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Paul is one of Oregon's most experienced divorce attorneys. He prides himself on providing personalized attention and top quality representation to every client he represents. He has been named an Oregon "SuperLawyer" and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a founder and member of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners. He has served as a director and officer of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section and is a past President of the Washington County Bar Association. Paul represents clients in all areas of family law including divorce, custody, support, property divisions and premarital and cohabitation agreements. His goal is to achieve success through settlement and mediation. When that is not possible, he represents his clients aggressively in litigation.


Paul is a frequent speaker on family law issues.  Presentations he has given to lawyer education seminars include the following:

●   2013    "The Million Dollar Divorce" sponsored by The Seminar Group.
●   2013    Oregon Trial Lawyers CLE: Legends of Famly Law   

  • 2012 - Oregon State Bar - Business Valuation Issues in Marital Dissolution Cases

  • 2009 - Oregon State Bar - Using Life Insurance to Secure Child & Spousal Support, .

  • 2008 - Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners - Accessing Retirement Benefits After Divorce;

  • 2006 Lewis & Clark Law School Family Law Seminar- Bucking the Trend in Spousal Support;  

  • 2005 -Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners - Spousal Support ~ Myths & Realities; 

  • 2005 -Oregon State Bar Family Law Conference - Business Value and Divorce. An Analysis of Oregon Appellate Cases

  •  2004 OSB Annual Family Law Conference: Avoiding Malpractice in Relation to Life Insurance and Divorce.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 100%


Payment types:

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Contact info

DeBast, McFarland & Richardson, LLP

9600 SW Barnes Rd Ste 325
Portland, OR, 97225-6628


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
NamedOregon Super Lawyers2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
NamedOregon Super Lawyers2009
NamedOregon Super Lawyers2008
NamedOregon Superlawyer2007
NamedOregon Superlawyer2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerDeBast, McFarland & Richardson2000 - Present
PartnerAdams, DeBast, Helzer, McFarland, Richardson & Uffelman1992 - 1999
PartnerThompson, Adams, DeBast, Ray & Helzer1976 - 1992
AssociateThompson, Adams & Lund1972 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMemberN/A
Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law SectionFormer DirectorN/A
Oregon State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington County Bar AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Washington County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon Academy of Family Law PractitionersPast DirectorN/A
Oregon Academy of Family Law PractitionersMemberN/A
Oregon Academy of Family Law PractitionersFounderN/A
Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law SectionFormer OfficerN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Fee CompendiumDomestic Relations Agreements2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
What Every Good Divorce Lawyer Should KnowBusiness Valuation and Divorc2012
Crossroads of Estate Planning & Dissolution LawUsing Life Insurance to Secure Support Obligations2009
Advanced Divorce IssuesAccessing Retirement Benefits After Divorce2008
Lewis & Clark Law School Family Law SeminarBucking the Trend in Spousal Support2006
Oregon State Bar Family Law ConferenceBusiness Value and Divorce - An Analysis of Oregon Appellate Cases2005
Oregon Academy of Family Law PractitionersSpousal Support: Myths & Realities2005
Annual Family Law ConferenceAvoiding Life Insurance Malpractice2004
Tax Issues for Divorce LawyersInnovative Tax Solutions for Divorce Cases2003