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Ronald Allen Johnston

About me

A native Oregonian, I am one of the most experienced divorce lawyers in Portland Oregon.  I have a long history of being at the forefront of divorce, child custody and family law matters. Admitted to practice in 1976, I have been practiced family law exclusively for the bulk of my legal career. My practice specializes in child custody, child support and child relocation matters. I represent both mothers and fathers in  divorce and child custody, and hold a reputation as a father’s rights advocate.


I have raised and educated two children into adulthood; I have personally dealt with mental illness in my family; I have been in marriage counseling; and I endured separation and divorce after a very long marriage. When I deal with you as a client, I understand much of the pain and emotions that you feel. Although I will have empathy, my job as a family law lawyer is to remain objective and to give you the very best disinterested legal advice that I can in order to help you get the best result that the law allows. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
  2. Child Custody: 40%
  3. Child Support: 20%



Hourly ($320/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael David Hallas

    I know Ron both from his excellent reputation in the community and from working professionally with him. He has substantial knowledge of both substantive family law and, perhaps more importantly, the judges and opposing counsel in the community. If one of my family members needed a family law attorney I would positively and wholeheartedly recommend Ron!


    Michael Hallas Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mark C Cogan

    I am pleased to have Mr Johnston as a professional colleague. Mr Johnston impresses me as an attorney who is very savvy and knowledgeable about his area of practice. Mr Johnston is an attorney to whom I would be glad to refer clients, as I know the client would be in very good hands.


    Mark Cogan Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

16100 NW Cornell Rd., Ste. 160
Beaverton, OR, 97006-7361


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJohnston Family Law2014 - Present
AttorneyJensen & Leiberan2013 - 2014
OwnerJohnston Family Law2010 - 2013
PartnerJohnston, Root & Leibenguth1991 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1976 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1976 - Present
Multnomah County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon Academy of Family Law PractitionersMemberN/A
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionChairman2005 - 2005
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee2000 - 2006
Oregon Supreme Court Task forceTask force, Gender Fairness1998 - 1998
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionTask Force on Joint Custody Legaislation1984 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kozlowsky and Kozlowsky, 88 Or. App. 294 (1987)N/A
State ex rel AFDC v. Buethe, 307 Or. 89 (1988)This case established a precedent for paternity procedure in Oregon.
Etlin and EtlinThis was the first case tried in Oregon under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Pacific UniversityPolitical ScienceHonors Degree1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionWinning Dissolution TrialsN/A
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionSelf-help Custody LitgationN/A
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionForensic Custody EvaluationsN/A
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionNegotiating and Litigating Joint CustodyN/A
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionInterstate Custody Litigation's PKPAN/A
American Bar Association, Family Law Section ConferenceGender FairnessN/A