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A former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kelsi Corkran has served as lead counsel in dozens of federal and state court appeals. Kelsi has presented argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and 11 of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the en banc Ninth Circuit. She also frequently strategizes with trial teams on significant legal questions that arise during earlier stages of litigation.
Kelsi maintains a generalist practice mirroring the wide range of subject matters that appellate judges confront on their dockets. Her constitutional and administrative law experience includes litigating challenges involving the First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments; the Appointments Clause; the Bill of Attainder Clause; separation of powers; statutory interpretation; and regulatory overreach. She has also handled appeals involving copyright, class action certification, civil fraud, breach of contract, financial services, bankruptcy, and employment discrimination, to name a few. Rather than structuring her practice around narrow subject areas, Kelsi’s passion is translating complex disputes into compelling stories that persuade the court to rule in her client’s favor.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kelsi was with the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as lead counsel for the federal government in more than 30 appeals representing a wide array of federal agencies, including the Copyright Royalty Board; the Federal Communications Commission; the Department of Transportation; the Department of Agriculture; the Social Security Administration; the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Department of Health and Human Services; and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Kelsi previously worked in the Communications Office of the White House’s Executive Office of the President, where she assisted with judicial nominations, including the confirmation hearings of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Before law school, she was a social worker in Philadelphia’s foster care system.
Kelsi serves on the Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and as Program Co-Chair for the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.
Kristin Cornuelle, an Of Counsel in the Portland office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and the Trademark, Copyright and False Advertising Group. Kristin has experience with both intellectual property and general commercial litigation matters, as well as dispute resolution and IP enforcement.
Kristin focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark-related disputes for clients in a variety of industries, including food and beverage products, retail and clothing, consumer products, cloud computing, software and Internet services, social networking and online gaming. She has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, Kristin maintains an active pro bono practice in the areas of trademark and copyright law, homelessness, housing, and domestic violence.
Prior to her legal career, Kristin held various executive level positions in both the non-profit sector and local government.
Katie advises corporates, investors and investment banks on a range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity financings on the public markets, joint ventures and strategic investments.
She has particular focus on the international technology sector and regularly advises founders and corporates on ‘exits’ by way of sales to trade or private equity purchasers or offerings on the public markets. She has experience of acting on sales to many of the largest global technology companies. Recent transactions include advising Tails.com on its sale to Nestlé; advising DogBuddy on its sale to Rover; advising Stratto on its sale to Digital Colony; advising Cerillion PLC on its initial public offering on AIM; and advising creditshelf on its initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Katie also has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, recently including advising CDC Group on its $380m public offer for Copperbelt Energy Corporation; advising Bioenergy Infrastructure Group on its investments in UK waste-to-energy plants; and advising InfraCapital on its purchase of WightFibre.
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Richard Coup is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.
Richard works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Richard assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.
Richard has dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including assisting trial counsel representing abused and neglected children.
Sue’s practice focuses on environmental law as it applies to the financing, construction and operation of power generation, infrastructure projects, and the purchase and sale of commercial enterprises.
Sue advises clients with respect to environmental and permitting matters in the context of domestic and international transactions. She is skilled in identifying environmental risk and negotiating the allocation of such risk in a variety of transactional contexts, including financing agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and leases.
Her experience spans a variety of industries, including LNG, oil and gas, mining, wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, waste-to-energy, and fossil fuel-fired power generation. Sue also has experience with environmental compliance counseling and litigation, including toxic tort claims.
Section 337 investigations pose an enormous risk. Without proper counsel, the speed, complexity and potential cost can overwhelm companies and drain precious resources. Having handled nearly 60 such investigations, Jordan understands those risks, and how to safely and efficiently guide complainants, respondents and non-parties toward the best possible result.
Legal 500 recently described Jordan as "the heart of the practice", who “offers a wealth of ITC experience and knowledge, while maintaining a level of responsiveness and approachability that is second to none." He’s managed all aspects of Section 337 investigations, including eight trials, from pre-complaint counseling and diligence to Federal Circuit appeals. The investigations have covered technologies including smartphones, tablets, televisions, flash memory, semiconductors, and medical devices.
He also represents plaintiffs and defendants across the country in cases involving claims of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Dean E. Criddle, a senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Concentrating his practice in electric and gas utility finance, Dean serves as both tax and finance counsel to utilities, underwriters, financial advisors, special purpose issuers, developers and state public utilities commissions in utility financings.
His broad experience ranges from “stranded cost” securitization financings for investor-owned electric utilities to tax-exempt financings for utilities owned by investor-owned companies, nonprofit corporations, states, local governments and federal power marketing agencies.
Dean currently is advising Bonneville Power Administration in connection with its efforts to refinance and extend the maturities of a portfolio of approximately $6 billion of tax-exempt and taxable notes and bonds issued for its benefit by Energy Northwest (formerly known as Washington Public Power Supply System).
In addition to working on transaction-specific capital markets matters, Mr. Criddle provides ongoing tax, regulatory and general business law advice to a variety of clients, including:
Filippo Cristaldi, an associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Filippo's practice focuses on business and corporate law and international agreements; and he has extensive experience in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, providing assistance to private equity funds and national and multinational companies operating in various industrial sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Filippo was a member of Vita Samory, Fabbrini e Associati and, previously, of Rucellai e Raffaelli.
Kelsi is an associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Banking & Finance group.
She represents banks and other financial institutions in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including acquisition financings, senior secured lending transactions, and debtor-in-possession financings.
Katharine Crost, a senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.
Kathy's practice involves advising issuers, underwriters, servicers and institutional purchasers on complex financial transactions. She has extensive experience with the securitization of a variety of assets, including mortgages, tax liens, tobacco litigation settlement funds, utility stranded costs and student loans.
Kathy's mortgage-backed experience has involved all types of mortgages including fixed and adjustable rate first lien mortgage loans, closed end seconds, revolving home equity lines of credit, seasoned mortgage loans, reverse mortgage loans and manufactured housing contracts. She has represented many types of financial institutions, including private companies, governmental agencies and municipalities.
She has been involved in the development of a number of novel securitization structures and programs designed to achieve the client's goals. In addition to securitizations, she has been involved in establishing joint ventures, financing of assets, acquisitions of assets and litigation support and advice.
Recently, Kathy has been involved in advising clients on a number of innovative transactions that address issues arising from the financial crisis and housing and financial regulatory reform. Representative transactions include representing the sponsor and issuer of the first public offerings of private label residential mortgage-backed securities since the advent of the financial crisis, advising a federal agency on the securitization of seasoned assets, and advising the largest issuer of tax lien securitizations. She has also been involved in various initiatives to address regulatory reform proposals.
Kathy is former Chair of the Structured Finance Group. She has also served on the Firm's Executive Committee and as Chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative.
Elizabeth is a Managing Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice group.
Before joining Orrick, Elizabeth served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was previously a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Elizabeth received her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she won the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and was an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review. She graduated from Princeton University.
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.