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Sonya Fischer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lake Oswego, OR

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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2003
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About Sonya

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3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    21 years

  2. Family
    25%
    Family Law; Special Education; Guardianship; Governmental Relations

    21 years

  3. Guardianship
    25%

    21 years

Sonya Fischer  has extensive experience as an advocate for vulnerable populations. Her activism stems from parenting a child with severe developmental disabilities. The institutional barriers she experienced as a young mother inspired her to speak up and create change for others.

A member of the Oregon State Bar since 2003, and selected as an 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 “Rising Star,” Sonya brings compassion and first-hand legislative knowledge to the practice of law. She combines her legal expertise with her understanding of education and service delivery systems to create successful strategies for her clients. Sonya understands her clients' struggles and utilizes a collaborative approach while building a solid record to preserve her clients' rights.

Sonya began her advocacy efforts while attending Warner Pacific College where she organized parents of children with disabilities to secure important early intervention services. She was soon hired by Multnomah County, where she assisted the families of children with disabilities in accessing services and facilitated the planning and delivery of services for early childhood education, domestic violence and homeless youth.

In 1991, while completing her master's degree in Public Administration at Portland State University, Sonya began working as an intern for the late senator Frank Roberts, where she spearheaded new disability parking permit legislation. Sonya worked in Salem for 13 years. While working with the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Sonya helped create a system of in-home supports for children with severe disabilities and facilitated the passage of legislation making it possible for children with disabilities to continue attending the same school when living temporarily outside their parents' home. As legislative staff to Senator Frank Shields, Sonya developed a package of early childhood legislation that resulted in a statewide childcare provider training program that incorporated the importance of healthy brain development for young children.  Sonya most recently served as the Director for State and Legislative Federal Affairs for the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Sonya graduated from the Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was recognized for her leadership and contributions as both a Joyce Ann Harpole Scholar and a member of the Cornelius Honor Society. The Harpole award is a peer-nominated award given each year to a law student and a practicing lawyer who are notable for balancing a fulfilling life with the study or practice of law. Sonya was also recognized for winning the mock trial competition. While in law school, Sonya spearheaded a pro bono program for law students to assist families with their children's special education planning. 

 

Sonya is a member of the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, where she previously co-chaired the Family Law Section. She is the immediate past President of the Clackamas Women Lawyers. She is past Secretary of the Clackamas County Bar Association and chaired the Policy Committee for fact:  Family and Community Together.  Sonya is a current board member of Disability Rights Oregon. She served as a delegate for the Oregon State Bar.  She is also involved with Oregon Women Lawyers, and The Arc of Multnomah County.  Sonya is a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce. She is active in her children's education, previously serving on school foundation boards and budget committees as well as volunteering in the classroom.

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Fischer Family Law, PC
Lakeview Village
385 1st Street, Suite 221
Lake Oswego, OR, 97034

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Eaton Fischer Family Law, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney at Law, Of Counsel
  • Yates, Matthews, P.C. Family Law
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Legislative Director
  • Oregon, Department Of Human Services
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate Lobbyist
  • The Tresidder Company
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Sonya Fischer, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • Multnomah County District Attorney
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Legal Intern
  • Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Coodinator
  • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilites
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Senator Frank Shields
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Program Development Specialist
  • Multnomah County
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Campaign Manager and Legislative Assistant
  • State Representative Sharon Wylie
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Case Manager and Program Development Specialist
  • Multmonah County
  • 1988 - 1991
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Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Portland State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1993
  • Warner Pacific College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Associations

  • Oregon Trail Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Clackamas Women Lawyers
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Disability Rights Oregon
  • Board Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Warner Pacific College
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • National Administrative Law Judges Conference
  • Litigating with Disabilities
  • 2016
  • Family Law Section
  • What Every Divorce Lawyer Needs to Know About Special Education
  • 2014
  • Campaign School
  • Presenter
  • 2000
  • Conference
  • Presenter
  • 1993
  • Conference
  • Presenter
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Fischer is an excellent advocate for her clients. She is extremely knowledgeable and well prepared to handle any matter in the areas of family law and disability law. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sonya has the highest professionalism and creative approach to problem solving for her clients. She really understands the issues they are facing and is compassionate in her approach, while still being a strong advocate."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sonya is a great mentor and friend. We have worked side by side advocating for plaintiff's rights in Oregon as members of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Sonya is among the most respected and talented attorneys in our field."
Family Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sonya is truly dedicated to meeting the needs of her clients. She is a fierce advocate and a cooperative opposing counsel. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Lake Oswego Divorce and separation Lawyer Sonya Fischer
Sonya Fischer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lake Oswego, OR
Licensed for 21 years