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Kenneth C Goodin

Divorce and separation Attorney

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Ken Goodin, Ken C. Goodin


Licensed for 16 years

Virtual consultation available

About Kenneth

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A native of Oregon, Ken received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of law in 2005 and has been practicing family law since 2007.  Ken received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Oregon in 1994.  During law school, Ken worked as a law clerk at Jaqua & Wheatley, in Eugene, Oregon. He has also worked as an Unemployment Insurance adjudicator for the State of Oregon Employment Department. Prior to law school, Ken was a case assistant at Stoel Rives, in Portland, Oregon, and a waiter at Oba, also in Portland.  From 2007 until 2023, Ken practiced at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook where he was a shareholder.  

 

Ken performed pro bono work through Lane County Legal Aid while in law school. He has also volunteered for the Greenhouse shelter for homeless youth in Portland, Oregon, and has worked as a volunteer forester for the US Forest Service. Ken enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and also reading science fiction. He is an avid fisherman and runner, and has been a Nike footwear field tester.

 

Ken believes that thorough case preparation is the key to winning or negotiating the best outcome for his clients, which is his number one goal. Ken meticulously and methodically prepares his clients' cases, building a foundation for a winning legal argument integrated with carefully researched legal precedent. Hard work is the cornerstone of Ken's practice.  

Ken is also deeply devoted to his clients and takes a personal interest in each case. "People going through a difficult divorce or custody battle can get frustrated with the 'system.' They need the assistance of an attorney who cares about what happens to them. Someone who can explain the process and keep things moving forward," he says." I work hard to move clients past their difficulties, so they can get on with their lives. It makes me feel good when I can lift that burden from their shoulders." Ken has a proven ability to keenly assess each client's situation and tailor an approach best suited to a successful outcome.  

Ken has successfully litigated divorces involving business interests and issues of business valuation.  Because of the attention to detail involved in these cases, Ken enjoys and excels at resolving complex property division and large asset cases.  


Licensed for 16 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/11/2022

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Posted by Randy | September 17, 2012
Blessing to my family
Ken was an absolute blessing to my family and myself! I'll always be grateful to Ken for keeping me level headed through my child custody case, time after time I would walk away from Kens office with a better feeling than when I entered. I know that it's not easy for a Father to gain custody of his children, but with Ken's help, preperation, and sticking within the law.......we prevailed! Ken was the second attorney that I had contacted in Bend, (the first gave me no chance at all at getting my children back home), Ken listened to the circumstances of the children being held out of State, and went to battle for a Father who was torn at every seam! Ken was always prepared, had me arm him with the facts of my case, and set about the case beautifully! Not knowing anything about the legal world, I was amazed at every level at the work done by Ken and his wonderful team! especially once the trial started, and all the hard work had come to the surface. The legal process is not easy! it was very tiresome, long, and stressful, but in the end.........right is right! and I'm very grateful to have had someone like Ken, to present the facts in a manner in which the Judge could very clearly make his judgement,..... through the facts in front of him! Randy Yochum Bend OR.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2013
Honest and Respectful
I had a consultation with Ken regarding a modification to child support, spousal support and parenting time that was presented to me by my former spouse. Ken was honest about the difficulties I could potentially encounter and respectful of my feelings. Though I left his office feeling a bit defeated I was thankful he provided me with an accurate picture of the situation. He also was very upfront about the cost involved and ultimately referred me to an attorney closer to my home, to save me money. He was willing to review a couple of documents for me and provide his input after the consultation. I highly recommend Ken, he is knowledgeable, honest, respectful and extremely willing to help.
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Posted by Sondra | October 4, 2022
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The Absolute Very BEST
I have been struggling a few days to find the words that fully express the gratitude I feel for my absolutely incredible attorney Ken. When I went to see him just days after coming to the very painful decision to get a divorce, he never put a foot wrong. I was so emotional and fearful of my future, but from the very start, Ken was SO smart, SO professional and so kind. I was able to go forward through this extremely emotional process, knowing I truly had someone smart as hell who had my back, and was not going to let me falter in any way. That's a big deal when you're in a state of paranoia and not sure who you can trust and where to turn. Ken guided me flawlessly through the process, helped me come to an agreement with my ex-husband which was highly acceptable to both, was ALWAYS available for my calls or emails, and honestly is just the best attorney I've ever dealt with. It's been a hard few months, but was the best and luckiest day for me was when a friend recommended Ken. I'm paying it forward now with this review. You will find no better attorney anywhere and in any state. My situation was complicated, but you wouldn't have known that with the positive forward motion and expediency that took us down the very kindest and easiest path to the end. I am, and will always be, eternally grateful.
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Posted by Amanda | May 3, 2022
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The Best
Ken is a very hardworking Attorney and is always on top of his game. i would highly recommend him as your attorney.
Posted by Sarah | April 12, 2022
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Exceeds Expectations
I hired Ken for what was looking to be a simple and strait forward divorce. He is sharp, knowledgeable and personable. He came highly recommended and has exceeded my expectations. My situation turned stressful and chaotic with some very unexpected curve balls. Quick, smart and decisive actions needed to be taken. Ken was ultra-responsive, sound in his advise and fast to act. He facilitated a fair and fast resolution. I am grateful for his expertise and support through the process. I highly recommend him for any family law needs.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2019
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Judgement enforcement
I hired Ken to help enforce a divorce judgement. Ken was able to go through the original judgement and quickly resolve the issue when my ex decided to not follow through. Within 2 weeks of hiring the issue was resolved without having to contact my ex in any way.
Posted by Randy | December 9, 2017
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Ken is an Amazing Lawyer
I cannot say enough about Ken Goodin, I had a very unusual Divorce. He is is class act. His integrity is above reproach. His firm is top notch. I am an Oregonian, but live and work in Germany. I have never met him in person, but I hope to. This was a nightmare situation that he worked through and the outcome was acceptable and even more acceptable, given the opposition. I have one word of advice. use arbitration. This was not a cheap divorce but I will never regret using Ken or his firm. He will know who I am, if you need a first hand unbiased opinion he will know who I am. Best to all, stay out of court and heal. Listen to him, he is that good.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
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Highly Recommended
I never write reviews online but had to make an exception in this case as Ken's assistance in handling my divorce was phenomenal. If you're reading this review maybe you're in the same boat as I was- completely foreign to the dissolution process, unsure of Oregon case law pertaining to divorce, and wanting nothing more than sweet, sweet freedom from the shackles of a miserable spouse who is doing their best to suck every last drop of happiness and every last cent of net worth out of you. If getting married was one of the worst decisions I've made in the last decade (it was) then becoming a client of Ken's was one of the best. I'm the type of person that likes to game every conceivable scenario and Ken's insight into the legal system and what was possible and effective in terms of angles to approach and negotiation strategies was indispensable. I wanted nothing more than to finish the divorce proceedings quickly and with as little expense as possible and Ken made that a reality. Ken was extremely polite, responsive, well-spoken, and meticulous through every step of the process. Let's face it- good legal counsel is expensive and here just like anywhere you are going to get what you pay for. Despite his patient and meticulous nature I believe that the time he spent on my case was calculated very reasonably given the amount of information I had provided to him regarding my circumstances. I would not hesitate to contact Ken if his services are needed again in the future. Thanks Ken!
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Posted by Abbas | August 12, 2015
Professional, Honest and Experienced
I had a special divorce case since I am living outside USA, while my family is in Oregon. I wanted to hire the best knowledgeable lawyer, yet someone I could trust he will look after my interest. After doing a thorough research on the best lawyers in central Oregon, and having done actually many sessions with the best lawyers according their highest ranks, I came to conclude that Ken was the best lawyer from the first session. Ken was very informative, professional, and would go the extra mile. Ken’s work is very detailed; he is a hard worker, punctual and always giving the right and most realistic advice whether it is regarding my legal rights, negotiation with my spouse or drafting of divorce terms. I am very glad he was my lawyer until I got my divorce, in which Ken acted on my behalf and I did not have to visit USA all during the course of divorce. Moreover, Ken has also been supportive and active during post divorce period either through giving advice on agreement interpretations or communicating with my Ex-wife. Thank you Ken and Thanks for your team (Nicole, Shana and others)
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2015
He is the best!
I can't imagine finding a better attorney to guide me through my divorce than Ken. He has the most calming, respectful demeanor. He always kept me up to date on my case and helped me through every decision I had to make along the way. I never had a question he didn't know the answer to. No matter what the other side did, he always knew how to respond. He was calm, deliberate, and prepared at every turn. His legal assistant, Nicole, is also amazing (Hi, Nicole!). I will always be thankful that I found Ken and how he helped me navigate such a difficult time in my life with such compassion and professionalism, and most of all, respect for my feelings and where I was in the divorce process. He was worth every dime and I can't recommend him highly enough, I will always be grateful that he was my attorney.
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Posted by Jim | September 12, 2014
Very personable and understanding of my issue.
Ken was very knowledgeable about my situation and gave me great advise. If I need his services to help me with the dissolution proceedings I will definitely hire him.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2014
Kenneth C. Goodin
Attorney Kenneth Goodin proved to be an excellent lawyer in handling my marriage dissolution/divorce action. He was very knowledgeable about this process and his extensive experience provided helpful guidance and advice. Moreover, he was very patient and took the time to fully explain the legal implications of the decisions that I was required to make and to develop a fair and equitable plan. He was very quick to respond to my questions and keep me up-to-date with the progress being made. If there was anything positive about this painful life experience, it was having Ken help me through it. I greatly appreciated his calm, wise counsel and his thorough preparation for the final steps in bringing this case to a satisfactory closure.
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Posted by Randy | September 18, 2012
great job done
I hired Ken Goodin in Sept, 2011, to help me with a child custody/Divorce case. Ken was amazing to me, showing tremendous patience! as I was in a whirlwind due to my sudden circumstance. Ken was calming, directed me on what I had to do, where I had to be, and gave me all around great advice. Ken used the facts for my case, presented a fantastic argument, and won the custody portion of the case for this Father! It was very interesting watching the legal process go on, and Ken explained things to me so that I was not in the dark! I have great admiration for the legal process, and will always be grateful to Ken and his staff for the work that they performed for me and my family.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, PC
  • 2015 - 2023
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, PC
  • 2007 - 2014

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • City Club of Central Oregon
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Bend - La Pine Schools Education Foundation
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Deschutes County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Deschutes County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Deschutes County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Deschutes County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse this attorney. Ken is the kind of guy who you are always happy to run into outside of the courtroom because he is friendly and approachable. But, as an adversary, he is a real tough cookie. In any case, Ken is most likely the attorney who worked the hardest and the results he gets for his clients tend to show it. Ken is also a leader among lawyers, donating his time to various areas of professional improvement. From time to time, I have called on Ken for advice on how to handle difficult family law matters and he has always been willing to lend me a helping hand. I highly recommend Ken for any family law matter and I think he is especially talented at handling difficult and complicated cases."
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Divorce and separation Lawyer Kenneth C Goodin
Kenneth C Goodin
Divorce and separation Attorney
Licensed for 16 years
Virtual consultation available