Lynn Lincoln Sarko


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101 

P: 206.623.1900
F: 206.623.3384



Lynn Lincoln Sarko is a master strategist and litigator who leads Keller Rohrback’s internationally recognized Complex Litigation Group. One of the nation’s top attorneys in complex litigation, Lynn does not just help clients win—he helps them win what they want. Through smart, efficient strategy and tailored, creative problem solving, Lynn and his team accomplish the best outcomes while minimizing costs and maximizing value.

Lynn’s diverse experience enables him to think outside the box to resolve complex cases. He regularly interacts with international business interests, representing sovereign nations and institutional clients seeking to recover investment losses caused by financial fraud and other malfeasance. He is currently involved in several matters involving complex derivatives and specialty investment products. He represents clients with regard to regulatory investigations and issues involving state and federal supervisory agencies and has litigated actions involving several of the nation’s largest accounting and investment firms. Lynn is part of the team representing cities and counties across the United States in their fight to hold opioid manufacturers accountable.

Lynn has led the firm’s securities and retirement fund practice for over 25 years and regularly serves as lead counsel in multiparty individual and class action cases involving ERISA, antitrust, securities, breach of fiduciary duty and other investment fraud issues. Other law firms seek his assistance as settlement counsel in these and other complex cases because of his reputation as a skilled negotiator. His successes in this area include multimillion dollar settlements in the IKON, Anicom, United Companies Financial Corp., Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Health South, Delphi, Washington Mutual, Countrywide, Lucent, Merrill Lynch, Xerox consolidated securities, pension and retirement plan cases.

In addition, Lynn was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Ecodiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation. Previously, Lynn served as one of the negotiators in the $15 billion Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud class action settlement for 2.0-liter vehicles, the largest auto-related consumer class action settlement in U.S. history, as well as the subsequent 3.0-liter settlement.

Courts and professional organizations have honored Lynn for his work on financial, fiduciary duty, consumer and numerous other high-profile public cases. After serving as trial counsel in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill case, which resulted in a $5 billion punitive damages verdict, Lynn was appointed by the court as Administrator for all funds recovered. He prosecuted the Microsoft civil antitrust case, Vitamin price-fixing cases, the MDL Fen/Phen Diet Drug Litigation, and notable public service lawsuits such as Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., which established a woman’s right to prescription contraceptive health coverage.

Before 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. He has been the managing partner of Keller Rohrback since 1991.

Lynn appears in federal courts from coast to coast, maintaining an active national litigation practice. He counsels and represents consumers, employees and businesses who have suffered harm resulting from the improper disclosure of proprietary, personal, health and other protected information.

Bar and Court Admissions

1981, Wisconsin

1981, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

1983, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

1983, District of Columbia

1984, United States Supreme Court

1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

1984, U.S. Tax Court

1986, Washington

1986, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

1988, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

1989, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

1994, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

1996, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

2002, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

2003, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

2003, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

2004, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

2008, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

2009, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

2010, U.S. District Court for North Dakota

2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

2016, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

2016, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

2018, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

2019, Arizona


University of Wisconsin – B.B.A., 1977 

University of Wisconsin – M.B.A., 1978, Beta Alpha Psi

University of Wisconsin – J.D., 1981, Editor-in-Chief, Wisconsin Law Review, Order of the Coif, Salmon Dalberg Award (outstanding graduate)

Professional and Civic Involvement

American Bar Association, Member

Bar Association of The District of Columbia, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member

King County Bar Association, Member

State Bar of Wisconsin, Member

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member

Washington State Bar Association, Member

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member

American Association for Justice, Member

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member

American Academy of Trial Counsel, Fellow

Editorial Board, Washington State Securities Law Deskbook

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Human Rights Watch Committee

Washington Athletic Club, Member

Honors & Awards

Named to Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2019

National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Washington 2019

Listed as Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2018

Super Lawyers List, Washington Law & Politics

Avvo Top Tax Lawyer, Washington CEO Magazine

Trial Lawyer of the Year (Exxon Valdez trial team)

Salmon Dalberg Award

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

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

Representative Matters

Deiter v. Microsoft Corp., 436 F.3d 461 (4th Cir. 2006)

Unger v. Amedisys Inc., 401 F.3d 316 (5th Cir. 2005)

Phillips v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., 374 F.3d 1015 (11th Cir. 2004)

Newby v. Enron Corp., 394 F.3d 296 (5th Cir. 2004)

In re Bassett, 285 F.3d 882 (9th Cir. 2002)

In re IKON Office Solutions, Inc., 277 F.3d 658 (3rd Cir. 2002)

United States v. Kincaid, 898 F.2d 110 (9th Cir. 1990)

In re Enron Corp. Sec., Derivative & “ERISA” Litig., MDL-1446, — F. Supp. 2d —, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50129, 2006 WL 2034461 (S.D. Tex. July 20, 2006)

Strigliabotti v. Franklin Res., Inc., 398 F. Supp. 2d 1094 (N.D. Cal. 2005)

Brever v. Federated Equity Mgmt. Co., 233 F.R.D. 429 (W.D. Pa. 2005)

Woods v. Southern Co., 396 F. Supp. 2d 1351 (N.D. Ga. 2005)

In re Delphi ERISA Litig., 230 F.R.D. 496 (E.D. Mich. 2005)

In re Williams Companies ERISA Litig., 231 F.R.D. 416 (N.D. Okla. 2005)

In re Enron Corp. Sec., Derivative & “ERISA” Litig., 228 F.R.D. 541 (S.D. Tex. 2005)

In re Polaroid ERISA Litig., 362 F. Supp. 2d 461 (S.D.N.Y. 2005)

Gallus v. Am. Express Fin. Corp., 370 F. Supp. 2d 862 (D. Minn. 2005)

In re WorldCom, Inc. ERISA Litig., 354 F. Supp. 2d 423 (S.D.N.Y. 2005)

In re CMS Energy Erisa Litig., 225 F.R.D. 539 (E.D. Mich. 2004)

In re Global Crossing Sec. & ERISA Litig., 225 F.R.D. 436 (S.D.N.Y. 2004)

In re Elec. Data Sys. Corp. “ERISA” Litig., 224 F.R.D. 613 (E.D. Tex. 2004)

In re Lucent Techs., Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 00-621, 327 F. Supp. 2d 426 (D.N.J. 2004)

Hill v. BellSouth Corp., 313 F. Supp. 2d 1361 (N.D. Ga. 2004)

In re Dynegy, Inc. ERISA Litig., 309 F. Supp. 2d 861 (S.D. Tex. 2004)

In re Healthsouth Corp. Ins. Litig., 219 F.R.D. 688 (N.D. Ala. 2004)

In re Williams Cos. ERISA Litig., 271 F. Supp. 2d 1328 (N.D. Okla. 2003)

Ferko v. NASCAR, 216 F.R.D. 392 (E.D. Tex. 2003)

Hansen v. Ticket Track, Inc., 213 F.R.D. 412 (W.D. Wash. 2003)

In re Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Securities Litigation, 239 F. Supp. 2d 1351 (N.D. Ga. 2002)

In re Enron Corp. Securities, Derivative & ERISA Litigation, 235 F. Supp. 2d 549 (S.D. Tex. 2002)

In re Providian Fin. Corp. Erisa Litig., No. 01-05027, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25676, 2002 WL 31785044 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 14, 2002)

In re AremisSoft Corp. Sec. Litig., 210 F.R.D. 109 (D.N.J. 2002)

In re Microsoft Corp. Antitrust Litigation, 185 F. Supp. 2d 519 (D.Md. 2002)

Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., No. 00-1213, 141 F. Supp. 2d 1266 (W.D. Wash. 2001)

In re Secs. Litig., 114 F. Supp. 2d 955 (C.D. Cal. 2000)

Griffith v. American Home Prods. Corp., 85 F. Supp. 2d 995 (E.D. Wash. 2000)

Getty v. Harmon, 53 F. Supp. 2d 1053 (W.D. Wash. 1999)

In re Potash Antitrust Litig., 954 F. Supp. 1334 (D. Minn. 1997)

In re Commercial Explosives Litig., 945 F. Supp. 1489 (D. Utah 1996)

In re Exxon Valdez, No. 89-0095, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8173, 1996 WL 384623 (D. Alaska June 11, 1996)

In re Amino Acid Lysine Anti-trust Litig., 918 F. Supp. 1190 (N.D. Ill. 1996)

In re Immunex Sec. Litig., 864 F. Supp. 142 (W.D. Wash. 1994)

In re Potash Antitrust Litigation, 866 F. Supp. 406 (D. Minn. 1994)

In re Carbon Dioxide Antitrust Litig., 149 F.R.D. 229 (M.D. Fla. 1993)

Halvorson v. Skagit County, No. 92-692, 1993 WL 169164 (W.D.Wash. Mar. 24, 1993)

In re Domestic Air Transp. Antitrust Litig., 137 F.R.D. 677 (N.D. Ga. 1991)

Transamerican Refining Corp. v. Dravo Corp., 130 F.R.D. 70 (S.D. Tex. 1990)

Wright v. Jeckle, 16 P.3d 1268 (Wash. Ct. App. 2001)

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 and ACLU-WA Announce Travel Ban Settlement

Facebook Consumer Privacy Litigation Case Update

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Did Facebook Share Your Personal Information Without Your Consent?

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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

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Keller Rohrback Advocates for Volkswagen Diesel Consumers Nationwide in Class Action

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