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Tanya Durkee Urbach

Tanya Durkee Urbach

Tanya D. Urbach is a Bates Consulting Expert a leading provider of securities litigation support, regulatory and compliance consulting, and forensic accounting services to Fortune 500 Companies. Tanya uses her extensive background in the securities industry to provide expert witness testimony on state and federal regulation of securities and on regulatory compliance and supervisory issues related to broker-dealers and investment advisers.

Tanya is a litigator with an emphasis in financial institution defense and litigation. While in private practice, Tanya represented broker-dealers, investment advisers, registered representatives, and other securities professionals in civil disputes and regulatory matters, regarding violations of state and federal securities laws, violations of rules of regulatory and self-regulatory organizations, and financial fraud. She has also routinely provided compliance advice and counsel to broker-dealer and investment advisory firms, as well as representing banks and credit unions in banking and trust litigation, including defending consumer claims under fair debt collection statutes, the Truth-in-Lending Act, Consumer Protection Act, breach of contract, and common law fraud. 

As the former Deputy Commissioner of Securities for Vermont, Tanya prosecuted regulatory investigations into securities fraud. Prosecutions included internet-based securities fraud, identity theft and Ponzi schemes, broker-dealer and investment adviser misconduct, including point of sale violations, market timing in mutual funds and variable annuities, market manipulation, and abusive short-selling. As Vermont’s securities regulator, Tanya was also responsible for investor education initiatives, registration of securities, licensing of securities firms and their representatives as well as overseeing the broker-dealer and investment adviser examination process. She proposed and prosecuted through the state legislature a New Uniform Securities Act, which Vermont ultimately enacted. During her time as a regulator, Tanya was also a member of the board of directors and on the broker-dealer section of the North American Securities Administrators Association.

Tanya is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:

Credentials

EXPERIENCE

Bates Group LLC, Consulting Expert, 2021 - Present
Markun Zusman Freniere & Compton LLP, Partner, 2019 – 2020
Paulson Investment Company, LLC, General Counsel, Executive Vice President, 2005 - 2019
Lane Powell PC, Shareholder, 2005 – 2015
Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, Deputy Commissioner of Securities, 2004 – 2005
Timberhill Corporation, President, 2006 – Present
Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP, Partner, 2000-2004
Merrill O’Sullivan LLP, Litigation Associate, 1996-2000

EDUCATION

Graduate, Northwest Institute for Trial Advocacy
Participant, Oregon Trial Advocacy College
Juris Doctorate (JD), Lewis & Clark Law School
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Chinese, graduated with honors, Thesis: “Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Ventures”, University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION/LICENSING

Foreign Languages: Chinese (Working Knowledge); French (Working Knowledge)

Admitted to Practice: Oregon, U.S. District Court; District of Oregon; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Securities Licenses: Series 7, 2015; Series 66, 2015; Series 24, 2016; Series 79, 2016

TEACHING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland Oregon, Adjunct Professor – Securities Regulation, 2016, 2018
  • Columbia University Law School, Guest Lecturer in Securities Regulation Seminar, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Willamette University Law School, Guest Lecturer in Securities Regulation Seminar, 2013 – 2014
  • Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section CLE, Speaker: “The Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act: A Guided Tour in and Around SLUSA,” 2013
  • Willamette University Law School Securities Luncheon Series, Speaker: “The Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act: A Guided Tour in and Around SLUSA,” 2013
  • 33rd Annual Northwest Securities Institute, Speaker: “Private Securities Litigation,” 2013
  • American Bar Association 2013 Limited Liability Company Institute, Speaker: Limited Liability Company Interests and Securities Law, 2013
  • 31st Annual Northwest Securities Institute, Planning Committee Member, Welcoming Remarks: “Outlook on the Securities Industry,” 2011
  • The 2009 Willamette Securities Regulation Conference, Speaker: “Developments in State and Provincial Securities Regulation,” 2009
  • The 2008 Willamette Securities Regulation Conference, Speaker: “Developments in State and Provincial Securities Regulation,” 2008
  • Lane Powell PC Client Seminar, Speaker: “The Oregon Identity Theft Protection Act: Implications for Oregon Businesses,” 2007

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Broker-dealers Could Be Given A Higher Fiduciary Standard,” Portland Business Journal, co-author, August 20, 2010
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law, State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, 3rd ed. 2004, Washington and Oregon Chapters, 2004
  • Oregon Statutory Time Limitations, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, Contributing Author, May 2003

AWARDS

  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Securities Litigation, 2015
  • Selected “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Securities, 2015
  • Awarded Third Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo by Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters, 2015
  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2013 – 2015
  • Selected “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2009 – 2011
  • Nominated Fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America, 2009
  • AV PreeminentR in Martindale-HubbellR Peer Review Ratings™

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section; Executive Committee 2007 – 2015, 2019 – Present; President 2014
  • Musa Martial Arts Taekwondo Instructor, 2016 – 2019
  • Board of Directors, Young Audiences, 2015 – 2018
  • Board of Directors, Treasurer, Queen’s Bench, Oregon Women Lawyer’s Multnomah County Chapter, 2014 – 2017
  • Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, 2009
  • President, Timberhill Corporation, 2006 – Present
  • Board of Directors, Northwest Securities Administrators Association, 2005
  • Member, North America Securities Administrators Association, Broker-Dealer Section, 2004 – 2005
  • Member, Owen M. Panner Inn of Court, 2000 – 2004
  • Board of Directors, Northwest China Counsel, 2000 – 2002
  • Board of Directors, Timberhill Corporation, 1997 – Present
  • Member, Hospice of Redmond and Sisters Ethics Committee, 1996 – 2000
  • Member, American Inns of Court and J.R. Campbell Inns of Court, 1997 – 2000

Contact Bates Group

Bates Group is with you every step of the way. Contact us today for more information on how our End-to-End Solutions can help your firm.