Steve's experience includes litigation and trial work in federal and state courts, as well as in private arbitration and mediation. Steve has served a broad client base including, among others, The Greenbrier Companies, Nike, the City of Lake Oswego, and Costco in disputes in Oregon and across the country.
Before becoming a lawyer, Steve served six years as an officer in the United States Coast Guard. He spent time at sea, and then managing the Port of New Orleans. In his leisure time, Steve enjoys playing and coaching sports, cooking, travelling, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and daughters.
Featured Representative Matters
City of Lake Oswego
Beal v. Kerr-Cruickshank Inc.
Portland City Ordinance
Nebraska Train Derailment
Oregon Timber Company
City of Portland
Defective Professional Services
Damages Of Over $3M
Judgment Against Dissenters’ Rights
Real Estate Transaction
Fiduciary Duty & Contract Claims
National Sporting Goods
Alien Tort Claim Act
Tonkon Torp Wins Appellate Victory in Lake Oswego Access Dispute
Tonkon Torp litigators won a remarkable victory at the Oregon Court of Appeals in the ongoing high-profile dispute regarding public access to Oswego Lake. Here are the details.
Tonkon Torp Harvests Victory for Oregon Radish Seed Farmers
Tonkon Torp represented 45 Northwest farmers in a dispute with an East Coast commercial bank over who should receive the proceeds from the sale of the farmers’ radish seed crop. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp Litigators Win Judgment on Lake Oswego Access Question
A prolonged, high-profile dispute about public access to Oswego Lake was resolved recently when Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Henry Breithaupt issued an opinion upholding the City of Lake Oswego’s right to control access to the lake from the City’s public park.
Who Decides Question of Lake Access?
Representing the City of Lake Oswego, Tonkon Torp trial lawyers Paul Conable and Steve Olson successfully obtained dismissal of a federal district court lawsuit challenging a City ordinance prohibiting access to Oswego Lake from city property. Oswego Lake has been maintained for decades by a nonprofit corporation of homeowners.
Oregon Jury Says Investors’ Interests Must Come First
When a registered investment advisor leaves an investment firm, the two parties often negotiate who retains the advisor’s clients and management of the associated investment assets. While such horse trading is a common industry practice, it clouds the issue of fiduciary duty owed to the investor. Who is responsible for acting in the client's best interests? What information must the investment firm share with the investor?
Compelling Arguments About River Plan Produce Positive Results for Business
Thanks to the work of Tonkon Torp lawyers and others, industrial businesses affected by the City of Portland's River Plan/North Reach saw their concerns validated by a January 21 ruling of the state Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). LUBA sent the River Plan, which would significantly restrict development in the "industrial sanctuary" along a 12-mile stretch of the Willamette River, back to the Portland City Council for additional work.
Community Involvement & Activities
Oregon State Bar
Practice and Procedure Committee
Business Litigation Section
Products Liability Section
Jesuit High School
Volunteer and Fundraising
Immigration Legal Services
Southeast Legal Clinic
Pro Bono Volunteer
All Saints School
Volunteer and Fundraising
Portland Business Alliance
Federal Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Owen M. Panner Inn of Court
Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List
Best Lawyers in America® Names 44 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2017 List
Homeless Camping Addressed in Lawsuit Filed Against Portland
45 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America® 2016
Portland's Parks-Fee Blowout Brings Expected Lawsuit
Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to Prestigious List
Steve Olson & Paul Conable Quoted Regarding the City of Lake Oswego Access Dismissal
50 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2014
Litigation 101 - When Solid Business Plans Go Awry
Tonkon Torp Lawyers Present CLE on Structuring Joint Ventures
Best Lawyers in America® Names 50 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2013 List
Tonkon Torp Litigation Attorneys Write Material for OSB Guide to Pleading and Practice
Tonkon Torp Names New Co-Chairs of Litigation Department
Publications & Presentations
"Litigation 101: When Solid Business Plans Go Awry," Daily Journal of Commerce, May 2013
"Venue," Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice, 6th edition. Oregon State Bar, April 2012