I view the practice of law as a privilege in the service of others. I am a Chicago native who is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington and now make my home in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. I am a well seasoned journeyman attorney with significant experience in finding the best possible solution for people facing the challenges of legal problems. The main emphasis of my law practice is on divorce, bankruptcy and probate but my boutique law office provides individualized attention to any legal matter facing our clients
Over the years I have come to understand that legal problems present difficult times for people. Informed judgment and rational decision making is often very difficult during these times. I can help.
I have been finding solutions for people with legal problems since 1995. All of the cases in my law office are handled by me personally. I will give your case the individualized attention it deserves and keep you informed of every step along the way.
I once represented a kindergarten teacher at a monastery school who was seeking to enforce the distribution of debt granted in her divorce decree. The divorce decree was agreed to at the time of the divorce but my client's ex-husband refused to pay the credit card bills allotted to him in the decree. The credit card companies were in a position to collect from my client since they were not bound by the divorce decree allocation of debt. We pursued a contempt citation and judgment in the amount of credit card debt that she had paid even though the divorce decree had allotted it to her ex-husband. The ex-husband then filed Bankruptcy attempting to discharge the debt allotted to him in the divorce. We pursued an adversary proceeding in the Bankruptcy Court in which I represented my client at trial. We prevailed and the debt was found to be non-dischargeable, making my client a creditor of her ex-husband for the amount of debt allotted to her ex-husband that she paid.
I once represented a federal postal worker in a divorce. The couple had been married over 20 years and had a complex set of financial assets to distribute. My client's postal retirement was in jeopardy of being allocated as part of the distribution of assets in the divorce. The distribution of retirement assets requires compliance with a number of federal and state laws depending on the particular retirement involved. I prepared the proper documents for the distribution of my client's postal worker retirement and a balance sheet of the other marital assets for distribution. Based on this preparation, I was able to negotiate a settlement that left my client's retirement in tact, allowing my client to get divorced without splitting the retirement he had worked for 20 years to acquire.
I once advised, consulted and negotiated for a client in a divorce having marital assets in an amount over $10 million. The case involved the enforceability of a prenuptial agreement against my client. I determined that the agreement was not binding and as a result, was able to secure a more equitable distribution of assets for my client as they divorced. In the end, my client received approximately half of the marital assets instead of the 3% granted to her from the prenuptial agreement.
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