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Katherine H. Denning

Adoption Attorney at Salem, OR

4.8   12 reviews

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About Katherine

Learn Katherine’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    50%
    Our firm can assist you with independent adoptions, representation of birth parents in adoptions, step parent adoptions, and independent adoptions.

  2. Child custody
    10%

  3. Child support
    10%

  4. Divorce and separation
    10%

  5. Family
    10%
    A main focus of my practice is third party custodial and visitation rights, and complex custody cases.

  6. Uncontested divorce
    10%

Growing up in Washington’s San Juan Islands taught Katherine Denning firsthand the power of strong communities. Island life can be isolating unless you learn to rely on your friends, neighbors, and family. And Katherine knows that strong families grow stronger together. That is why Katherine has created a law practice centered around helping parents and children. Katherine specializes in handling streamlined adoptions and crafting workable solutions in difficult custody and parenting time disputes.

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Licensed for 10 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/11/2022

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

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Litowich Law
925 Commercial Street SE, Suite 200
Salem, OR, 97302

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Absolutely Recommend Katherine
Katherine has represented me twice now. She is wise, attentive, and compassionate. I appreciate her judgement to know when something is relevant in my case. She gets to the point and puts the facts forward; making them clear and impactful.
Posted by Geoffrey | March 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
Katherine was fantastic. From the moment we met her we knew she was the attorney for our adoption case. She was very professional and knowledgeable. She always responded to us quickly and was able to answer any questions we had. She made what could have been a difficult process go as smoothly as possible. I would highly recommend Katherine for any adoption needs.
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Posted by Tyler | November 26, 2018
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Great experience with adoption.
We live in Eugene but used Katherine for the adoption of two children. It was an amazingly easy process. We were so impressed with how knowledgeable Katherine was. We could not recommend her more.
Posted by Daniel | August 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Championed A difficult Case
Katherine was suburb in overcoming so many unusual difficulties in my custody issue. She can explain difficult issues making them simple to understand to a novice like me. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lucky To Have Her On Your Side !
I cannot express enough how grateful and blessed I am to have had Katherine represent myself in a very arduous and extremely emotional 11 month long high conflict custody case. I was truly naive about the family law court process and how difficult it was going to be navigating through such a litigation. Katherine was there every step of the way not only making sure that I was well informed, but also educated and fully prepared on what to expect with each step that was taken along the way. Her professionalism, wealth of knowledge and fortitude was more than I could had ever hoped for. The time she dedicates, her hard work and diligent representation she provides is not only unprecedented, she went above and beyond to ensure that I was comfortable and confidant in every decision I was making throughout our case. Katherine genuinely was compassionate, empathetic and understanding while delicately dealing with such sensitive and poignant issues where the best interest of the children and myself were involved. I would highly recommend Katherine Denning to anyone who is in need of her service. You will not be disappointed
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Posted by Chelsea | August 9, 2017
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Modification to Parenting plan
Katherine did an amazing job of getting everything done quickly and keeping me up to date on what was happening. She let me know what I needed to do and what to expect. She explained the process clearly and answered any questions I had. She was always available when I needed her, I would definitely recommend her to all my family and friends.
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Posted by Melisas | May 9, 2017
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5 star
Katherine was very knowledgeable and very attentive to my needs. Anytime I had a question she replied within minutes. She was very sensitive to my situation and listened to what I had to say. I felt that she always had my back, making me feel in control and confident.
Posted by Cassie | August 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Relief in a difficult situation
Initially, I was just looking to modify a Parenting Plan I had in place with my ex-husband. I got online and got the necessary forms from the courthouse website. I was overwhelmed and knew that, if I wanted this done right, I would need an attorney. I was referred to Katherine. She saw me right away and set to work requesting the modification of the Parenting Plan. The situation changed dramatically, however, and the need for an Immediate Danger order arose. Katherine acted quickly and professionally in what was a very chaotic and emotional time for me. The needed Immediate Danger order was established and, ultimately, the Parenting Plan was modified, giving me the custody and parenting time I was looking for. I don't think I could have done this without Katherine. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Ryan | May 10, 2016
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A Rising Star
I hired Ms. Denning to help resolve a complex multi-county, multi-state Child Support debacle that had literally run my personal and financial lives into the ground for nearly 6 years. I was hopeful but not entirely sold on the notion that an attorney could even help. Not only did Ms. Denning manage to navigate and resolve all of the inconsistencies and systemic issues in my case but she went the extra mile to help protect me against foreseeable hurdles over the next several years of my case. Her relationships with established leadership in my local court system as well as her ability to establish new contacts in other jurisdictions firmly established her as one of the few local professionals I would refer to members of my own family. I could go on and on with the accolades about her; knowledgeable and helpful staff, her professional but approachable demeanor and her ability to quickly identify core issues... but if you are reading this review because you are simply overwhelmed or out of options in your current case just call her office and schedule a consultation.... today while Ms. Denning is both available and affordable.
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Posted by Brandon Crabtree | March 23, 2016
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A father trying to locate his daughter
As the title states, I was trying to locate my daughter after coming home from a Afghanistan deployment with the US Army. The mother had since ended all communication at the start of the deployment. Katherine forced my daughter's mother to finally contact us, let me see my daughter, and ultimately get a solid parenting time. I emphasize the word "forced" as my daughter was about to move out of state without me knowing it. Negotiations went far and long that included a small trial. At times, Katherine had to deal with my military abrupt and blunt written communications, but she did so in a professional matter. She was also up-front with the costs, which went fairly high, but at the same time she told me to expect it and told our Private Investigator to not spend much. That helped greatly. Afterwards, she replied to my emails about what the court documents meant to an untrained eye such as myself, with no extra costs. She worked for my best interest. I researched how much lawyers charge prior, and her cost could be a lot more, plus she will get even better with experience. All-in-all, she did a great job. I would hire her again.
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Posted by Brandyn | March 20, 2016
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We won
finding a lawyer that would have a sincere concern for your family and its legal concern is no easy task, especially if you live 2000 miles out of state. I probably spoke to 15 different lawyers before I came across Katherine Denning at Boaz law firm. There was an immediate sense of urgency and genuine concern for the welfare of my children's well being. I knew right away Ms Denning was going to be instrumental in successfully winning my custody battle. She approached every possible angle from having my kids new teachers and counselors call in to testify on my kids behalf, finding text transcript discrepancies where my ex removed certain responses. The level of preparedness Ms Denning walked into the court room with was something that should be emulated by her peers, cross examining my ex was a beautiful moment, further driving her lack of credibility into the ground to the point where none of her "witnesses" were found to be credible "witnesses". The entire day in court was a pleasant and comfortable experience. Finally, the closing statement, during the hearing it was clear to me all day long that my kids well being was a priority for Ms Denning, but her closing statement was written with an unparalleled level of heart and dedication! I have never heard anything so well written covering every aspect of my ex's lack of good character and her choices that led us to all be in court that day, further exemplifying my ex's inability to be a positive influence while providing a mothering, parent like environment. If you are looking for a lawyer who will give your case her all, Katherine Denning with Boaz law firm is the first and only phone call you would need to make.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
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Didn't feel she advocated for me, but got the job done
This attorney does a decent job, but isn't superb. She's easily to get along with and prompt. However, there were several instances that I felt frustrated working with her. We would talk about the case and I would get off the phone feeling that she understood financial aspects of the case, or that she understood and agreed with my proposals; however, the next time I would have a conversation with her she wouldn't be on the same page anymore. I found myself having to repeat things that I thought were already in place. There was also a instance that I wanted her to get further financial information that was important to the case and she didn't think it was necessary. However, additional banking information is important. In the end I ended up feeling that she wasn't advocating for me and that I compromised more then I should have. In court she comes off as very confident and doesn't rub the judge the wrong way. However, she didn't put together a good case for me. I also ended up paying her for reviewing documents she had already reviewed several times before (she reviewed each document about 3 times, but still didn't know the information very throughly). I think it would help if she took more notes and did a more through assessment the first time around. To summarize, she got the job done but not well. She seems smart and competent, but she's lacking experience. I wasn't told that she was a new attorney, but I paid just as much to have her as my attorney. I imagine that with more practice she could be a better attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Landerholm Family Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Carty Boaz, P.C.
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Boaz Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie, & Hoyt
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Clerk
  • San Juan County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Clerk
  • Beth Allen Law
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Evergreen State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Associations

  • Mid-Valley Court Care
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Oregon State Board of Governors
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Marion County Bar Association, Events Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Association, Mary Leonard Chapter
  • Imprint Coordinator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Marion County Family Law Mentor Group
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Association, Mary Leonard Chapter
  • Member - Executive Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Marion County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Marion County Bar Association, New Lawyers Division
  • Vice-President
  • 2015 - 2018
  • CASA of Marion County
  • Executive Committee
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Project of the Year
  • Oregon New Lawyers Division
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Mentor Award
  • Willamette University College of Law
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Student Award
  • Willamette University College of Law
  • 2010
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
  • The Ever Expanding World of Transitional Parenting Plans
  • 2020
  • AFCC 13th Symposium on Child Custody
  • The Ever Expanding World of Transitional Parenting Plans
  • 2018
  • NALS Mid Willamette Valley Chapter-Lunch Lecture
  • Third Party Rights in Family Law
  • 2017
  • First Year Orientation
  • Willamette Law Young Alumni Panel
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Adoption Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine is an excellent attorney who I am proud to call my friend and colleague. She is active in and cares about her community and brings a refreshing professionalism to her practice."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Denning is a enthusiastic lawyer who is dedicated to her client's needs. I regularly refer clients to Ms. Denning who have needs regarding family law and adoption matters without hesitation."
Adoption Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Ms. Denning and she is a compassionate attorney who truly cares about her clients. She is an expert in the area of adoption and anyone looking for an attorney would be served well by employing her."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred many of my friends and clients to Katherine. Their feedback has been very positive. I highly recommend Katherine to anyone looking for a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine Denning is a passionate advocate for her clients. I recommend her because she cares deeply for her clients and truly understands the court system, which allows her to navigate the system to assist her clients with the best possible results."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine Denning truly cares about her clients and keeps their stress, and expenses in mind to reach a resolution as efficiently as possible, while still being willing to go to trial whenever necessary. If you are going through a family law dispute, I recommend having Katherine on your side."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine is a confident and caring attorney who works closely with her clients to reach positive outcomes."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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