Steve Janik is a founding partner of Ball Janik LLP. His principal areas of practice are real estate, real estate finance, and land use law, with an emphasis on large, high-profile projects. He has guided private and public clients through some of the region’s most important real estate projects, including mixed-use, multi-block developments, major office towers, hotels, and major league sports arenas and stadiums. Mr. Janik has argued several of Oregon’s landmark land use cases.
Mr. Janik has been recognized by his clients and peers in The Best Lawyers in America since it was first published in 1983 and has been selected as a Portland, Oregon “Lawyer of the Year” in 2010–2013 in several areas related to real estate and land use. He is perennially ranked by Chambers USA as an industry leader in real estate and land use, and has led Ball Janik’s Real Estate practice group to Chambers USA’s top-tier ranking every year since Chambers started reviewing Oregon firms. Chambers has ranked Mr. Janik as a “Star Individual” lawyer in real estate since 2007, a ranking given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. Chambers commentators widely agree that Mr. Janik is "the best real estate lawyer in town," with one going so far as to call him "a meteoric superstar" of the real estate market. Mr. Janik has been recognized as one of Oregon’s “Top 10” attorneys by Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine. He has also earned the AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, American Registry.
Mr. Janik has mentored many of the firm’s attorneys and has helped create a culture characterized by superior professional work, client loyalty, camaraderie and community service. In 2007, 2010, and 2013 Ball Janik was recognized as one of the region’s “Most Admired” professional services firms in a survey of CEOs conducted by the Portland Business Journal.