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Kathryn Smith Root

Kathryn Smith Root

also known as Kathy Root

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, International Law, Child Support, Family

About Me

Kathy is a leading authority on interstate and international custody disputes and provides legal advice and representation in cases involving international family law issues. A powerful litigator and tireless advocate for the interests of families and children, she has a special interest in contested child custody and parenting time disputes. Kathy has a strong commitment to helping clients through turbulent times by providing reliable legal information and advice focused on each client's needs and desire to find a better future. She has focused her practice on family law for 26 years. A member of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section, she served for three years on its Executive Committee. She also served as Chair of the Oregon State Bar's Procedure And Practice Committee and is a former President of the Oregon Academy Of Family Law Practitioners. Kathy is now Vice-Chair of the International Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section.

When she's not working, you will often find Kathy on a golf course. She loves the challenge, rain or shine, of discovering the nuances of each course she plays.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Divorce & Separation: 60%
  2. Child Custody: 15%
  3. Child Support: 10%
  4. International Law: 10%
  5. Family: 5%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Albert A Menashe

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Albert Menashe Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Lynn M Myrick

    I endorse this lawyer for her skillful advocacy on behalf of clients nationally and internationally. Kathryn is deserving of her 'superb' rating. Lynn M. Myrick Grants Pass Oregon

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    Lynn Myrick Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe, PC

115 NW 1st Ave
Suite 400
Portland, OR, 97209

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ORActive198506/28/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 25 Women Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderGevurtz Menashe Larson Howe, PC2014 - Present
Of CounselGevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe, PC2012 - 2014
Partner in ChargeMcKinley Irvin2011 - 2012
PartnerJohnston, Root & Leibenguth, P.C.1989 - 2011
Associate AttorneyJohnston & Associates1985 - 1989

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, International Law CommitteeVice Chair2011 - Present
Oregon Women Lawyers FoundationAdvisory Board2008 - Present
American Bar Association, International Law CommitteeChair2004 - 2007
Oregon Women Lawyers FoundationBoard of Directors2003 - 2008
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationVice President1990 - 1991
Multnomah Bar Association, Committee on the Status of Women in the Practice of LawMember1987 - 1991
Oregon State Bar, Procedure and Practice CommitteeMember1987 - 1990
Multnomah Bar Association, Membership CommitteeChair1987 - 1989
Multnomah Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMember, Family Law SectionN/A
Oregon State BarMember, Family Law SectionN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Lewis and Clark CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Oregon Family Law Practice for ParalegalsAssisting with Child Custody Issues and Parenting Time Disputes2006
Spring ConferenceLegal Issues Relating to Litigation Under The Hague Abduction Convention2005
Family Law Section Annual ConferenceUniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act2001