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I handle a relatively smaller number of cases and provide very individualized attention to each of my clients. I never lose my professional objectivity in analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of a case. I will listen carefully to a client, then lay out, in plain English, the various options available to them.
I will weigh many factors when rendering an opinion as to the best way to proceed, including which judge has been assigned to your case, the county in which the case has been filed, the reasonableness of the lawyer representing your spouse/partner, the financial resources available to each side, recent appellate caselaw which pertains to your case and the likelihood of success. My practice is limited to the tri-county area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas County).
I have been practicing law for 27 years, almost exclusively in the area of family law.  I have won custody cases in which almost everything seemed to go against my client. I am adept at articulating the winning argument, but am also careful to advise my client of the risks involved before proceeding.
I usually try to work out a settlement to save my client the expense and emotional turmoil of trial, but if I believe the other side is not willing to negotiate in good faith, or is making unreasonable demands, I will fight tooth and nail for my client in court. In turn, I will tell my client if I believe he or she is being unrealistic or unreasonable or is at risk of having the judge order them to pay the other side's attorney fees.
I have a relatively low hourly rate, given my many years of experience. I can afford to do this because I do not have the kind of overhead many downtown lawyers do.
If you or a loved one is in need of a knowledgeable, caring and affordable family law attorney, please call my office at 503.226.3686 for an appointment today.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    33 years
  2. Child Custody: 25%
    33 years
  3. Family: 25%
    33 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Lawrence D Gorin

    Pat Newman is a terrific lawyer. I have worked with Pat on a number of cases involving division of pension and retirement interests incident to divorce (QDROs), and she has called on me on many occasions for consultation on a variety of other legal matters. She demonstrates a consistently high level of legal knowledge, superior analytical ability, and excellent skills of legal advocacy on behalf of her clients, all enhanced by years of experience in practicing her craft. In her dealings with colleagues, her ethical and professional standards are second to none. I hold her in high regard and respect and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone in need of family law legal services.


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Contact info

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 2400
Portland, OR, 97205

1000 Sw Broadway Ste 2400
Portland, OR, 97205-3054



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Patricia A. Newman1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State BarMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Multnomah Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
State University of New York, Stony BrookPsychologyB.A.-magna cum laude1978