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. 

March 06, 2024

This is not the first time we’ve commented on fraudulent urine tests. This scheme is a little different from the last time though. This time, the lab was actually doing the tests. It wasn’t the doing the tests that was the problem. No, this time the problem is that the tests were not necessary. There... Continue Reading

January 29, 2024

As excuses go, “the dog ate my homework” is pretty piss-poor. It raises way more questions than it answers: How’d the dog get on your desk? Why was your homework covered in beef gravy? What dogs love paper covered with graphite and eraser shavings anyways? But if you’re going to commit fraud, then using god... Continue Reading

January 29, 2024

I don’t know much about farm life. I mean, sure, I have kids so I read children’s literature which is full of farm animals acting like real people. But I can’t milk a cow or harvest wheat or grow a soybean. But I do know the phrase “fatten a pig for slaughter.” Don’t need to... Continue Reading

January 29, 2024

I thought we all agreed, as a society, not to mess around with fire prevention at a nuclear site. That seems like something we could all get behind, right? Think again. Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (“HMIS”) has a contract to clean up the DOE Hanford Nuclear site. The Hanford site was established in 1943 as... Continue Reading

January 24, 2024

Old people don’t like leaving their homes. They especially don’t like moving out of the home that they’ve lived in for 20 or 30 years. And they especially don’t want to be moved to a nursing home (aka senior living community aka elder care facility aka retirement home). But old people also tend to need... Continue Reading
  • 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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