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Chris Burnett

Family Attorney at Beaverton, OR

3.7   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 24 years
    Washington - WA 11 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2012
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Deciding to get divorced or even contemplatingdivorce is understandably difficult.  No matter whether you are certainor unsure of the decision, it is often emotionally stressful.  Chrisbelieves it is important to consider the interplay of emotions and theclient’s overall goals during the divorce process. With this in mind,Chris listens carefully when meeting potential clients for the firsttime to understand what is most important to them. Once he understandswhat the client values most, he can talk openly and honestly about theprocess and realistic outcomes. With over 9 years of divorce and familylaw experience, Chris knows how important it is to take the time tohelp clients work through their emotions so that they can makedecisions consistent with their ultimate goals.


Once appropriate goals of a client are confirmed,Chris works vigorously to reach those goals.  Often this meansnegotiating to try to resolve the case without going to trial, savingclients money, time and heartache. Of course, if a settlement can’t bereached, Chris fervently protects his client’s interests at trial withskill, professionalism and an even voice.  That’s how Chris has earnedcredibility and trust with judges and other attorneys, but mostimportantly with clients.


Burnett Law, P.C
1915 NW AmberGlen Parkway
Suite 400
Beaverton, OR, 97006

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Posted by Michelle | October 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
Going through divorce, albeit even the most amicable is emotionally taxing. When I filed for divorce to exit a toxic marriage and my ex-husband contested, I knew it was time for legal counsel. I searched for a while, many attorneys were busy with trials or heavy workloads, which is understandable. Chris got back to me right away, let me know his thoughts on the case, and made the process easy for me to understand. I felt a lot less anxiety about the whole divorce process having Chris in my corner concerning the legal part of things. He was very fair in his retainer fee and was quick, direct and clear in his communication (something I really appreciate!). He was willing to communicate with my ex-husband, respectfully and directly. I always knew what was happening throughout the duration of my case and never worried about Chris doing his job, he did excellent. Thankfully, I never had to go to trial since my ex-husband withdrew, and Chris was timely and intentional with the finalization of my divorce. Now divorced, I can breathe. Thank you so much, Chris!
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Posted by Darrell | December 6, 2018
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Successful probate
Chris handled the (uncontested) probate in Washington County for my Mom's estate. He was responsive and submitted all paperwork promptly. The final bill was in-line with his original estimate. I'd use him again for estate work.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly satisfied
I learned about Chris from my EAP when I decided to seek a divorce. I left him a voice message, he returned my call within a couple of hours, asked great questions, seemed knowledgeable and his website felt like the same person I'd spoken with so I decided to hire him. During the months I worked with him I found his communication to be clear, timely, informative and supportive. I appreciated that we did nearly everything by e-mail (we only met in person to sign documents) as that's my preference and it also kept the cost down. I would definitely recommend Chris!
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2017
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Customer focused, professional and easy to work with
Chris was very helpful with consultation and preparation of my mom's will, durable power of attorney and advance directive. He was very patient and thorough with my mom, warm and professional. He put us all at easy with a fairly seamless process which was extremely helpful with my husband and I being out of state. Chris was great and we'd highly recommend his practice.
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Posted by Michael | August 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Competent and professional
I highly recommend Chris. He handled our estate planning needs efficiently and promptly. He made the process as simple as possbile.
Posted by Mary | June 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough, Thoughtful, and Fast!
When it became clear I was filing for divorce, Chris was my first choice as he came highly-recommended and has a great reputation in the community. He listened to my concerns and helped me at a time in my life when I really needed expert help. I am thankful for his advice and time--his work-product exceeded my expectations. If you're going through a divorce, I highly recommend hiring Chris Burnett.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2016
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Helped me through my difficult time with expertise and care
I had an unusual situation of an annulment of a marriage. There wasn't a lot of information available on annulment but Chris helped me through every stage of the process, answering all my questions, for a reasonable fee. He was very professional and was very knowledgeable. Everything went very smoothly and the annulment was finalized without a problem. I highly recommend this attorney.
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Posted by Melissa | October 10, 2014
The best representation ever and I couldn't ask for better!
I was met with an incredible personal blow while living 3000 miles away and I looked up so many lawyers in the area and when I found Mr. Burnett he didn't hesitate one second, and worked with me. Between the staff and Mr. Burnett I was kept informed with everything having to do with my case. The supporting staff was just as kind and responsive. I couldn't have asked for better representation and I am not only fully satisfied with Mr. Burnett, I am grateful to have found him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2016
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child support
Chris seemed very distracted and not very interested in our case. He was unprepared and extremely hard to get a hold of. We settled our case because we felt we would not have a good outcome with Chris as our attorney.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2012
You'd be better off with no attorney.
Initially went to the firm to see another attorney; was told that she would not have the time to help me as well as he would and so she handed my case over to Mr. Burnett. From the beginning he acted as though my case was unimportant and not worth his time. As the court date approached it seemed as though nothing was getting accomplished, even with receiving the statements for how many hours he "worked" on my case. When we appeared in court the judge whom had the case information for far less time had to continue to correct his errors in case information. I did not appreciate having to sit next to him as he is trying to get me divorced when I have never been married or is mixing up the names of my ex and I and hearing him being corrected by someone who is supposedly so much less informed on my case. If he spent any time preparing for my case I would be shocked. 2 years later I'm still trying to get my screwed up custody agreement fixed.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2011
Disappointed (doesn't even describe it)
Chris was assigned my case (uncontested divorce) after my original choice in the firm was too busy. Later on I found out through a third party that Chris personally knew the opposing attorney. Throughout the process, which the other attorney drug out to almost a year, Chris seemed to just a passing on documents and messages without much legal advice. I have never dealt with attorneys before and hope to never deal with one like Chris before.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2010
Chris gave me the general impression that my case was too "low stakes" for him to spend very much time on it. He represented me during a legal proceeding that resulted in a very low child support payment to me by my ex-spouse. He didn't always respond to my emails and calls. I often didn't know what was going on with my case. Once he prepared a document at the request of my ex's attorney without clearing it with me first. Then he charged me for the mistake even after I pointed it out to him. I have never paid anyone so much money and been treated so much as if I didn't matter. I have hired a new attorney and found that I'm much happier.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Burnett Law, P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Aaby Family Law, P.C
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe PC
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Chris Burnett Attorney at Law PC
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Zwaanstra & Associates LLC
  • 1999 - 2003
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  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Eastern Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995


  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Rotary Club of Portland
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Professionalism Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English


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Family Attorney | Mar 21
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"Chris Burnett is a conscientious lawyer who I know to be an effective advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Bankruptcy and debt
Divorce and separation
Estate planning
Divorce and separation

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Beaverton Family Lawyer Chris Burnett
Chris Burnett
Family Attorney
Beaverton, OR
Licensed for 24 years