Brad Daniels is a partner in the Litigation practice group focusing on complex business litigation (including class actions, shareholder disputes, and unlawful trade practices claims), securities and corporate governance litigation, 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 a two-week jury trial win resulting in full compensatory and punitive damages, assisting a Fortune 500 company obtain a full defense win on summary judgment 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.


Yale Law School, J.D., 2002; Articles Editor, The Yale Law Journal

University of Oregon, B.A., 1997, summa cum laude




United States District Courts for the District of Oregon and Eastern District of Washington

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Class Actions and Commercial and Property Tax Litigation

  • Lead trial attorney in two-week jury trial involving breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims; jury returned verdict awarding full compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Lead trial attorney representing local corporation in state constitutional litigation.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 companies in statewide consumer class actions alleging unlawful trade practice violations.
  • Lead trial attorney representing international airline in constitutional challenge to intangible property tax.
  • Represent health insurer in class action alleging claims under the Affordable Care Act.
  • 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.
  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in partnership dispute after two-week trial in Oregon state court.

Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation

  • Assisted Fortune 500 company in obtaining summary judgment in class action alleging violations of federal securities laws.
  • Obtained complete defense decisions for national securities broker in FINRA arbitration and federal litigation, as well as successful settlements of other matters.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of national law firm in breach of fiduciary duty and securities fraud class actions in state and federal court.

Appellate Litigation

  • Lead appellate attorney representing insurance company in class-action litigation challenging policy disclosures.
  • 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.
  • Lead appellate attorney representing homeowners’ association in appeals involving contract interpretation.
  • Represent Lake Oswego Corporation in appeals involving application of public trust doctrine and use of Oswego Lake.


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, September 2011
  • “Analyzing the Definition of “Covered Class Action” in the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998,” Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal, Summer 2009


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation—Securities), 2022–present
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation, Appellate, Securities Litigation), 2014–2019
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008–2013
  • Selected as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation



  • Securities Regulation Section, Oregon State Bar, Past President and Executive Committee Member
  • Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, Past President and Executive Committee Member
  • Business Litigation Section, Oregon State Bar, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Multnomah County Bar Association, Member


  • Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, Board Member
  • Portland Backpack, Board Member
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