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Steven Erik Turner

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Vancouver, WA

4.9   29 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 14 years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    California - CA 34 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    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.

5
Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    30%

    35 years, 300 cases

  2. Litigation
    30%

    35 years, 300 cases

  3. Appeals
    20%

    35 years, 25 cases

  4. Arbitration
    10%

    35 years, 50 cases

  5. Probate
    10%

When it comes to what I can offer my clients, it boils down to three things: integrity, experience, and results.  I help companies and people solve problems.  I tailor my work to the specific needs and budget of my clients.  

 

I have been practicing law for 25 years.  I have handled a great variety of cases including, but not limtied to: breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, noncompetition provisions, real property disputes, partnership disputes, corporate dissolutions, property damage, and taxation issues. I focus on clients who are active in Southwest Washington throughout Clark, Skamania, and Cowlitz counties, and beyond.

 

I have successfully tried many cases in state and federal courts, and I have handled dozens of arbitrations and mediations. I also has extensive experience at the appellate level.

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Location

Steven Turner Law PLLC
1409 Franklin Street
Suite 216
Vancouver, WA, 98686

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by Debra | October 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
My husband and I met Steve a few years ago. He was highly recommended by another one of his clients. Steve was very "straight-forward" with us and realistic about the land dispute we had. Steve has great communication skills and always kept us informed during its highs and lows. He guided us through this entire process. At times, one does not want to hear things from their lawyer regarding their case but Steve through his calm demeanor helped with our anxieties about our situation. Our outcome on this case was positive!
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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Lawsuit
Steven did a fantastic job for me. He kept me on a path that eventually led to the case being dropped. Thank you Steven.
Posted by Chelsea | September 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional & attentive
We retained Steven to help with a very detailed and complicated legal battle. He was incredibly thorough, detail-oriented and understood the pieces of law that allowed us to be more protected than we ever anticipated. His knowledge of law and legal process goes above and beyond. Above all, we were never treated like "just clients"--we were treated with kindness and understanding. We will certainly hire Steven if we are ever in need of counsel again.
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Posted by Bruce | April 14, 2022
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Recovery From Predatory Software Provider
Mr. Turner brought suit for me and gave me very realistic expectations for our chances of success. Over the course of about a year, the defendant applied several delay tactics but in the end they settled out of court with me. The combination of Mr. Turner's very competent counsel, decades of court experience, and my desire to have him earn my money instead of letting the software company steal my money, proved to be a winning combination. I'm glad I filed suit. This is the only time I have filed suit against another party in my 27 years of doing business. I would wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Turner's as sound legal counsel.
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Posted by Mark | April 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Maximized my settlement and exceeded my high expectations
I didn't know where to go when an insurance company stopped responding to me while I was trying to get them to reimburse me for a tree-related matter. I was lucky enough to have an arborist point me in the direction of Steve. After one letter by Steve, the insurance company starting responding to us. It took perseverance and several more letters, but through his help, we were able to get a much larger settlement than I was ever expecting. There was a time I could have settled for less and I nearly did, but Steve counseled me otherwise and he was right. He was worth every penny and I'm very grateful to him.
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Posted by John | January 8, 2022
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John Lindgren
An absolute professional. An Ivy-league above your average attorney. Is open, transparent and speaks at your level. Best in Vancouver.
Posted by Curtis | October 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great communication, Flexible and Knowledgeable
My wife and I hired Steven for action regarding inaccurate and misinformation we received from an accounting firm. As a result of Steven's work we were able recover most of the money we had lost. Steven was always available to answer questions, we communicated during off hours and through text often. He was clear and upfront regarding the advice he provided. Even during Covid isolation, the case moved forward. Highly recommend Steven.
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Posted by Alex | February 3, 2021
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Mr.
I hired Mr Turner for a dispute with the developer/HOA where I was building a house. I interviewed and talked to 3 others before him, but he was the only one that seemed to know how to approach the case and understood my concerns and preferred way of dealing with the situation. He did research and found similar cases to mine that had won their disputes, and created a document reviewing everything and the legal research, and sent it to the lawyer of the other party, who agreed to our reasonable demands. Mr Turner saved me time and money, and I would hire him again and recommend him anytime.
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Posted by Joseph | February 3, 2021
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Great Lawyer
Steve obtained the facts, was honest with what he could do and how he felt the outcome would play out. I am happy to share, the outcome was what he had planned. I attribute this to how thorough Steve was in preparing for our negotiation. I would strongly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!!!
I owe my most sincere gratitude to Mr. Turner for representing me on an issue charged by the State's Dental Commission, that should have never been charged. The State has given the power for the Commission to the be judge, jury and executioner. Mr. Turner is a professional who I highly recommend for anyone who finds themselves up against this daunting force. He's a man of integrity that knows how to navigate the law and delicately deal with a Commission that counts on the vast resources of the government, able to force a potentially very expensive legal battle, just because they can. Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) conducted an investigation, citing unprofessional conduct against my dental license, which I've maintained in good standing for 23 years without a single mark. They requested I settle the matter informally with a Stipulation to Informal Disposition (STID) to avoid a hearing, giving a small amount of time to accept their STID before moving on charges. I retained Mr. Turned to assist with the matter who found the punishment was highly unusual, given no data was available showing the State has reprimanded a single licensed professional for the issue I was being accused. Statistically, the complaint used as the basis for their investigation is one of the five most commonly cited complaints made against a licensed professionals nationally and of the 500 complaints filed annually in the State of WA, it is among the 470 complaints that are dropped, with only 30 complaints warranting review and only 5 that are elevated to charges for serious crimes. Agreeing to the STID will forever damage my reputation in a category that is reserved for serious crimes of incompetence, negligence, convictions, gross misdemeanor, felony, fraud, willful betrayal and misuse of drugs. Mr. Turner conducted an extensive legal research and communicated with the State's staff attorney, demonstrating the Stipulation does not fall into any of the categories of reportable action. The State held firm, stating the issue was not up for negotiation, so Mr. Turner recommended we let them know we are prepared to proceed to court. The State responded with a letter, dropping all charges, electing to issue a Notice of Correction instead.
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Posted by James | January 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best I've used and I've used a lot
I cant recommend Steve enough. I use attorney in my business, personal life and for family. All encounters are never good ending regardless of the outcome. This is the first time I've come out on top. Steve wasn't only ethical, he found issues with my past Attorney and was able to recoup funds there for me too. He is honest, ethical, highly competent, and fair. I wish he practiced more areas so I could use him for all matters indefinitely.
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Posted by Von | September 10, 2018
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Stellar Review
We were in litigation which seemed to be at a stalemate in a civil suite. When we came to Steve, he reviewed the file quickly and understood the terms of the suit. Steve gave us several options to resolution. He was professional, knowledgeable and very responsive when communicating. We would highly recommend Steve Turner.
Posted by Scott | December 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Real Estate Transaction
I asked Steven to provide advise to respond to a demand letter from an attorney representing a party that believed they properly completed a real estate agreement to purchase my house. The agreement specifically stated that failure to complete a certain section of the agreement (buyer's agent did not complete this specific section) would result in no legally binding agreement, which the buyer and their agent disputed. Steven provided a very professional and factual presentation of basic contract law to support facts that the agreement was not legally binding in a letter to the buyers attorney, and that ended the matter.
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Posted by Alex | November 15, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
I hired Mr. Turner to represent me at a civil trial on short notice, and his performance and immediate grasp of the case was outstanding. He also represented me at the State Appellate and Supreme Court level with positive results. Mr. Turner is an excellent trial attorney. He has an in-depth understanding of business law. He is extremely intelligent, well spoken, well written, quick on his feet, trustworthy and thorough.
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Posted by Anne | November 13, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
Steve is an excellent lawyer and also a good man. Having dealt with him for nearly 3 years on my case, he has listened to me, has taken the time to understand the issues and given me true feedback even if it is not what I wanted to hear. During the trial Steve was able to take a complicated case involving engineering, defamation and discrimination and turn it into a story that could be told to the jury. His hard work, sincerity and confidence in the courtroom won the case for me.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 13, 2016
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Knowledgeable, Understanding and Forthcoming
We’ve been dealing with a property easement issue since November 2014. The first lawyer we hired came well recommended; however, he disappointed us with his lack of interest (and knowledge) regarding our case. We decided to hire Steven and it was the best decision we made; it turned our case around. Steven came onboard with fresh eyes and true desire to help us. With Steven’s tenacity and depth of knowledge, we ended up winning our summary judgment in June 2016.
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Posted by JIM HART | June 13, 2016
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STEVEN TURNER RATED 5 STARS
I WAS A DEFENDANT IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT. MR. TURNER HANDLED MY CASE THAT ENDED WITH A DISMISSAL BY THE COURT. MR. TURNER SAVED ME ENDLESS WORRY AND EXPENSE WITH THE WAY HE HANDLED MY CASE. INTEGRITY AND EXPERIENCE DO GET RESULT.
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2016
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Recommendation of Attorney Steven E. Turner, Vancouver, WA
Recently, I retained the services of attorney Steven E. Turner to handle a financially significant legal matter. Steven handled my case in a very professional and competent manner, proving himself to be both a skilled litigator and skilled negotiator. I found Steven to have keen perception, accomplished oral and written skills, and the ability to appropriately and deftly analyze legal issues. His excellent analytical skills allow him to see the big picture and are useful for the creation of practical, time-saving, solutions. Steven worked diligently on my case and was always prepared with a sound, realistic strategy, that would yield the best result. Although Steven was always a zealous advocate on my behalf, he was also able to work cooperatively with opposing counsel to fashion the best possible outcome for me. Stephen was also readily available to field my telephone calls and when he was not available, he always returned my call promptly. I would highly recommend Steven E. Turner to anyone seeking the services of a very competent and experienced attorney.
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Posted by John | April 7, 2015
Excellent Attorney. Excellent outcome.
I am no legal expert but would describe my case as having needed expertise in contract law, construction law, property law, and litigation expertise (skill in arguing a case in front of a jury or judge and successfully arguing against opposing attorneys). Mr. Turner did all of this and more. He was very, very attentive and very responsive before the court date. Both during prep work and in the court room, his capabilities and competence were obvious; this gentleman has total command of the subject and was able to clearly demonstrate his dominance over the pertinent topics in my case. Mr. Turner achieved for me the favorable outcome that I desired. I can also say that Mr. Turner was very reasonably priced, relative to other attorneys that I approached (i.e. his rate was equal to or much less than other attorneys that I approached or spoke with). That said, the legal service and piece-of-mind that Mr. turner provided was invaluable or priceless. While I mentioned those areas of expertise that Mr. turner employed to achieve for me a favorable ruling, I am quite sure that Mr. Turners abilities range far beyond those that I mentioned. If you need a good lawyer, I recommend that you give him a call. Regarding this same case, I should also mentioned that I was previously represented by a different legal team. Their performance was less than comforting. I had the good luck to myself decide to switch from my previous legal team to Mr. Turner. I am in a position to compare. And I can say that Steve Turner is most assuredly "excellent".
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2015
Excellent Tax Attorney
Steven Turner is an outstanding, professional tax attorney. He is very knowledgeable and gets right to the root of the issue. He is straight forward and tells you where you stand in the process, potential risks, where he believes he can be successful in minimizing the risks, and what he can do to mitigate any losses. He communicates well along the process, and is persistent with dealing with the IRS, which is challenging and difficult. In our case, our accountant had made a serious error that led to three years of back taxes due. Steven identified the error and successfully argued that the error was not our fault. As a result, the IRS ruled in our favor, which saved us from having to pay penalties. I highly recommend Steven Turner to handle your tax challenges.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Steven Turner Law PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Total Mechanical, Inc.
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Miller Nash
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Of Counsel
  • Miller Nash
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Of Counsel
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Partner
  • Gordon & Rees
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Gordon & Rees
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • 1989 - 1992
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Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Herbicide Drift/Crop Loss Claim
  • Jury awarded client 100% of damages.
  • Breach of Commission Agreement
  • Jury verdict in favor of client.
  • Jurisdictional Dispute
  • Case against client dismissed.

Associations

  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Clark County Inns of Court
  • Master
  • 2003 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Order of the Coif
  • New York University
  • 1989
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Litigation
  • New York University
  • 1988
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts
  • New York University
  • 1987
  • Cum Laude Honors in Ecnomics
  • Cornell University
  • 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa Key
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1986
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Publications

  • The Vancouver Business Journal
  • "Need a lawyer? Choose an advocate, not a ‘litigator' or ‘junkyard dog' "
  • 2008
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • "The Ultimate Guide to Trying Cases in Clark County"
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • The Ultimate Guide to Trying Cases in Clark County
  • Trying Cases in Clark County
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Steven
Litigation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"“I endorse Steve Turner for commercial litigation and appeals. I am familiar with Steve’s work, and I find him to be smart, diligent, and tough.”"
Appeals Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve has the rare ability to make legal issues sound interesting. He is a quick study, and his writing is very persuasive. I would not hesitate to recommend him for appellate work, or for litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred multiple clients to Steve. All have been happy with the representation. One client in particular was a family member of a college friend. That client had multiple lawyers before who didn't deliver. Steve did and my friends entire family was grateful and thankful to have the lawsuit behind them."
Business Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Turner is an exceptionally capable attorney in the area of real property dealing with construction defect, environmental issues, and land use conflicts. I have worked with Steve for the past four years in the George and Donald Simpson American Inns of Court and have been very impressed with his professionalism and integrity."

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Vancouver Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Steven Erik Turner
Steven Erik Turner
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Vancouver, WA
Licensed for 34 years
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