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It is an honor when people bring their problems to me and entrust with me with vindicating their rights, being their voice in our nation's courts.


I enjoy what I do and treat every client as I would wish to be treated should I have the misfortune of facing their challenges.  I approach my client's case as a partnership, with patient understanding, compassion, and the knowledge that I will be a better lawyer if I listen to my client's story and their needs, but also knowing that with my years of experience, I am prepared to carefully guide my client and my client's family through the rough and uncertain waters of the court system.


I also know that it is important to maintain a sense of humor in stressful times and an enuring sense of dignity so that my client will understand me and know that I will do my very best to accomplish their goals, their outcome, no matter how difficult and uncertain the path may be.


If you think I may be the right person for you, please do not hesitate to call on me to be your voice in our nation's courts.




Languages spoken: English, Russian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    16 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    25 years


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  • Michael Paul de Muniz

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    Michael de Muniz Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Noah A F Horst MPH

    Steven Sherlag cares deeply about his clients and aggressively works their cases from every angle; his tenacious and tireless advocacy consistently wins the best possible results for his clients.


    Noah Horst Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Ste 900
621 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR, 97205


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013
Arthrur H. Bryant Pubic Justice AwardOregon Trial Lawyers Association1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderLaw Office of Steven J. Sherlag, PC2001 - Present
Staff Attorney, Sr. Felony AttorneyMetropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc.1994 - 2001
Litigation AssociateMorgan Lewis1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationLifetime Member1993 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Trial NotebookEffective Opening Statements2013
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Trial NotebookClosing Argument2013
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Major Crimes ManualRobbery Chapter2010
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association DUII Trial NotebookEffective Opening Statements2007
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Major Crimes ManualRobbery Chapter2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Michigan, Ann ArborRussian and Eastern Euro StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly Meeting Gus Solomon American Inns of Court“To Have and To Hold” LGBTQ Rights (PPT Coordinator)2013
Monthly Meeting of Gus Solomon Inns of CourtDue Process2011
Handling the Police Liability ClaimInternal Affairs Complaints2011
Handling the Police Liability ClaimFederal Law Overview2011
New Lawyers' SeminarDefense Lawyers' Ethics2010
Monthly Meeting of the Gus Solomon American Inns of CourtAcme Corporation: Ethics in IP2010
“Anatomy of a Murder”Interview of the Criminal Client2009
Winter ConferenceThe Evidence Code, Prosecutorial Misconduct and Evidentiary Ethics2009
Winter ConferenceExperts, Ethics and Ethics: Picking, Directing, Preparing and Attacking Experts2006
The Criminal Trial from Start to FinishEffective Opening Statements2006
Monthly Chapter Meeting, Ch 31, Intern'l Assoc of Arson InvestigatorsArson Through the Eyes of a Trial Lawyer2005