Stephen has been a trial lawyer for over 35 years. He has had over 100 jury trials.

His trial record includes an $84 million jury verdict in an antitrust case in 2010, the largest such verdict in the Pacific Northwest.

Stephen’s entire career has been representing everyday people against large corporations and insurance companies.

The last eight years, Stephen has focused his career on helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse against predatory pedophiles and the institutions of trust that enable pedophiles to get access to children, including the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, the Mormon Church, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Stephen is a respected and experienced trial lawyer who has been chosen as an Oregon Super Lawyer for the last five years– an award limited to the top 5% of all Oregon Lawyers.  Stephen has also been given an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available.  This rating indicates that Stephen’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

 

 Areas of Expertise

  • Childhood sexual abuse
    • Boy Scout Abuse
    • Priest / Clergy Abuse
    • LDS Church Abuse
    • Seventh-day Adventist Abuse
  • Title IX
  • Complex commercial litigation

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, 1978
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Oregon, 1974
  • Degree in International Business, Netherlands School of International Business, 1973

Member Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust and Trade Committee
    • Litigation Committee
  • Oregon State Bar
    • Defense of Indigent Accused Committee, past chair
    • Litigation Section
    • Business Litigation Section
    • Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Counsel
    • Antitrust Section
  • Multnomah Bar Association
    • Professionalism Committee, past chair
    • Defense of Indigent Accused Committee, past chair
    • Equality on the Legal Profession Committee, past chair
  • Oregon Criminal Justice Council
  • Psychiatric Security Review Board
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Campaign for Equal Justice
  • St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic, Volunteer
  • Senior Law Project, Volunteer
    • Received small firm pro bono award
  • Network Behavioral Healthcare, board member and past chair
  • Ecunet Housing, board member and past chair

 

AV preeminent and Super Lawyers

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