Tim is a tenacious and passionate litigator with more than 30 years’ experience litigating complex cases. Tim has been a lead attorney on numerous high-stakes and high-profile cases, including the Aequitas Ponzi scheme class action, in which Tim and his team recovered $234.6 million for investors, which is believed to be the largest recovery in a securities case in Oregon history. He is currently representing investors in a $100 million proposed breach of contract class action against NuScale Power and Fluor Corporation, and a certified class of victims of the 2020 Oregon Labor Day fires against Pacific Power, among other cases.

Tim’s practice focuses on class action, securities, complex business and intellectual property litigation matters. Tim regularly litigates matters involving securities and financial fraud, Ponzi schemes, stockbroker malpractice, and violations of state and federal securities statues; patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secrets and copyright infringement; consumer class actions; and shareholder derivative and fiduciary duty claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Tim held a two-year clerkship with Hon. Robert E. Jones of the United States District Court (Oregon). He is listed in and has received several awards and recognitions including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation “Local Litigation Star,” “Lawyer of the Year, Portland – Patent Litigation” The Best Lawyers in America®, and “Top 50” Oregon Super Lawyers.

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1991
American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal Law, Recipient
American Jurisprudence Award for Trusts and Estates, Recipient
Oregon Law Review, Associate Editor, 1990-1991

Western Washington University, B.A., with honors, 1988

Oregon State Bar, 1994

Washington State Bar, 1991

U.S. District Court, Oregon

U.S. District Court, Western Washington

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Stoll Berne
Shareholder, 2001-present
Associate, 1994-2000

Hon. Robert E. Jones, (U.S. District Court, Portland, Oregon)
Law Clerk, 1992-1994

Betts Patterson & Mines, P.S. (Seattle, Washington)
Associate, 1991-1992

Campaign for Equal Justice
Advisory Board, 2009-present; Board of Directors, 2005-2009

Oregon State Bar
Business Litigation Section, Chair, 2020
Intellectual Property Section, Chair, 2014
Securities Regulation Section, Chair, 2008

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Business Litigation Section, Chair, 2001-2002

Tim has the unprofessional distinction of singing for a punk rock tribute band. He is also an avid collector of vinyl records.

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.

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 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

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.

Unfair Labor Practice

Rob Shlachter, Tim DeJong, and Lydia Anderson-Dana, together with California co-counsel, defended a labor union sued for alleged unfair labor practices at the Port of Portland.

Starlite Aviation vs. Erickson Helicopters

Rob Shlachter and Tim DeJong obtained a preliminary injunction preventing a prime government contractor from terminating a multi-million-dollar contract for supply of helicopters in Afghanistan.

Insurance Coverage Disputes

On many occasions, the firm has successfully obtained tens of millions of dollars of insurance coverage under disputed D&O policies. 

Hostile Take-Over in Fitness Industry

Rob Shlachter, Tim DeJong, and Keil Mueller successfully represented CrossFit, Inc. in an attempted hostile take-over by Anthos Capital, L.P.

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.

Advancement Rights Under Delaware Indemnification Law

Rob Shlachter and Tim DeJong won two arbitrations establishing advancement rights for attorney’s fees worth more than $5 million under Delaware indemnification law.

Wrongful Termination of CEO

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."

Defense of Law Firm in Oregon Securities Class Action

Stoll Berne attorneys Tim DeJong, Keith Ketterling and Lydia Anderson-Dana represented a prominent Northwest law firm in the defense of a purported class action seeking to recover against the law firm for securities sold by its former client. The case presents novel issues concerning securities sold for a decade after the attorney-client relationship ended.

Ponzi Scheme Securities Class Action

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong is co-lead counsel for the investors in a massive, $1 billion securities class action against the perpetrators of an alleged Ponzi scheme and those who aided and abetted it.

Oregon Securities Class Action

Portland Development Group Investments, LLC.  The investors alleged that the seller falsely inflated its financial statements that were published in its offering documents, and that the seller’s accounting firm, lawyers, and others were liable for aiding and assisting the securities sales. 

In re CenturyLink Sales Practices and Securities Litigation

In re CenturyLink Sales Practices and Securities Litigation

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

n 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, and entire communities allegedly caused by the companies’ power lines and other equipment around Labor Day 2020.

Aequitas Securities Litigation

Stoll Berne is co-lead counsel what is believed to be the largest settlement of a securities case in Oregon history in representing 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.

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Securities Class Action

In a securities class action against Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Steve Larson helped to obtain a $65 million settlement as one of the lead attorneys for the shareholders.

In re Assisted Living Concepts Securities Litigation

The firm recovered $43.5 million on behalf of investors in Assisted Living Concepts in a nationwide securities class action arising out of accounting for related party transactions.

In re Southern Pacific Funding Corp. Securities

Stoll Berne attorneys Gary Berne and Tim DeJong obtained more than $20 million in total settlements on behalf of shareholders of Southern Pacific Funding Corp. (SPFC) in a securities class action arising out of the mortgage securitization company's accounting for residual securities interests.

Bank of America Flood Insurance Litigation

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong recovered $31 million on behalf of a nationwide class of homeowners forced by Bank of America to purchase overpriced and excessive flood insurance.

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

n 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, and entire communities allegedly caused by the companies’ power lines and other equipment around Labor Day 2020.

PPS Lead-in-Water Investigation

The Portland Public School Board of Education hired Stoll Berne attorneys Tim DeJong and Steve Berman to conduct an investigation regarding the district's practices and protocols for testing for lead in water and disclosing information to the public about lead in water at schools and buildings.

Wrongful Termination of CEO

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."

PPS Lead-in-Water Investigation

The Portland Public School Board of Education hired Stoll Berne attorneys Tim DeJong and Steve Berman to conduct an investigation regarding the district's practices and protocols for testing for lead in water and disclosing information to the public about lead in water at schools and buildings.

Patent Litigation re Hand Tool Technology

In patent litigation regarding hand tool technology, Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong represents a leading company sourcing and supplying automotive tools to retailers and distributors throughout North America.

Patent Litigation re Waterproof-Breathable Apparel Technology

In current patent litigation regarding waterproof-breathable apparel technology, Stoll Berne attorneys Tim DeJong and Maddie Holmes represents Columbia Sportswear Company, a leading company in the global outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment markets.

Patent Litigation Proprietary Chipper Technology

Tim DeJong successfully represented a leading producer of chipping and planing systems for the global wood products industry, in patent litigation to enforce the client’s patent rights in its proprietary chipper technology.

Software Developer Patent Infringement

After a jury trial, the firm obtained a $1.2 million jury verdict on behalf of plaintiff, a software developer in the college application systems industry.

Mobile “Smart” Phone Patent Infringement

The firm filed and resolved patent infringement lawsuits against numerous global manufacturers of mobile “smart” phones to enforce its client’s patent rights in its patented code server technology. 

Copyright and Trademark Enforcement on Behalf of Full-Service Music Agency

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong successfully represented a Portland-based full-service music agency in a lawsuit to enforce its copyright and trademark rights against a competitor’s infringement. 

Columbia Industries LLC vs. Entro Inc.

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong obtained $1.1 million for Columbia Industries in a suit against the company's former engineers for misappropriating trade secrets relating to equipment for oil and gas drilling operations.

Too Marker Products Trademark Infringement

Tim DeJong represented Too Marker Products, a Japanese maker of high-end art markers, in several lawsuits against infringers of its trademark, including U.S. affiliates and manufacturers and distributors based in Korea and Great Britain.

Merchandising Technologies Inc. vs. Vanguard Products Group

The firm represented patent owner Vanguard Products Group in various suits against an infringer of its patented electronic cord reel management and security system for retail displays.

Innovative Sports vs. Columbia Sportswear Company

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

Oregon-Based Winery Trademark Rights Lawsuit

Tim DeJong successfully resolved a lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon-based winery seeking to enforce its trademark rights against a U.K.-based online wine retailer.

Sports Grants, Inc. vs. CrossFit, Inc.

In a trademark dispute involving the CrossFit trademark, Rob Shlachter and Tim DeJong successfully defended CrossFit, Inc., resulting in the plaintiff assigning its registered trademark to CrossFit, dismissing its claims with prejudice, and entering into a consent judgment and permanent injunction.

Power Fuel Cell Products Patent Infringement

Rob Shlachter and Tim DeJong successfully represented a manufacturer of backup power fuel cell products in a patent infringement lawsuit relating to the client’s patented integrated hydrogen generator systems.

Plasma Physics Trade Secrets

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong represented defendants accused of misappropriating plasma physics trade secrets.

Kershaw Knives vs. Buck Knives

Stoll Berne attorneys Rob Shlachter and Tim DeJong successfully represented an Oregon manufacturer/patentee in an infringement litigation relating to patented "spring-assisted" folding knives.

Jamison v. Olin-Winchester and Browning Arms Co.

Stoll Berne successfully represented patentee of "short magnum" firearms and ammunition against major firearms and ammunition manufacturers Winchester and Browning.

PPS Lead-in-Water Investigation

The Portland Public School Board of Education hired Stoll Berne attorneys Tim DeJong and Steve Berman to conduct an investigation regarding the district's practices and protocols for testing for lead in water and disclosing information to the public about lead in water at schools and buildings.

Barrett Business Services (BBSI)

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

Financial Advisor Misrepresentation

In a securities fraud lawsuit, Stoll Berne represented clients alleging their financial advisor misrepresented his credentials and lied to them about their investments. The firm obtained a $2.3 million default judgment against the financial advisor and his company on claims including securities fraud, breach of contract, elder abuse, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Aequitas Securities Litigation

Stoll Berne is co-lead counsel what is believed to be the largest settlement of a securities case in Oregon history in representing 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.

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.

Defense of Law Firm in Oregon Securities Class Action

Stoll Berne attorneys Tim DeJong, Keith Ketterling and Lydia Anderson-Dana represented a prominent Northwest law firm in the defense of a purported class action seeking to recover against the law firm for securities sold by its former client. The case presents novel issues concerning securities sold for a decade after the attorney-client relationship ended.

Ponzi Scheme Securities Class Action

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong is co-lead counsel for the investors in a massive, $1 billion securities class action against the perpetrators of an alleged Ponzi scheme and those who aided and abetted it.

Oregon Securities Class Action

Portland Development Group Investments, LLC.  The investors alleged that the seller falsely inflated its financial statements that were published in its offering documents, and that the seller’s accounting firm, lawyers, and others were liable for aiding and assisting the securities sales. 

In re CenturyLink Sales Practices and Securities Litigation

In re CenturyLink Sales Practices and Securities Litigation

Aequitas Securities Litigation

Stoll Berne is co-lead counsel what is believed to be the largest settlement of a securities case in Oregon history in representing 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.

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Securities Class Action

In a securities class action against Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Steve Larson helped to obtain a $65 million settlement as one of the lead attorneys for the shareholders.

In re Assisted Living Concepts Securities Litigation

The firm recovered $43.5 million on behalf of investors in Assisted Living Concepts in a nationwide securities class action arising out of accounting for related party transactions.

In re Southern Pacific Funding Corp. Securities

Stoll Berne attorneys Gary Berne and Tim DeJong obtained more than $20 million in total settlements on behalf of shareholders of Southern Pacific Funding Corp. (SPFC) in a securities class action arising out of the mortgage securitization company's accounting for residual securities interests.

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 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.

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.

State of Oregon vs. American International Group, Inc.

Tim DeJong, Jen Wagner, and Keil Mueller obtained an $8 million settlement on behalf of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (OPERF) in securities fraud litigation against American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

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.

Estate Tax Malpractice

Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong represented the plaintiff taxpayer in an estate tax malpractice suit against an accounting firm for negligence in the late filing of an estate tax return. A settlement was reached prior to trial and plaintiff recovered 88% of her tax liability.

Articles

Spring 2017 – “Patent Litigation – The Practice That Picked Me,” OTLA Trial Lawyer

Tim DeJong discusses how he entered in to the world of litigating patent infringement cases in the Spring 2017 edition of OTLA Trial Lawyer magazine.

March 15, 2016 – “Recent Oregon Decisions Address the Issue of Sequencing Discovery in Trade Secrets Cases,” The Litigation Journal

Robert Shlachter and Tim DeJong’s article, “Recent Oregon decisions address the issue of sequencing discovery in trade secrets cases: Is the plaintiff entitled to discovery from defendant before plaintiff identities its own trade […]

March 2014 – “Barrister Bands,” Oregon Business Magazine

Tim DeJong, an intellectual property litigator with Stoll Berne and amateur musician, was featured in an Oregon Business Magazine article about lawyers playing in bands.

Winter 2012-13 – “An Endorsement of the District of Oregon’s Pro Bono Program,” For the District of Oregon

Tim DeJong discusses and promotes the District of Oregon’s Pro Bono Program in his article written in For the District of Oregon, a quarterly newsletter of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar […]

August 24, 2007 – “Law Firms Report Steady Increase in IP Litigation,” Portland Business Journal

Oregon’s intellectual property law industry continues to thrive.

Summer 2007 – “Re-Thinking the Admissibility as Evidence,” Oregon Intellectual Property Newsletter

“Re-Thinking the Admissibility of Non-Prior Art as Evidence of the Level of Skill in the Art to Support an Obviousness Defense in Patent Litigation” – article written by Timothy S. DeJong.

News

Stoll Berne Files Breach of Contract Class Action Lawsuit Against NuScale Power

Stoll Berne, led by attorneys Tim DeJong, Keith Ketterling, and Lydia Anderson-Dana, recently filed a proposed $100 million breach of contract class action lawsuit against NuScale Power LLC and other entities in the United States District Court, District of Oregon.

Fifteen Stoll Berne Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2023

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 2023©.

Oregon Super Lawyers 2022 Recognizes Stoll Berne Lawyers

Thirteen individual Stoll Berne attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine in their 2022 Oregon Super Lawyers edition.

Stoll Berne Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in Massive GPB Ponzi Scheme Class Action

Stoll Berne was appointed co-lead counsel in a proposed class action pending in the United States District Court in Austin, Texas. The lawsuit asserts that GPB Capital Holdings, LLC partnered with Ascendant Capital, LLC (formerly an Austin, Texas based branch of Axiom Capital Management, Inc.) and Ascendant Alternative Strategies, LLC to perpetrate a nearly $2 billion Ponzi scheme, and that the misconduct was facilitated by auditors and other professionals.

Settlement Approved in PDGI Securities Litigation

A $2.25 million class settlement was approved by the Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court on behalf of approximately 65 investors in Portland Development Group Investments, Inc. (“PDGI”). PDGI was in the business of developing luxury homes in Portland, Oregon. It sold securities to fund the development. 

Stoll Berne and Eight Lawyers Recognized in 2022 Chambers USA Guide

Stoll Berne, once again, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the 2022 Oregon guide in both Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate.

Stoll Berne Mentioned in Recent Articles Regarding Oregon Fires Case

Stoll Berne has been mentioned in several articles regarding the 2020 Oregon Labor Day fires class action matter against PacifiCorp. November 10, 2021, Statesman Journal, “Report from lawsuit says Pacific […]

Stoll Berne Defeats Motions to Dismiss GPB Fraud Class Action in Texas

On August 25, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas denied fifteen motions to dismiss filed by defendants in a class action case that is being prosecuted by Stoll Berne and two co-counsel firms in federal court in Austin, Texas. 

Seventeen Stoll Berne Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

Stoll Berne is excited to announce that seventeen of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©2022.

Stoll Berne Recognized in 2021 Chambers USA Guide

Eight Stoll Berne lawyers and two practice areas were recognized in the 2021 Chambers USA guide.

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Awards

Benchmark Litigation
Local Litigation Star, 2015-2021

Chambers USA
2017-2022

Martindale Hubbell
AV* Rated

Oregon Super Lawyers
2006-2022
Oregon, Top 50, 2011, 2017-2022

The Best Lawyers in America®
2008-2023
Lawyer of the Year, Portland: Litigation – Patent, 2021
Tim DeJong Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2021 Litigation Patent

The Portland Business Journal
Best of the Bar in Intellectual Property

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