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Joel is an owner and managing shareholder of Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, P.C. with offices in Portland, Bend, Prineville, Vancouver, WA and Astoria. He has litigated high asset dissolution cases throughout the State of Oregon and successfully represented numerous clients in highly complex divorces involving business valuations, complex custody disputes, property disputes, support issues and corporate governance. He has years of experience litigating divorces, involving business interests and issues of business valuation. Joel founded the Central Oregon office located in Bend in 1998.

 Joel believes that for everything he gets from the Central Oregon community, he must give back three times over, and the most important place to start is with the youth. Upon moving to Central Oregon, Joel began volunteering as a head coach with the Rimrock Volleyball Club and has coached the eighteen-year-old girls’ team ever since. Rimrock’s goal is to support a “positive, nurturing environment teaching the concepts of team and sportsmanship and emphasizing growth, development and enjoyment.” Through the years, Joel’s creative and effective coaching techniques have garnered numerous tournament wins. Joel's players have succeeded at a high level, including four High School Players of the Year, twelve All-State players and five State Championships with their high schools. Most players continue to college, the majority on volleyball scholarships, which Joel takes time to help them secure. Alumni from his teams also include two Collegiate All-Americans and a head coach at Eastern Oregon University.

Joel’s focus on supporting children in his community does not end there. Joel has been an advocate and supporter of the Sparrow Clubs, supporting the club’s effort to match local children in medical need or crisis with neighborhood schools and young people who ‘adopt’ the child and family. By encouraging children who are personally hurting to help other kids, Sparrow Clubs “empower youth to transform feelings of purposeless, detachment and anger into confidence, solidarity and compassion.” They believe that it is vitally important to provide children “with meaningful experiences that give purpose, teach compassion, and instill character, dignity and a sense of community.”

In addition to his love of volleyball, Joel is an avid skier and road biker.



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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 60%
    21 years
  2. Mediation: 10%
  3. Family: 10%
  4. Marriage & Prenuptials: 10%
    21 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    21 years



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Contact info

Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.

158 NE Greenwood Ave
Bend, OR, 97701-4610


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Accomplished Under 40Cascade Business News2007
Boss of the YearCentral Oregon Legal Professionals2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Boss of the YearCentral Oregon Legal Professionals2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerStahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Deschutes County Family Law Advisory CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Inns of CourtMember1999 - Present
Central Oregon Matrimonial AttorneysMember1998 - Present
Rimrock VolleyballHead Coach1998 - Present
Deschutes County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Slater v. SlaterAppellate case set new legal precedent for valuations.
Gaber v. GaberN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Stahancyk InsiderAlternatives to Trial2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Puget SoundEconomics and CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Representation of Children in High Conflict CasesRepresenting Children2015
KiwanisEconomic Impact Rimrock2014
American Inns of CourtBusiness Valuations2014
Bend RotaryDivorce2012