121 SW Morrison Street, Suite 700
Portland, Oregon 97204-3183
phone (503) 223-1510
fax (503) 294-3995


Esler, Stephens & Buckley, LLP

has a diverse, multi-jurisdiction trial-focused practice in the areas of:

  • Complex business litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • Intellectual property: patent (litigation), copyright, trademark, and trade secrets
  • Antitrust
  • Business and nonprofit corporations
  • Real estate litigation
  • Public utilities
  • Condemnation
  • Oppression of minority shareholders
  • Accounting malpractice
  • ERISA litigation

The Firm's partners have practiced together for more than 30 years, and have the highest rating attainable from Martindale-Hubbell ("AV Preeminent"). All three are Oregon "Super Lawyers" and "Best Lawyers", and the Firm is rated a Tier 1 Best Law Firm. The Firm's practice is sophisticated and varied, and based almost entirely on referrals from other clients and attorneys. The Firm has been involved in an unusual number of reported cases, which reflect its multi-faceted practice (see Achievements).

  • Michael J. Esler has written and spoken for the Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education program, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Multnomah County Bar Association, and the Northwest Securities Institute. FLASH! Mike was recently invited to join the prestigious International Society of Barristers as a Fellow of the Society. There are less than 700 lawyers and judges in this international body and we are very proud of Mike for this well-earned and prestigious honor.
  • John W. Stephens is the author of numerous chapters in the Oregon State Bar books on Civil Litigation and Contract Law.
  • Kim T. Buckley has edited the 2003 Revision of Contract Law in Oregon and the 2008 Supplement, and he has written for the Oregon State Bar Civil Litigation Manual (“Motions to Limit or Compel Discovery”).
  • The Firm's Senior Paralegal, Gary Hardiman, is a former instructor at UCLA's paralegal program and the author of "Buildings As Trademarks" for the AIA's national newsletter.


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