Education

  • Willamette University
  • School of Law (J.D., 1975)
  • University of Tubingen, West Germany
  • (Graduate Studies, 1970–71)
  • University of Iowa
  • (B.A., 1968)

Steven W. Seymour is an accomplished business litigator with an emphasis on labor and employment law as well as fiduciary litigation. As an expert in civil litigation, Mr. Seymour focuses on cases involving disability, and sexual discrimination, wrongful termination, and non-compete agreements. His experience in fiduciary litigation has focused on complex disputes involving trusts and estates. Mr. Seymour serves as the municipal judge for the City of Mosier; formerly, Mr. Seymour served as Chairman of the Litigation Section of the Oregon State Bar. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington.

Recognized for his expertise

Featured in Business Week for a case before the US Supreme Court, which he argued and won, Mr. Seymour has been a nationally sought after expert for his experience in his field. A trusted resource, Mr. Seyour provides background information for radio and television stories, and has been invited to lecture at venues including the Willamette University Law School, the American Bar Association Convention, and the National Monument Builders Association Convention, as well as presenting at the National Employment Law conference in Colorado. Steve was invited to lecture at the University of Passau School of International Law in Germany during fall term, 2009, where he lectured on “Trial as Theater, The American Jury System.” As part of a recent sabbatical with the British Barristers, Steve participated in a trial at the Old Baily in London.

Committed to his community

Steve actively builds community by serving on the board of directors for the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Gorge Grown Food Network. The Network promotes local foods in the Gorge, and was recently recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Steve is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans. He is active in Mosier Post 55 of the American Legion, through which he serves veterans of the US military, and promotes patriotism in the community.

Connected to his community, Steve continues his lifelong commitment to the Boy Scouts of America, a program that builds leaders and teaches life skills, as well as the United Methodist Church; he serves on the Church Camp and Retreat Ministries Board, which owns and operates six church camps and retreat centers in Oregon and Idaho. His committee coordinates the health, safety, and operational infrastructure of these facilities. The committee ensures opportunities for families, adults, and children to grow in wisdom and faith.

Steve operates a lavender farming operation at his home near Mosier, in the Columbia Gorge. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Lavender Association, and has been invited to speak on farm law at the U.S. Lavender Conference in Charlton, SC, in January of 2019. He is a lifelong photographer; Steve works with both digital and gelatin silver processing. Steve is active member of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association, and his work has been featured and recognized by the organization. In his free time, Steve appreciates his home state of Oregon, backpacking, canoeing, sailing, downhill skiing and figure skating. He has a lifelong passion for music, and does an occasional gig as a jazz drummer.

Present Professional Affiliations & Recognitions

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Section, Labor & Employment Section
  • City of Mosier, Municipal Judge
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
    • former Chairman, Litigation Section
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment (2020)

Previous Professional Affiliations

  • Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, 1975 – 1980
  • Oregon Legislative Assembly
    • Legislative Counsel Law Clerk, 1975 Session
  • U.S. Army Reserve
    • Lieutenant Colonel, Ret.

Emphasizing:

  • Litigation
    • Breach of Contract
    • Fiduciary
    • Commercial & Business
    • Trust & Estate
    • Partnership/Shareholder Disputes
    • Employment
  • Trial and Appellate Practice

Community & Charity Involvement:

  • City Club of Portland
    • Arts and Culture Committee
  • Cascade Pacific Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America
    • former Scoutmaster, Troop 22; District Commissioner;
    • Vice President for Legal Affairs
  • First United Methodist Church
    • Previous Chairman
    • Member, Administrative Board, Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries
  • Young Audiences of Oregon, Inc.
    • Past Board President