Ian Ross joined Keesal, Young & Logan in 2012 and is an associate with the firm’s San Francisco office. Ian has worked in most of the firm’s practice areas, including employment, securities, general business litigation, and mortgage and banking. During his tenure with the firm, Ian has accumulated experience in all phases of litigation—including investigations, dispositive motions, alternative dispute resolution, and evidentiary and adjudicatory hearings. Ian also provides non-litigation services to his clients, such as advice on complying with labor or securities laws and regulations. Ian was named a “Rising Star” by the Northern California Super Lawyers magazine in 2018.
Ian has represented both corporations and individuals in judicial, administrative, and arbitral proceedings, defending against a variety of employment-related claims including discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation. Ian also has successfully litigated claims on behalf of financial services firms seeking to enforce employment loans. Ian’s experience with such matters runs from initial fact-finding all the way to final adjudication. Examples of employment cases in which Ian served as “second chair” defense attorney include:
- Defense award in arbitration filed by former senior manager alleging claims of age discrimination and retaliation and seeking alleged damages in excess of $18 million.
- Defense award in arbitration filed by former financial advisor alleging claims including wrongful termination, breach of contract, and unfair business practices and seeking over $4 million in damages.
Ian also has experience defending against wage-and-hour and other class actions, both before and after certification as well as at the resolution stage. Ian was part of a litigation team that was preparing for a wage-and-hour class action trial involving over 3,600 class members.
Ian’s employment practice includes advising corporate clients regarding compliance with labor laws and regulations, and he has spearheaded several 50-state surveys on such issues.
As part of his securities practice, Ian has represented both brokerage firms and individual brokers in arbitrations filed by customers with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Ian has served as both “first-chair” and “second-chair” defense attorney in these matters, and has helped clients defend against a variety of claims including alleged churning, unsuitable recommendations, unauthorized transactions, and elder abuse. Ian is also experienced in litigating expungement disputes. Ian has also successfully litigated motions to compel arbitration where customers have attempted to pursue claims in court.
Ian’s securities practice encompasses non-litigation work, such as (1) representing individuals in regulatory investigations conducted by FINRA, (2) advising financial services firms on compliance with laws and regulations, and (3) helping financial services firms address customer demands.
Ian’s practice includes representing institutions and individuals in general business litigation. These matters have involved claims of unfair business practices, defamation, and interference with business expectancies.
Mortgage and Banking
As part of his mortgage and banking practice, Ian has represented lenders and associated companies in a broad range of disputes. Ian’s experience includes defending claims of wrongful foreclosure, quiet title, and violations of federal and state lending laws and regulations. Ian has also prosecuted claims on behalf of lenders in cases of fraudulent or unauthorized reconveyance, judicial foreclosure, and breach of contract. Ian also helps institutions resolve both simple and complex issues with customers before disputes reach litigation.
Ian has successfully represented mortgage and banking clients in appeals before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ian graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, where he studied both history and business administration. In 2012, Ian earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. While in Ann Arbor, Ian was an executive editor of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. Ian also interned with the National Wildlife Federation, where he participated in environmental litigation and regulatory matters in the Great Lakes region. Ian also served as a student attorney for the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, providing legal services to children, parents, and governmental agencies in child welfare cases.
Ian is a member of the State Bars of California and Hawaii. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, all United States District Courts in California and Hawaii, and several United States Bankruptcy Courts in California.
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School (2012). While in law school, Ian was an executive editor of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. Ian also interned with the National Wildlife Federation, where he participated in environmental litigation and regulatory matters in the Great Lakes region. Ian also served as a student attorney for the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, providing legal services to children, parents, and governmental agencies in child welfare cases.
- B.A. (history and business administration), Washington University, St. Louis (2009).
- California (2012)
- Hawaii (2016)
- All United States District Courts in California
- United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
- All United States District Courts in Hawaii
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Super Lawyers Magazine Northern California “Rising Star” (2018)