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Andrew Walker Newsom

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Andy Newsom

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

Andrew is a partner at Holtey Law LLC in Portland, Oregon. He has high-level experience in trial and appellate courts across the state. In addition to traditional representation at trial or mediation, Andrew offers coaching/consulting services, appellate representation and consultation, and second opinions. He also offers trial services pro bono for minor children who are in need of independent representation.

Andrew graduated with honors from Boston University School of Law, a U.S. News & World Report Top 20 law school.  He is co-chair to the Multnomah County Family Law Group and a member of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the bar associations in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and staying active.  He also follows soccer around the globe and supports the Portland Timbers.

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Holtey Law LLC
1140 SW 11th Avenue, Fourth Floor
Portland, OR, 97205

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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Newsom 'get's it'
I have been involved in a very challenging case with very significant mental health problems of the other parent that, unfortunately, continue to impact the life of a child. I was initially referred to Mr. Newsom from a friend and was a bit hesitant at first with all of the attorneys I met with. Upon meeting Mr. Newsom and discussing our case, I quickly found that he was there for the right reasons and was vastly skilled in areas that I needed the most support in. He is able to keep a level head in very challenging situations which, in turn, allows him to see the big picture to not only focus on immediate needs but also the 'long game'. He is incredibly skilled in drafting responses and documents as well as seeing areas that you, the client, may need to improve and will direct you to appropriate coaching or resources that will benefit your family and, most importantly, your child. He is 'soft' when it's needed yet will stand strong when the time dictates and always keeps the child's interest as the ultimate goal, which was so important to me. He is skilled in the overall strategy, timing of communications, mediation, litigation, and guiding other professionals that may be involved in your case. He brings a well rounded skillset during periods of less conflict in your case and shines when it is most needed in small ways that you may not see in the moment but set the course for the upcoming years. He is deft, articulate, and level headed. I can't more strongly support Mr. Newsom in his skills that are needed to navigate, support, or litigate very challenging situations.
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Posted by Karl Biedritzky | September 4, 2019
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I’d like to thank Andy Newsom from bottom of my heart. Before coming to Gearing Rackner and McGrath I had previous counsel who made mistakes that ended up costing me time with my kids and a lot of money. Andy clearly explained my options and provided me with realistic expectations. He did everything he could to help me understand all of the costs of each option. He really helped me feel comfortable and confident. After our initial consultation he quickly picked up the pieces of my case. He put together a plan of attack which led to negotiations and a fair and equitable resolution. I realized right away how ethical he is. He clearly proved himself as an outstanding attorney, but, just as important, he was honest, kind hearted, and personable. Andy and his team are invaluable and will fight for your rights as a parent. I am forever grateful and blessed to have had them on my side. Sincerely, Karl
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Posted by Ruthann | March 16, 2017
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A skilled attorney.
I highly recommend Mr. Newsom. I couldn't be more confident in what I am doing without his voice of reason and consistent advice. He is skilled, forthright, professional and easy to communicate with. In a court room he is organized, respectful and to the point. He is a solid attorney who understands the realities of divorce and custodial procedures, not just while dealing with the court but also in guiding his clients towards a fair and realistic resolution. Having been a client with Gearing Richner and McGrath for several years (Mike McGrath successfully handled my divorce and recommended Andy for new issues) I have been very satisfied as a client and continue to receive sound advise. I wouldn't want to walk into any negotiation or courtroom without him. Linda Moore, his assistant is a valuable asset and support.
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Posted by Cindy | March 6, 2017
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Professional and effective
Andrew was my Divorce Attorney for almost 2 years. Because of him my court outcomes could not have turned out any better. Andrew was informative, thorough, and always professional. At an extremely difficult time in my life he guided me through making sure I was awarded a fair settlement. Linda Moore, his assistant was also always available to answer any question I had. Thank you to both of you.
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Posted by DanaJ | March 5, 2017
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Divorce Advocate
Divorce is awful, but Andrew immediately put me at ease when I met him. He listened and asked questions, he gave me guidance and advice and this was BEFORE I hired him. Andrew is an honest attorney that works with integrity and honesty. Andrew continues to be available to me for questions and advice and I appreciate knowing that he is there if needed. Andrew is an attorney you can trust to work for you and with you to et a favorable outcome.
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Posted by Chris W. | May 8, 2016
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Portland's Best Family Lawyer
If you want the most favorable outcome to a divorce, hire Andrew Newsom. Believe me, divorce is not a time to put you future, or the futures of your children, into the hands of anyone else. As a father of two, I was blindsided by divorce. When I hired Andrew, I got a lawyer who knew the law, inside & out. I got a lawyer who listened (often when I was emotional) and calmly kept me updated through the entire proceeding. And I got a lawyer who put me at an advantage every time he walked into a courtroom. As a result, I got a resolution to my divorce that few Dads experience. I'm a dad with sole custody of my sons. And Andrew Newsom knows the names of both of them. I also received a judgment that was financially favorable. He's a pro, and if you're lucky enough to retain his skills, you'll get the best possible outcome. I know I did.
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Posted by Jessica | April 29, 2016
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Knowledgeable and caring attorney
Mr. Newsom started representing me towards the end of my very contentious divorce and custody case. He made me feel like he was involved in my case from the beginning. Andrew stood his ground against the opposing attorney and always fought for the best interest of myself and most importantly, my young children.
Posted by Julianne | April 29, 2016
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Highly Recommend Andrew
Andrew and everyone I worked with on his team were professional and caring for me as a person, not just a case. He is an attorney, good at what he does, who also worked to provide the service needed in the most efficient manner. I will use him in the future for any items that remain from the divorce and highly recommend him.
Posted by Theresa | September 25, 2015
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Many thanks
Divorce, separation, and child custody issues are draining. There are so many things to know and to take care of. Having someone who can guide you, keep a level head, and help you make decisions that make sense for everyone is a must. Andrew Newsom is that kind of lawyer. He helped me do what needed to be done in a way that was kind, thoughtful, and made sense. He is professional, caring, and knows his law! Without his help, I don't believe I would be where I am today, and for that I am truly grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
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Caring, Considerate, and Helpful Attorney
I can't say enough great things about Andy and his team. My case had many complicated facets involved including: Child Custody, Relocation (out of state), Substance Abuse, and Mental Health. Andy came up with a plan of action to help me move forward in my life without having to even enter the courtroom. He listened to the facts and based on his knowledge and experience developed a plan to help me get divorced quickly (2 months from the point we sat down together), coached me on how to communicate with my ex effectively, and explained the best and worst case scenarios along with the risks and rewards of each course taken. His service to me was invaluable. I can't recommend Andy Newsom enough!
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Posted by Verna | February 18, 2013
Thankful client!
Would I recommend him? Absolutely yes! Andrew Newsom is an extremely well-educated lawyer! When I first met him I was apprehensive to his youthfulness, but that quickly faded as I decided to hire him and we met to discuss details. He definitely knows case history / laws. Add to his knowlege, he is personable, compassionate and likeable! He listens, takes notes, learns every detail about your situation that would provide background for research he may need to proceed with your case. He is also extremely polite to opposing lawyers - I witnessed that several times when my own feathers were ruffled and I wanted to lash back. His professional maner during deposition, trial and email correspondence is to be commended. That gives you a good feeling. I have had a wonderful experience with Mr. Newsom! And yes, he won the case for me.
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Posted by Andrew | February 1, 2013
Quality representation and excellent communication
My experience with Gearing Rackner Engel & McGrath has been wonderful! Mr. Newsom is professional, knowledgeable, incredibly intelligent, and is probably more adept at seeing all angles of a situation than anyone I know, which has proven to be of great significance in the matter for which I have engaged him. Further, he always kept me informed and updated with the status of my case; always made himself available; and kept his eye on mitigating litigation costs. I can say without hesitate or reservation, I would use him again because of his professionalism, diligence, helpfulness, and sense of humor..
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Posted by rob | October 24, 2012
andy newsom recomendation
i highly recommend andy to be retained in any matrimonial matter. he handled my divorce proceedings with the uptmost of care and due diligence, including the settlement negotiations and appearances in court. we had full and complete discussions of strategy, process and procedure along the way, which eliminated the high anxiety associated with the resolution issues. among the issues, he was especially sensitive toward the mitigation of the separation impact to the children and the due care that was needed. andy showed a great deal of client care along with his substantial legal conduct.
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Posted by Eric | October 19, 2012
Top Notch, Professional, Dedicated
Andrew was referred to me through a friend, who I can’t thank enough for recommending him to me. I had a very unusual case and the circumstances were less than pleasant to work with. Everything I heard was that I would have to “settle” for 70/30 split and my ex would get full custody. Well, that wasn’t the case. Andrew worked extremely hard on my case, guiding me, coaching me on the steps, process and procedures of a child custody case. He was there for me anytime I needed him and I felt that I was his number one priority (even though he was working just as hard on other cases for other people as well). His attention to detail and knowledge of the laws are second to none. When all was done, Andrew got me what he said he would do and that was 50/50 with joint custody. I walked out of that court house knowing that I was protected and represented by the best attorney. Without a doubt, Andrew is a top notch, professional and extremely dedicated attorney.
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Posted by Brian | October 19, 2012
Excellent help through a difficult situation
Andrew helped me with my child visitation/support modification. Not only did Andrew provide great legal expertise but his court room professionalism was out standing. I have and will continue recommending Andrew to anybody who needs excellent legal help
Posted by Carrie | October 18, 2012
Newsom is #1 in my Book
I highly recommend Andrew Newsom! After 22 years of marriage, Andrew was able to assist me through a divorce proceedings and child custody issue that I didn't want. It was very difficult for me to manuiver through and at a very emotional time. Andrew is extremely intelligent, resourceful, empathetic and very kind. His quality advice, strategic foresight and availablility were what I needed for my work and family schedule. I can't say enough good things about Andrew. I know if I need him in the future he will be there for me. Thank you Andrew for all your hard work. I know many attorneys don't get the "bonus" they deserve!
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2012
Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!
This was my first divorce (hopefully my last). Oregon is a "no fault" State, and I was about to go from screwed by an unfaithful wife, to more-screwed in the Oregon court system. My remarkably successful trek through this nightmare is why I cannot let this experience go without speaking up. I am so glad to tell you how pleased I've been with Andrew Newsom. I had met with another attorney before being referred to Andrew, and the difference was NIGHT & DAY. After one conversation with Andrew, I could not get my retainer back from the first attorney fast enough. Now through the whole process, I can honestly report that Andrew is a brilliant, talented, and gifted attorney beyond his years. I could not possibly have survived this divorce without the quality advice, strategic foresight, and always-available service I received from him. Not only is Andrew sharp, intelligent, and resourceful, but he was incredibly kind-hearted and empathetic to the place that his clients are in emotionally when they walk in the door. With Andrew I was in a constant state of comfort and confidence, knowing I was being well taken care of and he would get me through this. I really appreciated his level of 100% advocation for my case. Did I mention he's EXTREMELY SHARP? He achieved the best results possible for me, without any unnecessary costs. Maybe it doesn't always turn out this way, but if you need attorney services, know good advice when you hear it, and have the courage to follow that advice, Andrew Newsom is absolutely the attorney to call. Every day relief washes over me when I think about my case, that I was recommended to S,K&H, and more importantly that I came specifically into the service of Andrew Newsom (now with GRE&M). Andrew Newsom, I simply CANNOT thank you enough. There are no words.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Holtey Law LLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gearing Rackner & McGrath
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook PC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Vendor Oversight Coordinator
  • Wilshire Credit Corporation
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Summer Associate
  • Resnick Law Group
  • 2008 - 2009
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  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brown and Brown
  • Reversed and remanded to the trial court for re-examination.
  • Jones v. Mears


  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Multnomah County Family Law Group
  • Co-chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • 2010
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 2012 Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo.Com
  • 2012
  • Best Brief - Albers Moot Court Competition
  • Boston University
  • 2008
  • Best Brief #2 - Albers Moot Court Competition
  • Boston University
  • 2008
  • Semi-Finalist - Prize Moot Court Competition
  • Boston University
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • MCFLG "Brown Bag" Series
  • Best Trial Practices for Preventing or Preserving an Appeal
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (29)
Endorse Andrew
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Andy has a masterful understanding of all areas of family law, with unique expertise in cases involving substance use or abuse. I endorse Andy."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Andrew is a great attorney. I highly recommend him in all areas of family law."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy is a consummate professional. I have known Andy for a few years, and I have always found him to be an efficient and zealous advocate. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy is well respected in the Family Law community for his stellar advocacy and client care. Attorneys that equal his dedication and passion in this field are rare. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Newsom was my opposing counsel on a recent case. He was an outstanding advocate for his client yet also was reasonable in his positions. He appears to provide a great service to his clients and I look forward to working on cases with him in the future."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Andy is a credit to the legal profession and a treasure to the Portland legal community. When I was first introduced to Andy by my mentor I knew right away that he was the type of advocate that all young attorneys should emulate. Andy has the perfect combination of compassion, intelligence and professionalism. I am extremely honored to endorse Andy."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Andrew."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Portland Divorce and separation Lawyer Andrew Walker Newsom
Andrew Walker Newsom
Divorce and separation Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 14 years