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Kenneth W McNeil

Family Attorney at Hillsboro, OR

5.0   29 reviews

also known as Ken McNeil

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Kenneth

Learn Kenneth’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    In addition to handling all aspects of divorce and family law, my office assists clients with the preparation and enforcement of prenuptial agreements (prenups). I understand the importance of having proper legal documents in place to protect your interests. I also represent clients in domestic abuse proceedings, including motions for Restraining Orders under Oregon's Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA).

    33 years

  2. Family
    50%
    In addition to handling all aspects of divorce and family law, my office assists clients with the preparation and enforcement of prenuptial agreements (prenups). I understand the importance of having proper legal documents in place to protect your interests. I also represent clients in domestic abuse proceedings, including motions for Restraining Orders under Oregon's Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA).

    33 years

 

I have  been  in private practice  in Washington County since 1991 and  I am a past President  of the Washington County Bar Association.  My practice emphasizes family law.  I am also a member of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section.  Our office is conveniently located at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, near the Intel campuses.

 

 

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Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Located near several Intel campuses, and conveniently located to many great Washington County neigborhoods.

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Kenneth W McNeil
1323 NE Orenco Station Ste 310
Hillsboro, OR, 97124
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, kind and so happy I hired him!
Divorces are stressful and no one wants to go through them, especially when COVID-19 arrives two months after you file. I met Ken and discussed my case with him, not only did I have more direction of what the divorce process looked like, he assured me that I had more leverage than I thought in my situation. Ken worked diligently on my case, helping me with every question I asked no matter how silly I thought it was. His communication was excellent in following up with me weekly and informing me of the current status of my divorce. He filled me in with every change or detail that came up and was so kind during the entire process. Brenda and him really exceeded my expectations and helped me find peace during this whole process. I highly recommend Ken McNeil!
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Posted by Tennason | July 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ken exceeded my expectations & the outcome shows that!!
I highly recommend Ken because he did the impossible by helping me get full custody of my daughter without visitation for the father! I’ve learned that is a very unlikely outcome. He was organized, prepared, easy to get ahold of and always responded to my emails in a timely manor. He made me feel like a priority and always listened to what I had to say. He’s direct and honest so you know where you stand. He sends a billing breakdown clearly explaining charges and there weren’t any trumped up charges so I really appreciated that! My favorite thing about him is how prepared he was for court and how he prepared me for the hearing. He’s a good guy so he’s probably not the guy to hire if you’re shady and worthless. My experience with him and his legal assistant Brenda was extremely positive so I highly recommend his services!
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Prepared, Professional and Direct!!
After my consultation I knew Ken was the guy I needed to represent me for my custody case. He was obviously honest and I really appreciated that! He wasn't slimy and trying to tell me what I wanted to hear. We recently had a hearing and his preparedness and professionalism REALLY impressed me so I no longer have anxiety because I know I'm in good hands! Ken and his assistant Brenda always respond to my emails ASAP and I've really appreciated that. I would definitely recommend his services because I feel that he worked hard preparing for my hearing and he made me feel like my situation was a priority! He was also very accommodating when it came to meeting with me and offered to meet on the weekend if necessary. I really didn't have any negative experiences with him as he exceeded my expectations! I appreciated how he was direct and would redirect me if I got off course. My case isn't over but I know I'm in good hands with Ken because he's prepared!
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Posted by Jonathan | May 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great attorney
I got sued for an amount of money, and I was in real trouble financially over it. Mr. McNeil examined my documents and negotiated the amount down to something reasonable. He has my highest recommendation for his professionalism. To add to that, he never wasted my time and got things done fast.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney for complicated divorce
I would recommend Ken to anyone with a divorce case that is not mutual in any way. His expertise helped me during my very complicated and long divorce. For more than a year Ken was handling my case. Multiple times we had to go back to the court and every time Ken was very professional, very knowledgeable and supportive. I always got prompted responses from him and his staff.
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Posted by Ron | June 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ken assisted me during a health crisis
I had originally seen Ken after my divorce trial was over but before the judge had signed it. I had represented myself and wanted to understand what exactly it said because I had questions about it. Ken did a great job. About 8 months after my divorce was finalized, I suffered a serious health issue which took me out of the work force. Being unable to make my support payments and not wanting to go into arrearage I contacted Ken to handle the situation and Ken did a fantastic job and we never had to go to trial and I couldn't have asked for a better resolution. I highly recommend Ken McNeil if you are in need of an attorney!!
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Posted by Yvette | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I hired Ken for my modification of parenting time and child support and it was really the best decision I could have made. He walked me through everything and made this difficult time in my life less painful. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true life saver!
Prior to meeting Ken, I had learned through the school of hard-knocks how not to select an attorney: Having been financially blind-sided by my spouse at the outset of a supposed "civil" dissolution, I desperately retained the first attorney I could find a referral for. A huge and costly mistake. After spending several thousands of dollars only to have a cookie-cutter dissolution petition filed and responded to, this attorney then also blind-sided me by requiring a retainer renewal of double what I had originally paid and double what we had agreed to going forward, just to continue to prepare my case for trial ... an actually trial was anticipated to cost even more. Rather than continuing to pour money into that black hole, I decided to fire that attorney and start my efforts anew. That restart began with a methodical search in an expanding local radius for an a attorney that was physically nearby my residence and near the court of jurisdiction in Hillsboro. After Identifying a significant list of candidates, I methodically researched each of them. Based significantly on excellent AVVO reviews, I was fortunate to have found Ken McNeil: an attorney in Hillsboro with a long history in very near proximity to both my residence and the court. Ken's utterly unassuming nature, calm demeanor, and his adept listening skills that were clearly reflected in his questions and responses to my conveyed history, issues, and concerns. Ken's initial retainer request and fee schedule were amazingly modest as well. For the next several months, Ken was an unwavering rock that provided me guidance and solid grounding through the worst "perfect storm" of my life. Three months after retaining Ken, and upon Ken's request at a status hearing, the presiding judge offered a pre-trial opinion that confirmed my worst nightmare: probable exorbitant lifetime alimony (my terms: the actual legal terms are pure euphemisms) for having financially provided greatly for decades to a wholly insatiable and ungrateful spouse who was demanding far more even than what the judge anticipated. Fortunately, Ken managed to keep me from going insane while he also doggedly persisted in discovering my spouses under-disclosed financial wherewithal. Just days before trial, Ken had determined that my spouse's PERS individual retirement account value exceeded what I had thought were the entirety of our joint lifetime retirement savings. As a direct result, my spouse settled out of court for half of our joint savings plus the entirety of the PERS account. In all, that amounted to 3/4 of our total assets. BUT, I was no longer on the hook for extortion for the rest of my foreseeable life!!!! I owe Ken far more than words can possibly convey!!! I was both blessed and honored to have Ken as my attorney. I could not possibly endorse Ken McNeil highly enough!!!
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Posted by Ammie | March 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simple and Easy!!!
When I came to Ken. I just fired another attorney due to him taking advantage of me through a delicate time as I did all my own paperwork. When I met Ken at our initial meeting. His words is "You don't need to hire me. You got this"! I could have, however at the time of going through child custody I was pregnant and full of emotions. I wanted someone who had the skill set and a degree to make this easy for myself. He did just that. I do refer him and endorse him. Thank you Ken! I know this is a way overdue review, however three kids now and Ajay is now 2 baby is 10 months and you know the rest. You are wonderful and since May you will be surprised to find out that my life and my childrens is a lot better. Thank you is not enough for all the help you did.
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Posted by nick fulton | January 26, 2016
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Light at the end of the tunnel!!!
Seriously this guy is amazing. I was in a deep hole from my previous attorney whom seem to have made everybody including the judge mad no parenting time with my kids. Then I hired this amazing lawyer and the first time I go in the court I've got a parenting plan which gets my kids every weekend. I highly recommend Mr Ken McNeil for any family law matters that you might run across.
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Posted by Shane | November 5, 2014
A dependable ally in tough times
Divorce is a low point in life and having an attorney that is professional, discerning and committed to a fair and just outcome is critical. Unlike other attorneys, Ken takes a measured and fact based approach. Ken is highly collaborative and worked with me to develop the best plan. Simple or challenging, Ken is a dependable ally to have on your side.
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Posted by Darrin | June 6, 2014
Great Results
I felt very comfortable with Ken from the first time I met him. He is very knowledgeable and confident and that made it easy to work with him. His experience and negotiation strategy led to a very favorable outcome for me in my case for spousal support reduction. Ken will definitely be the one I call if I ever need legal counsel again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2014
Ken McNeil and office staff: five out of five stars!
I worked with Ken McNeil during a very difficult part of my life. Before I met Ken, I had worked with an adversarial, non-service oriented and confrontational attorney. However, Ken was completely different. He was knowledgeable, efficient and professional. He was able to skillfully expedite the process, which saved me thousands of dollars and lost time. Ken and the office staff were incredibly service oriented and returned my calls very promptly, which made communication easy. I would recommend Ken McNeil for anyone needing help with the divorce process.
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Posted by Carol | July 17, 2013
I couldn't have chosen better
I had the pleasure of working with Ken through my divorce, his knowledge and preparation resulted in a positive outcome. He is very responsive, compassionate, and very easy to work with. His calm and friendly demeanor helped me through a couple of emotional discussions, which I truly appreciated. I have no reservations of highly recommending Ken McNeil.
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Posted by Eric | October 17, 2012
Divorce and Legal custody,,,,,,,,He's great at his job! Very nice staff as well.
When you're computer gets a virus and it needs to be repaired, you pay the price to have it fixed by a certified technician. You're technician repairs you're broken computer and gives it back loaded with new software and all new updates. An outstanding technician minimizes future risks by performing updates and being one step ahead of the rapidly changing PC market that is ever so flooded with malware and viruses. Ken was my technician. I paid to have a problem resolved. He explained ideas and kept me informed though I had a tough schedule. He helped ensure future problems don't re-occur. If one day I will need an attorney to help me with an issue, Ken would be the person I would turn to first. Plus, he's an Oregonian!
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2011
Made a Difficult Experience a Little Easier
Ken represented me in my recent divorce. He was the second attorney I met with at the beginning of the process, and I felt much more confident with Ken than the first attorney with whom I consulted. He kept me informed, answered all of my questions and responded quickly to my e-mails and phone calls. I had specific goals for the settlement, and Ken helped me to achieve them. His knowledge and experience were invaluable to me. I have never had a legal issue to deal with, so this was completely new to me. But, I was prepared every step of the way because of Ken's guidance. I can confidently recommend him. And, his assistant is fantastic!
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Posted by Vince | July 22, 2010
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. McNeil handled an unpleasant case for me. I have used 2 lawyers previous to Mr. McNeil and he is, without question, the finest I have met. Specifically, he gave me a very fair, thorough initial consultation, and charged a very reasonable retainer. Throughout the ordeal, I felt like he gave me sound advice based on the law, and never told me just what I wanted hear. I'm sure I wasn't the biggest case he was working on; however, I always felt he gave my case his full effort and attention. Mr. McNeil's billing is very detailed. I never felt I was getting billed for anything extraneous (not the case with previous lawyers I've used). The case was resolved in a satisfactory manner; I feel this was a direct result of Mr. McNeil's sound advice and hard work. I would recommend him, without hesitation, if in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2010
Great choice
Mr. McNeil was very helpful and informative throughout the process. At times I felt he maybe could have been a little more aggressive, but I deferred to his judgement on which tactics would yield the best results and I ended up with a very favorable judgement.
Posted by Marian | January 9, 2010
Kenneth W McNeil Review
Mr. McNeil was obtained as my divorce attorney in 2007. From the beginning, he was supportive of my action plan to try for reconcilliation and did not pressure me in any way to move faster than what I did. When it came time to file for divorce, Mr. McNeil was thoughtful, supportive and processed the paperwork with intent. There were times when he offered advice and it was appreciated and showed his understanding of my situation. I would not hesitate to use Mr. McNeil for other legal issues.
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Posted by Shelley | January 4, 2010
Lawyer used for DHS case
Very articulate,knowledgeable Lawyer. Didnt miss a beat. I felt very confident having Mr. Mcneil represent me. He always seemed to be one step ahead of everyone else, which made everything alot easier on me. I will definately use his services in the future if needed. He is by no doubt in my mind a "Dream Team Lawyer".
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding attorney
  • McNeil & Goldstein
  • 2003 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • McKeown & Brindle
  • 1991 - 2003
  • Special Prosecutor
  • Multmonah County
  • 1991 - 1991

Education

  • University of Oregon
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Whitman College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, with Honors
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State ex rel Juvenile Department of Multnomah County v. Loredo
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Admission to Appear
  • 1994 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Admission to Appear
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Peer Rating of BV--Very High Legal Ability
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Candidate's Forum
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Kenneth
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ken McNeil has been a pleasure to work with on the cases that I have had against him because he is fair and reasonable. He is a past president of the Washington County Bar Association and committed to his practice in Orenco station and the surrounding community in Washington County."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. McNeil and had occasion to work with him as opposing counsel since 2005. I endorse his work in both Family Law and Criminal Defense."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ken is a wonderful attorney, very experienced and caring. I learned a great deal while worked for him."
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