Professional Biography

Steven (Steve) Hedberg Professional Staff

Chief Operating Officer; Member, Firmwide Management and Executive Committees

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




Steve Hedberg is Chief Operating Officer at Perkins Coie. As the firm's most senior business professional responsible for all aspects of operations and strategic growth, Steve oversees all professional staff throughout the United States and Asia. Steve also serves as a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees.

Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Steve was a partner at Perkins Coie for more than two decades and focused his practice on bankruptcy law. He is an elected Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. His practice achievements include creditor representation in some of the nation's largest bankruptcy cases, such as Enron, Pacific Gas & Electric, Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines. He received recognition from The Best Lawyers in America and Law & Politics magazine, which named him a "Top 50 Super Lawyer" in Oregon.

Professional Recognition

  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2009 - Present 
  • American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law, 1993 - Present
  • CLLA Academy of Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Specialists, Board Certified, Creditors’ Rights Law, 1994 - Present
  • Listed in Oregon Law and Politics, "Oregon Super Lawyers," from inception in 2006; Top 50 Oregon Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2012
  • Selected for "40 under 40 Award," given to young leaders in the business community demonstrating extraordinary business accomplishments, community involvement and vision for leadership, Portland Business Journal, 1997
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell

    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Commission to Study Chapter 11 Reform
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Business Bankruptcy and Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Aspects of Business Transactions; Litigation Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor/Debtor Section; Business Law Section; Litigation Section
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Debtor/Creditor Section; Business Law Section; Litigation Section; Financial Institutions Committee
  • Merit Screening Committee - Bankruptcy Judgeship, District of Oregon

Community Involvement

  • Portland Center Stage Board of Directors, Board Chair, 2011; Executive Committee Member, 2008 - Present; Board Treasurer, 2010
  • University of Portland, President’s Advisory Council, 2000 - 2009
  • Multnomah Bar Association Managing Partners’ Roundtable, 2003 - 2008
  • Special Deliveries, Board of Directors, distributor of goods to charities, 2000 - 2003
  • American Red Cross, Portland; Board of Directors, 1994 - 2000; Health and Safety Services Executive Committee, 1994 - 2000
  • United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Judicial Screening Committee, Portland, OR,  1997
  • Selected Past Board Memberships and Community Activities
    • Board of Directors, Columbia Willamette Region, United Way; Agency Services Subcommittee
    • Board of Directors, St. Mary of the Valley High School
    • Board of Directors, Board Chair, Catholic Youth Organization for Archdiocese of Portland, OR
    • Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Blood Services, American Red Cross; Chair, Blood Services Budget Subcommittee for Pacific Northwest Blood Services, American Red Cross
    • American Red Cross Blood Services Pheresis and Blood Donor (8 gallons)

Related Employment

  • Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, OR, COO, 2013 - present
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, OR, Partner, 1992 - 2013
  • Miller, Nash, Wiener, Hager & Carlsen, Seattle, WA, Partner 1988 - 1992
  • Miller, Nash, Wiener, Hager & Carlsen, Seattle, WA, Associate, 1987 - 1988
  • Miller, Nash, Wiener, Hager & Carlsen, Portland, OR, Associate, 1985 - 1987
  • Weaver & Layne, Portland, OR, Associate, 1984 - 1985



Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • Oregon

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 1984
  • Portland State University, B.A., Business Administration, Finance/Law Certificate, 1981