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


Opportunities for law firms and clients continue to flourish as litigation finance becomes more and more mainstream. A successful litigation finance relationship benefits from trust and thoughtfulness on the part of all parties throughout the “life cycle” of the relationship.  Thus, law firms and clients are called to bolster their understanding of the litigation finance relationship to maximize the benefits to all involved.

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:

On-Demand 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, Investment Advisor
Validity Finance, LLC

Wendie Childress is an Investment Advisor with Validity Finance. Based in Validity’s Houston office, Wendie focuses on sourcing and evaluating the merits of litigation finance opportunities from top counsel and clients throughout the U.S. A business trial lawyer with 17 years trial experience, Wendie has a winning track record representing both defendants and plaintiffs in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. An honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law, Wendie previously practiced commercial litigation at Yetter Coleman, a top trial and appellate boutique in Houston.

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

Derek Ho is a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC.  Over two decades, he has been widely recognized for his success representing plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial litigation.  Mr. Ho has extensive experience working with litigation funders, starting when the industry was still in its infancy.  He litigated the seminal cases establishing that communications between a litigant and a litigation funder are protected by the attorney-client privilege and/or work-product doctrine.  He successfully defended litigation funding arrangements against claims that they violate federal and state law.  Litigation funders regularly retain him to assess potential new matters.  And he actively uses litigation funding in his own cases.  Mr. Ho previously clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.



Wendie Childress, Investment Advisor

Validity Finance, LLC

  1. Overview of Litigation Funding
    1. How funders invest in litigation
  2. Current Climate for Law Firms
    1. How firms fared in 2021/state of the legal industry
    2. Firms are increasingly seeking financing, portfolios from litigation funders
    3. How funding can help law firms
  3. Trends in Litigation Funding
    1. Portfolios, large funding facilities
    2. Increased need for working capital
    3. Increased competition including hedge funds, institutional money
    4. Funders focused on duration, collectability
    5. Fee sharing
    6. Nonlawyer investments in firms
    7. Insurance solutions and increasing use of insurance
    8. Increase in the sophistication of modeling litigation


Derek T. HoPartner

Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.

  1. Why should law firms and clients consider using litigation funding?
  2. Picking the right funder
    1. Increased competition
    2. Types of cases appropriate for funding
    3. Relationships between counsel, client, and funder
  3. How to present your case to a funder
  4. Negotiating the funding deal – getting the right agreement
    1. Increased competition
    2. Relationship between counsel, client, and funder
  5. Post-deal issues
    1. Current issues regarding disclosure
    2. Reducing disclosure risk

Date & Time:

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

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


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



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