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Banking & Financial Institutions Litigation

Banking and financial institution litigation have been a foundation of the Miller Nash Graham & Dunn practice over most of its 140-year history. We have represented and continue to represent some of the largest financial institutions and financial service entities in the United States and the Pacific Northwest region. These include banks, credit unions, investment banks, wire houses and broker-dealers of securities. We have also represented the federal government through the FDIC, RTC, and FSLIC. We have successfully litigated and tried a myriad of finance and financial institution matters, such as:

  • Lender liability defense
  • Class-action defense
  • Loan participation and syndication disputes
  • Actions arising out of letters of credit, commercial paper, and banking regulation transactions
  • Employment and labor disputes
  • Commercial and residential foreclosure actions
  • Banking insurance, borrower fraud, real estate, securities, antitrust, and contract claims
  • Banking investigations, loan fraud, fidelity bond, director and officer liability, and professional liability claims

Representative Experience

Tom represented an acquired bank in a shareholder class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty in approving a merger. The case settled while our motion to dismiss was pending.
Assisted client in collecting debt owed to it from adversarial third parties. Handled prejudgment and postjudgment garnishments, and attachments.
Defended financial institution in lender liability action alleging damages of $2.4 million based on claims of impairment of suretyship status, aiding conversion, and foreclosure of proceeds arising from a loan and letter of credit issued in conjunction with a logging operation. Handled two-day pretrial evidentiary hearing with ruling on key issue in favor of client. Case settled after jury selection at the commencement of four-week trial.
Defended financial institution in “faithless bookkeeper” check case alleging approximately $800,000 in damages based on common-law conversion and Uniform Commercial Code claims with respect to 570 allegedly unauthorized checks. Case settled in advance of trial after grant of partial summary judgment in favor of client.
Represented financial institution as local counsel in putative class action challenging enforceability of arbitration provision in consumer agreement. Case proceeded in multiple forums and ultimately resulted in ruling in favor of client.