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Mindy S Stannard

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

4.6   20 reviews

About Mindy

Learn Mindy’s areas of practice.

Mindy Stannard handles divorce, custody, parenting time, paternity, child support and Family Abuse Prevention Act Restraining Order Cases. In addition, Mindy handles some juvenile court cases and some types of uncontested adoption proceedings. She is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Washington .

Many of Mindy's current cases are in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County. Mindy also handles cases in many other counties throughout the State of Oregon, including Clatsop County, Lane County, Linn County, Marion County and Columbia County. Each county has different local rules that apply to family law cases.

Mindy is committed to making sure that she keeps up to date on changes to each county's local rules, and takes the time to explain to each client how the local rules and local practices will impact the client's case.

Prior to focusing her practice on family law, Mindy worked in a general practice firm where she gained experience with family law, estate planning, criminal law, real estate law, personal injury and civil litigation. Because issues from so many other areas of the law arise in family law cases, Mindy frequently utilizes the knowledge she gained from her past work with these other areas of the law. 

Mindy takes the time to answer her clients' questions in a detailed manner, and is committed to effectively help navigate her clients through each step of the case. Mindy strives to advocate zealously for her clients' best interests and to help keep her clients on track to obtain the best possible outcome. Each case presents different challenges, and Mindy works with her clients to find creative solutions to each family's unique situation.

Licensed for 18 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/10/2022

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

Contact Mindy

Morris, Stannard & Batalden Family Law PC
1211 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1440
Portland, OR, 97204

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Robert | August 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and straightforward
Mindy and her office staff were timely and responsive to my case when it came to my questions or other council's responses. She was very knowledgeable and inciteful to my legal situation, straight to the point and professional. Even when Mindy was in court, as a lawyer does, my case was able to move forward. We never met in person but that wasn't a detriment to my case. Very pleased with my outcome. Thank you Mindy and staff!
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Posted by Eleanor | March 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional lawyer
She did an exceptional job handling my case. The moment I consulted with her, I knew my case was in great hands! I went through divorced and Mindy was recommended by a co-worker. She was very professional, consistent, and communicates effectively and efficiently. I didn't know anything about the divorce process and she walked me through it with so much knowledge and patience. She made me feel at ease each time we communicated and by the 3rd month, the judge signed the papers without any issues. I cannot thank her enough for lifting the stress off of me in dealing with the divorce. I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Dave | January 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough, Empathetic and Frank
Ms. Stannard had to jump into my long running family law case with very short notice, to replace my retiring attorney, and she became quickly versed in the case's history, various personalities and the needs of my child. Ms. Stannard communicated effectively with me, opposing counsel and the Court to achieve my desires at our Hearing. Ms. Stannard possesses an excellent mix of frankness, empathy and follow through in every interaction I had with her. I will continue to work with her on my case and highly recommend her to others.
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Posted by Ryan | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good experience
This was my second time going through a case involving custody and parenting time. Mindy was able to provide me with a much better experience than my previous attorney, and was very communicative throughout the entire process. As others have mentioned, she is straight to the point and won't beat around the bush. She will tell you what's realistic and what to expect. If you are looking for an attorney that is going to get things done and keep you informed along the way, I would recommend Mindy.
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Posted by Keile | March 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mindy Stannard was a God send!
In what would come to be the darkest days of my life, a true hero came into my world. That hero is my lawyer, Mindy Stannard. Ms. Stannard was referred to me by a dear friend. I sat my shaky self down to meet Mindy Stannard; wondering how on earth I was going to survive what would turn out to be a nightmarish divorce. I knew within minutes of meeting this calm, composed and brilliant Attorney that she was everything that I needed to get through this. Mindy Stannard will be my attorney forever, as far as I’m concerned. Her strategies, her creativity, and her tenacious drive to prevail- coupled with her deep concern that I was awarded the equitable settlement that my children and I needed and deserved, far exceeded all of my expectations as to what my outcome would look like. This was a complicated division of assets. Many moving parts. My ex husband had several attorneys working very hard to see to it that I received almost nothing from our 23 year marriage, our lovely home, our large farm, 22 acres of timber and the very successful business that he and I started together. Totally undaunted, Mindy Stannard fought tooth and nail for me. Mindy assembled a team of the most respected business appraisers, lawyers that specialize in business, farm and timber values, and so much more. Within mere weeks of hiring Ms. Stannard, she secured a generous monthly spousal support for me. I could breathe again! In the end, I was indeed awarded every penny that I deserved and had worked for, for half of my life. A fair 50/50 division of assets! Pretty amazing, considering that Oregon is NOT a comunity property state! She saved me. Kept me calm. Helped me find my center of balance again. Made it so I could move forward in my life, once again. I’m eternally grateful to this legal dynamo.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive and Honest
I hired Mindy for my custody and child support. She was with me from the beginning until the end (even for modification). She is there for your best interest but at the same time she doesn't beat around the bush. What do I mean? Well, She doesn't sugar coat anything meaning if your request doesn't make sense she will let you know and give her expert legal opinion. She is very respectful towards other attorneys but makes her point. She answers your questions and concerns as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed if you hire her. I am happy with the outcome of my case.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2016
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Compassionate, thorough
Mindy is an exceptional attorney always looking out for her clients' interest. For me it was a big relief that she was not overbearing and did not pressure me into any kind of a decision through a very difficult time in my life. She supported me the way I wanted to be supported - always gave careful consideration to my questions, advised me on pros and cons but let me decide the future course of action.
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Posted by Alistair | December 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, compassionate, expert care
I came to Mindy Stannard with a complex case involving several states with differing laws regarding recognition of same-sex marriage before it became nationally recognized. Mindy provided excellent advice and representation with professionalism, compassion, and expert knowledge and care. She was attentive to deadlines and needs of the case, and kept me updated and on track with helpful reminders of when documents were needed without overwhelming me with unnecessary worry. I have utmost confidence in her abilities and could not be more pleased with the results of the case. I would recommend her to anyone seeking legal advice and representation in family law.
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Posted by Katalin | August 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Thorough
Mindy was incredibly supportive, informative and thorough throughout my entire custody process. I appreciated her ability to see several sides, give me a clear answer on possible outcomes and support my concerns in such a difficult time in my life. She is also very efficient and utilizes the time wisely in getting tasks done. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Jessica | May 24, 2015
The Best
Mindy was amazing to work with. She told me what I needed to hear even when it was not what I wanted my outcome to be and I am eternally greatful for that. It always feels odd saying you recommend a divorce attorney however when you know what you have to go through I would recommend Mindy to anyone without hesitation. She is professional and responsive and honest. No doubt the best.
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Posted by Richard | May 11, 2015
Authoritative, direct and compassionate
I could not be more grateful for Mindy's advice and assistance in drafting, negotiating and filing my divorce settlement. There can be few more traumatic life events than a divorce, especially where children are involved... Mindy's deep subject knowledge and straightforward, practical assessment of the legal situation and the options available to me at each stage (together with the costs, benefits and risks associated with each) allowed me to step aside from the heartache and focus on what was truly important - creating the best possible arrangement for everyone's future well-being. I was particularly appreciative of Mindy's strong bias towards a negotiated settlement, at the same time knowing that she would be a superb advocate for me at trial, had that come to pass.
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Posted by Mathew | February 2, 2015
Great to work with!
Working with Mindy, was an absolute pleasure. I never saw myself needing the services of a divorce lawyer, not that I think many people do. I started out trying to sort the legal mess myself, but in the end found that I needed legal representation. Mindy and her crew were efficient, professional, easy to work with, and overall provided me with a fantastic experience (as fantastic as these things can go). They answered my emails promptly, even when I sent them outside regular business hours. They explained every step of the way to me, in ways that were easy to understand. And, last but certainly not least, the final bill was much less than I thought it was going to be. It's hard to beat that! You won't go wrong by picking these guys to stand up for you.
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Posted by kbdukelow | January 21, 2015
Excellent representation.
When my daughter needed an attorney for a custody issue, the first person I recommended was Mindy. My faith was not misplaced. Mindy was quick to respond to my daughter's questions and concerns. She did a wonderful job of explaining what my daughter could expect as she made her way through the sometimes frustrating Family Law court in Multnomah County. Thank you, Mindy!
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Posted by Anthony | January 12, 2015
One great lawyer
I had the pleasure of working with Mindy Stannard to get custody of my son. She did a great job representing my family professionally and efficiently. She was extremely personable, knowledgeable and honest in all our interactions. She made sure to address all our questions and concerns. The care with which she handled the case showed in every step of the way.
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Posted by Ted | November 19, 2014
Ted's Review
- Kept me informed - Returned Phone and Email in a timely manner - Very knowledgeable
Posted by Julie | October 3, 2013
Exceptional Divorce Attorney
Looked out for my best interests. Was punctual with due dates and meeting times. Quick to give email updates. Willing to work with my schedule. Showed some flexibility in scheduling signings, etc.
Posted by Sarah | March 5, 2013
Mindy gives straightforward and empathetic advice
I came to Mindy to handle my divorce. It was a very difficult time and she helped me nagivate the challenges (custody, hostile spouse, finances) while facilitating a desirable outcome. I put my trust in her and she delivered. Mindy got back to me very quickly about questions and followed up with me on things, and her office staff are exceptional in their manner and skill. She let me know ahead of time when she would be on vacation or in court and is just a really nice person. I would recommend her.
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Posted by Anthony | November 1, 2012
Use Mindy Stannard when exceptional service, professionalism, knowledge, and results are a must!
I retained Mindy because I had a complex case that needed to be resolved quickly. My goals were to minimize costs/fees, reach a resolution quickly, and make the best decisions given all the data/facts. Although she was not the least expensive attorney, her fees were well worth her results! Mindy did an excellent job of responding quickly, maintaining her professionalism, providing quality work and/or feedback, and providing good relevant advice. She was upfront in her billings and involved me in the process (i.e., I knew what was going on and understood the process!). She also minimized costs/fees when possible (i.e., didn't charge me for superfluous things and allowed me the opportunity to perform some actions). Mindy was both flexible and respectful of my schedule, and was very patient when my case took unexpected turns (as many cases tend to do). I wish more attorneys were like her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Crude, rude, apathetic
Ok, so I hired her for my Divorce because she presented well at our first meeting and showed empathy for my situation. However, that changed and she became very apathetic once we got under way. She also hired an incompetent QRDO person in which left me at a 250k loss. Not a positive experience at all. Choose very carefully.
Posted by Sue | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is not the same attorney that I used to know.
I chose her because I hired her for my divorce and she was exceptional. I was in a very contentious case over a custody matter and needed someone I could trust at my side. I felt like I was dealing with a different person: it was difficult to get answers from her, it was difficult to get advice from her and I felt like I was really alone and she was simply filing paperwork. This was an important matter and I lost BIG time. At one point, I confronted her about the apathy. She said, "if you don't like it find another attorney". She clearly had no interest in representing me and made no effort to hide it. I'm not sure why and I'm not sure what warrants treating clients in that way; I do know that I never warranted such treatment and I resent it.
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Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Elizabeth Christy Law Firm
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • McKean Smith
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Senior Attorney
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jensen & Leiberan
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lafky & Lafky
  • 2004 - 2007
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Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Portland State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • Walla Walla College
  • N/A

Associations

  • Washington County Court
  • Member, Washington County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2019 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2019 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington County Behavioral Health Council
  • Advisory Council Member
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Events Committee Member
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • CLE Committee
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Southwest Hills Kiwanis Club
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Quality of Life Committee
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Oregon State Bar
  • New Lawyer Mentor
  • 2012 - 2021
  • City Club of Portland
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Membership Committee Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Rotary International
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Marion County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 25: Oregon Women Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 25: 2021 Women Oregon Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers Top 25: Oregon Women Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Oregon Super Lawyer 2019
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Oregon Super Lawyer 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Clear Transitions
  • June 2016 Divorce Workshop for Women
  • 2016
  • Presentation at Willamette Law School
  • Careers In Family Law
  • 2015
  • How an Estate Plan Helps Put You in Control
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Financial Planning and Legal Tips for Women Going Through Divorce
  • Divorce
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (35)
Endorse Mindy
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Mindy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Mindy, she works hard for her clients in a compassionate and professional manner."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mindy is thorough, prepared and strategic. She is well-respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mindy is hardworking, diligent and a very effective advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mindy is a top notch attorney who is meticulous in representing her client's interests. I firmly endorse Mindy as a family law lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mindy Stannard had been employed by our firm for 7 years and I have supervised her and I am impressed with her performance and her knowledge. She is professional, well versed in all aspects of family law, and extremely intelligent in her handling of our clients and their issues. She is well-known to the judges in the tri-county area and is well-regarded by them. She takes very good care of her clients and fights hard for them."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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