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Lillian Suelzle Watson

Mediation Attorney at Gresham, OR

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2001
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  1. Mediation
    Mediation can address your concerns, you are in control of the final agreement.

Lillian Suelzle Watson was born and raised in Gresham, Oregon.  She began her practice in Gresham in 2001.  She established Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law (GFBL) in 2008 and the firm has continued to grow.  Lillian received BA in Communications from Marylhurst University in 1992 and graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark in December of 2000. Lillian is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the United States District Court, Oregon District. She is also a member of the Multnomah Bar Association, (Family Law and Debtor Sections), Oregon State Bar Unlawful Practice of Law Committee, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Gresham Chamber of Commerce. She is involved in the Gresham Chamber of Commerce.

Lillian's practice focuses primarily on family Mediation law including dissolution, custody and support issues, administrative and modification cases. She is trained in collaborative practice and continues to practice in both Multnomah and Clackamas Circuit Courts. She regularly attends continuating education in her practice area. 

Lillian and her husband Floyd (both natives of Oregon) currently live in Gresham. 


Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law
1217 NE Burnside Road
Suite 204
Gresham, OR, 97030

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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Friendly and reliable divorce lawyer
Lillian handles a range of services, though supported me through my divorce proceedings and on follow-up legal matters. She is approachable and reliable, and works the legal process well. I would highly recommend her!!
Posted by DC | January 30, 2020
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Very Professional and Understanding
Lillian and Stephanie were great to work with. They helped me navigate through the Chapter 13 process and were very understanding and accommodating.
Posted by Joseph | October 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Really wonderful and professional
Lillian and Stephanie were really just remarkable. Extremely flexible and professional and understanding. Made a difficult experience easy and stress free. Cannot recommend them enough.
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2019
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Compassion and Honesty
Lillian Watson was my attorney for a chapter 13 bankruptcy which just closed. Her service was stellar. She not only knows the law, but explains it clearly to her client. She is unfailingly honest about the process and what to expect, and doesn't candy-coat it. She does this all with a compassion that I never expected, and I never doubted that she was in my court for the entire time. She responded promptly to any questions or concerns, and when a traumatic event happened during the 5 years, she helped guide me through the parts that were relevant to the bankruptcy. I will hire her again for any family law or estate planning needs in the future, and I strongly recommend her for anyone needing bankruptcy assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2018
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I was served divorce papers after 10 years of separation. We both can not afford a lawyer and I was lost on what to expect on the court date. I retained Lillian on a hourly rate to help me prepare for my court date. She was very helpful on explaining what to expect and how I should represent myself. Thank you for your help.
Posted by Toni | October 24, 2016
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Lillian was an angel in disguise, She helped my children and I when i felt like no one could help. I had a very messy and sad custody case and she was the rock we needed to get through it, very professional and also caring about the situation. She is amazing I would hire her again and when anyone asks what firm i went through I will always mention her. Thank you
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Posted by Janelle Wagner | November 27, 2015
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Kind, caring, hardworking
I hired Lillian when my parenting plan needed an overhaul. She was able to get the job done, despite an incredibly uncooperative ex. She was patient and worked to get an agreement that was right for my daughter.
Posted by Gregg | June 13, 2015
A very good lawyer
We came into her office without an appointment. She took time to see us anyway and was understanding, very helpful, responsive and kind in helping us. I would gladly recommend her to anyone looking for a caring, competent lawyer.
Posted by Tracie | December 22, 2013
Truly the best
Best attorney in Portland surrounding areas. I hired Lillian in 2010 after a very complicated separation, I was with my Ex husband for 17yrs and had two boys with him, one whom had alot of medical issuses. All my money was tied up in treatment and prescriptions for my child. I was attempting to represent myself, while my ex had hired a high dollar attorney. I was forced at that point to hire an attorney. I was referred to Lillian by a co-worker who was going through her at that same time. The first time I meet Lillian, she sat with me and listened to my storry and looked through what I had, I had court in just a few days and was no where ready to face another lawyer. Lillian said to me " everything will be ok, we need to act fast" I explained that I had no money to give her and she took me on anyway, I made a promise I would give her something every month, and promised I would pay her as soon as I got settlement and more court came and where I could not. Finally 2 pluse years later she is paid in full. Where else could you turn to for help without a dime to your name, but rather a promise. Lillian is amazing, she is treated me like a daughter, she seen me through from mid mess to finsh! With the mess I had when I seen her I never thought in a million years it would turn out in my favor and it did! Her right hand Deanna is also wonderful, she coached me and mentored me through this all. I can't tell you how many times I would sit there and she would watch me cry and be there to pick me up. What team is all I have to say about this team!!!
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Posted by Steve | October 15, 2013
The Best!!
If you need a practical and creative solution to a complicated legal problem (divorce) look no farther than Lillian Watson. She took the time to understand my situation (time and finances) and put together a solution that was effective and efficient avoiding expensive court proceedings while providing me with a favorable outcome. Legal brilliance, compassion and common sense are her trademarks. Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law is a proven team of legal professionals worthy of one's consideration when in need of legal expertise. I recommend them without any reservation! Steve
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2013
Feels like family
Going through a divorce after 20 years of marriage is the most difficult trial I have gone through in my life and Lillian has helped me to make logical and not emotional decisions. She has been my logical side and every time that I walk in her office she and her assistant greet me with a smile...I trust that she has given me the best legal advice and things could not have turned out better without her. Thank you Lillian and Deanna
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Posted by Deborah | September 3, 2013
Highly Recommended Attorney
Lillian was hired to help guide me through the challenging legalities of post divorce issues with my ex. She has been my attorney for over a year. She listens very well to what I am saying, has an intuitive understanding of people and different personality types, and proceeds with tact and intelligence. She has excellent abilities in dealing with the "other side" attorneys, knowing when to legally respond and when not, while at the same time understanding that cost is an issue for me. With her extensive legal experience, she has been honest with me about whether something is a good idea or not and has been very reliable in guiding me how to proceed. In fact, not only did she suggest I file a contempt motion that we won, she also won me attorneys fees for a modification motion filed by my ex, and she suggested our parenting coordinator for our case who has been terriffic to work with. I definitely recommend Lillian to anyone needing an attorney.
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Posted by Rebecca | August 28, 2013
Divorce & custody
The moment of walking into the office, I was greeted and treated kindly. It's not a stuffy office where you feel intimidated. The staff is very nice and helpful. Upon meeting Lillian, I was at ease. I walked in with the weight of the world on my shoulders, and after spending an hour discussing the case, I was at complete ease. She allowed me to not worry about the case and handled it with concern and professionalism. Most attorneys that I know, and have worked with, are after the dollar, but Lillian actually cared about my children, myself and the case. I respect and highly recommend Lillian. I wish I had started my case with her, however she finished it and I was happy with her performance
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Posted by Christine | January 14, 2013
The BEST lawyer you will ever hire.
I have known Lillian for many years now, and she handled a very complicated and miserable divorce for me 10 years ago. She has always been professional and listened to my concerns. She has an upbeat personality which is helpful when going through such a difficult situation. She is compassionate-something that I have not found in lawyers in the past! I have referred many friends to her over the years, and just consulted with her on another issue recently. As always, she was helpful and caring-just what one needs when looking for legal answers. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Justin | January 4, 2011
Provided excellent help
Ms. Watson provided me with exceptional help during a very stressful time. I felt that she presented me with realistic expectations which allowed me to focus on what was most important to me during my lengthy, emotional, and sometimes complicated divorce/custody case. I intend to continue to use Ms. Watson for future matters, should they arise.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2010
Thank You
Lillian, Thank you for all your hard work, guidance, & support. You made a HUGE difference in my life. I am so fortunate to know you. Sincerly
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gresham Mediation
  • 2023 - Present
  • Owner
  • Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law
  • 2001 - 2022


  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Marylhurst University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Oregon Mediation Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011

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Gresham Mediation Lawyer Lillian Suelzle Watson
Lillian Suelzle Watson
Mediation Attorney
Gresham, OR
Licensed for 23 years