Monday, August 25, 2014

Albert Menashe featured on KGW News, commenting on high conflict divorce and therapy

Albert Menashe was featured on KGW News, Channel 8, adding expert input on the tragic Jessica Smith case.  Albert specifically commented on high conflict divorce and therapy.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gevurtz Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers 2015!, an esteemed online attorney directory, has published it’s annual 'best lawyers' for 2015. This year ten of our attorneys are honored as "Best Lawyers". A number that has doubled since 2012. 

This year’s list includes: Shawn Menashe, Albert Menashe, Eric Larson, William Howe, Julia Hagan, Robin Wright, Zach Fruchtengarten, Dylan Cernitz, Craig Cowley and Marshal Spector. The Best Lawyers designation is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which attorneys are divided by geographic region and recognized for professional excellence in their practice area(s).

“I am extremely proud of the quality of law being practiced by all of our lawyers. The accolades our lawyers continue to receive are a reflection of the pride we have in what we are doing,” said Shawn Menashe, Managing Shareholder. “Since the beginning, our firm’s greatest asset has always been our people. We are proud of all of our lawyers and the quality of legal service we provide to our family law and estate planning clients throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho.”

Congratulations to each of you on this well-deserved honor!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Staff Spotlight: Kimberly Lyons

This quarter we are pleased to recognize our estate planning legal assistant, Kimberly Lyons, for her volunteer work with The Aperture Project. The Aperture Project is an organization that connects children through photography and writing; broadening their world view while promoting tolerance and understanding. The mission of The Aperture Project is to create positive community connections among young people with diverse backgrounds.

As a hobby photographer, Kim is passionate about Aperture’s mission, showing children how photography can be used as a vehicle of communication with the potential to expand world views and help celebrate our differences as people, while also discovering ways in which we share common ground. Using her organizational skills, passion for photography, and experience in non-profit grant writing, Kim serves as the Director of Fund Development for The Aperture Project.

This summer, The Aperture Project will host a scavenger hunt to encourage North Portland youth to explore and connect with the rich history of their community in St Johns. The event will be held on August 9th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Visit to learn more.

Way to go, Kim! Thank you for all you do to make our firm and the Portland arts community a better place for our youth!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

GMLH Rocks the Race for Justice!

On June 14th Team Gevurtz Menashe joined dozens of other members of the Oregon legal community to support St. Andrew Legal Clinic. This year’s 14th annual Race For Justice raised more than $125,000 to help meet the legal needs of low and moderate income people with family law concerns. SALC helps bridge the gap for families who do not qualify for Legal Aid and cannot afford to hire a private attorney. Over the course of four weeks, the GM team raised over $1,300 in pledges among our personal networks. Way to go, team!

For more information, visit SALC at To donate to SALC, call 503-281-1500 or click here for more information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Multnomah County eCourt Transition Attorney-Assisted Mediation Program

A big shout out to our Multnomah County Circuit Court volunteer attorney-assisted mediators, Julia Hagan, Saville Easley, Bill Howe, and Craig Cowley for their participation in and commitment to the success of the Multnomah County eCourt transition Attorney-assisted Mediation Program. This spring, in preparation for Multnomah County Circuit Court’s eCourt filing transition, several of our family law attorneys partnered with Multnomah County as volunteer trial assignment mediators. The transition to eCourt required extensive staff training sessions which reduced the number of slots available on the trial assignment docket. The goal of this temporary program was to reduce the number of matters actually needing judge time by triaging cases on the docket and requiring participation in attorney-mediated discussions.

Parties to divorces, custody actions, or support modifications who are unable to settle their dispute and have come to the end of the legal action are typically scheduled to be assigned to a judge for trial. Instead, during this 10 week experimental program, they were diverted to meet first with an assigned neutral attorney-mediator. In each case, the parties met at the courthouse at the scheduled time with the attorney-mediator. The attorney-mediator  listened to each side, provided them with information, and offered them guidance toward reaching an agreement. Not every case settled using the attorney-mediator but most did, making the program very efficient. Thank you to everyone who helped make this program a success.

To the Multnomah County Court Staff — A special thank you for your hard work and dedication implementing our new eCourt system. Your efforts make a big difference in our legal community. Thank you for your time and energy this year to get the new system in place. We truly appreciate you!