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Stephen E Montgomery

Business Attorney at Salem, OR

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Stephen Montgomery

  • Licensed for 8 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stephen

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In 2007, Stephen E. Montgomery received his undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Sociology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. In 2015, Mr. Montgomery graduated from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, earning honors in legal research and writing, honors in contract drafting, and high paper in land use planning, mediation and mediation advocacy, and advanced negotiations. Mr. Montgomery is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the American Bar Association, and OGALLA, and is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Oregon.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Montgomery worked for a nonprofit organization, Neighborhood House, as a homeless families case manager in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from law school, Mr. Montgomery practiced as an associate attorney for the law firm of Vincent J. Bernabei, in the Portland, Oregon area. In 2017, Mr. Montgomery began his private practice in Silverton, Oregon. Mr. Montgomery currently has offices located in Salem, Oregon and routinely meets with clients at their homes or other places of their choosing throughout the Willamette Valley.

Mr. Montgomery has a strong sense of right and wrong, values open and honest communication, and practices active listening and mindfulness when interacting with clients. Additionally, Mr. Montgomery values continuous learning, and actively seeks to further develop his legal skills.

Mr. Montgomery is a third-generation Oregonian, and lives with his wife near Salem, Oregon. An avid firearms enthusiast, Mr. Montgomery enjoys participating in competitive shooting sports. As a lover of the Northwest, Mr. Montgomery enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and many other outdoor sports. See Mr. Montgomery's Instagram page to see what he’s been up to.


Willamette Valley Law Group
494 State Street
Suite 430
Salem, OR, 97301

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Posted by Andrew | April 2, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Professionalism and Integrity
My wife and I recently met with Stephen Montgomery to discuss estate planning. He was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. While we ended up going in a different direction in terms of our estate planning we would recommend Mr, Montgomery to others. He was more than fair with us, he is active in the community and is compassionate. Please consider using his services.
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Posted by Elizabeth | October 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Power of Attorney, Trust, and Wills
I found Stephen to be extremely helpful and patient with me in navigating my Dad's Power of Attorney, Trust, and Will at a very difficult time in my parents' lives. He was kind, patient, attentive, and very knowledgable. I plan to see him again when it is time to set up my own estate paperwork.
Posted by Mary Jo | November 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He was very patient with me as I settled my mom’s estate which was a little more involved than it should have been. I would certainly recommend him to anyone. I will miss talking with him both personally and professionally.
Posted by Sonja | November 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Complex Probate
Stephen worked with me the settle my sisters estate and before that with my mother before she died. He has been patient, helpful, efficient and also brought a great sense of humor to the table. I can honestly say that I will miss working with him now that everything has been settled. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Tricia | May 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Will and probate
Stephen spent a lot of time reviewing the pros and cons for wills and estates to help me make a decision. When I finally decided on a will time was running out and Stephen put together the documents and drove to the house where my husband was able to sign only 48 hours before he passed. The probate process is more difficult and I am grateful Stephen was available to answer many questions and to help me figure out the process. I would have been lost without his help.
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Posted by Robin | February 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
wonderful listener
I consulted Stephen in difficult situations and felt so lifted by is careful listening, and skillful advice. He was thorough and insightful.
Posted by Freddy | April 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
We worked with Stephen for our estate planning needs. He was thorough, answered all of our questions, made necessary changes, and responded promptly. He is a great mix of personal and professional!
Posted by Louanne | March 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Mr. Montgomery
Mr. Montgomery provides a wide range of legal services, but specializes in estate planning, which is what brought me to him. He guided me through the process of establishing a Revocable Living Trust, which, in my case, is perhaps more complex than usual due to the fact that several of my beneficiaries have special needs which will require the provision of special needs trusts for any inheritance. Throughout this process, I was treated with kindness and respect. He never lost patience when I failed to understand some of the legal language. His sense of humor certainly helped. I expect other family members to avail themselves of his services in the near future. While Mr. Montgomery is based in Silverton, Oregon., he will travel to Salem, Portland, etc., to meet with clients.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 290-290 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 6.7 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Stephen E. Montgomery, LLC dba Willamette Valley Law Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Vincent J. Bernabei, LLC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Legal Intern
  • Vincent J. Bernabei, LLC
  • 2013 - 2014


  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Whitworth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen and I went to law school together. I've always appreciated the levels of confidence and professionalism he exhibits. He's been a genuine and capable person since I've known him. Further, he's proven willing to work hard. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is one of the most personable lawyers I have met - he's an exceptional listener and highly intelligent, able to handle anything that is thrown at him. Beyond that, he is willing to stand up and ask the tough questions needed - without fear of appearing overeager. This commitment to getting the right answers, the first time, sets Stephen apart from many lawyers and gives me confidence that Stephen will treat his own clients' cases with the utmost professionalism and customer service. I've found Stephen to be a good source of sound legal advice and would I recommend him to any client looking for a down-to-earth and diligent lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a calm and attentive listener, an impartial advocate, and a real estate guru. All of those traits make him a great estate planning attorney."
General practice
Estate planning

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Salem Business Lawyer Stephen E Montgomery
Stephen E Montgomery
Business Attorney
Salem, OR
Licensed for 8 years