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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.
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Kelly M. Cullen is the GOC Director, U.S. Career Associate Lead, and a Senior eDiscovery Career Associate in Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, W.Va. Kelly consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on eDiscovery strategy regarding matters in federal and state courts.
Kelly has broad experience in all stages of discovery. Her practice ranges from coordinating preservation to custodian selection, collection, search terms, written discovery, depositions, and discovery-related briefing as well as significant experience leading meet and confers on contentious privilege issues in MDLs and class actions. Kelly also regularly advises clients on preservation and production issues associated with cloud computing.
Kelly is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Brainstorming Group on Rule 34 Specificity of Requests and regularly writes and speaks on discovery-related issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kelly worked as an associate at Jones Day focused on commercial disputes, class action defense, and data privacy issues. Before entering law school, Kelly participated in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
William "Butch" Cullen is a partner with the Structured Finance Group in Orrick’s New York office. His practice focuses on securities and structured finance, with an emphasis on the securitization of financial assets, in particular, commercial mortgage assets.
Butch is also significantly involved in the workout and restructuring of defaulted real estate loans and securities, the sale and liquidation of both performing and distressed financial assets, including as part of a sale to governmental authorities, on behalf of financial institutions, and the sale of servicing platforms and investment advisory businesses.
Prior to joining Orrick, Butch was a partner in the New York offices of Kaye Scholer LLP, Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.
Giuseppe is an Italian qualified lawyer, Associate in the Milan office and member of the European Corporate Group. Giuseppe has solid experience in corporate governance matters and in drafting complex national and cross-border commercial agreements.
Giuseppe has also gained specific experience in the area of administrative responsibility of companies pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001.
He graduated with honors in Law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan in 2013. Before graduating, Giuseppe spent a research period as visiting student at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) and at The University of Chicago - Law school for the writing of his final dissertation thesis on the applicability of the Unidroit Principles as contract governing law of international commercial agreements.
In 2015, Giuseppe participated in The Hague Academy of International Law summer course, with lectures focused on private international law issues and commercial arbitration.
Since 2016, Giuseppe has been a teaching assistant in the course Comparative Business and European Law taught by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola at University Luigi Bocconi in Milan.
David Curtis is a member of Orrick's nationally-recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice.
David’s practice focuses on data privacy, cybersecurity, digital advertising, Internet law and consumer protection. David advises clients on data collection, storage, use, licensing and transfer issues. He also provides guidance on issues relating to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and other state and federal laws and self-regulatory frameworks. In addition, David has experience evaluating the applicability of European data protection requirements to U.S. companies.
Before joining Orrick, David was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, where he taught legal research, writing and analysis. David clerked for Justice Barbara Lenk of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Wendy is Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer.
Named the "Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year" by Financial Times in 2018, Wendy is celebrated by clients for her “fresh thinking, legal nuance and practical understanding of the courts.” FT editors noted that “rarely have our panel of judges so quickly homed in on a top candidate for innovative individual.” As Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer, Wendy leads Orrick’s efforts to operationalize innovation through novel products, streamlined processes, technology and client consulting on tailored solutions. These efforts have contributed to Orrick being named the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America by the Financial Times for three unprecedented years in a row. In 2018, The American Lawyer also honored Orrick with its first-ever Legal Services Innovation Award.
Wendy leads an innovation team of lawyers, technologists, developers, project managers and business professionals. FT notes that Wendy “understand[s] the diversity of roles that make a team great” and has “introduce[ed] many new technologies and delivery models that have transformed the way the firm operates and works with clients.” She is also recognized by Chambers as a leading individual, nationally, in the area of eDiscovery. Wendy is the chair of Orrick’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Group. She has been engaged by Fortune 100 companies and major financial institutions to create and deploy eDiscovery and records management programs. Wendy has substantial experience in pharmaceutical, product liability and class action litigation. Her litigation experience includes multiple trials, supervision of regional and local counsel, management of complex discovery and meet-and-confer negotiations.
Raniero D’Aversa is chair of Orrick’s Restructuring group. He is a market-leading practitioner in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies and brings years of experience representing DIP lenders, secured lenders, bank groups and hedge funds in those capacities.
Ron is the designated restructuring counsel to many leading financial institutions such as The Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, Citibank, Commerzbank, Wells Fargo, Toronto-Dominion Bank and The Bank of Nova Scotia. He has represented clients in bankruptcies, workouts, DIP loans, distressed debt transactions, bankruptcy litigation, derivatives and distressed acquisitions. Ron has represented interests of financial institutions and investors in such restructuring and bankruptcy cases as Ocean Rig, Seadrill, CHC Helicopter, Erickson, Indiana Toll Road, Pocahontas Parkway, Eagle Bulk, Spyglass Films, American Airlines, Republic Airlines, Chemtura Corporation, Quebecor, AbitibiBowater, North Las Vegas, Ritchie Risk-Linked Strategies, Star Diamond, Lehman and Mesa Airlines.
Janina focuses on public
procurement (PPP and concessions) and public domain law.
She regularly works on regulatory issues and has a particular focus on the energy sector. She advises both private entities and public entities in the development of projects, with a main focus on renewable energy.
Before joining Orrick, Janina completed several internships with French and other major international law firms and also with an independent administrative authority (ARCEP).
Glenn Dassoff is a first chair trial lawyer with extensive and diverse experience having successfully tried more than 50 cases in his career. His trial work has covered every major practice area of the firm, though most concentrated in the intellectual property, trademark, general commercial litigation, real estate, banking, and construction industries, where he has handled litigation for some of the best known companies in America.
For many years, Glenn has represented some of the nation’s leading high technology companies in a variety of litigation disputes involving theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, intellectual property, and joint-venture financings. He has successfully handled over a hundred trade secret cases, including more than a dozen trials and related evidentiary hearings on injunctive relief.
He has also handled shareholder class action and derivative suits, securities, government contracts, defense contracts, etc.
A sample of Glenn's experience includes the following matters:
Glenn is a popular speaker for many of the country’s leading bar groups, including the Rutter Group and the Continuing Education of the Bar, and has lectured on subjects ranging from civil procedure before and during trial, to cross-examination and jury selection. He has served as keynote speaker for the American Appraisal Institute at its National Convention.
Matteo Daste is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group and the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk. His practice focuses on strategically advising companies and entrepreneurs.
Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clients in corporate finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.
As the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk, he is active in advising companies and investors in a variety of cross border transactions between Europe and United States, primarily in the technology sector.
Matteo’s past experience also includes representing issuers in both registered and exempt public offerings, and exchange listings. He has been involved in structuring bridge and equity financing deals, and in representing financial institutions in restructuring transactions.
Matteo has authored various articles on topics related to securities regulation. He has also been featured as a speaker on several occasions, appearing at the Italian Parliament on venture capital reform, in newspaper interviews, and on television and radio programs both domestically and internationally. Matteo has also held a number of lectures and seminars at universities including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Hastings College of Law, La Sapienza in Rome, the Università di Genova, the Libera Università di Bolzano and at the Università dell’Insubria in Varese. He is also a Fellow of the Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jonkoping University in Sweden.
Matteo is a founder of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and was on the founding Board of the Mind The Bridge Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Italian Community Services, a 100-year old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. He is also outside counsel (legale di fiducia) to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. In 2015, Matteo was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the President of the Republic of Italy.
Clients facing intense public scrutiny need to know when smoke means fire. As a meticulous investigator and creative strategist, Rabi uncovers obscured information, distills overwhelming minutiae into relevant details and creates a precise path forward.
When handling internal investigations, Rabi draws upon his years spent as a Judge Advocate General and plaintiff’s litigator. In addition to gaining a robust understanding of the law, Rabi’s unique experience trained him to uncover potentially damaging information. Now as a defense attorney, Rabi uses that approach to ensure his clients are informed, and their bottom line and reputation remain protected.
Prior to joining Orrick, Rabi served more than 10 years active duty in the United States Air Force as an aviator, maintenance officer and Judge Advocate General. As a JAG officer, he prosecuted sexual assault courts-martial and disciplinary infraction discharges, and legally advised more than 60 commanders as the Chief of Military Justice. During his military service, Rabi also flew as an Electronic Warfare Officer on AC-130 Gunships and supervised the maintenance of RC-135 Rivet Joints for eight years. Afterwards, Rabi gained substantial motion practice experience as a civil litigator, writing and orally presenting in California state and federal courts.