Steven M. Berne


Over the last 35 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. Steve has a broad spectrum of experience in real estate transactions and development, specializing in residential and senior housing projects. He also has extensive experience in collections and bankruptcies, having represented insurance and surety companies, lenders, landlords, bankruptcy committees, and general creditors. 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 40 years, has 4 children, and 10 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
  • Advisor to Special Olympics Oregon Board of Directors and Member of Finance Committee


  • 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


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