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C Sean Stephens

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, OR

4.8   51 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About C

Learn C’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    75%
    I provide divorce consultations, strategy planning, second opinions, divorce negotiation and mediation, and divorce trials / litigation. Experience in all aspects of Divorce and Family law, including asset division / preservation, spousal support, child custody and parenting time.

    30 years

  2. Child custody
    10%

    30 years

  3. Alimony
    5%

    30 years

  4. Family
    5%
    All other areas of family law including enforcement, contempt, modification, custody and parenting time issues, third party custody and grandparent rights, prenuptial agreements

    30 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

    28 years

Sean Stephens is the founding shareholder of OneTec Family Law, PC. He was born in Eugene, Oregon and is a fourth generation Oregonian. 

Mr. Stephens attended the University of Oregon, and graduated in with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in English Literature. His psychology studies emphasized early childhood development.

Mr. Stephens was a founding partner in Stephens & Margolin LLP where he practiced for 13 years through the firm’s dissolution in 2021. Mr. Stephens has long been fascinated with how technology can assist lawyers provide superior services to clients. He founded OneTec Family Law PC both to provide both exemplary services to family law clients in Oregon and bring modern tools such as Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation to the practice of family law.

Mr. Stephens attended Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and graduated in 1994.  Mr. Stephens worked in private practice prior to co-founding Stephens Margolin P.C. which is devoted to the practice of family law. Mr. Stephens taught family law at the College of Legal Arts, located in Portland, Oregon.

 "Everyone is subject to the same laws, but there are many things that can be done to maximize client results. I identify client objectives early in a case, and lay out a roadmap with the client towards the desired goal. Our clients expect and deserve excellence, and I am tuned in to my clients' expectations regarding both professional representation and personal attention from day one.  From the moment I first meet with a client, the whole firm is there to accomplish their goals. Period."

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2013,2012
Client's Choice
2022 2013 2012

Location

OneTec Family Law PC
329 NE Couch Street
Suite 332
Portland, OR, 97232

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  51 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Joseph | April 2, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Sean is an excellent communicator with a warm and friendly demeanor. He is a first class professional with high integrity. I highly recommend him.
Posted by David | February 20, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Kudos and accolades to Mr. Stephens
Sean and his team provided prompt, professional, and prudent care for our family. Their zealous advocacy made a prolonged and protracted high conflict proceeding palatable. Sean understood the nuances and gut punches of an opposing party with personality disorders that few lawyers get. He handled opposing counsel with grace and aplomb despite their maneuverings and misinformation campaigns.
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Posted by Mike | February 8, 2024
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Fantastic attorney!
Sean is an exceptional attorney with years of experience. I am extremely pleased with the work that he has done for me. I highly recommend him, if you are looking for an advocate.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2024
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Such a great experience
Sean and his team are so easy to work with. They are great communicators, very organized diligent, and very good skilled. I was very impressed at every step. Legal issues are never easy, and can drag on, but working with Sean and his team was always an uplifting and refreshing experience. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Amy | December 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
He cut through all the nonsense.
Divorce wass one of the most difficult things I have ever been through. I was fortunate to not have any real custody issues, as we were able to resolve those in mediation. But because my husband and I owned a small business together, we had a very hard time agreeing on how to fairly divide our assets. It was essential for me to have someone compassionate, intelligent, non-judgmental and proactive on my side. Sean really listened to my fears and concerns and needs, helped me understand the process and come up with possible solutions, and in the end made sure that all my concerns were addressed. I highly recommend him and his team.
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Posted by Joseph | November 16, 2023
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Long case, great lawyer.
Sean helped me through my divorce and then my custody case. He helped calm me when I was nervous, and gave me a balanced perspective. Thanks for all your help navigating this tough time.
Posted by Joe | October 9, 2023
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Joe Innocenti
Very professional, honest and diligent. I would highly recommend Sean and his team. They are always quick to respond and I felt like I was in good hands through the entire process.
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
OneTec
I cannot say good enough things about Sean. I worked with him for three years on a case that seemed like it was never ending. Sean is efficient, responsive, and extremely knowledgeable with what he does. When going through any type of litigation, there is stress involved. Sean was able to reassure me when I was worried using evidence and facts. He made sure to follow up on all the things necessary to make sure I got what I deserved. He was always focused on what was best for the children, which I also appreciated. Thank you to Sean and his team for helping me out during a tumultuous time in my life!
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Posted by Michelle | November 21, 2022
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Best Child/Family Lawyer in town
We had an unusual case: I am an extended family member seeking guardianship of a child due to addiction and it was a complex case. Sean was amazing. Smart, action oriented, thoughtful, experienced, wise, moral, measured yet aggressive when needed, and most importantly always on the side of our child. He is a fantastic listener, taking the specific needs of our case and family into account every step of the way, working extra hours to prepare docs to accomidate family dynamic and keep our case out of court. He was available when we needed him. He was positive but always pragmatic and he absolutely nailed our case. I have never left a legal situation with a glowing review of a lawyer but I would recommend him in heart beat to anyone who needs support in protecting the health and welfare of their children. A++
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Posted by Paul | May 23, 2022
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Resolved a Difficult Case
Sean & his team help my family deal with a very difficult situation. Thanks to his team we was able to persevere and resolve it. Definitely recommend OneTec Family Law PC
Posted by Amanda | May 19, 2022
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The best
Sean was absolutely wonderful and tenacious in representing me. Sean and his team were able to get a very favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Punctual, thorough, professional, kind, and knowledgeable… I cannot say enough good things about this firm and I am so very thankful for their hard work and dedication. If you need a shark to fight for you, he is your guy.
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Posted by Zac | April 15, 2022
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Hiring Sean was the Best Decision I Ever Made!
Sean got me through one of the most difficult portions of my life. My wife unexpectedly announced that she wanted a divorce and was going to move my kids out of state. The smartest decision I have ever made was calling Sean. My wife was a very difficult woman through the process and tried to dominate and control the situation at every corner. Sean made it clear that every choice was mine but continually showed me which path was best and reassured me that everything was going to work out even when my confidence was extremely low and I felt like giving up. I feel as though most lawyers wouldn’t have cared as I believe Sean did. My case was difficult and every single time I called Sean no matter how defeated or little I felt I got off the phone feeling much better and that everything was going to be ok. Anyone who has been through this process knows how very difficult it is to achieve a feeling of comfortability in a time like this. Besides Sean’s very client centered approach which made me feel comfortable and his knowledge and tactics of law. Sean is also a very intelligent man in general. He understands and can discuss a broad range of subjects that may come up on a case. If I did not have Sean, my wife would have gotten practically anything she wanted. Sean gave me the courage and confidence to fight for myself repeatedly. I am currently tearing up thinking where my life would be without this man.
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Posted by Nate | March 7, 2022
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Highly recommend
Sean and his team are great to work with. Sean has great communication, is very willing to listen to you and give the best advice possible based from your questions. Extremely knowledgeable and does a great job explaining the at times very complicated legal system. He is very balanced, and did an awesome job with my custody study when I was facing a very difficult case. Would definitely recommend.
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Posted by Werner | March 3, 2022
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Phenomenal Attorney
Sean did a phenomenal job preparing for our trial and negotiating down spousal support saving me 72% in monthly payments. I appreciate the detail that Sean took and was he very well prepared. Thank you for help with this spousal modification case.
Posted by Tracy | February 22, 2022
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Custody - the best
I was referred to Sean by a friend and I am so thankful! Right from the start I knew this was the best choice I could have made. He is confident because he is so knowledgeable, intelligent and not afraid to talk to the opposing attorney. Sean is clear and intentional. He gets right to the point but is also a great coach! This was one of the most difficult times in my life and I made it through knowing I had Sean and his team. We did win our case, but I would still recommend him if we didn’t. He was right there in my case. Dedicated and committed to the best outcome for my daughter and myself. I am forever thankful and would absolutely use him again should I find myself in family court again.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2021
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Excellence
Sean and his team provided prompt, professional, and prudent care for our family. Their zealous advocacy made a prolonged and protracted high conflict proceeding palatable. Sean understood the nuances and gut punches of an opposing party with personality disorders that few lawyers get. He handled opposing counsel with grace and aplomb despite their maneuverings and misinformation campaigns.
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Posted by Alex | February 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Call Sean
I cannot recommend Sean Stephens and his legal team highly enough. Their attention to detail, quality of communication and depth of preparation were a constant comfort. Their approach was an unwavering example of partnership and transparency during my divorce proceedings.
Posted by Bob | October 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased
Sean backed up by Alecia went to bat for my best interests during a difficult divorce. Sean negotiated the terms and the result was a giant savings for me. I highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Mitch | October 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
This is your guy...
I cannot adequately express my gratitude for the results Sean Stephens was able to deliver in my litigation with a hostile ex. Sean is an incredible trial attorney that fights for the rights of his clients, while balancing a heavy workload. Because of Sean’s preparation and courtroom experience, we were able to increase my time with my children by 110%. If you want results from a family law attorney... I highly recommend you retain Sean Stephens.
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Posted by Jeff | January 24, 2017
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Helped me through a challenging divorce
Sean was greatly helpful in guiding me through the process of my divorce. He helped me understand the legal landscape in family law and advocated for me with with the opposing attorney and the judge. The judgement I received was fair, and I believe that Sean's experience helped diffuse some of the conflict that that threatened to draw out the case and make it more difficult and expensive for both parties. On top of that, he is highly personable and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking guidance through the challenges of dissolving a marriage.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 445-445 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Stephens Margolin P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • C. Sean Stephens P.C.
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Stephens Russell LLP
  • 1998 - 2004

Education

  • Willamette College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Oregon
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorce and Custody
  • Prevailed

Associations

  • St. Andrews Legal Clinic
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Coulter Cup for Medium Sized Family Law Firm
  • Saint Andrews Legal Clinic
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Weekly seminar
  • Divorce and Custody Law
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
Endorse C
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Stephens as a friend and fellow colleague for many years. Through hard work and excellent lawyering, Mr. Stephens has developed one of the most highly respected family law firms in Portland. His vast knowledge of family law and significant litigation experience serve his clients very well. If I have family law questions, Sean is first on my list for advice. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a great lawyer. Whenever someone contacts me needing a divorce lawyer, I refer them to Sean and he's taken good care of them. Sean is an effective advocate and a great listener."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sean is a smart and effective advocate. He appears comfortable and confident representing clients in and out of court. Clients can trust that Sean will be thorough and professional."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean does an excellent, comprehensive job for his clients. He has a fundamental understanding of families and family law and how family law personally affects all members of a family. He works with families and counsel with great care and insight to reach best possible outcomes. He communicates with clients and counsel very well."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a specialist with 17+ years of experience. His focus is always fixed on securing the best possible outcome for the client in a businesslike manner, without getting distracted by emotions or acrimony."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I recently worked with Sean on a family law matter and was impressed by his forthright, no-nonsense approach. He was a strong advocate for his client but remained professional and courteous at all times. We were able to resolve the case without the need for litigation. I look forward to sitting across the table from him again on future cases."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"On the occassion when I had clients that were in need of legal services I could not provide, I have recommended Mr. Stephens. I endorse this lawyer's work as he is a strong advocate for the interests of his clients, yet he has a reputation of being a professional in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with this attorney on cases involving all aspects of family law. He is ahighly competent and intelligent advocate for his clients. Sean has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of family law."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sean is a dedicated and resourceful attorney. He has an elite grasp of how to utilize technology to serve his clients' needs."
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