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James E Zwaanstra

Family Attorney at Hillsboro, OR

4.8   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 21 years
    Oregon - OR 27 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

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Practice areas

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 over 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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James E Zwaanstra
5289 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite 110
Hillsboro, OR, 97124-3399


4.8 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Ike | April 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a guy!
James and his team are outstanding. They are thorough, prompt and precise in the way they do business. They handled my bankruptcy case and received a discharge in under 3 months. I would recommend them to anyone seeking help with any and all legal issues. If they don't specialize in your area of need, they have an extensive group of legal experts who do. Give them a call. You won't regret it. -Ike
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Posted by Jessica | January 8, 2013
Mr. Zwaanstra and his firm were fast acting, and ready to begin working on my case immediatly after our counsultation. Mr Zwaanstra explained everything to me clearly. He made me aware the situation i was dealing with for 7 years on my own, I did not have to fight anymore, and that it would come to an end. I would recommened James Zwaanstra and his firm Hillsboro Law Group to anyone who is seriouse about taking theyre case to Experts.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2012
Former Client
I hired Mr. Zwaanstra to represent me in a very ugly family law case. My ex-husband had been very abusive to me and our children and he helped me through both the restraining order process and the divorce case, including fights over both custody and child support, with dignity and respect. I will never forget all that he did for me and my children and I fully recommend him to anyone because he knows what to do.
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Posted by Renee | June 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great divorce lawyer
James was the exact type of lawyer I needed for my divorce. He was both extremely helpful and laid-back throughout my divorce process. He was able to put my anxieties at ease by his extensive knowledge regarding joint custody, child support and the divorce process in general. Very glad I hired this man!


  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • 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


  • University of Oregon
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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


  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Collegiate Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse James. James is an excellent attorney. He is experienced and pleasant to work with. Look no further if you need a divorce."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"James is very personable and has extensive exerience in family law. His knowledge, experience, and professionalism are a benefit to his clients and fellow attorneys. I highly recommend James for family law cases."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse James for his knowledge and experience in family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"James has been a leading divorce attorney in Washington County, Oregon for the last decade, and excels at creating practical solutions for his clients."
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