About Collin McKean

Collin McKean was exposed to the legal field at an early age. Growing up, he watched his father practice in a small town in eastern Washington. Collin realized early on the amount of skill and knowledge a good attorney needs to successfully represent clients.

As he embarked on his own law career, he came to understand that the most effective family law attorneys are also creative and compassionate. It is these attributes coupled with a keen attention to detail and smart planning for his clients that makes him an exceptional attorney. Collin is Partner at the firm’s Portland office and represents family law clients in both Portland, OR and across the river in Vancouver, WA.

Collin's experience as an accountant prior to becoming an attorney also makes him especially good with complex dissolutions. This additional knowledge allows him to effectively represent parties with business interests and assets while navigating the legal process of valuing and dividing assets.

He's also a strong advocate for those seeking to end a marriage or protect themselves or their children from domestic violence.

"I work with my clients to evaluate their priorities and develop individualized plans of action to achieve the strongest outcome — whether it's through settlement or trial."

While Collin recognizes that many clients would prefer to resolve matters without having the courts involved in deciding their future, he is a strong litigator when a case does result in trial.

Collin possesses a background in alternative dispute resolution. This affords Collin's clients more options in resolving their family law issues with the assurance that their matters are handled in a sensitive and proficient manner.

Collin is a determined advocate for his clients; however, when he is able to pull himself away from his cases, he enjoys music, swimming, skiing, snowboarding and photography. He has also climbed Mt. Rainier.

Education & Experience


  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law
  • B.A., Warner Pacific College
  • B.S., Warner Pacific College

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation and Family Law Sections

Honors & Awards

Awards & Distinctions

  • Distinguished as an Oregon Rising Star by Super Lawyers® 2013
  • Award of Merit Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section 2010
  • Public Service Award, Oregon State Bar Association, New Lawyers Division 2007

In the Media

Recent Publications & Presentations

  • Child Abuse Reporting for Oregon Attorneys, Oregon State Bar CLE 2012
  • Dissolutions and Mediated Divorces, Oregon State Bar CLE 2012
  • Author, What to do if Child or Spousal Support is Not Being Paid, Oregon State Bar Association Legal Information for the Public, 2012
  • IVF: A Patient’s Guide (legal considerations contributor), Get It Right, Inc., 2011
  • Fundamentals of Representing Children in Domestic Relations Cases, Oregon State Bar CLE, 2011
  • Collaborative Law: A Structured Resolution Out of Court, Multnomah Lawyer, 2009
  • Sustainability at the Office, Multnomah Lawyer, 2008

Latest posts by Collin McKean

6 Most Surprising Celebrity Divorces of 2012

Shocking Celebrity Divorces

It’s hard for any couple to keep a marriage together, but it seems to be exponentially more difficult if you’re both celebrities.  Between insatiable paparazzi, scads of groupies and months away on set (usually with ridiculously attractive co-stars, see example*), … Read More ›

Legal Separation or Divorce?

A married person can obtain either a divorce or a legal separation. A divorce, sometimes referred to as a dissolution depending on the particular state you reside in, is a court action a person files to legally end his or … Read More ›