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David has focused almost exclusively on family law since he began practicing law in Oregon in 2001. His experience lends itself to assisting clients with a variety of issues. David joined the Wyse Kadish LLP as an associate in 2004, and became a partner in 2008.  Prior to Wyse Kadish, he worked at Gevurtz Menashe for several years.

As a lawyer, as in life, David’s goal is to leave people better off than he found them. While legal matters can be taxing, David’s awareness of his clients’ needs and his ability to communicate serve his clients well. David is grateful for the referrals he receives from his current and former clients. These, along with the many referrals he receives from lawyers, counselors, CPAs, judges and friends are a testament to the fine work David does.

While not practicing law or participating in the community, David enjoys time with his wife, daughters, and dog, Jelly. He has advanced ranks in both kung-fu and karate and loves exploring Portland’s many great restaurants and tasting Oregon Pinots.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 35%
    15 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    15 years
  3. Alimony: 20%
    15 years
  4. Mediation: 15%
  5. Child Support: 10%
    15 years



Hourly ($200-325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Matthew M Cohen

    I endorse this lawyer. David is a skilled attorney and is well respected in the legal community.


    Matthew Cohen Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jill Amanda Karmy

    I have referred several friends and clients to David, all of whom have given excellent reviews of his work. David is hard-working, knowledgeable, and dedicated to achieving the goal of his clients. Without hesitation, I endorse him.


    Jill Karmy Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

621 SW Morrison Ste 1300
Portland, OR, 97205



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in OR, 2006


    This means the lawyer did something wrong but the bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    David’s comment: “David stipulated to a public reprimand for taking action that the bar determined was inappropriate. His client was not harmed by the conduct. The Oregon State Bar acknowledged that David's conduct was not motivated by greed or self-interest. David acted competently and zealously on his client's behalf.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Forty under 40 - - runner upPortland Business Journal2011
Cornelius Honor SocietyNorthwestern School of Law2001
Pro Bono AwardNorthwestern School of Law2000
Cum LaudeUniversity of Colorado1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWyse Kadish LLP2008 - Present
Associate AttorneyWyse Kadish LLP; formerly Meyer & Wyse LLP2004 - 2007
Associate AttorneyGevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe P.C.2001 - 2004
Certified Law StudentMetropolitan Public Defender2000 - 2000
Law clerkDepartment of Interior1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Public Interest Law Project—Lewis & Clark Law SchoolAdvisory Committee2013 - Present
Multnomah Bar Association Mid-Size Firm Partners' RoundtableFounder and Chair2009 - Present
Multnomah County Family Law GroupCommunications director2008 - Present
Northwestern School of LawClass Agent2006 - Present
Oregon Academy of Family Law PractitionersMember2004 - Present
Clackamas County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Owen M. Panner Inn of CourtVice President2001 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationPast President; Committee Chair2001 - Present
Legal Aid Services of Oregon Pro Bono CommiteeChair2008 - 2011
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
Multnomah Lawyer“You May Know Me…”2010
Oregon State Bar Family Law NewsletterCo-Author of Parenting Plans: A Proposal for Oregon2006
Oregon State Bar Family Law NewsletterCo-Author of Austin and Austin Compensatory Spousal Support and the Fatal “Or”2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Colorado - BoulderPhilosophy, GeographyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Cranbrook KingswoodN/AN/A1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ONLD Family Law CLEChild Support2014
Family Law Seminar SeriesFamily Law ADR2014
Inn of CourtEthical Marketing2013
Networking and Career Building for LawyersBuilding Your Career One Lunch at a Time2011
Advanced Mediation Techniques for the LitigatorWhen is a Deal a Deal?2011
Lewis and Clark Law SchoolCareers in Family Law2010
23rd Annual Family Law Seminar“When is a Settlement a Settlement?”2010
Lewis and Clark Law SchoolCareers in Family Law2009
MBA CLE ProgramProfessionalism for Young Attorneys2006
Learning the RopesHow to be a successful associate at a mid-sized firm2005
Learning the RopesHow to be a successful associate at a mid-sized firm2004