Education

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

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 was named 2016 Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year” for the Portland metropolitan area. 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 2016 Chambers High Net Worth annual publications as a Band 1 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. This year, Steve and his wife Elaine were named Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Legacy Society honorees.