Dean E. Criddle, a senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Concentrating his practice in electric and gas utility finance, Dean serves as both tax and finance counsel to utilities, underwriters, financial advisors, special purpose issuers, developers and state public utilities commissions in utility financings.
His broad experience ranges from “stranded cost” securitization financings for investor-owned electric utilities to tax-exempt financings for utilities owned by investor-owned companies, nonprofit corporations, states, local governments and federal power marketing agencies.
Dean currently is advising Bonneville Power Administration in connection with its efforts to refinance and extend the maturities of a portfolio of approximately $6 billion of tax-exempt and taxable notes and bonds issued for its benefit by Energy Northwest (formerly known as Washington Public Power Supply System).
In addition to working on transaction-specific capital markets matters, Mr. Criddle provides ongoing tax, regulatory and general business law advice to a variety of clients, including:
Filippo Cristaldi, an associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Filippo's practice focuses on business and corporate law and international agreements; and he has extensive experience in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, providing assistance to private equity funds and national and multinational companies operating in various industrial sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Filippo was a member of Vita Samory, Fabbrini e Associati and, previously, of Rucellai e Raffaelli.
Katharine Crost, a senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.
Kathy's practice involves advising issuers, underwriters, servicers and institutional purchasers on complex financial transactions. She has extensive experience with the securitization of a variety of assets, including mortgages, tax liens, tobacco litigation settlement funds, utility stranded costs and student loans.
Kathy's mortgage-backed experience has involved all types of mortgages including fixed and adjustable rate first lien mortgage loans, closed end seconds, revolving home equity lines of credit, seasoned mortgage loans, reverse mortgage loans and manufactured housing contracts. She has represented many types of financial institutions, including private companies, governmental agencies and municipalities.
She has been involved in the development of a number of novel securitization structures and programs designed to achieve the client's goals. In addition to securitizations, she has been involved in establishing joint ventures, financing of assets, acquisitions of assets and litigation support and advice.
Recently, Kathy has been involved in advising clients on a number of innovative transactions that address issues arising from the financial crisis and housing and financial regulatory reform. Representative transactions include representing the sponsor and issuer of the first public offerings of private label residential mortgage-backed securities since the advent of the financial crisis, advising a federal agency on the securitization of seasoned assets, and advising the largest issuer of tax lien securitizations. She has also been involved in various initiatives to address regulatory reform proposals.
Kathy is former Chair of the Structured Finance Group. She has also served on the Firm's Executive Committee and as Chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative.
Elizabeth is an Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice group.
Before joining Orrick, Elizabeth served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was previously a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Elizabeth received her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she won the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and was an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review. She graduated from Princeton University.
Chris Cruz is an associate in the Orange County office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Chris has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in a wide range of matters including contract disputes, product liability actions, and employment matters. His work as an in-house attorney has provided him with special insight into the needs of his clients and their practical concerns.
Chris spent more than two years as Associate General Counsel for Western Dental Services, Inc. where he provided day-to-day legal guidance for a privately held company with more than 150 office locations and over 4,000 employees. This included counsel on litigation matters, employee relations issues, compliance issues, and contract negotiations. More recently, Chris served an extended secondment with The Dow Chemical Company as a Case Manager in Dow’s Asbestos, Products Liability & Insurance Litigation Group. In this capacity, he managed the asbestos and premises litigation dockets for Union Carbide and Dow throughout the western and central United States. This involved the oversight of thousands of ongoing product liability cases including advising the litigation management team on case evaluation, resolution, and business strategies, along with directing outside counsel teams, and negotiating settlement packages.
Chris is a member of the Orrick team acting as National Counsel and California trial counsel to Union Carbide Corporation in connection with its ongoing asbestos-related product liability litigation. In that role, Chris shares responsibility in developing and coordinating trial defense strategy on a daily basis. He has litigated numerous cases through pre-trial, trial, and settlement stages including a recent two-and-a-half month trial that resulted in a complete defense verdict. Chris is also a member of our team representing one of China's largest building materials companies in complex federal multidistrict litigation involving allegations of defective drywall that involves more than 30,000 plaintiffs.
William "Butch" Cullen is a partner with the Structured Finance Group in Orrick’s New York office. His practice focuses on securities and corporate finance, with an emphasis on the securitization of financial assets, in particular, commercial mortgage assets.
Butch is also significantly involved in the workout and restructuring of defaulted real estate loans and securities, the sale and liquidation of both performing and distressed financial assets, including as part of a sale to governmental authorities, on behalf of financial institutions, and the sale of servicing platforms and investment advisory businesses.
Prior to joining Orrick, Butch was a partner in the New York offices of Kaye Scholer LLP, Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.
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Kelly M. Cullen is a Senior eDiscovery Career Associate in Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, W.Va. Kelly's experience includes litigation involving Fortune 100 companies in breach of contract, negligence and class action employment discrimination matters in federal and state courts.
She has substantial experience managing complex discovery ranging from custodian selection, search terms, written discovery, depositions, discovery-related briefing, and significant experience leading meet and confers on contentious privilege issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, she worked as an associate for Jones Day. Before entering law school, she participated in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Giuseppe is an Italian qualified lawyer, Associate in the Milan office and member of the European Corporate Group. Giuseppe has solid experience in corporate governance matters and in drafting complex national and cross-border commercial agreements.
Giuseppe has also gained specific experience in the area of administrative responsibility of companies pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001.
He graduated with honors in Law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan in 2013. Before graduating, Giuseppe spent a research period as visiting student at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) and at The University of Chicago - Law school for the writing of his final dissertation thesis on the applicability of the Unidroit Principles as contract governing law of international commercial agreements.
In 2015, Giuseppe participated in The Hague Academy of International Law summer course, with lectures focused on private international law issues and commercial arbitration.
Since 2016, Giuseppe has been a teaching assistant in the course Comparative Business and European Law taught by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola at University Luigi Bocconi in Milan.
Wendy is Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer.
Named the "Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year" by Financial Times in 2018, Wendy is celebrated by clients for her “fresh thinking, legal nuance and practical understanding of the courts.” FT editors noted that “rarely have our panel of judges so quickly homed in on a top candidate for innovative individual.” As Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer, Wendy leads Orrick’s efforts to operationalize innovation through novel products, streamlined processes, technology and client consulting on tailored solutions. These efforts have contributed to Orrick being named the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America by the Financial Times for three unprecedented years in a row. In 2018, The American Lawyer also honored Orrick with its first-ever Legal Services Innovation Award.
Wendy leads an innovation team of lawyers, technologists, developers, project managers and business professionals. FT notes that Wendy “understand[s] the diversity of roles that make a team great” and has “introduce[ed] many new technologies and delivery models that have transformed the way the firm operates and works with clients.” She is also recognized by Chambers as a leading individual, nationally, in the area of eDiscovery. Wendy is the chair of Orrick’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Group. She has been engaged by Fortune 100 companies and major financial institutions to create and deploy eDiscovery and records management programs. Wendy has substantial experience in pharmaceutical, product liability and class action litigation. Her litigation experience includes multiple trials, supervision of regional and local counsel, management of complex discovery and meet-and-confer negotiations.