As the firm’s co-managing shareholder, Keith has been instrumental in the growth of the firm. Keith is an experienced trial lawyer who represents institutional and individual investors in securities and financial fraud litigation. Additionally, he handles matters involving real estate litigation, securities class actions, trade secret and noncompetition litigation, and other complex business litigation. Keith brings a unique perspective to his cases in that he represents victims of financial fraud and, in other instances, defends select clients who face allegations of financial or securities fraud. Consequently, his practice provides him a particularly useful perspective that is helpful in counseling clients as to the merits and risks of their specific cases.

Keith’s clients value his counsel for his unique ability to envision and structure creative resolutions to complicated legal matters, particularly in multi-party litigation. Keith’s intuition and warm personality make him especially effective as an advocate in the federal and state courthouses where he regularly appears.

University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with Distinction, 1987
Journal of Corporation Law, Note & Comment Editor

Western Michigan University, B.B.A., 1984

Oregon State Bar, 1991

U.S. District Court, Oregon

Stoll Berne
Managing Shareholder, 2001-present
Shareholder, 1996-present
Associate, 1991-1995

Vinson & Elkins LLP (Houston, Texas)
Associate, 1987-1991

Oregon State Bar
Securities Regulation Section Committee Member, 2016-present

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Directors, 1999-2001
Business Litigation Section Chair, 1993 and 1996-1997

Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust
Board of Directors, 2016-present

Multnomah Athletic Foundation
Board of Directors, 2016-present

Cycle Oregon
Board of Directors, 2010-2014
Vice President, 2012

Stand for Children
Oregon Advisory Board & Political Action Committee, 2006-2011

Lake Oswego Soccer Club
Board Member, 2004-2010

Lake Oswego School Foundation
Board Member, 2005

Campaign for Equal Justice
Advisory Board, 2006-present
Board Member, 2003-2005

Community Transitional School
Board Member, 1999-2001

Youth Soccer Coach

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.

Business Organizations & Transactions

We act as general and special counsel to businesses engaged in a wide variety of industries, including real estate, finance, securities, technology, sports apparel, agriculture, and health care.

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.

Environmental

We have experience litigating environmental issues including mass environmental torts, consumer products contamination, and state and federal natural resource damage recovery.

Intellectual Property Litigation

We represent parties in patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, medical research practice, and related intellectual property matters.

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 Compliance & Defense

We represent a number of select national, regional, and local securities broker-dealers and brokers in disputes with customers, with other broker-dealers, and before regulators.

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.

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.

Multinational Steel and Trading Company Representation

Over the course of ten years, Keith Ketterling and Steve Berman represented a multinational steel and trading company and its principal in litigation across the globe.

Mutual Fund Securities Fraud

Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling and Steve Berman successfully prosecuted a securities fraud case for a Waddell & Reed mutual fund.

Defense of Pacific Continental Bank Class Action

Keith Ketterling and Tim DeJong defended Pacific Continental Bank in an Oregon class action on behalf of shareholders of the Berjac companies.

Defense of Broker-Dealer in Noncompete and Nonsolicitation Actions

Keith Ketterling has represented a national broker-dealer in numerous actions against former brokers acting in violation of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.

Real Estate Developer Contract Dispute

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.

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.

Innovative Sports vs. Columbia Sportswear Company

The firm successfully defended Columbia Sportswear against trade secrets claims relating to heated jackets.

Representation of Surety in Letter of Credit Dispute

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.

Regional Bank and Broker-Dealer Securities Fraud

Keith Ketterling and Yoona Park 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.

Sinking Building Case

Keith Ketterling obtained a $3.9 million judgment against a foundation subcontractor in a "sinking building" case.

Breach of Contract and Specific Performance Action

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.

Multinational Steel and Trading Company Representation

Over the course of ten years, Keith Ketterling and Steve Berman represented a multinational steel and trading company and its principal in litigation across the globe.

Energy Contract Disputes

Rob Shlachter and Keith Ketterling represented a major California utility company in challenging a $250 million long-term energy contract, and represented solar energy companies in disputes with PGE.

Major Insurance Company Property Development Branch Representation

Keith Ketterling represented the property development branch of a major insurance company in contract litigation involving the $25 million purchase of moorages on the Columbia River.

Aequitas Securities Litigation

Stoll Berne is co-lead counsel for the investors in the case arising out of the Aequitas Ponzi scheme, asserting claims against Aequitas' auditors, lawyers, and others for participant/aider liability under the Oregon Securities Law.

Bank of New York Mellon Securities Class Action

Keith Ketterling, Keith Dubanevich, and Keil Mueller obtained a $180 million settlement on behalf of Bank of New York Mellon investors in a lawsuit alleging that the bank operated a deceptive foreign currency exchange program.

In re JPMorgan Chase & Co. Securities Litigation

A team of Stoll Berne attorneys served as Special Assistant Attorneys General to the State of Oregon in its role as co-lead plaintiff in a securities fraud class action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase.

BP Unpaid Dividends Suit Following Deepwater Horizon Disaster

A team of Stoll Berne attorneys represented the named plaintiff in a multidistrict litigation class action against BP p.l.c., seeking to collect on behalf of U.S. investors the dividends that BP declared, but never paid, following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Natural Resource Damage and Environmental Contamination

As Special Assistant Attorneys General for the State of Oregon, Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling, Yoona Park, and Nadia Dahab are currently working with Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and attorneys from the Oregon Department of Justice to file claims against Monsanto seeking recovery for damage caused to Oregon's wildlife and environment by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Energy Contract Disputes

Rob Shlachter and Keith Ketterling represented a major California utility company in challenging a $250 million long-term energy contract, and represented solar energy companies in disputes with PGE.

Innovative Sports vs. Columbia Sportswear Company

The firm successfully defended Columbia Sportswear against trade secrets claims relating to heated jackets.

Barrett Business Services (BBSI)

Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling, Tim DeJong, and Nadia Dahab were retained by BBSI to investigate potential accounting irregularities.

Real Estate Investment Company Litigation and Compliance

Keith Ketterling currently represents two prominent real estate investment companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Real Estate Developer Contract Dispute

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.

Sinking Building Case

Keith Ketterling obtained a $3.9 million judgment against a foundation subcontractor in a "sinking building" case.

Breach of Contract and Specific Performance Action

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.

Major Insurance Company Property Development Branch Representation

Keith Ketterling represented the property development branch of a major insurance company in contract litigation involving the $25 million purchase of moorages on the Columbia River.

Defense of Broker-Dealer

Keith Ketterling represented a regional broker-dealer in defending securities fraud claims by investors that exceeded $20 million.

Real Estate Investment Company Litigation and Compliance

Keith Ketterling currently represents two prominent real estate investment companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Defense of Broker-Dealer in Noncompete and Nonsolicitation Actions

Keith Ketterling has represented a national broker-dealer in numerous actions against former brokers acting in violation of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.

Representation of Broker in Disciplinary Administrative Proceeding Involving FINRA

Keith Kettering represented a broker in a significant disciplinary administrative proceeding in FINRA in which the regulators sought a full suspension for nearly one year against the client.

Defense of Underwriters in Securities Class Actions

Keith Ketterling has represented, on numerous occasions, select clients sued as underwriters in securities class actions.

Defense of Registered Investment Advisor

Keith Ketterling defended a registered investment advisor in arbitration against claims by a former customer seeking $3 million.

Intentional Interference Claims

Keith Ketterling represented a national broker-dealer in defending against contract and intentional interference claims by a broker seeking $18 million in damages.

Pre-Litigation Resolution on Behalf of Broker-Dealer

Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling and Steve Berman represented a regional broker-dealer in pre-litigation resolution of claims arising out of the broker-dealer’s agent's sales of securities.

Defense of Broker-Dealer re Investor’s Allegations

Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling and Yoona Park defended a broker-dealer against an investor's allegations that improper investments had been made given his investor risk profile and that his account had been churned.

Aequitas Securities Litigation

Stoll Berne is co-lead counsel for the investors in the case arising out of the Aequitas Ponzi scheme, asserting claims against Aequitas' auditors, lawyers, and others for participant/aider liability under the Oregon Securities Law.

Bank of New York Mellon Securities Class Action

Keith Ketterling, Keith Dubanevich, and Keil Mueller obtained a $180 million settlement on behalf of Bank of New York Mellon investors in a lawsuit alleging that the bank operated a deceptive foreign currency exchange program.

In re JPMorgan Chase & Co. Securities Litigation

A team of Stoll Berne attorneys served as Special Assistant Attorneys General to the State of Oregon in its role as co-lead plaintiff in a securities fraud class action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase.

Defense of Pacific Continental Bank Class Action

Keith Ketterling and Tim DeJong defended Pacific Continental Bank in an Oregon class action on behalf of shareholders of the Berjac companies.

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.

Defense of Broker-Dealer

Keith Ketterling represented a regional broker-dealer in defending securities fraud claims by investors that exceeded $20 million.

BP Unpaid Dividends Suit Following Deepwater Horizon Disaster

A team of Stoll Berne attorneys represented the named plaintiff in a multidistrict litigation class action against BP p.l.c., seeking to collect on behalf of U.S. investors the dividends that BP declared, but never paid, following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Intentional Interference Claims

Keith Ketterling represented a national broker-dealer in defending against contract and intentional interference claims by a broker seeking $18 million in damages.

Pre-Litigation Resolution on Behalf of Broker-Dealer

Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling and Steve Berman represented a regional broker-dealer in pre-litigation resolution of claims arising out of the broker-dealer’s agent's sales of securities.

Representation of Surety in Letter of Credit Dispute

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.

Regional Bank and Broker-Dealer Securities Fraud

Keith Ketterling and Yoona Park 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.

Oppenheimer Funds Securities Action

Acting as Special Assistant Attorneys General to the State of Oregon, Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling, Keith Dubanevich, Jen Wagner, and Keil Mueller obtained a $20 million settlement on behalf of the Oregon College Savings Plan in a lawsuit against Oppenheimer Funds.

Defense of Broker-Dealer re Investor’s Allegations

Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling and Yoona Park defended a broker-dealer against an investor's allegations that improper investments had been made given his investor risk profile and that his account had been churned.

Multinational Steel and Trading Company Representation

Over the course of ten years, Keith Ketterling and Steve Berman represented a multinational steel and trading company and its principal in litigation across the globe.

Mutual Fund Securities Fraud

Stoll Berne attorneys Keith Ketterling and Steve Berman successfully prosecuted a securities fraud case for a Waddell & Reed mutual fund.

Articles

October 2012 – “Any Athlete Will Tell You That Injuries Happen,” Multnomah Lawyer

Keith Ketterling’s third knee injury and ACL replacement ended his ability to play soccer but put him on a path to becoming a passionate enthusiast about bicycling.

September 26, 2008 – “Avoiding the Pitfalls of ESI Spoliation,” Oregon Law Institute

Due to its format, electronically stored information (“ESI”) is especially vulnerable to deletion, modification or corruption and parties and counsel must take extra precautions to preserve this type of evidence.  Keith Ketterling and Angelene Falconer wrote an article on this issue for the Oregon Law Institute.

May 2007 – “Rainmakers 2007 – Thinking It Forward,” Commerce Magazine

Do what you like, like what you do – the philosophy is woven throughout lawyer Keith Ketterling’s world, from the clients he takes on to his volunteer activities to how he spend his lunch hours.

April 11, 2007 – “Unwanted Affections – Reg D & Real Estate,” Keith Ketterling

Unwanted Affections – Reg D & Real Estate: Why the SEC and NASD Care Deeply About Your Clients’ Real Estate Offerings – presentation by Keith A. Ketterling.

July 22, 2005 – “Best of the Bar – Keith Ketterling,” Portland Business Journal

Read the full profile of Keith A. Ketterling as printed in The Portland Business Journal here.

July 12, 2002 – “Executive Profile: Keith Ketterling,” Portland Business Journal

Read the full profile of Keith A. Ketterling as printed in The Portland Business Journal here.

News

Stoll Berne Receives Benchmark Litigation Impact Case of the Year Award

Stoll Berne received Benchmark Litigation’s awards for Impact Case of the Year for the firm's work in the Aequitas matter.

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.

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.

Stoll Berne Obtains Preliminary Court Approval for $234.6 Million Aequitas Settlement

On August 8, 2019, the U.S. District Court (Oregon) preliminarily approved three proposed class action settlements totaling $234.6 million on behalf of a class of Aequitas investors.

Tim DeJong Interviewed for Portland Business Journal Article re Aequitas

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong was interviewed for the July 18, 2019 Portland Business Journal article "Three Questions with the Plaintiff's Attorney in the Massive Aequitas Settlement."

Stoll Berne and Hagens Berman Announce $234.6 Million Settlement of Aequitas Class Action

Settlements totaling $234.6 million have been reached on behalf of approximately 1,600 investors in a proposed class action against various third parties alleged to have participated in or materially aided sales of securities by the now-defunct Aequitas companies of Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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. 

Stoll Berne Recognized by Chambers USA for 2019

Stoll Berne has been recognized by the Chambers USA 2019 Guide as a top (Band 1) General Commercial Litigation – Oregon firm. Chambers states that Stoll Berne “…features a deep bench of high-quality practitioners.”

Stoll Berne Obtains Preliminary Court Approval for Aequitas Partial Class Action Settlement

Stoll Berne obtained preliminary court approval of a partial class action settlement in the Aequitas securities litigation.

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
2015-2020

Chambers USA
2017-2019

Commerce Magazine
Rainmaker Finalist
Mentor of the Year

Martindale Hubble
AV* Rated

Oregon Super Lawyers
2006-2019

The Best Lawyers in America®
2008-2020

The Portland Business Journal
Best of the Bar Award – Business Litigation

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