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Jonathan M Berman

Family Attorney at Portland, OR

4.9   33 reviews

About Jonathan

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As a family law attorney, I strive to make the often harrowing experiences associated with family law as effortless as possible for my clients, and for their families. I recognize the emotional drain and complexities involved with family related matters. I am committed to assisting my clients through this difficult time, not only as an advisor and an advocate, but also as a cheerleader, a soothing voice, and even a friend. To be able to help my clients through this difficult period, to show them that their lives are not over, that their children will continue to thrive, particularly with their continued love and support, these are the things that drive me in my family law practice.

 

As an immigration attorney, I find immense satisfaction in helping good people to navigate through what can often appear to be an extremely frustrating and time consuming process.  Through advice, education and guidance, it is my privilege to help to empower individuals and families as they confront, and often find success within, a system which I strive to make a bit less daunting.

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Licensed for 17 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/09/2022

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

Contact Jonathan

Berman Law Center, PC
111 SW Columbia Street
Suite 1010
Portland, OR, 97201

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Mitch | October 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five star lawyer & person
When we began the immigration process we were a bit overwhelmed by the many steps and procedures involved. As a result we sought legal advice and began a lawyer search that led us to Jon. We needed someone with a thorough understanding of immigration law, and we hoped for someone passionate about helping people. We found both in Jon and his law firm. He walked us through each step of the process and touched base with us periodically to answer any questions or concerns we had. He was was also always available to offer reassurance when we wondered what might be happening. In the end, everything happened just a Jon assured us it would. Today we received the green card and we’re on our way to citizenship in three years. Jon is a unique blend of honesty, character and a top notch legal skill who genuinely cares for clients. FIVE STAR GUY!
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Posted by Derek | December 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent work
Jonathan helped reunite me with my son, and worked hard to help me win custody. My family and I appreciate everything he did for us. Wish I could rate higher than 5 stars.
Posted by Ryan | October 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Very Knowledgeable
My wife and I hired Jonathan Berman to handle my wife's US Citizenship Application case. Jon was very professional and knowledgeable about the different processes and best way to apply. His advice and guidance was spot on. Jon and his whole team kept us up to date on the process, what was required and what to expect. We are very satisfied with his services and would recommend him to anyone for anything immigration related.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Jon was great to work with and really personable. An immense help to getting our immigration process completed, he went above and beyond. I would highly recommend him for you legal needs.
Posted by Amber | October 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Minor Guardianship case
I worked with Jon on a minor guardianship case in which I was to the the guardian. Jon has been extremely helpful providing options and explains the process. He also provided resources for guardians to ensure that any resources that were needed were identified. I would recommend him to anyone needing to file for guardianship of a minor.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Hired Jon through my employer for a K1 Visa process. During that time my wife and I had no idea how to file for the K1 visa. Jon always guided us through it all, answering questions that we had and finding us interpreters, translators, mailing documents for us and everything else we needed. Jon was always available by email, phone call or text message helping us through the process. Jon would ask us all the questions and would type it all up for us. Anything he needed for our process he would ask for and file for us. We were able to get my wife to the united states without any problems. Afterwards I hired jon again for our green card process. During this time covid 19 did delayed our process. Though jon was still able to get my wife her working permit and social security number. As well as coming with us for her green card interview. Shortly afterwards my wife received her green card. We have no regrets hiring jon, he has done an amazing job for us and we will always be grateful for the work he did uniting us.
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Posted by Flamur | October 9, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Flamur V
Jonathan was amazing. I consulted him regarding an immigration form and he had all the answers for me. At the end, he even gave tips on the next steps, something I did not expect. I will definitely go back to him if I ever need an attorney, so I highly recommend him to anyone without any kind of reservation whatsoever. Thank you!
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Posted by Tony | May 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
smart, thorough and easy to work with...
We were nervous going into this adoption - a lot of unknowns. We quickly were able to relax from the first conversation we had with him. He outlined the steps we were about to take and promptly got to work. He is very knowledgeable and was able to guide us in every step of the way. He is quiet and unassuming. I would highly recommend him - you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Sandra | April 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Fair and to the point- but compassionate
I first consulted Jon in relation to my rights in my divorce. As an immigrate to the country I was unclear on what my rights were. Jon was direct, to the point but considerate of my situation and feelings. He assisted both parties to come to a clear resolution and quite frankly took the drama out of situations while still showing compassion. His approach meant that he did not take myself or my ex-husband down a long winded route that would have created unnecessary cost or emotional pain to either of us. I used Jon's services a second time to assisted in confirming our immigration status. Again his thorough professional approach meant that this was achieved with a successful outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone looking for either a Divorce or Immigration lawyer or both as the case maybe.
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Posted by Sacha | February 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful and Down to Earth - Amazing experience
Jon was extremely helpful and responsive throughout my entire immigration process. The steps to becoming a legal permanent resident initially seemed difficult and convoluted to my wife and I, and Jon was able to simplify the process for us and answer all of our questions along the way. Jon is very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the immigration process, and was incredibly approachable and available throughout the entire time we were his clients. Jon is organized, proactive, and perceptive. It is rare to find a lawyer that is both competent and personable/empathetic, and we felt like we struck gold by finding Jon. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Kelly | January 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service!!
Jonathan was wonderful and help me with my divorce very fast ! I definitely recommend his services ! 5 star ⭐️
Posted by Heather | January 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm so thankful for Jon!
Jon was awesome! He did a great job for me & was very reasonable & fair! He was very considerate & patient. It was a very nice balance between him allowing me to make decisions for myself as well as taking over & taking care of the situation for me when I needed him to. He knew just what to do. I'm eternally grateful! I highly recommend Jon!
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Posted by Tom | April 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help with Green Card
Jon is fantastic at what he does, is very enjoyable to work with, and has been an excellent resource in helping with my green card case. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an immigration attorney.
Posted by Amanda | April 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney for Your Protection
Jon Berman was a relentless professional throughout my divorce and eventual reunification. Mr. Berman represented my best interests and created a safe space for me. I cannot recommend him enough. When my spouse and I decided not to proceed with the divorce, Mr. Berman did not just close the case. He moved forward with a Post-Nuptial Agreement that continues to protect me and my spouse as we turn our efforts towards building our marriage back up. Jon Berman is one of the best family law/ divorce attorneys in Portland. I know more than a few people who have benefited from his representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable
Mr Jonathan followed the best practice of informing himself with all my information before he started the consulting me. Very good listener and clear with the current laws. Information was on the tip of his figure and he could confidently answer my question.
Posted by Maria | January 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Truly excellent consultation
I had consulted different lawyers regarding an immigration problem and it had only left me in a state of confusion. Jonathan was recommended to me so I decided to try again. And I can only say that it was with the experience of coming into his office being treated ever so kind by his secretary and being consulted by Jonathan was like putting all the confusion around the above mentioned problem on his desk and like a true Alchemist - he basically put all the pieces back together in such an amazing way that I left with a very strong sense of freedom, being able to relate to this entirely different. Within a few weeks it was all past history. So I can only say - if you're looking for this kind f help - then please know that you have come to the right place/person. In Gratitude Maria
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Posted by Lily | July 7, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Phenomenal experience
I consulted Mr. Bernam about immigration questions. He was answered all my questions thouroughly and explained different options that were available to me and my family. One of the best experiences with any lawyer because of his promptness and willingness to help, he sanswered my request for a consultation on the same day and saw me two days later without delay. I will definitely be using him in the future and will recommend him to friends and family
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Posted by KE | June 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great service!
Jonathan assisted my husband and I with our Form I-751 packet before it was submitted. We really appreciate that Jonathan went out of his way to accommodate our schedules and meet with us outside of his normal business hours. During our meeting, he was approachable and incredibly knowledgeable about the Form's requirements, supporting documentation, and submittal process. We have already received our Form I-751 receipt letter and Green Card extension—we can't thank Jonathan enough, and will definitely seek him out again in the future for any immigration related legal work.
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Posted by Suzie | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clear Communicator and Approachable
While going through my divorce, Jon Berman helped me sift through and decipher a deluge of confusing documents and tough decisions. During this emotionally difficult time, Jon took the time to really listen and understand what was important and how he could help make sense of it all. He's easy to approach, a clear communicator and was readily accessible by email and phone through it all. After all was said and done, my ex-husband and I came out the other side still friends. I would highly recommend his services and, in fact, I have referred Jon to another close friend, who also had a positive experience. I would happily recommend him to anyone else who needs legal family counsel.
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Posted by Sara | January 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
I am very glad that I hired Jon. In our initial consultation Jon ask what I wanted in my custody issues. Everything that I wanted was what he negotiated for me. He made a very stressful time time as painless as possible. I recommend him to anyone who is needing a family attorney. I wish I would have hired him from the start of my divorce, not just tge custody issues.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 240-280 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Berman Law Center, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner/Partner
  • Collins Berman, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stephens Margolin, PC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Staff Attorney
  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Michael McShane
  • Multnomah County Circuit Court
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Small Firm Fundraising Award
  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic
  • 2013
  • Coulter Cup
  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic
  • 2009
  • CALI Excellence for the Future - Juvenile Law
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • 2004
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Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (14)
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As an attorney with more than 30 years of litigation experience, I worked in Mr. Berman in a challenging case involving children whose mother had died. I found Mr. Berman exceptionally diligent in representing his clients' interests and at the same time zealously advocating for solutions that would serve the best interests of the children."
Family Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon and I share office space. He is my go to when I have questions or issues that I need to talk out. Always calm with great command of the law. If I had a family law issue, I would hire Jon."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a super sharp attorney! He is an extremely fast read and excels at both verbal and written communication. He is someone who I have gone to for advice. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a strong advocate for his clients but also has the ability to be compassionate and works well with other attorneys to seek an outcome that is fair to all."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with attorney Jon Berman on several complex family law cases. Mr. Berman's expertise in family law is without question. He works tirelessly for his clients, crafting creative solutions in difficult cases. He thinks outside the box, which serves his clients well. I strongly endorse Mr. Berman in the field of family law."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had a case opposite Jon recently. He's a great advocate for his client's position and needs. He's also very detail-oriented, which is a particularly great skill in the practice of family law ("the devil is in the details"). Although our respective clients had very difficult issues, we were able to settle the case with a good result for both parties."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jon both personally and professionally, and I admire how caring and compassionate he is towards his clients. Jon is also very knowledgeable, and he is an excellent advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Friend
"Jon is an incredibly bright, compassionate, and loyal person. He assists his clients to make principled decisions during the most challenging times in their lives. Jon strives to be accessible to his clients, and to ensure that they have the necessary support and guidance to handle difficult family law issues. It is with great pleasure that I am able to endorse Jon."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jon is a fantastic attorney. The thing I most appreciate about him is his approach to the practice of law. Jon takes time to really get to know a client and help that client figure out what is important to him or her. He understands that each situation is unique and that “one size fits all” does not work in family law. If I had a family member going through a difficult situation, I would want Jon to be their attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of having Jon work at my firm as an associate and was always pleased with his dedication to clients and his knowledge of the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is a superb family law attorney. I have referred a number of clients to him over the years and they had nothing but positive things to say about Jonathan's abilities as a strong trial attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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