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Stephen C Palmer

Estate planning Attorney at Newberg, OR

4.7   15 reviews

also known as Steve Palmer

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning

    18 years

  2. Divorce and separation

    30 years

  3. Family
    Represent clients in complex family law matters including divorce, legal separation, child custody and parenting time as well as child and spousal support.

    30 years

  4. Elder law

    20 years

  5. Child custody

    30 years

  6. Criminal defense

    30 years

Steve has practiced law since 1994.  He graduated from University of Oregon Law School where he served on the Managerial Board of the Oregon Law Review for two years.

His practice has primarily focused on Elder and Estate planning as well as Family related matters.  Steve also served as a Municipal Court Judge for the Cities of Newberg, Sherwood, Dayton, Dundee, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville.  He was a Protem Judge for Newberg for twelve years.

Steve is a managing partner at the law firm, Brown Tarlow Bridges, & Palmer in Newberg, Oregon. 



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Brown, Tarlow, Bridges, & Palmer, P.C.
515 E 1st Street
Newberg, OR, 97132-2909

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4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by Deby | July 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I hired Stephen Palmer for my Estate Planning needs. He and his assistant, Jessica Leuthold, were wonderful to work with and answered all my questions. I am very happy I chose to work with them and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for quality legal work.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2019
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Repeat customer
Mr. Palmer represented me a few years ago for a couple of different domestic relations issues over a period of about 6 years. In each case, he was open about the possible results and gave solid, reasonable advice. Although emotions ran high in my dom rel case, Steve steered me on a conciliatory course that helped me work with my ex-husband in a better way than I had been. Not sure if he's still doing family law, but I highly recommend him nonetheless.
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Posted by warren reitz | July 26, 2018
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highly recommended
Had to rush to get moms estate in order before death. Steven dropped everything that day and by afternoon he had all legal documents prepared. He and Karen then met with mom and I next day at care center to finalize all paperwork and then helped me file all legal papers. Steven is a trustworthy hard working attorney and I highly recommend him for your estate planning.
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Posted by Travis | November 8, 2017
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Stephen is an attorney that knows what he his objective is from day one!
With Steve you have a professional that draws upon his many years of experience to develop his strategy to insure the best possible outcome for his clients. Without going into to many details, I will say this to any man that finds himself having to contend with a divorce, your best decision is to hire Steve! After that sit back, let Steve do the job you hired him to do, and I can guarantee that in the end you will feel the same way I do today. Steve, I just want to thank you one more time! You are a pro and it shows in so many different ways! I pray I never find myself having to content with another divorce, if I do guys, I will absolutely have Steve representing me and you should take my advise hire Stephen C Palmer you will be glad you did!
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Posted by Sam | June 29, 2017
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Very Pleased!!!
I first contacted Stephen via email for some preliminary advice for Spousal Support Modification, which he was very prompt to reply with direct advice so when I scheduled a meeting with him I would have all the information needed. Steve and I met just once and he gathered my information, drew up the paper work, filed it with the court, and it was signed by the judge in less than two weeks. Steve is a pleasure to work with and very prompt and professional!!! Thank you Steve!!!!
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Posted by Kimberly | March 23, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
I retained Steve as my divorce lawyer, as he was recommended to me by a friend. I have nothing but great things to say about Steve and his Paralegal. Steve knows exactly what he is doing and does not miss any details concerning alimony, property division, retirement funds etc.. Steve consistently encouraged me and gave me his best advice during my entire divorce process. Steve and his team were always quick to respond to my many questions and handled my divorce with professionalism and care. I greatly appreciate all of their hard work and looking out for my best interests from start to finish. I would highly recommend Steve and his team to anyone.
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Posted by Ana | October 31, 2016
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Superb Attorney
Mr. Palmer is an amazing attorney, a true professional. His communication skills and style are very direct and plain language which makes it easy and efficient to do business with him. He provides great results and solves issues quickly. He was encouraging with his advice while still being respectful of my wishes. He and his team did and Excellent job. I absolutely recommend his legal services. THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE AND TEAM!!
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Posted by Steve | October 22, 2015
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First Class Firm and Attorney
After receiving my first ever major offense-a DUII-I was in a state of disarray and shock. I was referred to Stephen Palmer and because of his experience, expertise and class, I am happy and thankful to say that I am on a path to recovery and putting this terrible and embarrassing incident behind me. Mr. Palmer and the entire staff at his firm were professional, attentive and incredibly helpful throughout the entire DUII, court and diversion process. Because of Mr. Palmer and his excellent service, I am happy to recommend him to anyone. He is an exceptional attorney and person and if you are in need of a quality lawyer, than call Stephen. He will make your life and it's challenges better for you. He did for me.
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Posted by Linda | July 15, 2015
Steve made an overwhelming process easy for me!
After listening to several horror stories of friends that had to deal with not only the death of a loved one but also trying to navigate through the probate process, I decided to have a Living Trust made. Steve made this extremely easy for me - I'm still confused by the process but he walked me through it step by step and gave me such great direction that it didn't seem at all difficult. I know it will be so much less stressful for my children when I'm gone - which I don't plan on any time soon! Thank you, Steve!
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Posted by Nicole | April 17, 2015
Excellent Service, Extremely Knowledgeable
Recently my husband and I were going away on our first vacation in over a decade when it occurred to us that we had never put a will into place for our 3 children. Steve stepped in and helped us get our wills and poa's in place before we left on our trip, providing us and our family with extreme peace of mind & comfort. Steve is an exceptional lawyer .. very knowledgable. We highly recommend Steve Palmer.
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Posted by Lena | April 7, 2015
Highly Recommend for Divorce/Child Custody Modification
I hired Steve in 2010 to help modify a Child Custody Modification. As in most divorce/custody situations mine had it frustrations and struggles. While I may have not always liked the advice, I found Steve to be knowledgeable and able to help me remove emotion from the situation. While I was content with my representation in hasn't been until recently that I have greatly appreciated Steve's work. Five years into the modification, my ex has become more difficult and I find myself looking at my paper work quite often. It is such a relief to have very specific and well defined paperwork. So far for every situation that has come up there is a specific response on my end that includes pointing to the paperwork. There is no question what it says or may mean. I also have a larger appreciation for Steve's work as he included things that may come up down the road. Specific example for me is Orthodontics. As we face my oldest needing them there are clear and defined statements to how these cost are to be split and dealt with between the two parties. For this forethought I am forever grateful!! While I never thought I would face divorce and child custody, I am greatly appreciative of the time and work Steve put in and there is no question that I will use his services again.
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Posted by Julie | April 6, 2015
Great experience with Stephen!
My husband and I had a rather unfortunate experience with another attorney while trying to obtain our Wills and Power of Attorney documents. We went to Stephen for assistance, and he was very empathetic to our situation and knowledgeable about what needed done to ensure we had the correct documents in place. We are really wishing we had just gone to Stephen to get things done right the first time around -it would have saved us a headache! Stephen and everyone we dealt with at his firm were extremely friendly, professional, and responsive. I highly recommend Stephen, and will certainly go to him for any future legal needs. Thank you!
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Posted by Kerry | January 26, 2015
Help when you need it.
I contacted and retained Stephen Palmer in a criminal matter involving a dispute between my sibling and myself related to care of my father who suffers from dementia. Stephen was friendly and knowledgeable. He stepped and stayed with me through the whole process and was able to persuade the courts to as good an outcome as I could have hoped for. I am truly grateful I went with one of the best. Thank you Stephen.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2020
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There when there was a need
Steve has helped us several times when we needed legal information & advice. This time he helped us through a more complicated legal problem. He is kind and supportive as well as aware & skillful with the legal nuances that resulted in our getting a sad situation resolved well.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2015
I retained Newberg Law's, Stephen Palmer, to prepare and file a motion, an order, and supporting documents. Due to his negligence, the motion was never filed. When opposing counsel made me aware of my attorney’s error and I confronted Mr. Palmer regarding his failure to complete the task, he offered numerous and varied explanations finally blaming it on a “paralegal error.” When I asked that he remove the charges related to this admitted error, he refused. Additionally, I was billed attorney time for a settlement conference for which Mr. Palmer failed to prepare, to which Mr. Palmer arrived unprepared, which Mr. Palmer attended without properly or professionally representing my interests and providing guidance, and which concluded with unsatisfactory results due to Mr. Palmer's poor performance. I have not yet disputed several thousands of dollars which I had paid Mr. Palmer previous to learning of his negligent business practices. I continue, however, to dispute the charges associated with the most extreme negligence on his part, which only became apparent as our professional relationship developed, and after I gained the fortunate perspective of receiving alternative, competent representation. To this day Mr. Palmer continues his refusal to credit my account for any of these disputed charges. Sadly, since that time I have learned of multiple former clients of Mr. Palmer who were similarly mistreated, e.g. Mr. Palmer billed for work that is not performed, did not prepare, and yet continued to bill his clients. Each of those individuals needed to hire subsequent counsel in order for their cases to be resolved, after the resignation or termination of Mr. Palmer. Because of this, I feel obligated by principles to, at the very least, make others aware of Newberg Law's unscrupulous business practices in hopes that these words of warning may prevent the chronic ethical deficit of Stephen Palmer from further injuring more unsuspecting individuals.
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Response from Stephen Palmer July 26, 2016
As a lawyer who practices in a relatively small town I take my professional reputation seriously. Accordingly, I find these comments from a former client to be very disturbing, if true. Although respect to my former client's affairs cause me to not comment much further, it should be noted that I strongly disagree with this person's characterization of events. After I withdrew my representation, this client did not object to my monthly billing statements for two years. Only after her account was sent to collections, she then filed a bar complaint against me. After a complete investigation, the bar dismissed her complaint. She appealed that decision but again the bar dismissed her complaint. Unfortunately, the assigned collection agency felt it necessary to file a small claims suit against her which gave her a third opportunity for her to make these allegations. A Judge once again found in my favor and a judgment was rendered against her. The Judgment remains upaid. I still remain willing to work with her to resolve this account; instead, it appears she desires to attack my abilities and ethics on the internet. Postscript: Since writing this response a few years ago, I am happy to report that this former client contacted me and we are working on mending our relationship and discussing repayment options.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 265-285 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney - Managing Partner
  • Brown, Tarlow, Bridges, & Palmer, PC
  • 1999 - Present
  • Pro Tempore Municipal Court Judge
  • City of Newberg, Oregon
  • 1997 - 2010


  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Carroll College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Newberg Rotary
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Yamhill County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Newberg Active 20-30 Club
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Yamhill County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Stephen
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He understands his client's needs"
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Newberg Estate planning Lawyer Stephen C Palmer
Stephen C Palmer
Estate planning Attorney
Newberg, OR
Licensed for 29 years