Stephan's practice concentrates on construction defect defense as an associate attorney on Jack Levy’s team.
Stephan traded in his teaching hat for counselor’s robes in 2010 when he began pursuing his Juris Doctor at Lewis & Clark Law School. His first foray into the legal profession was a clerkship at the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic, where he represented clients in the areas of Family Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, and Bankruptcy Law. Holding both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, Stephan worked as a teaching assistant in Lewis & Clark’s excellent legal writing program, where he helped first-year law students acclimate to legal writing. In addition, he served as an article editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review and provided research assistance to Professor Steve Johansen. He later clerked for the Federal Public Defender where he gained invaluable experience researching and analyzing complex federal criminal law matters.
After being admitted to the Oregon State Bar Association in 2013, Stephan began practicing in the areas of professional liability, construction defect litigation, and workers’ compensation claims. Before joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Stephan utilized his extensive persuasive and legal writing experience preparing pleadings, motions, drafting settlement documents, and developing a legal strategy for defense of both Oregon and Washington workers’ compensation claims. Stephan also presented legal updates regarding Oregon Workers’ Compensation Law to the Public Risk Management Association in the spring of 2015.