- Lewis & Clark Law School
- Magna cum laude
- (J.D. 2012)
- Columbia University
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
- (M.A., 2003)
- Reed College
- Phi Beta Kappa (Beta of Oregon)
- (BA, 2001)
Darlene leads the Investor Defenders team, with support from our SYK litigators and paralegal staff. Her wide range of experience and knowledge in the field of securities litigation and FINRA arbitration gives her the edge to take on a multitude of issues, tackling the toughest cases, and helping her clients recover investment losses. While based in Portland, Oregon, Darlene’s FINRA arbitration practice represents investors nationwide.
Her Investor Defender practice focuses 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. It is a specialized forum with its own procedural rules – and Darlene knows how to navigate them.
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, and helped investors recover millions of dollar in investment losses through arbitration, court, mediation and settlements.
In addition, Darlene’s years of service work with the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) gives her first-hand knowledge of upcoming FINRA rule changes and contact with state and federal securities regulators. She actively participates in shaping the procedural rules of FINRA arbitration and advocating for fairness and transparency in the securities industry.
PIABA is an international bar association whose members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. Darlene was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Service Award from PIABA for her dedicated work. She was elected to the PIABA Board of Directors in October, 2017, and currently serves as a Director. Darlene speaks nationwide on securities law topics.
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.
Select Speaking Engagements & Publications
- Guest Speaker, Investor Protection Clinic, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, April 2018
- Speaker, “The Nuts and Bolts of SEC Whistle-blower Claims – and how the Recent Digital Realty case Changed the Landscape,” Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, Portland, OR, March 2018
- Speaker, “Senate Bill 95, House Bill 2622, and FINRA Rules 2165 & 4512: What Oregon Securities Professionals, Financial Institutions, and Trust Companies Need to Know,” Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP, Portland, OR, March 2018
- Speaker, “Senate Bill 95: Safeguarding Seniors,” FPA of Oregon & SW Washington, Portland, OR, February 2018
- Guest Speaker, St. John’s University School of Law, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Queens, NY, February 2018
- Moderator, “Cybersecurity: Regulation and Enforcement in the Battle of Attacks on Investors and Firm Information,” PIABA Securities Law Seminar, Colorado Springs, CO, October 2017
- Panelist, “FINRA Securities Dispute Resolution – What Lies Beyond the Task Force?” 19th Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2017
- Speaker, “War & PEAC: Negotiating with the Tech Industry over Fiduciary Access to Digital Property,” SW Washington Estate Planning Council, Vancouver, WA, 2016
- Speaker, “Red Flags in Your Incoming Client’s Portfolio? What You Should Know About Securities Claims for Recovering Investment Losses,” Financial Planning Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Portland, OR, 2016
- Moderator, “Blowing the Whistle Under Dodd-Frank & SOX: The SEC’s and CFTC’s Whistle-blower Program,” PIABA Securities Law Seminar, San Diego, CA, 2016
- Moderator, “Clearing Firm Liability,” PIABA Securities Law Seminary, Ponte Verda Beach, FL, 2015
- Speaker, “Creditors’ Claims,” Oregon Law Institute, 2015 ABCs of Decedents’ Estate Administration, Portland, OR, 2015
- Panelist, “Latest Developments in FINRA Securities Arbitration,” 17th Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Seattle, WA, 2015
- Speaker, “Recent Developments at FINRA“, 33rd Annual Northwest Securities Institute, Portland, OR, 2013
- PIABA Board of Directors
- 2017 – Present
- PIABA Outstanding Service Award
- PIABA SRO Committee
- Member, 2012 – 2014
- Co-chair, 2015 – 2017
- PIABA Securities Law Seminar Committee
- Member, 2015 – 2017
- Co-chair, 2018 – Present
- Reed College Alumni Board
- At-Large Member, 2015 – 2017
- Chair of Reed Career Alliance (RCA) Committee
- 2016 – 2017
- Phi Beta Kappa (Beta of Oregon)
- Reed College