Josh represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, including complex business disputes, trust and estate litigation, shareholder disputes, consumer and securities fraud actions, class actions, breach of professional and fiduciary duty, and property and contract disputes. In his trust and estate litigation practice, Josh handles matters involving misconduct by trustees or personal representatives, mismanagement of assets by those owing fiduciary obligations, claims concerning capacity to amend estate plans, and undue influence by interested parties.

Josh serves as an arbitrator for Multnomah County Circuit Court and with Arbitration Service of Portland. From 2013 to 2016, Josh served on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors and is currently serving a four-year term on the State Professional Responsibility Board. Josh has volunteered with Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Project since 2007.

Josh’s straightforward manner belies his passion for finding the winning argument for his clients. At his core, Josh believes in his clients’ cause, and approaches litigation with equal parts intellect, empathy, and conviction.

Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, J.D., cum laude, 2003

University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with Honors

Hebrew University, Jerusalem (year abroad program), 1993-1994

Oregon State Bar, 2003

Washington State Bar, 2008

U.S. District Court, Oregon

U.S. District Court, Western Washington

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Stoll Berne
Shareholder, 2013-present
Associate, 2005-2012

Hon. Rick T. Haselton (Oregon Court of Appeals)
Judicial Law Clerk, 2003-2005

Oregon State Bar
State Professional Responsibility Board, 2020-present
House of Delegates, Region 5, 2009-2012; 2018-present
New Lawyer Mentoring Program, Volunteer Mentor, 2017-present
Board of Governors, 2013-2016
Consumer Law Section Executive Committee, 2009-2012; Treasurer, 2011-2012
Fellow, Oregon State Bar Leadership College, 2010
OSB/OJD Task Force on Oregon eCourt Implementation, 2008-2009

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

Oregon Women Lawyers

Multnomah Bar Association
Professionalism Award Screening Committee, 2018-present
Equality Committee, 2010-2013
OSB Convocation on Equality, Chair, Recognition Sub-Committee, 2011
Futures Committee, 2008-2010
Young Lawyers Section Service to the Public Committee, 2006-2008
Imprint Program, Co-Chair, 2007-2008

Multnomah County Circuit Court
Arbitrator, 2011-present

Washington State Bar

Legal Aid Domestic Violence Project
Volunteer Attorney, 2007-present

Brian Grant Foundation
Board Member, 2017-present

Classroom Law Project
Volunteer Judge
Former Volunteer Coach, High School Mock Trial Competition

Creative Science School
Former Girls Basketball Coach

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Portland
Former “Big Brother”

Congregation Havurah Shalom
Former Steering Committee Member and Corporate Secretary

Lewis and Clark Law School
Former First Year Mentor Program, Mentor

Josh volunteers to speak at continuing legal education seminars on topics such as electronic discovery, civil procedure, depositions, arbitration clauses, class actions, attorney fee petitions, ethics, volunteerism, and consumer fraud.

“Ethical Traps and Pitfalls in Settlements,” Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Section CLE, Portland, Oregon (October 2019)

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

Josh was born and raised in Texas. Before law school, Josh lived in Jerusalem, Israel where he attended university, served in the Israel Defense Forces Paratroopers Brigade, and worked as a chef’s assistant in a Moroccan restaurant. Josh’s wife, Racheli, is a talented speech pathologist in a public school. He loves to ski with his two kids, Aviv and Shani.

 

Practice Areas

Appellate

Stoll Berne's attorneys provide expert advice to clients on appellate issues at every stage of our representation. The firm's attorneys have appeared before federal circuit courts of appeal throughout the United States and the Oregon appellate courts.

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.

Elections & Government Law

We provide advice and counsel to political campaigns, candidates, and individuals involved in state and local political or governmental processes.

Internal Investigations

We specialize in complex independent investigations of public bodies and private companies. Our deep experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants enables us to approach investigations without bias.

Lawyer, Accountant & Professional Malpractice

We represent clients in disputes with attorneys, accountants, auditors, insurance brokers, stock brokers, real estate professionals, and many other professionals.

Securities Litigation

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

Trust & Estate Litigation

We represent clients involved in trust and estate litigation in a wide range of disputes including self-dealing and mismanagement of assets, business dealings and investment strategies, undue influence and lack of capacity, and accountings.

Representative Cases

OPERF vs. Marsh

In a securities fraud lawsuit alleging that the defendant misrepresented key information about its services and finances, a team of Stoll Berne attorneys represented the lead plaintiff State of Oregon Public Employee Retirement Fund.

Real Estate and Adverse Possession Litigation

Josh Ross and Nadia Dahab prevailed at trial and on appeal on behalf of a client involved in a title dispute over a significant investment property.

Alpenrose Dairy Representation

Josh Ross, Lydia Anderson-Dana, and Ben Leedy represent two of the majority owners and directors of the Alpenrose Dairy business and related family-held businesses.

Solar Farm Warranty Claim Dispute

Josh Ross represents a Canadian solar power developer and operator in a dispute regarding a warranty claim over the development of a solar farm in southern Oregon.

Real Estate Investment and Securities Fraud Litigation

Stoll Berne attorney Josh Ross represented a former NFL player who invested $400,000 in a real estate development.

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.

Real Estate and Adverse Possession Litigation

Josh Ross and Nadia Dahab prevailed at trial and on appeal on behalf of a client involved in a title dispute over a significant investment property.

Partnership Dispute

Stoll Berne attorney Josh Ross represented a founding partner of a central Oregon brewery in a dispute over control of the business.

Compli vs. Snapflow

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.

Breach of Contract Dispute

Rob Shlachter and Josh Ross represented a European manufacturer of fiber optic equipment in a contract dispute with a third-party company who refused to supply certain agreed-upon technology.

Real Estate Investment & Securities Fraud Litigation

Rob Shlachter and Josh Ross defended a Portland real estate investment firm in litigation filed by a large group of investors.

Tyvoll vs. Acarregui

In a securities fraud lawsuit, the firm represented a client alleging that an accountant had improperly used her confidential information to recruit her to invest in a failed real estate venture.

Public Accommodations Law re Airbnb

Together with the Law Office of Nick Kahl, Stoll Berne attorneys Josh Ross and Yoona Park filed a class action against Airbnb on behalf of black Oregonians who have been denied access to equal public accommodations under the Oregon Public Accommodations Law.

A.F., et al. vs. Providence Health Plan

Keith Dubanevich and Josh Ross represented children with autism in a class action against Providence Health Plan.

Villanueva vs. Liberty Acquisitions Servicing, LLC

Stoll Berne represented former debtors of U.S. Bank in a consumer class action brought against a debt collection firm alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Farmers Insurance – Overtime Class Action

Stoll Berne served on the Steering Committee and as liaison counsel in a nationwide class and collective action under federal and state laws brought on behalf of approximately 2800 claims adjusters working in states across the country.

Chehalem Physical Therapy, et al vs. Coventry Health Care, Inc.

In a national class action against Coventry Health Care, Steve Larson and Josh Ross, along with counsel from Oregon and Louisiana, represented health care providers (such as doctors and physical therapists) who provide medical services in the workers' compensation system.

Stoll Berne Investigating Broker & Financial Advisor Ronald Hannes and Woodbury Financial

Stoll Berne is currently investigating claims on behalf of individual investors who may have lost money with Spokane-based financial advisor, Ronald Hannes of Woodbury Financial. Hannes' was a financial advisor with the Spokane-based Woodbury Financial Services from 1994 through 2019 and he also held his own practices under the names Hannes Financial Services and Ronald W. Hannes & Associates.

Employment Discrimination and Retaliation

Josh Ross, along with co-counsel Diane Sykes, represent a Portland Public Schools administrator in a court case alleging discrimination and retaliation.

Farmers Insurance – Overtime Class Action

Stoll Berne served on the Steering Committee and as liaison counsel in a nationwide class and collective action under federal and state laws brought on behalf of approximately 2800 claims adjusters working in states across the country.

A.F., et al. vs. Providence Health Plan

Keith Dubanevich and Josh Ross represented children with autism in a class action against Providence Health Plan.

Chehalem Physical Therapy, et al vs. Coventry Health Care, Inc.

In a national class action against Coventry Health Care, Steve Larson and Josh Ross, along with counsel from Oregon and Louisiana, represented health care providers (such as doctors and physical therapists) who provide medical services in the workers' compensation system.

Trade Secret Litigation Defense

Rob Shlachter and Josh Ross, together with California co-counsel, defended a large foreign software company in defense of a $250 million trade secret litigation in federal court.

Large Public Agency Internal Investigation

Stoll Berne conducted an internal investigation of a large public agency following allegations of improper conduct in the course of a litigation matter.

Unauthorized Practice of Law Claim

Keith Dubanevich and Josh Ross, together with Portland attorney Diane Sykes, recently represented the Oregon State Bar in an action against a Florida lawyer and his associates who targeted Oregon immigrants. 

Tyvoll vs. Acarregui

In a securities fraud lawsuit, the firm represented a client alleging that an accountant had improperly used her confidential information to recruit her to invest in a failed real estate venture.

Adverse Possession Defense

Josh Ross represented a non-profit, rural power cooperative defend claims for adverse possession brought by neighbors, and relating to a parcel of property on which the client’s equipment operated.

Breach of Contract Claim

Josh Ross represented a local church in a breach of contract claim relating to the sale of a significant parcel of property. The case successfully resolved prior to filing of a lawsuit.

Real Estate and Adverse Possession Litigation

Josh Ross and Nadia Dahab prevailed at trial and on appeal on behalf of a client involved in a title dispute over a significant investment property.

Stoll Berne Investigating Broker & Financial Advisor Ronald Hannes and Woodbury Financial

Stoll Berne is currently investigating claims on behalf of individual investors who may have lost money with Spokane-based financial advisor, Ronald Hannes of Woodbury Financial. Hannes' was a financial advisor with the Spokane-based Woodbury Financial Services from 1994 through 2019 and he also held his own practices under the names Hannes Financial Services and Ronald W. Hannes & Associates.

OPERF vs. Marsh

In a securities fraud lawsuit alleging that the defendant misrepresented key information about its services and finances, a team of Stoll Berne attorneys represented the lead plaintiff State of Oregon Public Employee Retirement Fund.

Real Estate Investment and Securities Fraud Litigation

Stoll Berne attorney Josh Ross represented a former NFL player who invested $400,000 in a real estate development.

Defense of Tenancy-In-Common Securities Fraud Claims

Tim DeJong and Josh Ross defeated a $3 million claim for violations of the Oregon Securities Law relating to a tenancy-in-common (TIC) investment.

Investor vs. Morgan Stanley

Josh Ross successfully represented a former NBA basketball player who filed claims against his broker/investment advisor and firm that employed the broker, alleging the broker defrauded him by misrepresenting facts about an investment, by taking the client's investment for his personal use, and ultimately by stealing the investment property and selling it for his own use.

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.

Tullis vs. Ameriprise

Josh Ross represented investors who filed claims against their broker/investment advisor and a national brokerage firm.

Diamond Vista Build, LLC vs. Bean et al.

Tim DeJong and Josh Ross successfully defended a developer accused of Oregon Securities Law violations in connection with tenancy-in-common interests.

Real Estate Investment & Securities Fraud Litigation

Rob Shlachter and Josh Ross defended a Portland real estate investment firm in litigation filed by a large group of investors.

Trust Beneficiary Defense

Josh Ross represented the intended beneficiary of a trust after the trustee threatened to sell valuable property held by the trust.

Breach of Duty and Mismanagement of Trust Assets

Josh Ross and Nadia Dahab represented the trustee of a family trust facing claims of breach of duty and mismanagement of trust assets.

Breach of Duty and Fraud Defense of Family Trust

Josh Ross represented the co-Trustees of a family trust which held several million dollars of real estate assets defend against claims of breach of duty and fraud brought by a family member.

Beneficiary Family Trust Litigation

Stoll Berne attorneys Josh Ross and Jen Wagner represented a beneficiary of several family trusts in two related litigation matters.

Family Trust Litigation

Stoll Berne attorney Josh Ross represented a beneficiary in a dispute with the trustee of her father's trust after discovering that the trustee had modified the trust to reduce our client's intended inheritance.

McCorkle vs. Nerenberg

Josh Ross, working with a local estate planning law firm, represented the beneficiary of a family trust in a lawsuit seeking to recover over $1.5 million from the co-trustees of the trust.

Family Trust Litigation

Gary Berne and Josh Ross represented three adult beneficiaries of a family trust to successfully defeat attempts by a successor trustee to amend the trust in ways that would have harmed our clients' interests.

Articles

Winter 2020 – “Subpoenas at Trial – Using Basic Rules and Avoiding Common Traps,” Trial Lawyer

Stoll Berne attorneys Lydia Anderson-Dana and Josh Ross co-authored an article in the Winter 2020 edition of the Trial Lawyer, a quarterly magazine of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. 

Fall 2014 – “Accrual of Legal Malpractice Claims: It May Be Sooner Than You Think,” OSB Litigation Journal

It’s a rainy Thursday morning in May, and you are meeting with a new client…

Spring 2013 – “E-Discovery: Sifting Through the Electronic Era,” OTLA Trial Lawyer

Although electronic discovery has been a regular part of litigation for many years, it remains a daunting task.

Summer 2012 – “The Domestic Violence Project,” Trial Lawyer

Josh Ross writes about the valuable lessons he has gained through his pro bono work for the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Project.

May 2009 – “Mentoring Makes Sense,” Multnomah Lawyer

Article about lawyer mentoring written by Joshua Ross. This article appeared in the May 2009 issue of the Multnomah Lawyerand is reprinted with permission from the Multnomah Bar Association.

News

Josh Ross Appointed to State Professional Responsibility Board

The Oregon Supreme Court confirmed the appointment of Stoll Berne shareholder Josh Ross as a member of the State Professional Responsibility Board.

Ten Stoll Berne Attorneys Listed in the 2020 Edition of Benchmark Litigation

Stoll Berne, along with 10 individual attorneys, were recently selected to be included in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a definitive source for America's leading litigation firms and attorneys.

Josh Ross Presents at OSB Consumer Law Section CLE – October 25, 2019

Stoll Berne attorney Josh Ross presented at the October 25, 2019 Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Section CLE. Josh, along with Amber Hollister, General Counsel of the Oregon State Bar, discussed "Ethical Traps and Pitfalls in Settlements." 

Alpenrose Dairy Votes to Sell Certain Assets to Smith Brothers Farms

On September 18, 2019, Stoll Berne attorneys Josh Ross and Lydia Anderson-Dana represented two directors of the Alpenrose Dairy businesses in a five day preliminary injunction hearing in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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.

Josh Ross Presented at First Annual POWER Act Event

Stoll Berne attorney Josh Ross was a panelist member discussing his experience working with the Domestic Violence Project on September 4, 2019.

Settlement Reached in Airbnb Discrimination Case

Plaintiffs and Airbnb have reached a settlement in a lawsuit, filed in March 2017, alleging that Airbnb’s policies allowed its hosts to discriminate against African Americans and deny them access to accommodations by using guests’ photographs and full names to review reservation requests in violation of Oregon’s Public Accommodation laws.

Oregon Super Lawyers 2019 Recognizes Stoll Berne Lawyers

Eleven individual Stoll Berne attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine in their 2019 Oregon Super Lawyers edition. 

Federal Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Airbnb Class Action Discrimination Case

On October 30, 2018, Judge Michael Simon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon denied Airbnb’s motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit, which alleges that Airbnb acted with discriminatory intent by creating and maintaining policies that allow Airbnb hosts to make booking decisions using information such as photographs of prospective guests.

Eleven Stoll Berne Attorneys Listed in the 2019 Edition of Benchmark Litigation

Eleven Stoll Berne attorneys were recently selected to be included in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a definitive source for America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys. Our award recipients include:

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Awards

Benchmark Litigation
2018-2020

Daily Journal of Commerce
Up & Coming Lawyers, 2010

Lewis & Clark First Year Mentor Program
Outstanding Partner Award, 2009

Multnomah Bar Association
YLS Award of Merit, 2010
Haglund Award, 2008
Pro Bono Honor Roll

Oregon Super Lawyers
2010-2019

The Best Lawyers in America®
2016-2020

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