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  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • White Collar
  • Trials

Sharon Frase Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

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. 

Shara is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she successfully tried a million-dollar food-stamp fraud case against a business owner and an obstruction of justice case against a tax protestor who threatened the IRS agent assigned to his case. She also successfully tried a civil asset forfeiture case resulting in the recovery and repatriation to France of a Camille Pissarro painting stolen from a French museum in the early 1980’s. Shara also helped return to victims all the assets of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff, as well as the assets of Madoff's co-conspirators.  Her investigation into an art-smuggling and money laundering conspiracy by a Brazilian banker led to the recovery and repatriation to Brazilian bank fraud victims of a modern art collection worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prior to becoming an AUSA, Shara was an associate with Heller Ehrman LLP, where, among other engagements, she represented more than 30 law schools in their First Amendment challenge to the Solomon Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Capital Markets
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance

Melissa Victoria Frayer Managing Associate Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets

San Francisco

Melissa Frayer focuses her practice on guiding investment banking teams and companies through initial public offerings in the life sciences and technology industries.

Melissa's experience includes working on more than a dozen initial public offerings, in addition to follow-on offerings and M&A transactions.   She has worked with both U.S.-based and foreign clients who wish to access U.S. capital markets.  She also regularly advises clients on their SEC disclosures and reporting requirements, and best practices for corporate governance.  Melissa is also a member of the firm's cryptocurrency and blockchain practice groups.

Prior to joining Orrick, Melissa was an associate at another law firm after having served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.



  • Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Emerging Markets
  • Latin America
  • Energy

Siddharth Fresa Associate Capital Markets, M&A and Private Equity


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.



  • Public Finance

J. Kent Friedman Senior Counsel Public Finance


J. Kent Friedman is a Senior Counsel in the Public Finance Group in Orrick’s Houston office.

A veteran corporate/transactional lawyer as well as Houston civic leader, Kenny is Chairman of the Board of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, which built and is the landlord for the city’s state-of-the-art sports venues: Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium, Toyota Center, and BBVA Compass Stadium. He is President of the Mickey Leland Kibbutzim Internship Foundation, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Hermann Park Conservancy, the Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics, the Texas Bowl, the Leo Baeck Education Center Foundation, and on the Host Committee of Super Bowl 51. He is also a member of the Tulane University President’s Council. Kenny is a member of the American, Texas and Houston Bar Associations and a Fellow of both the Houston Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.

He has previously served as a member of the Board of Regents of Texas Southern University and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Houston Symphony. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Hermann Park Conservancy, Co-Chairman of the Greater Houston Inner City Games, President of the Foundation for Jones Hall, President of the Southwest Region of the American Jewish Committee and Chairman of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. He has also served on the Boards of the Houston Area Women’s Center, Houston Interfaith Ministries, Anti-Defamation League and Houston Proud.

David Fries Senior Advisor, Pricing & Practice Management

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.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Class Action Defense
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Claudia Frost Partner Intellectual Property, Patents


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 and financial services.

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 over a decade and is in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Houston.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Emmanuel Fua Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Emmanuel Fua is a managing associate in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  His practice focuses on high-stakes federal court litigation.

Emmanuel was a key member of an Orrick trial team that won a jury verdict and court-imposed exemplary damages award that the Daily Journal and Law360 hailed as one of 2014's top defense results and trade secrets verdicts.  He was also a member of a district court team that secured the dismissal of a celebrity endorser from a putative false advertising class action prior to discovery, and a member of the appellate team that secured an order from the Ninth Circuit, affirming the district court's dismissal.  Emmanuel has also litigated high-stakes cases under both chapter 9 and chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, and is currently a member of an Orrick team defending foreign entities in a federal multi-district products liability case.

Additionally, Emmanuel's experience includes non-public representations and internal investigations of clients alleged to have violated the Bank Secrecy Act, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

David Fuad Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

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.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Intellectual Property

Masao Fujino Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


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.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents

Ric T. Fukushima Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

Orange County

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. 

Debra Fullem Legal Analyst

Washington, D.C.

Ms. Fullem is a bankruptcy research specialist in Orrick's Washington, D.C. office.


  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets

Peter Fusco Partner Corporate, Technology Companies Group

New York

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.