Steven B. Ungar

Steven B. Ungar

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Portland, OR

Ungar Law Office LLC
 | 805 SW Broadway, Fox Tower, Suite 2440
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-701-3888
Fax: 503-419-3001
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2012, 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Gaming (20%),
  • Government Relations (20%),
  • Native American Law (20%),
  • Administrative Law (10%),
  • Health Care (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Steven B. Ungar is the member-manager of Ungar Law Office LLC, located in Portland, Oregon. His practice focuses on White Collar Criminal Defense, Government Relations, Gaming, Lottery and Sports Betting, Professional Licensing, Regulatory Compliance, Indian Law, Taxation and Crisis Management.  He represents individual and business clients in Oregon, Washington and throughout the United States, who are under investigation for or have been charged with serious criminal offenses, including embezzlement, bank fraud, securities fraud and insider trading, tax evasion, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and environmental violations. Mr. Ungar is also often retained by corporate clients to conduct internal investigations and to handle state and federal regulatory compliance matters. He has served as Special Counsel to a number of Native American Tribes on gaming, regulatory, tax, and other issues.  Having served as the Chairman of the Oregon Lottery Commission (from 2005-2012), he is also sought out for gaming, lottery and -- since it has been legalized in 2018, Sports Betting- related expertise, both for business and in some cases, government entities. 

    After graduating from Washington University in 1975, Mr. Ungar earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1979. Admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 8th and 9th Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by his peers, Mr. Ungar has been rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America**.

    An active participant in several professional organizations, Mr. Ungar is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association. The chair of the Oregon Lottery Commission from 2005 to 2012, he has been active in several groups, including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jewish Federation of Portland and is a past president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana. Mr. Ungar carries out his love of music by teaching drums and performing with the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

    *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

    **The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

    White Papers

  • Oregon State Bar -- Health Law Journal (2013) - Selected to co-author Health Law -- Fraud and Abuse chapters, 2003 and 2013 editions

  • About Steven Ungar

    Admitted: 1995, Oregon

    Professional Webpage:


    • Portland's Best Lawyers by Portland Monthly, 2006 - 2008
    • Designated one of the Best Law Firms in the U.S. as publicshed by the peer reviewed Best Lawyers organization  2010-2020, Best Law Firms in the U.S., Best Lawyers
    • Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce "Leadership in Law" Award and Medal, 2012
    • Peer Review Rated "AV" in Martindale-Hubbell
    • 2008-2020, Best Lawyers of Portland and Pacific Northwest
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2005 - 2020
    • President, American Civil Liberties Union (Montana), Special Commendation for 10 years service, 1994 - 1994

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Admitted to Washington State Bar, 1997
    • Admitted to Bar of New York (now inactive), 1998
    • Oregon State Bar's Health Law Journal, co-author of chapter entitled "Health Care Fraud and Abuse", 2013
    • Admitted to Missouri Bar (now inactive), 1979
    • Montana (now inactive), 1982
    • State Bar of Oregon, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
    • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
    • Member, Executive Committee, Jewish Federation of Portland’s Community Relations Committee
    • Chairman, Oregon Lottery Commission, first Appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski, now serving under, Governor John Kitzhaber, 2005 - 2012
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
    • Member, Chair, Governor's Judicial Screening Committee, Interviewing Judicial Candidates for Vacancies and other Appointments
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
    • President, Litigation Coordinator, American Civil Liberties Union ("ACLU") of Montana 1983-93, 1989

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • National Board of Directors, Jewish Council for Public Affairs (“JCPA”), New York City, 2001 - 2008
    • Drums, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Instruction and Performance, 1978 - Present


    • NOT GUILTY OF MURDER, "Mountain Man" case, Virginia City, Montana, 1984

    Representative Clients:

    • Portland Trail Blazers (NBA team), Columbia Sportswear, Global Players Network (Australia), various PACs and political campaign entities, 2018
    • Global Players Network (Australia and U.S.) Pendleton Woolen Mills Guidiville Indian Tribe (Ukiah, CA) Upstream Analytics LLC Viejas Indian Tribe (San Diego, CA) William Frank III, Tribal Council, Nisqually Indian Tribe Coiumbia Sportswear Inc.    , 2010

    Educational Background:

    • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, B.A. , 1975

    Industry Groups

    • Administrative Law
    • Crisis Management
    • Health Care
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Taxation
    • Tribal Law
    • White Collar Defense

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    Office Location for Steven B. Ungar

    805 SW Broadway
    Fox Tower, Suite 2440
    Portland, OR 97205

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    Last Updated: 2/19/2021

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