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  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Derek Fischer Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

New York

Derek Fischer is an Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group.

Prior to joining Orrick, Derek was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Alex Kozinski at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (2015 – 2016). During law school, he served as Executive Essays & Reviews Editor for the Columbia Law Review, where he published a Note on financial regulation in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Act.  At Columbia Law School, he was a research assistant in various fields, including intellectual property, antitrust, and professional responsibility.


  • Compensation & Benefits

Jason D. Flaherty Partner Compensation & Benefits

San Francisco

Jason D. Flaherty, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Group. Jason is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation and taxation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including severance arrangements and executive employment agreements, for both public and private companies.

Jason advises both public and private companies on compensation and benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions, including pre-signing negotiations, executive and equity compensation and post-closing employee integration issues. Jason assists companies with compensation and benefit issues that arise with respect to their initial public offerings.

Jason's practice also focuses on counseling clients on all aspects of employee benefits related to the design, implementation, operation and any related fiduciary obligations with respect to tax-qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements with a particular focus on Code Section 409A compliance and employee welfare benefit plans, including compliance with HIPAA, COBRA and other health laws.

Prior to attending law school, Jason served as a Sergeant in the United States Army.



  • Litigation & IP

Ashley Fletcher Project Attorney Litigation & IP

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Ashley Fletcher 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.

Ashley 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. She also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Ashley assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. She also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Ashley has dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including assisting trial counsel representing abused and neglected children. She is an active member of Orrick’s Associates of Color Mentoring Group, which promotes diversity and leadership among minority associates.



  • Real Estate
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions

Sarah Fleury Partner Real Estate, Distressed Real Estate Transactions


Sarah Fleury is a Real Estate lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office. She serves as Head of the French Real Estate Group. Sarah's practice focuses on advising domestic and international investors on property and development transactions.

She notably assists them on the purchase and disposal of companies owning properties and of real estate portfolios, sale and lease-back transactions as well as asset and share deals.

According to Legal 500, Sarah Fleury receives praises from clients for her "creative skills in searching for solutions". Her very recent experience includes the complex redevelopment transaction of the Grande Arche in the business district of La Défense and a joint venture transaction in relation to the construction and development of a shopping in France.

She also has a considerable track record in commercial leases, construction and real-estate related litigation cases and environmental issues.

Sarah Fleury joined Orrick Rambaud Martel from the Paris office of Linklaters LLP. Prior to that, she worked at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei.



  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Trials

Chris Flood Partner White Collar Criminal Defense, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance


With over thirty years of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, Chris is a highly sought-after defense attorney and legal problem solver, relied on by his clients in a broad spectrum of federal and state actions.

Having tried more than 80 cases to verdict, Chris is a trusted advisor to his clients when the stakes are at their highest. His practice focuses on high-profile white collar criminal defense, sensitive corporate investigations, and complex civil cases. Chris has obtained acquittals and dismissals for numerous clients involved in criminal and civil litigation, both in state and federal court in Texas and across the United States.

His clients have included executives accused of crimes in both the Enron and Stanford Financial scandals; energy traders accused of manipulating the price of natural gas; defendants in the largest-ever internet gambling prosecution; and several prominent Mexican citizens fighting extradition on politically motivated charges brought by the administration of former Mexican President Vicente Fox.

Chris started his legal career as an intern with the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., during the Reagan administration, and then spent two years as a prosecutor with the Harris County Assistant District Attorney’s Office. He left the DA’s office to work with famed Houston criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, quickly establishing a reputation as a winning trial attorney, trying more than 25 federal jury cases across the United States over the next decade. Prior to joining Orrick, Chris practiced with his two brothers in a litigation boutique firm where he solidified his status as a top defense and trial attorney in the white collar and complex civil arenas.



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

William J. Foley, Jr. 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.



  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Transportation Finance

Irma Foley Partner Infrastructure, Energy

Washington, D.C.

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, finance, and operation of large infrastructure projects undertaken using public-private partnerships (PPPs), as well as the development, operation, restructuring, tax equity investment in 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; supply agreements; and privatization and bidding documents. She represents sponsors, private and public owners, developers, lenders, investors and contractors.  



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Stephen Foresta Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insurance Recovery

New York

Steve Foresta is a partner in Orrick’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  From 2011 to 2016, he served as the global head of Orrick’s Litigation Business Unit.

Steve has extensive experience handling all phases of complex litigation and has tried numerous cases in state and federal court and before arbitral panels in the United States and abroad. He has a varied practice that includes litigating commercial disputes, representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and defending manufacturers in mass tort and product liability actions. He chairs Orrick’s Life Settlements Working Group and has litigated all aspects of life settlement-related disputes, including insurable interest/STOLI allegations, cost of insurance rate increases, enforcement of contestability clauses, and claims of elder abuse, fraud and unfair competition. Steve has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in environmental actions, patent infringement claims and other types of disputes for clients across a wide variety of industries.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Simonetta Formentini Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Simonetta Formentini is associate in the Milan Office.

Simonetta has 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 in drafting and implementing compliance programs pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001, and carrying out secretarial services within the companies’ Vigilance Bodies.

She has also been involved in advising several domestic and multinational companies (in the industrial, banking and financial sectors) both in day-to-day corporate and regulatory consultancy and special projects.

She is teaching assistant in the course “Comparative Business and European Law” taught by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola at Bocconi University in Milan.



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

Kristen Fournier Partner Trials, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

Kristen R. Fournier, Co-Leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, is a trial lawyer specializing in high risk, high profile matters. She has special expertise in the strategic work up and resolution of mass tort and product liability cases, and has been involved in numerous jury trials across the country.

In both 2016 and 2017, Chambers USA named Kristen an up-and-coming star in nationwide product liability and mass torts, with client sources describing her as "a very skilled trial attorney who is strategic, smart and efficient" and praising her "great gift for long-term strategy." She has been hailed by The Legal 500 U.S. as "an 'outstanding trial lawyer,' who is 'also very talented at developing, implementing and organizing national strategy in mass tort defense.'" In addition July 2016, Kristen was named to the inaugural "Under 40 Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation. The designation, which is designed to recognize the "achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger," is compiled through a process of both peer review and case examination.

Kristen acts as national coordinating and litigation counsel for The Dow Chemical Company's wholly owned 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. She routinely negotiates multi-million dollar case settlements involving multiple cases and a variety of claims. Kristen assists Dow/UCC in identifying and analyzing overarching issues and case trends, and developing both 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's extensive experience with mass tort dockets gives her a unique, birds eye view in to jury demographics and trends across the country, which makes her uniquely qualified to distill complex matters in to simple, audience-friendly and winning themes.



  • 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, banking, finance, insurance, commodities trading and sale of goods, entertainment, telecommunications, shipping and professional negligence.

Before joining the firm, Maria was head of Coudert Brothers' litigation and arbitration practice in London.