John W. Stephens

John W. Stephens is a Portland native born in 1952. He attended Stanford University (AB, with Honors, 1974) before obtaining his JD from UCLA. He was a member of the UCLA Law Review from 1975 to 1977 and clerked (extern) with Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the author of numerous chapters in the OSB CLE books on Civil Litigation and Contract Law. John is currently working on an article on nonobviousness in patent law. John is currently Chair of the US District Court of Oregon Local Rules Advisory Committee. He has served on the Committee in various capacities for 15 years. John was Chair of the Public Utility Law Section (now the Energy and Telecommunications Utilities Section) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section. For eight years, John also served on the Governing Board of the Oregon State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and was its Chair for two years. He has been a guest lecturer (1994-2002) for a 400-level course, “Economics of Public Utility Regulation,” at Portland State, and was a featured speaker, along with Greg Mowe, at The Seminar Group’s 2006 Condemnation Law CLE. John also recently served as President of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society.  John is admitted to practice before the courts of Oregon, the Northern District of California, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. John has won “Super Lawyer” honors in the areas of antitrust litigation, securities litigation and energy and natural resources. He was selected as a 2017 Benchmark Litigation Star. Outside of work, John helps coach Grant High School's highly successful “We the People” Constitution Team. He also enjoys skiing and metalwork.

John Stephens

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