Steven M. Wilker

Tonkon Torp LLP
1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

PHONE: 503.802.2040
EMAIL: steven.wilker@tonkon.com
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Steven counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, media communications and technology, information security, energy, corporate governance, real estate and finance issues. An AV-rated litigator, Steven is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Financial Services practice groups and co-chairs the firm's Information Security & Privacy practice group. He handles complex litigation in trial and appellate courts and in arbitration, and advises clients on transactional and information security matters as well. He represents clients in local, regional and national matters.

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 advises clients regarding their information security and privacy issues, including appropriate responses to actual and potential breaches of data security and providing notice to affected persons in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. He also advises clients on the mitigation of litigation risk in connection with incident responses. In addition, Steven serves as the firm's Information Security Partner and serves on the firm's internal IT Security Committee.   

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.

Best Lawyers Award Badge      Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member     
Steven counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, media communications and technology, information security, energy, corporate governance, real estate and finance issues. An AV-rated litigator, Steven is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Financial Services practice groups and co-chairs the firm's Information Security & Privacy practice group. He handles complex litigation in trial and appellate courts and in arbitration, and advises clients on transactional and information security matters as well. He represents clients in local, regional and national matters.

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 advises clients regarding their information security and privacy issues, including appropriate responses to actual and potential breaches of data security and providing notice to affected persons in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. He also advises clients on the mitigation of litigation risk in connection with incident responses. In addition, Steven serves as the firm's Information Security Partner and serves on the firm's internal IT Security Committee.   

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.

Best Lawyers Award Badge      Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member     
Classroom Law Project
Board Member (2014-present)

Metropolitan Family Service
Board Chair (2015-present)
Board Vice-Chair (2013-15)
Board Member (2010-present)
Executive Committee (2013-present)

American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Inc./ACLU Foundation of Oregon, Inc.
Board of Directors (2009-2015)
Vice President, Legal Affairs (2010-2015)
Executive Committee (2010-2015)
Lawyers Committee Chair (2010-2015)
Lawyers Committee, Vice Chair (2015-present)

Oregon State Bar, Bar Press Broadcasters Council
Member (2005-2010)
Chair (2008)