Walton Lecture – Fall 2020
September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Attend via Zoom
Steven L. Patterson, J.D.
Oregon Mutual Insurance Company
Risky Business: Regulated Insurers in Catastrophic Times
Steve Patterson is the President & CEO of Oregon Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary Western Protector’s Insurance Company located in McMinnville Oregon. Steve was both the former Chief Legal and Financial Officer for Oregon Mutual and continues to work on legislative and regulatory matters in the states in which Oregon Mutual operates. Steve joined Oregon Mutual in 2006 after 12 years in the Legal Department of State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, having worked at State Farm’s Home office on institutional Bad Faith cases served as Legislative and Regulatory Counsel for California, Michigan, Canada and Texas.
Patterson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Portland State University where he graduated with Highest Honors, was the 1985-86 Political Science Student of the Year and was one of two graduating seniors to win the University President’s Award for Academic Excellence. Steve received his Juris Doctorate as well as a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Willamette University in Salem Oregon and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard/MIT.
Steve has served on the Association of California Insurance Companies Board and its advisory board, was chairman of the legal committee for the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds from 2000-2010 and has served on the Guaranty Association Boards of both Texas and Oregon where he is an has served as the Chair since 2015. Steve is a member of the Oregon Department of Insurance Advisory Counsel and served on the Governor’s Fire Service Policy Council. In 2019 he was elected to the Board of Governors for the American Property and Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA)
Steve and his wife Mindy have two children and are active in their community, serving non-profits, the school district and local educational foundations.