Lynn Lincoln Sarko is a master strategist and litigator who leads Keller Rohrback's internationally recognized Complex Litigation Group. One of the nation's top attorneys in complex litigation, Lynn does not just help clients win?he helps them win what they want. Through smart, efficient strategy and tailored, creative problem solving, Lynn and his team accomplish the best outcomes while minimizing costs and maximizing value.
Lynn's diverse experience enables him to think outside the box to resolve complex cases. He regularly interacts with international business interests, representing sovereign nations and institutional clients seeking to recover investment losses caused by financial fraud and other malfeasance. He is currently involved in several matters involving complex derivatives and specialty investment products. He represents clients with regard to regulatory investigations and issues involving state and federal supervisory agencies and has litigated actions involving several of the nation's largest accounting and investment firms. Lynn is part of the team representing cities and counties across the United States in their fight to hold opioid manufacturers accountable.
Lynn has led the firm's securities and retirement fund practice for over 25 years and regularly serves as lead counsel in multiparty individual and class action cases involving ERISA, antitrust, securities, breach of fiduciary duty and other investment fraud issues. Other law firms seek his assistance as settlement counsel in these and other complex cases because of his reputation as a skilled negotiator. His successes in this area include multimillion dollar settlements in the IKON, Anicom, United Companies Financial Corp., Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Health South, Delphi, Washington Mutual, Countrywide, Lucent, Merrill Lynch, Xerox consolidated securities, pension and retirement plan cases.
In addition, Lynn was appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Ecodiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation. Previously, Lynn served as one of the negotiators in the $15 billion Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud class action settlement for 2.0-liter vehicles, the largest auto-related consumer class action settlement in U.S. history, as well as the subsequent 3.0-liter settlement.
Courts and professional organizations have honored Lynn for his work on financial, fiduciary duty, consumer and numerous other high-profile public cases. After serving as trial counsel in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill case, which resulted in a $5 billion punitive damages verdict, Lynn was appointed by the court as Administrator for all funds recovered. He prosecuted the Microsoft civil antitrust case, Vitamin price-fixing cases, the MDL Fen/Phen Diet Drug Litigation, and notable public service lawsuits such as Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., which established a woman's right to prescription contraceptive health coverage.
Before joining Keller Rohrback, Lynn was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Criminal Division, an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter, and law clerk to the Honorable Jerome Farris, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Seattle. He has been the managing partner of Keller Rohrback since 1991.
Lynn appears in federal courts from coast to coast, maintaining an active national litigation practice. He counsels and represents consumers, employees and businesses who have suffered harm resulting from the improper disclosure of proprietary, personal, health and other protected information.
Bar and Court Admissions
1981, Wisconsin 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 1983, District of Columbia Court of Appeals 1983, District of Columbia 1984, United States Supreme Court 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 1984, U.S. Tax Court 1986, Washington 1986, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington 1988, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin 1989, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 1994, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 1996, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 2002, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 2004, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 2008, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 2010, U.S. District Court for North Dakota 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2016, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois 2016, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois 2018, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
University of Wisconsin - B.B.A., 1977 University of Wisconsin - M.B.A., 1978, Beta Alpha Psi University of Wisconsin - J.D., 1981, Editor-in-Chief, Wisconsin Law Review, Order of the Coif, Salmon Dalberg Award (outstanding graduate)
Professional and Civic Involvement
American Bar Association, Member Bar Association of The District of Columbia, Member Federal Bar Association, Member King County Bar Association, Member State Bar of Wisconsin, Member Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member Washington State Bar Association, Member Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member American Association for Justice, Member The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member American Academy of Trial Counsel, Fellow Editorial Board, Washington State Securities Law Deskbook Fellow, American Bar Foundation Human Rights Watch Committee Washington Athletic Club, Member
Honors & Awards
National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Washington 2019 Listed as Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2018 Super Lawyers List, Washington Law & Politics Avvo Top Tax Lawyer, Washington CEO Magazine Trial Lawyer of the Year (Exxon Valdez trial team) Salmon Dalberg Award Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Thomson/West Webinar, "Stock Drop and Roll: Key Supreme Court Rulings and New Standards in ERISA ?Stock Drop' Cases" 14th Annual Pension Law, Governance and Solvency Conference Canadian Institute's 14th Annual Advanced Forum on Pension Law, Governance and Solvency ERISA Litigation & Regulatory Compliance Congress American Conference Institute's 6th National Forum on ERISA Litigation 25th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference American Conference Institute's 5th National Forum on ERISA Litigation
Deiter v. Microsoft Corp., 436 F.3d 461 (4th Cir. 2006) Unger v. Amedisys Inc., 401 F.3d 316 (5th Cir. 2005) Phillips v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., 374 F.3d 1015 (11th Cir. 2004) Newby v. Enron Corp., 394 F.3d 296 (5th Cir. 2004) In re Bassett, 285 F.3d 882 (9th Cir. 2002) In re IKON Office Solutions, Inc., 277 F.3d 658 (3rd Cir. 2002) United States v. Kincaid, 898 F.2d 110 (9th Cir. 1990) In re Enron Corp. Sec., Derivative & "ERISA" Litig., MDL-1446, ? F. Supp. 2d ?, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50129, 2006 WL 2034461 (S.D. Tex. July 20, 2006) Strigliabotti v. Franklin Res., Inc., 398 F. Supp. 2d 1094 (N.D. Cal. 2005) Brever v. Federated Equity Mgmt. Co., 233 F.R.D. 429 (W.D. Pa. 2005) Woods v. Southern Co., 396 F. Supp. 2d 1351 (N.D. Ga. 2005) In re Delphi ERISA Litig., 230 F.R.D. 496 (E.D. Mich. 2005) In re Williams Companies ERISA Litig., 231 F.R.D. 416 (N.D. Okla. 2005) In re Enron Corp. Sec., Derivative & "ERISA" Litig., 228 F.R.D. 541 (S.D. Tex. 2005) In re Polaroid ERISA Litig., 362 F. Supp. 2d 461 (S.D.N.Y. 2005) Gallus v. Am. Express Fin. Corp., 370 F. Supp. 2d 862 (D. Minn. 2005) In re WorldCom, Inc. ERISA Litig., 354 F. Supp. 2d 423 (S.D.N.Y. 2005) In re CMS Energy Erisa Litig., 225 F.R.D. 539 (E.D. Mich. 2004) In re Global Crossing Sec. & ERISA Litig., 225 F.R.D. 436 (S.D.N.Y. 2004) In re Elec. Data Sys. Corp. "ERISA" Litig., 224 F.R.D. 613 (E.D. Tex. 2004) In re Lucent Techs., Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 00-621, 327 F. Supp. 2d 426 (D.N.J. 2004) Hill v. BellSouth Corp., 313 F. Supp. 2d 1361 (N.D. Ga. 2004) In re Dynegy, Inc. ERISA Litig., 309 F. Supp. 2d 861 (S.D. Tex. 2004) In re Healthsouth Corp. Ins. Litig., 219 F.R.D. 688 (N.D. Ala. 2004) In re Williams Cos. ERISA Litig., 271 F. Supp. 2d 1328 (N.D. Okla. 2003) Ferko v. NASCAR, 216 F.R.D. 392 (E.D. Tex. 2003) Hansen v. Ticket Track, Inc., 213 F.R.D. 412 (W.D. Wash. 2003) In re Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Securities Litigation, 239 F. Supp. 2d 1351 (N.D. Ga. 2002) In re Enron Corp. Securities, Derivative & ERISA Litigation, 235 F. Supp. 2d 549 (S.D. Tex. 2002) In re Providian Fin. Corp. Erisa Litig., No. 01-05027, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25676, 2002 WL 31785044 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 14, 2002) In re AremisSoft Corp. Sec. Litig., 210 F.R.D. 109 (D.N.J. 2002) In re Microsoft Corp. Antitrust Litigation, 185 F. Supp. 2d 519 (D.Md. 2002) Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., No. 00-1213, 141 F. Supp. 2d 1266 (W.D. Wash. 2001) In re 2TheMart.com Secs. Litig., 114 F. Supp. 2d 955 (C.D. Cal. 2000) Griffith v. American Home Prods. Corp., 85 F. Supp. 2d 995 (E.D. Wash. 2000) Getty v. Harmon, 53 F. Supp. 2d 1053 (W.D. Wash. 1999) In re Potash Antitrust Litig., 954 F. Supp. 1334 (D. Minn. 1997) In re Commercial Explosives Litig., 945 F. Supp. 1489 (D. Utah 1996) In re Exxon Valdez, No. 89-0095, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8173, 1996 WL 384623 (D. Alaska June 11, 1996) In re Amino Acid Lysine Anti-trust Litig., 918 F. Supp. 1190 (N.D. Ill. 1996) In re Immunex Sec. Litig., 864 F. Supp. 142 (W.D. Wash. 1994) In re Potash Antitrust Litigation, 866 F. Supp. 406 (D. Minn. 1994) In re Carbon Dioxide Antitrust Litig., 149 F.R.D. 229 (M.D. Fla. 1993) Halvorson v. Skagit County, No. 92-692, 1993 WL 169164 (W.D.Wash. Mar. 24, 1993) In re Domestic Air Transp. Antitrust Litig., 137 F.R.D. 677 (N.D. Ga. 1991) Transamerican Refining Corp. v. Dravo Corp., 130 F.R.D. 70 (S.D. Tex. 1990) Wright v. Jeckle, 16 P.3d 1268 (Wash. Ct. App. 2001)
Managing Partner at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (1986-present) Assistant United States Attorney at Department of Justice (1984-1986) Law Clerk for Judge Jerome Farris at United States Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit (1981-1982) Editorial Board, Washington State Securities Law Deskbook
Emory Roundtable Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Institute for Complex Litigation & Mass Claims, Emory University School of Law HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Volkswagen Clean Diesels - Update from Plaintiffs' PSC Chair and Steering Committee Members on the Environmental Issues HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Volkswagen Update Enforcement of ERISA Rights and Responsibilities: An ERISA @40 Event, Washington, D.C. ACI 9th ERISA Litigation Conference, Chicago Global Justice Network Presentation re Volkswage , San Francisco AAJ panel - Plaintiff Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar, New Orleans Case Perspectives Lecture: Plains Oil Spill Litigation, UCLA Law School AAJ Education Trends in Litigation Seminar: "Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud- Potential Classes, Causes of Action, Remedies, and Defenses" 14th Annual Pension Law, Governance and Solvency Conference 24th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference 4th National Advanced Forum on Defending & Managing ERISA Litigation, American Conference Institute 24th Annual Producer Conference on Executive Liability ERISA Litigation 2010, Practising Law Institute 23rd Annual ERISA Litigation Conference Real Estate Mortgage Market Litigation ABA Winter Meeting Employee Benefits Committee 22nd Annual ERISA Litigation Conference ERISA Class Actions - Up Close and Personal: An In Depth Look at the Myriad of Complex and Ever-Evolving Issues 401(k) Plan Litigation: Employer Stock Suits Continue 21st annual ERISA Litigation Conference Western Benefits Conference Los Angeles Benefits Conference 20th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference Follow the Money: DOL Initiatives and New Litigation on Service Provider Revenue Sharing Employee Benefits Committee MidWinter Meeting 19th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference ERISA Litigation Developments DOL Speaks: Employee Benefits Conference Fiduciary Litigation including Employer Securities, 15th Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation 18th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference Ethics & Privilege Issues Under ERISA, 18th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Company Stock Litigation, 18th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference- West New Frontiers in Fiduciary Liability Employers Stock/Cash Balance Conversions Plus D&O West Symposium ERISA Preemption and Effect on other Laws ABA Employee Benefits Committee Meeting Newest Plaintiffs' Liability Theories & Trends In Defense Pleadings/Motions Advanced Forum on Complex Litigation The Joint Opening Session in Mediation Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Training Officer & Director Liability Corporate Directors Series More Enron/Worldcom Fallout: Corporate Officers On the Fiduciary Hook Section of Business Law Annual Meeting 17th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference Mutual Fund Litigation 4th Annual ERISA Fiduciary Program Pension Fund/Institutional Fiduciary Program The Essentials of Civil Settlement Strategies Seminar 33rd Annual Educational Conference