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Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Drake serves as KCC’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Restructuring and Mass Tort. While advising on all aspects of the company’s business operations and best practices, Drake leads an experienced management team and is responsible for the creation and execution of short and long-term strategies. Drake works to align internal resources and workflows to meet client needs and ensure successful outcomes.
As a member of KCC’s Executive Committee, Drake helps oversee the company’s strategic direction and initiatives; efficiency and effectiveness of business lines; and expansion into new markets. Over the last ten years, Drake has held several leadership positions at KCC and brings significant managerial and industry expertise to the company’s management team.
As the company’s EVP and GC, Drake ensures a high standard of excellence in client service, technology development and financial performance. Drake serves as an important resource to current and prospective clients on the design and execution of case administrations and provides strategic guidance to KCC’s Operations team to implement client programs achieve efficient, streamlined and cost-effective results.
Prior to joining KCC, Drake was a senior associate in the Financial Restructuring practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Focused on corporate restructurings, Drake represented creditors’ committees and bondholder committees, debtors in possession, post-petition lenders and acquirers of distressed assets. He also has significant experience with corporate financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and commercial transactions.
Drake received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. While serving as an articles editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, he was a member of Order of the Coif and St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, as well as a Sayre MacNeil Scholar. Drake received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University.
Vice President, Mass Tort Services
Frank brings five years of professional experience to his role as Vice President. As Vice President for KCC’s Mass Tort division, Frank plays an integral role in each engagement – from managing intake leads through qualification and medical records review and discovery requirements, to moving forward to settlement, lien resolution, and distribution. Frank manages Consultants for KCC’s Mass Tort division to enrich team expertise and ensure cost-effective, efficient administration services are provided for clients practicing mass tort litigation. In addition to supervising the department’s pharmaceutical and medical device matters, Frank oversaw the administration of the Porter Ranch Gas Blowout matter, in which over 30,000 plaintiff discovery questionnaires were processed and served by KCC.
Prior to joining KCC, Frank was responsible for the litigation and management of over 100 labor and employment and consumer class action lawsuits. Notable cases Frank litigated and managed include: Garcia v. Vallarta Food Enterprises, Inc.; Williams v. Veolia Transportation Services, Inc.; Levy v. Keolis Transit America, Inc.; Steele v. Zumiez, Inc.; and Davis v. Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
Frank received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College.
Senior Director, Mass Tort Services
In her role as Senior Director, Brianne is responsible for managing and analyzing client data, facilitating the preparation and transmittal of reporting for both internal and external measures, and directing all client communication to ensure the successful progression of our client’s inventories. She supervises the service provided to clients by ensuring all client correspondence is being responded to and handled in a timely and professional manner, reviewing work for accuracy and approval before distributing to the client, and facilitating the workflow of claimant files in each litigation by navigating them from intake through qualification and retention, medical record retrieval and review, and the discovery process such as fact sheet preparation.
She also oversees a team of Directors, Senior Managing Consultants, Consultants, and Senior Intake Specialists to ensure smooth progression of their client and case matters and assists with the facilitation of department training materials
Over her five years with KCC and work within the mass tort industry, Brianne has worked on several notable cases, which include IVC Filter, Hernia Mesh, Risperdal, Xarelto, Accutane, FLQ (Fluoroquinolones), Fosamax, Talcum Powder, TVM Zofran, and Yaz. Brianne has also managed the lien resolution of Abarca, Byetta, Seroquel, Shell and TXI.
Prior to joining KCC, Brianne worked at a law firm as a Legal Assistant and Intake Coordinator. While there, she oversaw numerous cases including Asbestos (Mesothelioma), Crestor, Depuy Hip, Fosamax, Lipitor, Shoulder Pain Pump (SPP), Zimmer Knee and personal injury cases.
Brianne has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law & Society with a minor in Political Science from University of California, Irvine.
Director, Mass Tort Services
As a Director, Jessica provides support for Mass Tort litigation clients by managing teams of Intake Specialists and coordinating the workflow of cases from intake to settlement for several clients. She oversees all aspects of case management and works closely with each client, ensuring that their expectations are being met by delivering detailed progress reports on assigned cases, providing claimant updates, and meeting critical court deadlines. Jessica also contributes to the continued growth and success of KCC by working on several projects concerning department initiatives and assisting with the onboarding of new clients.
Jessica first joined KCC as an Intake Specialist and has since served in various leadership roles, allowing her to bring an in-depth understanding of Mass Tort cases and litigation. Within her time at KCC, Jessica has worked on numerous notable cases including Talcum Powder, Hernia Mesh, Transvaginal Mesh, Essure, IVC Filter, Metal Hip and Knee Implants, Low-T, Granuflo, DePuy, Xarelto, Zofran, and Mirena. In addition to her experience working on these cases, Jessica continues to be adept in her knowledge of present and future Mass Tort cases by attending legal conferences to stay informed of any litigation updates, defense strategies, and factors needed to build a strong case.
Prior to joining KCC, Jessica worked at a plaintiff’s litigation law firm as a Legal Assistant and Intake Coordinator. She was responsible for screening potential clients, assisting with the preparation of discovery, keeping track of numerous court deadlines, and court filings in Southern California. During her time at the firm, she assisted on cases with prominent settlements, such as a wage and hour class action case for hospital workers with a $12 million settlement and a wrongful death personal injury case with a $3 million settlement.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Annette brings a decade of team management and legal experience to her role as a Director in the Mass Tort Department. Annette has worked on various cases in the Mass Tort field such as Pharmaceuticals, Toxic Exposure, and Devices, managing many of these cases through the entire life cycle of the tort - from Intake to Settlement. She manages several thousand claimants, creates strategies and workflows specific to each tort, oversees projects and manages several teams while working closely with the clients to ensure optimal litigation support.
Throughout her years in Mass Tort, Annette has worked and/or managed several notable cases, including Shell, Risperdal, Cymbalta, Talcum Powder, and Hernia Mesh.
Annette earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California, Los Angeles with Honors.
Senior Managing Consultant, Mass Tort Services
As a Senior Managing Consultant, Frank oversees all aspects of Mass Tort case management by providing legal and administrative support to clients. He manages and analyzes client data, prepares reports, and handles all aspects of client communication to ensure client deliverables are executed efficiently and deadlines are met. He is responsible for leading teams through the intake process, including medical record retrieval and review and facilitating the preparation and completion of court ordered Discovery Questionnaires through the online portal and onsite transcription services. Frank has worked closely with the Data team to discover innovative mechanisms for the organization and transmission of client files. He directly manages a team of Intake Specialists, Senior Intake Specialists, and Consultants by assisting in their day-to-day operations and handle various HR/administrative items. He also facilitates in the discussion and implementation of various department initiatives.
In his half-a-decade of experience in the Mass Tort industry, Frank has worked on cases including Aliso Canyon Gas Blowout (Porter Ranch), Delano Farms Class Action Settlement, IVC Filter, Risperdal, TVM, Xarelto, Actos, Zofran, SSRI, Cymbalta, NFL Concussion, Bair Hugger, Talcum Powder, Shell and TXI.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton.
As a Senior Managing Consultant, Marianne oversees all aspects of case management by providing legal and administrative support to one of KCC’s largest clients. She manages and analyzes client data, prepares and delivers scheduled and ad-hoc reporting, and handles client communication. She is responsible for leading teams through the intake process, including medical record retrieval and review, and the discovery process. Marianne directly manages a team of Intake Specialists and Senior Intake Specialists by assisting in their day-to-day operations. She also facilitates in the discussion and implementation of various department initiatives.
Additionally, she developed the Support Management Review & Training (“SMRT”) team to aid in the training client teams. The SMRT team was assembled to provide training workshops on various subject matters throughout the lifecycle of mass tort cases. The SMRT team also created a comprehensive handbook specifically for our client matter.
During her time with KCC, Marianne has worked on notable cases including Talcum Powder, IVC Filter, Bair Hugger, Hernia Mesh, Pradaxa, PTC, Risperdal, Stockert Heater-Cooler, Taxotere, and Xarelto matters.
Marianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Policy with a minor in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine.
Senior Consultant, Mass Tort Services
In his role of Senior Consultant, Matt is the primary point of contact for Mass Tort clients in every case he manages. He is responsible for maintaining client databases and facilitating the workflow of claimant files with project teams comprised of Intake Specialists. He leads the Mass Tort staff and spearheads the hiring and onboarding process in the Louisville office.
Matt has worked in the settlement administration industry for over six years but has nearly a decade of management experience. During his time at KCC, Matt has overseen the IVC Filter and PPT Litigation Class Settlements.
As a Mass Tort Senior Consultant, Vanessa is responsible for guiding several hundreds of cases from intake to settlement, as well as providing legal and administrative support for the cases that she manages. She has overseen successful outcome of settlement awards and lien resolution for noteworthy cases including Actos, Cymbalta, GranuFlo, and Yaz.
Furthermore, Vanessa assists with the hiring and onboarding of staff for the Mass Tort department and is integral to the department’s training and development. She is the key contributor to the ongoing advancement and implementation of department-wide training materials that keep the team apprised of evolving procedures and protocols.
During her time at KCC, Vanessa has helped develop internal reporting metrics and has assisted in the implementation of several department initiatives. Through these various special projects, she continues to identify additional opportunities for process improvements.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a Minor in Applied Psychology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Senior Director Marketing & Business Development, Class Action Services & Mass Tort
Diana brings more than 10 years of legal marketing experience to the KCC Class Action Services and Mass Tort teams. As the Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development, she is responsible for the strategy and implementation of initiatives and events that foster KCC’s Class Action relationships.
Prior to joining KCC, Diana held several positions in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s marketing department. Previously, she work for JVA Consulting, LLC and assisted with several projects dealing with the “Colorado Compassion Initiative” (granted by the U.S. Department of Human Services).
Diana earned her Master in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Regis University.