LVK partner Bill Larkins has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the practice area of Litigation-Banking and Finance in Portland. This award honors expertise in this field in the Portland region, and is based on peer selection.
LVK attorneys Chris Kayser and Bridget Donegan won a jury trial for their client who had been denied his share of profits of a lucrative manufacturing business. After hearing a week of testimony, the jury returned a verdict for past and future profits worth several million dollars.
LVK attorneys Cody Hoesly and Bridget Donegan recently obtained a $1 million jury verdict on behalf of a business broker who got stiffed on his commission and sued his client to obtain it. The broker was hired to sell a business on commission, but, after the broker negotiated a letter of intent with a potential buyer, the business fired the broker. The buyer ultimately paid $20 million for the business, but the business never paid the broker anything, relying on the fact that it had never signed the broker’s fee agreement. LVK helped the broker bring a breach of contract action against the business to recover the broker’s unpaid commission. Following a two-week trial, the jury deliberated just two hours before reaching its unanimous verdict.
The Oregonian newspaper sought Lyft, Inc.’s confidential and competitively sensitive ride and vehicle data from the City of Portland. Lyft provides this data to the City of Portland pursuant to nondisclosure agreements and City regulations. Lyft treats its ride and vehicle data as highly confidential and protects it from disclosure to the public and competitors. After the Multnomah County District Attorney ordered the City to produce the data to the Oregonian, LVK Law obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the release of the data. In briefing the case in front of Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Judith Matarazzo, LVK attorneys explained that the data was exempt under Oregon Public Records Law and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. After oral argument, Judge Matarazzo ruled that the data was exempt from disclosure as protected business information and trade secrets and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the City from disclosing the data. The Oregonian reported on the case result here.
Chris Kayser successfully argued the case and was supported on the briefing by John Rake and Danielle Hunsaker.
Case: Lyft, Inc. v. City of Portland and Oregonian Publishing Company, LLC
Court: Multnomah County Circuit Court
Case Number: 16CV32174, consolidated with Case 16CV31985 (Rasier, LLC v. City of Portland et al)
Hearing Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
LVK Law represents Fortune 500 companies, local and regional businesses, and individuals in a wide range of business litigation matters, including disputes about trade secrets and public records requests. Please contact Chris Kayser or John Rake for more information.
Chris Kayser at Larkins Vacura and Mike Esler at Esler Stephens & Buckley have been investigating claims arising from investor losses in a variety of Aequitas investments, including promissory notes. See http://s.oregonlive.com/AAMD5mJ. It has been widely reported that investors were advised to invest in Aequitas by means of a number of misrepresentations and material omissions in apparent violation of Oregon Securities laws. Our investigation is not limited to Aequitas and its principals but also includes other professionals who participated in promoting and aiding in the offerings and who may be liable for the losses. For more information, please contact Chris Kayser at (503) 222-4424 firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Esler at (503) 223-1510 email@example.com, or Gary Hardiman at (503) 223-1510 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larkins Vacura LLP has announced that John Dunbar has joined the firm as a partner.
For five years, Dunbar headed the Special Litigation Unit at the Oregon Department of Justice. Serving under two different Oregon Attorneys General, Attorney General Kroger and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Dunbar led a trial team that focused on many of the State’s most important cases, including high-profile Constitutional challenges, tort claims against the State, complex regulatory cases and environmental litigation. Dunbar’s deep exposure to a wide variety of legal conflicts equips him for all facets of his complex commercial litigation practice. John’s diverse background includes, for example, in-depth forays into healthcare issues, environmental disputes, intellectual property, consumer disputes, and regulatory litigation. He also has represented private clients and the State in conducting or defending various investigations, including representing the State in investigations by the United States Department of Justice.
John has won trial verdicts in cases ranging from murder to antitrust. Some of his prominent cases include representing the State of Oregon in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice over improvements to Oregon’s mental health system, defeating a challenge by tobacco companies to restrictions on smokeless tobacco marketing, and successfully defending against a challenge to Ballot Measures 66 and 67, which generated critical revenue for the State during the recession.
“As a proven and highly respected trial attorney, John is an important addition to our firm. Our clients will benefit greatly from his experience and talent. We are delighted to have John join our partnership at Larkins Vacura.”
Before joining Oregon DOJ, Dunbar was a partner at the Portland law firm Ball Janik for almost 20 years, where he handled innumerable commercial, fraud and environmental cases for more than 20 years. Dunbar received an A.B. with high honors from the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, he practiced at Markowitz Herbold PC. Dunbar graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with honors in 1984. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Owen Panner from 1984 to 1986.
Larkins Vacura LLP is pleased to announce that for 2015 it has again been ranked a first-tier Best Law Firm by U.S. News. The firm was specifically cited for its expertise in commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, and real estate litigation, receiving top-tier designations for each of the former practice areas in the Portland area.
Larkins Vacura LLP is pleased to announce that for 2016 its attorneys have again been recognized as Best Lawyers by U.S. News. Bill Larkins, Julie Vacura, Chris Kayser, and John Dunbar were all recognized as Best Lawyers in commercial litigation, Bill and Julie were further recognized as Best Lawyers in banking and finance litigation, Julie was also recognized as a Best Lawyer in real estate litigation, and Chris was also recognized as a Best Lawyer in antitrust litigation.
Larkins Vacura LLP is pleased to announce that Bill Larkins, Julie Vacura, Cody Hoesly, and John Dunbar were recognized as Super Lawyers in the 2015 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers, signifying their place in the top 5% of all lawyers in Oregon. Bill has maintained that designation since 2009, and Julie has done so since 2007. Cody was named a Rising Star in the same publication from 2012 to 2014. The same publication also named Danielle Hunsaker and Bridget Donegan as Rising Stars, signifying their place in the top 2.5% of all Oregon litigators under 40 or in their first 10 years of practice. Danielle has maintained that designation since 2014.
Larkins Vacura LLP is pleased to announce that for 2015 it has again been ranked a first-tier Best Law Firm by U.S. News. In addition, Bill Larkins, Julie Vacura, and Chris Kayser were recognized as Best Lawyers in commercial litigation, Bill and Julie were further recognized as Best Lawyers in banking and finance, and Julie was also recognized as a Best Lawyer in real estate.
Congratulations to Danielle Hunsaker on her recent Ninth Circuit victory on behalf of a national banking institution in a Fair Credit Reporting Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act case concerning a failed mortgage loan modification. After securing full victory at summary judgment in the trial court, Danielle defended and argued the appeal to the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the trial court’s decision.
Julie Vacura, a founding partner of the firm, was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers at a ceremony in London on September 12, during the 2014 Annual Meeting of the College. For nearly 30 years Julie’s practice has focused on trying cases in state and federal courts. This honor recognizes Julie’s excellence as a trial advocate in many different types of civil cases, representing businesses large and small as well as individuals. We congratulate our friend and colleague, Julie Vacura on achieving this well-deserved honor.
Larkins Vacura LLP is pleased to announce that Bill Larkins and Julie Vacura were again recognized as Super Lawyers in the 2014 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers, signifying their place in the top 5% of all lawyers in Oregon. Bill has maintained that designation since 2009, and Julie has done so since 2007. The same publication also named Cody Hoesly and Danielle Hunsaker as Rising Stars, signifying their place in the top 2.5% of all Oregon litigators under 40 or in their first 10 years of practice. Cody has maintained that designation since 2012.
Congratulations to Cody Hoesly on his recent victory for a client who sued to regain possession of a precious family heirloom, the queen outfit that the client’s mother-in-law wore at the 1930 Pendleton Round-Up. The lawsuit resulted in a settlement which returned the outfit to the client and which garnered attention in both the Oregonian and East Oregonian newspapers. The settlement followed Cody’s victory in the Oregon Supreme Court in the same case.