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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.
Simonetta Formentini is an associate in the Milan Office since 2010 and a member of the Energy & Infrastructure Group.
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 all the transaction documents, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders' agreements.
She always collaborates with Bocconi University in Milan, being teaching assistant in the course "Comparative Business and European Law" taught by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola for 5 years and starting from 2017 being the legal responsible for the training course "The EGP school of business development program" promoted by Enel Green Power, dedicated to its Business Development professionals and delivered 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 in the context of 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 co-leader 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, 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.
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.
Siddharth is a dual-qualified associate based in London specializing in international capital markets, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Siddharth worked at leading international firms in Rome and in London, advising clients on M&A and private equity transactions, competition law and electricity and LNG regulation, gaining experience across several jurisdictions, including Brazil, Chile, Italy, U.K. and U.S.A.
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.
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.
Emmanuel Fua is a managing associate in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Emmanuel has represented clients in high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts across the country in cases involving a wide range of issues, including trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, products liability, environmental contamination, celebrity endorser liability, and issues arising under chapters 9 and 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Emmanuel's experience also includes non-public representations and internal investigations of clients in the finance and retail industries alleged to have violated the Bank Secrecy Act, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Mr. Fuad has a broad range of experience handling all phases of complex litigation in both state and federal courts, including significant trial experience. He has a diverse practice that includes the tech, manufacturing, and real estate industries and is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Mr. Fuad has extensive experience with breach of contract and trademark matters, and has litigated employment class actions, product liability, trade secret, and data breach matters on behalf of startups, manufacturers, developers, financial institutions, and commercial tenants and landlords. Mr. Fuad has represented dozens of startups in a variety of disputes, and his practice recognizes that dispute resolution takes many forms, including negotiation, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He focuses on delivering efficient, favorable results for all types of commercial disputes.
Masao Fujino is a managing associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Masao's main focus is on domestic and transnational commercial disputes relating to intellectual property.
He represents companies in patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and copyright infringement litigation, and additionally handles other matters, such as employment and tort litigation and foreign judgment enforcement.
He also assists with domestic and multinational transactions related to intellectual property including trademark and trade secret licensing.