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Shawn Nathan Menashe

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

4.9   17 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

Virtual consultation available

About Shawn

Learn Shawn’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    75%

  2. Alimony
    5%

  3. Child custody
    5%

    19 years

  4. Child support
    5%

    19 years

  5. Family
    5%
    All other areas of family law, including appeals, contempt, support modification, custody and parenting time issues, prenuptial agreements...

  6. Uncontested divorce
    4%

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    1%

For Shawn, the choice to become a family law attorney was a matterof “keeping it in the family.” While other offers loomed, he decided tojoin Gevurtz Menashe, the firm founded by his father in 1982.
 
Shawn adopted more than his dad’s dedication to helping clientsnavigate through difficult times.  He also inherited atough-but-sensitive approach to divorce and family law. With acommitment to open communication, Shawn gives clients his fullattention, every step of the way.
 
Shawn could have chosen other areas of law to practice, but heknew family law was his calling. Like a generation before, he isdedicated to being at the top of his field.
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 19 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 10/10/2022

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Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe PC

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
Shawn received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2014
Highly Recommend
While going through a divorce is incredibly stressful, working with Shawn reduced my anxiety over the legal part of the process. Shawn always made time to answer my questions in a timely manner with compassion and clear communication. I was a budget conscious client. He was always very prepared for phone calls and meetings to minimize overall cost while providing superb service. I would not hesitate to recommend Shawn.
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Posted by Barbara | June 21, 2013
Experienced, Ethical and Empathetic
Shawn saw me through some very difficult times and always treated me like I was his only client. He was very professional and non-combative yet never backed down when it was important. He kept me informed and always checked in with me to make sure we were in agreement when making decisions and was understanding and non-judgmental of me. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted Divorce Attorney
After researching and interviewing several divorce attorneys, I came to the conclusion that Shawn would be the best attorney to represent me. From the first meeting, Shawn took the time to answer all of my questions and helped me understand the divorce process. Shawn is well versed in complicated and high stress divorces. Throughout my complex divorce, Shawn gave sound advice and led the way with confidence and a wealth of knowledge. I felt well represented and extremely supported throughout the entire case. I would highly recommend Shawn whether you have a straightforward divorce or one that is complicated and demanding.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very experienced divorce attorney
Shawn and his firm helped me navigate through a difficult divorce. He was able to thoroughly explain the divorce landscape as it's handled in the state of Oregon. I found this very helpful since the majority of my life was spent residing in other states that handled divorces much differently. Shawn offered honest advice but was very understanding and compassionate while working out a settlement. With his vast experience I was able to draw up a settlement that was accepted by all parties and more than likely provided me a more favorable outcome than if I battled in court. Ultimately this method allowed me to put less stress on my two kids which was a top priority.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2014
A compassionate and sharp attorney
Shawn Menashe was recommended to me by practically everyone I asked when I was considering divorce. I had a couple false starts due to family issues but Shawn was patient with me. I never felt pressured or as if I was a nuisance when I asked questions. He understood from the first meeting that my absolute priority was the well being and safety of my child and I knew he understood just how fiercely I meant that. Shawn also knew there were budget issues for me and had another attorney help (at a lower fee but in his firm) who was also competent and professional. I got exactly what I needed for my daughter and I feel assured that if more issues come up ( which they will) the firm will be there for us.
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Posted by Tina | September 8, 2014
Exceptional Family Law Attorney
I contacted Shawn regarding an uncontested divorce proceeding. As with the end of any relationship, it was a difficult time in my life. Shawn possesses the perfect balance of empathy and compassion for his clients. He is not only friendly, but his calm reassuring manner helped me feel immediately at ease because I knew my case would be handled with the utmost level of care and professionalism. Shawn is very knowledgeable in the area of family law. He thoroughly explained the entire process. My case proceeded quickly and efficiently, with a favorable outcome for all involved parties. I would recommend Shawn to anyone needing help with their divorce!
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
Trusted advisor
Shawn and his firm offered the sound professional guidance that I needed during a difficult time in my life. He was extremely professional, responsive and personable. He took ownership of my situation and made me feel well represented. Having Shawn on my team was a great comfort.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
Simply the Best
Shawn was simply the best lawyer for me, going through a difficult settlement/mediation. He was intuitive and knowledgeable... full of empathy. But most importantly, he gave me clear judgement and honesty regarding my case. He always made sure I understood all my options. He was responsive and always well prepared. Thanks to Shawn, I have certainty and serenity.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
I would wholeheartedly recommend Shawn to all of my friends- he is exceptional at his job.
Divorce is one of the most trying times of life. Shawn is the best mix of a great adviser and a fantastic lawyer. He did not try and talk me into anything I did not want to do, but presented options and how each decision might play out. He was able to keep the proceedings civil and level-headed and always asked about the best interests of my daughter for the long-term. Shawn has been in this business his entire life as it is a family firm, and he carries a lifetime of experience and it shows in every step of the process. Shawn is also very philanthropic and engaged in the community, and has a very big heart. That was important to me as I had heard so much negativity about the sector. A few friends recommended a mediator, but I heard that process can draw out much longer and when I was done, I was truly done and ready to "rip off the band-aid" quickly and move on with my life. Shawn did not draw anything out longer than it needed, and was extremely expeditious in his work. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Kim | June 20, 2013
You want him on your side...
Going through a divorce was one of the most difficult things I have ever been through in my life, and having Shawn there to represent me was the best choice I could have made. From his consummate professionalism to his calming manner, he was there for me every step of the way. Throughout the process, I always felt like I was being taken care of by him as well as by the other members of the firm, and I would most definitely recommend Shawn to anyone in need of an attorney. No question about it...you want him on your side.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2013
Unreserved Recommendation, Excellent Attorney
Shawn helped draft, negotiate, and execute a premarital agreement with my wife under an extremely short time frame and with great results for everyone. He directed the process in a conversation rather than a transaction. Shawn was a great partner in the process, and I recommend him unreservedly.
Posted by Tammy | August 16, 2012
Shawn & his firm are the best!!!
Shawn was amazing!!! I had a challenging divorce and they helped me get through it with dignity and grace. I was happy with the outcome and would highly recommend Shawn to anyone. His confidence and professionalism made me feel that I was in good hands. They have a wonderful reputation and even the judge spoke highly of Shawn and his firm. The great thing about Shawn is he is friendly and really cares about you and would do everything he could to make you happy. Shawn has passion for what he does and he has a great heart. Some attorneys are in for the money but I believe Shawn wants the best for you. I also worked with Mark Johnson and he was professional, highly educated and got the job done. I feel confident enough that any attorney at this firm would represent you well. They work as a team and will make it the most positive experience possible. Divorce is never easy but if you have awesome attorneys represent you it's worth every dollar. Life is short you need to be happy!!!
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Posted by Tom Mc | February 5, 2011
The lawyer you'd like to meet.
Menashe is the best guy in town for a difficult family situation. He's personable, extremely smart, and has a stellar track record. He deserves every bit of his good reputation.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2010
Great help
Going through divorce was tough, but Shawn was great. I'd recommend him to anyone needing help with this process. I had excellent support and guidance that helped make a difficult situation easier to navigate.
Posted by AM | April 14, 2010
Recommendation
I highly recommend the Law Office of Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe P.C. A friend recommended I meet with Shawn Menashe while undergoing a very unique and complicated divorce. I was extremely concerned about my sons’ welfare and needed an expert to advise me through what I knew was going to be a messy battle. The minute I met Shawn and his staff, I knew I was in good hands. I’m always impressed with Shawn’s knowledge of Oregon statutes and feel 100% confident he will continue to point me in the right direction. While I believe there is never a winner in divorce, I considered myself gold when awarded 100% legal and physical custody of my precious little boy! My son is my world and I know I made the best choice when I entrusted my divorce and custody proceedings to the Law Offices of Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe. Shawn is and will continue to be the first person I call if ever in need any legal advice pertaining to my child.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2010
Excellent Guidance
When I first met Shawn, he wanted me to explain the vibe that was going on at home. He wasn't interested in the details of who gets what or how much for how long, what he wanted was a sense of how things were being handled at home. His tactic in doing so, steered me in the right direction to make rational decisions instead of hasty decisions due to frustration. The first meeting with Shawn set the tone and pace which in turn, made this whole divorce process go smoothly and quicker than I expected. I would highly recommend Shawn personally and also his firm for their professionalism and personal touches on difficult life changing events such as divorce.
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Posted by Steven | July 30, 2012
An Excellent and Compassionate Attorney
Shawn took over my case from another attorney in the firm and has done a wonderful job. He listens carefully, offers sage, thoughtful advice, and is very hard-hitting and practical in his approach to family law. He won't sugarcoat and he won't tell you want you want to hear. You can count on Shawn for a practical assessment of the situation and straight talk about your options. If you have a difficult family law issue and need a tough-minded, dependable attorney to represent your interests, I would recommend Shawn without reservation.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Shareholder
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson Howe, PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Special Prosecutor
  • Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Shareholder
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson Howe, PC
  • 2003 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Miller Nash LLP
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Preston Gates Ellis LLP
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Oregon
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Firm Representative, Court Care
  • 2008 - Present
  • Court-Appointed Child Advocate
  • Pro Bono Volunteer
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • OFLAP
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Laywers Section, Pro Bono Committee
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Clients Choice’ Award
  • Avvo.com
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • 40 Under 40 Recipient
  • Portland Business Journal
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (21)
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My experiences with Shawn have been positive. I have known him to a strong advocate for his clients, and always professional. He runs his law firm the same way."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is a respected attorney in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have personally observed Mr. Menashe's strong work ethic and unwavering advocacy on behalf of his clients. Mr. Menashe's background provides him with the experience and skills necessary to address his clients' needs. A strong indicator of an attorney’s ability is whether his/her professional colleagues would entrust their personal affairs in the attorney’s hands. Not every attorney is capable of earning such respect and trust. I would trust Mr. Menashe to handle my case, and that is why I eagerly endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn knows that divorce and child custody issues are a difficult time in a persons life. He has the skill handle your case and the care to guide you through the process."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is one of the most respected family law attorneys in the community, and for good reason."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shawn is an excellent family law lawyer. He is one of the best. I endorse him."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is smart, professional, and committed to his client's success."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, practical and professional. I don't hesitate in referring work to Shawn."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the most respected family law attorneys in the state."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Top notch in skills and professionalism."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Portland Divorce and separation Lawyer Shawn Nathan Menashe
Shawn Nathan Menashe
Divorce and separation Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available