Stan G. Roman

Stan Roman is a founding partner of Keller, Sloan, Roman LLP and has extensive trial and appellate experience in complex commercial cases.

For over thirty-five years he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in significant business disputes.  He has defended the major accounting firms, the country’s largest law firms, directors and officers of public companies, and others who have been sued or investigated. He has prosecuted scores of cases on behalf of companies and individuals who have been defrauded or unfairly treated in large business transactions. He has had great success in many significant jury and court trials, in both federal and state courts.  He has handled numerous appeals in the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Courts of Appeals and the California appellate courts.

Stan focuses on achieving practical solutions to legal problems.  He has extensive experience as an arbitrator, mediator and judge pro tem, and is often retained to negotiate the resolution of disputes short of trial.  He was a partner in Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, a large San Francisco litigation firm, for many years before he and his friends from Bronson formed Keller, Sloan, Roman LLP in 1998.

Stan is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (1979) and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina (1976).  He has received numerous professional accolades, including selection as a California Super Lawyer every year since 2004.

Education

  • University of Texas, J.D., with honors (1979)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. (philosophy), Phi Beta Kappa (1976)

Notable Engagements

Following are examples of matters Stan has handled.

  • Defense of major accounting firms and their partners in over one hundred class action securities cases, investor lawsuits, SEC cases, governmental investigations and commercial disputes.       Numerous trials, appeals, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Jury trial defense of a $1.1 billion lawsuit brought by the Oakland Raiders claiming that the team was defrauded into moving from Los Angeles to Oakland. Stan won a unanimous defense verdict after a five-month jury trial.
  • Jury trial prosecution of a three-month trial based upon breach of contract by a real estate syndicator, resulting in a multi-million dollar judgment for the full amount sought by Stan’s client.
  • Jury trial prosecution of a two-month trial against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for breach of the duty of fair representation, resulting in a multi-million dollar judgment for the full amount sought by Stan’s clients.
  • Jury trial prosecution of a case arising out of a failed merger of a Fortune 500 company, resulting in a favorable multi-million dollar settlement for Stan’s client during trial.
  • Jury trial defense of a five week trial of claims brought by three venture capital funds against a national accounting firm. After the co-defendant fund manager admitted at trial that he had engaged in fraudulent conduct, the jury returned a verdict against all defendants. However, the amount awarded against Stan’s client was less than the plaintiffs’ lowest settlement demand, and the case was settled prior to judgment.
  • Court trial defense of an officer and director of a commodities investment firm in a $100-million action brought by the Federal Trade Commission, resulting in a de minimis settlement and dismissal of Stan’s client during trial.
  • Defense of a prominent Ukrainian citizen who was charged with allegedly laundering over $800 million for the Prime Minister of Ukraine. Stan obtained favorable resolutions of criminal proceedings in Ukraine, Switzerland and the United States, and obtained a dismissal of civil RICO claims in federal district court. Stan then prevailed on appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
  • Defense of the former Governor of Alaska in a securities fraud case, resulting in a small settlement with insurance funds.
  • Defense of a national 500+ attorney law firm in a federal fraud case arising out of $500 million corporate divestiture. Stan obtained a full dismissal in the trial court, which was affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Representation of individual corporate officers and directors in numerous actions and investigations brought by the SEC, the Justice Department, the FDIC, the FTC and the FSLIC.
  • Representation of the limousine industry in numerous independent contractor – employee misclassification disputes including class actions, individual lawsuits and enforcement proceedings by federal and state regulators.
  • Defense of an international public relations firm in numerous class and individual actions brought against the tobacco industry. All cases were successfully resolved without trials, most by way of pretrial motions.
  • Defense of a promoter and general partner in a securities class action involving public oil and gas partnerships, where hard dollar losses exceeded $200 million. Stan’s client was dismissed from the case without making any payment.
  • Defense of officers and directors of a real estate syndication firm against investor fraud claims exceeding $100 million in hard damages. The cases were settled short of trial using a small part of available insurance.
  • Defense of a merger suitor in a shareholder class action seeking damages and rescission of a merger of public companies. Stan obtained a full dismissal by pretrial motion.
  • Defense of binding arbitration of a real estate development dispute in which Stan’s client expelled the other joint venturer.  Stan defended the case on damages grounds and the arbitrator awarded one dollar against Stan’s client.
  • Prosecution of binding arbitration involving sales of military tanks to Taiwan by U.S. defense contractors. During the arbitration hearing, the respondent agreed to pay Stan’s client the full amount of the claim.
  • Hundreds of other litigation matters for foreign and domestic clients involving securities, contract disputes, partnership disputes, fraud and embezzlement, real estate, white collar crime, distributorship disputes, hospital liability, product liability (aircraft, industrial machinery, construction equipment, medical products) and construction accidents. These cases involved many jury and court trials, as well as administrative trials, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Stan has handled numerous appellate matters in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal.

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • State Bar of California, Committee on Federal Courts
  • Chair, Professional Liability Committee of the Defense Research Institute
  • Judge pro tem and Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer, San Francisco Superior Court
  • Selected as California Super Lawyer, 2004 -Present.

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