Practice Emphases

Complex Divorce, LGBT Family Law, Custody

Professional Experience

Ken believes that thorough case preparation is the key to winning or negotiating the best outcome for his clients, which is his number one goal. Ken meticulously and methodically prepares his clients’ cases, building a foundation for a winning legal argument integrated with carefully researched legal precedent. Hard work is the cornerstone of Ken’s practice.

Ken is also deeply devoted to his clients and takes a personal interest in each case. “People going through a difficult divorce or custody battle can get frustrated with the ‘system.’ They need the assistance of an attorney who cares about what happens to them. Someone who can explain the process and keep things moving forward,” he says. “I work hard to move clients past their difficulties, so they can get on with their lives. It makes me feel good when I can lift that burden from their shoulders.” Ken has a proven ability to keenly assess each client’s situation and tailor an approach best suited to a successful outcome.

Ken has successfully litigated divorces involving business interests and issues of business valuation. Because of the attention to detail involved in these cases, Ken enjoys and excels at resolving complex property division and large asset cases.

Ken worked his way through law school as a law clerk at the Eugene law firm of Jaqua & Wheatley, where he gained valuable hands-on experience managing complex insurance defense cases. Prior to working for Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, Ken worked for the State of Oregon Employment Department as an Unemployment Insurance Adjudicator.

Professional Activities

Ken is a member of the Oregon State Bar and a past President of the Deschutes County Bar Association. Ken is also a member of the Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys and the Inns of Court.

Education

Tigard High School
Tigard, OR – 1988

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR · B.A. English - 1994

University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, OR · J.D. - 2005

Awards and Achievements

Community Involvement

Ken has always believed in making time to give back to his community, particularly on local issues related to youth and the environment. As a young adult, Ken volunteered for the Green House shelter for homeless teens in Portland and as a Volunteer Forester for the United States Forest Service. During law school, Ken performed pro bono work for Lane County Legal Aid.

Ken has volunteered as a ‘Big’ with Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Central Oregon and with the Deschutes Land Trust, helping to clear invasive plant species from sensitive wild areas. Ken is also a member of the City Club of Central Oregon where he participates with other local professionals and business leaders in monthly round-table discussions about business and civic issues affecting Central Oregon.

Ken was recently elected to the board of directors of the Education Foundation for Bend-LaPine Schools. He will assist with the Foundation’s fundraising efforts helping to increase Bend-LaPine School District students’ educational and extracurricular opportunities.

Interests

Ken and his family are fervent outdoors people, spending as much time in the great outdoors of Central and Eastern Oregon as possible. Depending on the season, you’re likely to find Ken mountain biking, skiing, hunting, or fishing (although he has accepted the fact that he will often be out fished by his competition-level fly fisher wife, Michelle).

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