Broadcast Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


Opportunities for financiers and consumers continue to flourish as litigation finance becomes more and more mainstream. However, despite the benefits that abound, challenges and drawbacks still emerge, including the conflicts of interest between clients and financiers, particularly in executing financing agreements. Thus, law firms and all businesses concerned are called to intensify their relationship with financiers and rethink ways to budget and monetize claims.

Listen as experienced litigators Wendie Childress (Validity Finance, LLC) and Derek T. Ho (Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.) provide the audience with the recent regulatory trends and developments surrounding litigation finance. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical strategies to avoid potential risks.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Litigation Finance: Recent Legal Trends
  • Impact on Financiers and Consumers
  • Challenges and Pitfalls
  • Practical Strategies to Avoid Potential Risks
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Intermediate Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast



General knowledge of litigation finance


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Wendie Childress, Portfolio Counsel
Validity Finance, LLC

As Portfolio Counsel in the Validity Houston office, Wendie works directly with clients and team members to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of potential claims.

A business trial lawyer with over a decade of trial experience, Wendie has a winning track record representing both defendants and plaintiffs in complex commercial litigation and arbitration.

With a focus on business torts, contract, securities, and employment disputes for clients in a wide range of industries including healthcare, energy, construction, and financial services, she has significant experience handling all aspects of litigation and has worked with clients across the country to quickly synthesize complex disputes to help clients understand the merits of their cases.

Wendie joined Validity from litigation powerhouse Yetter Coleman. She graduated with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, where she went on to earn her JD in 2000. She then served for two years as General Counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce. In 2015, Wendie was named “Houston Top Lawyer” in Business & Commercial Litigation by H Texas Magazine. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association.

Derek T. Ho, Partner
Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.

Mr. Ho has been widely recognized over nearly two decades for his success representing clients in commercial litigation with often billions of dollars at stake.  As both an experienced trial litigator and a seasoned appellate lawyer, Mr. Ho represents plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation, from the trial court to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Among other awards and recognition, Mr. Ho has been named by Lawdragon multiple times as a Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer.  The American Lawyer featured his appellate victory in obtaining reinstatement of a $250 million verdict against a Florida skilled nursing home chain.  Global Competition Review named Mr. Ho a Litigator of the Week for his work in obtaining a rare preliminary injunction in a federal antitrust case.  And, citing his extensive antitrust litigation experience, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois appointed Mr. Ho MDL Co-Lead Counsel in In re Dealer Mgmt. Sys. MDL, MDL No. 2817 (N.D. Ill.)

Mr. Ho maintains an active pro bono practice focused on civil rights litigation.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Roxbury Latin School and on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law.



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Who Should Attend:

  • Litigation Attorneys
  • Trial Attorneys
  • Litigation/Arbitration Funders
  • Strategic Advisors
  • Arbitrators & Mediators
  • Litigation Support Staff
  • In-house Counsel


Wendie ChildressPortfolio Counsel
Validity Finance, LLC
Derek T. HoPartner
Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.



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