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For Ruth, divorce is more than just a legal proceeding.  She
understands that the breakup of a marriage is a process that affects
every aspect of a client’s life.  That is why Ruth has a holistic view
of her role as an attorney.

While her primary responsibilities are for the legal and financial
phases of a divorce, Ruth knows that clients are also impacted
emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.


Ruth’s goal is to be part of a team of professionals, friends and
extended family members who educate and protect her clients and their
children, so they can come through the process strengthened and secure.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
  2. Child Custody: 10%
  3. Family: 10%

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  • Annelisa D Smith

    Ruth is a true class act - you won't find a better family law attorney in Oregon. She's tough when she needs to be, but she also has a great sense of humor.


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Contact info

Pekelder Law

819 SE Morrison
Suite 245
Portland, OR, 97214


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 25 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in America', for Family LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 25 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
“Mentor of the Year” Award 2009Multnomah Bar Association2009
Top 25 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerPekelder Family Law2011 - Present
PartnerGevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe PC1990 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Multnomah County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Clackamas County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon Women LawyersMemberN/A
Multnomah County Bar Association, Court Care Advisory CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington County Family Law Bench and Bar CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington County Family Law Bench and Bar CommitteeSecretaryN/A
Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law SectionPresident1998 - 1999
Multnomah County Bar Association, Court Liaison CommitteeMember1995 - 1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Calvin CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979