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Joel J Kent

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bend, OR

5.0   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 27 years
    Oregon - OR 27 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joel

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Joel is an owner and managing shareholder of Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, P.C. with offices in Portland, Bend, Prineville, Vancouver, WA and Astoria. He has litigated high asset dissolution cases throughout the State of Oregon and successfully represented numerous clients in highly complex divorces involving business valuations, complex custody disputes, property disputes, support issues and corporate governance. He has years of experience litigating divorces, involving business interests and issues of business valuation. Joel founded the Central Oregon office located in Bend in 1998.

 Joel believes that for everything he gets from the Central Oregon community, he must give back three times over, and the most important place to start is with the youth. Upon moving to Central Oregon, Joel began volunteering as a head coach with the Rimrock Volleyball Club and has coached the eighteen-year-old girls’ team ever since. Rimrock’s goal is to support a “positive, nurturing environment teaching the concepts of team and sportsmanship and emphasizing growth, development and enjoyment.” Through the years, Joel’s creative and effective coaching techniques have garnered numerous tournament wins. Joel's players have succeeded at a high level, including four High School Players of the Year, twelve All-State players and five State Championships with their high schools. Most players continue to college, the majority on volleyball scholarships, which Joel takes time to help them secure. Alumni from his teams also include two Collegiate All-Americans and a head coach at Eastern Oregon University.

Joel’s focus on supporting children in his community does not end there. Joel has been an advocate and supporter of the Sparrow Clubs, supporting the club’s effort to match local children in medical need or crisis with neighborhood schools and young people who ‘adopt’ the child and family. By encouraging children who are personally hurting to help other kids, Sparrow Clubs “empower youth to transform feelings of purposeless, detachment and anger into confidence, solidarity and compassion.” They believe that it is vitally important to provide children “with meaningful experiences that give purpose, teach compassion, and instill character, dignity and a sense of community.”

In addition to his love of volleyball, Joel is an avid skier and road biker.

 

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Location

Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.
158 NE Greenwood Ave
Bend, OR, 97701-4610

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Posted by Tracey | January 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Can't imagine using anyone else....and can't thank him enough.
I worked through a very difficult 2-year divorce, which resulted in trial. The managed, responsible, respectable, strategic and caring approach Joel, his team and broader firm demonstrated throughout the process, was absolutely incredible. I have never felt so confident or safe in what was a very difficult situation. He was fair, honest and upstanding during every step, and held me to these same standards. Joel's approach was methodical, steady and determined, and the outcome reflected that. I can't thank him enough. I have extremely high regard for Joel as a professional, as well as being a great person and pillar in the community. Much thanks to Joel, his partners and great team for helping me move forward in the best possible way. Wish there was a ten star option...he is that good.
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Posted by Molly | October 16, 2019
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Saved my financial life
Joel Kent is hands down the best divorce lawyer in Oregon. If you hire Joel, listen to him and follow his lead. Joel will have your best interest and the best interest of kids in mind. Logical and honest. Professional, organized, has the best team and knows the law. Highly, highly recommend. Joel crosses every "t" and dots every "i" and saved my financial life.
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Posted by Carla | August 14, 2019
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Stellar Representation
I knew my divorce was going to be difficult and drag out. I interviewed 4 lawyers and knew I would be in good hands with Joel. I liked his direct approach, his organization, his creative and out of the box thinking, his staff's organization.......they are a well oiled machine. When going through divorce for the first time....you don't know what you don't know and it's critical to have representation that can guide you through this process and obtain the best results possible. Joel has the knowledge, expertise and confidence that you want in a lawyer to maneuver through this unchartered, emotional territory. He is excellent at setting expectations of the process and potential outcome - this comes with his experience. Unfortunately, my divorce ended up in a private trail after 3 failed mediations. The amount of preparation Joel and his team did to prepare for trail was very impressive, the organization was more impressive and watching Joel in trail was awesome. I was so proud to have him as my lawyer. He was prepared, aggressive but not too aggressive, incredibly professional, his timing on facts was perfect and his closing argument was stellar! All credit goes to Joel and Kyle for the results of my final judgement and their top notch representation. Thank you Joel!
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2019
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Saved my life
I was able to obtain custody of my son AND relocate for a job thanks to Joel and his team. He is amazingly efficient, strategic, and reasonable with the case he put forth on my behalf. It was always a pleasure to work with Joel and he knew what to say to help me understand the process and what to expect next.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2017
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Reputation for a Reason
I’d heard of Joel Kent for years. He has a reputation for being the best in town. I’d even heard (not sure if it’s true) of people retaining him just in case they ended up getting divorced, partially because they didn’t want to have Joel hired against them. After an extremely exhausting and contentious separation lasting over a year, with minimal progress toward divorce, I hired Joel. Right away he asked what my priorities were and how he could help, then quickly and efficiently executed the plan. He let me know I had two options: one, trust him and let him guide me through the process, or two, I could tell him how I’d like to proceed, as he was working for me. I went with option one, knowing he had my best interest in mind. Joel is very intelligent and experienced. I was regularly impressed with the professionalism from his firm. Everyone down to the receptionist and his assistants were highly responsive and knowledgeable. I’m grateful for all of them and happy to be able to move forward. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Andee | September 21, 2017
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I truly felt like I was represented by the best possible divorce attorney in the area
Joel and Kyle helped me through a long and messy divorce. I never questioned their advice as it was obvious there were years of experience there. Joel would think outside the box to get me results. He also made it clear he cared about my pocketbook and would suggest to let his co-worker( at a lower rate) help me with the easier tasks. They are busy lawyers but I always felt like I was a priority and the communication was impecible. I would highly recommend Joel and his team. In fact, I wouldn't even consider going elsewhere. You don't want your soon to be EX to hire him!
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2015
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Client
I'm not sure what I would have done without Joel and his supportive staff. Divorce is hard, but from an extremely contentious, disordered person, it is scary, revealing and traumatizing during a time when one needs to think clearly. Joel is obviously familiar with reading the disordered and thankfully would not be drawn into nor drained from the drama (as I was), but rather prevailed with the facts. I was super impressed with his extensive, comprehensive knowledge and experience in understanding financials, accounting, tracking money and understanding small business strategies and valuations. This is NOT an area I am at all well versed and so appreciated his knowledge as it was over my head. Though it was a long and arduous process, it was clear that he had tried and true strategies in place from so much past and variable experience that it gave me confidence. He also kept me apprised as to what was realistic and what was not realistic in relation to family law within the confines of this particular state's laws. He also accurately represented the voices of my children in what they wanted for an outcome regarding parenting time and custody. It was a difficult angle for the law in this state, but he made their voices legally heard and respected by the courts. He has a support staff that complements his skills and supports his work well. I observed them learning and benefiting from his experience and vice versa. They are a great team. I would highly recommend Joel and his staff for a positive outcome. I can't imagine anyone being more familiar, experienced and understanding of the (family/divorce) law in this state. My children and I will be forever grateful he was on our side of the table. Thank you. P.S. And, he looks just like Mitchell Pritchard on the sitcom Modern Family! (but is a much better attorney than Mitchell). :-)
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2015
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Divorce
Joel's firm came highly recommended from numerous friends and business acquaintances. I knew right away during the consultation I was going to be in good hands. Joel was my lead attorney and handled my case with the utmost importance, knowledge and efficiency. I was so thankful to be able to call him anytime 24/7. In my case, there was a lot of strategies involved and I needed a numbers guy. Joel was genuinely concerned about the outcome and my welfare one hundred percent. Joel's firm handles everything! His assistant attorney Beau was at my beck and call literally, I called him more than my own Mother. The entire staff was also very efficient and considerate. I told everyone, I am going to be well taken care of, I just hired the "Dream Team". I am happy to say Joel and his staff lived up to their nick name. I am very satisfied with the final result.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2015
I would highly recommend Joel Kent.
Joel Kent and his professional team stepped in and helped me at a very critical and life-changing time in my life: my divorce. It was a very private, challenging and scary time in my life that I literally did not have a single idea how to navigate. As a mother with four children leaving a compromising situation, as well as owning a large business and many personal assets, I was terrified at to what would be best for my children and I. Not only did Joel handle my children, our situation and I with the utmost respect, he also guided me professionally with calm, intellect, around the clock support and confidence. These were all extrememely important needs for me. He became a true confidant. Our case ended with incredible success, in a timely manner and with continued support. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone seeking professional, legal advice. Moving forward, I continue to enjoy a professional relationship with Joel and his team for the new ventures in my life regarding businesses advice, business purchases, pre-nup agreements, and many other important questions and needs that arise. Joel Kent is an upstanding, hardworking, intelligent and valuable attorney; he goes above and beyond.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
One of the most competent attorneys I have worked with in any situation
Joel took over a very difficult and complicated case in the middle of my divorce just after my home had burnt to the ground. The adverse party and attorney were extremely contentious and Joel was forced to methodically, persistently, and calmly advance the ball towards a conclusion. This case had many elements that required many of Joel's skills and experience; a postnuptial agreement, suspicious fire, insurance issues, tax issues, discovery problems, abuse issues. Joel navigated all of them through great difficulty with perseverance, pointed arguments, clear thinking, and great poise. He is able to size up the issues and get to the heart of the matter quickly. His arguments to the court are concise, articulate, persuasive, and effective. I was extremely lucky to have him as my attorney in this case. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I'm not sure if anyone could have done a better job under difficult circumstances. The case went to trial, and Joel settled it in the middle. The adverse side had been unwilling to talk about settlement until then.
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Posted by Russel | August 12, 2014
Very Competent Divorce Lawyer
I have been in business for 40 years in Washington State with a partner who is a very competent lawyer. I have resided in Oregon for 15 year therefore when I regrettably decided that divorce was the option of last resort, I used my partner's law firm to seek out the most competent divorce lawyer in Bend. Not the meanest, not the loudest, not the nastiest but the most competent. Joel Kent and his firm were at the top of the list. I have not been disappointed in any way. Lawyer Kent sets the example for his firm by handling tough negotiation with exemplary decorum and forwarding thinking to get a good result. His staff and associates reflect Lawyer Kent's example, When negotiations were heated Joel Kent's calm, factual approach was disarming to the other side and one favored by the representatives of the court. I would enthusiastically recommend Joel Kent.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2014
Excellent Family Attorney
I have retained Joel's services for 10 years. He is a professional; highly competent; very skilled in trial; operates with integrity, perspective, and compassion. Joel brings clarity to the situation and advocates for the best resolution for the family. After 10 years of working together, I consider Joel a trusted advisor and friend. He is exceptional!
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Posted by Zeke | April 21, 2014
If you are serious..... This is your man. Period
A lawyer who can anticipate a clients needs is a rarity. Joel explained the consequences of all of my emotional demands and guided me through a very messy divorce. Excellent preparation by him and excellent instruction for me. I never once felt out of the loop or ignored. Outrageous antics by the other side did not phase him. I am a volatile person and he kept me on track. Thanks Joel. Zeke
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2014
A Consummate Professional
Joel Kent is an intelligent, articulate, timely, professional, trustworthy, honest and very knowledgeable attorney, especially when it comes to Divorce Law. His case, letter and email writings are sharp, concise and to the point. and there is no doubt what stand he is taking or why on a given subject. He and his team of professionals work hard for his clients. I recently spent close to a year with Mr. Kent at the helm of an especially complicated and ugly divorce. He did a great job and not only would I use him again, but I would definitely recommend him to others.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Puget Sound
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Slater v. Slater
  • Appellate case set new legal precedent for valuations.
  • Gaber v. Gaber

Associations

  • Columbia Empire Volleyball
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Deschutes County Family Law Advisory Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Rimrock Volleyball
  • Head Coach
  • 1998 - Present
  • Deschutes County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers Pacific Northwest
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 2016 'Top 50' Oregon Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Boss of the Year
  • Central Oregon Legal Professionals
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Accomplished Under 40
  • Cascade Business News
  • 2007
  • Boss of the Year
  • Central Oregon Legal Professionals
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Representation of Children in High Conflict Cases
  • Representing Children
  • 2015
  • Kiwanis
  • Economic Impact Rimrock
  • 2014
  • American Inns of Court
  • Business Valuations
  • 2014
  • Bend Rotary
  • Divorce
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Joel
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I previously worked for Joel for nearly two years and gained invaluable insight into how to zealously advocate on behalf of clients from observing him. Since leaving his firm, I have worked with and against Joel on cases and continue to be impressed by his prowess as an advocate and a professional. I would highly recommend Joel for any and all family law matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel is always very professional, and is a fine advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In the area of family law and child custody/support related issues, I believe that Joel Kent is one of Oregon's finest attorneys. He is experienced, intelligent, and tenacious with respect to his representation of his clients."
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Bend Divorce and separation Lawyer Joel J Kent
Joel J Kent
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bend, OR
Licensed for 27 years