I am attorney Steven J. Sherlag. My job is hard, but simple: I protect the rights and freedoms of my clients. I take my job very seriously.
My law firm, Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., is a boutique litigation firm devoted to the protection of our clients’ civil rights and civil liberties. Based in Portland, Oregon, the firm includes myself, a legal clerk, an of counsel attorney and a highly skilled full-time assistant. As your law office, we will stop at nothing to protect your rights and freedoms.
Personal Service | Skilled Representation
It can be traumatic to be accused of a crime or to have suffered because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Most of my clients never dreamed that one day they would need a lawyer. I understand this, and I am here to help make things as easy as possible for you and your family.
It is an honor when people bring their problems to me and entrust with me with vindicating their rights and being their voice in state or federal court. I treat every client as I would wish to be treated if I were facing a similar situation. I approach each client’s case as a partnership, with patience, compassion and the knowledge that I will be a better lawyer if I listen carefully to my client’s story and understand his or her needs. Equipped with over 20 years of experience as a trial attorney in Oregon, I am prepared to guide my clients and their families through the rough and uncertain waters of the court system.
Powerful Courtroom Presence | Exhaustive Trial Preparation
I am known for my powerful courtroom presence and exhaustive trial preparation. I am also known for maintaining both a sense of dignity and a sense of humor in stressful times. Whether you are seeking assistance with a serious criminal charge, compensation for injuries caused by others or professional license defense services, I will do my very best to help you accomplish your goals, no matter how difficult and uncertain the path may be.
My criminal defense practice is based upon my belief that each of us has the constitutional right to a vigorous and effective defense. My civil litigation practice is based on my sincere belief in the importance of justice for the disempowered and the injured.
Experienced Lawyer | Respected Advocate
My dedication to my clients’ rights and my commitment to exceptional service have led to recognition within the legal community. I have received Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious AV Preeminent peer rating* for legal ability and high ethical standards. I am a co-recipient of the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. I authored the robbery chapter for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Major Crimes and Defenses, as well as the opening statement and closing argument chapter for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s “Trial Notebook.” I have also been invited to speak at various Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars.
My community involvement extends to several legal professional associations, including:
- Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Education Committee
- National Police Accountability Project
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Lawyers Guild
I am also an active member of my personal and family community, coaching a Wilshire Little League team for several years and sitting on the board of a nonprofit park.
Get Your Questions Answered
If you need an experienced attorney to help protect your rights or a loved one’s rights, contact me. I can answer your questions about any criminal or civil matter.
Hablamos español. Мы Говорим по-Русски. Interpreters are also available as needed.
*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.