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Stephen F. English

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Perkins Coie LLP

Steve English has more than 35 years of jury and non-jury trial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has successfully tried over 100 cases to verdict. His trial experience includes business disputes, commercial torts, environmental claims, trade secrets, securities, breach of contract, directors' and officers' liability and product liability claims. He has served as national, regional and Oregon counsel for international businesses and manufacturers. He has broad experience in high-stakes cases and in sensitive, high-risk matters both for individuals and for corporate clients, large and small. Steve has also on occasion agreed to be a "mediator of last resort" in particularly difficult and contentious disputes.

Steve has a recognized ability to present complicated factual or technical matters to juries and judges, from technology matters to financial issues from corporate fraud to sports law to environmental problems.

Steve has been recognized by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as "a tremendous advocate" among trial lawyers nationwide. He is ranked by Chambers Global in Commercial Litigation and as a "Star Individual" in Oregon for General Commercial Litigation. Steve is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), which comprises the top 1 percent of the trial bar in the United States and Canada and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), an invitation-only organization whose membership is limited to 500 lawyers. He has been consistently ranked in the top 10 lawyers in Oregon by Super Lawyers and is recognized in seven Best Lawyers categories, including Bet-the-Company Litigation.

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • Federal District Court
    • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (by invitation upon proof of over 50 jury trials), President, Oregon Chapter, 2003 - 2004
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005 - 2010; Litigation, 2011 - 2014; Listed as "Star Individual" in Oregon
  • Consistently selected by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 attorneys in Oregon, 2006 - Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, State Co-Chair
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Product Liability; Securities and Professional Liability
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2010 as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in America

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1120 Northwest Couch Street, 10th Floor
Portland, OR 97209-4128
Phone: 503-727-2003
Firm Phone: 503-727-2000

Practice Areas

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D.)
  • Robert D. Clark Honors College (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Member
  • The National Judicial College, National Board of Visitors — Member
  • Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court — Master Member
  • Oregon State Bar Masters of Trial Advocacy — Faculty Member
  • American Bar Association — Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association — Member
  • Federal Bar Association — Member
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel — Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) — Member
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys — Member
  • Mt. Angel Benedictine Abbey Foundation of Oregon, Board of Directors — Member