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Ronald L. Berenstain

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Perkins Coie LLP

Ronald Berenstain, a partner in the firm's Litigation practice, has been lead counsel in scores of high-stakes securities and corporate governance cases for more than 30 years. His practice is focused on representing public companies and their officers and directors, as well as underwriters and accountants in shareholder class action litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action litigation, Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. He has extensive experience with accounting irregularity issues, financial restatements, compliance with disclosure regulations, insider trading claims and director and officer insurance issues. He has counseled public companies and their boards of directors on disclosure and compliance issues and corporate governance matters.

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
    • U.S. Tax Court


  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2007 - 2013
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, in “America’s Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers," 2012 - 2014

Client Comments

  • "Although expensive, without a doubt Ronald Berenstain is one of the finest lawyers around."


  • "Ron provided great service throughout a long process. I would heartily recommend him to others."


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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-583-8477
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities


  • Claremont McKenna College (BA)
  • Yale Law School (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Director and Officer Litigation Panel Counsel — Chartis (Original Member)