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Tom Brasier

Family Attorney at Portland, OR

4.3   23 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 15 years
    Washington - WA 11 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Tom

Learn Tom’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%

  2. Child support
    25%

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%

  4. Family
    25%
    Brasier Law is dedicated to the practice of family law which includes, but is not limited to, contested and uncontested divorce, separation, child custody, child support, and restraining orders. We help find creative solutions to fit your needs.

    10 years

EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY WORKING TO MEET YOUR DIVORCE, CUSTODY, & OTHER FAMILY LAW NEEDS.

Attorney Tom Brasier founded Brasier Law and handles all aspects of Family Law cases. He is a highly qualified Family-Law attorney serving the greater Portland, OR and Clark County, WA areas. While the bulk of his work is with divorces and child custody, he regularly handles adoptions, child support matters, restraining orders and anything else that touches on the legal aspects of domestic relations. He takes an honest approach to complex issues and works hard to find a resolution that suits his client and everyone involved. Since many of the cases Tom deals with have to do with children, he makes a great effort to ensure that children’s welfare is at the forefront of his priorities.

 

Tom is a native of the Portland area who holds great affection for the city and its people. He previously worked in a criminal defense firm in Oakland, California before moving back to Portland with his family. His free time is spent with his wife and two children, playing tennis, golf, and kayaking with his children, and involving himself in the community.

 

In addition to his legal work, Mr. Brasier works pro bono for low-income children in his spare time. Having done his undergraduate studies in Portland and being a native of the area, Tom is happy to be able to give back. He has been admitted to the Oregon and Washington Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. He holds membership in the Multnomah Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

  Bar Admissions include:
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
  • J.D.
  • Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
    • B.A.
    • Major: Psychology
  Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  Pro Bono Activities
  • Assisting Low-Income Juveniles with their Legal Issues

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Location

Tom Brasier
1001 SW 5th Ave Ste 1100
Portland, OR, 97204
Tom Brasier
10365 SE Sunnyside Road
Ste 200
Clackamas, OR, 97015
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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2014
Recommended Divorce Attorney
Tom Brasier got me results for less money and in less time than my previous attorney. I have already given his name to friends and family in need of a family law attorney. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Lisa | April 27, 2013
Highly recommended family law attorrney
Tom Brasier is a smart, honest, hard-working attorney who treats you like a person, not just a paycheck. He went above and beyond for me but always in such a manner that was professional and courteous. Tom Brasier is the only family law attorney I would feel confident enough to refer to a friend or family member. Here is what I found he has to offer: ~Professionalism ~Competency ~Honesty ~Respect ~Compassion ~RESULTS I really appreciated his services and he was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Jonathan | September 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Hire Him Now
Tom picked up a pretty complicated case that didnt have a clear-cut winner. He was overly patient and understanding. When he had a suggested course of action, he laid everything out and even gives you his very best guess of each outcome, with context. Tom explained each and every part of the process... and he did it without ever being disingenuous with billing. His assistant Alex is warm and inviting as well as efficient. Alex was always communicative when Tom wasnt able or necessary. Tom was so good, cordial and timely that even the opposition preferred to communicate with him instead of their own counsel, and fired them. Tom won my case the very best it could and it was because of the legal maneuvers he suggested. It delayed the outcome, it costed almost twice as much as expected... and Tom explained each and every reason why things resulted as such. We won, I got exponentially more time with my daughter. Tom is a man of his word and if you dont hire him right now, theres a chance youll see him at the other side's table... and I promise you, that is not an opponent you want to have.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Gives the best advice, and never stopped fighting.
It took over 5 years, but we won. He saw the injustices and kept giving balanced practical advice. Tom would listen to us, go over the pros and cons. Even if he disagreed, he would go with our choices. He was fair, worked with us financially, and the most important of all he kept on fighting. Tom never threw his hands up and said "I'm done." He never raised his rates. He never got angry, even when he told us "this was one of the hardest cases he's ever worked on." Tom changed our family. If there was a way to give him a 6 star review for his work ethic and unyielding efforts, we would do it.
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Posted by Rob | December 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Experience, Knowledge, Honesty
I reached out to Tom Brasier to take on my Jurisdiction issue from California to Oregon. I knew it would be a very intricate case so I did my research because it mattered deeply to me to get it right the first time. I needed to find someone who won't make it sound ok or sugar coat it. Tom from the get go read my documents and let me know exactly where I stand and because my ex causes me a tremendous amount of stress he talked me through alot! I mean A LOT!!!! My case went better then expected 10 fold and he is a very interesting person to speak to as well. I highly recommend beyond doubt to allow TOM BRASIER be your Legal Counsel! your Attorney!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2019
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Knowledgeable, helpful, and professional
I was recommended to Tom Brasier through a friend of a family member. Tom helped me through a difficult divorce/child custody case and he was very insightful, knowledgeable, and helpful every step of the way. He kept me up to date on what was going on and helped me feel prepared for everything that needed to be done. I was extremely happy with the result and so grateful to have such an experienced attorney on my side.
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Posted by Jordan | November 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, caring and highly competent!
Tom hit it out of the park for me! I would use him again in a heartbeat. If you're on the fence between Tom and another attorney - go with Tom. I've worked with a few attorneys over the years in Portland - Tom is by far the best I've had. My ex-wife and I were disagreeing with parenting time and my son's wellbeing when all of a sudden I was slapped with a Restraining Order (based on lies). The RO was used as a tool against me to prevent me from exercising parenting time. If I lost my hearing where I got to contest it, it would have been disastrous for me and my family! Tom was able to explain all the potential avenues we could take and navigate me through the entire process which really helped me calm my nerves. When we went to court, Tom's steady demeanor helped me again remain confident that we could win. In the end, it wasn't even close - Tom helped me get the RO dismissed in it's entirety!! I plan to keep him on retainer for whenever I need help with any more drama that may come up throughout the years. Tom is well worth it! I have zero complaints. I wouldn't be where I am today without him!
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Posted by Shannon Murphy | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Tom was able to get me a very difficult to get Emergency order
I couldn't disagree more with the 2 "anonymous" reviews on here. ( I never put any value to reviews that are "anonymous" ) I've had one attorney prior to Tom. Tom is definitely not motivated by trying to make money off his clients. These processes are expensive, period. Especially if you're involved in a contentious legal battle. I find Tom straight forward, fair in his costs, & he did an excellent job for me in court for an emergency order. These types of legal battles can be emotionally taxing, Hire a good therapist to help you through the emotional stress. Your attorney is there to fight the legal issues for you in a court of law. Tom did an excellent job with utilizing the right evidence I provided him to get my Emergency Order.
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Response from Tom Brasier July 8, 2017
Thank you so much. We are glad you had a positive experience with us. We always welcome any suggestions for what we could do better and appreciate positive feedback so we know what we are doing well.
Posted by Douglas | January 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
If your looking for a lawyer to handle your divorce I highly recommend Tom Brasier. Mr Brasier handled mine quickly, professionally, and either he or his office assistant Alex were available or got back to me in a timely matter. They made a bad time easily bearable and far less stressful than I imagined. Again I highly recommend Mr Brasier and his staff.
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Response from Tom Brasier July 8, 2017
Thank you, we are glad we could be of service to you. We appreciate the feedback and of course feel free to let us know if there is anything we can improve.
Posted by James Bass | April 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledge is power
Tom was the perfect partner to help with gaining custody of my children. He not only had the knowledge to be more than successful in the end, but along the way he was kind enough to provide me with cogent and candid advice that was in my best interest. He will be honest when he doesn't entirely agree, but is more than willing to take direction from his clients if it's important to them. He understands the complexities of these kinds of law, and the complexities that real life imposes on getting the best outcome.
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Posted by Tanna | April 27, 2015
Definitely an Attorney I would recommend!
Tom Brasier recently helped my brother establish paternity for his daughter and then agreed to continue on as his attorney to help him gain full parental custody. This was not an easy case by any means as there were many challenges throughout the process. Tom was very knowledgeable and explained things so that our family was aware of what to expect throughout the entire process. He was always professional and honest with us. He was very personable and knew all of us by first name within only a couple of meetings. During the court hearings I had an opportunity to remain in the courtroom. Mr. Brasier was confident in his interaction with the Judge and his arguments for our case were outstanding in comparison to the other attorney. You could tell he was prepared and new from personal experience how to successfully address the Judge presiding over our case. He did so well that the last court date that was expected to be a full day ended up being only a couple of hours with no testimony having to be brought before the judge. He had successfully negotiated the case himself in the Judge's chambers and was able to win my brother full custody of his daughter. I am so thankful my brother found Tom as his attorney! He went above and beyond and was able to get my niece removed from a harmful living situation to the arms of a father who loved her and wanted to provide a stable loving home life! Our family will be forever grateful!
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Posted by jdyzy4real | April 9, 2015
Life Changing Results
I'm really not sure how there are even any negative reviews on here about Tom at all. There is not one thing in either of those reviews that even slightly resembles my experiences with Tom. I initially hired Tom several years back to gain access to my daughter. Since my daughter's birth, her mother refused to let me see her. I was young and naive and paralyzed by the legal system. I have no idea how to navigate the courts and gain access to my daughter. I tried to file a motion on my own and could not even get the paperwork filled out correctly to get my motion into court and of course the court clerks cannot offer legal advice or make suggestions. I didn't make good money and I had spoke with a few attorneys to get an idea of cost. I was quoted 15,000-25,000. One attorney wanted a $7,500 retainer and the other wanted $10,000. I was crushed. I was referred to Tom by a friend and I had a consultation with him. He told me how he could help me and outlined a plan of action. He was very confident that he would gain me access to my daughter. The cost he estimated was much less than the other attorney's and quite frankly he seemed much more knowledgeable and competent than the other two attorneys I had met with. The retainer is what really made this possible for me. Tom's retainer was very reasonable and allowed me to afford his services even with my lower income job. He went right into action and we filed for Custody/Visitation. I had questions all along the way and he gave me detailed and informed answers. As nerve racking as going court can be I was actually very confident with the whole ordeal with Tom as my council. I was aware a healthy amount of parenting time and have a fantastic relationship with my daughter today. It was a rough go at first but it was the best decision I have ever made. I only wish I met Tom earlier. Last year I called on Tom again for legal help. I was getting divorced and hired Tom to represent me. The whole thing was resolved in less than a month. I got to keep my house... if you know what I'm saying. I'm really thankful to have met Tom. I've heaped enough praise on Tom. I also wanted to comment on his staff. His assistant Alex actually was very helpful during this whole process as well. I spoke with him on a few occasions when Tom was not available and Alex knew all the details about my case and had answers to many of my questions. I don't leave too many reviews on the internet. Mostly because my time is important to me and I can think of 100 things I'd rather be doing, like riding dirt bikes with my daughter or going taking her fishing. Well, I wouldn't be able to do those things without Tom's help so I wanted to take the time to share my experience. I happily recommend Tom Brasier to friends and family, and anyone taking the time to read this. Cheers.
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Posted by Jacob | April 5, 2015
A Great Family Attorney
Mr. Brasier is a great attorney. As a single father fighting for the rights of my son, I had ran into many obsticles with our system. My son was taken out of the state by his mother, who had custody. Mr. Brasier always kept me informed about every step. Where I failed to keep my son here in Oregon, Mr. Brasier was able to win my case and have my son ordered back to Oregon, from Washington. Mr. Brasier's legal abilities are well worth the money spent. Garuanteed, I will recommend him and use him again, if I need an family law attorney.
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Posted by Dwight | March 30, 2015
Professional and understanding.
Tom helped me through a very stressful divorce. He was understanding and helped me get a fair result. He was excellent at negotiating a deal that worked for both parties. Tom and his staff communicated with me at all times and explained what the process would be like. Tom can be trusted to get your legal issues taken care of and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Jodi | March 25, 2015
Experienced and genuine!
Tom Brasier is knowledgeable, client-focused and a good communicator. We appreciated his work.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Child Custody Case
I retained Tom a couple of years ago for a complicated child custody case. Tom was very proactive in attacking my case, and was great at applying pressure to the opposing counsel to follow through. My attorney prior to Tom was one who did very little and seemed to have trouble getting motions filed. Tom and his staff seemed to do a great job with getting my motions filed. He was very understanding that I didn't have unlimited funds, and he was able to keep our conversations direct and to the point. I'm a man, and I ended up getting full custody of my daughter which was the best conceivable outcome in our case. I understand that every case is different and no lawyer can promise an outcome. However, had I listened to the advice of the attorney I had before Tom then things wouldn't have turned out well. If I hadn't retained Tom and taken the legal tact we used then I am certain that my daughter would still be exposed to an unhealthy situation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Custody
I have used Mr Brasier for custody matters 3 times now and he has been on top of everything. I trust no one else with my custody matters because he has done such an amazing job. Mr Brasier has been an amazing help threw everything. He is amazing in court he is very educated and professional. Couldn't ask for a better attorney.
Posted by Matthew | March 24, 2015
BEST Decision I have ever made for my family!!!!
I came to Tom after spending a little more than a year and a half & nearly $50,000 with a different attorney. Tom immediately reviewed my case and advised that we were approaching this case all the wrong way especially with the Judge we were in front of. After going through hell for nearly 2 years in an out of court and being separated from my daughter less my infrequent visits, Tom not only got good results he won us FULL CUSTODY!! Shortly after winning full custody I was laid off and the only job I could find was in another state. So I called Tom and BAM he helped my family get rights to move with my daughter out of state. Tom helped my family be, well, a family. For that my Wife, Children & I say thank you and we all HIGHLY RECOMMEND Tom to anyone who is looking for a good family law attorney!
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Posted by Carly | April 2, 2015
Mr. Brasier is a great family law attorney
Tom Brasier was the second lawyer I obtained for my custody case in Vancouver Washington and I am extremely grateful that I chose to work with Tom. He was very trustworthy and treated me like an actual human being. He has helped me get through every stage of my parenting plan and never talked to me like a robot that just wanted money ( which I completely respect ) He was very straight forward and kept me informed on what was going on with the other parties involved. I have found his prices reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2023
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Still regretting this choice of attorney
Recently, my old settlement had to be reopened and I hired a lawyer. What I learned from this new attorney is that I had learned very little from my first round with Mr Brasier years ago. When working with him he would get impatient when I had questions. He even left me a frustrated and unprofessional message about not having reloaded my retainer yet when I actually had (he just hadn’t communicated with his secretary). Years later, I’m finding out that my settlement is poorly written, a result of both attorneys involved, with ambiguities in the language that are creating problems for me and costing me more money. I’m learning from my current attorney about rights I’ve had all along regarding custody, tax credits, and child support that Tom never informed me of. My current attorney cares about informing me of my rights and giving me the information I need to make good choices. When I recently called Mr Brasier to ask a question about my settlement, he joked that he never remembers his clients. While this may be true, it certainly doesn’t seem like something worth saying out loud.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Thomas M Brasier
  • 2008 - Present
  • Family Law Judicial Extern
  • Multnomah County Court
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Tamor & Tamor
  • 2005 - 2007

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Tom
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow lawyer in the community I can say that Tom consistently demonstrates that he is professional, tenacious and smart, but more importantly he takes a no-nonsense approach to the the complex field of family law to get clients positive results efficiently."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tom. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom Brasier is a compassionate and intelligent advocate for his clients."

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Portland Family Lawyer Tom Brasier
Tom Brasier
Family Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 15 years