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Alumni Spotlight - Krista Sivick

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Krista Sivick Holds a Leading Role in Managing Litigation for Wyndham Destinations

It almost sounds like a movie: Smart young woman graduates from college with a film degree and spends a few years thinking about what direction her career should take. She decides on law school, even though “I literally did not know what a litigator was.” Fortunately, she soon discovers that “it was the exact right place – I loved it.”

Flash forward: Today, Krista Sivick is senior counsel – litigation for Wyndham Destinations, helping manage all litigation for the travel and vacation industry leader. With a caseload that sometimes reaches over 100, she works with outside counsel, not only directing litigation strategy but also balancing the legal considerations with business imperatives. “I’m learning a lot,” she says of the position she’s held since April 2018. “It’s different from a law firm, and I like that in an in-house role you have a lot more hands-on experience investigating the facts and thinking about potential implications for the company.”

Sivick also is the legal supervisor for Wyndham Destinations’ consumer affairs department, advising the specialists there on responses to prelitigation letters and communications with government regulators.

Sivick started her legal career as a summer associate in BakerHostetler’s Orlando office in 2007. “When I graduated the next year, the economic downturn was happening and many thanks to BakerHostetler for not pulling my offer!” she laughs. She stayed at the firm for 10 years. “I began working with Mike Vitale on a matter for Wyndham Destinations – the very first one for them I had worked on. I was happy and not looking for a new position, but a job became open and some people I knew at Wyndham Destinations encouraged me to apply. It was a hard decision to leave, but I’m fortunate to still be working with the BakerHostetler attorneys in Orlando.”

Immediately after arriving at Wyndham Destinations, Sivick became the client on the very same case she had been working on as outside counsel. “My own time was on the bill I was reviewing for Wyndham Destinations!”

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for the travel and vacation industry, but Sivick says that Wyndham Destinations has taken the attitude that this time is an opportunity for the company to not just survive but thrive. It recently acquired the Travel + Leisure media properties in a $100 million deal.

Pre- and hopefully post-pandemic, Sivick says she relaxes through running, playing in an adult soccer league and playing coed slow-pitch softball. “And I’m a big Phillies fan,” she adds. For months, she’s been working from home and helping her two children – John, 8, and Mia, 6 – with online school. “They have just returned to in-person classes and they are so thrilled,” she says. “Meanwhile, it’s been gloriously quiet and I’ve gotten a lot done!”