|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Oregon Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Oregon Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Oregon Super Lawyers||2013|
|Associate||Brittle & Brittle, PC||2013 - Present|
|Staff Attorney||St. Andrew Legal Clinic||2013 - 2013|
|Partner||Osher & Bergstrom Law||2009 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Willamette University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Portland State University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
Posted by anonymous
Christopher J. Bergstrom served as my counsel through an extremely trying divorce sparked by domestic violence perpetrated against me by my ex-husband in early 2011. Mr. Bergstrom met each challenge with grace, compassion, professionalism, and wisdom. Mr. Bergstrom never failed to be extremely well researched and prepared for all court appearances, filings, and unexpected changes. Christopher always welcomed collaboration and client involvement in “next steps”, taking care to explain legalese and often times foreseeing the possibility of difficult scenarios, allowing us to be well prepared. I appreciated Mr. Bergstrom’s honesty and straight forward communication style, which was consistently tempered with his sincere empathy for hurting individuals and/or families in crisis. Mr. Bergstrom builds relationships in his practice of family law & I never felt as if I were simply another case number or billing invoice; Christopher J. Bergstrom sought justice for me and I found hope in the future knowing that this gentleman was in my corner. I would recommend Mr. Bergstrom to anyone.
Posted by Robert
I had the distinct misfortune of working with Mr. Bergstrom a little more than two years ago. Although he talked a good talk in his office, when it came time to perform in the courtroom, his tactics left much to be desired. It almost seemed like he knew how to look up the laws, but didn't know how to present the facts in my case. Not only did I loose custody of my kids, I also lost the ability to continue in my career.
I returned from Iraq in 2010. I came home and my house was empty, the kids and family gone. I contacted Mr. Bergstrom and talked with him about the case. He encouraged me to act, and to act quickly, as time was of the essence.
I was then served with a restraining order. I had been out of the country for the better part of a year, what had I done that constituted a restraining order? Nothing. However, in court, my ex stated that I had slashed the tire on the car we owned jointly. She presented a picture of a slashed tire. Mr. Bergstrom moved to have that picture entered into evidence (I have listened to the recording several times, and it is distinct). The restraining order was extended until we could get the child custody suit situated.
I had attended all of the required parenting classes for the state, and had even tried mediation in this so that it would not go to court. At no time did my ex ever budge from what she wanted. I offered, on many occasions, to assist her with numerous things while we were going through this process. It was plain to see, she wanted me out of her life, she wanted the kids, and she wanted to continue receiving my money to help her live.
Upon the beginning of our court hearing for custody, the judge (not a Family Law judge) offered to have us go into another room and try, again, to come to an agreement. Under Mr. Bergstrom's advice, I did. During this process, I was not allowed to speak my mind. When I did, Mr. Bergstrom gave me an evil look. I kept quiet the rest of the time thinking that maybe he had a plan that would work. So, yet again, I trusted him.
After we came to the agreement, it was read and agreed to in front of the judge. It was, "read to record". But getting my ex to sign it was another issue. Mr. Bergstrom let her sit on this for about 3 months before he decided to resign from the case because he and I did not agree with what was best for my children. He did so after I had spent all of the money I managed to save on his fees and was then making payments to him as I could. He waved the remaining fees. He knew I didn't have any more money.
The case went to court, I lost custody of my children, I don't see two of them at all, my bank account was ravaged by her and there was nothing I could do about it, Mr. Bergstrom got the money he knew he could get with me not gaining custody, and I now have a restraining order permanently on my record for something I did not do.
Mr. Bergstrom did not do me a service what-so-ever. In fact, I believe his involvement exacerbated the situation because he did not know how to handle the restraining order case.
If everything is laid out, nice and neat for him, I'm sure he would do fine. But if you are in true need for justice and for the right thing for your kids, do not trust this man... ESPECIALLY if you are a male seeking custody.