• Northwestern School of Law
  • (J.D. 1974)
  • (Law Review; Moot Court Competition)
  • University of Oregon
  • (Accounting & Business Statistics, B.S., 1971)

Stephen Kantor is an accomplished business, estate, and trust attorney and educator with over 35 years of experience in the planning and administration of complex issues. Taking an in-depth, creative approach to problem solving, Steve establishes strong relationships with all of his clients, from young families with children to high net worth corporate business executives.

As a specialist in the field of estate planning. He has been interviewed on matters regarding tax laws, charitable planning, trusts, business succession, and estate administration. Money, The Oregonian, The Daily Journal of Commerce, The Business Journal and local radio and television stations have all sought him out for his expertise. He also assists Fortune 500 executive groups in estate planning matters. Mr. Kantor has been named Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year” for the Portland metropolitan area by Best Lawyers in America© three times. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington.

A prolific speaker and educator, Mr. Kantor lectures at numerous seminars for the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, Estate Planning Councils, and the Northwest Tax Institute. He also writes treatises on estates and taxation, family succession planning, and estate and trust administration. The University of Oregon, the National Legal Assistants Convention, and various trade and professional groups have also engaged Steve as a speaker. Steve was included in the Chambers High Net Worth annual publications as a Leading Individual for Private Wealth practitioners. He was recommended for his “significant experience in estate and trust administration and estate planning for a wide range of clients”.

Kantor is proud to make a difference in the Portland community. He is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation was only a community dream until Steve co-founded the organization in 1989. He became its president, and helped raise net assets now valued in excess of $81 million. He also served as the President of the Jewish Family & Child Service. Steve worked to develop a program providing immigrants with shelter, food, furnishings, and jobs. As a past trustee of the Nature Conservancy, he collaborated with individuals and businesses to create endowments and set aside preserves protecting natural habitats throughout Oregon. As a member of the B’nai Brith Camp board, he is helping children enrich their lives through a fulfilling summer camp experience. Steve and his wife Elaine have also been named Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Legacy Society honorees.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
    • Former Chair, Section on Estate Planning & Probate
    • Former Chair, Title Insurance Subcommittee of Real Property Section
    • Former Chair, CPA Joint Committee
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Estate Planning Council of Portland
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants
    • Member, CPE Strategic Interest Team
    • Former Vice Chair, Estate & Gift Tax Committee
    • Former Chair, Joint Oregon State Bar Committee

Select Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Editor, Administering Trusts in Oregon, 2018 Edition
  • OSCPA Speech-Estate Planning in Oregon “Now What Do We Do?” (2012)
  • OSCPA Estate Planning Conference “Estate Planning,” (2010)
  • National Physical Society “Worst Estate Planning Mistakes,” (2010)
  • OSCPA, “Oregon Hot Topics,” (2009)
  • OSB, “The Crossroads of Estate Planning and Dissolution Law,” (2009)
  • Fine Print, “When Does One Plus Zero Equal Two,” (2009)
  • Fine Print, “Fairness vs. Equality: The Kids and The Family Business,” (2007)
  • Northwest Tax Institute, “State Law Changes and Estate Planning Strategies” (2007)
  • Fine Print, “Trustees Beware,” (2006)
  • Northwest Tax Institute, “Advanced Estate Planning,” (2005)
  • Estate Planning Counsel, “The New Oregon Inheritance Tax,” (2005)
  • Fine Print, “State Inheritance Taxes Revisited,” (2005)
  • OSB, “Estate Administration,” (2003)
  • OSCPA, “Ten Worst Estate Planning Ideas,” (2002)
  • OSB CLE Publications, editor and co-author, “Using Trusts in Estate Planning

Select Community & Charity Involvement

  • Play it Forward
    • Board Member, 2017 to present
  • Jewish Family & Child Service, former President
  • Multnomah Athletic Club/Tualatin Country Club
  • Nature Conservancy of Oregon, former Trustee
  • Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Co-Founder
    • Former President, Distribution Committee
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
    • Past Chair, Board of Trustees
  • University of Oregon Foundation Advisory Council
  • Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC), Former Director
  • Jewish Federation of Portland, Former Trustee
  • B’Nai B’rith Camp Association, Board Member

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers and Partners Leading Individual – High Net Worth Practitioner, 2016 – Present
  • Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©
    • Trusts and Estates (2013 – 2020)
    • Tax Law (2014 – 2020)
    • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (2014 – 2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year”
    • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, 2018, Portland, OR
    • Tax Law, 2016, Portland Oregon
    • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, 2015, Portland, OR
  • Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Legacy Society honoree
  • Portland Monthly Magazine 5-Star Wealth Manager
  • Recognized as Top Rated Lawyer in Trust and Estates in American Lawyer Magazine (2013)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hall of Fame award (2009)
  • Oregon Super Lawyer (2006 -2020)
  • Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) Speaker of the Year Award
  • AICPA Discussion Leader of the Year Award (1991)
  • CJF Young Leadership Award (1990)
  • Oregon State Bar President’s Award (1994)
  • UJA Young Leadership Award (1992)