• Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Magna cum laude
  • (J.D., 2012)
  • Columbia University
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
  • (M.A., 2003)
  • Reed College
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Beta of Oregon)
  • (B.A., 2001)

Darlene Pasieczny leads the Investor Defenders team, with support from our SYK litigators and paralegal staff. Darlene has a wide range of experience and knowledge in the field of securities litigation and FINRA arbitration. Her experience gives her the edge to take on a multitude of issues. She tackles the toughest cases, and helps her clients recover investment losses. While based in Portland, Oregon, Darlene’s FINRA arbitration practice represents investors nationwide.

Her Investor Defender practice focuses on investor protection and investment loss recovery for individuals, fiduciaries, groups, retirement funds, pension plans, municipalities, and institutional investors in court and FINRA arbitration. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the self-regulatory organization that regulates and licenses securities brokerage firms and individual brokers across the country. In the securities industry, FINRA arbitration is the main forum for resolution of legal disputes between investors and these industry professionals. It is a specialized forum with its own procedural rules – and Darlene knows how to navigate them.

Darlene has handled a wide range of investment and securities issues for her clients. It gives her the edge to take on the toughest cases.

Darlene began her legal career at Banks Law Office, PC with founding attorney Robert Banks. His experience includes over 30 years of recovering investment losses for investors. That experience helped Darlene to hone her own practice. There, she worked on all stages of corporate and securities litigation. This included FINRA arbitration, legal malpractice cases, and complex civil litigation. She has helped investors recover millions of dollar in investment losses through arbitration, court, mediation and settlements.

In addition, Darlene’s years of service work with the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) gives her first-hand knowledge of upcoming FINRA rule changes. Her experience has also put her in contact with state and federal securities regulators. She is an active participant and leader when it comes to shaping the procedural rules of FINRA arbitration. There, and in her own practice, Darlene advocates for fairness and transparency in the securities industry.

PIABA is an international bar association. The members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. In 2017, Darlene was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from PIABA for her dedicated work. She was also elected to the PIABA Board of Directors in October, 2017, and currently serves as a Director. As an advocate for the underrepresented and for targets of securities fraud, Darlene is a frequent speaker on securities law topics. She has presented nationwide, either as a solo speaker, or as a part of a board of panel.

She is an advocate for fairness and transparency in the securities industry.

In her law practice, Darlene brings a particular sensitivity to working with the all-too often targets of securities fraud — retirees and women investors from every level of investment experience. Pasieczny (pronounced “Pah-shetch-nee”) is a Polish surname. Darlene’s mother and paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States. They instilled in her a strong emphasis on education, hard work, and justice for the underrepresented.

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