Samantha Hazel

Senior Attorney


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Interesting notes about Samantha
Favorite charity: Oregon Humane Society!
Favorite sport: Ducks Football
Favorite outdoor activity: Downhill skiing and running


About Samantha Hazel

Samantha Hazel brings a wealth of experience to every family law case. With a diverse professional background, Samantha leverages a unique skillset to advocate for her clients.

Before becoming a family law attorney, Samantha worked in medical malpractice law, personal injury defense, medical research and health insurance policy, and as a criminal prosecutor with the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office. She also earned an MBA. Samantha ultimately chose to focus her practice on family law, so she could direct her energy and skills toward representing people facing personal hardship.

"Family law touches what is most elemental to all of us – our relationship with our kids, our sense of financial security, and even our self-confidence,” says Samantha. “My clients seek excellent advocacy as well as someone to help them through what is often a very difficult and stressful time. I provide that."

Samantha focuses her practice on high asset divorce, high conflict divorce, and contested child custody issues. She has also handled several cases involving domestic violence and false allegations of abuse. She is highly regarded for her courtroom skills and strong support of her clients.

"In every case, I give my client detailed information on the laws relevant to their issue and the steps we take to deal with it. In some cases, the best approach is mediation and reaching a settlement – but I also let them know that when some issues cannot be settled, we (my firm and I) are well equipped to represent them if trial is necessary."

Samantha is a court-appointed representative of children and a former president, vice president, and treasurer of the Clackamas County Bar Association. She also serves on the Oregon Humane Society’s Board of Trustees and is a member of their Thomas Lamb Eliot Circle.

As a native Oregonian, Samantha takes full advantage of the Northwest’s natural beauty. She enjoys skiing, hiking, and running with her beloved dog, a rescued Standard Poodle named Quinn. Samantha is committed to helping animals, and is very proud of her work with the Oregon Humane Society. She is also an avid fan of the Ducks football program.

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  • CLE Committee Member, Clackamas County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Judicial Selection Committee Member, Clackamas County Bar Association, 2013
  • Past President, Clackamas County Bar Association, 2012-2013
  • Past Vice President, Clackamas County Bar Association, 2011
  • Past Treasurer, Clackamas County Bar Association, 2005


  • Member, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member, Washington County Bar Association
  • Member, Clackamas County Bar Association
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  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
  • M.B.A., University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business
  • B.A., Whitman College
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
"David remained very level headed and family focused throughout our proceedings. That said, I always felt my specific needs were very well ..."
"Without David and Sam, there is no way I could have made it through this exceptionally difficult time in my life. I cannot imagine two ..."
"My daughter is the sunshine of my life. I felt despair and a sense of helplessness on the day I was served. On the first appointment day ..."
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"My attorney was very good in and out of the courtroom. Always kept me up to date on any issues that came up and was very knowledgeable on ..."
"I would like to give my sincere appreciation to Jennifer Payseno and staff. You all stood by me no matter how trying my case got. I always ..."
"Dave, thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job. It has been a pleasure working with you."
"From start to finish, the team at McKinley Irvin took care of me and my family. I couldn’t ask for more. What happened in court was exactly ..."
"I have dealt with approximately 4 lawyers in the past from other law firms. Laura from McKinley Irvin, however, handled my case with ..."
"I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help with my case. I know the call I got from your office was an answer to my tearful and ..."
"I am so very thankful that I chose to work with McKinley Irvin and the wonderful staff they have in place. Highly recommended!"
"A huge weight and amount of stress was lifted as soon as I hired Jamie Walker. Having her on my team was exactly the peace of mind I needed ..."
"Getting a divorce was hard enough as it is. I was nervous and just wanted to get it over with before my ex-wife thought of anything else she ..."
"[My attorney] spoke English – as oppposed to ‘legalese’. She was able to propose a number of options and alternatives for various scenarios, ..."
"Marc provided steady counsel and support through the emotional times. He kept us focused and moving forward during the meetings."
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