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Jay Bodzin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Oregon in  1998 to attend  Reed College. He graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a Senior Reactor Operator's license for Reed's nuclear research reactor - the first political science major to ever hold this position. After graduation, he worked as a dispatcher for a small locally-owned delivery company. In 2004, he entered Northwestern Law School at Lewis & Clark with a Dean's Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He graduated in 2007, with honors awards for pro bono work and community service. In 2008, he opened the Northwest Law Office, a collaborative workspace for solo practitioner attorneys to develop their practices.

Jay served as Secretary of the Oregon State Bar's Pro Bono Committee in 2010, and as its Chairman in 2011. He currently serves on the Oregon State Bar's Unlawful Practice of Law Committee, and volunteers as a mentor to new attorneys through the Bar's New Lawyer Mentoring Program. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar for the District of Oregon, and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a volunteer judge for the Classroom Law Project's Mock Trial Competition since 2014. He is an avid bicyclist, enjoys rock climbing, fencing, and strategy games, and is a skilled cook. 

Jay's practice focuses mainly on domestic relations issues. He is a strong advocate for progressive family laws, including the rights of grandparents, same-sex domestic partners, and unmarried parents. He also represents consumers who struggle with debts and unfair collections practices, either by negotiating settlements or in bankruptcy when settlement is not possible; and advises local businesses. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 45%
    8 years
  2. Chapter 7: 15%
    6 years
  3. Contracts: 10%
    8 years
  4. Divorce: 10%
    8 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($180-240/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael O Stevens

    Mr. Bodzin takes the time to answer people's questions here on Avvo with depth and thought, showing a clear understanding of the law and the specific legal issue being presented.


    Michael Stevens Car accident Attorney
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  • Gregory L Abbott

    I have followed Jay's thorough answers here on Avvo for several years - and am impressed. He is knowledgeable, thorough, accurate, and insightful - plus he is very generous with sharing his time and insight. If you are in the Portland area and in need of an attorney in his area of practice, you are not likely to find anyone better.


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Contact info

Jay Bodzin, Attorney at Law

420 SW Washington Street
Suite 400
Portland, OR, 97204


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2015
Client's ChoiceAvvo2013
Certificate of AppreciationOregon State Bar2011
Pro Bono Certificate of AppreciationOregon State Bar2007
Pro Bono Certificate of AppreciationOregon State Bar2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJay Bodzin, Attorney at Law2016 - Present
PartnerBodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin, LLP2013 - 2016
AttorneyNorthwest Law Office2008 - 2013
Family Law FacilitatorWashington County Courthouse2005 - 2008
Senior Nuclear Reactor OperatorReed Reactor Facility1999 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar Unlawful Practice of Law CommitteeMember2015 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Fee Arbitration ProgramArbitrator2015 - Present
Oregon State Bar Pro Bono CommitteeChairman2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
H - v. S -Custody awarded to client.
In the Matter of B -Client cleared of all wrongdoing; regained custody of child.
C - v. B -Restraining order against client dismissed in its entirety following trial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Good Men ProjectThe Modern Attack on Reproductive Rights2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2007
Reed CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002