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Zach Walsh

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

3.9   11 reviews

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About Zach

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Zach Walsh practices criminal law and family law with McKean Smith. Prior to joining McKean Smith, Zach honed his courtroom skills as a prosecutor and as an attorney at one of Portland's largest family law firms. Litigating criminal and family law cases in Oregon and Washington's largest and smallest jurisdictions, Zach is well versed in Oregon and Washington courtroom practice and client representation. 

Using his litigation experience and his creative approach to criminal and family law issues, Zach is able to help clients manage their risk seeking the best outcome with or without a trial. He doggedly pursues just and expedient resolutions on complicated legal matters. Zach has the experience to manage complex criminal and family law cases. Zach also has the experience helping his clients protect their liberties while navigating the complicated intersection of family law and criminal law matters. 

An avid traveler and outdoors men, Zach worked for the Economic Section of the U.S. State Department in Moscow, Russia during the second George W. Bush administration, focusing on anti-piracy research and its pertinence to the Russia Federation's accession into the World Trade Organization. He then worked for the U.S. Forest Service and AmeriCorps in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

In his time away from the office, Zach can be found enjoying having a good meal with his family or friends or enjoying the Pacific Northwest's rain and occasional sunshine.

He holds dual degrees in Political Science and Russian from Florida State University, B.A., cum laude, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Zach is a member of the Oregon State Bar, Washington State Bar, Multnomah County Bar Association, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Oregon Association of Family Law Practitioners, and the Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court. Zach is an active member and subcommittee chairman of the Oregon New Lawyers Division. He is also the past Treasurer of the Malheur and Benton County Bar Associations.  

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Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, OR)
Benton County Courthouse (Corvallis, OR)
Malheur County Courthouse (Vale, OR)
Licensed for 9 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/11/2022

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

Contact Zach

McKean Smith LLC
1140 SW 11th Avenue
Suite 400
Portland, OR, 97205

Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Heather | October 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You will be glad you hired him
I highly recommend Zach Walsh. He helped me win my divorce case and is very thorough. Great communication and follow through.
Posted by Gustavo | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped my dad reinstate his driver's license!
Super helpful and friendly! He was very knowledge and really went out of his way to help my dad and was extremely patient with him as well, as there was a language barrier. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family. He really showed cared about our situation and that we were not just another client. Thank you Zach!
Posted by Kristi | May 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Someone in your corner
Zach Walsh is a phenomenal attorney. He has a wonderful team who, really took the time to understand my case and walked me through it step by step. I had tried to fight this on my own but was getting nowhere. Zach and his team really did save the day!
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zach Walsh
Zach was helpful and handled everything through the whole process. I had an excellent outcome. I highly recommend him
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI Case Disappeared!
Attorney Zach Walsh and his team was nothing but instrumental from start to finish. He helped me through my nerve racking case and kept a cool, calm and radiant demeanor which was much needed throughout this anxiety-induced process. He is very articulate, a tough negotiator and truly listens to your needs. He is Superman without the cape and corny red costume! Thank you so much, Atty. Zach for all your help and giving me another opportunity in life again! You are one of a kind!
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Posted by Cynthia | November 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent services
Mr. Walsh handled all my legal need in a timely and professional manner. He was always reachable by phone , email or in person. I would recommend him to anybody seeking legal advice and help.
Posted by Joanna | December 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Respectful, Results-Driven
Mr. Walsh is an effective and professional attorney. He works hard for his clients to obtain positive results. He understands that in family law, he is often meeting people at a difficult time in their lives. As such, he is personable and takes the time to get to know his clients and their particular needs. I would definitely recommend him to anyone with a family law need.
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Posted by Ben | December 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable and Professional
Worked with Zach on a strategy to resolve my problem. Quickly managed the issue for a reasonable cost without a drawn out court battle. Would recommend.
Posted by Barbara | October 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Be warned, this guy is incompetent!
We hired Mr. Walsh in a custody dispute, 10 days before trial he contacted my son and told him to get an attorney. He claimed he couldn't get a hold of him by phone or email, total lie! My son documented his calls to him, with no return communication, seems to be a pattern! The bar will be getting a letter of complaint!
Posted by Jeff | September 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Zach Walsh at your own peril
I paid Attorney Zach Walsh for a consultation in a merchant dispute, following which he told me I had a strong case for settlement or trial and agreed to represent me based upon his typical contingency arrangement. I should have known something was wrong as he immediately offloaded the case to his paralegal and went radio silent on me. I responded to all of their requests for information and documentation, over 80 pages in all. A demand letter for the other party was drafted that I immediately reviewed and approved. But, then he sat on the letter, did nothing, and responded to none of my multiple attempts at contact over several months' time. I finally reached him at 730AM for a 30 second call as he rushed to hang up on me, promising to be in touch. Later that day I received a termination of representation letter from him with no explanation whatsoever. Who does business like this? Hire this attorney at your own risk.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard to get in contact with and set difficult deadlines once after payment was received
The lack of communication and constant "you seem unsatisfied with my services" after requested 4 to 5 times for scheduling phone calls with no success caused an extremely unnecessary amount of emotional and physical stress. After recieving payment, he gave me a one week deadline and when I agreed and gave all necessary documents, I found it was unnecessarily hard to get ahold of him. He didn't seem knowledgeable about the document I gave him or even the circumstances but It was so hard to get in touch through phone and email I couldn't get anything resolved. He backed out of this 3 days before it needed to be signed. I will never work with this firm again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McKean Smith, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, PC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Benton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Malheur County District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Certified Law Student
  • Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Certified Law Student
  • Lane County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Intern
  • Oregon Department Of Justice Criminal Justice Division
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • State v. Assault
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Felony Drunk Driver
  • Guilty
  • State v. Domestic Violence Offender
  • Guilty

Associations

  • United State District Court, District Court of Oregon
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division
  • Chairman
  • 2016 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division
  • Liason
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Benton County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Malheur County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court
  • Chemical Test Evidence and Marijuana DUIIs
  • 2018
  • Expungements CLE
  • Set Asides and Expungements
  • 2018
  • Malheur County Crisis Intervention Training
  • Mental Health and Civil Commitments
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (12)
Endorse Zach
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Zach is a talented attorney who takes great pride in zealously representing his clients. He is comfortable in the courtroom and provides good advice to his clients about the best strategy for their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is a go-getter who works hard for his clients in both family law and criminal defense matters. He is smart, reasonable, and respectful of his clients' financial resources."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Worked with Zach At a former office. Extremely skilled litigator and trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach fights hard for his clients, and I'd recommend him for anyone needing a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is smart and thoughtful whether defending a client against a crime or representing them in a family law matter. I endorse Zach."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is an excellent attorney with the right skills and personality to navigate clients through difficult situations either in family or criminal law. Further, he is an excellent advocate with great trial experience."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Zach Walsh is prepared, knowledgeable and hardworking. He is an excellent advocate for his clients and he achieves great results. I endorse this attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Zach briefly opposed me in a high conflict custody matter. He was poised under difficult circumstances and took strong positions to benefit his client. He was a pleasure to work with on the case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Zach since his days as a District Attorney. I highly recommend Zach based on his litigation skills in the courtroom. Zach is a diligent advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is my go-to Portland attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Zach and I were co-workers. He is a true professional with a calm, even demeanor and always does the best for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach Walsh is diligent, knowledge, and an excellent trial attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking help with a legal issue."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Friend
"I attended law school with Zach. His diligence in the classroom has carried over to his career. He works hard and he clearly cares for his clients. He's an all-around professional."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Zach Walsh since law school, and over the years I've been able to witness his growth as a litigator and see him take on any challenge thrown his way. He's a tireless worker who can build strong working relationships with his clients and his colleagues."
General practice Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach was in many of my study groups and my Trial Practice class in law school. I knew he was smart and had a strong interest in prosecution, but I was blown away by how natural he was during our mock trials and how comfortable and effective he was in the courtroom. Now he has significant courtroom experience and has undoubtedly improved further. Zach is an excellent communicator and a really hard worker, I do not hesitate to endorse him."
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