Stephen L. Griffith
Retired Partner
Portland, OR
(503) 294-9203 Direct
(503) 220-2480 Fax


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Stephen L. Griffith


Stephen Griffith has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years. He has broad experience in civil litigation and now concentrates his practice in will and trust disputes. Steve has served as an expert witness, has organized and spoken at numerous seminars, and in 2008 was listed as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of probate litigation.

Professional Activities

  • Recipient, President's Public Service Award, Oregon State Bar, 2014
  • Co-Chair, Board of Bar Examiners Review Board, 1997-1999
  • Vice-Chair, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, 1984-1987
  • Chair, Advisory Committee, 1000 Friends of Oregon Cooperating Attorneys Program, 1982-1983
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Committee on Combining Family and Career, 1989-1990
  • Member, Sentencing Task Force of the Joint Judiciary Committee, 1982
  • Counsel, Oregon House Judiciary Committee, and coauthor, Oregon Evidence Code Commentary, 1981

Civic Activities

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Mission: Citizen
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Faces Foundation
  • Former Chair and board member, Portland School Board
  • Former board member, The Wilderness Society
  • Former board member, Classroom Law Project
  • Former board member, Harvard Glee Club Foundation
  • Former board member, Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  • Former board member, Metro Crisis Intervention Services
  • Member, City Club of Portland
    Writer, Civics Education Study Committee
    Former Chair, Regional Transportation Governance Study Committee
  • Founder, For Our Children's Future
  • Member, Rotary Club
  • Candidate, Oregon House of Representatives and Oregon Senate
  • Elder, Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Background and Interests

  • Teacher, Constitutional law and American History, Lincoln High School, Portland, 2000-present
  • Bronze medalist, rowing, World Masters Games, 1998
  • Member, Portland Opera Chorus, 1979-1982
  • Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1972-1974
  • Lecturer, Dag Hammarskjöld College, 1972-1973
  • Volunteer, Peace Corps, 1970-1971


  • Stanford University Law School, 1977
    Class President
  • Oxford University, M. Phil, 1969
    Knox Scholar
  • Harvard College, B.A., 1967
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C., Diploma, 1963
    Merit Scholar


  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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