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Steve Yarosh is an immigration lawyer and criminal defense attorney with a broad background in civil rights law. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and was a lead trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Waco, Texas case involving David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. Prior to that, Steve represented the City of Chicago for a number of years as Assistant Corporation Counsel where he was a lead trial attorney in police misconduct cases.


In addition to his immigration, civil rights and criminal law background, Steve has substantial experience handling injury cases, employment matters, DUII defense and traffic cases.  He has taught business, accounting and law at the college level, and has also served as a federal comptroller, contracting officer and budget officer with the U.S Navy.  Steve’s military service includes 3 years on board the Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey (BB-62) and one year with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon.  Steve has also worked as a magazine writer, sports editor and newspaper photographer.  He is an Order of the Coif graduate of Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, and served on Law Review as a member of the Editorial Board. 


Steve currently sits on the City of Portland Police Oversight Committee where he hears appeals in police misconduct cases.  He also sits on the Metro Oversight Board where he monitors and evaluates Metro expenditures.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 20%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Immigration: 20%
  5. Criminal Defense: 20%

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  • Erik W Nicholson

    I have had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Yarosh about complicated DUI and Diversion issues. He clearly works hard to find the best arguments and case law to benefit his clients. I endorse this attorney.


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Contact info

Yarosh | Valdez

Attorneys at Law
520 SW Yamhill St., Suite 428
Portland, OR, 97204-1327


DCActive 200007/05/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199205/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Arlyn Miner Book AwardNorthwestern University School of Law1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, PartnerYAROSH | VALDEZ P.C.2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Branch Davidian/WACO LitigationSuccessfully Defended ATF, FBI and United States
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Responsive CommunityA Place for Safe Housing in the Fourth Amendment1994
Northwestern University Law ReviewOperation Clean Sweep: Is the Chicago Housing Authority 'Sweeping' Away the Fourth Amendment?1992
Search and Seizure Law ReportDrugs, Crime and Public Housing: The Search for a Solution1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Metro Council MeetingMetro Neighborhood Grants Awards2013