litigation practice

The Litigation team at Ball Janik LLP works closely with clients to understand their objectives and craft winning strategies. Our results speak for themselves.

    • Condemnation and Litigation for Beaverton School District
    • Ball Janik LLP represented the Beaverton School District, providing condemnation guidance and litigation counsel and trial support, in connection with the District’s efforts to acquire approximately 45 acres for development of a future public high school. The property consisted of two parcels, one owned by the Ward family trusts (30.73 acres), and the other by the Crescent Grove Cemetery Association (15.67 acres). On behalf of the District, Ball Janik filed two condemnation lawsuits against the owners of the properties.

    • Guy Carpenter Professional-Malpractice Action
    • Ball Janik LLP successfully defended Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC (a reinsurance intermediary that is part of the family of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.) in a case filed in the Idaho Federal District Court asserting several claims by an insurer that allegedly suffered over $55 million in damages stemming from our client’s placement and negotiation of reinsurance agreements.

    • Harder/Sunwest Management Inc. – Bankruptcy and SEC Litigation
    • We represented several secured lenders owed hundreds of millions of dollars in complex civil litigation spanning several bankruptcy cases and an SEC enforcement action. In this complex representation, Ball Janik LLP took the lead in coordinating the litigation efforts of several national and regional firms representing various banks and financial institutions. Ball Janik was also lead trial counsel in both the Bankruptcy Court and in the Federal District Court.

    • MAN AG v. Freightliner LLC – Fraudulent Transfer
    • On December 15, 2006, after a five week trial in state court in Portland, Ball Janik LLP obtained the largest jury verdict in the United States in 2006 and the largest punitive damages verdict in Oregon history.  Ball Janik partner Rick Stone was the lead trial lawyer in the record-breaking case.

    • Marsh & McLennan Securities Fraud Litigation
    • Ball Janik LLP is defending Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc. and Marsh Inc. in a lawsuit brought by the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) under Oregon’s new securities-fraud statute in the wake of the New York Attorney General’s investigation of Marsh, AIG, and many of the then largest insurers and brokers in the world. The trial court dismissed the entire $10 million case in June 2008. OPERS appealed and Ball Janik is continuing to represent Marsh as appellate counsel.