Honorable Steve Powers

At-Large Representative

          The Honorable Steven R. Powers has served on the Oregon Court of Appeals since July 2017, when Governor Brown appointed him to the court.  He is the first Filipino-American appellate judge in Oregon.  Before joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Powers was: 

  • an attorney in private practice with Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP

  • Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Governor

  • a prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office

  • Chairperson of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision

  • an Assistant Attorney General in the Oregon Department of Justice

  • a petitions law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court. 


          Judge Powers was a civil litigator in private practice where he represented clients in insurance coverage disputes and in appellate matters.  While at the Oregon Department of Justice, he served in the Appellate Division where he handled a wide range of civil, criminal, and administrative appeals before the Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is a founding board member of the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association (OFALA) as well as an active member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
          Judge Powers earned his B.A. from Western State College of Colorado (now known as Western State Colorado University) and J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, where he as an Articles Editor for the Willamette Law Review.  He has served as a mentor to high-school students, law students, and newly admitted attorneys through programs at Marion County Bar Association, Multnomah Bar Association, Willamette University College of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School, and the Oregon State Bar.