I have been practicing law in Hillsboro and the surrounding communities since I graduated from law school at the University of Oregon in 1996 and have focused my practice on marital and family law. I am a shareholder with Hillsboro Law Group, PC and currently head the Family Law Team for the firm. I understand through firsthand experience that issues related to marriage, family and other relationships can be among the most stressful and confusing you will ever encounter in your life but I am skilled at educating and guiding you through whatever process you are encountering whether negotiating and litigating the most complex contested financial and custody cases or drafting and finalizing uncontested divorces. My family law practice encompasses not only divorce but also domestic partnerships, separation agreements, spousal support, child support, custody, parenting time (visitation) and domestic violence (FAPA).
In addition to my marital and family law practice, I also focus on representing individuals in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies as well as individuals who have been arrested for, or convicted of, DUI including diversion entry and probation violations.
In my nearly 20 years of practice, I have cultivated and maintained a trustworthy and reliable reputation among both my colleagues with whom, and the judges before whom, I regularly practice. I have direct and consistent interaction with all of my clients and have developed and maintained a solid reputation for being accessible and prompt in communicating with my clients whether by phone, e-mail or in person.
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Lawrence Gorin, Divorce and separation Attorney
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I have worked with James on a number of cases involving division of retirement and pension assets incident to divorce. James continuously shows an excellent level of competency on all matters relating to divorce and family law. He is a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients while maintaining a high standard of professionalism and respect in dealing with opposing attorneys. I give him my highest and unqualified endorsement, without hesitation or reservation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Collegiate Honor Society||Phi Kappa Phi||1993|
|Attorney||Hillsboro Law Group, PC (Formerly Known As Garland, Burton, McCaffery, PC)||2012 - Present|
|President||Zwaanstra Law Office, PC||2011 - 2012|
|Principal||Zwaanstra & Associates, LLC||1997 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Washington County Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Multnomah County Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section||Member||1997 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||1997 - Present|
|EG v. TG||Wife awarded support, long half of assets, and children. Husband ordered to pay all Wife's attorney fees.|
|MP v SM||Husband awarded custody of children|
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|University of Oregon||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Oregon State University||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|
|Oregon State University||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|