Complex Litigation

In increasingly frequent situations, a relatively straightforward case can take on a life of its own. This is usually not because of anything you have done, but more likely because your case is part of a much larger context involving broader legal, political or even societal issues. That litigation often requires appearances in multiple courts and in several states. Whether a case is complex because of the nature of the parties, the discovery issues involved, or its context within a much broader problem, this firm has enjoyed success in helping navigate its clients through to conclusion.




Howser, et al. v. Oregon PERS

Marion County Circuit Court

The firm represented dozens of public employee participants in the state-sponsored public employee retirement system in claims that it failed to properly categorize on Internal Revenue Service annual statements that their retirement benefits were non-taxable. The claimants were certified as a class after establishing the merits of the claims. After settlement negotiations, the firm won compensation for the public employee retirees’ losses.


AgriPac Bankruptcy

United States Bankruptcy Court

The firm represented over 180 vegetable and berry farmers who delivered crops to a food processor but were not paid. The food processor’s purchaser put the processor into bankruptcy and the bankruptcy trustee tried to stop payment to farmers. After considerable motion work, the firm obtained a very favorable confidential settlement payment for our farm clients from the food processor’s owners.


Agrifrozen Foods (Birdseye) Bankruptcy

United States Bankruptcy Court

The firm successfully represented 180 farmers in fraud and claims to seek payment for crops delivered to a food processor. Notwithstanding considerable motion practice in both New York and Oregon, the case was set for trial. After more than four days of mediation, this firm negotiated a significant confidential settlement in favor of the farmers.


Sunwest SEC Receivership

United States District Court

The firm represented more than 400 investors in what was determined by the court to be one of the largest Ponzi schemes in the state of Oregon. The firm’s representation included successful attempts to trace investments and find work-out solutions with lenders and other creditors, provide input into the receiver’s plan to distribute the company’s assets, and present claims for repayment on behalf of several hundred investors.


Oregon legislators and electors v. Secretary of State

Oregon Supreme Court

The firm mounted the principal legal challenge to the legislative reapportionment plan proposed by the Oregon Secretary of State before the Oregon Supreme Court.