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Ryan Hamilton

Divorce and separation Attorney at Sherwood, OR

4.4   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 4 years
    Oregon - OR 14 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Contested and Uncontested Divorce and Separations. Practicing out of Sherwood, Oregon.

    15 years

  2. Child custody
    Child custody and support disputes.

    15 years

  3. Family
    Helping people through divorce and custody disputes by giving them rock solid advice and representation.

    15 years


About Sherwood Family Law:

When it comes to divorce and custody, most people are overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. They feel that one wrong decision can cost them everything. 

At Sherwood Family Law, we are attorneys who create divorce and custody plans that give our clients security and peace of mind for their future.  Our clients don't have to worry about making that one wrong decision, because we help them make all the right ones.

Our Consultation Process:

At Sherwood Family Law, our mission is to help people divorce without worry, by making the right decisions before, during and after divorce.  

1.  We will meet with you at our office and discover how to move forward in your divorce or custody case by compassionately listening to and understanding your needs. 

2.  We craft a plan that will give you direction on how to move forward in your divorce or custody case, and will help you find long-term security for your future. 

3.  We carry out the plan, steer you around danger, and guide you step-by-step through your divorce or custody case. We help you make the big decisions so that you can spend more time healing and less time worrying.

About Ryan Hamilton:

What sets Sherwood Family Law apart is that we have learned to help people in a way that actually improves their lives, and that all begins with understanding.

My friends and family believed that being an attorney was just about being able to convince people to do something different, and to argue for the sake of arguing.  I knew this wasn't me.

Instead, I knew I had the ability to listen to people and to understand their point of view.  My dad taught me how to do that.  He lived a tough life, served overseas, and came home with patience and understanding.  My father taught me how to put myself in the shoes of someone else, and understand them better by living their life for a minute.  

I became a family law attorney because I know how important my family is to me, and that helps me understand how important family, especially children, are to the people I help.  My mission is to help good and honest people through difficult divorce and custody cases when they need it the most.

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4.4 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by RSV | May 14, 2015
First time seeking legal advice...Great outcome.
I have never sought an legal advice until recently. I honestly was unsure and afraid of the whole process with this being the my very first time seeking a lawyer. I sought 6 different law offices and found Ryan to be the most genuine and most trustworthy. I felt the other law offices were really after my money. Without knowing my situation, they were already seeking payment just for a consultation. With Ryan, I got the feeling he wanted to know what my case was and from there helped me through it. The outcome result was that Ryan won my case and I'm left happy and content. I read so much on the internet about how things can go one way or the other, but through Ryan's legal advice, I was really put me at ease. Of course every situation is unique, but the process took less than 6 months in my case and I was told by other law offices it could take a year or more. I definitely would recommend Ryan for a number of reasons. Mainly if you want someone who is genuine, trustworthy, fully knowledgeable, and someone who is not out to "get your money" then Ryan is your guy.
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Posted by Doris | August 2, 2015
Highly Recommend!!
Ryan assisted me with my divorce proceedings. Throughout the entire process, he was very thorough, compassionate, and always had my best interest in mind. Ryan put me at ease every step of the way, and I would highly recommend him for any legal needs.
Posted by Sarah | January 18, 2011
Gave great advice and helped clear my name of a violation!
I had a traffic ticket and sought Ryan's advice. I knew I hadn't violated traffic laws, but the ticket was from a camera. He helped me draft the paperwork to contest the ticket and I submitted it a few days later. The ticket came back cleared and I saved a bunch of money.
Posted by Lynn | January 18, 2011
Excellent Attorney
In 2010 I needed an attorney to help me in a medical malpractice case. I called Ryan because he had helped a friend of mine who highly recommended him, and I am so glad I did. He explained how he would proceed, told me straight up what the probabilities of winning were, and immediately began to work on my case. Within a few months, instead of the normal 1-2 years he had settled the case to my satisfaction and took a very reasonable fee. I will be using Ryan again should I ever need an attorney in any of the areas of law he practices.
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Posted by M | January 18, 2011
Attorney Ryan Hamilton
I approached Mr. Hamilton in a case involving property damage to my home. It extended over two years' time and has been very complex. He is very professional and interested in my well being. He has stressed the details that I might not find important and explained to me why they are important. He roles up his sleeves, will jump into the piles of paper and convert them into a streamlined report. He respects my intelligence and wants the best for me. He has not allowed me to give up, but to believe that there is a better situation ahead and that I will be all right. His personal care for me is what I find so noteworthy here. His knowledge of law and his willingness to find solutions is also reassuring. He is self-assured in court, with judges and other law firms. He is an excellent administrator and IT analyst. I have already recommended him to friends and will continue to do so. I am very grateful for his expertise and his expectation to prevail in daunting circumstances. My thanks to Mr. Hamilton for all of this.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2013
Divorce advice-Financial
Ryan was very personable and informative. I feel I got very good value for the money.
Posted by Y | September 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't recommend them
I hired them for my divorce case. Requested a subpoena on my ex's money disappearing. My attorney kept on assuring it will take time & process is in progress for almost a year every time we talked. We were too close to court date & too late to take any action, when I knew she didn't even start the process, and I had to settle the case the way it is as we weren't prepared. When I send an email requesting a clarifications and answers, they simply dropped my case. Don't trust them.
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Work Experience

  • Owner and Lead Attorney
  • Sherwood Family Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Blair, Vestigo & Hamilton
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Domestic Violence Clerk
  • Multnomah County District Attorney
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Clerk
  • Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Family Law Attorney and Clerk
  • Law Office of Susan Phillips Hammann
  • 2006 - 2010
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  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • California State University, Sonoma State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002


  • Tualatin Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Sherwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 25 Divorce Lawyers in Portland
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (49)
Endorse Ryan
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ryan is very professional, calm and eager to help couples resolve their issues without court involvement. He is a great asset to the Sherwood Family Bar."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I admire Ryan Hamilton because he excels at being both an entrepreneur and an attorney, as evidenced by Sherwood Family Law being named at the recent Law Firm 500 Conference as one of the thirty fastest growing law firms in the United States. Ryan is also empathetic, hardworking, and smart. I would not hesitate to refer family, friends, and clients to him and his team at Sherwood Family Law."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is genuine, calm and professional. He is absolutely an asset to his clients!"
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Alimony Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Alimony Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan and I had a difficult case against each other with difficult clients. He zealously represented his client with civility and class and we were able to reach a reasonable resolution to the matter"
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan has an excellent reputation within the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hamilton is a committed advocate for getting his clients excellent outcomes. Persons needing assistance with a divorce, child custody, prenuptial or other family law legal matter would be well served by consulting with Mr. Hamilton. I wholeheartedly endorse Ryan and his law firm."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a great advocate for his clients. He is easy to work with, which benefits both of our clients, and very ethical in his dealings. I highly recommend Ryan."
Family Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ryan works with Blair & Vestigo, PC and practices in divorce, child custody disputes, personal injury claims, unemployment denials and criminal defense. He is a welcome addition to our office."
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