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 the Top 50 Women Lawyers in D.C., Christina has received a number of awards, been profiled by Law360, Powerful Latinas and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 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, and one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business Magazine.

  • 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

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

    Class Actions

    • Representing Apple in class action lawsuit alleging violations of New Jersey statute (ND Cal 2016).
    • Won dismissal with prejudice of TCPA class action lawsuit on behalf of Life360 (ND Cal 2016).
    • Won jury trial for the defense in false advertising and consumer fraud class action against OTC drug manufacturer after one week trial (CD Cal 2016).
    • Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of false advertising class action lawsuit against Joe Theismann, while remanding case against co-defendant (2016).
    • Secured dismissal of TCPA class action for Ooma (ND Cal 2016).
    • Secured dismissal with prejudice of class action alleging violations of computer and wiretapping laws for Johnson Controls (DDC 2015).
    • Secured dismissal for Whole Foods of nationwide class action lawsuit alleging consumer fraud (SD Fla 2015).
    • 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).
    • Prevailed on motion to dismiss class action complaint against former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann alleging false advertising of his celebrity endorsement of OTC supplement (Luman v. Theismann et al, No.13-cv-00656, ED Cal 2014).
    • Defeated motion to certify class against OTC drug (CD Cal 2014).
    • Secured Rule 68 judgment against class action representative and dismissal of complaint (ND Ill 2013).
    • Precedent-setting summary judgment victory precluding ability of consumer class to seek injunctive relief, cited in over 50 decisions (Delarosa v. Boiron, Inc., 275 F.R.D. 582, CD Cal 2011).
    • Negotiated favorable settlement terms 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 financial institution in SEC investigation (2016).
    • Conducted investigation for company subject to extortion, referred matter for federal prosecution resulting in indictments (2014-16).
    • Conducted internal investigation of cybercrime, referred matter for federal prosecution.
    • Led internal investigation and favorably resolved FCPA matter in Mexico for Fortune 250 company.
    • Successfully defended two members of Congress investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
    • Negotiated favorable 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.
    • Advised Allen Stanford 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 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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