Christina Guerola Sarchio, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and chair of the Class Action Strike Team, has received national recognition for both her legal skills and business acumen. Christina, a former prosecutor, concentrates her practice on general business litigation, class actions, and white collar criminal defense matters.

Christina’s representation spans several industries, including oil and gas, financial, pharmaceutical, transportation, consumer products, and sports.

Described as "charming in person, deadly in the courtroom," Christina has successfully tried more than a dozen jury trials in federal and state courts, and has negotiated with a number of agencies, including the SEC, FDA, DOJ, and various U.S. Attorney Offices. Her cases have received widespread media attention in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and FOX News, among others.

Recently named one of 10 "Rainmakers" in 2017 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Christina has received a number of awards, been profiled by Law360, Powerful Latinas and the MCCA, and has been recognized by numerous publications. Christina has been named as one of "20 Elite Women" by Hispanic Business Magazine, a "Top Washington Lawyer" by the Washington Business Journal, one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business Magazine, and in the "Top 50 Woman Lawyers" in D.C.

  • Christina serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She has taught as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, and frequently provides on-air legal commentary.

    Christina served as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Prior to joining Orrick, Christina co-chaired the Government Investigations and Litigation practice group for Patton Boggs. Christina clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. (Public Integrity) and DOJ (Civil Division).

  • Christina acted as lead trial counsel in the following recent engagements.

    Business Advice and Litigation

    • Ooma.  Secured an order dismissing a consumer action in New Jersey state court pursuant to a mandatory arbitration provision (2016).
    • Bondholders of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Advising on litigation options against the Commonwealth in light of its financial challenges (2014-present).
    • Women's National Basketball Players Association.  Advising on legal and business strategy (2014-present).
    • ExxonMobil.  Secured dismissal of the Washington, D.C. Attorney General's consumer protection complaint (2014).
    • National Basketball Players Association.  Defending litigation against its former Executive Director, Billy Hunter, and advising on legal and business matters (2012-present).
    • ExxonMobil.  As lead trial counsel, prevailed on a motion to dismiss an antitrust suit against (Diaz Aviation Corp v. Esso et al, 2011 US Dist. LEXIS 4651, D Pr 2011).
    • U-Haul.  Favorably resolved breach of contract litigation (2010).
    • National Football League Players Association.  Counseled on legal strategy (2010-present).
    • ExxonMobil.  Lead trial counsel in five consolidated cases brought by more than 100 dealers to enjoin sale and divestiture of gas station business in Puerto Rico, won after bench trial (Santiago-Sepulveda v. Esso, 582 F.Supp. 2d 154, D Pr 2008).

    Class Actions

    • Wells Fargo.  Secured Rule 68 dismissal of class action complaint alleging TCPA violations (ND Ill 2017).
    • Apple.  Defending a class action lawsuit alleging violations of a New Jersey statute (ND Cal - pending).
    • Life360.  Won dismissal with prejudice of a TCPA class action lawsuit (ND Cal 2016).
    • Homeopathic Drug Manufacturer.  Secured defense verdict in a false advertising and consumer fraud class action after one week trial before a jury (CD Cal 2016).
    • Joe Theissman.  The Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a false advertising class action lawsuit against our client, alleging false advertising of his celebrity endorsement of OTC supplement, while remanding case against co-defendant (2016).
    • Ooma.  Secured dismissal of a TCPA class action (ND Cal 2016).
    • Johnson Controls.  Secured the dismissal, with prejudice, of a class action alleging violations of computer and wiretapping laws (DDC 2015).
    • Whole Foods.  Secured the dismissal of a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging consumer fraud (SD Fla 2015).
    • Boiron. Successfully defended on appeal nationwide class action settlement over objector's claim of collusion and overbroad release (Gallucci v. Gonzales et al, No.12-57081, 9th Cir 2015).
    • Boiron.  Defeated motion to certify class (CD Cal 2014).
    • Boiron. Secured Rule 68 judgment against class action representative and dismissal of complaint (ND Ill 2013).
    • Boiron. Precedent-setting summary judgment victory precluding ability of consumer class to seek injunctive relief, cited in more than 50 decisions (Delarosa v. Boiron, Inc., 275 F.R.D. 582, CD Cal 2011).
    • Negotiated a settlement on behalf of opt-out plaintiffs in antitrust class action (ND Ill 2010).
    • Early resolution of various class action demands, including for TCPA, UCL, CLRA, and other state and federal claims.

    White Collar

    • Representing a financial institution in an SEC enforcement action (2016-present).
    • Conducted an investigation for company subject to extortion, referred matter for federal prosecution resulting in indictments (2014-16).
    • Conducted an internal investigation of cybercrime, referred matter for federal prosecution.
    • Led an internal investigation and favorably resolved FCPA matter in Mexico for a Fortune 250 company.
    • Two Members of Congress.  Successfully defended investigations by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
    • Negotiated a resolution with the FDA resulting in no enforcement action brought against a university hospital for using non FDA-approved medical devices.
    • Represented a foreign company and its U.S. subsidiary in several international antitrust price-fixing investigations and negotiated plea agreements with DOJ.
    • Defended company against liability for insider trading by company officer.
    • Allen Stanford.  Advised in SEC and DOJ actions and argued at his detention hearing (US v. Stanford, EDVA (Richmond) 2009).
    • Lead trial counsel in an “infomercial fraud” case for an individual facing conspiracy, mail and wire fraud charges and won dismissal after four-week jury trial (US v. Woolf/ Gengler, 2009 US Dist. Lexis 98857, EDVA 2009).

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