Overview

About Brad

Brad is a partner in the Litigation practice group focusing on securities and corporate governance litigation, complex business litigation (including class actions, shareholder disputes, and unlawful trade practices claims), appellate litigation, and property tax issues. He represents manufacturing, consumer products, agribusiness, oil and gas, and mining clients. Brad’s significant recent wins and cases include representing a Fortune 500 company in federal securities fraud litigation, defeating class certification and obtaining a complete defense decision in an action alleging violations of the Affordable Care Act, securing a complete defense arbitration award for a local utility in an accounting dispute, and obtaining a unanimous decision from the Oregon Supreme Court in an employment tax matter.

Before joining Stoel Rives in 2004, Brad served as a law clerk to Judge Leonard B. Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and to Justice R. William Riggs of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Experience

Experience

Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation

  • Represent Fortune 500 company in class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws, including Section 10(b) and Section 14(a).
  • Obtained complete defense decisions for national securities broker in FINRA arbitration and federal litigation, as well as successful settlements of other matters.
  • Represented securities brokerage firm in state class action alleging violations of state securities fraud statutes.
  • Successfully argued motion to dismiss a derivative shareholder suit in federal court alleging stock option backdating.
  • Represented national law firm in breach of fiduciary duty and securities fraud class actions in state and federal court.

Class Actions and Commercial and Property Tax Litigation

  • Defeated class certification and secured complete defense victory for health insurance company facing claims of discrimination under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Secured favorable resolution of class action alleging diminution of property values due to odor emissions.
  • Secured favorable result as lead trial attorney in arbitration for local utility involving joint venture accounting.
  • Secured complete victory as lead trial attorney for regional food retailer challenging value of distribution facility in property tax proceeding.
  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in statewide consumer class actions alleging unlawful trade practice violations.
  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in partnership dispute after two-week trial in Oregon state court.

Appellate Litigation

  • Argued and obtained unanimous decisions from the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals for trucking company seeking reversal of administrative tax decision.
  • Successfully defended in the Oregon Court of Appeals a summary judgment ruling on behalf of plaintiffs challenging the energy resource supplier tax.
  • Represent Lake Oswego Corporation in appeals involving application of public trust doctrine and use of Oswego Lake.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation, Appellate, Securities Litigation), 2014-2019
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008-2013
  • Past President and Executive Committee Member, Securities Regulation Section, Oregon State Bar
  • President-Elect and Executive Committee Member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court
  • Board Member, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
  • Board Member, Portland Backpack
  • Member, Business Litigation Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Co-Author, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions” (ABA 2d ed.) (Fall 2017)
  • “How Oregon Law Makes Businesses More Susceptible to Legal Action,” Portland Business Journal, June 2017
  • “Hot Topics in Federal Securities Litigation,” CLE Presentation, Northwest Securities Institute, May 2017
  • “The Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act: A Guided Tour In and Around SLUSA,” CLE Presentation, June 2013
  • “Multiple-Shareholder, Closely Held Corporations: Pitfalls and Pointers,” Multnomah County Bar Association, CLE Presentation March 2012
  • “Arbitration Brings Risks and Rewards,” Portland Business Journal, Sept. 2011
  • “Analyzing the Definition of “Covered Class Action” in the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998,” Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal, Summer 2009



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