Christopher J. Cariello


New York

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Chris is an appellate lawyer with deep experience litigating key legal issues at every stage of a case. From crafting pre-litigation strategy to winning in the Supreme Court, he combines incisive analysis with powerful writing to get results.

Chris has represented leading companies across a wide range of industries, including major ISPs, tech titans, national retailers, and name-brand manufacturers, He has authored dozens of briefs in high-stakes appeals in both federal and state appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. And he has embedded in cases at the trial level to brief dispositive motions and class certification oppositions, craft jury instructions, and build a record with an eye towards appeal.

Passionate about intellectual property law, Chris focuses on the copyright and trademark issues that arise at the intersection of commerce and technology. He has litigated several industry-shaping cases involving copyright's intermediary liability doctrines, and he has deep knowledge in the key remedial issues parties face in infringement litigation. Chris also has a wealth of experience in class action defense in both trial and appellate courts, including several appellate victories as lead associate defending the denial of class certification. And his experience includes bankruptcy, telecommunications, constitutional law, and the novel issues confronting Fintech companies.

Chris also maintains an active pro bono practice. Last year, he led a team that prevailed in both federal district court and in the Second Circuit in one of the nation's most closely watched police transparency cases. The year before, he argued and won a precedent-setting parole appeal in New York’s Appellate Division on behalf of a former juvenile offender. And he has won victories for clients in immigration cases and cases presenting novel legal issues under freedom of information laws.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Judge Carol B. Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Posts by: Christopher Cariello

Federal Regulators Issue Key Guidance on Fintech Issues


On July 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury“) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC“) provided important guidance on a broad range of issues confronting the fintech industry. Treasury released a long-awaited report titled A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities: Nonbank Financials, Fintech, and Innovation (the “Treasury Report“).

Following a specific recommendation in the Treasury Report, the OCC formally announced that it would begin to accept applications for special purpose national bank charters, and it provided guidance on the procedures and standards that would govern such applications through the issuance of a Licensing Manual Supplement for Special Purpose National Banks (the “Manual Supplement“). Taken together, the Treasury Report and the OCC announcement reinforce the commitment of the federal government to promote the growth of the fintech industry. Click here to read the full Orrick-authored alert.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Make “Valid When Made” the Law of the Land


Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced H.R. 5724, the Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2016, which would reaffirm the longstanding legal precedent under the National Bank Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act that federal law preempts a loan’s interest if valid when made. The legislation was introduced to address one of the issues raised by the Second Circuit in Madden vs. Midland Funding. Legislation.