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Samuel J Kuzma

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

4.6   10 reviews

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About Samuel

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My focus is on providing quality, individualized representation for my clients and obtaining the best result for each client's needs.  I am committed to making sure my clients know what is happening every step of the way.

My areas of expertise include divorce, dissolutions of domestic partnerships, modifications, adoptions, custody, enforcement and protective orders.  My background in criminal defense helps me advocate aggressively on behalf of my clients.

I have been practicing family law since 2007.  I obtained his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law and my bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan.

I enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, backpacking, reading literature and Shakespeare.

Licensed for 16 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/11/2022

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

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Kuzma Law, LLC
1500 SW 1st Avenue
Suite 900
Portland, OR, 97201-5827
Kuzma Law, LLC
1500 SW 1st Avenue
Suite 900
Portland, OR, 97201-5827
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4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2022
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Kuzma Law Review
I have been represented by Sam Kuzma for 5+ years. He is thorough, detailed, and tells you what you need to hear, not always what you want to hear. Sam has helped me navigate several very difficult and emotional situations for my kids and I. He has helped me be able to take the emotion away and look at the options, then help me make responsible and appropriate decisions that have always centered on doing what is best for my children. I would highly recommend Kuzma Law.
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Posted by Jack | December 23, 2022
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Compassionate, Expert Service
Sam Kuzma provided expert and compassionate divorce services. He was great at explaining the process, answering questions and providing rationale for why he structured drafts the way he did. He managed his time to minimize cost as well. There were a couple of minor timeliness issues - an artifact of having a small shop more than lack of attention to detail. I highly recommend Mr Kuzma and would use his services again should the need arise.
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Posted by Jeff | June 24, 2022
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My Attorney
Sam has been my family Attorney for many years now. He is smart, respectful and experienced. With an easy going yet focused style he is not one to ever underestimate. He has given me much good advice over the years. With this combination of intelligence, experience and drive to get what his client wants he can be intimidating to the opposing side and attorney. Not in an aggressive way but in a “we are more prepared than your side” way. I have seen this several times. Sam is also a great family man and person. Not things many Attorneys are known for.
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Posted by Gerald | October 30, 2020
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Challenging circumstance, excellent service
I worked with Sam to address some challenging circumstances in updating a parenting agreement. He was an incredible legal resource, an excellent counselor, and provided reliably quality work in both document drafting and during court appearances. I've worked with other lawyers in the past on these matters and Sam is by far the best. Deeply thankful to have found him.
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Posted by Pip | May 5, 2020
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Highly Recommend Sam to anyone
Sam is someone I would recommend to anyone needing legal advice. He was thorough, responsive and compassionate. Sam helped me understand the nuances of the law and my rights throughout my divorce case. He helped me think through how to apply my values to the choices in front of me without sacrificing what I was legally entitled to.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2019
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Best in class
Sam represented me incredibly well in a contentious divorce. His approach was very matter-of-fact, and he also apprised me of nuances in the law which would impact the outcome of my case. He valued my input and tailored our approach accordingly. When the other side fought tough, Sam fought tougher. I would recommend Sam to anyone seeking personable, professional, valuable representation.
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Posted by Thomas | April 16, 2013
Excellent Experience with Sam and his firm
Full marks from me! My custody case was not a very difficult one, everything went smoothly and as expected. Sam is extremely knowledgeable and personable. Whenever I had a question it was easy to email him and get a response quickly. The firm that he works for is great and I was always made to feel my time was important and not wasted. Not having a difficult case I have no critiques to make, Sam was professional, knowledgeable, and straight-forward. I would be very happy to have Sam represent me again if the need ever arises. Thanks!
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Posted by Jeremy | April 29, 2010
Very Grateful Client
We were referred to Mr. Kuzma from the Modest Means program in Tillamook, Oregon. Mr. Kuzma agreed to take our case and went above and beyond board to assist me with a child custody trial even with hiring him at the last minute. Mr. Kuzma was up to speed on my case and did a remarkable job with a case that felt like a no win to me. I now have a schedule to see my son and with his help, I am able to work with his mother to see him. I would recommend Mr. Kuzma to anyone and I know they would come away from their trial a winner.
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Posted by Justin | October 2, 2012
Very good lawyer, best firm.
Sam completed all necessary paperwork and proceedings for my dissolution in a timely and professional manner. He was very sure to listen carefully to the details of my case, took pertinent notes, was very thorough, and got the job done. Consider Sam Kuzma if you want a good attorney, with an excellent firm (Gevurtz-Menashe).
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2012
I feel like Sam would be an excellent lawyer if he weren't tied to a firm that kept him incredibly busy. I like him as an individual, and he exudes a confidence that I think is important for a legal representative. Sadly, I was looking for someone who was more proactive. The approach he took towards my issue was somewhat lackluster. (Very "let's wait and see what the other party does" which was not something that I was comfortable with.) Generally speaking I think Sam has an excellent grasp of the law, especially for someone who hasn't been in practice long. For someone tied to such a big-name lawfirm his rates are incredibly reasonable, and he is very giving of his time.
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson Howe, PC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • John H. Tuthill & Associates
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Firm of Gary Carlson and Associates
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Summer Clerk
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • 2005 - 2005
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  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • State v. Maloney
  • Not Guilty jury verdict on all five counts.


  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Legal Heritage Interest Group Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division
  • 2006 - Present
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Oregon State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Tillamook County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Section
  • 2006 - 2012
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2006 - 2012
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2006 - 2012
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • 2006 - 2012
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • 2006 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Tillamook Bequest Awareness Coalition Panel
  • Planned giving, charitable giving, estate planning
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (8)
Endorse Samuel
Unknown Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam Kuzma is an intelligent and passionate lawyer. He has the ability to tackle the most complex and contentious of legal issues with grace and aplomb. He is an effective communicator that cares very deeply for his clients. I believe Sam to be an asset to his clients and the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Samuel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with Sam on a variety of legal issues. Sam has the ability to conquer complex legal issues and communicate the law in an effective and intelligent manner. Not only is Sam an excellent attorney, he is a outstanding member and contributor to his community."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Friend
"As a classmate of Sam's, I know his work ethic to be admirable and his commitment to professionalism and the well-being of his clients to be excpetionally high. I would be pleased for my family members and friends to be his clients, and I would be confident in his counsel to them."