Steven M. Berne


Since the economic crash in 2008, Steve Berne has spent a majority of his time working to help businesses, general contractors, and developers avoid bankruptcy. He has helped restructure over $500,000,000 of loans for his clients, enabling them to stay in business. Over the last 31 years, Steve has helped manage the legal affairs for many businesses as outside general counsel. This representation has included business formations, acquisitions, sales and mergers, as well as general corporate maintenance and business litigation. He has extensive experience in collections and bankruptcies, having represented insurance and surety companies, lenders, landlords, bankruptcy committees, and general creditors. Steve also has a broad spectrum of experience in real estate transactions and development. Steve is A/V rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Steve is an avid outdoorsman. He can be found on mountains throughout the world skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, camping, climbing and mountain biking. Steve has been married for over 36 years, has 4 children, and 7 grandchildren.

Representative Work

  • Business and Commercial Transactions and Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Collections and Bankruptcy
  • Trust and Estate Disputes

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Oregon State Bar Association (Debtor/Creditor and Construction Law Sections)
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Boy Scouts of America


  • Author, “Inadequate Notice in Tax Sales,” 12 Utah Bar Journal Nos. 1-6, P.33, 1984
  • Author, “Saybrook Manufacturing – The Eleventh Circuit’s Challenge of Texlon-Type Cross-Collateralization and the Mootness Doctrine,” Vol. XII, No.4, Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter at 3 (Winter 1992-93)
  • Co-author, Cushman & Meeker “Construction Defaults: Rights, Duties, and Liabilities,” Chapter 4


  • Oregon State Bar, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1985
  • Washington State Bar, 2006


  • Brigham Young University, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Portland State University, B.A., with honors, 1982
  • Foreign Language: German