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, news gathering 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.
Featured Representative Matters
Investment Management Firm
PEBB v. OHSU
Cano v. Schreiner
Guydish v. U.S. Bakery
Watson v. Northwest Cascade
Walker v. Metro One
Praegitzer v. Andersen
Bell Data v. Symbol Technologies Inc
Miller v. KOIN-TV
Tonkon Torp Wins OR Supreme Court Victory for ACLU of Oregon
Tonkon Torp attorneys Steven Wilker, Sarah Einowski and Gwen Griffith, working on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon, won a large victory in the Oregon Supreme Court that strengthens the public's right to records. Find details and more featured cases here.
Steven Wilker Brings ACLU to Oregon Supreme Court
Steven Wilker recently presented arguments to the Oregon Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon. At issue is the ACLU’s request for the release of public records from the City of Eugene relating to an incident in 2008 in which a Eugene police officer twice "tased" protestor Ian Van Ornum while he was prone on the ground at an anti-pesticide rally.
Balancing Free Speech and Presidential Security - Wilker Argues at the U.S. Supreme Court on First Amendment Issue
On March 26, 2014, Tonkon Torp litigator Steven Wilker argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon in Wood v. Moss, a political viewpoint discrimination case. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp Team Secures Client's Victory in Complex, Multi-Million Dollar Case Alleging Fraud
A recent dispute between a Tonkon Torp client and a Los Angeles-based finance company was the very definition of "complex commercial litigation." The case involved a structured finance transaction documented through multiple agreements among multiple parties. Untangling the deal gave Tonkon Torp's litigators an opportunity to demonstrate their value.
Community Involvement & Activities
Classroom Law Project
2014–Present, Board of Directors
Metropolitan Family Service
2010–Present, Board of Directors
2017–Present, Immediate Past Chair
2013–Present, Executive Committee Chair
American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Inc. and ACLU Foundation of Oregon, Inc.
2009–2015, Board of Directors
Vice President, Legal Affairs/Executive
2015–2017, Vice Chair
Oregon State Bar, Bar Press Broadcasters Council
Awards & Recognitions
The Best Lawyers in America
2013–2018, Commercial Litigation
2013–2018, Litigation: First Amendment
Portland Business Journal
Steven Wilker Spells Out Copyright Protection to Writers
Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List
28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2017 Super Lawyers Lists
Tonkon Torp Hosts ACLU Lawyers' Committee
Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2017 Classroom Law Project Dinner
Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2017 Classic Wine Auction
Steven Wilker Explores Legal and Moral Questions Raised by The Nether
Steven Wilker's First Amendment Practice Featured in PBJ
Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2016 "Gathering of Good"
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Annual CLP Golf Tournament
Six Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Portland Lawyers of the Year
Best Lawyers in America® Names 44 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2017 List
28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2016 Super Lawyers Lists
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Table at Classroom Law Project Event
Steven Wilker Honored by ACLU of Oregon
Steven Wilker Explores the Ins and Outs of the Supreme Court
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Annual "A Gathering of Good"
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Classroom Law Project Golf Tournament
Steven Wilker Elected Chair of Metropolitan Family Service Board
Publications & Presentations
"Know Your Rights – Fair Use or Copyright Infringement?," Society of American Travel Writers, November 2017
"Legal and Moral Questions in The Nether," Third Rail Repertory Theatre, October 2016
"The Supreme Court Inside and Out," Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section, November 11, 2015
"Presidential Security Trumps First Amendment: Wood v. Moss," Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter, Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section. November 2014
"Is Big Data Giving you a Big Headache?," Oregon State Bar Corporate Counsel Section, Oregon State Bar Center, October 2014
"Legal Issues with the Internet of Things and Drones," Oregon State Bar Technology Law Section, October 2014
"Behind the Curtain: Inside the U.S. Supreme Court," U.S District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon, September 2014
"Data Security and Breach Response 101: A Primer for Corporate Counsel," Association of Corporate Counsel, Nike Campus, June 12, 2014
"First Amendment Speech and Assembly and Fourth Amendment Search and Privacy," American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, May 20, 2014
"Hot Box: NSA Spying Rules," KGW News' Hot Box, Portland, OR, January 17, 2014
"Public Records, But Not For Public Employees," Jefferson Public Radio's Jefferson Exchange, Eugene, OR, January 7, 2014
"A Deeper Look Into Government Surveillance Programs and Your Right to Privacy," KGW News' Straight Talk, Portland, OR, June 23, 2013
"What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Oregon," Lorman Education Services, June 11, 2013
"Warranties and Indemnifications," Daily Journal of Commerce, December 11, 2012
"Privacy, Piracy and Patents: Computer Law 2012," Oregon State Bar Computer and Internet Law Section, September 14, 2012
"Representative Capacity," Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice, 6th edition, Oregon State Bar, April 2012
"Are Corporations People? The Impact and Future of 'Citizens United,'" City Club of Portland, January 20, 2012
"Binding Arbitration: Oregon Dealers Cannot Require Binding Arbitration of Warranty Claims," Oregon Automobile Dealers Association Newsletter, November, 2011
"Ninth Circuit Review – Supervisory Liability under § 1983 and Bivens," ACLU NW Civil Liberties Conference, October 30, 2010
"The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating a Civil Rights Case – Perplexed by Pleading Standards? Motions to Dismiss After Twombly," Oregon State Bar CLE, October 15, 2010
"Offers of Judgment in Oregon State Court," Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal, March 2010
"Peaceful Political Protest: When Can the Government Disperse Peaceful Protesters?" Oregon State Bar CLE, October 10, 2008
"What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings," Lorman CLE, October 1, 2008
"Grand Theft IP," Oregon Entrepreneur’s Network Webinar, June 18, 2008
"Key Word Advertising Using Trademarked Terms: Fair or Foul?" Oregon Intellectual Property Newsletter, Spring 2008
"Trademark Law – 2007 Year in Review," Intellectual Property Law: A Year in Review, Oregon State Bar CLE, February 29, 2008
"Who is Liable for Speech in Cyberspace?" American Bar Association Intellectual Property Roundtable, June 25, 2007