My professional practice is dedicated to representing clients in Oregon family law matters with crossover experience representing Oregon residential landlords.
In my family law practice I represent clients involved in divorce, custody, parenting time, support and domestic violence restraining order litigation. In addition to litigation I engage in cooperative and collaborative divorce processes, and I have a number of clients who seek pre-litigation planning and advice, mediation preparation and use me to counsel them through the out-of-court negotiation of their family law disputes. My goal is to provide compassionate, effective and efficient legal counsel. I am comfortable providing strong and smart advocacy in contested matters, but my real strength lies in finding ways to help clients identify their priorities, the goals they have in common with the opposing party, and the opposing parties' motivations to help my client's down a path that leads them to the best possible outcome.
My prior practice experience doing tort defense, plaintiff's subrogation litigation, adversarial bankruptcy proceedings, employment disputes, disputes representing secured creditors and residential and commercial landlords has taught me to see legal disputes from all sides. I use this perspective to develop evidence that builds my clients' cases while undercutting my client's adversaries positions in court or to create leverage to reach resolution.
This perspective is particularly useful in family law matters because it is a complex and varied substantive practice where I can use my working knowledge of many other areas of substantive law to my clients' benefit. I strive to be effective in my advocacy, responsive to my client's concerns and compassionate of clients difficult and varied feelings as the navigate family law disputes. My goal is to help clients through a difficult time to help the achieve the best results possible.
|CA||Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled)||2001||11/04/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate||Lewis & Clark Law School||2001|
|Attorney||Mckinley Irvin||2013 - 2017|
|Associate||Ambrose Law Group||2006 - 2007|
|Associate||Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi||2004 - 2005|
|Associate||Collins, Toschi & Doyle||2003 - 2004|
|Associate||Mayall Hurley Knutsen Smith & Green||2002 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member (Inactive)||2013 - Present|
|Multnomah County Circuit Court Child's Attorney Representation Panel||Member||2012 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2006 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2013 - 2017|
|California State Bar||Former Member||2001 - 2008|
|McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog||Tips for Grandparents Seeking Custody of Grandchildren||2014|
|McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog||Evaluators and Advocates in Child Custody Cases||2013|
|Lewis & Clark Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of California - Santa Cruz||BA||1995|
|Lawyers Representing Minors in Multnomah County||Ethics of representing minors||2014|
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