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  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • White Collar
  • Trials

William J. Foley Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Financial Services Litigation

New York

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.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Simonetta Formentini Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure


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.



  • Trials
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • 3D Printing

Kristen Fournier Partner Trials, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

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.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Maria Frangeskides Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


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.


Carolyn Frantz Senior Counsel


The former Corporate Secretary and head of the Corporate Legal Group at Microsoft, Carolyn Frantz advises clients on legal issues, especially in the technology industry, as part of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Practice.

A former Rhodes Scholar, Carolyn clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David S. Tatel, before teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. She was a litigation partner at a major law firm for eight years before joining Microsoft, where she managed the company’s worldwide tax litigation until her appointment as Corporate Secretary.

As Microsoft’s Corporate Secretary, Carolyn had the opportunity to work closely with the company’s Board of Directors and senior leadership, gaining a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing technology companies in a dynamic competitive and regulatory environment. As the head of the Corporate Legal Group, Carolyn was responsible for legal issues regarding securities law and disclosures, treasury and finance, international trade, procurement, real estate, and many other issues. Building on her extensive litigation experience, which includes managing tax disputes domestically and abroad, as well as litigating multidistrict products liability and consumer cases and commercial contract disputes, including a victory for Microsoft in the first known major use of emergency arbitration, Carolyn understands the practical challenges companies face in litigation and how those intersect with Board reporting, securities disclosures, and internal accountability.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • White Collar
  • Trials

Sharon Frase Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

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. 

Shara is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she successfully tried a million-dollar food-stamp fraud case against a business owner and an obstruction of justice case against a tax protestor who threatened the IRS agent assigned to his case. She also successfully tried a civil asset forfeiture case resulting in the recovery and repatriation to France of a Camille Pissarro painting stolen from a French museum in the early 1980’s. Shara also helped return to victims all the assets of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff, as well as the assets of Madoff's co-conspirators.  Her investigation into an art-smuggling and money laundering conspiracy by a Brazilian banker led to the recovery and repatriation to Brazilian bank fraud victims of a modern art collection worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prior to becoming an AUSA, Shara was an associate with Heller Ehrman LLP, where, among other engagements, she represented more than 30 law schools in their First Amendment challenge to the Solomon Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Technology Companies Group
  • Technology Transactions
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Etan Fraser Associate Technology Companies Group, Technology Transactions


Etan believes society's greatest value-add is taking place right now in small and medium-sized technology businesses. As a life-long early adopter of the latest technology, Etan has always believed in the promise of innovation. As a lawyer who formerly worked in advertising at Google and launched a home healthcare company, Etan identifies with the entrepreneurs he serves, and takes a holistic approach to solving clients' most pressing needs.

Etan advises technology companies and venture capital firms in venture capital transactions, corporate formation and governance, and other general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Etan was a private equity attorney at an international law firm, where he represented private equity clients in multi-jurisdictional mergers, acquisitions, disposals and liquidations.

Etan has also been actively engaged with pro bono clients. His work has included representing asylum seekers arriving to United States borders, and drafting strategy memoranda assisting public interest legal organizations combat voting rights violations.



  • Capital Markets
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Corporate Governance

Melissa Frayer Senior Associate Capital Markets, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

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.



  • Real Estate

Robin L Freedman Associate Real Estate

New York

Robin is an associate in the Real Estate Group. She enjoys partnering with clients to assist on the legal aspects of their real estate investments and help turn ideas into realities.

Her practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, equity investments and financings, joint ventures and leasing. She is skilled at drafting documents that bring complicated deal points to life.

Robin strongly believes in community engagement and is active in a local non-profit that provides shelter and services to the homeless in New York City.

David Fries Chief Profitability Officer

New York

David Fries is broadly viewed as one of the foremost authorities on the “business of law,” bringing to bear 30 years of experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility, a partner in two global law firms and a law firm senior executive.

He presently serves as Orrick’s Chief Profitability Officer, having previously served as Orrick’s Chief Pricing & Practice Management Officer and Orrick’s Chief Client Relationship Officer. In his current role, David helps the firm and its clients reach mutually beneficial fee arrangements, counsels partners on approaches to managing their practices more efficiently and applies data analytics to enhance firm profitability and improve client satisfaction, among other financial and operational responsibilities.

From 1998 through 2005, David served as a senior executive at NYSE-listed Prologis (formerly AMB Property Corporation) 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.



  • Energy
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property

Claudia Frost Partner Energy, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Claudia Wilson Frost is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer. She has led trial teams in well over 100 cases, has tried to conclusion 40 cases as lead or co-lead counsel and has argued a like number of cases to appellate courts throughout the country. These cases include complex commercial litigation, patent litigation and appellate matters in the three areas on which Orrick focuses: Energy & Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation and Finance.

Ms. Frost 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.” The Legal 500 has called her “One of Best Known Names in the Field.” Ms. Frost was featured in 2016 as a “Trial Pro” by Law360 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 over a decade and is in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Houston.  In the patent area, she was named one of Law360’s “20 Most Influential Woman in IP Law” and has been included as an IPStar and listed in IAM Patent 1000 for many years.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Thomas Fu Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

A former Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit clerk, Thomas Fu is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Prior to joining Orrick, Thomas served as a law clerk for Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S Supreme Court and Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Thomas graduated from Stanford Law School, where he worked on merits stage briefing in two cases (one as a party and one as an amicus curiae) as a member of the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.  Thomas also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Thomas is admitted only in Maryland, and his practice is limited to matters in federal court.