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Gretchen Suzanne Obrist

Gretchen Suzanne Obrist

Practice areas:

Class Action, Employee Benefits, Litigation, Appeals, Civil Rights

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Class Action: 50%
  2. Employee Benefits: 30%
  3. Litigation: 10%
  4. Civil Rights: 5%
  5. Appeals: 5%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Sarah H Kimberly

    Gretchen works extremely hard for her clients and is a pleasure to work with.

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    Sarah Kimberly Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Harry Williams IV

    Gretchen is smart and experienced. It would be hard to find a lawyer who will work harder to get her client the best result possible.

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    Harry Williams Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.

1201 3rd Avenue,
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA, 98101-3052

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200507/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2010
Theodore C. Sorensen Fellow (2004–2005)Theodore C. Sorensen / University of Nebraska College of Law2004
Robert G. Simmons Law Practice Award (first place)University of Nebraska College of Law2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyKeller Rohrback, LLP2007 - Present
Law ClerkU.S. Dist. Court, W.D. Wash., Hon. John C. Coughenour2005 - 2007
Senior Certified Law ClerkLancaster County Office Of The Public Defender2004 - 2004
Editor-in-ChiefNebraska Law Review2004 - 2005
Law Clerk / InternNebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition2003 - 2003
Paralegal / Intake & Outreach CoordinatorNebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest1998 - 2000

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
The William L. Dwyer American Inn of CourtMember2010 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2008 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MichiganAdmitted to Practice2008 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits CommitteeMemberN/A
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Puget Sound Lawyer ChapterMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Buus et al. v. WaMu Pension Plan et al., No. 07-0903 (W.D. Wash.)Class certification in 2008. Favorable settlement with final court approval in 2010. Keller Rohrback was appointed lead class counsel.
In re Bear Stearns Cos. ERISA Litig., MDL No. 1963 (S.D.N.Y)Favorable settlement with final court approval in 2012. Keller Rohrback was appointed co-lead class counsel.
Braden v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 588 F.3d 585 (8th Cir. 2009)In 2009, the Eighth Circuit for the first time applied Iqbal to an ERISA case and reversed the dismissal of the lead plaintiff’s case. Favorable settlement with final court approval in 2012. Keller Rohrback was appointed lead class counsel.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Pension & Benefits Daily (Bloomberg BNA)Contributer, Attorneys Reflect on 40 Years of ERISA's Biggest Court Rulings"2014
Pension & Benefits Daily (Bloomberg BNA)Erin M. Riley and Gretchen S. Obrist, The Impact of Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer: Finally, a Court Gets it Right!2014
Benefits Practitioners’ Strategy Guide (Bloomberg BNA)ERISA Fee Litigation: Overview of Developments in 2012 and What to Expect in 20132013
Pension & Benefits Daily (Bloomberg BNA)ERISA Fee Litigation: The Impact of New Disclosure Rules, and What's Next in Pending Cases2013
Washington AppleseedContributing editor and writer for the Foreclosure Manual for Judges: A Reference Guide to Foreclosure Law in Washington State2013
ERISA Litigation Tracker - Litigator Q&A, The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA)‘Class of Plans’ Actions Could Be Next Wave of ERISA Litigation, Gretchen Obrist Says2013
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Midwinter Meeting Papers (San Antonio, TX)Pleading an ERISA Case After Iqbal: A View from Plaintiff's Counsel2010
Nebraska Law ReviewThe Nebraska Supreme Court Lets Its Probation Department Off the Hook in Bartunek v. State: “No Duty” as a Non-Response to Violence Against Women and Identifiable Victims2004

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Nebraska College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, With High Distinction, Order of the Coif2005
University of Nebraska, LincolnWomen's StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science, With Distinction, UNL Honors Program1999

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Western Pension & Benefits Council, 2014 Spring Seminar, Seattle, WAWhat’s New in Fiduciary Litigation?2014
ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits – 24th Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation, Chicago, ILFiduciary Litigation: Disclosure & Investment; Ethical Considerations in ERISA Litigation (Scheduled for June 18-19, 2014)2014
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Midwinter Meeting, Charleston, SCERISA 408(b)(2) and 404(a) Disclosures and the Ongoing Fee Litigation2013
American Bar Association, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, 23rd Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation, Chicago, ILFiduciary Litigation Part 1: Disclosure & Investment; Fiduciary Litigation Part 2: Cutting Edge Issues2013
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Midwinter Meeting, Savannah, GAUpdate on ERISA Fee Litigation and the Impact of the Regulations2011