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.