- Lewis & Clark Law School
- Business Law Certificate and Business Law Roundtable Scholar
- First Place, ABA Moot Court Negotiation Intraschool Competition
- (J.D. 2012)
- Columbia University
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
- (M.A., 2003)
- Reed College
- Phi Beta Kappa
- (BA, 2001)
As part of the securities and fiduciary litigation team at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, Darlene’s focus is on investor protection and investment loss recovery for individuals, fiduciaries, groups, retirement funds, pension plans, municipalities, and institutional investors in court and FINRA arbitration. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is the self-regulatory organization that regulates and licenses securities brokerage firms and individual brokers across the country. FINRA arbitration is the main forum in the securities industry for resolution of legal disputes between investors and these industry professionals.
Darlene began her legal career at Banks Law Office, PC with founding attorney Robert S. Banks, Jr., whose experience includes over 30 years of recovering investment losses for investors. There she worked on all stages of corporate and securities litigation, FINRA arbitration, legal malpractice cases, and complex civil litigation. In January, 2015, Banks Law Office joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor to form a new securities litigation practice group and expand the firm’s fiduciary litigation services. The move is a homecoming for Darlene, as she was the firm’s law clerk before graduating magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2012. As a law clerk she worked on numerous trust and estate, tax, business, and fiduciary matters for SYK clients.
Darlene is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), an international bar association whose members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. She is active on the group’s SRO Committee which researches and prepares comment letters on proposed FINRA and SEC rule changes. She also speaks on rule changes and recent developments at FINRA, including at the 33rd Annual Northwest Securities Institute seminar.
In her law practice, Darlene brings a particular sensitivity to working with the all-too often targets of securities fraud — retirees and women investors from every level of investment experience. Pasieczny (pronounced “Pah-shetch-nee”) is a Polish surname. Darlene’s mother and paternal grandparents immigrated to the U.S. and instilled in her a strong emphasis on education, hard work, and justice for the underrepresented.