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Steven J Sherlag

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Sherlag | De Muniz LLP

  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 30 years
    California - CA 32 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    Defense of all criminal matters in federal and all Oregon state courts. Experienced in all types of cases, including Measure 11, Child Abuse, and computer crimes of all varieties.

    33 years

  2. Litigation
    30%
    My civil litigation practice is a natural outgrowth of my interest in vindicating civil liberties and rights, representing vulnerable individuals from abuses caused or threatened by more powerful persons and entities. In this capacity I represent persons suffering sexual harassment, race discrimination, governmental abuses including excessive force, detention, and wrongful prosecution, defending professional's licenses, and to protect bicyclists' right to safe passage on our roadways.

    24 years

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.

 

 

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Location

Sherlag | De Muniz LLP
820 NW 12th Ave., STE 106
Portland, OR, 97209

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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best trial criminal attorneys you can hire!
I’ve had a difficult case where I had to hire Steven to fight my post conviction case where other attorney messed up. He is the honest and best one and does what he tells you he will do! He won my case, it took him couple years to do so but he did! He will fight your case till he wins it for you! Greatly recommended for service!!! As well he is one of the top 100 attorneys of America!
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Posted by Jake | December 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Available
I write this review nearly 15 years after Steven saved my life. So I’ll be short and sweet. When I think about Steven Sherlag I can’t help but look back and imagine “Billy Flynn”, the defense lawyer in the movie Chicago. What I witnessed Steven do was both a blessing and magic to say the least. He is a good man with a pure moral compass. I pray I never need his assistance again, but if I do, I pray he answers that call. I have recommended him and would recommend his talent to anyone, family, friends, or strangers.
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Posted by Dain | August 31, 2014
Successful defense against False Allegations of child abuse in Albany Oregon
Steve's a real guy who understands the real world and the way cops, DHS and the judicial system abuse power and civil rights. He was recommended to me and I recommend him to you. He's my guardian angel and I Iove him like a brother. He's totally human and can relate to the feelings of others. He's not a shrink, but he's not above heartfelt and healing words and "just talking." He's very funny too. He does his best to help you keep perspective when the world seems like it's falling down. I owe Steve a debt which may be un-repayable in this lifetime. This was a near death experience for me and I now know just how interwoven and connected we are. Did Steve owe me karmically before or did we begin something this time around? He represented me when I was framed by Albany, Oregon police detective Glen Fairall for abusing my own children when he had actually abused them through going into their school, bullying and intimidating the administrator into letting him question (i.e. interrogate) my 6 year old daughter and subsequently ordering all three of my daughters (1,3 and 6 yrs) "examined" (state sanctioned child sex abuse) at ABC House because he couldn't find any evidence. He had wasted his time and probably realized he was looking bad so he blew his stack and went berzerk when I got an attorney and charged me with 3 counts of child sex abuse and a topper of RAPE to make things stick. The Grand Jury dismissed the rape charge but undoubtedly the DA George Eder easily pushed over the foggy and nebulous charges of sex abuse to get an indictment. After all that's what a Grand Jury is for: producing indictments. It's not hard when there's no judge and no defense representation! It's a trial in a vacuum... Bathing your child, changing where they might see you, potty training them and comforting them when they're scared at night are readily spinnable as sex-crimes. He didn't charge my wife for doing these things, only me, the father. As detective Fairall said it's his "business". Steve stayed with me through the whole thing and regularly came to Albany when needed (75 miles) during the 2+ years of horror, 4 preparations for trials (3 blocked by DA/courthouse shenanigans), DA calling an illegal mistrial and ultimately, 6 months later a 7 day trial and extremely fast exoneration. I hope you never have to hire Steve to defend you and you probably won't as long as you know that it's a bad idea to "talk to cops" and teach your loved ones likewise. "Anything you say can be used against you" IS FOR REAL. It's not just movies. If the cop feels like it your words will be spun, manipulated, taken out of context and even misquoted. All exculpatory evidence will be ignored. That's how the pros make probable cause." Don't be naieve. It could cost your life or that of someone you care for. Cops and DAs are allowed to lie and they do it a lot. They're rewarded for it. They'll lie to your kids too. The courts do not hold anyone of "the system" accountable. That means fraud, perjury, and forgery by cops are not seen as crimes in these kinds of cases. Only we can change the system and that is by exposing these guys, making them and their employers look bad and always demanding trials. But if you are getting railroaded, Steve may be able to help you. To say he saved my family and my life is an understatement. I recommend him with all my heart. --Dain S. A, Oregon
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Posted by Linda | August 31, 2014
Sherlag recommendation
I highly recommend Steven Sherlag. He is trustworthy, and really cares about people. He and his Assistant Kristine San Fillipo, were very professional handling my case. Through this stressful time in my life, I was really surprised that they took time to check in on me, (phone call, email) to see how I was doing. To me, that is a rarity for such a busy firm. He really fights hard for you and defends you to the end!
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2014
If your looking for a 1st class lawyer , "Steven J Sherlag " is it!
When my case happened , I was truly innocent and needed the very best lawyer to proove it. I am a avid outdoorsman & a firearm collector & love hunting with my children. I reviewed many of the Portland area lawyers & Steven J Sherlags website caught my attention. Something just felt wright about it & so i made the call , and im glad i did. Steven & I talked about my case & the 3different charges & he told me about the different possible outcomes & so I made the decision he was my lawyer. I met with Steven & Kristine San Filippo who is Stevens Legal Assistant @ there office , where we reviewed the case and costs & planned my defense . Kristine was top rate & thorough on the investigation & keeping me updated on my case. Through my whole process Steven kept me positive & they both made me feel more like a friend , i want to thank both of you for that. Well 10months later my case was over & i couldnt of been more pleased with the outcome! O, i also received a check back i wasn' t expecting . Steven J Sherlag is a 1st class lawyer all the way!
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Posted by Willy | August 23, 2014
Highly knowledgeable and energetic
Mr. Sherlag was very knowledgeable and informative regarding our case and the legal system. He listened to our concerns and advised us appropriately. I would recommend him to everybody.
Posted by Alexi gudishvili | August 22, 2014
Great lawer In Oregon state. If after 4 years customer still remembers Steven j Sherlag it's means alot.
Best lawer. A+++++all the way. After his done with my case he send me check for 3749.40 Witch I never expected . that's how fair he is. I tough I was own him more money but I received check from him. His prices are low compare how good he is. Thank you for everything Steven j Sherlag. I owe you a drink.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2013
A lawyer to fight for your best future...
After my arrest, on a life-altering charge, I knew I needed a lawyer who would aggressively fight for me.  Steven proved to be a brilliant lawyer who understood my case and knew exactly how to fight for my best future.  From the beginning he "got it!"  Add outstanding empathy and compassion (from both Steven and his assistant Kristine) to his brilliant lawyering, and I had a truly wise counsel.  Steven enabled me to make the best decision for my future even when faced with a "Sophie's Choice." I am a better person now as a result of his handling of my case. I owe my new life to Steven.
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Posted by AF | September 24, 2013
A True Professional
Steven is a true professional. His team was always available any time I had questions on my case. He never set any unrealistic goals for resolutions. I always felt like he had my best interests in mind with everything that he did.
Posted by Ella P | September 20, 2013
Great Lawyer to Have!
Steve has been my lawyer for many years now and I am very happy with all of his hard work and dedication! He kept me out of jail on several occasions. As a client I recommend him to anybody. He will try his best to help you out in any way possible. Hes very intelligent and honest! I'm very pleased and would not trade him for another!:)
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Posted by Bill | July 18, 2013
Steven Sherlag, Criminal Defense
Steven Sherlag exhibited extraordinary professionalism, know-how and dedication when I was his client. He certainly aims to work very hard to represent folks dealing with the criminal justice system and goes above and beyond to passionately represent those who are on the fringes of society with candor, humor and assertiveness. His deep understanding of how the system works in and out of the courtroom, how to use evidence to it's full potential and when to say the right thing to the right audience truly makes him an ally for anyone who may be unfamiliar with the system. He is fair, honest and strongly recommended.
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Posted by William | December 20, 2012
I had a very positive experience with Atty. Steven Sherlag and his associate
I was involved in a difficult to understand situation and needed the immediate advice and support from an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. I contacted Steven Sherlag's office and, even though he was very busy that day, he called me back and took time to review my situation and provided me with excellent advice. Following that I had two appointments with Atty. Sherlag and I felt that he was very thorough in walking me through all possible scenarios of my situation; this was quite helpful to me. Also I was extremely impressed with Kristine San Fillippo who is his Legal Assistant / Investigator. She followed up on one aspect of my situation very promptly and efficiently.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2011
The Sherlag Experience
Hi! my name is David J, and I have had the pleasure of having Mr. Steven J. Sherlag as legal councel on a fed case I was facing at the time, and I must say that he and his team did a tremendous job. the sherlag team are a very confidence group of individuals who are their to not only assist steve but all of steves clients as well, and thay were very helpful in keeping my hopes at the highest levels which in fact made me believe in myself to the point that I to made some changes in my own life. look I could go on and on about Steven Sherlags work and the facts are, he is a hard working and aggressive Attorney at Law and I would put my money on the office of Steven J. Sherlag anytime.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sherlag | De Muniz LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Law Office of Steven J. Sherlag, PC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Staff Attorney, Sr. Felony Attorney
  • Metropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc.
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Litigation Associate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • 1991 - 1993
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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Arthrur H. Bryant Pubic Justice Award
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Trial Notebook
  • Closing Argument
  • 2013
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Trial Notebook
  • Effective Opening Statements
  • 2013
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Major Crimes Manual
  • Robbery Chapter
  • 2010
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association DUII Trial Notebook
  • Effective Opening Statements
  • 2007
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Major Crimes Manual
  • Robbery Chapter
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting Gus Solomon American Inns of Court
  • “To Have and To Hold” LGBTQ Rights (PPT Coordinator)
  • 2013
  • Handling the Police Liability Claim
  • Federal Law Overview
  • 2011
  • Handling the Police Liability Claim
  • Internal Affairs Complaints
  • 2011
  • Monthly Meeting of Gus Solomon Inns of Court
  • Due Process
  • 2011
  • Monthly Meeting of the Gus Solomon American Inns of Court
  • Acme Corporation: Ethics in IP
  • 2010
  • New Lawyers' Seminar
  • Defense Lawyers' Ethics
  • 2010
  • Winter Conference
  • The Evidence Code, Prosecutorial Misconduct and Evidentiary Ethics
  • 2009
  • “Anatomy of a Murder”
  • Interview of the Criminal Client
  • 2009
  • Winter Conference
  • Experts, Ethics and Ethics: Picking, Directing, Preparing and Attacking Experts
  • 2006
  • The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish
  • Effective Opening Statements
  • 2006
  • Monthly Chapter Meeting, Ch 31, Intern'l Assoc of Arson Investigators
  • Arson Through the Eyes of a Trial Lawyer
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (20)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a smart, calculated, and effective advocate. I endorse and highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is an intelligent and conscientious attorney. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is an experienced and effective litigator with a keen sense for getting to the heart of complex criminal matters. He is also a nice guy. I endorse him without any reservations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Sherlag's work without reservation. He combines a lighthearted and easy way with people and a personal work ethic that is strong and serious. Mr. Sherlag is fearless when it comes to fighting for his clients' rights. He is both knowledgeable, and always seeking new way to stand up for his clients. If I had a close family member who needed a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Sherlag would be the one I'd call."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is an incredibly intelligent, effective, and zealous advocate for his clients. I consult with him as a matter of routine in both complex civil rights and criminal cases as well. I do not hesitate to give him my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Steve and watching him work since 1993 when we both became members of the Oregon State Bar. He is an outstanding advocate and one of our most highly skilled practitioners. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is very intelligent, outspoken, and experienced criminal defense attorney. I have great respect for his work."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is a passionate advocate, a skillful trial lawyer and possessed of one of the quickest minds I've encountered in my 33 years of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Friend
"Steve Sherlag is the go-to attorney that I recommend for anyone who has a need to speak with a criminal defense attorney. I first met Steve in 1998 when I worked for Metropolitan Public Defender. Steve was one of the trainers back then because of his immense skill as a litigator. He is someone who I would to defend me, if that was necessary. Not only is Steve an incredible attorney/litigator, he is a very friendly and interesting guy. If you want a top-notch criminal defense attorney and/or civil litigator in Oregon, then do yourself a favor and call Steve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a smart, creative and tenacious lawyer. In court, he is high-octane and always a forceful advocate for his client! If your goal is a great outcome, Steve Sherlag is an excellent choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Intelligent aggressive litigator! Skills cross over into hostile work environment/sexual harrassment claims on behalf of plaintiff. I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer--Steven is an outstanding attorney."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve Sherlag is a smart, capable, excellent advocate for his clients. Whether in the courtroom or out, he brings a high level of professionalism and skill to his presentations. I often refer and highly recommend Steve for either criminal or civil rights matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When I was a brand new lawyer, Steve stepped up and provided a helping hand and great guidance. Now, as a fellow lawyer, I recognize Steve to be very hardworking and committed to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a force of nature in the courtroom. One of the best trial lawyers I know, he is someone I would want defending me if I was charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have the highest respect for Steven Sherlag. He is an excellent attorney. He takes great pleasure in accomplishing outstanding results for his clients. I find him a pleasure to work with. I will not hesitate to refer clients to him in the future, as I know the client will be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Steve Sherlag for many years. He is a vigorous and tenacious advocate for his clients. A superb tactician, he is relentless in pursuit of justice for those he represents. I highly recommend him."
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