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Barbara J Aaby

Family Attorney at Beaverton, OR

4.1   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1993
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Barbara Aaby graduated with Honors from Ohio State University (Summa Cum Laude) in 1973.  She was the recipient of the Maternal and Child Health Scholarship Award and pursued graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University earning a degree in Social Science Administration. In 1993, she obtained her law degree from Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law.
Barbara’s early years were spent on a small dairy farm in Ohio and this experience gave her an understanding of the challenges of organic farming and a healthy respect for nature.   Barbara has hiked many, if not most, of the trails in the Columbia River Gorge and she even managed to hike the Pacific Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.  She and her family frequently spend time camping on Mt. Hood, biking on bike trails throughout Oregon and gardening.  

Barbara has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1993 and is a member of a number of legal organizations, including Oregon Women Lawyers and the Washington County Bar Association.  Barbara has in the past served as the Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Child Custody.  She is a contributing author to the Oregon State Bar Family Law Continuing Legal Education Book and has authored topics such as  the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act and parenting plans.

Barbara has in the past served as a volunteer judge for the High School Mock Trial Program as well as the Mock Trial program hosted by Lewis and Clark College.  Barbara serves on the Board of Trustees for the Washington County NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) and is a strong supporter of providing mental health services for adolescents as well as adults. 

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Aaby Family Law
8705 SW Nimbus Avenue, Suite 230
Creekside Five
Beaverton, OR, 97008

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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2018
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Compassionate and faith
My case was a long journey for my freedom with twists and turns at every step. It dealt with international issues and also a complex interplay of comity and duress. Not only that, our opposition was a literal team of lawyers handpicked by my former spouse’s family, themselves lawyers. The issues of comity, duress, and an injunction from a foreign court all required careful planning and meticulous evidence gathering. Barbara’s expertise, thorough knowledge, and research on every pertinent case law resulted in the formation of a strong case allowing us to ultimately win against stacked odds. She really believed in my case and worked tirelessly through long hours of deposition and a week-long trial that required weekend working hours and late nights on numerous occasions. The trust and conviction Barbara had for my case was her driving force. I felt she was like my mother figure watching out for me, demanding justice. She is compassionate and was not flustered when we arrived at challenging situations. She was positive in times demanding pessimism but realistic and solid in her advice. Although we won judgement from the court, there was a subsequent appeal. She then gave me the right guidance though the appeal process and procured a mediated result that was better than I’d ever expected at the outset. Through it all, Barbara gave me right guidance to resolve the case. I couldn’t have resolved this case without Barbara. Her team was infallible and went out of their way to help out. I would highly recommend her services. My odyssey was not easy. Having trust and faith in Barbara made it more palatable, and I feel I got this and more from Barbara.
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Posted by Stephanie | February 18, 2017
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Third time is a charm!
Barbara is the third attorney I have hired and I my only wish that I would have found her first, years ago. She is very knowledgeable, responsive, and has a team of great people. She delivered everything that she said she would. She didn't make any promises that she wasn't able to keep. If I need an attorney for anything again, she will be the first and only person I call! If you are on the fence about another attorney and need a second opinion, I highly recommend taking the time to talk with Barbara.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
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She was thorough....precise...knowledgeable...professional and most of all...personable
Posted by CB Harding | June 2, 2016
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Best Family Law Attorney in PDX
I was referred to Barbara from my previous attorney of19 years ago during a very nasty divorce. I was looking to file a support modification and Barbara was extremely helpful. She understood that I had very limited funds and needed to be as efficient as possible to keep costs under control. However, the other side made sure that wouldn't happen and Barbara did a great job negotiating some very muddy waters. The family court in Hillsboro is one place on earth I hope no other man has to visit and at the end of the hearing I felt quite chewed up. It wasn't until the next day when I flew home I realize and Barbara obtained exactly what I was looking for and has at least for now put some sanity to the never ending unfairness of permanent spousal support in the state of Oregon. I would recommend Barbara Aaby to anyone stuck in the Oregon's Family Law cavern. She is professional, respected by all the attorney in Portland and will not feed you hopes that can't be met. If I would need another attorney in Oregon, Barbara Aaby would be my first call. You will be very happy and in great hands to work with her.
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Posted by Claire | June 2, 2016
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I would highly recommend Barbara and her staff. She worked tirelessly for me and I believe I was treated very fairly. She is very knowledgeable, ethical, and available to talk whenever I needed her. I can't speak highly enough of her. I would not gave survived my divorce without her. It is a difficult situation to be in and having a lawyer who I trusted and had faith in was paramount.
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Posted by Stacie | December 30, 2016
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Difficult to Work With
Ms. Aaby took over my case after in her words it was "horribly mismanaged" by former counsel. Unfortunately, Ms. Aaby essentially did what former counsel did. It took 6 months, thousands of dollars to convince her that I had sole custody on the record, which I did and she and her office did not send over requested information to a psychologist despite having a lot of time to do so, thus skewing the results of an evaluation and made opposing look good and us look mediocre. She is a mediocre attorney in my opinion who will berate and blame her client.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2013
Buyer Beware
Aaby told me my Child Attending School couldn't waive participation in a child support modification. She was wrong. Her error prolonged proceedings. When I complained, she offered a substantial refund, but refused to provide it unless I agreed not to tell. She also said she'd waive her consultation fee if I hired her, then charged me anyway.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Aaby Family Law, P.C.
  • 1993 - Present


  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1977
  • Ohio State University
  • 1973


  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Oregon Family Law Practitioners
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody Committee
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • Oregon State Bar
  • Temporary and Final Relief
  • 2013
  • American Journal of Family Law
  • Understanding the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association
  • Parenting Plans
  • 2007

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Barbara Aaby is an experienced, knowledgeable, and well respected in the legal community. She zealously advocates for her clients. I highly recommend Barbara for any family law issues you may have."
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Beaverton Family Lawyer Barbara J Aaby
Barbara J Aaby
Family Attorney
Beaverton, OR
Licensed for 30 years