Derek W. Loeser

Derek W. Loeser

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Seattle, WA

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
 | 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-623-1900
Fax: 206-623-3384
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2012, 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Employee Benefits (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Derek has been a plaintiffs’ attorney for over 25 years. He has a passion for taking on large corporations and holding them accountable for wrongdoing. Through all stages of litigation, including trial, he has helped recover billions of dollars for consumers, employees, retirees, retirement plans and institutions. Derek has served in leadership roles in major cases across the country. Notable cases include In Re: Facebook, Inc. Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation, the MDL litigation stemming from the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal for which Derek serves as co-lead counsel, and the Wells Fargo unauthorized account consumer class action, for which he serves as lead counsel. In the Wells Fargo case, Derek and the Keller Rohrback team achieved a $142 million settlement that requires Wells Fargo to refund all improper fees, and provide first-of-its kind credit damage reimbursement, among other relief, to Wells Fargo customers. Other notable cases include mortgage-backed securities cases on behalf of the Federal Home Loan Banks of ChicagoIndianapolis and Boston; ERISA class cases on behalf of employees of Enron, WorldCom, Countrywide, and Washington Mutual, among others, whose retirement savings were decimated by corporate fraud and abuse; fraud, RICO, and antitrust cases against drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers and insurance companies for conspiring to drive up the cost of life-saving medications such as insulin and epinephrine (EpiPens).

    Derek also represents state and local government entities in a number of matters, including ongoing cases against opioid manufacturers for misrepresenting the safety and efficacy of opioids for chronic pain. The opioid cases are quintessential examples of the type of litigation Derek and the Keller Rohrback team pursue with purpose and passion: corporate fraud and malfeasance causing serious harm to the public.

    Many of Derek’s cases have required coordinating with state and federal agencies involved in litigation that parallels cases pursued by Keller Rohrback, including state attorneys general, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Labor. In addition, Derek has extensive experience negotiating complex, multi-party settlements, and coordinating with the many parties and counsel necessary to accomplish this.

    Before joining Keller Rohrback, Derek served as a law clerk for the Hon. Michael R. Hogan, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and was a trial attorney in the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences on class actions, ERISA and other complex litigation topics.

    About Derek Loeser

    Admitted: 1994, Washington

    Professional Webpage: https://www.krcomplexlit.com/attorney/derek-w-loeser/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated Top Lawyer.  This rating is the gold standard in attorney ratings, recognizing lawyers rated by their peers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys hold an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services., AV Peer Review Top-Rated Laywer, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
    • Listed as Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2018, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    •  U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2014
    • New York, 2017

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Class Action & Data Breach Litigation, Santa Barbara, CA, March, Speaker, 2016
    • VW Diesel Emissions Litigation: A Case Study of the Interplay Between Government Regulatory Activity and Consumer Fraud Class Actions Law Seminars International, May 6, Panelist, Law Seminars International, 2016
    • Trends in Auto Defect Litigation, Seattle, WA, May, Speaker, 2017
    • Current Landscape of Opioid Litigation,HarrisMartin's National Opioid Litigation Conference, Chicago, IL October, Panelist, HarrisMartin, 2017
    • Opioid Litigation Landscape: Venues, Jurisdictional Hurdles, Defenses and Cause of Action, HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Opioid, Equifax & Talcum Powder, St. Louis, MO, November, Panelist, 2017

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Derek and the Complex Litigation team have successfully litigated ERISA class cases on behalf of employees of Enron, WorldCom, Countrywide, and Washington Mutual, among others, whose retirement savings were decimated by corporate fraud and abuse.
    • Derek and the Complex Litigation team have sucessfully litigated mortgage-backed securities cases on behalf of the Federal Home Loan Banks of Chicago, Indianapolis and Boston.
    • Derek and the Keller Rohrback Complex Litigation team achieved a $142 million settlement that requires Wells Fargo to refund all improper fees, and provide first-of-its kind credit damage reimbursement, among other relief, to Wells Fargo customers., 2017

    Educational Background:

    • Middlebury College – B.A., summa cum laude, 1989, American Literature, Stolley-Ryan American Literature Prize (highest departmental honors), Phi Beta Kappa , 1989

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    Office Location for Derek W. Loeser

    1201 Third Avenue
    Suite 3200
    Seattle, WA 98101

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    Last Updated: 9/17/2020

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