“At Ater Wynne, our mix of people gives clients a lot of expertise to draw on. We’ve got attorneys who’ve been practicing in the same place for 35 years, and smart young attorneys. That makes us venerable, yet cutting edge. Together, we’re a group of COMPETENT, SUCCESSFUL, STRATEGIC ADVISORS.”

– Jonathan Ater, Partner Emeritus

Steven K. Blackhurst

General Counsel

Steve Blackhurst has been trying cases in Oregon for more than 30 years. Most of his practice is devoted to representing businesses in commercial disputes. He has extensive experience in both state and federal courts defending a broad variety of statutory and common law claims brought against businesses, directors, officers and shareholders. He has defended investment firms, accounting firms and law firms accused of securities violations and professional negligence. He has litigated cases involving hostile takeovers, disputes among corporate shareholders, and banks accused of tortious conduct. He also has defended corporate officers and directors accused of breaching their fiduciary and statutory duties or engaging in insider trading.

In addition to trying cases to both juries and judges, Steve is experienced in negotiating settlement of disputes, and in using alternatives to the court system to resolve claims efficiently. He is frequently asked to serve as a private mediator or arbitrator and believes that this experience helps him to be effective when his own clients are engaged in mediation or arbitration.

Steve is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation), Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers (General Commercial Litigation), and Benchmark Litigation. Steve has also been named to the Oregon Super Lawyers list from 2006 through 2017.

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Representative Matters

  • Defended global manufacturer in cross border leasing and finance dispute
  • Represented FDIC in failed bank litigation
  • Defended COO of Senior Housing company in lawsuit
  • Defended regional health insurer in arbitration concerning software development contract
  • Defended bank accused of aiding and abetting customer's Ponzi scheme
  • Defended national communications company in dispute over real estate lease
  • Defended new employer in dispute over enforceability of non-compete contract
  • Defended national bank and international media conglomerate in a federal securities class action
  • Defended global law firm in shareholder derivative legal malpractice lawsuit
  • Represented Special Litigation Committees appointed to analyze shareholder derivative claims against company’s officers
  • Represented CEO of a Portland company in fiduciary duty litigation brought by the company’s founder
  • Defended CEO and his business in Oregon securities case arising from failed merger
  • Represented global investment firm in investigation by Oregon Department of Justice into Enron-related losses of Public Employees Retirement Fund