Our History. Our Values.
TThe founding attorneys of Pacific Family Law Firm went to law school to learn to help people. With backgrounds in engineering and politics, they are natural problem solvers. They admire the law's ability to effectuate real change for actual, human individuals - not just corporations and big business.
Out of law school, our founding lawyers were drawn to the service for actual people, tenaciously arguing in court for individuals' rights. With first practice areas focusing on criminal defense, litigation for individuals and small business owners, divorce and family law, and family law, our attorneys quickly learned the importance of listening to the client and extensive trial preparation. Most lawyers rarely (or sometimes never) step foot in a courtroom, not so with the attorneys at Pacific Family Law Firm. All of our practice areas have required extensive battle testing in trial. With experience arguing on behalf of clients before countless judges, juries, and even Oregon Appellate and Supreme Court justice panels, we take pride in the ability to assist our clients at all levels of the justice system.
The founding attorneys at Pacific Family Law Firm have known and respected each other as colleagues since their earliest days in practice. Having worked jointly or even opposite each other in past cases, they maintained a friendship and respect for each other's demeanor, mutual respect for the law, honesty, and legal skills. In the final months of 2019, they decided over a business lunch to join forces and build a practice to help family law clients with a joint vision: building success through consistently great service.
To that end, the attorneys masterminded and founded Pacific Family Law Firm. Some divorce and family law firms are known as "mills," investing their time and resources in advertising so that they can bring in a high number of cases to settle as quickly as possible. While this model might lead to more vacation and fewer client discussions, it does not bring in the best results for the client. While our attorneys certainly value free time, the vision is to grow our firm by only hiring people with a similar commitment to clients. We believe that consistently excellent service leads to happy clients, and satisfied clients lead to business growth. It's not a novel idea; it's just increasingly rare in today's cynical world of social media and aggrandizing self-promotion. There's a reason why "under-promise over-deliver" is still a core tenant of business schools around the nation.
We believe it's reasonable for clients to expect to talk with the professionals they hired. While Pacific Family Law Firm will undoubtedly use staff, paralegals, and various assistants to streamline the workup of your case, the core work and client discussions will be with the actual trial lawyer assigned to your case. We believe that the best way for us to learn the nuances of your case and personality - and become passionate about it – is to talk to you, the client. You can expect to work directly with us most of the time, not an assistant.
In most firms it is the staff that handles the bulk of your case. You end up dealing with paralegals, assistants, or clerks instead of the attorney you signed up with. At Pacific Family Law Firm, assistants may handle paperwork and occasional informational calls, but most of the time you will be working with your actual trial attorney.
Our office and divorce attorneys have built the firm from the ground up with efficiency in mind. Paperless, custom-built data centers for instant access to all file information, and flexible communication by phone, email, and even secure instant messaging. We want you to be able to participate as part of the team in your case.
Far too many divorce and family law "mills" are simply out to settle your case as fast as possible so they can move on the next one. Pacific Family Law Firm was founded by lawyers who are used to the courtroom and don't run from it. If getting you the right result means taking the matter to a trial, we will do it. If you are ready for a trial, we won't back down either.
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