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Kaori Tanabe Eder

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

4.7   17 reviews

also known as Kaori Eder, Kaori Tanabe

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2007
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Kaori helps her clients navigate the uncertainties and challenges of complex interpersonal relationships. She aspires to guide, counsel, support and represent her clients in the best manner possible after carefully considering client’s needs and goals.

With her diverse background of being born in Japan, growing up in Colombia and attending college and law school in the United States, Kaori can view situations from different perspectives, appreciates that every situation is unique and provides objective advice to her clients. Kaori is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Japanese.

Kaori began private practice by contributing to the community through working at Saint Andrew’s Legal Clinic, she then worked at Stephens and Margolin prior to transitioning to Margolin Family Law.

Kaori’s ultimate goal is to help her clients pursue and achieve the best overall outcome for her clients whether it be through an out-of-court process or litigation. She is trained in Collaborative Law and values the benefits of reaching an agreement outside of court. She also understands that litigation is unavoidable in some cases to accomplish her client’s goals, and she zealously advocates and represents clients in court.

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Margolin Family Law
4852 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
Suite 302
Portland, OR, 97225


4.7 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2021
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A true God sent
After less than perfect experiences in my custody case I reached out to Kaori. From the second we met I felt it was a good move. I just didn’t realize yet how good of a choice it really was to have chosen her to represent me. My children are finally truly safe!!! & that feels so good to say after a five year battle! I would recommend her with the utmost confidence that it would be your best choice!
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Posted by Valerie | November 6, 2018
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Kaori is a great lawyer and worked really hard on my behalf when I was getting a divorce. I had met 3-4 other lawyers before her and felt like she was the only one that really cared and listened intently when we met. Throughout our time together, she knew how to best communicate with me when I was feeling frazzled and was very patient when I need explanation. I felt like we were a team -- I knew my history/situation and she knew the law. As a result, we worked well together to make a strong settlement case. As things got more intense, and I often got overwhelmed, I was really happy to have her in my corner. She is calm, focused, smart, very capable and kind. I can't recommend her highly enough and am happy to speak more on the phone if anyone should want to know more.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2016
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The Perfect Attorney
I’m so grateful for being here in Oregon and having Kaori Eder as my attorney. I’m Japanese and so is my ex. I believed I had to follow the Japanese divorce law, which would have worked too well for my ex. It’s Kaori who told me that I could file my divorce case here in Oregon. She is not only a calm, cautious, knowledgeable and very professional lawyer, but she also worked like a psychologist. She often took me back to a proper path whenever I got lost. She stayed focused until the very last moment in many situations including deposition and mediation, which I didn’t find from the opponent counsel. I especially appreciated how she summarized letters from the opponent counsel when the letter was full of complicated matters. I still remember when she advised me to take a deep breath before I read the proposal letter from the OC because the letter was full of things that could cause grief. Thanks to her, I was able to be well- prepared before I read the letter. Her advice worked like a charm. I don’t know if she does this for every clients, but thanks to her, I believe I didn’t make any big misconceptions caused by a language barrier. Her words and attitude towards me were full of compassion, so I was not alone during the hardest time of my life, thanks to her. She converted my negative power to a positive one and pulled me up from the chaos. I’m fully satisfied with the outcome and I’m happier than during the last three years while my ex was betraying me by having a Japanese mistress who has her husband in Japan. If I had not found Kaori and had followed Japanese divorce law, my future would have been a miserable one with a small amount of division of assets. オレゴンにいる、日本人の方へ。 元夫は私たちの離婚は日本の法律に則って行われると信じていたようで、それに合わせて、狡猾に財産操作をしていました。 日本人同士の離婚でも、オレゴンに一定期間居住していれば、ここで離婚訴訟を起こすことが出来ます。 オレゴンの離婚の法律とかおりさんのおかげで、狡猾な計画を阻止することができました。 かおりさんが日本語と日本の文化を理解してくださったことがどんなにありがたかったことか。異国の地で離婚という大事に臨まねばならないとき、豊富な知識と、冷静な判断に元づくアドバイス、そして、暖かい言葉と態度で私を励まし、助けてくださいました。 離婚に至った責任は私にも半分あります。ですが、3年にわたり、日本への出張の名のもとの売春婦、ダブル不倫が発覚した時には、信頼をおいていた配偶者の背徳行為にひどく傷つき、気が変になり、ドクターの元を尋ねました。かおりさんは私の心の状態に、常に気を遣ってくださいました。 オレゴンには不倫を裁く法律がないのが残念ですが、日本で訴えたとき、とれたであろう慰謝料の金額とほぼ同じ額も配偶者サポートの名のもとにいただくことができました。配偶者の不倫による離婚を経験した皆さんの多くがおっしゃることですが、裏切られたショックは、消えます。それよりも、お金をいただいた方が賢いと思います。 私もかおりさんに会うまでは途方に暮れ、本当に惨めで弱虫でしたが、かおりさんをはじめオレゴンの女性たちに強くしてもらいました。 大丈夫!かおりさんが助けてくれます。
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Posted by Carly | October 25, 2015
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The Best Lawyer to Have on Your Side!
Kaori was calm, collected, and compassionate in the face of some horrible circumstances for me, and she was my ultimate advocate. She presented best-case and worst-case scenarios, as well as informed me of the long-term consequences of certain decisions and my actions outside of and inside of my case. Yet the ultimate decisions were left up to my judgment, for which I was grateful, since I would have to live with the consequences of my judgment. The details of my case had never been tried before in Oregon, and she worked tirelessly to source similar cases in other states so that the judge would feel certain facts were relevant and want to force disclosure from the person I was married to (who was refusing to disclose foreign assets, family gifts, and credit cards). She was the only person I could find who was an expert in international family law - crucial in my case to advise me on all the pertinent international issues - and an expert in the culture I was dealing with. As an advisor and advocate I couldn't have found anyone better, and she worked to ensure a positive outcome in my case despite extremely difficult circumstances. I can't recommend her highly enough!
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
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Helped a lot with my legal issues!
I am grateful to Kaori for helping me in my case. It was a really dark portion of my life. Kaori has always explained me about the intricacies of the law and was a huge support during my tough times. She has guided me well about what needs to be done and what are the risks of not doing it. Finally, with her legal help and with god's blessing I made it through and saw light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks again Kaori.
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Posted by John | September 30, 2015
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Smart, Efficient and Well-Versed
Kaori helped my fiancee and I through the complicated inner working of our prenuptial agreement, just days before we were to get married. She made herself available around the clock, was very well versed on the intricacies of prenuptial agreements, and effectively advised us towards a prenup that we're both very happy with. I've worked with and know other family lawyers who are the antithesis of this, and lawyers such as Kaori are a rare find.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2015
Excellent Attorney Who Cares and Gets It Done
I retained Kaori and her firm from another state where my case was filed in Oregon. Boy, am I pleased with the decision of hiring them! Not only they offered me a very good legal strategy, the team's customer service was also great - they were quick to respond, including communication after hours; their information was thorough and thoughtful. Not only were they professional, the team members were also very caring during this difficult time in my life. Without Kaori's service, my life would be must messier and more stressful. I would hire her team again a heart beat!
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Posted by Lana | May 8, 2015
Kaori helped win a case against a violent ex
An amazing lawyer!! She surpassed all of my expectations. Very knowledgable and smart. Helped me get a restraining order for an abusive and manipulative ex boyfriend who I thought was going to just trample me in court. She made me feel very comfortable and was understanding. During court, she was very confident in what she was doing and I felt safe with her. I am so happy I got her as my lawyer. Would recommend her to anyone!!!
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Posted by jamie | March 2, 2015
straight shooter / very pragmatic approach to resolving the case
Kaori was very helpful toward bringing an end to my case. Ex is a high conflict personality that often rubbed me the wrong way. Any time I acted on any impulse that wasn't in my best interest, Kaori let me know and offered suggestions for alternatives. Divorce / custody issues are hardly un-emotional, but it's good to have someone in your corner who calls it as she sees it. Our case didn't go in front of a judge, but was pretty confident if it had. It's really good to get an accurate appraisal of the situation from a calm and knowledgeable professional.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2014
Calm and intelligence in an emotional and traumatic custody case
I retained Kaori to gain sole legal and physical custody of my 2 year old son. I was in the midst of managing a new independent consultant business, relocating out-of-state to be closer to my family, being a single parent and fighting a ridiculous custody battle with an erratic, irrational and deadbeat ex. Kaori "got it" right away and focused on what was most important (the safety of me and my child) and took care of business. She knows how to navigate the system, stay focused on a strategy, support me emotionally...and win. With her expertise, I have custody of my son, and the judge also awarded me almost 75% of her attorney fees from the opposing. I am forever grateful for her availability and responsiveness, no-nonsense approach, focus and calm demeanor. She and her team got me through the most difficult year of my life. Without hesitation, I recommend her as highly as I can with words.
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Posted by Shane | February 20, 2014
Promt, Professional Results
During a mortgage transaction I had a client whose “do-it-yourself divorce” omitted an essential component of the property and debt allocation. Being familiar with Mr. Margolin and Ms. Tanabe through previous transactions, I referred my client to them. In the realm of family/real estate law, this was a very minor case—one that many attorneys would have not taken. Understanding the importance of the issue to my client and his ability to purchase a home already under contract, Dan and Kaori not only took on the job, but gave it a high priority and completed the legal matter in record time, allowing my client to successfully purchase a home. I would highly recommend both Mr. Margolin and Ms. Tanabe—they not only have a thorough and professional approach, but more importantly, a deep consideration for what is most important to their clients.
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Posted by jewell97056 | July 25, 2013
KORI was allways there for me thru 2 + yrs of difulct litigation,
Kori, along with Sean got me thru a long and hard fought divorce. I am very happy with the out come due to there great efforts in court and out.
Posted by Brian | June 30, 2013
Amicable divorce
Kaori helped me through what should have been an amicable divorce, which turned unpleasant because of the ex's attorney. Kaori had a clear strategy, knew what family law and the Multnomah County courts were likely to do, and kept me from climbing the walls while things dragged out. She preserved my financial future too; I think she got me a good settlement, I still have joint custody of my kids, and she was instrumental in keeping the case out of court (not for lack of trying on the ex's attorney's part). Kaori is capable, clever, and efficient.
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Posted by Stephen | March 18, 2013
An Excellent Experience...
Kaori Tanabe is a consumate professional. I was going through a potentially complicated divorce, and Kaori was able to help me negotiate a settlement that I was very pleased with. She was very responsive, and was always able to respond to my questions or concerns. As well, she did an excellent job presenting the benefits and risks of various strategies, enabling me to make an informed decision about my own case. To me, this is the sign of a excellent attorney!
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Posted by David | February 14, 2013
Extremely Satisfied
I can't say enough about professional, knowledgable, and efficient Kaori was during the whole process. I strongly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2013
When I first met Kaori I was extremely upset at my situation, I had a hard time dealing with everything. I even found myself emptying boxes of her Kleenex. Well, she said the right things to motivate me, keep me up in this, and after everything has been finished......I can not believe what she has done for me! My friends and I are amazed at what she knew to fight for me when my thoughts were masked by my emotions.....moreover she is an honest to god good person. Anyone would be lucky to have her as a representative.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
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Not knowledgeable enough to be effective.
Kaori is over confident and that can end up costing me more in the long run. We ended up in a case against a seasoned divorce attorney and it ended up costing me a lot of money. You get what you pay for. My recommendation would be to hire an attorney that has more experience.
Response from Kaori Tanabe Eder October 20, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Since I started practicing family law at a busy non-profit organization after becoming a member of the Oregon State Bar, I have strived to do my best for my clients while giving them my candid and honest advice. When analyzing my clients’ case, I consider my client’s goals, thoroughly review the facts of their case and consider the long term effect of their goals on them and on their children. I then give them advice considering their best interests. Sometimes, the advice that I give my clients is not what they wished they heard from their attorney. There are times when reaching and pursing a client’s goals are not in his or her long term interest. When a client is making decisions on whether to pursue certain claims, I ensure that my clients assess the facts of their case and understand the risks involved. I share my thoughts, and I help them make well-informed decisions. I believe that it is ultimately my client’s decision to determine how to proceed with their case so that they don’t have regrets in the future. Once they make a decision, I fully support them, work closely with my clients, and do my best to present their case. If you would like to speak with me about your thoughts and experience with my representation further, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Margolin Family Law
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stephens Margolin, PC
  • 2011 - 2021
  • Associate Attorney
  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic
  • 2007 - 2011


  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Portland
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon Womens Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • The Rotary Club of Portland New Generations
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division
  • Chair of Practical Skills through Public Service
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member Service Award
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Multi-Track Practical Skills Program - Willamette University
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Super Saturday CLE
  • Basics of Family Law
  • 2013
  • ABA YLD Affiliate Teleconference
  • How Affiliates Can Assist Membership with Employment Projects
  • 2013
  • Evergreen Middle School Workshop
  • Journey to College
  • 2013
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Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kaori is an exceptionally compassionate and effective attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kaori is an extremely bright legal mind and a strong and compassionate advocate for her clients. I am always impressed by Kaori's ability to get to the crux of complex matters, and so by doing to quickly and efficiently bring about strong results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Kaori personally for longer than I have professionally. However, I have gotten to know Kaori professionally and know that she takes her responsibility as an advocate very seriously and shows the utmost amount of dedication to her clients and work."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She cares about her clients and works hard for them. She also speaks Spanish and Japanese. Ms. Tanabe is not afraid of going to trial and works to get the best result for her clients."
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Portland Divorce and separation Lawyer Kaori Tanabe Eder
Kaori Tanabe Eder
Divorce and separation Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 16 years