Steven F. Cade

Special Counsel

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1655 Direct

Assistant: Amanda S. Johnson: 503.543.1661 x 246

Practice Areas
Overview
Steven has over a decade of diverse litigation experience.  His practice concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, products liability, elder, and transportation law.  He also advises both insurers and insureds on insurance coverage issues. 

Notably, Steven assisted in prosecuting a multi-million dollar products liability case on behalf of a construction client.  After a three week trial, the jury returned a verdict substantially justifying his client's position.  Steven also regularly practices in the area of elder law, particularly defending protected persons from overreaching guardians or conservators.  Early and vigorous representation is crucial to defending the rights of elders and their family members in this area. 

In addition, Steven handles appeals of various matters in Oregon appellate courts.  

Most recently Steven was a partner with Williams, Kastner, & Gibbs in Portland, and prior to that he worked with Lorber, Greenfield, & Polito for five years.

Steven is also committed to his community.  A Portland native, he has provided pro bono service to victims of domestic violence and to local civic organizations.  Steven is a proud veteran of the US Army, Infantry, having served three years with the 101st Airborne Division.
Education
B.A., Philosophy, University of the Pacific
J.D. University of Oregon School of Law
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
U.S Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S District Court, District of Oregon
Representative Matters
Construction Litigation Cases
  • Steven helped secure a trial verdict in excess of $1,000,000 for an industrial welding company against the equipment supplier and its servicer, including several hundred thousand dollars for lost profits, together with pre-judgment interest.
  • Defended an Oregon property developer from a lawsuit seeking $20,000,000 in damages arising out of negligent construction of a multi-family residential complex.
  • Helped a lessor of specialized construction equipment resolve an injury case through assertion and defense of contractual indemnity rights.
  • Defended a commercial window installer against claims of negligent installation.
  • Defended architect from claims of negligent design in connection with a remodel of a vacation property in Central Oregon.
  • Successfully used contractual indemnity provisions to defend a large commercial crane company from on-the-job personal injury claims under Oregon's Employer's Liability law.
  • Assisted in filing, defense, and foreclosure of numerous construction lien claims on both residential and commercial projects.
Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Successfully obtained appellate relief for a judgment debtor from an oppressive trial court decision regarding an attorney fee lien which would have required the client to have paid the judgment at issue twice. Jones v. Bhattacharyya, 305 Or App 503 (2020) :
  • Successfully resolved a complex case involving an execution sale on membership interests in an LLC relating to land development.
  • In a condemnation matter, used discovery and motion practice to obtain a pre-trial offer of judgment for $800,000 more than the government's fair market value pre-suit offer, and at the same reduced the secured lender's claim by more than $400,000, and also recovered attorney fees.
  • Defended debtor in enforcement action brought by creditor which sought to collect on judgment in excess of $20,000,000. Helped debtor to negotiate successful resolution.
  • Worked with numerous surety bond issuers in resolving surety bond claims, including through use of interpleader actions, contractual indemnity obligations, and breach of contract claims.
  • Used garnishment action to allege and prevail on claims that LLC members had improperly transferred assets to themselves, in order to assist judgment creditors in collecting on $600,000 judgment against the LLC.
  • Assisted an indigent homeowner in retaining her home in the face of an unlawful foreclosure sale.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a citizen opposing a transmission line facility in Eastern Oregon which was slated to run through his commercial property, severely hampering development, including appearing before the Oregon Public Utility District.
  • Assisted local restaurant chain in trademark dispute with departed employees.
Agriculture
  • Assisted minority shareholder in obtaining value for his shares and preventing asset dissipation by majority shareholder in connection with agriculture cannabis operation in Eastern Oregon, obtaining a favorable result in arbitration and then facilitating sale of the company to a third party.
  • Successfully prosecuted a Central Oregon alfalfa farmer's claim against feed store for failure to properly spread contracted fertilizer across his 100+ acres of irrigated fields.
General Tort Matters
  • Successfully defended owner of vacation rental dwelling from $740,000 claim alleging exposure that poor hot tub maintenance caused the plaintiff to contract legionnaire's disease.
Business Matters
  • Assisted a majority shareholder in defending his shares, their value, and his board position and authority in the face of hostile minority shareholders and an oppressive shareholders agreement.
  • Provided general counsel and advice regarding contracts, marketing, and trade partner relations to a manufacturing corporation in the health care sector with annual sales in excess of $20,000,000.
  • Advised self-storage business on miscellaneous business formation, entity management, contract, and expansion issues.
Probate Matters
  • Assisted a protected person in obtaining a more limited guardianship and conservatorship, and ultimately freeing her from severe restrictions on her liberty.
  • Through litigation and community activism we were able to help a protected person obtain appropriate fiduciary assistance at a much lower cost, and, most importantly to him, keep him living on his family farm embedded in his community.
  • Assisted an interested person in intervening in her father's protected person proceeding, ultimately obtaining success in holding the guardian/conservator accountable for her misuse of estate property.
  • Helped a trustee obtain dismissal of claims of mishandling of trust assets and commingling through forensic analysis and negotiation.
  • Assisted a trustee of a large art-based endowment trust as she fought to protect it from those who would have changed the mission from that created by the original testator.
Appeals
  • Successfully obtained appellate relief for a judgment debtor from an oppressive trial court decision regarding an attorney fee lien which would have required the client to have paid the judgment at issue twice. Jones v. Bhattacharyya, 305 Or App 503 (2020) :
  • Defended debtor in enforcement action brought by creditor which sought to collect on judgment in excess of $20,000,000. Appeal filed and fully briefed, but settled before argument.
  • Wrote briefs in support of assignee of bond-holder seeking to require surety company to perform bonded improvements to suburban residential development.
  • Briefed and argued case on behalf of judgment creditor seeking to enforce rights under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act through garnishment of the fraudulent transferees.
Trucking Cases:
  • Defended multiple trucking liability claims involving accidents across the state of Oregon, with injuries from minor to catastrophic.
  • Conducted numerous rapid responses to trucking incidents in order to provide on the ground lawyering and investigation across the state.
  • Handled over a dozen Rapid Responses.
Professional Organizations
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
Publications
  • "Proving Lost Profit Claims," Construction Law Newsletter, Summer 2018.
  • "Court of Appeals Continues to Broaden Coverage for Construction Defect Claims but Tosses Insurers a Procedural Bone," Construction Law Newsletter, June 2017.
  • "Security Factors Heavily into Oregon's Construction Rules," Marijuana Venture, April 2017.
  • "Oregon's Supreme Court Revives Statutory Damages Caps," Lorber Greenfield Polito, August 2016.
  • "Oregon Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations," Lorber Greenfield Polito, July 2016.
News
1643 Portland Business Journal: Oregon's 2019 Most Admired Companies Oregon Business: 100 Best Companies to work for in Oregon 2019
Practice Areas
Education
B.A., Philosophy, University of the Pacific
J.D. University of Oregon School of Law
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
U.S Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S District Court, District of Oregon

Steven F. Cade

Special Counsel

Office:1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400 - Portland, Oregon 97205
Main:503.227.1111
Direct:503.243.1655
Assistant:Amanda S. Johnson: 503.543.1661 x 246
Steven has over a decade of diverse litigation experience.  His practice concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, products liability, elder, and transportation law.  He also advises both insurers and insureds on insurance coverage issues. 

Notably, Steven assisted in prosecuting a multi-million dollar products liability case on behalf of a construction client.  After a three week trial, the jury returned a verdict substantially justifying his client's position.  Steven also regularly practices in the area of elder law, particularly defending protected persons from overreaching guardians or conservators.  Early and vigorous representation is crucial to defending the rights of elders and their family members in this area. 

In addition, Steven handles appeals of various matters in Oregon appellate courts.  

Most recently Steven was a partner with Williams, Kastner, & Gibbs in Portland, and prior to that he worked with Lorber, Greenfield, & Polito for five years.

Steven is also committed to his community.  A Portland native, he has provided pro bono service to victims of domestic violence and to local civic organizations.  Steven is a proud veteran of the US Army, Infantry, having served three years with the 101st Airborne Division.
Publications
  • "Proving Lost Profit Claims," Construction Law Newsletter, Summer 2018.
  • "Court of Appeals Continues to Broaden Coverage for Construction Defect Claims but Tosses Insurers a Procedural Bone," Construction Law Newsletter, June 2017.
  • "Security Factors Heavily into Oregon's Construction Rules," Marijuana Venture, April 2017.
  • "Oregon's Supreme Court Revives Statutory Damages Caps," Lorber Greenfield Polito, August 2016.
  • "Oregon Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations," Lorber Greenfield Polito, July 2016.
News
Representative Matters
Construction Litigation Cases
  • Steven helped secure a trial verdict in excess of $1,000,000 for an industrial welding company against the equipment supplier and its servicer, including several hundred thousand dollars for lost profits, together with pre-judgment interest.
  • Defended an Oregon property developer from a lawsuit seeking $20,000,000 in damages arising out of negligent construction of a multi-family residential complex.
  • Helped a lessor of specialized construction equipment resolve an injury case through assertion and defense of contractual indemnity rights.
  • Defended a commercial window installer against claims of negligent installation.
  • Defended architect from claims of negligent design in connection with a remodel of a vacation property in Central Oregon.
  • Successfully used contractual indemnity provisions to defend a large commercial crane company from on-the-job personal injury claims under Oregon's Employer's Liability law.
  • Assisted in filing, defense, and foreclosure of numerous construction lien claims on both residential and commercial projects.
Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Successfully obtained appellate relief for a judgment debtor from an oppressive trial court decision regarding an attorney fee lien which would have required the client to have paid the judgment at issue twice. Jones v. Bhattacharyya, 305 Or App 503 (2020) :
  • Successfully resolved a complex case involving an execution sale on membership interests in an LLC relating to land development.
  • In a condemnation matter, used discovery and motion practice to obtain a pre-trial offer of judgment for $800,000 more than the government's fair market value pre-suit offer, and at the same reduced the secured lender's claim by more than $400,000, and also recovered attorney fees.
  • Defended debtor in enforcement action brought by creditor which sought to collect on judgment in excess of $20,000,000. Helped debtor to negotiate successful resolution.
  • Worked with numerous surety bond issuers in resolving surety bond claims, including through use of interpleader actions, contractual indemnity obligations, and breach of contract claims.
  • Used garnishment action to allege and prevail on claims that LLC members had improperly transferred assets to themselves, in order to assist judgment creditors in collecting on $600,000 judgment against the LLC.
  • Assisted an indigent homeowner in retaining her home in the face of an unlawful foreclosure sale.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a citizen opposing a transmission line facility in Eastern Oregon which was slated to run through his commercial property, severely hampering development, including appearing before the Oregon Public Utility District.
  • Assisted local restaurant chain in trademark dispute with departed employees.
Agriculture
  • Assisted minority shareholder in obtaining value for his shares and preventing asset dissipation by majority shareholder in connection with agriculture cannabis operation in Eastern Oregon, obtaining a favorable result in arbitration and then facilitating sale of the company to a third party.
  • Successfully prosecuted a Central Oregon alfalfa farmer's claim against feed store for failure to properly spread contracted fertilizer across his 100+ acres of irrigated fields.
General Tort Matters
  • Successfully defended owner of vacation rental dwelling from $740,000 claim alleging exposure that poor hot tub maintenance caused the plaintiff to contract legionnaire's disease.
Business Matters
  • Assisted a majority shareholder in defending his shares, their value, and his board position and authority in the face of hostile minority shareholders and an oppressive shareholders agreement.
  • Provided general counsel and advice regarding contracts, marketing, and trade partner relations to a manufacturing corporation in the health care sector with annual sales in excess of $20,000,000.
  • Advised self-storage business on miscellaneous business formation, entity management, contract, and expansion issues.
Probate Matters
  • Assisted a protected person in obtaining a more limited guardianship and conservatorship, and ultimately freeing her from severe restrictions on her liberty.
  • Through litigation and community activism we were able to help a protected person obtain appropriate fiduciary assistance at a much lower cost, and, most importantly to him, keep him living on his family farm embedded in his community.
  • Assisted an interested person in intervening in her father's protected person proceeding, ultimately obtaining success in holding the guardian/conservator accountable for her misuse of estate property.
  • Helped a trustee obtain dismissal of claims of mishandling of trust assets and commingling through forensic analysis and negotiation.
  • Assisted a trustee of a large art-based endowment trust as she fought to protect it from those who would have changed the mission from that created by the original testator.
Appeals
  • Successfully obtained appellate relief for a judgment debtor from an oppressive trial court decision regarding an attorney fee lien which would have required the client to have paid the judgment at issue twice. Jones v. Bhattacharyya, 305 Or App 503 (2020) :
  • Defended debtor in enforcement action brought by creditor which sought to collect on judgment in excess of $20,000,000. Appeal filed and fully briefed, but settled before argument.
  • Wrote briefs in support of assignee of bond-holder seeking to require surety company to perform bonded improvements to suburban residential development.
  • Briefed and argued case on behalf of judgment creditor seeking to enforce rights under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act through garnishment of the fraudulent transferees.
Trucking Cases:
  • Defended multiple trucking liability claims involving accidents across the state of Oregon, with injuries from minor to catastrophic.
  • Conducted numerous rapid responses to trucking incidents in order to provide on the ground lawyering and investigation across the state.
  • Handled over a dozen Rapid Responses.
Professional Organizations
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Clackamas County Bar Association