ABOUT Lynn Lincoln Sarko

Managing Partner Lynn Sarko uses thoughtful innovation to solve complex issues.

Having led Keller Rohrback L.L.P.’s Complex Litigation Group since its inception over 30 years ago, Lynn’s work has led to new developments in case law and significant, impactful settlements for his clients.

A dynamic leader with a tenacious dedication to justice, Lynn has been selected by courts across the nation to serve in key leadership roles in a wide variety of cutting-edge cases. Namely, he was appointed Co-Lead counsel for In re EpiPen (Epinephrine Injection, USP) Mktg., Sales Practices & Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2785 (D. Kan.), the nationwide class action against pharmaceutical company Mylan and others for anticompetitive and unfair business practices in its sale and marketing of the EpiPen Auto-Injector device. He was also selected to serve in a leadership position on behalf of governmental entities and other plaintiffs in the vast litigation regarding the nationwide prescription opioid epidemic, In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation , MDL No. 2804 (N.D. Ohio). The National Law Journal referred to this leadership team as a “‘ Who’s Who’ in mass torts .”

Some of Lynn’s other remarkable successes include consumer protection cases aimed at holding automotive companies accountable for wrongdoing. One such case was In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation , MDL No. 2672 (N.D. Cal.), for which Lynn was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee-a group referred to as a “ class action dream team .” The case settled for over $17 billion. Lynn was also appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation , MDL No. 2777 (N.D. Cal.), which settled for $307.5 million, including required emissions modifications for 100,000 eligible vehicles. In addition to consumer protection cases, Lynn has also served in leadership positions for cases involving financial fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty. He was selected to lead teams of attorneys representing plaintiffs in the litigations against Enron, Worldcom, and Madoff-three of the biggest financial frauds of our time.

Lynn is widely renowned within the legal community and beyond for his diplomacy and fearless devotion to justice. He was a member of the legal team nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for seeking enforcement of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on behalf of the Republic of the Marshall Islands . He was also honored to receive the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his work on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill trial team, and he was one of four Washington lawyers recognized as one of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been consecutively named to the Washington Super Lawyers list for 17 years.

Lynn holds a BBA and an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin, where he also served as an accounting instructor. He graduated with his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law school, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review and received the faculty award given to the most outstanding member of the graduating class.

Prior to joining Keller Rohrback, Lynn was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Criminal Division, an associate at the Washington D.C office of Arnold & Porter, and law clerk to the Honorable Jerome Farris, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Seattle.

Honors & Awards

Selected to Super Lawyers list in Washington Super Lawyers, 2003-2019

National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Washington

Lawdragon, 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2018

fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Avvo Top Tax Lawyer, Washington CEO Magazine

Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Salmon Dalberg Award

Selected Publications

Thomson/West Webinar, “Stock Drop and Roll: Key Supreme Court Rulings and New Standards in ERISA ‘Stock Drop’ Cases”

14th Annual Pension Law, Governance and Solvency Conference

Canadian Institute’s 14th Annual Advanced Forum on Pension Law, Governance and Solvency

ERISA Litigation & Regulatory Compliance Congress

American Conference Institute’s 6th National Forum on ERISA Litigation

25th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

American Conference Institute’s 5th National Forum on ERISA Litigation

Related Employment

Managing Partner at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (1986-present)

Assistant United States Attorney at Department of Justice (1984-1986)

Law Clerk for Judge Jerome Farris at United States Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit (1981-1982)

Editorial Board, Washington State Securities Law Deskbook

Speaking Engagements

Emory Roundtable Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Institute for Complex Litigation & Mass Claims, Emory University School of Law

HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Volkswagen Clean Diesels - Update from Plaintiffs’ PSC Chair and Steering Committee Members on the Environmental Issues

HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Volkswagen Update

Enforcement of ERISA Rights and Responsibilities: An ERISA @40 Event, Washington, D.C.

ACI 9th ERISA Litigation Conference, Chicago

Global Justice Network Presentation re Volkswagen, San Francisco

AAJ panel - Plaintiff Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar, New Orleans

Case Perspectives Lecture: Plains Oil Spill Litigation, UCLA Law School

AAJ Education Trends in Litigation Seminar: “Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud- Potential Classes, Causes of Action, Remedies, and Defenses”

14th Annual Pension Law, Governance and Solvency Conference

24th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

4th National Advanced Forum on Defending & Managing ERISA Litigation, American Conference Institute

24th Annual Producer Conference on Executive Liability

ERISA Litigation 2010, Practising Law Institute

23rd Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

Real Estate Mortgage Market Litigation

ABA Winter Meeting Employee Benefits Committee

22nd Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

ERISA Class Actions - Up Close and Personal: An In Depth Look at the Myriad of Complex and Ever-Evolving Issues

401(k) Plan Litigation: Employer Stock Suits Continue

21st annual ERISA Litigation Conference

Western Benefits Conference

Los Angeles Benefits Conference

20th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

Follow the Money: DOL Initiatives and New Litigation on Service Provider Revenue Sharing

Employee Benefits Committee MidWinter Meeting

19th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

ERISA Litigation Developments DOL Speaks: Employee Benefits Conference

Fiduciary Litigation including Employer Securities, 15th Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation

18th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

Ethics & Privilege Issues Under ERISA, 18th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Company Stock Litigation, 18th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference - West

New Frontiers in Fiduciary Liability Employers Stock/Cash Balance Conversions Plus D&O West Symposium

ERISA Preemption and Effect on other Laws ABA Employee Benefits Committee Meeting

Newest Plaintiffs’ Liability Theories & Trends In Defense Pleadings/Motions Advanced Forum on Complex Litigation

The Joint Opening Session in Mediation Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Training

Officer & Director Liability Corporate Directors Series

More Enron/Worldcom Fallout: Corporate Officers On the Fiduciary Hook Section of Business Law Annual Meeting

17th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference

Mutual Fund Litigation 4th Annual ERISA Fiduciary Program

Pension Fund/Institutional Fiduciary Program

The Essentials of Civil Settlement Strategies Seminar

33rd Annual Educational Conference

Recent Posts

Keller Rohrback Announces Tenth Circuit Victory in EpiPens Case Against Mylan and Pfizer

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. aids businesses with COVID-19-related losses

Is your gym or other membership plan charging you during a COVID-19 closure?

Denied a refund on a flight cancelled due to COVID-19? Keller Rohrback wants hear your story.

Concerned about the lack of care your loved one has received in a long-term care facility? Keller Rohrback is here to help.

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Keller Rohrback and ACLU-WA Announce Travel Ban Settlement

Facebook Consumer Privacy Litigation Case Update

16 Keller Rohrback Attorneys Named to 2019 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

What Caused the Boeing 737 Max 8 Planes to Crash?

$307.5M Class Settlement with Fiat Chrysler, Bosch Will Compensate Owners and Lessees, Provide Repairs that Protect Environment

Did Facebook Share Your Personal Information Without Your Consent?

Court Says Government Must Do More to Show It Is Reuniting Refugee Families

17 Lawyers from Keller Rohrback Named to 2018 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Keller Rohrback Files Consolidated Class Action Complaint Against Pharmacy Benefit Managers About Their Role in the EpiPen Pricing Scandal

ACLU Asks for Injunction to Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban From Separating Refugees From Their Families

Keller Rohrback Continues to Investigate Wells Fargo Auto Loan Insurance Practices

Lynn Sarko Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles “EcoDiesel” Litigation

Fifteen Keller Rohrback Lawyers Named 2017 Washington Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Court Grants Final Approval to 3.0-Liter Class Action Settlement & Bosch Class Action Settlement

Keller Rohrback’s Lynn Sarko Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in Class Action Against Mylan

ACLU of Washington and Keller Rohrback File Amended Suit Challenging Trump’s Still Unconstitutional Travel Ban

Preliminary Approval of VW/Audi/Porsche 3-liter and Bosch Settlements in Volkswagen Clean Diesel Litigation

ACLU of Washington and Keller Rohrback File Suit Challenging Trump’s Travel Ban by Persons with Student and Work Visas

Bosch Agrees To $327.5 Million Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Fraud Case

Settlement Agreement Filed for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter

Important Info for Owners of TDI 3.0-Liter VWs/Audis/Porsches

Keller Rohrback & Co-Counsel Sue Audi & Volkswagen over Cheating in A6, A8, Q5 Gas-powered vehicles

Audi at it again! Keller Rohrback Investigates More Emissions Cheating from VW Group!

Mass. Court Approves $300 MM Settlement Agreement in State Street Bank “Indirect Foreign Exchange” Class Action

Court Grants Final Approval 2.0-Liter Settlement

Volkswagen Litigation Update - 8/25/2016

Volkswagen Litigation Update - Preliminary Approval of VW Settlement Granted

Volkswagen Litigation Case Update

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

Keller Rohrback Continues Investigation of Fiat Chrysler Vehicles Recalled for Rollaway Risk

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Fiat Chrysler’s Recall of Vehicles for Transmission Problems Linked to Rollaway

VW Litigation Case Update

Managing Partner Lynn Sarko Appointed to Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for VW Lawsuits

Keller Rohrback Investigates Claims of Diesel Porsche Cayenne Consumers

JPML Sends VW Lawsuits to San Francisco

Keller Rohrback Files Suit on Behalf of Porsche, Audi, and VW Consumers

Keller Rohrback Warns Consumers About VW Goodwill Package

Keller Rohrback Expands Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against VW

KR Launches Investigation After EPA Adds Audi & Porsche to VW Clean Air Act Violation

Keller Rohrback Files Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen

VW Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's Alleged Violation of Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Investigated by EPA Over Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Violates Clean Air Act

Volkswagen Class Action Complaint Expands To Include Affected Porsche and Audi Vehicles

KR Asks Federal Judge to Prohibit VW and Audi From Making Misleading Statements to Drivers

Keller Rohrback Asks Judge To Stop Misleading Communications

Volkswagen News From Around The Web

Volkswagen Help Center - Useful Links

KR attorney Dan Mensher discusses environmental impact of VW Dieselgate

Meet the Keller Rohrback Volkswagen Team

Keller Rohrback Advocates for Volkswagen Diesel Consumers Nationwide in Class Action

Nationwide Class Action Complaint Filed Against VW

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