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  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Kelsi Corkran Partner Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Kelsi Brown Corkran, a partner in the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice, focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. A former law clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, Kelsi has served as lead counsel in dozens of federal and state court appeals. She has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and 11 of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the en banc Ninth Circuit.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kelsi served with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Appellate Staff and as Counsel at Bancroft PLLC. In addition to her extensive appellate experience, Kelsi frequently provides strategic counseling and analysis regarding significant legal issues arising in trial litigation.

At the Department of Justice, Kelsi served as lead counsel for the federal government in more than 30 appeals representing a diverse array of federal agencies, including the Copyright Royalty Board, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Her constitutional and administrative law experience includes briefing and arguing federal appeals involving the First Amendment, the Appointments Clause, the Bill of Attainder Clause, separation of powers, due process, equal protection, and numerous issues of statutory interpretation and regulatory authority.

She also has significant expertise in bankruptcy litigation, serving as lead counsel for the U.S. Trustees in numerous federal appeals, and, in private practice, representing creditor interests and defending against fraudulent conveyance claims. Her financial services practice includes defending against claims under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989.

In addition to her litigation experience, Kelsi previously served in the Communications Office of the White House’s Executive Office of the President, where she assisted with judicial nominations, including the confirmation hearings of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and other policy priorities such as economic recovery and health care reform. Before law school, she was a social worker in Philadelphia’s foster care system.

Kelsi serves on the Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and as Program Co-Chair for the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Kristin Cornuelle Of Counsel Intellectual Property, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Kristin Cornuelle, an Of Counsel in the Portland office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and the Trademark, Copyright and False Advertising Group. Kristin has experience with both intellectual property and general commercial litigation matters, as well as dispute resolution and IP enforcement.

Kristin focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark-related disputes for clients in a variety of industries, including food and beverage products, retail and clothing, consumer products, cloud computing, software and Internet services, social networking and online gaming. She has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, Kristin maintains an active pro bono practice in the areas of trademark and copyright law, homelessness, housing, and domestic violence.

Prior to her legal career, Kristin held various executive level positions in both the non-profit sector and local government.



  • Corporate
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment
  • Energy

Katie Cotton Senior Associate Corporate, Equity Capital Markets


Katie advises on a broad spectrum of corporate transactions, including primary and secondary fundraisings on the public markets, public and private M&A, joint ventures and strategic investments.

Katie has particular experience in the technology, media, energy and biotech/cleantech sectors, as well as in transactions with a substantial real estate component.

Recent transactions include advising Cerillion PLC on its initial public offering on AIM; advising Canal+ Group on the sale of their majority stake in Poland’s largest broadcaster TVN Group to Scripps Networks; and advising Infracapital on its investment in Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited (BIG) and BIG's subsequent investment in the first waste-to-energy plant to utilise the U.K. Government's contracts for difference regime.


  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Project Finance

Yacouba Coulibaly Licenced Legal Counsel/Partner Energy, Infrastructure


Yacouba COULIBALY is a Partner at Orrick RCI in the Banking and Finance department.

His practice focuses on a wide range of sectors, including roads, railways, airports and ports, agriculture, renewables, conventional power and oil & gas, as well on energy & infrastructure.

Prior to joining Orrick RCI, Yacouba has worked as a Senior Manager of Legal Services at Afrexim Bank and also previously practiced with Hogan Lovells’ Paris. Yacouba also used to practice in Abidjan where he was admitted in 1994.

Richard Coup Project Attorney

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Richard Coup is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Richard works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Richard assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Richard has dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including assisting trial counsel representing abused and neglected children.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Rebecca Cousins Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Rebecca Cousins is an Associate in the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team. Rebecca advises on a wide range of litigation and dispute resolution matters including High Court litigation, professional discipline actions and internal and regulatory investigations.

Rebecca joined Orrick as a trainee in August 2014 and also has experience working in the Competition, Real Estate, Corporate and Energy groups.



  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Jordan Coyle Partner U.S. International Trade Commission, Patents

Washington, D.C.

Section 337 investigations pose an enormous risk. Without proper counsel, the speed, complexity and potential cost can overwhelm companies and drain precious resources. Having handled 30 such investigations, Jordan understands those risks, and how to safely and efficiently guide complainants, respondents and non-parties toward the best possible result.

Legal 500 recently described Jordan as an attorney who “offers a wealth of ITC experience and knowledge, while maintaining a level of responsiveness and approachability that is second to none." He’s managed all aspects of Section 337 investigations, including eight trials, from pre-complaint counseling and diligence to Federal Circuit appeals. The investigations have covered technologies including smartphones, tablets, televisions, flash memory, semiconductors, and medical devices. 

He also represents plaintiffs and defendants across the country in cases involving claims of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.



  • Tax
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Dean Criddle Senior Counsel Tax, Energy

San Francisco

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:

  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • California Independent System Operator Corporation
  • Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, Washington
  • Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County, Washington
  • Friends of the Society of Servants of God
  • Interfaith Center at the Presidio


  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Filippo Cristaldi Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


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.



  • Structured Finance
  • Public Finance

Katharine Crost Senior Counsel Structured Finance, Public Finance

New York

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.



  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Chris Cruz Career Associate Mass Torts & Product Liability, Employment Law & Litigation

Orange County

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.