Education

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

Darlene Pasieczny (“Pah-shetch-nee”) is a securities and fiduciary litigator and FINRA arbitrator, and leads the Investor Defenders practice group at Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

Her knowledge in the field of securities litigation and FINRA arbitration gives her the edge to help her clients recover investment losses. Darlene is licensed in Oregon and Washington, but her FINRA arbitration practice enables her to represent investors nationwide in claims of financial advisor misconduct or defective securities products. FINRA arbitration is the main forum for resolution of legal disputes between investors and securities industry professionals. It is a specialized forum with its own procedural rules – and Darlene knows how to navigate them. Visit the Investor Defenders site to read more.

Darlene also represents parties in other financial and fiduciary litigation, such as trust and estate disputes, shareholder rights cases, complex civil litigation, and elder financial abuse. These matters may involve friends, family, or trusted caretakers in very difficult situations. Where possible, Darlene helps her clients resolve disputes by mediation or informal settlement.

Cases don’t always end at the trial level or arbitration award – sometimes a party appeals a decision. Darlene also represents parties in the appellate courts, including the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and briefing for the US Supreme Court.

Since 2012, Darlene has been an active member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), an international bar association whose members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. She was awarded PIABA’s 2017 Outstanding Service Award, and in 2018, was elected to its Board of Directors. In addition, she is also active with the Alumni Association of Reed College, helping connect students and alumni for career assistance and professional development.