Vivek Kothari

Vivek Kothari


Vivek advises businesses and individuals on how to resolve disputes. He does it in a variety of areas including trade secrets, employment, securities, corporate governance, defamation, and contractual matters.

Vivek has negotiated the resolution of complex disputes and has tried dozens of civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts. He’s led major investigations to identify waste, corruption, and fraud. 

Vivek campaigned for President Obama in Virginia and co-founded the Oregon Clemency Project to create a more just, transparent, and equitable clemency process in Oregon.

Some of his experience includes:

  • Representing a serial entrepreneur in a $60 million securities and breach of fiduciary duty case. 
  • Representing the director of a blockchain company against securities fraud claims. 
  • Representing the State of Oregon in a $100 million Medicaid reimbursement rates case.
  • Representing Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Human Services, and other State defendants in class action litigation related to Oregon’s foster care system.
  • Trial counsel for plaintiff Opal Labs, Inc. in the largest trade secret jury trial in Oregon history. The dispute involved allegations of software theft and espionage by Opal’s competitor. After a multi-week trial, the jury returned unanimous verdicts for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of the parties’ confidentiality agreements. (See article here.) On the eve of a second trial, Sprinklr paid a large, eight-figure settlement to Opal.
  • Winning summary judgment for a pro bono client in Llanes v. Zalewski, 412 F. Supp. 3d 1266.
  • Prosecuting public corruption by prison guards smuggling contraband into prison facilities. United States v. Fluellen et. al., N.D.Ga., Atlanta Division, Case No. 3:16-cr-03-TCB-RGV.
  • Prosecuting cyber-criminals who hacked into Apple accounts of professional athletes and musicians. United States v. Ford, N.D.Ga., Atlanta Division, Case No. 1:18-cr-133-TCB-CMS.
  • Prosecuting an individual who shot at and hit federal law enforcement officials. United States v. Robinson, D.Sc., Columbia Division, 5:14-cr-809-JMC.
  • Prosecuting PCP manufacturers whose lab exploded.  United States v. Warnock et. al., N.D.Ga., Atlanta Division, 1:14-cr-15-AT-RGV.
  • Prosecuting a police officer who used his law enforcement position and his patrol car to intercept and steal drugs and money. United States v. Hubbard et. al., N.D.Ga., Atlanta Division, 1:16-cr-00151-LMM-JFK.

Vivek is also the author of the Oregon Whistleblower's Blog, which focuses on sharing information about False Claims Act cases. 

  • Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers in America, 2024
  • Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers in America, 2022, 2023
  • Board member, Oregon Justice Resource Center; Cofounder, the Oregon Clemency Project, 2020
  • Board Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Partners in Diversity
  • Oregon
  • California (inactive)
  • Washington D.C.
  • New York
  • Georgia
  • Stanford Law School — J.D., Article Submissions Editor, Stanford Technology Law Review
  • Brown University — B.A., Computer Science and Public Policy and American Institutions

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