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Lilian Bier

Divorce and separation Attorney at Beaverton, OR

4.8   17 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

About Lilian

Learn Lilian’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    16%
    Divorce comprises the bulk of Ms. Bier's practice, which includes negotiation and modification of support issues (both child and spousal), as well as issues of custody and domestic violence. Ms. Bier works strenuously on her clients' behalf to avoid trial and reach settlement whenever possible. When cases do go to trial, she prepares rigorously and often prevails. Ms. Bier also presides about once monthly in Washington County's divorce court as a pro tem judge.

    32 years

  2. Alimony
    12%
    Spousal Support is paid by one party to the other depending on several financial factors, like who earns more, retirement plans, assets owned and so on. Our attorney can help you determine whether you are entitled to receive support.

    32 years

  3. Child custody
    12%
    Child custody figures prominently in many divorce cases, often accompanied by a great deal of emotional turmoil and anguish. Ms. Bier's office works hard to support her clients in their struggle to obtain custody, arranging custody evaluations and compiling an in-depth parenting notebook when necessary.

    32 years

  4. Child support
    12%
    A majority of Ms. Bier's divorce and modification cases involve child and spousal support issues, often highly contentious issues with which Ms. Bier is intimately familiar and navigates on a daily basis. Ms. Bier is keen on obtaining adequate and fair support for her clients.

    32 years

  5. Domestic violence
    12%
    Ms. Bier sees a fair percentage of clients who have restraining orders in place or need one when they come in. She is experienced with clients who have suffered abuse and is both sensitive to their plight and protective of their safety. Ms. Bier also serves as a pro-tem judge for Washington County in Oregon, presiding over restraining order hearings.

    32 years

  6. Family
    12%
    100% family-focused, Lilian Bier's practice is comprised mostly of divorce, her specialty. With more than 20 years experience helping clients obtain the best possible outcome under difficult and trying circumstances, Ms. Bier focuses on resolution and modification of child and spousal support issues, plus child custody, and domestic violence issues. Ms. Bier also prepares pre-nuptial agreements and has helped with adoptions and guardianships as well.

    32 years

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    8%
    This is one of the more positive services we offer as a family law firm and a great protection in the event of divorce. It often happens our former clients come to us for a prenup after divorce, which we are of course, very happy to help with.

    32 years

  8. LGBT+ Law
    6%
    Our attorney brings her 31 years' experience in divorce law to bear in any type of divorce or separation. Regardless of sexual orientation, our goals remain the same: Equitable resolution and what's in children's best interests. Period.

    6 years

  9. Child abuse
    5%
    In issues involving suspected child abuse, we help with emergency protective orders.

    32 years

  10. Uncontested divorce
    5%
    Even in an uncontested divorce, parties can benefit from legal advice to ensure fair resolution. Some people discover too late that they signed an unfair but binding settlement that cannot be undone. Consult an attorney before signing anything.

    32 years

I have been practicing family law almost exclusively since 1990, and in 2007, I opened Bier Family Law. We are comfortably situated in Beaverton with ample parking and a calming view of Koll Center Wetlands, where we see clients in a variety of difficult circumstances and treat each person with the utmost of care and respect.

I love my job. Family law allows me to exercise diametrically opposed skills: I hand-hold and counsel people through perhaps the roughest emotional time of their lives while actively safe-guarding their current and future interests.  As a client advocate I also play the role of negotiator both in and out of court.  Whether protecting my clients' custody rights or parenting time, or advocating for a fair agreement in issues of support or regarding the division of assets, I do everything within my power to do what’s right by my clients. 

I welcome all inquiries for an initial consultation, which allows prospective clients to decide whether the match is a good one before retaining me.  During the consult, I hear details of the case, and provide a legal overview as well as a projected estimate of the cost. There are often both tears and laughter at this meeting. Getting started is the hardest part, but picking up a phone is relatively easy. If you need sensitive and effective legal advice or help in a family matter, call 503.595.4141 and make an appointment to see me.  

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Licensed for 36 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 10/10/2022

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Reviews

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Posted by Lynn | March 31, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
Lilian was recommended to me by a former attorney due to the complexities and difficulties of my divorce situation. I don't think you could find a more detailed, prepared, on-top-of-it attorney and staff to accomplish your divorce. She and her staff are amazingly compassionate and professional and helped me accomplish everything we set out to do. She communicates well to you about your case and I can't imagine that it would even be over and done in the time it was without her focus and energy to overcome every road block thrown at us. I will be forever grateful for her and her staff.
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Posted by Tracy Humphrey | May 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Lilian used her expert legal skills to navigate me through my unique situation with great success. Her council, patience, and years of experience lead me through my unfamiliar undertaking with confidence. Her office staff is superior in their professional efficiency and supportive kindness.
Posted by Sami | February 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best ever!!
Words cannot express how appreciative I am for Lilian Bier, Sierra Fotos, and the entire Bier Family Law staff. I am so grateful for your support, professionalism, and dedication to me and my son. I don’t know where I would be without your genuine passion for protecting children and the amazing legal work you did on our behalf. Your ability to listen and understand exactly what we were up against, as well as, your trust and confidence in me and my case, prepared a foundation for the truth to be heard. Your passion for the law and intrinsic drive to do the right thing, even when the opposing counsel did not, are truly honorable examples of your character that allowed me to have complete faith in you and your team. You provided examples compassion again and again and I will be forever grateful for your support. I will continue to hear your voice of encouragement, kindness, and resilience throughout my life. Thank you for everything!
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Response from Lilian Bier March 7, 2022
Sami it has been a true pleasure working with you! You have been strong and yet remained sweet. We are so happy to have been able to help you through this rough patch, and so buoyed that things are looking up for you and your family! Everyone's hard work paid off. This is what we live for and we LOVE happy endings! Thanks for the kudos! Take care, stay healthy, and please, please keep in touch!
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Posted by Stephanie | May 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Stephanie Floyd
I have been using Bier Family Law for 15 years. Lilian is one of the best advocates one could hire during a divorce/child custody situation. I have referred her and her firm for years and will continue to do so.
Response from Lilian Bier May 27, 2021
Thank you Stephanie! It has been our honor and pleasure to help and serve you through this long period of your life. Here's to a rich future full of happy adventures and occasions! Please stay in touch!
Posted by Hollie | February 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever Thankful
Lilian and everyone in her office were absolutely incredible. Lilian made me feel empowered and confident to go through with everything and I'm so thankful. My life is so much better having her help!
Posted by Laurie | January 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Credit to the Legal Profession
Lilian Bier and her staff renewed my faith in the legal system. She, along with everyone in her office, work with unparalleled professionalism and dedication, supporting clients during a very difficult time. I started my divorce process with one of the large, most well known firms in Portland and did not know what it was like to be truly represented and supported until switching to Bier Family Law. The difference was remarkable. Ms Bier and her staff know the law well and use that knowledge accordingly. They kept me informed regularly and asked for input as needed. They worked tirelessly to help me get through the process and get the best possible outcome, even adding a touch of much needed humor and humanity at exasperating times. It is without any hesitation or reservation that I recommend Bier Family Law to anyone looking for the best representation on all levels.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable
Bier Family Law was extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy! I hired them during a time that for most is so scary and confusing. Their team took me by the hand and helped me though every step of the process. I highly recommend the expertise of Bier Family Law.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of a kind!
Lilian and her team showed me kindness, respect and thoughtful representation that kept me going during one of the darkest periods of my life! She is expensive but please don’t let that interfere with your decision to have her represent you as I can say that she is with every penny! I will be eternally grateful to her and her team!
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lucky if she takes your case
I was broken, frightened and thought I had to stay in an unhealthy marriage. Never have a I met two women, Lilian and her assistant Mary Ann, who were more caring, thoughtful and brilliant. Lilian was one hundred percent committed to helping me dissolve my 24-year marriage in a manner that was respectful to my fragile state. She always continually asked what I wanted and acted accordingly. She was a master in mediation and a no-nonsense trial attorney. Don’t let her tiny stature fool you, she can be vicious fighting for you. My case was very difficult and it was solved in a respectable time for a very reasonable cost. Never was I not able to contact Lilian or Mary Ann. Never were they not there for my best interests. Lilian’s kindness and knowledge of the law and what is right got me through a very difficult time. It was a tough fight, but because of Lil, I came out of it a much stronger women. Consider yourself lucky if she agrees to take your case.
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Posted by Jim | April 19, 2015
Excellent Choice
I held off on writing this review to be sure of doing it justice. She was so good for me I wanted to do the same back for her. An attorney friend gave me 3 references to handle my divorce. After interviewing all 3 I chose Lilian and could not have been more satisfied. My friend later told me that Lilian would have been his choice as well were he in the same position. She was excellent in getting me through a very difficult time, handled my case with professionalism and--most importantly--caring, even recommending a course of action that reduced her fees. She was excellent about follow up, including a few years later when financial issues were completed to insure that the satisfaction of judgement was filed. Perhaps the best praise of all--despite an at times contentious process, at the conclusion my ex recommended Lilian to a friend!
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Posted by Steve | March 9, 2014
Lilian Bier
Lilian Bier is the most thorough and professional attorney I have ever worked with. She works extremely hard at finding all the facts in your case to bring before the court. Her staff is just as professional and concerned for you as Lilian is. She and her staff also seem to keep you calm when you think the world has fallen in on you. She treats you with compassion and empathy and I can imagine what a true friend she would be. Steve W.
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Posted by Tammy | March 4, 2014
Excellent
Excellent and above board in every regard. Conscientious , caring and effective handling of my divorce and subsequent issues that have arisen since. Communication with Ms. Bier is prompt and her office staff also is highly rated. Hire Ms. Bier and she will not disappoint.
Posted by Scarlett | March 4, 2014
Tiny, Tenacious,and Terrific!
Lilian Bier is a very professional and knowledgeable attorney. Her tenacious approach to obtaining thorough records and financial information is excellent. I hired Lilian in 2000 to modify my divorce settlement as I needed more money for health insurance. She got what I needed and was a tremendous support. I hired her again in 2013 when my ex wanted to terminate or reduce the lifetime alimony he had to pay. Lilian had to fight to get the true financial records and did a masterful job in court. I kept my alimony and he had the ex pay all my costs. Lilian’s staff were wonderful, and I had no problems with communication, either by telephone or email. Above all, Lilian made me feel validated. Yes, she points out all the worst case scenarios, but she fights hard for what is right. I love her sense of humor and feel like she would be a fabulous friend. I would recommend her most highly to anyone who needs an attorney, and have done so on several occasions. She is tiny, but mighty! I did read one negative review of her on this site, and think it must be someone who is possibly a competitor. ?
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2013
One of the best.
I haved referred 3 people to Lilian, all have been very pleased. I used Lilian for my divorce and she was great, helpful and supportive. Like said before she is tiny but mighty. I used 1 person that she recommended and he was great, turned out he knew my uncle. Small world. What I really liked is how well we could communicate, and she didn't talk over my head.
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Posted by Beth | May 8, 2012
Lilian Bier
From our first meeting Lilian was realistically supportive and knowledgeable about family law as well as general Oregon law. I really appreciated her straight talk and approach. :)
Posted by Jill | July 7, 2010
Tiny but Mighty!
Lilian is a wonderful attorney who helped me to get money for health care from my ex. She is professional, but still a warm and caring person. She has a great sense of humor (important to me) and is very knowledgable. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Posted by Cclynn | March 12, 2013
Unreliable -overcommitted and poor staff
Don't waste your time or money. Had to terminate Mrs Bier just before a scheduled mediation as she was not only uncommunicative with me (ignored emails) she only returned my calls after I phoned and complained to her office staff. Disorganized, poor time management & she constantly pushes her appraisal agenda (don't agree to use her people)! She was actually recommended to me- what a dissappointment !!
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Washington County Courthouse
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney, Owner
  • Bier Family Law, LLC
  • 2007 - Present

Education

  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Brandeis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Oregon State Bar
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Association
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Brandeis University
  • 1983

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Family Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had a number of occasions in recent years to deal with Lilian Bier, both on the same side as well as on opposing sides. She has always demonstrated an excellent command of the law, first-rate professionalism, and zealous advocacy on behalf of her clients. She is held in high respect by the judges before whom she appears and by opposing counsel. Looking for a top-notch family law lawyer? Choose Lilian. You won’t go wrong."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Beaverton Divorce and separation Lawyer Lilian Bier
Lilian Bier
Divorce and separation Attorney
Beaverton, OR
Licensed for 36 years