Partner Jeff Matthews is a veteran family lawyer who has practiced family
law in Oregon for over 30 years. He has distinguished himself as one of
Portland’s most respected divorce and family law attorneys with
his leadership, professionalism, and interdisciplinary approach to family
law. Jeff is a longtime Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial
Lawyers and current President of the AAML Oregon chapter.
Jeff focuses his practice on financially complex divorce cases that include
the valuation and protection of estates with high net worth, business
interests, and other property distribution issues. He is also skilled
with high conflict custody litigation. Before joining McKinley Irvin,
Jeff was a shareholder at Yates Matthews Family Law for 17 years and previously
was a partner at the Portland family law firm Gevurtz Menashe.
As a family law attorney, Jeff views his role with his clients as twofold.
First, he serves as a guide through a huge life transition, seeing them
through to the next chapter of their lives as whole as possible. Second,
he is his client’s zealous advocate, committed to protecting what
they value most.
“My approach with clients is to provide them with the best outcome
we can achieve in their particular situation,” says Jeff. “I
listen and learn what their goals are, so I can provide informed and concrete
advice on their situation that leads to a positive resolution.”
Jeff chose to focus his practice on family law because he is “drawn
to people and their life stories. I’m fulfilled by helping clients
and their families, where every case is different and presents unique
challenges to tackle.”
He has earned a reputation in the legal community as a successful advocate
by focusing first on cooperative communication with the opposing party
and their counsel. Jeff knows that this approach often results in a quicker
and less costly legal process. When necessary, however, he is no stranger
to the courtroom, having represented clients in over 100 trials and hearings
over the years of his practice.
Jeff is committed to the community and has served with a number of non-profit
organizations that aid those in need. In 1997 Jeff founded Oregon Lawyers
Against Hunger which over the years has now raised over $1 million for
Oregon Food Bank. When he’s not working, Jeff loves the outdoors,
often accompanied by his dogs – Chester, a Golden Retriever and
Amos Lee, a Bernese Mountain Dog. He very much enjoys literature and music;
has completed seven marathons; barbeques in the rain and is an uncompromising