Kristen R. Fournier, Co-Leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, is a trial lawyer specializing in high risk, high profile matters. She has special expertise in the strategic work up and resolution of mass tort and product liability cases, and has been involved in numerous jury trials across the country.

In both 2016 and 2017, 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 has been 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 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 and litigation 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.

Kristen's extensive experience with mass tort dockets gives her a unique, birds eye view in to jury demographics and trends across the country, which makes her uniquely qualified to distill complex matters in to simple, audience-friendly and winning themes.

  • 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, both domestically and abroad, 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 chemical reactors, vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene ("TCE") and trichloroethane ("TCA").  She has lead teams on all aspects of such litigation, including fact investigation, medical and expert work up, dispositive motion practice and trial, and in each instance secured dismissal or a favorable settlement for her client.  In addition to regular mass tort and product work, Dow also has called on Kristen to assist the company and its affiliates in a number of complex commercial matters and highly sensitive pre-litigation disputes.
    • 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 also has assisted PwC with a variety of confidential, internal investigations.