Tom Kidera helps navigate companies through crisis. Whether handling sensitive investigations or litigating billion-dollar cases, Tom brings a creative approach and dogged dedication to his clients and their needs. As a partner in the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, Tom represents auditing firms, financial institutions, and the Firm's infrastructure clients in complex commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings.
He is particularly knowledgeable about issues of force majeure and catastrophic market disruption, having served on a team of Orrick lawyers whose force majeure-related victory on behalf of long-time client, Hemlock Semiconductor LLC, was declared a Top 10 Business Case of 2010-2019 by the Michigan Bar Journal.
Tom represents audit firms and accountants in regulatory proceedings commenced by the SEC and the PCAOB as well as civil litigations. He has experience managing and conducting large scale internal investigations, liaising with regulators, remediating problems, and managing risk and liability in delicate circumstances.
Tom also has litigated structured finance issues for his entire career, representing securitization sponsors and mortgage loan servicers in an array of litigations from securities fraud and loan repurchase disputes to ERISA and consumer class actions, also consulting and advising on the interpretation of securitization documents and events of default.
In addition, Tom advises the Firm's energy and infrastructure clients on litigation matters, previously having served as a member of the Orrick team representing Hemlock Semiconductor (a leading producer of solar-grade polycrystalline silicon) in commercial proceedings throughout the U.S. and around the globe.
Tom maintains an active pro bono practice representing asylum seekers and U.S. veterans seeking discharge status upgrades. Tom is also active in firm recruiting and retention efforts, serving on the hiring and summer program committees in New York, as well as the Professional Development Committee. He was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2009.
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Representing RMBS Sponsors, Servicers, and CDO Issuers:
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