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Gordon E Phillips

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bend, OR

4.5   13 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 23 years
    Washington - WA 15 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Gordon

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Gordon attended Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Gordon received his Juris Doctor from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 2000 and became a member of the Oregon State Bar the same year. 
Prior to law school Gordon worked for Sigma Nu International Fraternity traveling throughout the United States as an Educational Field Consultant.  During law school Gordon clerked for the the Multnomah County Counsel's office in the litigation division where he was active with motion and pleading practice in the federal courts.  Gordon also worked for the United States Army and volunteered with Multnomah County Legal Aid. 

Gordon practices primarily in Central and Eastern Oregon.  His office is Bend, Oregon where he has lived since January 2001. Gordon is a current member of the Oregon State Bar, the Deschutes County Bar, a member of the Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys, and a Fellow in The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. 
Gordon is the past president and past member of the board of directors for the Central Oregon Council on Aging a Central Oregon nonprofit that specializes in services to seniors such as Meals-on-Wheels. Gordon is also a past member of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Since moving to Bend Gordon has become an avid fly fisherman and enjoys mountain biking. He also enjoys camping, brewing his own beer, and playing soccer.

Location

Phillips, Traylor, Myers, & Goodin, LLP

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Brian | September 26, 2012
Great Job and THANKS for all your help
Gordon took care of my case with great care. He did an amazing job, and exceeded my expectations. In the end, I was able to get what I wanted, which was what was fair. I am very happy to have 50/50 custody of my daughter. Gordon was able to keep pressing for what was fair. We didn't give in, and the end result was awesome! Thanks.
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Posted by Catherine | August 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Great job!
Gordon assisted me with my challenging divorce process. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I felt very confident about his advice and suggestions in moving forward. I would recommend his services to anyone!
Posted by Tiffany | February 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Attorney!
Gordon Phillips was recommended to me by a colleague of mine to handle my divorce. From day one of this process Gordon conducted himself in a very detailed and professional manner. My circumstances were a little sticky, but Gordon knew the laws and what was fair. Even though we never had to go to court, Gordon fought for me and my future. If you need an attorney, I highly recommend Mr. Phillips. He will help you understand your situation, inform you about the laws, but explain them to you with patience and in a simplified manner, as well as give you great advice. I am very grateful that I had Gordon on my side.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Highly Recommend
I had a difficult case and was asking the court for a lot. I was trying to relocate out of the state with my children, fight for sole custody, change parenting time, and receive child support after my divorce was already finalized. I figured it was my one shot to go big for my children’s sake, and Gordon was the perfect attorney for the job. We both put a lot of hard work into preparing for my case, and it was completely worth it. We won! I got to relocate with my kids out of state, I won sole custody, I get to have more parenting time with my kids, and I am now receiving child support. I would not have been able to do this without Gordon's help and expertise. Going to court to fight for what my kids deserve was one of the hardest things I have had to do, and Gordon made it simpler, was incredibly transparent and honest throughout the whole thing, set realistic expectations, and was very easy to work with. He is also pretty funny and is good about breaking the tension when things get hard. Going to court is incredibly difficult and scary but having a great attorney who has your back and will fight for you pays off. I highly recommend Mr. Phillips to help you with your legal matters!
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Posted by Kayla | August 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch attorney!
I entered into an unexpected divorce in the spring and was referred to Gordon Phillips to use. Right after my first phone consultation, I knew I was in amazing hands. I cannot say enough about the time that Mr. Phillips took to go over everything with me from start to finish. He was thorough, polite, accurate, detailed but most of all, he talked with me like a friend and explained to me anything that I didn't understand and asked me great questions. He never made me feel rushed or inept when discussing legal terms, and this made our working relationship super smooth and any followup timely and complete. I honestly never thought this would go so smooth or so fast. I highly recommend Mr. Phillips if you want an attorney that helps you understand your situation, gives you great advice, simplifies things that you may have questions on and doesn't nickle and dime you. It was a pleasure working with him and his staff.
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Posted by Joseph | July 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely happy with the outcome.
Mr. Phillips did an excellent job with my divorce. Mr. Phillips was very honest and upfront with me in regards to what I needed to plan for in regards to my divorce. He did not over promise or tell me what he thought I wanted to hear, he was very straight forward. His communication with me was great. Any questions or concerns I had he got right back to me that same day. During court he was straight forward with the facts and honest, I think the judge saw this and respected that. After court / judges decision was made Mr. Phillips helped me get set up with who I needed to contact and get me on the path to get the little stuff done after court. Mr. Phillips was also very good with his time, he did not overcharge or waste time to try and get more money out of me. During phone calls, emails, or meetings he made sure that we were quick and did not drag it out to charge me more. I would highly recommend Mr. Phillips to anyone that is going through a divorce. I have already passed his card out to other people that have asked about my divorce and are looking for a good lawyer. I can't thank him enough for making this painful process so easy.
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Posted by Lori | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complex divorce with kids and pension
Gordon handled a complex divorce, including custody issues, pension valuations and property division in a professional, thorough, and practical manner. Hopefully your case won't have to go to trial, but if so he is a fantastic litigator. I highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in Bend
I retained Gordon Phillips after my complicated out-of-state divorce and custody battle proved too challenging for several others. He came highly recommend by a top Portland family law attorney. Over the next two years I was not disappointed. Mr. Phillips' extensive knowledge of the law allowed him to deliver better results than I thought possible. He is passionate about helping his clients. He listened to my opinions throughout the process and became a trusted adviser. Mr. Phillips is also responsive to client communications, which is rare in my experience. I feel very fortunate to have found him. I would strongly recommend Gordon to anyone caught up in a high conflict or complicated case where an extraordinary attorney is needed.
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Posted by Sharon | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Exceptional attorney!
I needed to use Gordon's services after I filed for a divorce last year. From our first consultation, I knew I would retain his services for representation. Here is why: In that hour, I gained more information than I would have dreamed possible. My best guess is many attorneys would have used several hours to provide me with the same amount of information. After hearing of my situation, he guided me to use a mediator to help deal with a large portion of our case. In the end, this saved me a large sum of money. Whenever I was in need of guidance from Gordon, he responded to my outreach very promptly and professionally. Over the course of our case, I needed his expertise every bit as much as the services of the mediator. Gordon was very careful to not over utilize his services, he instead provided me with all of my options in addition to what he could offer. If you decide to retain his services, you can be rest assured that Gordon knows this area of the law extremely well. He does not play "dirty," but will also quickly assert himself on his client's behalf and not be intimidated by the other party's representation. Gordon was originally referred to me by a good friend (who happens to be a local attorney) who knows of Gordon's positive reputation. I feel extremely lucky to have had his representation during what was easily the most difficult time in my life. It would have been more difficult if I hadn't had someone who was comfortable standing strong on my behalf, knew the law so well and was willing to work alongside the mediator to help keep our process as calm as possible.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
My experience with the legal system during my divorce was difficult, but I am so glad that I was referred to Gordon Phillips because I found in him a very effective combination of clear legal thought, determination and the ability to make a court follow his line of reasoning. These were invaluable to me as my ex-husband had seized all the assets of our trust and abandoned me and our three children. Even though the courts initially seemed prejudiced to listening to my ex-husband's unsupported claims, Gordon was able to persuade the court of their previous error, reinstate child and spousal support and ultimately win the case and recover enough of our assets to provide for my kids and me. To say that I could not have done it without him is an understatement. Throughout the whole ordeal Gordon was a pillar of wisdom, clarity and encouragement combined with a very good legal strategist and representative before the courts. He was always professional and firm in his approach and he did an excellent job of preparing me for our three day trial. The bottom line, when the court saw how well prepared we were, and how little actual evidence my ex-husband had, I won hands down. When you start out with a case most lawyers look at it and say no way, Gordon believed in truth and ethics and won the day in spite of apparent disadvantages. Semper fi.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Advisor and Advocate
Gordon handled our complex modification of custody case very well. Not only did we get a great result, he was judicious with our expenses and was able to help us create the most efficient strategy for our resources. Bend is very limited in good family law attorneys and Gordon is definitely one of the best in town. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Accepted $275 for a consultation and then wouldn’t return calls.
I had a consultation a few weeks ago with Gordon Phillips. I liked him. He assured me that the the modification I was seeking was fairly straightforward and said that I could try it myself or pay a lawyer a few thousand dollars to do it for me. In the consultation, we reviewed my current order and specifically talked about the firm that represented my child’s father in that case. I called back the next week to retain services, because this is intensely anxiety producing, and I’m having a lot of trouble navigating the paperwork and forms. I called back 3 times in about a week, leaving messages each time. Finally, the receptionist said that Mr. Phillips had left me a message saying that he was too busy to help me, and he recommends these lawyers. At the top of his list was the firm my son’s father had used. The one that we specifically discussed during our consultation. I understand being busy. I understand the need to limit the work load. I do not understand taking $275 from someone, telling them to call back if they need help, and then refusing to even answer messages.
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Response from Gordon Phillips June 4, 2018
I apologize that neither my staff or I responded to you more timely. I understand when you have a legal matter it is a very stressful time and that not hearing back from me compounded that stress. I should have gotten back to you sooner. I apologize that I did not accept your case. I work very hard to make sure all of my clients receive the best representation possible. I declined your case simply because I felt I could not provide you the type of representation you deserve because of my workload. My assistant maintains a list of attorneys who I believe provide excellent service to their clients in our community. She provided you the names from that list without knowing who represented your son's father. We will do a better job of screening those names on the list in the future. I wish you the best with your case moving forward.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rude
After waiting 3 weeks for an appointment with Mr. Phillips, I was extremely disappointed to be treated with utter disrespect. Instead of listening to the issue, he berated me based on partial information. He then dismissed me saying he was not interested in representing me. Perhaps he was having a difficult day and I happened to be the unfortunate recipient of his anger.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Parnter
  • Phillips & Moore, LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Johnson Phillips & Moore, LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lage Johnson Phillips
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Shareholder
  • Stahancyk Kent Johnson & Hook P C
  • 2001 - 2010
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Education

  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Deschutes County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys
  • Former Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Accomplished Under 40
  • Cascade Business News
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting - NALS
  • Legislative Changes - Family Law
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Gordon
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Gordon is one of the best attorneys in Bend, and is a fantastic, knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gordon is a zealous advocate for his clients whilst always remaining cordial and professional. I would recommend Gordon to any person in need of highly skilled representation."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a divorce attorney licensed in South Carolina. Mr. Phillips previously assisted me in providing some insight into divorce laws in the state of Oregon. Mr. Phillips was very knowledgeable, honest, and clearly explained the laws in Oregon and their impact on a potential client. I would highly recommend Mr. Phillips for anyone needing assistance."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gordon is a highly competent lawyer. He is a fierce advocate and knows the law but he is also reasonable, practical and compassionate. I always enjoy working with Gordon and highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gordon is creative, intelligent, experienced, and excellent in a court room. I regularly recommend him to those in need and will continue to do so in the future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Gordon since law school and can vouch for his honesty, integrity, and professionalism. I frequently refer clients to Gordon and have never been disappointed. Gordon is an outstanding lawyer and a great guy. I endorse him without reservation."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gordon is always a pleasure to work with and does a great job advocating for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gordon Phillips has years of specialized experience in family law. Gordon has multidisciplinary skills he uses to get clients fair and beneficial results with respect to support, business and asset division, custody and parenting time. Gordon Phillips is respected in the community for his expertise. I highly recommend this attorney."
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Bend Divorce and separation Lawyer Gordon E Phillips
Gordon E Phillips
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bend, OR
Licensed for 23 years
Virtual consultation available