Derek Loeser practices in the firm's nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group. His practice focuses on ERISA class action litigation, as well as securities fraud, employment, and consumer protection class action litigation. Mr. Loeser served as a clerk for the Honorable Micheal R. Hogan, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and was a trial attorney in the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His D.O.J. experience involved prosecuting individual and class action employment discrimination cases.
Professional & Civic Involvement
King County Bar Association, Member
Washington State Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member; Employment Benefits Committee Member
National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Cooperating counsel
Honors & Awards
U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program Hire, 1994
U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service, 1996
U.S. Department of Justice Achievement Award, 1996
Selected to Rising Stars list in Super Lawyers - Washington, 2005-2007
Selected to Super Lawyers list in Super Lawyers - Washington, 2007-2012
Recipient of the 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for the article, The Continuing Applicability of Rule 23(b)(1) to ERISA Actions for Breach of Fiduciary Duty,. Pension & Benefits Reporter, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Sept. 1, 2009).
Articles & Presentations
Derek W. Loeser, The Legal, Ethical, and Practical Implications of Noncompetition Clauses: What Physicians Should Know Before They Sign, J.L. Med. & Ethics, Vol. 31:2 (2003).
Derek W. Loeser & Benjamin B. Gould, Point/Counterpoint: Is Rule 23(b)(1) Still Applicable to ERISA Class Actions?, ERISA Compliance and Enforcement Library of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (May 1, 2009).
Derek W. Loeser & Benjamin B. Gould, The Continuing Applicability of Rule 23(b)(1) to ERISA Actions for Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Pension & Benefits Reporter, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Sept. 1, 2009).
Speaker, 22nd Annual ERISA Litigation Conference - Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 2009.
Speaker, 22nd Annual ERISA Litigation Conference - New York, NY, Nov. 2009.
Speaker, ABA Mid-Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2010.
Derek W. Loeser & Erin M. Riley, The Case Against the Presumption of Prudence, Pension & Benefits Daily, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Sept. 10, 2010).
Derek W. Loeser, Erin M. Riley & Benjamin B. Gould, 2010 ERISA Employer Stock Cases: The Good, the Bad, and the In Between-Plaintiffs' Perspective, Pension & Benefits Daily, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Jan. 28, 2011).
Speaker, Post-Certification: Motion Issues in Class Actions, Litigating Class Actions, Seattle, WA, 2012.
Speaker, Investment Litigation: Fees & Investments in Defined Contribution Plans, ERISA Litigation, Washington, D.C., 2012.