Executive Vice President and General CounselMore details
Executive Vice President and General Counseldfoster@kccllc.com 310.776.7334 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, with over two decades of experience, 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, Class Action Services & Mass Tort ServicesMore details
Vice President, Class Action Services & Mass Tort Servicesfgatto@kccllc.com 415.798.5967 With over a decade of experience in the legal field, Frank plays an integral role in each engagement at KCC. From fostering client relationships and strategic initiatives, to overseeing settlement administration, case management, staffing, training, and technology, Frank plays both a strategic and tactical role in KCC’s Class Action and Mass Tort divisions. In addition to supervising the operations of KCC’s pharmaceutical and product liability matters, Frank oversaw the administration of the Porter Ranch Gas Blowout matter, in which over 30,000 plaintiff discovery questionnaires were administered and served by KCC. Most recently, Frank has helped oversee the settlement administration of nearly 100,000 claimants in mass arbitration proceedings across the nation. 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, where he served as the Chairperson of the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College.
Director, Mass Tort ServicesMore details
Director, Mass Tort Servicesjpina@kccllc.com 310.751.1811 As a Director, Jessica provides support for Mass Tort litigation 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 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 tort cases including Roundup, 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 with 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.
Director, Class Action Services & Mass Tort ServicesMore details
Director, Class Action Services & Mass Tort Servicesakashkarian@kccllc.com 310.776.7320 Annette brings over a decade of team management and legal experience to her role as Director of Mass Tort and Class Action Services. 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. Annette is also leading teams on various Mass Action and Class Actions matters such as employment misclassification lawsuits against rideshare and food delivery companies, as well as wage and hour employment lawsuits. In addition to this, Annette is also managing the expansive Class Action lawsuit involving MoneyGram. Annette earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California, Los Angeles with Honors.
Senior Managing Consultant, Mass Tort ServicesMore details
Senior Managing Consultant, Mass Tort Servicesfcordova@kccllc.com 310.751.1799 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 handling various HR/administrative items. He also facilitates in the discussion and implementation of various department initiatives. In his seven years 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. Most recently, Frank has primarily been involved with the Northern California Wildfires matter and settlement administration on various employment misclassification cases. Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton.