Stephen (Steve) F. English

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Portland, OR

Perkins Coie LLP
 | 1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-727-2003
Fax: 503-727-2222
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen (Steve) F. English is a partner with the Perkins Coie LLP law firm in Portland, Oregon, and he serves as director for the practice's litigation department. A highly rated trial attorney with over 40 years of legal experience, Mr. English delivers unmatched representation to those facing serious and complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

  • Business disputes and litigation
  • Commercial torts
  • Environmental claims
  • Trade secret infringements
  • Securities disputes
  • Breaches of contract
  • Professional liability claims against company executives
  • Products liability claims

An honors graduate of the University of Oregon, Mr. English began his legal career in 1973 after obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his license to practice from the Oregon State Bar. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

A veteran of more than 100 jury trials, Mr. English has a unique ability to explain complicated technical concepts in ways juries can more readily grasp, and he has extensive experience representing both individual and corporate clients alike during high-stakes litigation. In addition, Mr. English is also an effective negotiator who has helped numerous clients resolve their disputes through mediation.

Regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. English has received widespread recognition for his professionalism and exceptional legal abilities. Chambers USA included him on its list of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," as well as a "Star Individual" in Oregon, and he has earned numerous accolades from Best Lawyers, including the "Defendants Lawyer of the Year" award for Oregon products liability litigation in 2012.

Active in his legal community, Mr. English is a fellow with both the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and he also serves as president for the Oregon chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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About Stephen English

Admitted: 1973, Oregon

Professional Webpage:


  • Chambers USALitigation, 2011 - 2017
  • Listed as "Star Individual" in Oregon
  • Chambers USAAmerica’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005 - 2010
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, State Co-Chair
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2006 - Present: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation - Securities; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Best Lawyers’ Oregon "Litigation - Banking and Finance," 2017
  • Best Lawyers’ Oregon "Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year", 2016
  • Best Lawyers’ Oregon "Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year," 2014
  •  Portland "Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year,"  2013
  •  Portland "Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year,"  2011
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ Oregon "Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year," 2015
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Oregon Product Liability Litigation - "Defendants Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recognized by Chambers Global2010 as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in America
  • Consistently selected by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 attorneys in Oregon, 2006 - 2017
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Securities, Professional Liability and Product Liability  

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (by invitation upon proof of over 50 jury trials), President, Oregon Chapter, 2003 - 2004
  • Oregon State Bar, Chair, Litigation Section, 1990 - 1991
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon, Judicial Merit Selection Committee, Judge Paul Papak position, Chair 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Multnomah Bar Association 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys 
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Oregon

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The National Judicial College, National Board of Trustees, Former Member; National Board of Visitors
  • Portland Center Stage, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2008 
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) 
  • Mt. Angel Benedictine Abbey Foundation of Oregon, Board of Directors 
  • Dr. Marten’s Airwair USA, non-executive member of the Board of Directors 1999 to present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Oral Advocacy in an increasingly diverse world, Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, Litigation Journal
  • Economic Damages Litigation: Lessons from Berkman, Author
  • Multnomah Bar Association / Portland, OR, Speaker
  • 22nd Annual Litigation Institute & Retreat / Stevenson, WA, Speaker
  • Hastings College of Law Advocacy Program, Business Litigation Institute, Faculty, 2000
  • Oregon State Bar Masters of Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member, multiple years



Educational Background:

  • University of Oregon Honors College, B.A.
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Office Location for Stephen (Steve) F. English

1120 NW Couch Street
10th Floor
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: 503-727-2003

Fax: 503-727-2222


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Last Updated: 3/28/2018

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