The Most Qualified Candidate
Steven Burke would like your vote to put his experience and leadership on the Washington County Circuit Court bench. A Washington County resident for 32 years, Steve is proud to contribute to our community through volunteering and supporting great organizations, such as the Friends of the Refuge at the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge.
Washington County Court needs judges with experience in practicing law in a wide array of legal fields. Steven’s opponents in this election are skilled attorneys in narrow fields, such as family law and criminal defense, but none possess his depth of experience.
Steven has nearly twenty years of experience practicing law in cases involving contract, construction, real estate, intellectual property, discrimination, business torts, banking, finance, common law torts, uniform commercial code, nuisance, condemnation/eminent domain, administrative law, election law, sex abuse, wage and hour claims, criminal, family law, and more.
A former reserve police officer with the City of Hillsboro, Steven commands direct understanding of the criminal justice system from all sides. He has represented plaintiffs, defendants, third party plaintiffs and defendants, interveners, and interpleaders. His trial experience includes 54 courtroom trials to date, which range from simple traffic matters to complex multi-week trials on complicated legal matters. He has also handled countless arbitrations, administrative contested hearings, and mediations, in addition to helping hundreds of clients avoid litigation through risk management and legal advising. Cumulatively, Steven the has widest and most extensive legal experience of any candidate seeking Position No. 5.
Steven is fair, balanced, patient, and above all, has a passion for the law.
The Washington County Circuit Court needs another judge with Steven’s breadth of knowledge and diverse background to serve the people of Washington County, and it would be his honor and privilege to do so. Your vote will make that possible.
As a Washington County judge, Steve intends to work cooperatively with co-workers and stakeholders in the court system to improve the court docket process, work with the mental health court, and help motivate legislators to reduce the extraordinary budget strain on the court. His prior experience as a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Legislative Committee gives him insight into the legislative process and how to effectively work with budget decisions.
Before practicing law, Steve managed a team that was responsible for $365 million in mortgage assets, which helped him develop valuable experience in banking, loan servicing, and management of contested litigation matters.