From everyday contract disputes to bet-the-company litigation, Stoll Berne’s litigation group has few equals when it comes to understanding the importance of protecting our client’s business and employees. We specialize in finding creative, pre-litigation solutions to your thorniest business disputes.
We're One of Oregon's Most Tenacious and Respected Business Litigation Firms
Successful Outcomes in Many Industries
Whether through trial or settlement, we have obtained successful outcomes for various types of disputes across industries, including, but not limited to:
Power supply contracts
Real estate and construction
Professional (accountant, lawyer, and business/professional consultant) malpractice
“[Your team’s] tactics were clever and always found their mark. You were able to quickly recognize winning arguments and expand the advantage. The final [arbitrators’] decision and complete achievement of our objectives is, of course, the best illustration of the quality of your team.” – Ronald Myhro and Howard Bode, Co-Managers of American Retail Services, LLC
We Are Consistently Ranked in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Oregon Super Lawyers
Stoll Berne attorneys Steve Berman and Keith Ketterling, acting as special assistant attorneys general, defended a constitutional challenge to Oregon’s eviction ban. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and devastating wildfires, the Oregon legislature enacted a law that temporarily prevented landlords from evicting tenants for non-payment of rent.
Stoll Berne attorneys Steve Berman and Keith Ketterling, acting as special assistant attorneys general, defended a constitutional challenge to Oregon’s foreclosure ban. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oregon legislature enacted a law that temporarily prevented lenders from foreclosing on borrowers or charging fees to borrowers for late payments.
Cody Berne and Andy Davis represented a mortgage lending company in a quiet title action filed in Jackson County Circuit Court. The plaintiffs sought to quiet title in a residential property located in Medford, Oregon, and named the mortgage lending company in the lawsuit, even though the company had no interest in the property.
Cody Berne represented a foreign corporation in a dispute involving goods that were manufactured for use in the energy industry. A third-party allegedly hacked into the email system of a parts manufacturer and redirected a payment for a specially manufactured part.
Keith Dubanevich, Cody Berne, and their co-counsel represented a certified class of thousands of current and former customers of Ruby Receptionists, Inc. in McKenzie Law Firm P.A. et al. v. Ruby Receptionists, Inc., Case No. 3:18-cv-01921-SI (D. Or.).
The firm represented a leading Pacific Northwest real estate management, development, and investment firm in an action to enforce its contract rights against a co-owner/operator who had breached its operations and management obligations.
Keith Dubanevich defended a regional hospital group in a wrongful termination and antitrust action filed in Deschutes County by a physician who lost hospital privileges when terminated by his professional group.
Keith Ketterling and Josh Ross represented a software developer in a contract dispute with a “platform as a service” provider over the failure to provide services as promised, resulting in delayed development of a critical software package.
Stoll Berne attorney Rob Shlachter represented Med-Tech Resource, LLC, a Eugene-based distributor of medical and safety equipment and supplies, in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who sought up to $1 million in damages based on an alleged oral partnership agreement between plaintiff and the client.
Rob Shlachter successfully represented a major Portland-based real estate management, development, and investment firm in complex multi-party negotiations and litigation related to the client’s rights with respect to a portfolio of medical office buildings located across the country.
Stoll Berne represented a surety who had provided a standby letter of credit in connection with the construction of railcars for the TriMet WES commuter rail service in an action to discharge the surety’s obligation as a result of material changes to the underlying production agreement.
We were retained less than two months before a three-week arbitration hearing to defend a franchisor and its principal in a matter involving alleged violation of the Oregon Franchise Act, fraud, breach of contract, and related claims.
Following a five-day arbitration hearing, Rob Shlachter obtained a monetary award and injunctive relief on behalf of a retail gas station operator in a breach of contract action against a gasoline wholesaler involving a supply contract.
Keith Ketterling sued a regional bank and broker-dealer for securities fraud on behalf of a group of individual investors who were targeted by defendants for the sale of speculative, illiquid investments in spite of plaintiffs' lack of sophistication and limited investment horizons.
Rob Shlachter defended the United States Golf Association in an action brought by an amateur golfer alleging breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and statutory violations arising out of the USGA's decision to rescind the golfer's amateur status.
Steve Larson represented a group of ophthalmologists seeking to recover monies that had been embezzled by their in-house accountant when he set up online banking on their checking account without approval by the signers on the account.
In an action for breach of contract and specific performance for right to purchase property on Mt. Hood, Keith Ketterling obtained complete relief and damages for the client, a property development company, following arbitration.
Steve Larson represented an Oregon corporation that filed suit against its National Sales Manager alleging that the Sales Manager had engaged in an alleged kick-back scheme, in violation of his fiduciary duties. Following trial, the jury awarded the firm’s client its claimed damages.
In a multi-million-dollar breach of contract arbitration, Steve Larson defended Hollywood Entertainment against allegations that it had breached a contract with the claimant to purchase security devices.
Rob Shlachter and Tim DeJong, representing the CEO, successfully litigated a wrongful termination case on behalf of a fired CEO, which resulted in a substantial severance payment and a public statement that CEO was fired "without cause."
Steve Larson obtained an injunction prohibiting former employees from starting a competing business using a client list and other proprietary information that were improperly taken from the client, a medical device manufacturer.