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  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Maria Frangeskides Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


Maria Frangeskides, a partner in Orrick's London office, is a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration Practice Groups.

Maria's practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration, including international trade, energy, commercial fraud, finance, shareholder and joint venture disputes.

Before joining the firm, Maria was head of Coudert Brothers' litigation and arbitration practice in London.


Carolyn Frantz Senior Counsel


The former Corporate Secretary and head of the Corporate Legal Group at Microsoft, Carolyn Frantz advises clients on legal issues, especially in the technology industry, as part of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Practice.

A former Rhodes Scholar, Carolyn clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David S. Tatel, before teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. She was a litigation partner at a major law firm for eight years before joining Microsoft, where she managed the company’s worldwide tax litigation until her appointment as Corporate Secretary.

As Microsoft’s Corporate Secretary, Carolyn had the opportunity to work closely with the company’s Board of Directors and senior leadership, gaining a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing technology companies in a dynamic competitive and regulatory environment. As the head of the Corporate Legal Group, Carolyn was responsible for legal issues regarding securities law and disclosures, treasury and finance, international trade, procurement, real estate, and many other issues. Building on her extensive litigation experience, which includes managing tax disputes domestically and abroad, as well as litigating multidistrict products liability and consumer cases and commercial contract disputes, including a victory for Microsoft in the first known major use of emergency arbitration, Carolyn understands the practical challenges companies face in litigation and how those intersect with Board reporting, securities disclosures, and internal accountability.



  • 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.


  • Real Estate

Robin L Freedman Associate Real Estate

New York

Robin is an associate in the Real Estate Group. She enjoys partnering with clients to assist on the legal aspects of their real estate investments and help turn ideas into realities.

Her practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, equity investments and financings, joint ventures and leasing. She is skilled at drafting documents that bring complicated deal points to life.

Robin strongly believes in community engagement and is active in a local non-profit that provides shelter and services to the homeless in New York City.

David Fries Chief Profitability Officer

New York

David Fries is broadly viewed as one of the foremost authorities on the “business of law,” bringing to bear 30 years of experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility, a partner in two global law firms and a law firm senior executive.

He presently serves as Orrick’s Chief Profitability Officer, having previously served as Orrick’s Chief Pricing & Practice Management Officer and Orrick’s Chief Client Relationship Officer. In his current role, David helps the firm and its clients reach mutually beneficial fee arrangements, counsels partners on approaches to managing their practices more efficiently and applies data analytics to enhance firm profitability and improve client satisfaction, among other financial and operational responsibilities.

From 1998 through 2005, David served as a senior executive at NYSE-listed Prologis (formerly AMB Property Corporation) 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.



  • Energy
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property

Claudia Frost Partner Energy, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Claudia Wilson Frost is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer. She has led trial teams in well over 100 cases, has tried to conclusion 40 cases as lead or co-lead counsel and has argued a like number of cases to appellate courts throughout the country. These cases include complex commercial litigation, patent litigation and appellate matters in the three areas on which Orrick focuses: Energy & Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation and Finance.

Ms. Frost 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.” The Legal 500 has called her “One of Best Known Names in the Field.” Ms. Frost was featured in 2016 as a “Trial Pro” by Law360 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.  In the patent area, she was named one of Law360’s “20 Most Influential Woman in IP Law” and has been included as an IPStar and listed in IAM Patent 1000 for many years.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Thomas Fu Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

A former Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit clerk, Thomas Fu is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Prior to joining Orrick, Thomas served as a law clerk for Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S Supreme Court and Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Thomas graduated from Stanford Law School, where he worked on merits stage briefing in two cases (one as a party and one as an amicus curiae) as a member of the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.  Thomas also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Emmanuel Fua Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Emmanuel Fua is a senior associate in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. 

Emmanuel has represented clients in high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts across the country in cases involving a wide range of issues, including securities fraud, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, products liability, environmental contamination, celebrity endorser liability, and issues arising under chapters 9 and 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.  He has both trial court and appellate court experience, having been a member of multiple trial teams and having co-authored briefs in the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has also represented clients in international arbitrations under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules.

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

From 2016-2017, Emmanuel served as a law clerk for Chief Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.



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

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

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

Businesses of every size and type turn to David Fuad in times of crisis. Regardless of the facts or legal issues, David transforms complex details into compelling narratives for judges and juries.

Whether representing global leaders like Apple or Silicon Beach startups, David specializes in delivering efficient and favorable results through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He has resolved a wide range of commercial matters, from breach of contract to real estate disputes to trade secret misappropriation. David has also litigated both single-plaintiff and class action employment matters involving wage and hour, misclassification, and discrimination and harassment claims.

In addition to his busy legal practice, David devotes his energies to pro bono work. He recently helped secure a favorable judgment in a federal civil rights class action, barring indigent criminal defendants unable to pay court-imposed fines and fees from being jailed in a system that was described as a “modern-day debtors' prison.”

While attending law school, David served as an extern for two Los Angeles Superior Court judges and was a member of the Loyola Entertainment Law Review.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy
  • Antitrust & Competition

Masao Fujino Managing Associate Intellectual Property, Privacy


Masao Fujino is a managing associate in Orrick's Tokyo office who focuses on Japanese patent, trade secret, privacy and antitrust laws in relation to companies doing business in Japan.

He prepares privacy policies and terms and conditions for companies entering to the Japanese market and also provides contract analysis from the perspective of Japanese antitrust law.  He is also familiar with dispute resolution procedures including Japanese court proceedings especially related to patents and trade secrets.

He especially provides advice to companies in the IT, software and electronics industries.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was an engineer in a Japanese software company. While he was a legal trainee after passing the Japanese bar examination, he studied at the Japanese space agency (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and the IP division of the Tokyo District Court. He also studied at Stanford Law School as a Fulbright scholar (US government scholarship).



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

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

Orange County

Ric Fukushima is a litigation and trial attorney in the firm's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. Ric focuses his practice on high-stakes, complex business disputes and helps financial and technology sector clients strategically navigate their way through all stages of litigation.

Ric has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts, including business tort, breach of contract, insurance, intellectual property, trade secrets, and product liability matters.  Ric manages all aspects of litigation from start to finish and has significant experience with complex electronic discovery.

Ric is also an alumnus of the Orange County District Attorney's Office Trial Attorney Partnership ("TAP") program where he first-chaired two misdemeanor jury trials successfully to verdict and conducted numerous felony preliminary hearings.

Ric started his career at Orrick as a summer associate in the Orange County office.  Ric lives in Costa Mesa with his wife Natalie and his son Benjamin.



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

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 the NYU Tandon Future Labs startup incubator ecosystem (the Data, Digital, Urban and Veterans Future Labs) and its related programs.

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.