Pasieczny Elected to PIABA Board of Directors & Recognized for Outstanding Service

SYK Attorney Darlene Pasieczny receives Outstanding Service Award and is elected to PIABA Board of Directors.

Congratulations to SYK litigator Darlene Pasieczny. Darlene was recently awarded an Outstanding Service Award from the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) for 2017, as co-chair of the PIABA Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Committee. As well as the award, Darlene was also elected to the PIABA Board of Directors, a position she will serve for a three year term.

PIABA is an international bar association, whose members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. The SRO Committee reviews rule proposals and regulatory notices issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the SEC, and drafts comment letters that related to PIABA’s mission of promoting the interests of the public investor in securities arbitration. FINRA is the self-regulatory organization that regulates and licenses securities brokerage firms and individual brokers across the country. FINRA arbitration is the main forum in the securities industry for resolution of legal disputes between investors and these industry professionals.

Darlene is a sought-after speaker, moderator and panelist, and is praised for her unique ability to provide clear explanations about complex legal processes. Darlene’s practice at Samuels Yoelin Kantor focuses on all stages of corporate and securities law issues, securities litigation and FINRA arbitration, fiduciary litigation in trust and estate disputes, and complex civil litigation. Darlene’s practice also includes representing investors nationwide in investment disputes.

For more information on the types of securities disputes that Darlene and the SYK securities litigation team work on, visit

Play it Forward for Houston!

Play it Forward received a call for help from Kelly Wells, former Portlander and current Houston resident, when Kingwood High was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and their music program was completely destroyed.
Join us as we answer the call to replace their instruments, raise money and…
Play it Forward for Houston!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church |1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
Purchase Tickets Now!

SYK attorney Stephen Kantor recently accepted a position on the Board of Play it Forward, a local organization that provides musical instruments to students who otherwise would not have access. SYK attorney Victoria Blachly, another advocate for the organization, serves as an Advisory Board Member. Stephen and Victoria, along with the rest of SYK, encourage you to purchase a ticket and join Play it Forward for a memorable evening of great music and community spirit.

Portland stars at the event will include:
Michael Allen Harrison,
Tom Grant, Julianne Johnson,
Mac & Hailey Potts, Renato Coranto,
Haley Johnson, Andrew Woodworth, Brian Harrison,
The Brown Sisters, John Nilsen, Bill Lamb and
Play It Forward Kids

2017 Chambers High Net Worth Again Recognizes SYK & Two of Our Partners

Friday, Chambers and Partners released their annual rankings for their Chambers High Net Worth publication. Chambers HNW is objective, independent and research-based; the guide recognizes the world’s leading high net worth advisers.

SYK is proud to again be recognized as a firm, as well as to celebrate the individual recognition received by SYK partners Steve Kantor – estate and tax planner extraordinaire – and Victoria Blachly – ferocious fiduciary litigator.


Six Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2018

Congratulations to the Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2018 – including one “Lawyer of the Year.”

Robert S. Banks, Jr.

Arbitration, Portland, OR 
Litigation – Securities, Portland, OR 

Banks leads the securities litigation group at SYK. He frequently presents to lawyers, financial services industry professionals and investors on investment loss recovery issues and FINRA arbitration. He was first recognized by Best Lawyers in 2015. This is his fourth year being recognized for Securities – Litigation, and his first for Arbitration.

Victoria Blachly

Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Portland, OR 

Blachly, an Oregon Uniform Law Commissioner and Oregon Commissioner for Senior Services, was also recognized in the 2016 Chambers High Net Worth annual publication for her experience in fiduciary litigation.

Christine R. Costantino

Family Law, Portland, OR   

Costantino, who serves on the Oregon Board of Governors, leads the family law group at SYK.


Stephen E. Kantor

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Portland, OR  
Tax Law, Portland, OR  
Trusts and Estates, Portland, OR  

Kantor was first recognized by Best Lawyers in 2013, and has been every year since. He was also included in the 2016 Chambers High Net Worth annual publications as a Band 1 Leading Individual for Private Wealth practitioners.

Kantor also received recognition this year as “Lawyer of the Year” for Closely Head Companies and Family Businesses Law in Portland, Oregon. This is his third year being recognized as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Van M. White III

Litigation – Construction, Portland, OR 

White is well known for his work in Construction litigation. He currently serves as president of the Building Material Dealers Association (BMDA).


Eric J. Wieland

Trusts and Estates, Portland, OR  

Wieland is a member of the Estate Planning and Administration Section Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar, where he serves as its CLE Chair.

Blachly Testifies in Favor of New Legislation

The Statesman Journal quoted SYK partner, and appointed member of both the Oregon Uniform State Law Commission and the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, Victoria Blachly on her thoughts regarding Oregon Senate Bill 95.

The new legislation would allow investment advisers to freeze assets and report to authorities if they suspect someone is misappropriating, misusing or transferring without authorization the money of a vulnerable elderly person.

“Elder abuse thrives in secrecy, silence and shame,” said Blachly, who testified in favor of the bill. “The more of us that keep an eye out for abuse, the better.”

The bill passed the senate and has been referred to the house.

The Oregon Elder Abuse Hotline number is 1-855-503-7233.

Victoria Blachly is a fiduciary litigator. She is a trial attorney who represents individual trustees, corporate trustees, beneficiaries, and personal representatives in often difficult and challenging cases including trust and estate litigation, will contests, trust disputes, undue influence, capacity cases, claims of fiduciary breach, financial elder abuse cases, and contested guardianship and conservatorship cases.

Costantino to Lead MBA Litigation CLE

On April 13th, SYK Family Law attorney Chris Costantino will join a group a notable legal minds to lead a litigation CLE seminar on the trips and traps of opposing parties who represent themselves without the benefit of legal counsel.

The Multnomah County Bar Association Judicial Brown Bag CLE will be headed by Judge Stacie Beckerman (US District Court), Judge Maureen McKnight (Multnomah County Circuit Court), our own Chris Costantino, and Katharine von Ter Stegge (Multnomah County Attorney’s Office). The CLE will be covering litigation against pro se litigants, and will take place at the downtown Multnomah County courthouse, in Courtroom 602. The learning begins at noon, so please bring your lunch, questions, and appetite for knowledge.

This CLE is free of charge. RSVPs should be sent to Pamela Hubbs, of the Multnomah County Bar office.

Blachly & Costantino Speaking at Women Living a Richer Life Summit

Join SYK’s Victoria Blachly and Chris Costantino on March 23rd for an empowering day of coaching, connections, and conversation at Brighton Jones Women Living a Richer Life Summit.

The duo have been selected to speak at the event. Blachly and Costantino will be among the 10 exceptionally amazing women chosen to take part in the summit.

The event will begin with Michelle Williams sharing her inspiration and vision for the Women Living a Richer Life Summit. Following the kick-off, be ready to engage in an interactive Q&A and to spend the day listening and learning. Attendees are encouraged to stay after, to celebrate the day together and share a toast at the cocktail hour. It’s a great opportunity to talk with speakers, and learn more about one another.

  • Registration opens at 8 a.m.
  • Complimentary parking is provided at the Multnomah Athletic Club
  • Breakfast buffet and lunch are provided.

Click the photo below for more information and register for this exciting event.

WLRL 2017 COIInvite

Blachly Appointed to Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws

Congratulations to SYK attorney Victoria Blachly, who has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws. The Oregon Commission drafts uniform state laws in all states, for various fields of law. The members of the Commission appear before legislators, where they must explain and promote the passage of those laws. Blachly said, “It is an honor to be appointed, and I look forward to working with the bright and diligent Commissioners that works so hard to make the law easier to navigate.” Her term will run until 2020.

The Uniform Law Commission is a non-profit unincorporated association of the United States. The Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws is the Oregon branch of this national association. There are only three commissioners appointed for the Oregon jurisdiction for each term. Those appointed to the commission are all attorneys, volunteering their time to a public service.

Victoria Blachly is a fiduciary litigator, trial attorney, and community leader. She represents individual and corporate trustees, beneficiaries, and personal representatives. Her cases often involve trust and estate litigation, will contests, trust disputes, undue influence, claims of fiduciary breach, financial elder abuse, and contested guardianship and conservatorships. She has found helping her clients through complex matters and giving them a voice to be the greatest reward of her career.

Banks Receives 2016 Distinguished Service Award from PIABA

Last week at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association in San Diego, attorney Bob Banks was honored with PIABA’s Distinguished Service Award. The award is given “in recognition of outstanding, long-term and sustained service to promote the interests of the public investor in securities and commodities arbitration.” Banks has been a member of PIABA for 18 years. He serves on the Board of Directors, is a past president, and previously was honored with the Director Emeritus designation. In response to receiving the award, Banks said “PIABA is a wonderful organization that has helped countless investors and their lawyers over the years. I’m proud to be a member, and am deeply honored that PIABA has chosen me for this year’s Distinguished Service Award.”