Posted by MJ
Family law is so different from any other type of litigation and it takes a special person to be compassionate, knowledgeable, and competent in what are very tough cases. It's hard to find. Family law is messy, emotional and the stakes are high. I worked in the legal field for 30 years in commercial litigation, and it still didn't prepare me for the roller coaster ride I found myself on concerning custody of my daughter. Over a period of 11 years, I dealt with a myriad of issues, including a relocation dispute, with a vindictive and overly litigious ex. Unfortunately, I didn't yet have Dan Margolin on my side, and was represented by a couple of attorneys who seemed more interested in billable hours than the case at hand. There are a number of attorneys who put themselves out there as family law specialists, but in truth, they are really general practitioners who throw family law into the mix to drum up business. Sometimes, even the one who actually specializes aren't much better. Those attorneys are paper pushers but not truly advocates.
After the last custody proceeding (lasting two years) was resolved, I was referred to Dan Margolin by a colleague of mine. I was worn out and I really needed someone who was not only well-versed in family law, but who would also be a proactive, assertive advocate for me. I found all of that with Dan. His knowledge and analytical skills were impressive; his ability to put together a strategy and provide me with the pros and cons was immeasurably helpful; his caring and compassionate manner helped keep me calm and able to stay focused on the issues at hand. Quite frankly, for the first time in those 11 years, I felt that I truly had an advocate and that there was hope that the custody issues would finally be resolved once and for all. Thanks to his guidance and expertise, I was able to eventually relocate with my daughter to another state without ever having another court hearing or custody evaluation. Truly amazing. Since moving away, I've had to contact Dan from time to time for the odd custody question. Even after three years, and many clients later, he still makes time for me and answers my questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. I wholeheartedly recommend Dan Margolin and his firm.
Posted by a client
I retained Dan's firm from another state for my Oregon-filed case. It is an understatement to say that my ex was hard to deal with. Dan demonstrated his in-depth legal experience and helped me with decisive strategies. His involvement in my case absolutely augmented my confidence in dealing with the divorce/children's custody mess I was facing. I would hire Dan's firm again if I ever need legal service in Oregon!
Posted by a client
Daniel helped me with a hard separation involving a young child and really took the stress out of it. Making it really to focus on making sure my daughter was taken care of the whole time.
Posted by William
Dan Margolin helped me through a relatively amicable divorce with invaluable advice and support. My case was not clear cut and involved some complicated business matters which Dan was able to advise me. He was very responsive via telephone and email. His case law knowledge was excellent. I would highly recommend Dan Margolin.
Posted by Peter
My wife had left me about 7 months earlier but it was finally I who pulled the plug and filed for divorce. There are many experienced lawyers out there but the reviews described Daniel as a no-nonsense lawyer who also appreciates the emotions of the divorcing couples and has background in collaborative divorce. Since me and my wife had been through a lot already it was important to me not to make things any worse than they had to be. Daniel suggested that we mail the papers rather than serve them on my wife and made other helpful suggestions along the way. He communicated well with my wife's lawyer and in the end it worked out OK. It was great that Daniel was able to talk to me on the phone and via email. If your goal is to work out an agreement with your spouse out of court then Daniel can definitely help you.
Posted by Daniel
Dan Margolin represented me in a custody case last year. We eventually settled an extremely challenging and difficult case with great success and I am very pleased with the results. Throughout the gut wrenching, twisting and turning trajectory of the case, Dan was steadfast and calm. He proved himself to be a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney, and made quick, sound decisions in the midst of what I perceived as total chaos. Every step of the way Dan explained the situation to me, presented the options, and provided advice.
During settlement Dan was strong, firm, and unwavering with opposing counsel. He confidently argued and advocated for my son and me with the right balance of tact and force. Dan’s availability, dedication, and responsiveness are impressive. He efficiently responded to every email and handled every detail of the case at nearly all hours. He even worked on the settlement of the case on a Friday night!
With Dan Margolin you can feel good about being represented by an honest, caring, and responsible person. I can’t recommend him and Stephens Margolin enough. My son and I will forever be indebted to him and his staff for their hard work on our case.
Posted by Patricia
I was incredibly lucky to find Mr. Margolin. He has helped me through several difficult years. His honesty and indebth knowledge have provided me several benefits. I couldn't ask more of any professional. I was referred to him from a family member and he has proved trustworthy over years of assistance.
Posted by Shane
During a mortgage transaction I had a client whose “do-it-yourself divorce” omitted an essential component of the property and debt allocation. Being familiar with Mr. Margolin and Ms. Tanabe through previous transactions, I referred my client to them. In the realm of family/real estate law, this was a very minor case—one that many attorneys would have not taken. Understanding the importance of the issue to my client and his ability to purchase a home already under contract, Dan and Kaori not only took on the job, but gave it a high priority and completed the legal matter in record time, allowing my client to successfully purchase a home. I would highly recommend both Mr. Margolin and Ms. Tanabe—they not only have a thorough and professional approach, but more importantly, a deep consideration for what is most important to their clients.
Posted by Rachael
When I was given Dan Margolin’s name as a potential attorney to consult with for my divorce, I had no idea that I had just hit the Family Law attorney jackpot; however, over the course of the year that I worked with Dan, it became plainly obvious that Dan was both a topnotch attorney and decent human being. From our first meeting, it was clear that Dan was an extremely competent and versatile attorney. He was very thorough in outlining the different flavors my divorce could take, from collaborative to contentious, and demonstrated that he would be able to successfully support me in whichever path I chose or whichever path chose me. After some consideration, my ex-husband and I chose to drive our own divorce decisions with the help of a mediator, a choice that Dan fully respected. He was there for consultation, in a very timely manner, every step of the way, did not push any agenda, was very honest and realistic with regard to what I could expect from our divorce judgment, and was very fair with his fees during the entire process. This was in direct contrast to the behavior of my ex-husband’s attorney, who almost derailed our mediation process by trying to put a negative spin on all of our negotiations, as well as seemed to be trying to nickel and dime my ex at every turn. In the end, my ex and I were able to successfully come to a final agreement; however, had things turned sour, I feel confident Dan would have been just as competent in a more aggressive role. I cannot recommend Dan enough.
Posted by a Appeals client
I retained Daniel Margolin to address an appeal relating to my divorce. Daniel was very quick to get up to speed on my case, and immediately addressed outstanding matters surrounding the appeal. I benefitted from Daniel's previous appellate experience, as he fully understood when we needed to move ahead and when we could sit back and wait for a response from my ex-husband, which saved me money. His billing practices are extremely fair. Daniel communicated directly with me throughout the process and took time to listen and respond to my questions. He was also able to effectively manage communication with my difficult ex-husband.
I highly recommend Daniel Margolin as an excellent appellate attorney.