Get results - Exceptional divorce & family law representation in Portland & Vancouver.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Oregon Super Lawyers||2013|
|Associate||McKinley Irvin||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Bertoni and Associates||2007 - 2010|
|Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Elizabeth Welch||Multnomah County Court||2006 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners||Board of Directors||2013 - Present|
|ABA Center on Children and the Law||Advisory Committee Member||2013 - Present|
|Bravo Youth Orchestras||Secretary of the Board||2013 - Present|
|Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court||Member||2009 - Present|
|National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association||Volunteer Program Attorney||2006 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Oregon Women Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Multnomah Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Tools and Standards subcommittee for the Fmaily Court Enhancement Project||Appointee||2016 - 2016|
|Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section||Executive Committee||2015 - 2016|
|Legal Aid Services of Multnomah County||Volunteer Legal Assistant||2005 - 2005|
|Vermont Law School||Law||JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA||2005|
|Oregon State University||Biology, minor Philosophy||BS - Bachelor of Science||2000|
|Second Saturday Workshop||What Women Need To Know About Divorce||2013|
|Domestic Violence, Stalking, and FAPA Restraining Orders||Representing Parties in Domestic Violence Cases||2012|
Posted by Jensen
Annelisa represented me in my divorce. My ex and I have two kids together, which to a very large degree defined the divorce process. I am a father, being a father has defined me and I am a great Dad. Unfortunately, men do not have equal rights in our existing legal system and many great fathers are left with "every other weekend" visitation. They are bullied into agreements which sacrifice their time with their kids or are forced to pay for it. As a man, it is difficult to find an advocate who can not only appreciate a fathers right to parenting time / custody / and a real presence in their children's life but also be powerful voice in the legal system on your behalf. Annelisa's knowledge of family law and her ability to articulate that knowledge was a invaluable help in me retaining joint custody of my two boys and a fair and equitable amount of time I get to spend with them. Thanks to Annelisa I still get to be a father, I get to raise my boys to be men, I get to help them with homework and be a real part of their lives. All the while, Annelisa was able to bring a very human and compassionate approach to her practice. She is able to appreciate the incredibly strong emotions that surround a life event such as divorce and still provide wise advice. I totally trust Annelisa to act perfectly in my best interest and the interest of my boys.
Posted by Barbara
I was in a 26 year unregistered domestic partnership until my partner left me. Since we shared net assets of $400,000 I sought out the “best” family law firm of McKinley Irvin LLP to defend my interests. They assigned attorney Annelisa D Smith to represent me and defend my interests against the Dissolution filed by my ex.
The main assets of our partnership were a home and my ex’s PERS retirement funds. There also was a luxury RV, cars and two bulldogs. I had worked as a litigation paralegal since committing to my ex-wife, so I was the source of income while my ex went to school to become an auto mechanic. When we bought our home in 1993, I paid the downpayment and $25,000 improving the property.
I instructed Annelisa that I wanted to keep the home and my ex could keep her retirement funds, which would be a 50/50 split of the net assets, with the other personal items split down the middle. This seemed simple enough.
Over the course of one year, I paid over $30,000 for Ms Smith services. Despite written and oral instructions to her, Ms. Smith did not compel all discovery from my ex (who was transferring and hiding assets from me), and did not have the Settlement Agreement signed before my ex came to my home to collect her personal items--despite my begging Smith to do because I knew my ex would claim some of her belongings were “missing”--which she did and then refused to sign the Settlement. Also, as part of the Settlement, Attorney Smith recommended I “give up” a $55,000 equalizing asset payment from my ex because “it would be too hard to get,” and BOTH bulldogs. Ms. Smith’s rationale for this was by my being so reasonable, my ex would expediently settle the asset partition. Instead I came away without a signed Settlement Agreement.
Ms Smith then advised we file a Judgment based on the reneged Settlement Agreement. As a litigation paralegal for over 20 years, I drafted many judgments. Instead of drafting an unequivocal money judgment in my favor, Attorney Smith “copy and pasted” the exact form of the equitable Settlement Agreement into the Judgment without revising it to specifically cause my ex to pay me any monies. Further, this Judgment didn't contain any language to protect my financial interests if my ex filed Bankruptcy to avoid her financial obligations. Ms Smith told me she had never had to draft a judgment in a dissolution before. When I asked her for assistance in collecting on the Judgment, she advised she didn’t know how.
A week after Attorney Smith filed the Judgment, my ex retained bankruptcy counsel and filed for protection. My ex had not removed my name off the RV title (as the Judgment instructed) and surrendered it, creating an “unpaid installment balance” on my credit report. I spent all my savings and credit cards on Annelisa Smith and had no assets left to hire bankruptcy counsel. My ex’s bankruptcy was granted and she did not pay any of our mutual debt.
What did I get from Annelisa Smith for over $30,000 in legal fees? Nothing. I only wanted to keep my home (eight years left on a 30 year mortgage). Instead, I had to sell my home, my car and most personal belongings to pay the entire partnership debt since my “Judgment” was discharged in the bankruptcy court. Thanks to Annelisa Smith at age 54 I am homeless with a negative mark on my credit. And the ex-wife got both bulldogs, me never to see them again. When I emailed Annelisa Smith about these issues, I received a “nasty-gram” email from the office partner, Colin McKean, advising me Ms. Smith had done nothing wrong and suggesting I find another law firm to represent me—how supportive, AFTER I had already paid Ms Smith $30,000+ from June 2013 thru July 2014. Ms Smith is a nice lady--yet an incompetent defender of my interests in a simple dissolution. It would have been nice if Annelisa took responsibility for the life-changing errors she made on my behalf and offered to refund some of the immense legal fees charged. All I wanted was my home.
Posted by Swathi
Annelisa won me the most important thing of my life – the custody of my son and a whole lot more during one of the most trying time of my life. Mine was an extremely complex and long drawn child custody case which went to trial. The case involved several issues ranging from culture, domestic abuse, relocation and an extremely aggressive opposing counsel. But Annelisa’s expert knowledge of law and her practical approach was a HUGE factor in me winning the legal battle. She had a very clear case strategy and had my best interests throughout, while the opposing party tried to throw every rule book and accusation at us for nearly 1.5 years.
Annelisa was extremely professional who analysed every situation with a clear head and came up with the appropriate strategy. She was highly personable, very well organized, detail oriented, with a good recollection of facts and took the extra effort in presenting our arguments in a clear fashion both to the 1)the opposing counsel 2) and to the Judge. She was prompt in her filings, incorporating suggestions from her client and explaining why if she chose not to. This in my opinion is very important because the client has so many things emotionally and financially to deal with, during a highly contested divorce case. She made extra efforts to learn more about the cultural issues pertinent to my case and was open minded.
During our many meetings, her suggestions always kept the best interest of me and my son as top priority. Her personal connection with me and my family and her professionalism was a great combination and I cannot stress enough how crucial this was during my divorce case. Many a times she went beyond the role of a lawyer and helped me navigate various parenting issues during the course of the trial.
Most importantly her conduct during trial was highly impressive. She was very well prepared for the trial and meticulous in her presentation of our arguments and cross examination of my ex-husband. Her level of experience in arguing a case during trial was clearly evident.
Words cannot describe enough the importance of having an attorney like Annelisa Smith and her role in winning my case and I have no qualms in recommending her to anybody out there.