THE FIRM The 18-lawyer litigation team at Stoll Berne stands as one of the state's finest, particularly for securities cases and class actions. However, this is additional to the firm's distinguished record in cases involving matters as diverse as intellectual property, real estate and trade secrets. Unlike many on this list, the team handles both defense and plaintiff representation.
Sources say: "A top litigation firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gary Berne is known for his magisterial handling of securities litigation - not least his ability to successfully relate complicated financial instruments to juries. That said, he is also much in demand for professional liability defense and trust and estate matters.
Keith Ketterling is described variously by sources as a "fine advocate" and a "very practical-minded attorney who represents his clients very well." His practice is mainly concerned with securities, regulatory and complex business litigation.
Robert Shlachter represents plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation, including securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, contract and white-collar criminal cases. He also takes on IP disputes involving trademark and trade secret issues.
Steve Larson, an "aggressive and capable" trial lawyer, takes on consumer, employment and wage and hour class actions, as well as securities, trade secret and IP disputes.
Robert Stoll "has the best legal nose of anyone I've ever met," according to a source. His trial practice has wound down somewhat in recent years, although he remains a trusted adviser to key clients and a mentor to the firm's most senior lawyers.