Cody Berne is an attorney at Stoll Berne in Portland. Cody’s practice focuses on representing investors who lost money because of fraud and other misconduct, class actions, and business litigation. He is a member of the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

Cody previously worked as a deputy district attorney at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office where he tried over 30 trials to verdict. Before that, Cody represented individuals and businesses in cases involving investment fraud and a wide range of business disputes at a large Portland firm.

He received the Haglund Award in 2016 from the Multnomah Bar Association and was named in The Best Lawyers in America in 2020.

During law school, Cody interned for U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller and U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Delaney. Elected to Order of the Coif, he received the Clinical Legal Education Association Award and a Witkin Award. Cody also represented clients as a law student at the Civil Rights Clinic and Prison Law Clinic and earned a Public Service Certificate.

Before law school, Cody worked as a police officer with the Portland Police Bureau and as a wildland firefighter.

UC Davis School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2014

Pomona College, B.A., Politics, 2003

Oregon State Bar, 2014

U.S. District Court, Oregon

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Stoll Berne
Associate, 2017-present

Multnomah County District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney, 2016-2017

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Associate, 2014-2016

Hon. Kimberly Mueller (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California)
Intern, 2012

Hon. Carolyn Delaney (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California)
Intern, 2012

Portland Police Bureau
Police Officer, 2005-2011

Diamond Mountain Interagency Hotshots
Wildland Firefighter, 2004

FINRA
Arbitrator, 2020-present

Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Volunteer, Domestic Violence Project, 2015-2016

Oregon State Bar
Antitrust Section, Member
Securities Regulation Section, Member

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Legislative Committee Member, 2020-present
Member

Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (PIABA)
Member

“Costs, Disbursements, and Attorney Fees,” author, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation, 2020

“After the Supreme Court’s Decision in China Agritech, a Plaintiff Who Seeks to Represent a Class Should Not Wait to File,” Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal, Summer 2020

“Common Claims of Oregon Investors Who Are the Victims of Fraud or Other Financial Misconduct,” Stoll Berne, January 2019

“Contracts for the Sale of Goods,” co-author, OSB Legal Publications CLE, Damages, 2016

“Don’t Take Your Guns to Town,” Oregon State Bar Bulletin, October 2015

“Liabilities under State Statutory and Common Law: Blue Sky Laws,” 2014 Broker-Dealer Litigation Annual Survey, Securities Litigation Committee of the America Bar Association

“How Plaintiff’s Lawyers Evaluate an Investor Fraud Case,” Deschutes County Bar Association CLE, Bend, Oregon (March 2019)

Practice Areas

Antitrust Litigation

We represent United States and international companies and consumers in all aspects of antitrust litigation, including, price-fixing, customer allocation, market division, price discrimination, and unfair or deceptive trade practices.

Business Litigation

From everyday contract disputes to bet-the-company litigation, our litigation team works to understand each party's priorities and to create a solution that best serves you.

Class Actions

As Oregon's leading plaintiffs'-side class actions firm, we help our clients to level the playing field and find justice. We have earned our reputation and work hard for our clients.

Investor Lawsuits and Arbitrations

Stoll Berne is Oregon's premier securities litigation firm. We have represented as many or more investors in securities cases than any other firm in Oregon, and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.

Securities Litigation

Stoll Berne is Oregon's premier securities litigation firm. We have represented as many or more investors in securities and financial advisor fraud cases than any other firm in Oregon and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.

Representative Cases

Investors Investment Recovery

Cody Berne and Josh Ross represented Southern Oregon investors who were seeking to recover their investments in a privately held consumer products company.

Receptionist Services Suit

Keith Dubanevich and Cody Berne are representing a class of customers whose complaint seeks damages for breach of contract for charges for receptionist time not actually used. 

Confidential Product and Design Subpoenas

Represented an Oregon-based manufacturer that was served with multiple third-party subpoenas sent by competitors.

Public Entity Competition

Rob Shlachter and Cody Berne advised a logistics and shipping company about legal issues arising in connection with possible competition by a public entity.

Title Company Trade Secret Dispute

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne represented a title company in a trade secret dispute involving allegations of theft of confidential records.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power for Recent Oregon Fires

On September 30, 2020, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Stoll Berne, and Nick Kahl, LLC, three Pacific Northwest law firms with decades of combined environmental law experience, filed a class action lawsuit against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power for the catastrophic damage to homes, businesses, schools, and entire communities allegedly caused by the power companies’ negligence and downed power lines during […]

Stoll Berne Investigating Claims Against Wink

Stoll Berne and Nick Kahl are investigating claims on behalf of customers who bought smart home hubs, products, and devices made by Wink, aka Wink Labs, Inc. This includes Wink Hub, Wink Hub 2, Wink Motion Sensor, Wink Door/Window Sensor, Wink Siren and Chime, and other products. Wink represented and promised customers that there was no subscription fee to use its products.

Receptionist Services Suit

Keith Dubanevich and Cody Berne are representing a class of customers whose complaint seeks damages for breach of contract for charges for receptionist time not actually used. 

Securities Class Action

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne represented a publicly traded company that provided human resources services and workers compensation coverage to businesses across the country in a federal court class action for securities fraud, a state court shareholder derivative suit, and an investigation by the SEC.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power for Recent Oregon Fires

On September 30, 2020, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Stoll Berne, and Nick Kahl, LLC, three Pacific Northwest law firms with decades of combined environmental law experience, filed a class action lawsuit against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power for the catastrophic damage to homes, businesses, schools, and entire communities allegedly caused by the power companies’ negligence and downed power lines during […]

Stoll Berne Investigating Metals.com

Stoll Berne attorneys Keil Mueller and Cody Berne are investigating claims on behalf of investors who purchased gold or silver bullion through Metals.com. According to the CFTC and state regulators, Metals.com and others fraudulently solicited over $185 million in funds from customers to purchase gold and silver bullion.

Stoll Berne Investigating Broker & Financial Advisor Christopher Sweistris and Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services Inc.

Stoll Berne is investigating claims on behalf of investors who lost money with financial advisor and broker Christopher (Chris) Sweistris. Mr. Sweistris, based in Redmond, Oregon, is affiliated with and registered through Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.

Stoll Berne Investigating Claims Against Wink

Stoll Berne and Nick Kahl are investigating claims on behalf of customers who bought smart home hubs, products, and devices made by Wink, aka Wink Labs, Inc. This includes Wink Hub, Wink Hub 2, Wink Motion Sensor, Wink Door/Window Sensor, Wink Siren and Chime, and other products. Wink represented and promised customers that there was no subscription fee to use its products.

Stoll Berne Investigating LPL Financial

Stoll Berne is investigating LPL Financial in connection with selling Real Estate Investment Trusts, Business Development Companies and other alternative investments to individual investors and retirees.

Stoll Berne Investigating Claims Involving Galen Kopman

Stoll Berne is investigating claims involving Galen Kopman, a former broker and investment advisor who worked for LPL and Centarus.  

Stoll Berne Investigating Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Market Instability

Stoll Berne is investigating the impact on investors of COVID-19 and the resulting volatility in financial markets. With the end of a long bull market, many investors are now seeing evidence of mismanagement, fraud, or other investment misconduct in their accounts.

Community College Employment and Discrimination

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne represented a community college in an employment and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a former instructor.

Confidential Product and Design Subpoenas

Represented an Oregon-based manufacturer that was served with multiple third-party subpoenas sent by competitors.

Title Company Trade Secret Dispute

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne represented a title company in a trade secret dispute involving allegations of theft of confidential records.

Stoll Berne Investigating Metals.com

Stoll Berne attorneys Keil Mueller and Cody Berne are investigating claims on behalf of investors who purchased gold or silver bullion through Metals.com. According to the CFTC and state regulators, Metals.com and others fraudulently solicited over $185 million in funds from customers to purchase gold and silver bullion.

Stoll Berne Investigating Broker & Financial Advisor Christopher Sweistris and Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services Inc.

Stoll Berne is investigating claims on behalf of investors who lost money with financial advisor and broker Christopher (Chris) Sweistris. Mr. Sweistris, based in Redmond, Oregon, is affiliated with and registered through Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.

Individual Investor Action

Cody Berne represented an individual investor whose investment advisor disregarded the client’s investment objectives and put the client’s retirement savings in a high fee, poor performing portfolio of stocks.

Alternative Investment FINRA Action

Cody Berne represented an elderly, retired investor in a FINRA proceeding to recover money lost in an unsuitable alternative investment.

Stoll Berne Investigating LPL Financial

Stoll Berne is investigating LPL Financial in connection with selling Real Estate Investment Trusts, Business Development Companies and other alternative investments to individual investors and retirees.

Stoll Berne Investigating Claims Involving Galen Kopman

Stoll Berne is investigating claims involving Galen Kopman, a former broker and investment advisor who worked for LPL and Centarus.  

Stoll Berne Investigating Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Market Instability

Stoll Berne is investigating the impact on investors of COVID-19 and the resulting volatility in financial markets. With the end of a long bull market, many investors are now seeing evidence of mismanagement, fraud, or other investment misconduct in their accounts.

Investors Investment Recovery

Cody Berne and Josh Ross represented Southern Oregon investors who were seeking to recover their investments in a privately held consumer products company.

Retirement Savings Recovery

Cody Berne recovered retirement savings on behalf of an individual investor from an out of state real estate investment fund. The fund had violated the Oregon securities laws in selling membership interests and wrongfully withheld the investor's funds in violation of Oregon's financial elder abuse laws.

Stoll Berne Investigating Broker & Financial Advisor Christopher Sweistris and Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services Inc.

Stoll Berne is investigating claims on behalf of investors who lost money with financial advisor and broker Christopher (Chris) Sweistris. Mr. Sweistris, based in Redmond, Oregon, is affiliated with and registered through Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.

Stoll Berne Investigating LPL Financial

Stoll Berne is investigating LPL Financial in connection with selling Real Estate Investment Trusts, Business Development Companies and other alternative investments to individual investors and retirees.

Stoll Berne Investigating Claims Involving Galen Kopman

Stoll Berne is investigating claims involving Galen Kopman, a former broker and investment advisor who worked for LPL and Centarus.  

Stoll Berne Investigating Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Market Instability

Stoll Berne is investigating the impact on investors of COVID-19 and the resulting volatility in financial markets. With the end of a long bull market, many investors are now seeing evidence of mismanagement, fraud, or other investment misconduct in their accounts.

Securities Class Action

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne represented a publicly traded company that provided human resources services and workers compensation coverage to businesses across the country in a federal court class action for securities fraud, a state court shareholder derivative suit, and an investigation by the SEC.

Hedge Fund Investors

In seeking to hold an Oregon-based hedge fund (and entities that participated and materially aided in securities sales by the hedge fund) liable for millions in investor loses, Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of investors alleging securities fraud and elder abuse claims.

Articles

Summer 2020 – “After the Supreme Court’s Decision in China Agritech, a Plaintiff Who Seeks to Represent a Class Should Not Wait to File,” Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne authored an article in the Summer 2020 edition of the Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal.

January 2019 – “Common Claims of Oregon Investors Who Are the Victims of Fraud or Other Financial Misconduct,” Cody Berne, Stoll Berne

By Cody Berne With a years-long bull market possibly coming to an end, now is an important time to take a close look at your investments. Over the years, we have represented many clients who first saw signs of mismanagement or fraud in market conditions like we have today.

October 2015 – “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town,” Oregon State Bar Bulletin

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne authored an article in the October 2015 edition of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.

News

Amended Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power Seeks Hundreds of Millions in Damages for Oregonians Harmed by Recent Fires

The three Pacific Northwest law firms that filed the first lawsuit against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power on behalf of victims of the 2020 Labor Day weekend fires have amended that complaint to add additional plaintiffs from around the state and a demand for damages in excess of $600 million.

Cody Berne Quoted in Recent Article Regarding Oregon Fires Class Action Lawsuit

Stoll Berne attorney Cody Berne was quoted in a October 6, 2020 article in the Newport News Times. The article, “ Class Action Suit Could Cover Local Fire Victims,” can be ...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power for Recent Oregon Fires

On September 30, 2020, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Stoll Berne, and Nick Kahl, LLC, three Pacific Northwest law firms with decades of combined environmental law experience, filed a class action lawsuit against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power for the catastrophic damage to homes, businesses, schools, and entire communities allegedly caused by the power companies’ negligence and downed power lines during the devastating fires that ignited in Oregon during Labor Day weekend of 2020.

Sixteen Stoll Berne Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2021

Stoll Berne is excited to announce that fifteen of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©2021 as well as four Shareholders, Steven Berman, Timothy DeJong, Keith Ketterling, and Steve Larson, named as Portland, Oregon’s Lawyers of the Year.

Is Your Investment Adviser Using a Solicitor?

Some investors may not realize that the person who the investor thinks of as his or her investment adviser is actually a solicitor for another business who is paid a cash fee to bring in clients.

Court Issues Opinion on Communication with Clients by Ruby Receptionists

An Oregon federal court judge issued an Opinion on May 29, 2020 that the defendant, Ruby Receptionists, Inc., and defense counsel cannot communicate with the class members absent a prior court approval.

Law360 Publishes Ruby Receptionists Article re Class Certification

Law360 published an article, "Law Offices Win Cert. in Digital Receptionist Billing Suit," on April 24, 2020 regarding an Oregon federal court certifying a class action against Ruby Receptionists.

Court Certifies Class Action Against Ruby Receptionists

An Oregon federal court certified a class action in McKenzie Law Firm et al. v. Ruby Receptionists, Inc., USDC D. OR, Case No. 3:18-cv-1921-SI on April 24, 2020.

Fifteen Stoll Berne Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2020

Stoll Berne is excited to announce that fifteen of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©2020 as well as three Shareholders named as Portland, Oregon’s Lawyers of the Year.

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Awards

Multnomah Bar Association
Haglund Award, 2016

The Best Lawyers in America®
2020-2021

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