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Forrest R Collins

Divorce and separation Attorney at Newberg, OR

4.9   34 reviews

About Forrest

Learn Forrest’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    70%
    In addition to mediation, I also practice Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law is similar to mediation, but each participant works with their own collaboratively trained attorney rather than with a neutral mediator.

  2. Mediation
    20%
    I mediate a variety of family law matters, including divorce, separation, spousal support, child support, custody issues, parenting plans, asset division and modifications.

  3. Uncontested divorce
    10%
    In addition to mediation, I also practice Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law is similar to mediation, but each participant works with their own collaboratively trained attorney rather than with a neutral mediator.

COVID-19 Update: We are open and conducting mediation and individual meetings over the phone and online via Zoom teleconferencing. We will monitor guidance from the state and federal governments to determine when it is appropriate to resume in-person meetings.

My practice is limited exclusively to mediation and Collaborative Law in family law matters.  Most people think that the divorce process has to be long, difficult and expensive.  They don't realize that you can actually have a "good" divorce.  I devote my practice to helping people have a constructive, respectful divorce process.

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Licensed for 16 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/09/2022

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Forrest Collins, P.C.
215 N. Meridian St., Ste. 205
Newberg, OR, 97132
Forrest Collins, P.C.
5200 SW Meadows Rd.
Ste. 150
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2019
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Remote Transaction
As terms of my divorce, I owed my ex a chunk of money and the court issued a judgement. I live in a different state and needed to pay off my ex and get the judgement satisfied. I contacted (and hired) Mr. Collins to handle it on my behalf. Everything went smoothly: my ex was paid, papers were filed and the judgement was satisfied. Mr. Collins and his team made this a worry-free transaction and I am eternally grateful. I highly recommend Mr. Collins.
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Posted by Omid | November 22, 2017
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Very knowledgeable and helpful
I used Forrest for a Collaborative Divorce and he was extremely helpful. He help guide me in all matters of the divorce, and even helped get agreement and compromise with some non-standard requests that I had. During the divorce, some issues arose for my ex-, and with Forrest's great help and guidance, we converted the divorce into a legal separation instead. I have subsequently used Forrest a couple more times to make modifications to the legal separation. Forrest has always been very professional, very knowledgeable, friendly, and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him to anyone that unfortunately needs to go through a divorce or separation.
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Posted by Philip | July 28, 2016
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Friendly, Professional, Efficient, and Knolegeable
Getting divorced is uncomfortable and nerve wracking no matter how friendly the divorce is. Forrest provided a safe and well informed space for us to work out what we needed to and he guided us to the end point we wanted. His professionalism and knowledge of this field made a difficult task as easy as it could be while offering Ian important matter the time and respect and thoroughness it deserved. Thank you very much Forrest and I would highly recommend you to any one in need of these services.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2015
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Forrest Collins' review
I first spoke early in our separation and got a lot of insight as to what the divorce process would be like. Due to some other personal circumstances I didn't hire him right away and contacted him to do so a few months later. Because of some severe misunderstandings on my former spouse's part the dissolution became extremely bitter and contentious, including custody and visitation rights to our daughter. Forrest was extremely helpful in the negotiations, pointing out several options at every step of the way and pulling in outside expertise when needed. After almost a year of difficult discussions our judgement was filed with terms agreeable to both of us. Without Forrest's help we probably would have ended up in court with a nasty fight on our hands.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2015
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Forrest made mediation possible
My ex-husband and I hired Forrest as our mediator, and he really helped us get through all the complex decisions without them becoming contentious. He was courteous, fair, and respectful of our conditions and needs. If we need any modifications to our judgement, we would definitely go back to Forrest to help us.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2015
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Mediating my Divorce
I hired Forrest as my attorney basically after finding out who my (ex)wife hired as her attorney then I looked on the internet for someone who had a similar approach to what was to be a "kinder easier less hostile" approach to my divorce, which is what my ex and I both were looking for. We didn't want the in your face hostile in court approach that we had both seen or heard of others going thru. I found Forrest to be easy to work with, very through and on time with getting me info I needed. He worked well at defusing some potential sticking points with the mediation and my ex wife's attorney. He did well at staying on task and was even keeled when there was a lot of emotional overlay during the mediation. Forrest is easy to talk to and seems to have a good feel for the give and take process and how to steer the mediation in a manner that is less emotionally traumatic for those on both sides of the fence. I would recommend Forrest without reservation for his legal and mediation skills.
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Posted by Charles Winton | September 10, 2015
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Highly recommended
Forrest Collins came highly recommended and in the circumstances I found myself and my family in I needed the very best. Our case took several directions that were unanticipated and extremely confusing. From child support modifications, to motions to modify custody, to motions of status quo, emergency orders, to out of state council that ultimately resulted with the union of my family. I am forever grateful to Forrest!!! I have my family and we are thriving. Without Forrest Collins council and his ability to understand exactly what steps were necessary to strengthen my case and in the end unite my family, my story would be very different. Thank you Forrest...
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
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Professional & Efficient Attorney
Forrest helped me through an amicable divorce. I emailed him the terms of the divorce and he quickly prepared the documents. Forrest was very helpful, easy to work with, and provided me with excellent advice throughout the process. I highly recommend Forrest if you need help with a divorce.
Posted by Carl | June 13, 2015
Welcoming, Courteous, Professional
My time shared with Mr. Collins was enjoyable other than the reason for being in his company. I felt at ease and comfortable to speak my mind in his office that has an amazing view. Forrest always greeted with a positive attitude as well as keeping my comfort in mind. Mr. Collins is very professional as a mediator keeping an objective view and stance while working our case. Forrest was able to put ideas and options on the table that was not previously thought of by me which created options to benefit both parties. Doing so allowed dissection making easier. Any legal advice that was mutually advisable as a mediator was given without me needing to ask. Overall I would recommend Mr. Collins as a mediator, and wish him and his family the best of luck.
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Posted by Andy | April 21, 2015
High conflict parenting plan revision/change to child support
I started working with Forrest one year ago and settled out of court last week. This was a very high conflict situation with a parenting plan that needed a complete overhaul. He struck a good balance between giving me strong advice and advocating for me, and letting me also make decisions on my own. He always gave me options and was clear on the cost (financial) and amount of time I should expect each step to take. And the outcome was amazing, I went from very little time with my child to now having her live with me part time and also have significant time to go on vacations and holidays with her. It's hard to believe we landed on a plan this good. Having gone through this process I'm grateful for someone who knows how to advocate for me as a father as he was very knowledgeable about my rights, when to push, when to pull back, and how to get through a settlement without the extra costs and stress of going to court. Overall I'd highly recommend Forrest and I will use his services again if needed.
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Posted by Kelly | April 17, 2015
Wonderful Mediator
Its never a good thing when you have to seek out a divorce Mediator, but I'm so happy I found Forrest. He walked us through what to expect, provided very helpful information, gave us our space as we sorted the details out, and was extremely professional throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is seeking this type of help.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2015
Helpful for keeping my divorce on track.
My divorce had potential to be very contentious. Forrest gave me advice on how to present documents and new information to my now ex husband to keep our divorce progressing smoothly. What I was pretty sure was going to be a drawn out battle ended up being pretty uneventful, and I credit Forrest's counsel.
Posted by David | January 22, 2015
A wonderful advocate
I needed a strong, knowledgeable advocate who could stay focused on the facts, inform me of the things that mattered, and challenge me to ensure I was seeking the right form of representation for my needs as a parent and business owner who was undergoing a highly volatile divorce. Forrest was just that for me and much more. Always calm, organized and meticulous in detail, yet warm, ethical, and caring, he offered much more than legal representation: He gave me hope. His concern extends not only to you as a client, but your family as well who are all affected by divorce. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of his services.
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Posted by Nicole | January 12, 2015
Highly recommend. Thank you for making a difficult experience easier to handle!
Forrest was incredibly knowledgeable, trustworthy and helpful to navigate the rather emotional and complicated process of divorce with ease. He was very responsive to all my questions and concerns and always took the time to help me better understand the impacts of decisions both short and long-term. Furthermore, he was proactive in identifying the best approach or alternative that would be equitable for both sides. Forrest was highly professional, reliable, respectful and responsive with all communications. Above all else, I felt that he genuinely cared and had my best interest as his top priority. I would highly recommend Forest Collins for his services and would feel confident that he would find the best possible outcome for clients.
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Posted by Mike | November 3, 2014
Excellent if your looking for a moderated divorce
Forest was very responsive and knowledge when it came to helping us through this process. He made suggestions where we needed some ideas of how to word it and was very prompt on drafts and communication. If you want to do a moderated divorce I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2014
fantastic divorce mediator
Divorce is always difficult, but Forrest made it smooth, predictable, and on track. His easy -going style helped us to get through it faster.
Posted by Karen | September 4, 2014
Very satisfied with Mr. Collins' services
Mr. Collins and his staff were very professional, communicated clearly and promptly on all issues. This was what I had expected to be an impossible dissolutionment to achieve, with a volatile partner, through mediation, but it worked. I attribute the success to Mr. Collins' calm, objective, direct approach. He explained every step of the process and all alternatives. It was affordable and I believe we achieved the best possible outcomes.
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Posted by Jeff | August 28, 2014
- Forrest Collins is a Fantastic Divorce Mediator
Forest and his staff were extremely professional, courteous and responsive. He mediated my divorce and helped sort out the 24 years worth of assets and really focused on our desired outcome of being fair.
Posted by Margaret | July 23, 2014
Respectful and clear
I had a very good experience with Forrest. He was a good listener and respectful of my wishes while making it clear what was best for me.
Posted by Sharon | June 16, 2014
Professional, knowledgeable, and warm, Forrest Collins is a wonderful lawyer!!!
The story I will always tell regarding my experience with Forrest was how he helped me to see the significance and crucial reality that I needed to consider not only the short term outcome of my divorce settlement, but also the long term goals for my children. His advice and expertise were essential to my financial and emotional well-being. I refer clients and friends to Forrest because I believe he is a good guy with solid advice and is able to get his clients to their goal.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Collaborative Attorney and Mediator
  • Forrest Collins, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney, Mediator
  • Collins Berman, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney, Mediator
  • Forrest Collins, Attorney at Law
  • 2006 - 2011

Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD
  • 2006
  • Willamette Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • 2006
  • Linfield College
  • BS
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Case Name Confidential - L. G. and M. G.
  • Successfully mediated

Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Multnomah County Circuit Court
  • Court Appointed Attorney for Children
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oregon Mediation Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Oregon State Bar, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
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Publications

  • OSB ADR Section Newsletter
  • Collaborative Law - A New Approach
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer
  • Mediating Effectively
  • 2014
  • Guest lecturer
  • Building Your Mediation Career
  • 2012
  • Mediation Seminar
  • Building Your Mediation Career
  • 2011
  • Second Saturday
  • Divorce for Women
  • 2010
  • Regular speaker
  • Divorce Support Group
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (7)
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Forrest Collins is an excellent attorney and is dedicated to helping families come to peaceful and fair resolutions. He has worked tirelessly to develop a non-court practice that is professional and efficient. He is a leader in the field and is an excellent mediator and collaborative attorney. He also is very personable and respectful to colleagues and clients. That means a lot. I am happy to recommend him. He is a credit to our profession. Dona Cullen, Mediator and Collaborative Attorney"
Mediation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Forrest on dozens of cases over the last 5 or 6 years and do not hesitate to recommend and endorse Forrest for both mediation and collaborative method family cases. Forrest truly has a talent for helping clients and families in a caring and efficient way. He is knowledgeable about financial issues, and does a great job of simplifying and presenting options to clients. I will continue to recommend and endorse Forrest Collins 100% and really enjoy working with him."
Mediation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm a family law attorney, and I've sent many clients to Forrest for mediation. He's a great mediator and all of my clients have been successful working with him. He's efficient, economical and very thorough."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Forrest for over 4 years, having had cases together and been professionally connected in several organizations devoted to mediation and collaborative family law. Forrest also does a significant amount of family law litigation as needed, so provides a full range of services to potential clients. Forrest masters both the big picture and the important details necessary to help clients and their families resolve their issues in the most mutually beneficial way possible. I refer Forrest clients with compelte confidence that he will meet their various needs."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Forrest is knowledgeable and experienced. He is a great lawyer for collaborative family law issues."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Forrest for 5 years. He is caring, compassionate, and honest. He does not endlessly bill against a matter for the sake of billing. His sole goal is to get what is never a fun process resolved in an expedited manner. I wholeheartedly endorse Forrest for anything that has to do with marital issues and family law."
Mediation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Forrest is an excellent lawyer who brings his significant family law experience to help clients mediate their domestic relations disputes. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Forrest and I have known each other since 2004 and he has worked as a mediator in several cases in which one of the parties has come to me to review the judgment before signing off. Both parties have been consistently very pleased with not only his work, but also his compassion. He is a wonderful mediator and a very effective attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Forrest as an opposing counsel on some very complex family law matters. I have always found Forrest to be extremely competent and knowledgeable, while at the same time approaching difficult issues in a reasonable and sensible manner. Forrest's relaxed but professional style also makes him a very effective mediator for those individuals who hope to avoid litigation entirely. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
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Newberg Divorce and separation Lawyer Forrest R Collins
Forrest R Collins
Divorce and separation Attorney
Newberg, OR
Licensed for 16 years