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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.
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 Senior Advisor, Pricing & Practice Management, 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.
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.
He is attending Stanford Law School from 2017 to 2018 as a Fulbright scholar.
Ric Fukushima is a California litigation attorney and is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. Ric is an experienced trial lawyer and his practice covers all stages of the litigation process. Ric represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including product liability, general commercial litigation, and intellectual property matters. Ric has represented clients before California superior courts and various state and federal district courts.
Ric is also an alumnus of the Orange County District Attorney's Office Trial Attorney Partnership ("TAP") program. With the TAP program, Ric first-chaired two criminal jury trials to verdict and conducted numerous felony preliminary hearings.
Ric started his career at Orrick as a summer associate in 2009. Before joining Orrick, Ric was an intellectual property intern at San Diego-based medical device company, NuVasive, Inc., where he assisted patent counsel on matters relating to patent prosecution and freedom-to-operate assessments.
Peter Fusco is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group and leads the firm’s New York Tech Companies practice. He represents venture funds and tech companies throughout all stages of their life cycle, from pre-incorporation planning to angel, seed and growth rounds to exit in M&A.
Pete serves as senior outside legal advisor to many startups, growth stage companies and venture funds. Pete also works closely with NYU/Poly’s Future Lab’s incubator ecosystem and its related programs (such as Future Labs AI accelerators), Bunker Labs (Veterans in Tech) and BMW/Mini Urban-X accelerators.
Prior to joining Orrick, Pete represented tech companies and funds as a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP and an associate at Brown Raysman LLP. Prior to practicing law, Pete was a rifleman and crew-served weapons instructor in an Infantry unit in the Army Reserve and graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate for his class from the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Pete also co-founded a rock band called LongRoad that was featured on college stations around the U.S. and opened for Buckcherry, Candlebox and Cracker, among others.