Irma Foley, a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
Irma focuses her practice on infrastructure and energy transactions, particularly the development and operation of large infrastructure projects undertaken using public-private partnerships (PPPs), as well as the development, operation and acquisition and sale of energy projects. She is particularly experienced in drafting and negotiating project agreements and all aspects of the related documentation, including design-build/engineering, procurement and construction contracts; operations & maintenance contracts; interface agreements; public-private partnership/concession agreements; asset and share purchase agreements and supply agreements. She represents sponsors, private and public owners, developers, lenders and contractors.
William Foley is a Senior Associate in the New York Office and a member of the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement practice group.His practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions, investment advisors and other public and privately-held companies in corporate and securities litigation, and other complex business litigation matters. In particular, he has wide-ranging experience representing clients in stock-drop class actions, shareholder derivative actions, M&A and hostile takeover disputes, and complex contractual and business tort cases before federal and state courts and the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Mr. Foley also devotes a significant portion of his practice to providing pro bono services, primarily in civil rights and immigration matters.
He has written and contributed to articles appearing in the New York Law Journal, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, Financial Law Fraud Report, Bloomberg BNA, and Westlaw Journal. He was previously an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Simonetta has experience in M&A and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure industries, assisting sellers and buyer investors in the acquisition or sale of shareholdings.
She has also experience in corporate governance, general corporate transactions, civil and commercial contracts and has specific experience in criminal liability of legal entities assisting major Italian companies.
Simonetta assists clients in drafting and negotiating transaction documents, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, and shareholders' agreements.
She regularly collaborates with Bocconi University in Milan as a teaching assistant for the“Comparative Business and European Law” course led by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola for the past 5 years. Beginning in 2017, she also started leading “The EGP school of business development program” – a training program promoted by Enel Green Power which is dedicated to its Business Development professionals and offered by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University.
In 2017 she has worked also on the first wind sector listed bond in Italy – a complex refinancing transaction.
Corporations facing high risk, high profile matters rely on Kristen Fournier’s sophisticated defense strategies. Whether serving as national coordinating counsel or litigating individual matters, she uses her keen insight into human behavior to artfully guide juries past natural bias, towards a sensible conclusion.
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.
Maria Frangeskides, a partner in Orrick's London office, is a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration Practice Groups.
Maria's practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration, including international trade, energy, commercial fraud, finance, media and telecommunications, professional negligence and shareholder and joint venture disputes.
Before joining the firm, Maria was head of Coudert Brothers' litigation and arbitration practice in London.
Sharon E. Frase (Shara), a former federal prosecutor, focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.Shara has experience representing individuals and corporations in cases involving potential violations of the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the False Claims Act, FIRREA, and other federal and state criminal laws. She also has experience with securities litigation and antitrust actions in a range of industries, including the construction, technology and financial services sectors.
San Francisco; New York
San Francisco; New York
Melissa Frayer focuses her practice on guiding investment banking teams and companies through initial public offerings in the life sciences and technology industries.
Melissa's experience includes working on more than a dozen initial public offerings, in addition to follow-on offerings and M&A transactions. She has worked with both U.S.-based and foreign clients who wish to access U.S. capital markets. She also regularly advises clients on their SEC disclosures and reporting requirements, and best practices for corporate governance. Melissa is also a member of the firm's cryptocurrency and blockchain practice groups.
Prior to joining Orrick, Melissa was an associate at another law firm after having served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Melissa also spent a year as the General Counsel of a data company.
David Fries is a widely recognized expert on the business of law, bringing to bear his extensive experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility and a partner in two global law firms, as well as law firm executive management.
He presently serves as Orrick’s Chief Pricing & Practice Management Officer, assisting the firm and clients reach mutually beneficial fee arrangements and advising the firm on the way it manages its engagements and can apply design theory to client service delivery, as well as various other financial and operational matters.
Formerly Orrick’s Chief Client Service Officer, as well as a partner in Orrick’s Real Estate Group, David also served for seven years at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis) in San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai, ultimately as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs, and Chairman and CEO of AMB China, Ltd. During his tenure at AMB, David was a member of AMB’s Management and Investment Committees and was responsible for overseeing AMB’s human resource, information technology, legal, environmental, engineering and risk management departments, as well as its airport facilities group, venture capital investments and other strategic business initiatives and transactions. In 2004, in addition to his other responsibilities, he led AMB’s entry into the China market, including opening AMB’s first office in China in Shanghai.
Claudia Wilson Frost is a partner in the Houston office of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. She has handled dozens of jury trials in state and federal courts in her 30-plus-year career as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate and strategist. Her experience has been wide-ranging and includes intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, in areas such as oil and gas and energy, telecommunications, technology, financial services and ERISA.
Claudia has been extensively recognized for her practice. Chambers USA notes, “Clients admired [this] 'highly responsive and fabulous strategist' for her powers of ‘brilliant analysis.’ She has a trial background and a depth of appellate experience, with a particular niche in patent infringement.” The Legal 500 has called her “One of Best Known Names in the Field.” Claudia was named one of Law360's "20 Most Influential Women in IP Law" and was featured in 2016 as a "Trial Pro" by Law360. She has been included as an IPStar, listed in IAM Patent 1000 and has been recognized in Euromoney's Guide to Leading US Litigators, Guide to Leading World Litigators and Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for more than a decade and is in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Houston.