Stephen T. Janik Named Portland “Lawyer of the Year” in Two Specialty Areas by Best Lawyers

Stephen T. Janik Named Portland “Lawyer of the Year” in Two Specialty Areas by Best Lawyers2018-06-21T22:21:37+00:00
10.24.2011 // NEWS, Press Releases
Stephen T. Janik Named Portland “Lawyer of the Year” in Two Specialty Areas by Best Lawyers

(Portland, OR) October 24, 2011 – Ball Janik LLP is pleased to announce that Stephen T. Janik has been named Portland’s “Lawyer of the Year” in two specialty areas. Best Lawyers® recognized Mr. Janik as both “Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year” and “Litigation – Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.  Mr. Janik has been recognized by his clients and peers in the publication Best Lawyers in America® since 1983.

Best Lawyers® recently began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”.

Steve Janik is a founding partner of Ball Janik LLP and the firm’s Chairman. His principal areas of practice are real estate, real estate finance, and land use law, with an emphasis on large, high-profile projects. He has guided private and public clients through some of the region’s most important real estate projects, including mixed-use, multi-block developments, major office towers, hotels, and major league sports arenas such as Jeld-Wen Field, the Rose Garden Arena and Seattle Seahawks Stadium. Mr. Janik has argued several of Oregon’s landmark land use cases.

Mr. Janik was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1990. He has served as the Chairman of the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section and as an editor of the Bar’s multi-volume treatise Real Property. In 2007, Mr. Janik received the Oregon State Bar President’s Membership Service Award for his work on the Court Facilities Task Force.

Best Lawyers® compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Attorneys honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.


Ball Janik LLP was founded in 1982 with six lawyers and a four-person support staff in Portland, Oregon. Since our firm’s inception, we have expanded our capabilities, our professionals, and geographic footprint. What started as a firm focused in real property and land use (known then as Ball Janik & Novack), has grown to include the insights of a team of 30-plus attorneys, with a combined six centuries of experience, and capabilities including Real Estate and Land Use, Construction Defect, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Recovery, Construction and Design, Employment, Finance and Corporate, Public Agencies and Schools, and Community Associations. With offices in Florida and Oregon, our regional growth has earned us a national reputation for upholding the rights of our clients.

Ball Janik LLP has been recognized by Chambers USA, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America©, and Corporate International. Ball Janik LLP’s success and integrity have repeatedly made it one of “Oregon’s Most Admired Professional Firms,” according to the Portland Business Journal’s survey results of CEOs throughout the region.

Stephen T. Janik
Portland, Oregon
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