Born and raised in Montana, and educated in Boston, I returned to the Northwest to attend the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and to practice law. I am an avid outdoors person, and in addition to a daily swim at noon, I love hiking, backpacking and horseback riding. When I’m not working, I garden, paint (watercolors and oils), can and freeze produce, entertain company, knit and make needlepoint pillows. Sometimes I play piano. I have two teenage daughters, a husband who is also in law, and four dogs. I think I can say that I understand the stresses and complexities of raising a family in today’s difficult social climate.
I have been an attorney since 1986, and engaged in family law almost exclusively since 1990. In 2007, I opened my own firm, Bier Family Law. At Bier Family Law, clients are not passed on to an associate, as with bigger firms, but seen directly by me.
I love my job. Family law allows me to exercise diametrically opposed skills: I counsel and hand-hold people through perhaps the roughest emotional time of their lives while actively safe-guarding their current and future interests. As a client advocate I also play the role of appropriately aggressive negotiator both in and out of court. Whether protecting my clients' custody rights and parenting time or advocating for a fair agreement in issues of support or the division of assets, I do everything within my power to do what’s right by my clients.
I welcome all inquiries for an initial consultation, which allows prospective clients to decide whether the match is a good one before retaining me. During the consult, I hear details of the case, and provide a legal overview as well as a projected estimate of the cost. There are often both tears and laughter at this meeting. Getting started is the hardest part, but picking up a phone is relatively easy. If you need sensitive and effective legal advice or help in a family matter, call 503.595.4141 and make an appointment to see me.
Languages Spoken: English, French
Licensed since 1986
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|Judge Pro Tem||Washington County Courthouse||2009 - Present|
|Attorney, Owner||Bier Family Law, LLC||2007 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Multnomah Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Washington County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Oregon State Bar||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Oregon Women Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|