Tag Archives: Validity Finance

Episode 41 — Dave Kerstein & Will Marra; Validity Finance

In this episode, we speak with Dave Kerstein, Chief Risk Officer of Validity Finance, and Will Marra, Portfolio Counsel at Validity. Dave and Will discuss the Working Group on Litigation Funding’s response to the controversial NYC Bar opinion, which found that third party funding violates the prohibition on fee sharing. They also discuss the role of litigation funding in today’s stressful economic times, and how the COVID-19 crisis is likely to impact the funding industry.

Please log in to read full article
Log In Register

SPONSORED POST: Free Webinar Explaining the Latest NYC Bar Report, Hosted by Validity Finance

Understanding the Latest NYC Bar Report on Litigation Funding

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Episode 37 — Laina Miller Hammond; Investment Manager & Legal Counsel, Validity Finance

On this episode, we speak with Laina Miller Hammond of Validity Finance. Laina recently conducted research into the gender pay gap that exists for lawyers. She discusses its root causes, how female lawyers can maneuver within the current system to achieve greater pay equity, and how litigation finance can be leveraged to achieve that very goal.

Validity Finance Adds Experienced Dispute Funder Ronit Cohen to Investment Team, Secures Additional $50 Million in Capital Commitments

NEW YORK (September 18, 2019) – Litigation funder Validity Finance continues to build its U.S. investment team while expanding its capital base. The firm announced the arrival of Ronit Cohen, who joins Validity as portfolio counsel. A former trial lawyer who practiced at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and O’Melveny, Ms. Cohen transitioned to litigation finance in 2012 and spent the past seven years as an investment professional at Bentham IMF.

Validity Finance Launches New Summer Fellowship for Law Students of Diverse Backgrounds

NEW YORKMay 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leading litigation funder Validity Finance has launched a new Equal Access Fellowship, providing a paid summer fellowship to first-year law students of diverse backgrounds. For 2019, the company has selected two distinguished first-year students to spend the summer in Validity’s New York office, with an option to split their time working for a pro bono organization of their choice.

Validity Finance Expands Texas Presence with new Portfolio Counsel in Houston

NEW YORK (APRIL 9, 2019) – Further growing its presence in the important Texas legal market, Validity Finance announced the arrival of Wendie Childress, who joins the firm as portfolio counsel in the company’s Houston office.

Validity Finance Strengthens Investment Team and Corporate Governance

NEW YORK (January 29, 2019) – Litigation funder Validity Finance has made a notable addition to its growing investment team with the arrival of portfolio counsel William C. Marra in New York. The firm also announced a prominent addition to its governance structure, with Allen Fagin, formerly chair of Proskauer Rose LLP, joining Validity’s board of directors.  Finally, Validity has retained former New York federal Judge John Gleeson, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, as outside counsel to advise on investment opportunities.