Timothy W. Snider

Timothy W. Snider
Partner
Portland, OR
Overview

About Tim

Tim Snider is a partner of the firm and chairs the firm-wide Litigation practice group. His practice emphasizes complex business litigation. Tim defends companies and executives in class actions, securities and antitrust cases, consumer and unlawful trade practices actions, and corporate governance disputes. Tim also represents businesses in commercial contract disputes and insurance coverage actions. Tim has appeared in federal and state courts around the country, including Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Texas. Tim works with public companies and privately-held businesses in a number of industries including insurance, technology, telecommunications, transportation, healthcare, energy, construction, manufacturing, consumer products and financial services.

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Experience

Experience

Class Actions

  • In re Farmers FCRA Litig. (W.D. Okla.). Lead counsel representing insurance company in national multi-district litigation (MDL) class action challenging insurer's practices under Fair Credit Reporting Act. Successfully resolved in settlement. 
  • Ashby v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Or. (D. Or.). Obtained complete defense verdict following jury trial in class action seeking $144 million from insurance company for alleged violations of Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Corliss v. Providence Health & Services (D. Or.). Represented healthcare system in national class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Successfully resolved in settlement.
  • Gilberg v. CheckSmart Financial, LLC (E.D. Cal.). Obtained summary judgment for financial services company in national class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Appeal pending.
  • Bellshaw v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Or. (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct). Representing insurance company in class action challenging auto repair program disclosures.
  • Ivanov v. Farmers Ins. Co. Of Or. (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.). Defeated class certification in action seeking medical benefits coverage under auto insurance policies. Successfully resolved in settlement.
  • Stewart v. Frontier Communications Inc. (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.). Represented telecommunications company in class action alleging violations of Oregon's Unlawful Trade Practices Act. Successfully resolved in settlement.
  • Bey v. Solarworld Industries America, Inc. (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.). Representing solar panel manufacturer in wage and hour class action.
  • In re Cray Sec. Litig. (W.D. Wash.). Assisted in obtaining dismissal with prejudice of securities class actions and derivative suits against supercomputer manufacturer.
  • In re Lattice Semiconductor Sec. Litig. (D. Or.). Assisted in securing favorable settlement in securities class action against semiconductor chip manufacturer.
  • In re Enron Sec. Litig. (S.D. Tex.). Member of trial team representing former Enron executive in criminal and civil fraud cases.

Antitrust and Unlawful Trade Practices

  • Pacific Seafood Group Antitrust Cases (D. Or.). Representing seafood processor in series of antitrust lawsuits alleging monopolization of West Coast seafood markets.
  • Panasonic Corp. Antitrust Cases (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.; King Co. Sup. Ct.). Representing Panasonic Corp. and subsidiaries in antitrust actions brought by Oregon and Washington Attorneys General.
  • State v. Living Essentials, LLC (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.; King Co. Sup. Ct.). Representing maker of 5-hour ENERGY® in unlawful trade practices enforcement actions brought by Oregon Attorney General and Washington Attorney General.
  • State v. LA Weight Loss Franchise Company (Marion Co. Cir. Ct.). Secured favorable settlement for weight loss company in deceptive trade practices enforcement action brought by Oregon Attorney General following a series of successful pretrial motions.
  • Client names withheld. Counseling business clients in responding to investigative demands and inquiries from Oregon Attorney General Civil Enforcement Division relating to Unlawful Trade Practices Act.

Corporate Governance

  • Foreman v. Total Mechanical, Inc. (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.). Trial counsel for majority shareholder in action by minority shareholder for breach of fiduciary duty and minority shareholder oppression.
  • Agate Resources, Inc. v. ClearChoice Healthplans, Inc. (Deschutes Co. Cir. Ct.). Obtained judgment and attorneys' fees as lead counsel for shareholders following bench trial in action against publicly-traded healthcare company in hostile takeover dispute.
  • Naito v. Naito (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.). Assisted in obtaining favorable settlement for majority shareholder of closely-held company after bench trial of minority shareholder oppression claims.

Commercial Litigation

  • CRM Collateral II, Inc. v. Tri-County Met. Transp. Dist., 669 F.3d 963 (9th Cir. 2012). Successfully represented regional transportation district in letter of credit dispute relating to railcar contract.
  • Sony Electronics Inc. v. Wattles (Mult. Co. Cir. Ct.). Represented business owner in lawsuit seeking to enforce guarantees following closure of consumer electronics retail chain. Successfully resolved in settlement.
  • Client name withheld. Representing seller in "earn out" dispute following sale of a business.
  • Client name withheld. Assisted in securing favorable settlement for wind power developer in power purchase agreement dispute.

Insurance Coverage Litigation

  • Knowledge Learning Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pitt. Pa., No. 11-35160, 2012 WL 1144288 (9th Cir. April 6, 2012). Obtained summary judgment in favor of national childcare provider in insurance coverage action seeking defense and indemnity. Affirmed on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
  • American Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., No. 07-642-KI, 2011 WL 1002172 (D. Or. Mar. 18, 2011). Obtained summary judgment in favor of national childcare provider against insurer's multi-million dollar subrogation action relating to defective products.
  • State ex rel. Dept. of Forestry v. PacifiCorp, 236 Or. App. 326, 237 P.3d 861 (2010). Successfully represented utility in action seeking indemnification for forest fire loss.
  • The Pacific Lumber Company v. General Star Indemnity Co. (N.D. Cal.). Assisted in securing insurance defense for forest-products company for lawsuits arising out of flood events.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Oregon) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2016-2017
  • Chair-Elect, Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Class Action and Securities Litigation Section
  • Oregon State Liaison, American Bar Association, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Subcommittee
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Securities Section
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, St. Andrew's Legal Clinic
  • Board Member, North by Northeast Community Medical Clinic
  • Member, Imago Dei Community Church
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Co-Author, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions,” (ABA 2d ed.) (Fall 2017)
  • “Navigating Attorney General Investigations,” Association of Corporate Counsel CLE, April 25, 2017
  • “When ‘Non-Binding’ Agreements Become Binding and the Role of Good Faith,” Oregon State Bar CLE Seminar, Sept. 19, 2016
  • “Background Checks and Fair Credit Reporting Act Class Actions,” SHRM Oregon State Council, March 5, 2015
  • “Fiduciary Duties in LLCs,” Oregon State Bar CLE, March 21, 2013
  • “Shareholder Records Demands in Oregon,” Oregon State Bar CLE, February 5, 2013
  • "Set Terms of Minority Owner Buyouts When They First Buy In," Portland Bus. Journal, Aug. 17, 2012
  • "Practical 'How To' Advice to Avoid Litigation Nightmares," Stoel Rives LLP, May 19, 2011
  • "Essential Issues for LLC and Other Limited Liability Entities," Oregon State Bar CLE Seminar, Oct. 24, 2008
  • "Document Retention and Destruction in Oregon," Lorman Educational Services Seminar, Nov. 18, 2008
  • "Indemnity and Contribution" (contributing author), Torts, Oregon State Bar, 2006
  • Comment, "A Rational Basis for Rational Basis Review Under Article I, Section 20 of the Oregon Constitution?," Willamette Law Review, 2003



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