“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
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 2014.