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Steven J. Sherlag

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Portland, OR

Sherlag | De Muniz LLP
820 Northwest 12th Avenue, Suite 106
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-422-0442
Fax: 503-296-2004
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Oregon Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Defense
Attorney Profile

When he founded Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., Mr. Sherlag knew he wanted to make a difference in the lives of people in Portland, Oregon. He does just that through his practice, where he defends clients against criminal charges or in professional licensure issues, and he advocates for them in matters such as sexual harassment in the workplace, bicycle accidents, and survivors of elder and sexual abuse.

In 2017 Mr. Sherlag joined forces with Michael De Muniz to form Sherlag | De Muniz LLP, bringing together two like-minded defense lawyers -- experienced, aggressive, and sensitive to the pressures our clients face when their lives are under the microscope.  

As a highly skilled litigator with decades of experience, Mr. Sherlag takes his job to protect a client’s rights seriously. He knows that while many legal battles never see the courtroom, it is imperative to prepare as though trial is imminent. This means he conducts a thorough investigation of the situation and aggressively pursues the best possible outcome. At the same time, he is sensitive to the fact that a criminal charge or personal injury may be extremely upsetting for those dealing with it.

Through his involvement with professional organizations, Mr. Sherlag has access to new techniques and technology useful in his practice. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Police Accountability Project and the National Lawyers Guild. Additionally, Mr. Sherlag is a published author and frequently requested as a guest speaker.

Mr. Sherlag has earned a number of accolades throughout his career, including the following: he has an Avvo “Superb” rating; he has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; he has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association has recognized his expertise, bestowing upon him its Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award.

In 1988, Mr. Sherlag received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. He then attended The University of Michigan Law School, earning a Juris Doctor in 1991.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Professional Liability: Defense
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022

About Steven J. Sherlag

First Admitted: 1993, Oregon

Professional Webpage: http://www.sherlaglaw.com/attorney/

Honors/Awards

  • Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award, Oregon Trial Lawyer's Association, 2005
  • AV Preeminent-rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyer, 2013-2016

Pro bono/Community Service

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Wilshire Little League team, Coach

Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Education Committee
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Educational Background

  • The University of Michigan, B.A. Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, 1988

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author, Robbery Chapter, Major Crimes and Defenses Manual, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association in the Major Crimes and Defenses Manual, 2010, Author, Author, Robbery Chapter, Major Crimes and Defenses Manual, OCDLA, 2010
  • Guide to developing and presenting themes and storytelling in sex crimes defense.  , Author, Themes in Sex Crimes Defense, OCDLA Sex Crimes Manual, 2018 ed., 2018
  • Memory-based defense strategies in sex crimes defense.  , Author, False Memories Happen, OCDLA Sex Crimes Manual, 2018 ed., 2018
  • Comprehensive guide to best practices in a challenging area of criminal defense.  , Co-Editor-in-Chief, Defending Sex Cases: Strategies from Allegation to Resolution, OCDLA, Sex Crimes Manual 2018 ed., 2018
  • Presentation with summary of state and federal law concerns relating to firearms ownership. , Presenter, Legal Concerns re Firearm Ownership, NBI Gun Law CLE Conference 2017, 2017
  • Presentation to peers related to ethics and approach in a difficult practice area.  , Presenter, Sex Crimes Defense: Innocents, Deviants and Perverts, Oh My!, OCDLA Sex Crimes Conference, 2017
  • Federal Law Overview, Handling the Police Liability Claim, National Business Institute, 2011, Presenter, Federal Law Overview, Handling the Police Liability Claim, National Business Institute, NBI Civil Rights Conference 2011, 2011
  • Defense Lawyer Ethics at OCDLA's New Lawyers Seminar, January 2010, Presenter, Defense Lawyer Ethics at OCDLA's New Lawyers Seminar, OCDLA, 2010
  • The Evidence Code, Prosecutorial Misconduct and Evidentiary Ethics at OCDLA's Winter Conference, December 2009, Presenter, The Evidence Code, Prosecutorial Misconduct and Evidentiary Ethics, OCDLA Winter Conference 2009, 2009
  • Experts, Evidence and Ethic: Picking, Directing, Preparing, and Attacking the Expert at OCDLA's Winter Conference, December 2006, Presenter, Experts, Evidence and Ethic: Picking, Directing, Preparing, and Attacking the Expert, OCDLA's Winter Conference 2006, 2006
  • Effective Opening Statements, The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2006, Presenter, Effective Opening Statements, The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish, NBI The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish, 2006, 2006
  • Arson Through the Eyes of a Trial Lawyer, to Oregon Chapter 31, IAAI, International Association of Arson Investigators, March 17, 2005, Presenter, Arson Through the Eyes of a Trial Lawyer, Oregon Chapter 31, IAAI, International Association of Arson Investigators, March 17, 2005, 2005
  • Moderator, OCDLA's Conference: Attacking Accepted Science and the Fallibility of Memory, December 2004, Moderator at OCDLA Conference, Attacking Accepted Science and the Fallibility of Memory, OCDLA , 2004
  • Moderator, OCDLA's Conference Crimes Against Children: Real, Imagined and Virtual, September 2002, Moderator at OCDLA Conference, Crimes Against Children: Real, Imagined and Virtual, OCDLA, 2002
  • Author, Chapter Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in the Trial Notebook, OCDLA, 2007, Author, Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, OCDLA Trial Notebook, 2007
  • Author, Chapter Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in the Trial Notebook, OCDLA, 2013, Author, Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, OCDLA Trial Notebook, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Nothing Either Good or Bad but Thinking Makes it So: Other Acts Evidence in a Post-Williams World, OCDLA, September 2015, Co-Presenter, Nothing Either Good or Bad but Thinking Makes it So: Other Acts Evidence in a Post-Williams World, OCDLA Conference 2015, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Put Down Your Sword and Pick Up a Mouse, Jon Snow – Engaging in Digital Discovery and Trial Warfare, OCDLA Winter Conference, December 2014, Co-Presenter, Put Down Your Sword and Pick Up a Mouse, Jon Snow – Engaging in Digital Discovery and Trial Warfare, OCDLA Winter Conference 2014, 2014
  • Internal Affairs Complaints, Handling the Police Liability Claim, National Business Institute, 2011, Presenter, Internal Affairs Complaints, Handling the Police Liability Claim, NBI Conference 2011, 2011
  • Author, Robbery Chapter, Major Crimes and Defenses Manual, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association in the Major Crimes and Defenses Manual, 2004, Author, Robbery Chapter, Major Crimes and Defenses Manual,, OCDLA, 2004

Industry Groups

  • NACDL
  • OCDLA
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Office Location for Steven J. Sherlag

820 Northwest 12th Avenue
Suite 106
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: 503-422-0442

Fax: 503-296-2004

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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