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About Me

Sean Stephens is a founding member of Stephens Margolin P.C. He was born in Eugene, Oregon and is a fourth generation Oregonian.


Mr. Stephens attended the University of Oregon, and graduated in with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in English Literature. His psychology studies emphasized early childhood development.


Mr. Stephens attended Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and graduated in 1994.  Mr. Stephens worked in private practice prior to co-founding Stephens Margolin P.C. which is devoted to the practice of family law. Mr. Stephens taught family law at the College of Legal Arts, located in Portland, Oregon.


"Everyone is subject to the same laws, but there are many things that can be done to maximize client results. I identify client objectives early in a case, and lay out a roadmap with the client towards the desired goal. Our clients expect and deserve excellence, and I am tuned in to my clients' expectations regarding both professional representation and personal attention from day one.  From the moment I first meet with a client, the whole firm is there to accomplish their goals. Period."


Mr. Stephens enjoys time in the outdoors, Krav Maga, yoga, and time with his family. He also enjoys writing for the Oregon Divorce Blog and the Oregon Collaborative Law blog, which are free information service on divorce, family law, and collaborative law.


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Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 75%
    21 years
  2. Child Custody: 10%
    21 years
  3. Family: 5%
    21 years
  4. Marriage & Prenuptials: 5%
    19 years
  5. Alimony: 5%
    21 years



Hourly ($340/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Donald J Molnar

    I have known Mr. Stephens as a friend and fellow colleague for many years. Through hard work and excellent lawyering, Mr. Stephens has developed one of the most highly respected family law firms in Portland. His vast knowledge of family law and significant litigation experience serve his clients very well. If I have family law questions, Sean is first on my list for advice. I strongly endorse this lawyer.


    Donald Molnar DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Benjamin B Grandy

    Sean is a great lawyer. Whenever someone contacts me needing a divorce lawyer, I refer them to Sean and he's taken good care of them. Sean is an effective advocate and a great listener.


    Benjamin Grandy Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Stephens & Margolin LLP

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1250
Portland, OR, 97205



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Coulter Cup for Medium Sized Family Law FirmSaint Andrews Legal Clinic2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerStephens Margolin P.C.2008 - Present
PartnerC. Sean Stephens P.C.2004 - 2008
PartnerStephens Russell LLP1998 - 2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
St. Andrews Legal ClinicBoard of Directors2011 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1994 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Multnomah Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Divorce and CustodyPrevailed
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Publication NameTitleDate
Oregon Divorce BlogDivorce and Family law information in Oregon2009
Collaborative Divorce Northwest BlogCollaborative Divorce Information in Oregon2009
Oregon Divorce BlogContempt of Court for Parenting Time Violations2009
Oregon Divorce BlogTop 10 questions to ask a divorce lawyer in the first consultation2008
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of OregonPsychologyBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Everything You Need to Know About Family Law as a Young LawyerMarketing and The Initial Client Interview - how to get clients to your door and keep them2014
Weekly seminarDivorce and Custody Law2004