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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
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
Honors & Awards
National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Washington 2019
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)
Managing Partner at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (1986-present)
Antitrust and Trade Regulation