High Asset Divorce, High-Conflict Custody Litigation, Complex Divorce
Laurel joined Stahancyk, Kent & Hook in 1999 and was elected a shareholder in 2004. Laurel is a leading litigator in complex custody issues involving lifestyle and mental health issues. She practices dissolution cases throughout the states of Oregon and Washington, successfully representing clients in all matters relating to family law, which can include: divorce, legal separation, domestic partnership in Oregon, modification of spousal support and child support, prenuptial, postnuptial agreements, and cohabitation agreements.
Laurel litigates complex financial and business interest cases as well as high-conflict custody and parenting time matters and modifications. Laurel works closely with the estate-planning department to provide comprehensive legal counsel before, during, and after the divorce process. She is also experienced in the issues of international and interstate child custody and financial matters.
Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, WA · J.D. Cum Laude – 1999
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR · B.S. Psychology – 1996
Bakersfield High School
Bakersfield, CA – 1992
Laurel is a member of the Oregon State, Multnomah County, and Washington State Bar associations and of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has been trained by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in the multidisciplinary approach to Family Law. As a leader in complex business litigation in family law, Laurel has regularly presented for the Oregon Law Institute as faculty, most recently in 2013 when she gave a presentation on “Divorce and the Role of the Business Lawyer.” Laurel has also been certified in the Effective Representation of Children by Child Centered Solutions.
Since 2003, Laurel has been a member of the Portland Business Alliance, and is part of the Leadership Portland Class of ’04. Through this project, she had the opportunity to be a “principal for a day” at Laurelhurst Elementary school.
Laurel serves on the board of Child Centered Solutions, a non-profit organization, which utilizes community outreach and education to help parents and professionals identify and appropriately address the needs of children during high-conflict family disputes. Annually since 2003, Laurel has volunteered her time with Legal Aid Services of Oregon as a Pro Se Assistance Project Attorney, providing free legal support and services to low-income individuals, and as a regular participant in the Multnomah Bar’s Pro Bono Challenge, Laurel provides free legal representation to many low-income families and children. Laurel has been honored by the Multnomah Bar, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and the Oregon Law Center for her pro bono work. Laurel acted as a Presiding Judge for the 2005-06 Classroom Law Project High School Regional Mock Trial Competition in Washington County, and has also assisted the Riverdale Mock Trial team.
In 2014, Laurel gave an innovative presentation to students at Ainsworth Elementary School’s Career Fair in which she used Goldilocks and the Three Bears to illustrate how courts make decisions and the role attorneys play in the process. They read the story with the kids and then had them split into two teams. One team argued that Goldilocks was rude for eating the porridge, while the other team was tasked with defending Goldilocks. After each side presented their arguments, the group reconvened to discuss the decision-making process and the role of the attorneys. The response from both students and teachers was overwhelmingly positive.
Laurel supports Dress for Success in their mission to provide clothes to low-income women in order to foster every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career. Laurel is also a strong supporter of the Lincoln High School Football team and the Portland State University Women’s Basketball team.
As the mother of a young daughter, Laurel knows the unique struggles faced by women in the workplace. Laurel presented at the Samaritan Counseling Center’s Women’s Conference, “Women of Strength, Women in Transition: Forging Our Way Through Change and Challenge by Focusing on our Bodies, Minds and Spirit.” There, Laurel led a breakout session for a group of women, exploring leadership inside and outside the home. She covered a broad swath of life lessons from personal budgets and estate planning, to setting an example for your children through volunteer service.
- 2016 . Women in the Law, Best Lawyers
- 2016 . Top 50 Oregon Lawyers, Super Lawyers
- 2016 . Top 25 Women Oregon Lawyers, Super Lawyers
- 2015 . The Best Lawyers In America, Best Lawyers
- 2015 . Best Attorneys In Oregon, Best Lawyers
- 2015-2013 · Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
- 2014 · Top 50 Oregon Lawyers, Super Lawyers
- 2014 · Top 25 Oregon Women Lawyers, Super Lawyers
- 2012 · Forty under 40 Award, Portland Business Journal
- 2012 · Leader in Law, Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce
- 2012-2008 · Rising Star, Super Lawyers
Laurel was recognized by her peers and selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition for five consecutive years, from 2008-2012. Most recently, Laurel was selected by her peers for inclusion in the Oregon Super Lawyers list in 2013 – 2014. In 2014 she was on the Super Lawyers Top 25 Oregon Women Lawyers list and the Super Lawyers Top 50 Oregon Lawyers list.
Laurel was honored as a “Forty Under 40” award winner by the Portland Business Journal in 2012, a distinction given to leading business women and men, under the age of 40, in and around the Portland area. Laurel was also honored as an Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce Leader in Law, in 2012.