Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter 2010 Family Law Update Newsletter

The latest news from Oregon and SW Washington's Family Law Experts is here! Articles range from our 2010 Super Lawyers and Albert Menashe's Oregon State Bar's Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award. We also cover Zach Fruchtengarten's article on Spousal Support/Maintenance in Marital Dissolution (OR vs. WA) and our holiday support of our community. You can view our newsletter HERE.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Albert A. Menashe Honored by Oregon State Bar

Our very own Albert A. Menashe, Managing Shareholder, was honored on December 2nd with the Oregon State BAR's Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a bar member who publicly and consistently demonstrates integrity, honesty and willing compliance with the letter and spirit of the law, the rules of court, the high ethical standards of professionalism stated in the OSB Statement of Professionalism.

OSB President Kathleen Evans said of Albert, “Mr. Menashe is one of those lawyers we can all point to as the model for how to run a thriving law practice with integrity and honesty, and an eye toward earning the respect of all parties, including clients, colleagues, opposing counsel and the courts.”

We all congratulate Albert on this great award! You can find more information on the Oregon State Bar website HERE.

Monday, November 15, 2010

It's one thing to boast of your talents; it's quite another to be recognized by your peers for them. SuperLawyers is a very respected, third-party attorney directory that bestows the "SuperLawyer" title to attorneys who are nominated by their peers. We are very proud to announce our SuperLawers for 2010:

Top 10 Oregon Attorney honor: Albert A. Menashe.
Top 50 Oregon Attorney honor: Eric C. Larson
Top 25 Oregon Women Attorney honor: Ruth E. Pekelder, Kathryn L. Villa-Smith

Oregon SuperLawyer honor was also given to Shareholders: Andrea J. Anderly, Saville W. Easley, Julia M. Hagan, and William J. Howe III.

Oregon SuperLawyer Rising Star honor was given to Associates: Dylan M. Cernitz, Zach J. Fruchtengarten, Shawn N. Menashe, Sharnel K. Mesirow, and Alex P. Sutton.

Congratulations on this high honor!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Family Law Update "Leafs" an Impression!

Our Fall 2010 Issue of the Family Law Update "Leafs" an impression during this cool Fall! Look for articles regarding: The announcement of our new Vancouver, WA office. 'Back to School' and child support, Gevurtz Menashe being recognized nationally by U.S. News and World Report, and other articles. You can view a copy HERE.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kathryn Villa-Smith MBA Foundation Director

Our very own Kathryn Villa-Smith has been selected as a Multnomah Bar Foundation Director! You can see the writeup in Multnomah Lawyer publication for October 2010, or the embedded image here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

U.S. News and World Report's October 2010 issue includes a section on "Best Law Firms". Gevurtz Menashe is listed in the magazine (as a weblink link) as 'Tier 1 Law Firm' in Family Law! Rankings are created by peer evaluations and surveys by fellow law firms and clients, including every Fortune 100 company. As U.S. News states, "Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise." See for more information.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Best Lawyers Selects 7!, a recognized online attorney directory, has again made their choices for 2011. Seven of our attorneys are highlighted as "Best Lawyers": Albert Menashe, Eric Larson, William Howe, Julia Hagan, Andrea Anderly, Ruth Pekelder, and Zach Fruchtengarten . This honor, chosen by outsiders to the firm, affirms the community recognition of our talented attorneys! Well done!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Young Professionals Event 2010!

Fun was had by all at the annual 'Young Professionals Event', hosted by Gevurtz Menashe, on Thursday, August 26th. This year's event was at Irving Street Kitchen in the Pearl District. A super fun event full of drinks, eats, and meeting other professionals in Portland.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Albert and Shawn Menashe Featured in Goodness Magazine

The latest issue of 'Goodness Magazine' features a very nice article about our very own Albert Menashe and Shawn Menashe. The article offers insight on the Menashe family history, working together in a law firm as father and son, nuances of family law, and life in Portland. Goodness Magazine can be found in magazine kiosks all over the city, or on their website,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Andrea Anderly on Judge Weber

Partner Andrea Anderly (OR/WA), a Court Liaison Committee member, wrote an article in July's Multnomah Lawyer on Judge Katherine Weber. You can view the article HERE in PDF format.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer Family Law Update Arrives!

Jump into summer armed with the latest news and information from Oregon and SW Washington's trusted source of family law. Sarah Creem and Sharnel Mesirow identify "7 Habits of Highly Motivated Working Parents". Zach Fruchtengarten's offers an insightful article on the differences between Oregon and Washington law as it pertains to child custody. We also introduce the newest member of our family, Susan Hiler, as well as congratulate our House of Delegate elects and link to a great KOIN News article which features our own Alex Sutton! You can view the Family Law Update HERE.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dylan Cernitz: Attorney and Cyclist Extraordinaire

Not only is Dylan balanced and sure-footed as an attorney. These same skills carryover to his cycling world! Dylan participated in a bike competition by the Portland Mountain Bike Short Track Series (see the website HERE). This track is an "off-road course; part motocross track, part grassy flats, part twisty singletrack under the trees". It's no surprise Dylan chose such a diverse course, as it compliments his ability to navigate his clients through all types of life-challenging 'terrain'. Way to go, Dylan!!

You can learn more about the attorney/cyclist Dylan, HERE.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gevurtz Menashe Supports the 'Race for Justice'

Gevurtz Menashe is excited to continue our enthusiastic support of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic's 'Race for Justice'. We are believers and supporters of giving back to the community we serve. We are a family law, divorce firm that understands the need for justice for everyone. Join with us to support those with less means, but no less need for justice. Click HERE.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Newest Member of Our Team!

We here at Gevurtz Menashe are excited to welcome Associate Susan Hiler as the newest member of our team! Hiler is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Idaho. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Linfield College, and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University School of Law. Her practice will focus on divorce, custody,and support. Welcome Susan!! Read more about Susan HERE.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Associate Alex Sutton on KOIN 6 News!

Our very own Alex Sutton, Associate, appeared on the KOIN Channel 6 News at 11PM on April 13th, 2010. Alex spoke on the five things to do when you think you are about to divorce:
To learn more about Alex, click HERE.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Congrats to the new Elects to the OSB House of Delegates!

Congratulations are in order for Julia Hagan and Sharnel Mesirow for their successful election as Delegates for Region 5 (Multnomah County) of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD is a representative body for the Oregon State Bar members. Delegates vote on a variety of issues in the form of resolutions relevant to the membership while balancing or guiding the decisions made by the Board of Governors (subject to certain restrictions). Well done Delegates!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring 2010 Family Law Update is Here!!

Our latest newsletter, the 2010 Spring Family Law Update, has arrived! View it online HERE.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Associate Sarah Creem Prepping Future Attorneys

Associate Sarah Creem visited Lewis&Clark School of Law in Portland, OR to educate students about the career of family law! You can view the video Podcast HERE.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Zach Fruchtengarten and Sharnel Mesirow: Famous!

Shareholder Zach Fruchtengarten and Associate Sharnel Mesirow on the cover of a fashion magazine... well, maybe not, but they are on the cover of the Clark County Bar Association Newsletter "Hearsay"! Click HERE to download.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Weighing in on Tiger Woods' Announcement

On Friday, February 19th, two of our Shareholders, Albert Menashe and Bill Howe, were interviewed by two local radio stations regarding the Tiger Woods announcement. First, Albert Menashe was interviewed on KXL AM750 on the news, followed by Bill Howe on 1190KEX on the "Mark and Dave Show". Listen to what Portland and SW Washington's Family Law Professionals have to say about the biggest sports story yet this year!
Click HERE to listen to the KXL AM750 interview with Albert Menashe.
Click HERE to listen to the 1190KEX interview with Bill Howe.

WinterSmash 2010!

Those 'Lanemasters' in our firm who can bowl... or can't.. gave it their all at WinterSmash 2010! WinterSmash is an event hosted by the Multnomah Bar Association to help fund CourtCare. Multnomah CourtCare, a free drop-in child care center in the Multnomah County Courthouse, is a project of the MBA, provided at no cost to families who must go to court. Operated by Volunteers of America Oregon for the MBA, it serves 80 to 100 children and their families every month.
Our keen-eyed bowlers included: Shareholder Ruth Pekelder (a.k.a. DeadPin), Associate Dylan Cernitz (a.k.a. LaneMaster), Associate Kelly Evans (a.k.a. QuickRelease) , and Associate Paige De Muniz (a.k.a. Pinfall Master). Also falling pins were Legal Assistants April (a.k.a Ten Up, Ten Down) and Nakia (a.k.a Striker). Great event and even better cause... well done bowlers!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Multnomah Bar Association Fundraiser Night!

The Pro Bono Committee of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section hosted a wonderful evening of fine wines and edible delicacies at the Square Deal Wine Company on February 10, 2010. Proceeds will support the Pro Bono Domestic Violence and Juvenile Rights handbooks published by the Young Lawyers Section. Shareholders Shawn Menashe and Zach Fruchtengarten as well as Associates Paige De Muniz, Chris Burnett, and Steve Brown attended from our firm. What an excellent night for an even more excellent cause!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Shareholder Kathryn Villa Smith Awarded Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award

The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will
award the 2010 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award to Kathryn Villa-Smith, a shareholder at Gevurtz Menashe specializing in family law, in
recognition of her significant contributions to Oregon's Latino
Community. Daniel Santos, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Kulongoski
and OHBA's 2009 honoree, will present the award at the Fourth Annual
Award Dinner on February 26, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel in Portland,
Oregon. Our featured speaker at the event will be Joaquin Avila, Seattle
University's School of Law's Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and
Director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative. Mr. Avila is a
nationally recognized expert on Latino voting rights.
The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) represents the voice of
Latinos in Oregon's legal community. OHBA seeks to encourage Latinos to
become attorneys, retain Latino legal professionals, raise awareness of
Latino legal issues, and support Latino law students and legal
professionals. Learn more about the OHBA at our website,

Photo below: Kathryn's Gevurtz Menashe 'cheering section', (from left to right) Shareholder Saville Easley, Shareholder Ruth Pekelder, Associate Steve Brown, Brenna Tanzosh's hubby, Associate Brenna Tanzosh, and Associate Paige De Muniz.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Did you know....

When the economy struggles, families are challenged- especially those going through a family law matter. At Gevurtz Menashe, we are uniquely positioned as a group of attorneys and staff, with a wide spectrum of experience and backgrounds to be ready to serve individuals at many socio-economic levels. As a result, every client benefits from our combined years of legal expertise.

Good times or bad, we continue to be 100% committed to provide the highest quality legal representation to ALL clients.