Steven M. Wilker

Steven M. Wilker


Tonkon Torp LLP

Recognized since 2013

Portland, Oregon

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - First Amendment

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - First Amendment
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Steven counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, media communications and technology, energy, corporate governance, real estate and finance issues. He represents clients in their local, regional and national disputes and matters.

An AV-rated litigator, Steven is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group and Financial Services practice group. He handles complex litigation in trial and appellate courts and in arbitration, and advises on transactional matters as well.

Steven’s extensive experience in intellectual property matters includes representing former employers, departing employees, and new employers in trade secret litigation and advocating for both plaintiffs and defendants in trademark, copyright and patent litigation.

As an advisor to media, publishing and communications clients, such as KOIN-TV and East Oregonian Publishing Co., Steven addresses issues such as applicability of media shield laws, reporters' privileges, prior restraints on publication, defamation, invasion of privacy, newsgathering methods, public records, public meetings, licensing, and copyright.

Steven has broad experience in securities litigation and arbitrations for issuers, brokers, and customers. He also has substantial experience in disputes concerning valuations, earn-outs, indemnities and other issues arising out of corporate and financing transactions.

A strategic advantage Steven brings to his client’s matters is his skill in presenting technical issues and financial data in an accessible and compelling manner.

After law school, Steven was a law clerk for The Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, United States District Court, Central District of California, and The Honorable Edwin J. Peterson, Chief Justice/Associate Justice, Oregon Supreme Court.

Location

  • Pioneer Tower, Suite 1600
    888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
    Portland, OR 97204

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, BA, graduated 1986

Bar Admissions

  • California, State Bar of California
  • Oregon, Oregon State Bar

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Classroom Law Project - Board Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Metropolitan Family Service - Board Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association - Member

Tonkon Torp LLP
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon

50 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

16 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - First Amendment

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - First Amendment, Portland, OR (2023)
  • Litigation - First Amendment, Portland, OR (2019)
  • Litigation - First Amendment, Portland, OR (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Commercial Litigation

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Super Lawyers 2015-2016 Oregon Super Lawyer - IP Litigation 2013-2014 Oregon Super Lawyer - Business Litigation
  • Portland Business Journal 2005 "Forty Under Forty" Business Leader

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