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Collin C McKean

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

4.7   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 14 years
    Oregon - OR 18 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Collin

Learn Collin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    The legal process of whereby the legal relationship between married parties is altered and modified including modifications to community and marital property rights, modification to parenting rights, the institution of support and maintenance obligations between the parties, and legal orders affecting other rights and obligations among married parties.

    18 years

  2. Employment and labor
    25%

  3. Business
    20%
    Mergers and acquisitions for closely held organizations. Business transactions and entity related planning decisions. Regulatory compliance and operational tools. Business contracts and litigation.

    18 years

  4. Family
    10%
    Family planning and transitions relating to assets, relationships, and obligations.

    18 years

  5. Personal injury
    10%
    Accidents, injuries and impairments.

    18 years

  6. Estate planning
    5%
    Asset protection Gift taxes and charitable giving strategies Well-defined wills Special-needs trusts Irrevocable or revocable trusts

    18 years

Collin is an attorney/owner of the law firm McKean Smith in Portland, Oregon. Mr. McKean recognizes that your legal issues can feel overwhelming.  Litigants often find themselves in polarizing situations, where common ground seems out of reach.  Beginning with his initial get-acquainted meeting, Collin works with clients to identify their objectives, and regularly seeks creative resolutions to whatever challenge might arise.

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Location

McKean Smith Portland
1140 SW 11th Ave
Ste 500
Portland, OR, 97205
McKean Smith Vancouver
655 W Columbia Way
Suite 504
Vancouver, WA, 98660
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Bryan | November 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Collin is a true standout professional
I have worked with Collin on numerous occasions. He is the epitome of professionalism. He listens, evaluates, strategizes, and executes effectively the first time. He has a great way about him when coupled with his effective results is the ideal combination. I highly recommend Collin.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
New to OR and needed help!
I am new to Oregon with a complicated WA/OR custody case. I found Collin to be very professional, astute and thorough. I have had a few legals needs and Collin made it is easy to understand and insure that we did what was best for my son and our family. I have a feeling that my past history will require more legal work and I am comforted knowing that Collin is in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney
My divorce case was complex, involving multiple real properties, many accounts, heavily-commingled inherited funds, wasteful spending, pensions, and disagreements over employability and retirement status. Collin McKean grasped all of it and crafted a detailed, nuanced narrative for trial that undermined the opposing party’s numerous aggressive ploys and led to a very equitable outcome. In lessor hands, I could have ended up under the bus. Collin’s presentation of my case clearly illuminated the court’s understanding, which ultimately spared me from an impoverished future. As we worked our way through the terribly taxing divorce process, I found Collin to be knowledgeable, professional and disciplined, and a really good person. I recommend him.
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Posted by Heather | December 29, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant! The Best!
Mr. McKean is highly intelligent, thorough, patient, experienced, strategic - the absolute best attorney! I consulted with him over a messy probate, where the opposing attorney was intentionally causing distractions, and he was able to pinpoint the real issue at hand. I would recommend him to all of my friends and family.
Posted by Hesham Selim | March 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce, Child support, Custody
I hired Mr. McKean to handle my divorce case in 02/2107. My case was really complicated since I didn't know how everything works and I have seen a lot of lawyers, but none was able to help like Mr. McKean. Mr. McKean is kind and understanding person. He took the time to listen to me and helped me as much as he could. At the time of my appointment, Mr. McKean took the time to explain everything in details and told me what options I have. He even spoke with the opposing attorney before hiring him at the time of the consultation. He took the time to answer my questions and my emails right away. Mr. McKean is an excellent, professional, and expert lawyer to hire for divorce cases. Overall, he's a great and reliable lawyer and he has a great staff as well. I totally recommend him if you want peace of mind and everything resolved for you.
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Posted by Larry | October 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
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At the lowest point ever in my life. I was going to go through a divorce. I did a lot of research on line and I reached out to Law firm McKinley Irvin. This turned out to be the best decision for me ever. I set up an appointment and was able to meet the next day with Collin McKean. I was in extreme emotional pain Collin McKean listened to me as I poured out my agony to him. I was unable to focus on anything except the pain and explaining what had happened in my marriage. It was comparable to having a red hot branding iron pressed on the bottom of my foot and explaining how bad it hurt. That was how I was at this first meeting and some other phone meetings as well. Somehow Collin would find a way to get the information he needed out of our conversations getting me to focus on the important issues as he calmly took hand written notes. Taking down key points and comments out of raw emotional jargon. After the initial meeting for the first time in a very long time I knew there was help on my side. I knew there was some one that understood me and what had happened in my marriage and was going to help the one in pain and that was me. I could not believe it was me in this terrible situation. It was such a relief knowing I hand the support of a McKinley Irvin family law team. As the process went on its course Laura Pride a member of the team was always there to help with receiving or passing on any needed information very promptly. She was always professional and accurate very patient and kind. My divorce was complex due to the high number of assets and the value. The way Collin McKean handled my case I knew he was very experienced and skilled. As time went on I felt confident that the outcome was going to be OK. In the end it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Divorce is a tragic experience however I am very pleased with the end result and believe it or not there is life after divorce. Hang in there it is a rough ride for sure. I would highly recommend McKinley Irvin and the team of Collin McKean and Laura Pride to anyone needing dire help and support for family legal matters. No doubt they are the best and I am very grateful for our crossing paths.
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Posted by Brenda | December 8, 2014
Collin McKean will always be my first Attorney of choice.
Collin was, and has continued to be, an incredible Attorney throughout my divorce negotiations. He is knowledgeable, reliable, detailed and very thorough. He is a man of true integrity, and I have always felt comfortable and at ease with Collin; knowing by experience that he will consistently put my best interest at the forefront of every issue. Additionally, Collin has frequently gone above and beyond my expectations of an attorney, and I have come to know that I can always rely on him, and trust him, regardless the situation.
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Posted by Krystal | November 26, 2014
AMAZING!!! I'd give Collin 100/10
Absolutely incredible attorney. Amazing work ethic, trustworthy, on task and compassionette. Best decision I ever made was to hire Collin to finalize all aspects of my divorce, business and child support issues. Brought light to the end of a tunnel I thought I'd never see. McKean Law Office in Moses Lake, WA was incredible to work with and very on top of my case. Id box Collin up and distribute to everyone if I could....much needed in such a difficult emotional time in a persons life. Thanks again Collin....you rock!!!!
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Posted by Mike | November 7, 2011
Excellence
My experience with Mr. Collin McKean was excellent. I was impressed with his out of the box thinking; his hard work and confidence. He approached my legal issues with care and aggressiveness. Mr. McKean has a no nonsense approach to the law. He was clear in his communication and always kept me updated as to the risks verses benefits of approaches to my legal concerns. I’ve worked with dozens of attorneys in my life. This young man is talented, honest and honorable. I give him my top recommendation without reservation.
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Posted by Magdalena | October 30, 2011
Testimonial for Collin McKean
We would like to give a strong recomendation of Colin McKean. We've used him for our new business endeavors, as it pertains to legal structure, reading contracts, general advising, etc. He's provided us wonderful legal advice in the starting, administrating, and running of our business. We wouldn't know what to do without him, and highly recomend him.
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Posted by Mark | October 12, 2011
Adept, Professional, Thorough and Courteous
Collin was an advocate for my case from the minute he came to understand my circumstance, and he was surprisingly proficient with his seemingly immediate understanding and assessment of my situation. His wisdom and experience became evident at the early stages of our case, in the forecasts that he made and the decisions to which he led me. Most of all, Mr McKean kept my perspective "out of the weeds" so to speak. He allowed me to view my case in the way that the court would view it, and that provided a tremendous value to me. It allowed me to be much more effective in my approach to the case, and the emotional reward for me and my family at the end was undoubtedly due to his guidance. I would recommend anyone with a family law case to lace their confidence in Mr McKean for his services.
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Posted by Megan | September 10, 2011
Highly recommended
From the beginning Collin set my mind at easy through the mediation process. This process was a difficult personal and emotional stand I needed to take. Collin guided me with his knowledge, confidence and compassion. He took the time to listen to my concerns and worries. He allowed me to make decisions without being pushy. I respect Collin not only for his professionalism but as a person. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by MomInOR | July 1, 2010
High Ethics
Collin was extremely knowledgeable, professional and he responded quickly to all of my emails and phone calls. He was able to explain the legal process to me in terms I could understand and... no matter how out of line the opposing counsel was with him, he never lost his cool.
Posted by David | February 2, 2010
Unique Divorce Case
Collin McKean really is an amazing lawyer. I didn't want to rate 5 out of 5 for each category above, but I have nothing to criticize. He is extremely knowledgeable and was able to break down that knowledge so I could grasp my case. He was in constant contact and I knew I could turn to him at any time.
Posted by Jim | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr.
Upon my retirement, I hired C. McKean to complete and file a basic QDRO for my pension plan. I even provided him with the form to complete and file, which I obtained from the pension plan administrator. He chose to do things his way and use his own QDRO form. During the next 18 months, he had to redo and refile the QDRO several times to correct inexcusable errors, and on each redo he had to request my DOB and SSN because he had lost them. In all, I have suffered 16 months of lost income! I presently live outside the US and have had to repeatedly contact him to ensure that he kept working. Now he refuses to even speak with me. I advise you to look elsewhere for legal counsel.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McKean Smith LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • McKinley Irvin LLC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • McKean Law Office
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe PC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • McKean Law LLC
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Warner Pacific College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000
  • Warner Pacific College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Ambassador Sub-Committee Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Oregon Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Accredited Claim Representative
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Washington State Bar Association Law Clerk Board
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Lawyers Campaign for Equal Justice
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division
  • Executive Committee
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Oregon State Bar Leadership College
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates
  • Region 5 Representative
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Oregon Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee, Parenting Plan Outreach Sub-Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel Verified
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2024
  • Silver Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Ranking Attorney for Family Law
  • American Association of Attorney Advocates
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Wills, Probate and Estate Planning – USA
  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star Lawyer Washington
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star Lawyer Oregon
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40, 2016
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Star Lawyer Washington
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star Lawyer Oregon
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star Lawyer Oregon
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star Lawyer Washington
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star Lawyer Oregon
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Award of Merit
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • 2010
  • Public Service Award
  • Oregon Bar Association, Oregon New Lawyers Division
  • 2007
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning 101 Presentation
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2021
  • Family Law Section Annual Conference: Oregon and Washington
  • So Close Yet So Far Away
  • 2017
  • 2012 MBA YLS Spring CLE Series: Family Law 1-2-3
  • Dissolutions and Mediated Divorces
  • 2012
  • Oregon Continuing Education
  • Child Abuse Reporting for Oregon Attorneys
  • 2012
  • Annual ONLD Pro Bono Challenge Awards Ceremony and CLE Program
  • Fundamentals of Representing Children in Domestic Relations Cases
  • 2011
  • Oregon Continuing Legal Education
  • Child Abuse Reporting for Oregon Attorneys
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (46)
Given (64)
Endorse Collin
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Collin is an excellent attorney. I have used Collin to help me navigate difficult issues for clients in the past. He is conscientious, responsive, and thoughtful."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Collin and I served on an Executive Committee for a few years. He is a very good attorney that I endorse."
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Collin is a highly esteemed family law attorney and uses his litigation background to advance client’s interests at all stages of their case. I recently co-chaired a two-day trial with Collin and know firsthand his excellent and thorough preparation of all case matters. I highly recommend Collin for his depth of knowledge, experience and high aptitude when advancing client’s interests."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with Collin on numerous projects with Oregon State Bar and amazed by his passion and diligence."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Collin as a hardworking and talented family law lawyer. He is a zealous advocate and a skilled litigator."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"It is my pleasure to endorse Collin McKean as an outstanding family law lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Collin works hard for his clients and cares deeply about achieving results for them."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Collin McKean puts a lot of effort into being a better a lawyer by reaching out to other lawyers in the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colin is an effective, creative, yet practical attorney who is committed to bringing his family law clients to a successful result. I highly endorse him."
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Portland Divorce and separation Lawyer Collin C McKean
Collin C McKean
Divorce and separation Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 18 years