Meg is an associate in the firm’s litigation group where she focuses on complex litigation matters. Prior to joining Stoll Berne, Meg was an associate in another Portland law firm and also had served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Morgan Christen (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit) and the Honorable Michael Simon (U.S. District Court, District of Oregon). During her clerkships, Meg was able to provide legal research for both civil and criminal matters and worked on several trials. Her previous law firm experience included a lien dispute for former police officers as well as a civil RICO matter in federal court, and a federal jury trial on behalf of a hospital.
Elizabeth is an associate in the firm’s litigation group where she focuses on complex litigation matters. Prior to joining Stoll Berne, Elizabeth served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge David W. Christel (U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington) as well as a judicial extern to the Honorable Jolie A. Russo (U.S. District Court of Oregon). She also served as a law clerk for a law firm in Springfield, OR and as a foreclosure law clerk with the Northwest Justice Project.
Lydia is an associate in the firm’s litigation group where she focuses on securities and class actions litigation. Prior to joining Stoll Berne, Lydia served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Morgan B. Christen (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit), and for the Honorable Chief Judge Michael W. Mosman (District of Oregon).
During law school, Lydia was the Senior Executive Editor of the California Law Review, worked as a teaching and research assistant, and volunteered in the California Asylum Representation Clinic. She was a summer associate in the Portland office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP and interned for the California Department of Justice in the Education & Welfare Section.
Before practicing law, Lydia worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross and DCS Congressional in Washington, D.C.
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.
As an expert in the areas of commercial real estate and related business transactions, including development, investment, and finance, Andy has earned a loyal client base that relies on him, deal after deal, to move high-profile development projects across the finish line. He advises clients in a wide range of transactions and matters, including the purchase and sale, development, investment, leasing, financing, management, and ownership of commercial properties. Having spent six years before law school in the real estate brokerage and development industry, Andy brings a multitude of viewpoints to his real estate law practice.
Andy’s practice involves office, retail, industrial, multi-family, investment, and corporate properties. He represents private and institutional real estate companies, large and small corporations, investors, advisors, developers, and owners of commercial real estate, among others.
Steve provides clients with responsive, effective, and efficient solutions to complicated problems. Steve’s litigation practice focuses on complex business, securities, insurance coverage, and consumer disputes. He also regularly provides counsel to progressive causes and candidates regarding Oregon and local elections law.
Steve represents both individuals and institutions, predominantly as plaintiffs, in state and federal trial courts, before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and before other arbitration and regulatory bodies. He has briefed and argued appellate matters before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Steve has also served as an arbitrator the past several years. His clients value his straightforward but strategic approach to resolving disputes both in and out of the courtroom, and his special expertise in navigating politically sensitive matters.
Rob is an accomplished mediator, arbitrator, and trial lawyer emphasizing all types of complex business litigation, including intellectual property, unfair competition, and real estate litigation.
In 2009, Rob was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is the former president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and frequently lectures and writes about strategies in mediation and litigation. Rob is widely regarded as one of the preeminent mediators, arbitrators, and litigators in Oregon, and has acted as an official and unofficial mentor to countless lawyers, both inside and outside of the firm. Rob models professionalism in every facet of his practice and consistently aims to meet the highest standards of client service. In 2018, Rob received the Oregon State Bar’s 21st Annual Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award which recognizes both personal and professional qualities, reputation, and conduct.
Examples of mediation and arbitration matters:
|• Insurance Coverage||• Attorney Fee Disputes|
|• Business Litigation||• Business Dissolution or Break Ups|
|• Real Estate Litigation||• Shareholder Disputes|
|• Employment Disputes||• Intellectual Property Disputes|
| including Patent, Trademark, Trade Dress, and Trade Secrets|
As one of the cornerstones of the firm for over 25 years, David represents clients in a wide range of business and real estate transactions, including forming business organizations (corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies), buying and selling businesses, equity buy-ins and buy-outs (including business “divorces”), development, acquisition, sale, and financing of all types of commercial and investment real estate, structuring and completing forward and reverse Section 1031 exchanges, and representing developers and lenders in affordable housing projects. One of David’s greatest strengths is finding common ground for clients in what are often contentious and complex transactions and negotiations. With his quiet confidence and respect for coworkers and clients alike, David has long set the tone for the firm’s lawyers.
As a shareholder in the firm’s real estate and business group, Ben focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance, leasing, and real estate development. He frequently advises clients in connection with purchase and sale transactions, office, retail and industrial leases, and secured lending transactions. Ben believes that real estate and business transactions result in the best outcomes when they are structured collaboratively, and accordingly, Ben serves his clients with a calm demeanor, eye for detail, and minimum drama.
A founding member of the firm, Gary represents clients in a variety of matters ranging from investment fraud and lawyer and accountant malpractice to insurance coverage claims, will contests, trust disputes, and class actions. He represents clients in both state and federal courts, and many of his cases involve securities, shareholder, partnership, antitrust, or elder abuse claims. Gary has assisted the Oregon Law Center in class actions for forestry and farm workers and represented the Columbia River Tribes in preserving their treaty rights to live along the Columbia River.
Gary serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Arbitration Service of Portland, and acts as a mediator in all types of commercial disputes. Gary also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Keil is a trial lawyer who regularly represents individual and corporate clients in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration proceedings. His practice focuses on all aspects of complex business litigation, including shareholder and partnership disputes, class actions, securities and financial fraud litigation, contract disputes, and trade secrets litigation. Keil has successfully represented clients in jury trials and arbitration hearings and has obtained favorable settlements on behalf of his clients in numerous other disputes. His clients value his thoughtful and common-sense approach to resolving disputes.
An experienced trial lawyer who handles both hourly and contingent fee cases, Steve has expertise in class actions, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, corporate disputes, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition claims, and disputes involving family wealth. Steve regularly represents individuals and businesses in federal and state court and has obtained class-wide recovery in multiple class actions. A veteran practitioner, Steve’s clients value his creative approach to resolving complex litigation matters.
Robert was one of the original firm founders. He retired from the practice of law but still maintains an office where he spends his time working on political matters for both governmental and private agencies. Robert’s original vision of the firm still holds true today, a progressive firm that puts clients first.
In his legal career, he tried over 150 jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Although these covered a wide range in both criminal and civil law, most of his practice focused on very large and complex financial litigation, including numerous securities, antitrust, and class actions cases.
Over the years, he has been honored by numerous awards by the state and federal bar associations as well as other non-legal related groups.
As a trial lawyer who practices in the areas of complex business, securities, financial fraud, employment, and class action litigation, Jen regularly represents clients in state and federal court and in private arbitrations. Jen advocates for her clients with intelligence and integrity, and is particularly adept at navigating the unique strategic and procedural challenges of complex business and class action litigation. Her clients value her approachable and cool-headed manner in litigating and resolving contentious cases.
Keith is an accomplished trial, appellate, and healthcare lawyer with over 30 years of experience in more than a dozen different jurisdictions around the country. With a focus on complex dispute resolution, with particular emphasis in the healthcare industry, Keith is adept at handling multi-state and international antitrust cases, consumer litigation, and securities disputes. In healthcare, he has handled peer review disputes, partnership and incorporation matters, and billing investigations. Keith has led internal investigations for public entities as well as for not-for-profit organizations.
Keith’s clients value his keen instincts in court and his ability to delve into complex legal issues while never losing sight of the overall strategy of a case. During his time at the Oregon Department of Justice as Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff, Keith led the creation of a civil rights unit, managed securities litigation including multiple cases against financial services companies, and supervised antitrust investigations and prosecutions. He was also involved with the adoption of legislation that expanded the Unlawful Trade Practices Act and legislation that imposed a mediation requirement prior to non-judicial foreclosures.
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.
As a tenacious and passionate litigator who focuses on intellectual property, securities, and complex business disputes, Tim regularly handles litigation matters involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secrets, class actions, violations of state and federal securities statutes, financial fraud, and stockbroker malpractice. Tim represents his clients with conviction and grit, and these qualities are grounded on a bedrock of over 25 years’ expertise navigating the complexities of IP and business litigation.
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,” The Best Lawyers in America®, and “Top 50” Oregon Super Lawyers.
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.
As a Shareholder in the litigation group, Yoona concentrates her practice on complex litigation, securities law, class actions, and environmental litigation. Having handled several high-profile cases, Yoona brings a strong sense of conviction to all of her matters, balanced by common-sense judgment and a warm, engaging personality. Yoona is particularly skilled in handling newsworthy and media-sensitive matters, having worked in agency public relations prior to law school. Yoona currently serves as the firm’s Hiring Shareholder.