Stoll Berne

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly proficient litigation practice with impressive experience in antitrust, securities and employment disputes. Other areas of strength include class action litigation and IP disputes. Maintains an especially strong client following in the healthcare sector, with other notable clients including the State of Oregon. Excellent defense-side reputation, with additional recognition by market observers for its plaintiff-side work. Features a deep bench of high-quality practitioners.

Strengths A market source states: "There is no question that they do good work," going on to say that the firm is "a go-to firm with respect toplaintiff-side work in securities."

One client appreciates the firm for its "smart, efficient and strategic lawyers," while another source reports that "performance levels are high:the firm has a responsive, 'team' approach and significant expertise at competitive rates."

Work highlights Acted for the plaintiffs in a long-running consumer class action against debt collector Liberty Acquisitions.

Notable practitioners

Firm cofounder Gary Berne has a well-established practice covering insurance, ERISA and professional malpractice cases among other areas. He continues to provide other members of the firm with the benefit of his many years' experience.

Keith Ketterling is a noted "securities subject matter expert" who is "able to speak to a wide-ranging audience." Sources value his "strong advocacy" and say that he is "a pleasure to work with."

Robert Shlachter has a wealth of expertise in commercial litigation. His recent experience includes acting as local Oregon counsel to Amdocs in its defense of a high-value theft of trade secrets case. One peer stated: "I have a lot of respect for his legal acumen, judgment and client service."

Steve Larson is a seasoned trial lawyer with expertise in securities, antitrust and intellectual property disputes. His recent work also includes representing the plaintiffs in a proposed class action involving a wide range of allegations against Intel.

Tim DeJong is a "well-regarded guy" who clients praise as being "excellent in every way." Clients also praise his "good client care and follow-up."