Professional Biography
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Stephen F. English Partner

  • Portland

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    Portland

    1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor

    Portland, OR 97209-4128

    +1.503.727.2003

    SEnglish@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Widely recognized for his skills and success as a trial lawyer, Stephen English has tried to verdict more than 100 cases in his 40-year career.

Called “one of the best trial attorneys in the history of Oregon” by sources in Chambers USA, Stephen has represented many of the region’s most noted investors as both defense and plaintiffs’ counsel. Nationally, he has represented clients in a range of often high-profile matters, including cases involving corporate fraud, sports law, technology, and the environment. His successful outcomes on behalf of his clients have included what was then the largest Taft-Hartley settlement in United States history. The resolution of this case prompted an invitation for Stephen to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions regarding protection of Americans’ pension plans from fraud. He has successfully settled multiple complex matters, and received multiple verdicts resulting in seven- and eight-figure settlements.

Known for his ability to take a complicated case and make it understandable and persuasive to a jury, Stephen’s trial experience includes business disputes, commercial torts, trade secrets, securities, policyholder disputes, product liability claims, and institutional liability. He also has successfully served as a mediator of last resort in particularly difficult and contentious disputes.

Stephen has been listed as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America for nine of the past ten years, in areas including Bet-the-Company Litigation, Securities, Product Liability Litigation Defense, and Insurance. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Litigation has included him for 15 years, including from 2011-2021, as well as ranking him as a “Star Individual” in Oregon. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, comprising the top 1% of the trial bar in the United States and Canada, and is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization whose membership is limited to 500 lawyers.

chambers 2021 and best lawyers 2021 award badges

Ranked by Chambers & Best Lawyers

Named “Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2021
Ranked by Chambers USA 17 years in a row

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USAAmerica’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005 - 2010; Litigation, 2011 - 2021; Listed as "Star Individual" in Oregon
  • Recognized by Portland Business Journal as a "Giant of Litigation," 2018
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, State Co-Chair
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2006 - 2022: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation - Real Estate; Litigation - Securities; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ Portland, Oregon "Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year," 2011, 2013, 2020; “Product Liability Litigation Defendants Lawyer of the Year,” 2012; "Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year," 2014, 2021; "Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year," 2015; "Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year", 2016; "Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year," 2017, 2019
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Oregon Product Liability Litigation - "Defendants Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2010 as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in America
  • Consistently selected by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 attorneys in Oregon, 2006 - 2021
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (by invitation upon proof of over 50 jury trials), President, Oregon Chapter, 2003 - 2004
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Securities, Professional Liability and Product Liability

Professional Leadership

  • The National Judicial College, National Board of Trustees, Former Member; National Board of Visitors
  • Oregon State Bar, Chair, Litigation Section, 1990 - 1991
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon, Judicial Merit Selection Committee, Judge Paul Papak position, Chair 
  • Hastings College of Law Advocacy Program, Business Litigation Institute, Faculty, 2000
  • Oregon State Bar Masters of Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member, multiple years
  • Portland Center Stage, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2008 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Multnomah Bar Association 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) 
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys 
  • Mt. Angel Benedictine Abbey Foundation of Oregon, Board of Directors 
  • Dr. Marten’s Airwair USA, non-executive member of the Board of Directors 1999 to present; Board of Directors of British parent company 1999 - 2003, assisted the company as it successfully transitioned its manufacturing from the United Kingdom to Asia.

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Federal District Court
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • UC Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
  • University of Oregon Honors College, B.A.