Posted by anonymous
I suggest you find another lawyer, without any regrets. Keep walking. In my experience Seaborg prioritizes herself and her income over the wellbeing or needs of her clients, and she lives up to the worst of the rumors of the legal profession. There are less expensive lawyers who are harder working. Find one, and you will be better off.
The first day I met Seaborg she was on the phone. She invited me to sit in her office, then rolled her eyes, phone to her ear. When she hung up, she said, "Uh, these clients!" and rolled her eyes again. I wish I'd seen that moment as the warning it was: She doesn't respect her clients.
She proclaims herself a "great negotiator," but in my experience her "negotiation" skills are about acquiescing, rooted in making her life easier by getting along with opposing counsel. There's a lot of talk like, "See you at Salishan!" Of course the two sides don't need to be adversarial, but in a contentious situation, you need a lawyer willing to rock the boat, not one focused on the Christmas party.
She confessed to me in writing that now, at 61, she is "worn out" and has made a "promise" to herself to avoid going to court. I wish she'd told me this upfront. If you consult with her, and choose to work with her, I suggest you ask outright if she is making a promise to represent you whatever it takes, not to run when it gets hard. You don't want to waste time and money to let your case go down the drain.
In my experience, she drained me of my funds (lawyers have access to your bank statements, know your $ worth in clear numbers) then took off for Fiji, leaving my case to sink like the Titanic. She left me in peril.
To her credit she did apologize. She added that she'd previously been in great pain due to health problems and was unable to really attend to my case--"Sorry!"--but she refused to refund any money. Of course, nobody can refund time.
She pressured me to give in to the first offer made by my violent ex-husband and his lawyer, and by that point she seemed to be siding with the opposition. I knew my husband was still hiding money and wanted him to account for it. Seaborg faulted me for this, and acted like it was unreasonable to suggest my husband hadn't yet presented his complete bank statements though I had paperwork to show that he hadn't. She didn't want to work toward clarity.
In addition, she failed to inform me of aspects of the legal process and then blamed me when I didn't understand. At one point I spoke with Multnomah County Victim's Assistance for help. Seaborg apparently considers that a breach of some kind. Like an abuser, she would like her clients to be cut off from others.
Now I know there are very basic steps to divorce in Oregon: any divorce lawyer would make an "asset and debt analysis." It's the primary step for an equitable settlement. Seaborg intentionally skipped these steps and left me in the dark. She didn't go out of her way to achieve an actual sense of what equitable would entail. She didn't concern herself with fairness. Instead, she judged me harshly for wanting a fair split.
I hired her because I read her website and believed in her strong history.
All of that history is over. She's no powerhouse at this point. She's not even an adequate advocate. She's an opportunist out to wring money from clients while skipping necessary steps in the divorce process then blaming her client. She added insult to injury, gave up client-lawyer confidentiality, blurted out information regarding my minor child to public disclosing sites on the internet, and plagiarized my own work in a "five page email," holding it up as evidence of her own good work.
All around, working with Seaborg has been depressing and surreal. It's the last thing I needed to be part of. I suggest those in need find another lawyer. Move along. There are many lawyers in town, and most all will be better than this "worn out" half-retired attorney.
Posted by anonymous
Priscilla and her staff supported me through a difficult separation and divorce. Of course divorce is never easy and it was not the solution I wanted to a difficult situation, but with Priscilla's help I feel I navigated some really hard decisions. She is a great listener and communicator, always follows and stands by the truth and has many years of experience in her field of law, which is a huge advantage going through a divorce settlement. I highly recommend her and her team and would work with her again if I ever found myself needing legal services.
Posted by anonymous
Priscilla is an excellent lawyer. My custody case was complex yet Priscilla managed to navigate the process smoothly and insure that I have solid legal representation. She has done many cases and is able to provide much needed feedback and direction. She is lightning quick at responding to opposing lawyers comments and insuring that I always had my rights protected. Always had me approve emails before they were sent. My case had an excellent outcome! Thank you!
Posted by Kim
Priscilla Seaborg has been my family law lawyer for several years now. Despite a highly contentious case, she steadfastly maneuvered every turn in the road, never taking her eye off of the ultimate goal: to do what was best for the kids. She worked relentlessly to proactively address issues as they arose – and with her depth of experience, knew when and how to put issues to bed before they ever had the chance to arise. Simply put: when the world around you feels like it is crashing, Priscilla is a rock.
At a time of high tension, with personal emotion running high, she is level-headed, smart and shares her opinion unabashedly and yet with great compassion. She operates with integrity, listens with sincerity, and knew the ins and outs of my case -- far better than any opposing counsel -- all of which helped her be a true advocate. I would recommend her without reservation to anyone seeking family law guidance and legal strategy.
Posted by Ted
Ms. Seaborg helped me sort out a messy alimony situation where my ex- was demanding more alimony and child support. Through careful preparation and guidance on what can and can't be done, she saved me the trouble and expense of a court visit and trial through the use of a mediator who sided with her arguments. My fears of a drawn out legal battle were unfounded.
Posted by anonymous
Understood my concerns and made herself available.She was very effective and knowledgeable.Got me exactly what I wanted. I would strongly recommend her.