Steve D. Larson
Steve Larson is a trial lawyer who handles both hourly and contingent fee cases. He appears in state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration panels, emphasizing all types of complex business litigation. Steve has experience in class actions, consumer cases, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, corporate disputes, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition claims, employment matters and disputes involving family wealth. Steve has also appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Oregon appellate courts.
Steve has been recognized as one of the top commercial litigation lawyers in Oregon by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business, Benchmark Plaintiff Litigation, and Oregon Super Lawyers. Steve is AV rated with Martindale Hubbell indicating both ethical and professional excellence, and he is also on the Partner's Council at the National Consumer Law Center.
Steve is a regular contributor to continuing legal education programs, legal periodicals and regularly speaks on a variety of legal topics. He is an editor of the Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice Handbook.
Breach of Contract:
Obtained a $750,000 arbitration award for the owner of an Alzheimer's Senior Residential Care Facility in a breach of contract action against the company that managed the facility. Christopher Place Senior Communities v. Frontier Management, ASP No. 090901-2. Successfully defended Hollywood Entertainment in a multi-million dollar breach of contract arbitration before the American Arbitration Association. Arbitrators awarded plaintiff nothing. Security Source, Inc. v. Hollywood Entertainment Corporation, AAA Case No. 75 Y 181 00126 04 BEAH. Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a distributor for breach of a distributorship agreement. Traeger Grills East v. Traeger Pellet Grills, MCCC Case No. 1103-04297.
Insurance Class Actions:
Successfully represented two classes of consumers in cases against insurance companies in which plaintiffs alleged the insurers failed to inform policy holders that they had been charged higher premiums based on their credit scores as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The two cases settled; one for $85 million (Reynolds v. Hartford Financial Services Group, 435 F.3d 1081 (9th Cir. 2006)), and the other for $19 million (Razilov v. Nationwide, USDC Case No. CV-01-1466BR.) Settled a class action on behalf of tenants who were charged an allegedly illegal non-refundable bond premium instead of a security deposit. Batiste v. Quantum, MCCC 1102-02645. Currently prosecuting a class action against a PPO for improper reimbursements to healthcare providers. The court certified an injunctive class in April 2013. Chehalem v. Coventry, USDC Case No. 3:09-CV-320-HU.
Employment Class Actions:
Involved in the settlement of a national overtime class action on behalf of Rite-Aid Assistant Store Managers for $20.9 million. We represented Oregon and Washington assistant store managers in this national class action. Cedano v. Rite-Aid, USDC 2:10-CV-237-HZ. Settled an overtime class action on behalf of employees at a vegetable processing facility in Oregon for 2 years of overtime, penalties, interest, and attorney fees. Victorio v. Stahlbush Island Farms, USDC No. CV-6061-AA. Obtained an opinion from the Oregon Court of Appeals holding that over 300 union and non-union former employees of Smurfit who failed to receive, in a timely fashion, the severance benefits and other wages owing upon their termination were entitled to recover on all their claims. After the ruling, the case settled for an amount in excess of $1.8 million. Wilson et al. v. Smurfit Newsprint Corporation, MCCC Case No. 9912-13689.
Steve Larson and Scott Shorr successfully represented six putative classes of consumers in six different appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. All cases were reversed and remanded for trial. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in two of the cases. Steve Larson and Scott Shorr appeared before the US. Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court agreed with their arguments that a lower recklessness standard is sufficient and rejected arguments of the insurance industry that a higher knowing standard is necessary to prove willful violation. Safeco Ins. Co. of America v. Burr, 127 S.Ct 2001 (2007).
Currently prosecuting several antitrust class actions against the manufacturers of automotive parts arising out of price fixing agreements. A number of former executives have been indicted. Also prosecuting antitrust class action against manufacturers of optical digital devices for price fixing.
Securities Class Actions:
Obtained $65 million settlement as one of the lead attorneys for the shareholders in a securities class action against Louisiana-Pacific Corp. arising out of misrepresentations regarding the company's oriented-strandboard siding. Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Securities Litigation, USDC Case No. CV 95-707-JO. Obtained a jury verdict in favor of investors in Hanna Car Washes in suit against auditors, Deloitte & Touche. Total recovery for the class exceeded $6 million. Barlean V. Black & Co., et al., MCCC Case No. 9012-07865. Obtained $5 million settlement in securities fraud case against local technology company. In re Flir, USDC Case No. CV-00-360-HA (D. Or. 2001).
Fraud/Breach of Fiduciary Duty:
Obtained favorable jury verdict in a fraud/breach of fiduciary duty action brought by an Oregon corporation against its former national sales manager arising out of an alleged kick-back scheme. Columbia Cascade Company v. Dale R. Gordon, et al,. MCCC Case No. 0305-05324.
Obtained a preliminary injunction and permanent injunction on behalf of an Oregon wireless company in a trademark infringement action brought against a national wireless company. Edge Wireless, LLC v. U.S. Cellular Corporation, USDC Case No. CV 03-1362 AA.
False Advertising/Trade Dress:
Obtained two separate multi-million dollar settlements on eve of trials on behalf of home exercise manufacturer against competitors. Soloflex, Inc. v. Nordictrack, Inc., USDC Case No. 93-545-JE, and Soloflex, Inc. V. Bowflex, Inc. et al., USDC Case No. 98-557-MA.
Successfully defended Jiffy Lube franchisees in suit filed by Portland auto dealer alleging violations of Unlawful Trade Practices Act. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal. Franchisees were awarded attorney fees. Lanphere Enterprises, Inc. et al. v. Doorknob Enterprises, LLC, USDC Case No. CV 03-273 BR.
Successfully defended a local luxury jewelry store in a three day jury trial involving a very expensive emerald ring that went missing. Christian v. Carl Greve Jewelers, Inc., MCCC Case No. 0811-15957.
Uniform Commercial Code:
Lead trial lawyer in a suit brought by a group of medical doctors against their bank seeking a refund of $5 million of unauthorized online funds transfers made by the group's corporate accountant to himself. Case was settled after a two and a half week jury trial. Oregon Eye Specialists v. West Coast Bank, MCCC Case No. 0610-10727.
Obtained injunction prohibiting former employees of medical device manufacturer from starting competing business using client list and other proprietary information from medical device manufacturer. Semler Technologies, Inc. v. Ron Yost, et al., MCCC Court Case No. 9810-07416.
Successfully defended a start-up telecommunications company and its founders in a securities fraud lawsuit brought by a major angel investor. After defense verdict, major angel investor paid defendants' attorney fees in order to settle the case. Snyder v. Springwater Acquisitions, LLC, et al., MCCC Case No. 0402-01172.
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University of Oregon, J.D., Order of the Coif, graduating first in his class, 1986
- Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Awards for Evidence, Contracts, Damages, and Trusts and Estates
- University of Minnesota, B.A., 1981
- Oregon State Bar, 1986
- United States District Court, Oregon
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- Stoll Berne; shareholder, 1995 - present; associate, 1990-1994
- Lindsay Hart Neil & Weigler LLP, Portland; associate, 1986-1990
American Bar Association
- Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, 2007-present
- Antitrust Section
- Litigation Section
Oregon State Bar
- Board of Governors, 2009-2012; Vice President, 2012
- Litigation Section Executive Committee, 2007-2008
- Consumer Law Section Executive Committee, 2007-2008
- Business Litigation Section Executive Committee, 2000-2004; chairman, 2004
- Securities Regulation Section Executive Committee, 1999-2003; chairman, 2003
- Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee, 1998-2000
- Oregon Practice and Procedure Committee, 1996-1998
Multnomah Bar Association
- CLE Committee, 2007-2008
- Committee on Judiciary, 2002
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
- Consumer Protection Section co-Chair, 2011-present
- Business Litigation Section Chair, 1999
- Board of Governors, 1994-1998
- Owen Panner Inns of Court
- Bud Clark Commons, volunteer, 2011-present
- Oregon Law Foundation Board Member, 2006-2008
- Senior Law Project volunteer, 1986-2008
- Advisory Board of the Campaign for Equal Justice, 2000-present
- United Way campaign coordinator, 1999-2001