In addition to her national counsel work, Kristen's notable representations include: