Chris Cruz

Career Associate

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.

  • Chris is also active in pro bono matters and presently working to protect the rights of voters in states where voter identification is required. Chris is an avid fan of Chelsea F.C., and a founding member of Carefree California, a Chelsea supporters club.