Annelisa Smith


  • Portland
  • OR
  • Vancouver
  • WA

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I build trust with my clients so we can work together to get the hard work done. Along the way, I provide as much relief and support as I possibly can.

Annelisa Smith

Annelisa is a hard-working Portland divorce attorney who knows how to think on her feet and solve problems – demonstrated by her experience with litigation of domestic relations, juvenile dependency, and paternity issues. Her ability to perform gracefully in the often stressful and emotionally-charged environment of family law is both a relief and an advantage to her clients. Annelisa works with clients throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington at McKinley Irvin's Vancouver, WA and Portland law firm.

Annelisa understands that strong feelings come with the territory in family law and works to meet her client's needs for strong advocacy and effective resolutions. "When I see how overwhelmed my clients can be in the middle of their divorce or custody case, my drive to support them gets even stronger, " says Annelisa. "Knowing I can help my client navigate this difficult time makes the job worthwhile for me."

"I build trust with my clients so we can work together to get the hard work done. Along the way, my staff and I provide as much relief as we can so our clients always know we are here to support them and that our priority is to move their case forward."

In addition, she has extensive experience representing children and understands the trauma and pressure adult domestic relations issues bring to children. Annelisa strives to help her clients balance the needs of adults and the best interests of their children.

Annelisa has worked both as a Portland divorce lawyer and within the court system. She maintains strong professional relationships within the legal system so that she can be a greater advocate for her clients. As a Portland divorce attorney at McKinley Irvin, Annelisa is recognized for her desire to maintain the highest level of ethics and professionalism in even the most contested cases.

Annelisa stays involved within the Portland legal community, and is also a committed volunteer, providing legal aid and services to Portland community causes.


  • Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Appointee, Tools and Standards subcommittee for the Family Court Enhancement Project
  • Multnomah County Circuit Court Child's Attorney Representation Panel


  • Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law and Juvenile Sections
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Gus J. Soloman Inn of Court, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS), Member
  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners (OAFLP), Board Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Oregon Chapter

Community Involvement

  • NW Second Saturday - Divorce Workshops for Women, Volunteer Attorney
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Ambassador Board Memeber
  • Bravo Youth Orchestra, Founding Board Member and Secretary
  • J.D. and M.S., Vermont Law School, Dean's Fellow
  • B.S., Oregon State University

Annelisa regularly represents clients in:

  • Klickitat County
  • Washington
  • Benton County
  • Oregon
  • Wahkiakum County
  • Washington
  • Lewis County
  • Washington
  • Multnomah County
  • Oregon
  • Washington County
  • Oregon
  • Columbia County
  • Oregon
  • Hood River County
  • Oregon
  • Yamhill County
  • Oregon
  • Clatsop County
  • Oregon
  • Tillamook County
  • Oregon
  • Marion County
  • Oregon
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon
  • Clark County
  • Washington
  • Skamania County
  • Washington
  • Cowlitz County
  • Washington

While Annelisa practices primarily in these counties, she represents clients throughout Oregon, Washington, the U.S., and internationally who are involved in Oregon or Washington State family law matters. Contact us if you think you have a family law issue we can help you with.


Distinguished as an Oregon Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, 2013-2015

Distinguished as a Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, 2014-2015

Practice Areas

  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Relocation
  • Unmarried Couples
  • LGBT Family Law
  • Military Family Law
  • Best Seattle Divorce Lawyer