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Jay Bodzin

Family Attorney at Portland, OR

4.5   21 reviews

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About Jay

Learn Jay’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family law encompasses other practice areas listed here, including child custody, divorces, domestic violence, and child support.

    15 years, 95 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    Oregon is a no-fault divorce state. No reason needs to be given for seeking a divorce. The issues in the case may include custody and support of children, spousal support, and distribution of property and debts.

    15 years, 50 cases

  3. Landlord or tenant

    15 years, 3 cases

  4. Child custody
    The legal standard for child custody decisions in Oregon is the best interests of the children; this should always be foremost in any parent's mind.

    15 years, 35 cases

  5. Domestic violence
    Domestic violence law can include both representation of victims in civil restraining order and divorce cases, and defending those accused of violence in civil or criminal cases.

    15 years, 10 cases

  6. Criminal defense

    15 years, 3 cases

  7. Debt settlement

    15 years, 70 cases

Jay Bodzin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Oregon in  1998 to attend  Reed College. He graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a Senior Reactor Operator's license for Reed's nuclear research reactor - the first political science major to ever hold this position. After graduation, he worked as a dispatcher for a small locally-owned delivery company. In 2004, he entered Northwestern Law School at Lewis & Clark with a Dean's Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He graduated in 2007, with honors awards for pro bono work and community service. In 2008, he opened the Northwest Law Office, a collaborative workspace for solo practitioner attorneys to develop their practices. After nine years in solo practice as a domestic relations litigator, he joined the firm of Kivel & Howard, LLP as a research associate. He has since joined McLain Legal Services in 2023.

Jay served as Secretary of the Oregon State Bar's Pro Bono Committee in 2010, and as its Chair in 2011. He later served as Chair of the Oregon State Bar's Unlawful Practice of Law Committee. He currently volunteers as a mentor to new attorneys through the Bar's New Lawyer Mentoring Program. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar for the District of Oregon, and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a volunteer judge for the Classroom Law Project's Mock Trial Competition since 2014. He is an avid bicyclist and amateur archer, and enjoys reading, complex strategy games, and cooking, though he often forgets to eat.

Licensed for 14 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 02/12/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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McLain Legal Services PC
4737 S. Kelly Ave
Portland, OR, 97239


4.5 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He answered my question on Avvo
Mr. Bodzin offered helpful advice that I could not find from consulting with a handful of other lawyers. He is not able to take new clients or else I would have loved to retain his assistance.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He answered my question specifically and in depth. Also did not use a bunch of confusing words. I know where I need to start. Thanks again!
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast and thorough
Mr Bodzin really goes the extra mile to put his answer into context and provide more than a yes or no answer (in my case). I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Always A Comprehensive Comment
I have consulted with Mr. Bodzin in person, although he may not recall (diaper box :)), & he and his team were amazingly non-judgemental, knowledgeable, and caring. I have also been blessed to receive his intermittent replies here on avvo, and I'm truly thankful to experience the same fortitude from Jay today. I assume attorneys are not required to participate/respond on avvo, but he has always gone above and beyond in his answers, and not just to me. If I could, I would 100% hire him to 'wrap it up' for us & I'm confident he would do just that in an effective and purposeful manner.
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Posted by Elishea Barker | October 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I appreciate his direct to the point answers and explanations.
Posted by Beth | June 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bozdin rocks
I tried writing another review bit it was denied. Although he never represented me, mr bozdin has answered lots of my questions in avvo. He was more help than anybody else and he personally has taken the time to answer my specific questions. I appreciate that none of good responses were 'i recommend you go talk to an attorney.'
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Posted by Lu | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fathers rights
Jay Bodzin helped me get out of a very particular situation. Protecting my rights as a father and putting my children's best interest first. The whole custody process was all new to me Jay was very helpful, informative and prompt about it all. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great family attorney.
Posted by Hart | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Communication and Legal Strategy
Jay Bodzin and his firm took on my case at a time when I was going through some heavy emotional stress. He and I communicated often and effectively throughout the two month case, and the entire firm was as professionally courteous as they were emotionally supportive. Despite the adversarial party in this case making every attempt to block discovery of evidence, Jay successfully filed repeated motions that were upheld, until finally the opposing party dropped their own case entirely and we won. His work went far beyond my expectations and I would recommend him to anyone for the types of cases he litigates.
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Posted by Scott | January 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Contested Divorce
I had heavily shopped attorney services. I was so hesitant to hire but my ex wife had already retained an attorney and I had to make a decision. Jay was the only attorney I spoke with that strongly aligned with my desire to work to as amicable divorce as possible while also coming up with the best results for my children. He has an and exemplary working knowledge of Oregon family law. With his guidance, The custody judgement was more than I could've expected. I'm very happy with the outcome as a result of his work. I have already recommended Jay to friends and would recommend him again.
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Posted by Ruth | May 31, 2015
Jay Bodzin, Advocate at Law: Knowledgeable, Experienced, Ethical, Professional, Resolute
Mr. Bodzin worked with me to file for dissolution of marriage and to negotiate spousal support. His dedication to his clients and his thoughtful counsel gave me confidence that my interests were legally protected. With a reasonable response time, I was kept informed. In clear and concise terms Mr. Bodzin answered all my questions explaining legal language and processes, as well as my rights and options. Bodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin charge competitive rates for exemplary legal services. Being conscientious of his client’s time and retainer, billing practices are fair and reasonable. Mindful of timetables, Jay Bodzin competently navigated the legal course and kept my case moving forward. Working with Jay Bodzin and his firm has resulted in a five-star satisfactory outcome. I would not hesitate to consult with and use their services again in the future. I confidently recommend Bodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2014
Provided informative and prompt reply
I asked a question about collecting on back child support arrears and Mr. Bodzin answered my question thoughtfully and quickly. He offered me sound and accurate advice. I really appreciate that attorneys take thier time to answer questions on this forum. Thanks kindly for your help
Posted by Anastasia | February 25, 2014
Excellent attorney, will use him again whenever I need help with the law.
I used attorney Jay Bodzin for my child custody case. He gave me excellent advice and then assisted me in the judgement process. I won the case. Jay is an excellent attorney and I strongly recommend.
Posted by Wesley | January 23, 2013
Extremely Knowledgeable and Morally Sound
Family complications occurred and I felt the need to consult an attorney. Jay provided exactly the information I needed with an understanding of the situation I am in. He expressed the same concern I had for my nephew, which made me feel better that I was not the only person who saw what was being done as a problem. I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by MissChristinaJ | January 12, 2013
Great attortney
Jay answered my questions within the hour on a Saturday and was thorough and complete in his answers. I truly needed some answers and he was there. I sincerely would recommend this lawyer.
Posted by Joe | December 27, 2012
Jay Saved The Day
Jay Bodzin helped me around the clock to bring some much needed order into a confusing, chaotic situation. He was generous with both his wisdom and time, and went well what I expected in help. Because of his suggestions, I was able to get full legal custody of my son when I did not think that to be possible. He has left a lifetime impact on my son and I, and I am extremely grateful for it. When the going gets, well, legal, I would highly recommend Jay's services. You will definitely be in skilled, legally savvy hands.
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Posted by Todd Andrew Bird | December 25, 2012
Solid and efficient
Well, I was already running on a real tight budget, and with a looming divorce I was looking at losing whatever little I had saved until that point. Jay did a great job helping me ensure I got what I deserved and more in the settlement, and he didn't gouge me in the process. His price was very, very fair, as I know any other lawyer would've charged me triple and not represented me half as well.
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Posted by Rebecca | February 13, 2012
Professional, Knowledgable, and Trustworthy
Mr. Jay Bodzin was professional and knowledgeable about our specific situation. He asked all the right questions and helped us with our issues quickly. I will recommend him to anyone I know needing a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child Custody
This lawyer responded to my question quickly, clearly and was very informative. He did not demand payment and force me into a contract before doing so, which I greatly appreciate! Thanks again Mr. Bodzin
Response from Jay Bodzin December 9, 2016
You're most welcome. No one on Avvo should be demanding payment just for answering questions here.
Posted by Katie | November 10, 2014
Still dealing with the mess
I was his client back in 2010 for a child custody issue. Jay would send me long essay emails and it was incredibly confusing what I needed to do. I am now in this odd limbo of not knowing whether my agreement was valid or not. This was a mess recently when the child support was updated.
Response from Jay Bodzin December 16, 2014
I am very sorry for any confusion in our communications or difficulty that arose after the case was over. I would invite this commenter to contact me privately to ask any questions about matters they need clarified, or for complimentary help fixing whatever problem has arisen since.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not Ethical Nor Professional in my opinion.
He has limited knowledge and advise on masks regulations and mandates also does not recognize religious exempt or medical apparently.
Response from Jay Bodzin August 17, 2021
To be clear, this is because I told someone that yes, a store can refuse them service during the COVID-19 pandemic if they refuse to wear a mask (and that doing so is important to protecting the health and safety of others). I regret that this issue has become so emotionally divisive and politicized that this advice is controversial.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McLain Legal Services PC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Kivel & Howard LLP
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Partner
  • Bodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin, LLP
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Northwest Law Office
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Family Law Facilitator
  • Washington County Courthouse
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Senior Nuclear Reactor Operator
  • Reed Reactor Facility
  • 1999 - 2003
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  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark
  • J.D.
  • 2007
  • Reed College
  • B.A.
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • G- v. R-
  • Oregon Supreme Court ordered writ of mandamus, overturning trial court's ruling that deprived client of right to discovery
  • H - v. S -
  • Custody awarded to client.
  • In the Matter of B -
  • Client cleared of all wrongdoing; regained custody of child.
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  • Oregon State Bar, Fee Arbitration Program
  • Arbitrator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Unlawful Practice of Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Student presentation
  • Landlord/tenant law
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (72)
Given (49)
Endorse Jay
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bodzin is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney. He is an effective advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is a knowledgeable and experienced. You would be in good hands with him as your attorney."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is knowledgable and efficient. He cares about the people he represents and takes his responsibility seriously and with compassion."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bodzin is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered his primary area of practice over the course of his professional experience. His sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of his cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for his services."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bodzin takes the time to answer people's questions here on Avvo with depth and thought, showing a clear understanding of the law and the specific legal issue being presented."
Domestic violence Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have followed Jay's thorough answers here on Avvo for several years - and am impressed. He is knowledgeable, thorough, accurate, and insightful - plus he is very generous with sharing his time and insight. If you are in the Portland area and in need of an attorney in his area of practice, you are not likely to find anyone better."
Family Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bodzin is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who clearly uses his intelligence and legal skills to the great benefit of his clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay Bodzin is a Great lawyer who gets great results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is an experienced, highly respected attorney who always represents his clients with the utmost of skill,knowledge and understanding.i can readily endorse him without hesitation or reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney has great determination and drive. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bodzin is a straight shooter who shares his considerable knowledge with those in need. His primary practice areas are family law, bankruptcy, and legal practice counsel and I recomend him without reservation. His Avvo answers are unusual because they are thorough, thoughtful, and provide useful counsel. I fully endorse Mr. Bodzin."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay works hard for his clients, even on nights, weekends, and holidays. You can't go wrong with Jay."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I admire Mr Bodzin for the caring, thoughtful and intelligent way he answers client inquiries. He is a credit to our profession and I would welcome the opportunity to work with him."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Other
"Well respected in the community and known for effective advocacy for clients!"
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bodzin's answers are direct and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. His candor and intelligence as portrayed in his Avvo answers are exactly what every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his thorough and frequent advice and contributions to individuals who are seeking comfort in accessing the legal community in their area."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jay. Talented, committed, and passionate litigator."
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