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Mary Elizabeth Tollefson

Family Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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Mary has been a dedicated ally for her family law clients for the past decade because she enjoys helping people with issues that affect their daily lives.  She practices exclusively in the area of family law – having handled countless dissolutions, custody cases, restraining order challenges, and grandparent rights cases.

Mary is also a leader in the Portland family law community.  She is currently serving as the President of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division.  She has previously served as an Oregon State Bar mentor, volunteered for the Imprint Program and worked as a judge for college mock trial competitions.  Mary also previously served as a member of the Multnomah Bar Foundation CourtCare Committee and the coordinator for the Multnomah County Family Law Group.

Mary graduated from University of Washington in 2004, earned her law degree from Willamette University College of Law and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2007.  Mary began her career on the central Oregon Coast in Newport before relocating to Portland in 2011.  Mary has been mentored by very highly respected family law attorneys in Portland.

In her spare time, Mary is actively involved with the Junior League of Portland and enjoys spending time volunteering at local non-profit organizations.  She also enjoys reading, cooking, and cheering on her University of Washington Husky football team.  Mary is also mom to a young son, who keeps her very busy and grounded in the true purpose behind her work.


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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2022
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Made the process easy
Mary was great. Helped me understand the ins and outs of what needed to be done and handled all of the filings for me.
Posted by Merrill | March 1, 2022
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A God Send!!
I refer to Mary as a God send. My daughter's mom moved out of state and cut off communication. I hadn't spoken or seen my daughter in 4 years! After I located my daughters mom, I hired Mary to help me get papers served. Every step of the way Mary was professional, kind, caring, and worked so hard on this case! She was so detailed and careful in presenting my position to the other side. I am now preparing to have my daughter come visit me in the spring, summer and winter, with weekly Facetime calls! I am over the moon excited and so thankful to Mary for getting me everything I wanted! I've missed my daughter so much and this is a dream come true!! Thank you Mary
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Posted by Michelle | June 30, 2018
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To the point
Mary represented me in a parenting time case. I felt respected, heard and taken care during the weeks leading up to the hearing. Mary drafted an excellent memo articulating my position. At the hearing she was calm, clear and to the point. I was granted everything I asked for from the judge. I am extremely grateful for Mary's representation.
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Posted by Audrey | May 17, 2016
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Professional and Knowledgeable
I found Mary to be professional as well as personable. She has helped me understand the laws and best courses of action and always answered my questions in a timely manner.
Posted by Christa | February 17, 2016
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Great attorney!
Mary was very professional when handling my divorce. She listened to my needs, and helped me get everything together. A year later, I had to go back to court to obtain emergency custody and Mary didnt waste anytime getting in there and helped me keep my kids from a bad situation. A year after that, my best friend filed for divorce, and picked Mary to help guide her through. Mary did a great job on her case as well. Thank you Mary!
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Posted by Scott | February 11, 2016
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Review of Mary Tollefson
I hired Marry to represent me in my divorce. I did not know here nor was she referred to me. I found her on a search for Portland attorneys and after meeting with her decided on hiring her. Mary proved to be very thorough with my case, and I know that it was due to her organizational skills, reliability, knowledge, and persistence that the results turned out as well as they did. The opposing attorney was very flaky and sometimes emotional in his responses. I needed someone calm to guide me through those difficult times, and Mary was able to do that with complete professionalism. I would recommend Mary for anyone needing representation for family law cases.
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Posted by Bree | February 11, 2016
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The best!!!
Mary is thorough, kind, knowledgable and a bull dog! She's by far the best!!! Her patience and attention to detail were sooooo appreciated in such a sensitive case. I'd use her time and time again if I ever needed to.
Posted by Cecilia | February 10, 2016
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Very professional and helpful
Mary is very professional and was great at guiding me through the court process. She is a great communicator and did not try to intimidate or throw dirt on the other party. She stuck with facts, and was a great representative for me through her calmness and the general way she carries herself. I am extremely glad that she was my attorney.
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Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Brindle McCormack PC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Corey Law Group
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jensen & Leiberan
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kramer & Associates
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Macpherson, Gintner & Diaz
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Marion County District Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Oregon State Bar Mentor Program
  • Attorney Mentor
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Multnomah Bar Foundation, CourtCare Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Junior League of Portland
  • Assistant Chair to Community Connections Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Multnomah County Family Law Group
  • Speaker Coordinator
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Service to the Public Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Pro Se Assistance Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - 2016
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Honors and Awards

  • Award of Merit
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Mary
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mary is a skilled litigator and a strong negotiator. She has my respect for her skills as an attorney and my admiration for her ability to deliver positive results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is a sharp and effective advocate; I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary has experience and character. I have had nothing but positive interactions with her in the professional realm and look forward to working with her in the future."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is an excellent and dedicated advocate for her clients. She is extremely knowledgable in all aspects of family law. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mary and I negotiated a settlement between two very unique parties who were requesting unusual provisions in their dissolution. She assisted meaningfully and intelligently in drafting the settlement documents. I respected her work and attention to detail. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer. I refer clients to her and consult with her often. Her assistance and advice has been thoughtful and extremely useful. I highly endorse Mary without reservation."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Portland Family Lawyer Mary Elizabeth Tollefson
Mary Elizabeth Tollefson
Family Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 16 years