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David I Bean

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

4.3   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2001
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2006

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    David has experience working on cases of all sizes and complexity levels. Sometimes his clients need assistance negotiating bankruptcy issues while divorcing and other times valuation of their significant assets is the focus.

    22 years

  2. Mediation
    David is a trained, experienced mediator and can assist people in resolving their cases without the need for costly litigation. In addition to the areas listed, David also handles contempt proceeding and Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) matters.

    13 years

  3. Alimony
    David assists clients who need to establish or contest alimony (spousal support, as it is properly called). David also handles cases involving spousal support termination and/or modification.

    22 years

  4. Child custody
    Having children assists David in being sensitive to the very high stakes involved in child custody and parenting time cases. He knows well how to set the stage to achieve results that serve the best interests of the children.

    22 years

  5. Child support
    David does not suggest that people simply visit the state's website to determine child support. It is more complex than it appears and the assistance of counsel is often important.

    22 years

David has focused almost exclusively on family law since he began practicing law in Oregon in 2001. His experience lends itself to assisting clients with a variety of issues. David joined the Wyse Kadish LLP as an associate in 2004, and became a partner in 2008.  Prior to Wyse Kadish, he worked at Gevurtz Menashe for several years. Over the last five years, David has strengthened his focus on mediation and Collaborative Divorce. Serving as a mediator and collaborative divorce lawyer provides David, and those he serves, with more satisfying, positively-transforming results.

As a lawyer, as in life, David’s goal is to leave people better off than he found them. While legal matters can be taxing, David’s awareness of his clients’ needs and his ability to communicate serve his clients well. David is grateful for the referrals he receives from his current and former clients. These, along with the many referrals he receives from lawyers, counselors, CPAs, judges and friends are a testament to the fine work David does.

While not practicing law or participating in the community, David enjoys time with his wife, daughters, and dog, Jelly. He has advanced ranks in both kung-fu and karate and loves exploring Portland’s many great restaurants and tasting Oregon Pinots.

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David I Bean
900 SW Fifth Ave.
Suite 2000
Portland, OR, 97204


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  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Jordan | August 22, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart, efficient
David covered more ground in 1 hour than I have experienced with other attorneys. He was real, and told me clearly what is realistic. He set me on a good course and I will be grateful.
Posted by James | November 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A compassionate attorney and a true expert in his field
David provided me with the knowledge and advice I needed to successfully navigate my divorce. His assistant Tarrah was fantastic to work with as well. I was charged a reasonable fee to prepare, edit and file all of the documentation. Meetings via Zoom were set up in a timely fashion and my questions and concerns were answered promptly. Although this was a difficult experience, I believe David helped to make it as smooth as possible for me. I would highly recommend hiring David if the need arises.
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Posted by Lucy | May 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, trustworthy, and thoughtful lawyer
David I Bean has helped me with renewing my Restraining Order against my aggressive and dishonest ex during COVID-19. David takes my case seriously. He approached me and try to sort out my issues although he could ask his assistant to do intake on behalf of him and let me have a longer wait. However he didn't. David let me have time and space so that I can bring the most useful resources related to the issues. He listens very well. David can react to a new situation and transition it smoothly. We went to the Court for a in-person hearing, but it turned out to be a phone hearing. David was able to fast response how to deliver certain tasks to proper person/Judge to get things going seamlessly. David cares about community. He donates his time and knowledge and help me to become a better person. In a word, David is a lawyer with good heart. It was a great experience to learn from this excellent human being, Lawyer David I Bean.
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Posted by Sarah | December 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Well-respected, excellent negotiator
I've been impressed by his knowledge of family law procedures and laws. As well he has a keen ability to settle a case without unnecessarily running up the bill with silly lawyer antics.
Posted by Kristin | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disagree About Running Up Bills; Compassionate Attorney and Tireless Advocate
I worked with David for about 9 months through a truly bitter divorce back in 2011. It was complicated by business interests which required more discovery than the usual divorce. At no time did I feel that David or Wyse Kadish billed wantonly. In fact, David did a good job to help me anticipate costs, and provided tips on how to assure I not inadvertently run up bills. Among his suggestions: covering multiple issues in one email, rather than peppering him with multiple emails; and setting up short calls or meetings with a structured agendas for time-effiency. Clearly my experience with David was good. He knows intuitively when to mediate, when to aggressively negotiate, and when to interject his killer sense of humor. Finally, David understands how tough divorce is. He doesn't try to demonize the opposing party like some attorneys I interviewed. And he doesn't pander to the pain that we all experience as we endure this process. I found David to be a tireless advocate, sincere and forthright, and feisty but compassionate. I recommend him wholeheartedly.
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Posted by Jason | December 10, 2013
Excellent Lawer!
David is an excellent attorney who I had the honor to work with through my recent divorce. David kept things professional and he thoroughly explained things which helped a lot while working through this difficult process. I also have a great deal of respect for David's candor when it came to different things. I always felt like I was in good hands and I trusted David unequivocally.
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Posted by Chris | November 3, 2013
Excellent lawyer and good guy to work with
David helped keep my divorce process streamlined and efficient, and he is a friendly and easy to work with which helps during a painful legal process. I would recommend him to anyone wanting a knowledgeable and trustworthy advocate in your corner.
Posted by john | May 30, 2013
An excellent lawyer. Smart and ethical. Prompt and efficient. Very skilled at trial litigation. I had an excellent experience with David and all of the staff at Wyse-Kadish. Divorce/custody mediation and litigation are dreadful experiences. However, you’ll be in good hands with Wyse-Kadish and David in particular. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Seth | June 29, 2012
Cannot say enough about David
David just helped me through a very long and drawn out divorce. He spent the last 18 months fighting for my rights against a very unreasonable woman. David was extremely professional and attentive while having my best interests at heart. When we finally went to court David was incredible and very skilled. I am glad a good friend recommended him and couldn't be happier. While the divorce was very trying David kept my spirits up and added just enough humor to keep me smiling. As my title states I could go on forever about my experience with David.
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Posted by rickgelt | October 5, 2011
Support modification client
I found David straight forward and to the point. My matter was handled quickly and to my complete satisfaction. I recommend David (and his staff) without reservation. As an engineer, it was refreshing to have a "just the facts" discussion regarding my case. The cost estimate was dead-on and without overage.
Posted by will | July 26, 2011
smart, effective and timely handling of my alimonly reduction case
Posted by Phil | April 26, 2011
Mr. Bean is well educated in family law and kept me well informed at all stages of my case. Mr. Bean gave me choices to consider and kept me involved. I would definitely recommend Mr. Bean should you need any legal support.
Posted by Tom | April 15, 2011
Friendly, Competent, Results Oriented
Working with David was a very good experience. He exhibited a personal care for me and my situation that I was not expecting but was pleased to receive. I could always tell that he was going the extra mile for me. When the rubber hit the road and it was time to negotiate I found both his approach and effectiveness to be outstanding. He helped me decide where I might be able to stand firm and where best to compromise. He did a great job of balancing the financial consequences I faced if we ended up in court versus the impact of a unfavorable settlement. In a what was a bad situation, David helped me find the best option for that point in time. As an individual who has worked with attorneys in both personal and business situations, David and his colleagues at Wyse Kadish were outstanding. He receives my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Matthew | March 23, 2011
Well done, easy to work with
David made me feel comfortable and at ease right away which help us get threw the case quickly. He was especially helpful in the negotiation and mediation processes. I'm very happy with my judgment.
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not good with women
David Bean was more sympathetic to the man I was divorcing than my needs. I wanted the divorce to include 50/50 for our child - I am not an unfair person. David does not relate well to woman. Go elsewhere if you are female. Mistake.
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David, has been a clueless and disinterested lawyer, all throughout my divorce. He made me waste time and money at every step, driven only by charging hours and doing very little to solve the dispute.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2013
expert at running up the bill
Mr. Bean was good with the basics of our case (modification of parenting plan). However, the background of our case was complex and Mr. Bean was inexperienced in these complexities. This produced anxiety for our family and a huge bill one month. He and his firm did "research" and produced a summary document, costing us thousands of dollars. None of this produced anything of value for us and none of it was relevant to the SINGLE legal issue at hand. The summary document provided information already available to the Judge as well. He also billed us for 10 hours of prep time for a single 2-3 hour trial that had one SINGLE issue, which had already brought to the court in ex parte. This prep time did not include emails and setting up witness testimony. He and his firm were more expert at running up our bill than dealing with an incompetent respondent representing himself ex parte. His firm charges were thousands of dollars in excess of the results produced in our view. When challenged, he consulted his senior partner. They did waive the last bill (about 1000 dollars, though almost half of that bill were for services provided after we "fired" him). He did issue us a $250 refund as well. Hardly compensating, though. My wife and I have hired a new lawyer and have moved on. Our new lawyer has been much more effective and, though costly, at least his time has been spent productively.
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Response from David Bean November 22, 2013
Family law issues are often very unsettling. While it is not uncommon for litigants to be frustrated with the process, the opposing party, opposing counsel, and their own lawyer, we at Wyse Kadish welcome ongoing feedback and do our best to adjust to meet our clients' needs.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006.

Reprimand issued in OR, 2006
updated on 02/21/2011

This means the lawyer did something wrong but the bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

David's comment: “David stipulated to a public reprimand for taking action that the bar determined was inappropriate. His client was not harmed by the conduct. The Oregon State Bar acknowledged that David's conduct was not motivated by greed or self-interest. David acted competently and zealously on his client's behalf.”

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wyse Kadish LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wyse Kadish LLP; formerly Meyer & Wyse LLP
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe P.C.
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Certified Law Student
  • Metropolitan Public Defender
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Law clerk
  • Department of Interior
  • 1999 - 1999
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  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • Cranbrook Kingswood
  • 1991


  • Multnomah Bar Foundation
  • Membership Committee, Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association Mid-Size Firm Partners' Roundtable
  • Founder, Member, Former Chair
  • 2009 - Present
  • Northwestern School of Law
  • Class Agent
  • 2006 - Present
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Past President; Committee Chair
  • 2001 - Present
  • Owen M. Panner Inn of Court
  • Past President
  • 2001 - Present
  • Public Interest Law Project—Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Advisory Committee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Multnomah County Family Law Group
  • Communications director
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon Pro Bono Commitee
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Forty under 40 - - runner up
  • Portland Business Journal
  • 2011
  • Cornelius Honor Society
  • Northwestern School of Law
  • 2001
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Northwestern School of Law
  • 2000
  • Cum Laude
  • University of Colorado
  • 1996
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  • Multnomah Lawyer
  • “You May Know Me…”
  • 2010
  • Oregon State Bar Family Law Newsletter
  • Co-Author of Parenting Plans: A Proposal for Oregon
  • 2006
  • Oregon State Bar Family Law Newsletter
  • Co-Author of Austin and Austin Compensatory Spousal Support and the Fatal “Or”
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • The Robe as Sword and Shield
  • The role judges play in enforcing professionalism inside and outside of the courtroom.
  • 2017
  • Family Law Seminar Series
  • Family Law ADR
  • 2014
  • ONLD Family Law CLE
  • Child Support
  • 2014
  • Inn of Court
  • Ethical Marketing
  • 2013
  • Advanced Mediation Techniques for the Litigator
  • When is a Deal a Deal?
  • 2011
  • Networking and Career Building for Lawyers
  • Building Your Career One Lunch at a Time
  • 2011
  • 23rd Annual Family Law Seminar
  • “When is a Settlement a Settlement?”
  • 2010
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Careers in Family Law
  • 2010
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Careers in Family Law
  • 2009
  • MBA CLE Program
  • Professionalism for Young Attorneys
  • 2006
  • Learning the Ropes
  • How to be a successful associate at a mid-sized firm
  • 2005
  • Learning the Ropes
  • How to be a successful associate at a mid-sized firm
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (23)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is knowledgeable, professional, and a strong advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a skilled attorney and is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several friends and clients to David, all of whom have given excellent reviews of his work. David is hard-working, knowledgeable, and dedicated to achieving the goal of his clients. Without hesitation, I endorse him."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David has integrity and represents his clients interests very well. He is also a skilled mediator. I give him my highest possible endorsement in all manner of family law matters."
Child support Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Other
"David is an excellent attorney and a great advocate for his clients. He works to make situations collaborative and seeks the best results for everyone in the long term. I absolutely endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a well respected lawyer in the community, and was kind enough to act as my attorney-mentor. I turn to David when I have questions in complicated family law case. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for an intelligent and effective advocate."
Education Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is an excellent lawyer. He provides high quality representation to all his clients. I endorse his work."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known David for a few years and recently had a case with him. David is an intelligent, zealous advocate for his clients and an excellent attorney. David has a keen understanding of family law and is a valuable resource for new attorneys."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a zealous family law advocate and a dedicated member of our legal community. He serves as a communication liaison between the bench and bar and works with our family law group to keep us updated on changes in the law and current topics of interest in our practice area. You are in good hands with David."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David has a great sense of humor, which is a must have in this line of work. He provides agressive representaton and pays close attention to detail. He is a great guy to have in your corner."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Bean is a great lawyer. I love to send clients who need family law help his way as I always know he will take great care of them. David is compassionate, warm and aggressive when he needs to be- the perfect balance when dealing with complex issues regarding kids, money and emotions."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with David as opposing counsel and as a co-worker. He cares about his clients and is a strong advocate."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with David on cases and knowing him as a fellow lawyer for a number of years. He is ethical, intelligent and an excellent advocate. He strikes the perfect balance between reasonableness and client advocacy."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, tough and ethical--excellent attorney"
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David is smart as a whip and a very effective negotiator. I worked with him on a case last year and he I found him to be very reasonable, and knowledgeable about the law. I occasionally see him at Continuing Legal Education classes; he always asks very intelligent questions, and seems well-respected by our peers. I would recommend him."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have always found David to be an excellent, thorough and competent attorney. I have referred him many family law matters and my clients have always left pleased."
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Portland Divorce and separation Lawyer David I Bean
David I Bean
Divorce and separation Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 22 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006. See details