Lynn Lincoln Sarko

Seattle

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, Washington 98101 

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Lynn Lincoln Sarko is a nationally-recognized leader in complex litigation, having been selected by federal courts nationwide to serve as lead or co-lead counsel in a wide variety of cutting-edge cases. Since 1991, Lynn has led Keller Rohrback’s diverse and accomplished Complex Litigation Group. In that role, Lynn has not just helped clients win – he has helped them win what they need. He is widely recognized for his ability to lead very complex litigation and his expertise dealing with bet-the-company, crisis lawsuits. He is viewed by judges, clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and opposing parties as the consummate diplomat. Through smart, efficient, strategy and tailored, creative problem solving, Lynn and his team have accomplished outstanding outcomes while minimizing costs and maximizing value.

Lynn currently leads teams that filed class action lawsuits alleging Volkswagen deceived consumers by using software to cheat emissions tests and several ERISA class actions seeking to protect hospital and other healthcare workers against wage and pension plan irregularities. In addition to his highly-regarded work on behalf of classes of consumers, fishermen, employees, and retirees, among others, Lynn regularly represents parties in international legal actions. Lynn has represented sovereign nations, foreign consumers, and institutional clients who are victims of financial and consumer fraud, environmental harm, as well as other corporate malfeasance. Lynn is the driving force behind Keller Rohrback’s involvement in the Global Justice Network (international counsel working together for the benefit of victims), the International Financial Litigation Network (international attorneys handling cross-border litigation), and the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (a global organization of leading asset managers and service providers).

Lynn has led the firm’s environmental, financial, pension, and consumer practices for over 25 years and regularly serves as lead counsel in multiparty individual and class action cases involving ERISA, environmental, antitrust, securities, breach of fiduciary duty, and other corporate fraud issues. His successes in this area include many multimillion-dollar settlements and judgments to resolve litigation involving the largest corporations including Enron, Worldcom, Exxon Mobil, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, State Street, Bank of New York Mellon, Ford Motor, AIG, Delphi, Visteon, Williams Companies, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Southern Companies, Scientific-Atlanta, Anthem, United Companies Financial Corp., Cardinal Health, Apple, Global Crossing, Health South, Delphi, Washington Mutual, Countrywide, Lucent, Merrill Lynch, and Xerox Corporation.

Lynn’s dispute resolution skills are widely-respected. Other law firms often hire him as settlement counsel in complex cases because of his national reputation as a skilled, diplomatic negotiator and mediator. Because of his experience in high-profile cases, Lynn has deftly handled intense press scrutiny of litigation, and he is frequently quoted in a wide variety of media.

Courts and professional organizations have honored Lynn for his work on environmental, financial fraud, consumer, and other high-profile cases. After serving as trial counsel in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill case, which resulted in a $5 billion punitive damages verdict, Lynn was honored to be the only lawyer 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.

Prior to 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.


Bar and Court Admissions

1981, Wisconsin 

1983, District of Columbia 

1986, Washington


Education

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 

Social Venture Partners of Santa Barbara, Founding Partner 

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member 

American Academy of Trial Counsel, Fellow 

Editorial Board, Washington State Securities Law Deskbook


Honors & Awards

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


Selected Publications

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


Representative Matters

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)


Related Employment

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 (scheduled for publication in 2012)


Speaking Engagements

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


Recent Posts

Preliminary Approval of VW/Audi/Porsche 3-liter and Bosch Settlements in Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Litigation

ACLU of Washington and Keller Rohrback File Suit Challenging Trump’s Ban on Travel by Persons with Student and Work Visas

Bosch Agrees To $327.5 Million Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Fraud Case

Settlement Agreement Filed for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter

Important Info for Owners of TDI 3.0-Liter VWs/Audis/Porsches

Keller Rohrback & Co-Counsel Sue Audi & Volkswagen over Cheating in A6, A8, Q5 Gas-powered vehicles

Audi at it again! Keller Rohrback Investigates More Emissions Cheating from VW Group!

Mass. Court Approves $300 MM Settlement Agreement in State Street Bank “Indirect Foreign Exchange” Class Action

Court Grants Final Approval 2.0-Liter Settlement

Volkswagen Litigation Update – 8/25/2016

Volkswagen Litigation Update – Preliminary Approval of VW Settlement Granted

Volkswagen Litigation Case Update

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

VW Litigation Case Update

Managing Partner Lynn Sarko Appointed to Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for VW Lawsuits

Keller Rohrback Investigates Claims of Diesel Porsche Cayenne Consumers

JPML Sends VW Lawsuits to San Francisco

Keller Rohrback Files Suit on Behalf of Porsche, Audi, and VW Consumers

Keller Rohrback Warns Consumers About VW Goodwill Package

Keller Rohrback Expands Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against VW

KR Launches Investigation After EPA Adds Audi & Porsche to VW Clean Air Act Violation

Keller Rohrback Files Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen

VW Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's Alleged Violation of Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Investigated by EPA Over Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Violates Clean Air Act

Volkswagen Class Action Complaint Expands To Include Affected Porsche and Audi Vehicles

KR Asks Federal Judge to Prohibit VW and Audi From Making Misleading Statements to Drivers

Keller Rohrback Asks Judge To Stop Misleading Communications

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KR attorney Dan Mensher discusses environmental impact of VW Dieselgate

Meet the Keller Rohrback Volkswagen Team

Keller Rohrback Advocates for Volkswagen Diesel Consumers Nationwide in Class Action