Family Law, Complex Divorce, Asset Division
Anna Friedhoff first joined Stahancyk, Kent & Hook as a law clerk in the summer of 2012. Before working at Stahancyk, Anna interned at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office in the Neighborhood Unit. She spent time in each neighborhood sector working with DAs on issues ranging from gang violence to TriMet violations. While at Oregon Law, Anna served on the leadership for the Moot Court Board and held the position of Senior Editor on the Oregon Review of International Law. She spent her last semester in law school as a client advocate in the Domestic Violence Clinic where she represented victims of abuse and made court appearances in Lane County Circuit Court. Prior to law school, Anna interned in the public sector and for local non-profit organizations. She spent a semester working for Senator Ron Wyden in Washington, DC, a summer at the Democratic Party of Oregon, and another summer with Focus the Nation. Anna became a shareholder at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook in 2019.
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, OR · J.D. – 2013
Spokane, WA · B.A. Political Science & Public Relations, Magna Cum Laude – 2010
St. Mary’s Academy
Portland, OR – 2006
Anna is an active member of the Oregon State Bar, Washington State Bar, and Oregon Women Lawyers. She is also a member of the Oregon New Lawyers Division and the Multnomah Bar Association.
In 2020, Anna began a three-year-term on the Board of Directors for the University Club of Portland. Currently, she is the Chair of the Young Professional Committee and the Board Liaison to the Food & Beverage Committee. For more than a century, the University Club has grown into a quality network of people seeking personal and professional relationships.
In April 2017, she was elected as a Board Member of the South Portland Neighborhood Association. After a year, Anna was promoted to the role of Secretary and the representative to the Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. The goal of neighborhood involvement is to build inclusive, safe, and livable communities.
In 2015, Anna eagerly joined the Italian Business Club (“IBC”) as one of its first female members. She was honored to accept the invitation from a fellow Italian lawyer in town. This Club began in 1952 in Portland as the all-male Italian Businessmen’s Club with the objective of charity, friendship, building business contacts, and promoting Italian heritage. In 2016, Anna was elected to the IBC Foundation Board. As a board member, she was responsible for the annual IBC Foundation Scholarship which provides funds to college students of Italian heritage who are advancing in a degree related to Italian study.
In April of 2014 Anna, along with Shareholder Laurel Hook, gave an innovative presentation to students at Ainsworth Elementary School’s Career Fair in which they used Goldilocks and the Three Bears to illustrate how courts make decisions and the role attorneys play in the process.
In the fall of 2012, Anna volunteered with the Portia Project by helping female inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility complete their divorce paperwork. During her second year in law school, she volunteered as a community mediator in Lane County Circuit Court.
Download the presentation materials here.
Since 2020, Anna has volunteered for the Multnomah Athletic Foundation (“MAF”) as a scholarship reader for the MAC Scholar Athlete program. MAF scholarships are available to students attending the Portland metro-area’s 30 high schools who have demonstrated an ability to succeed in sports and academics. Anna received this Scholarship in 2003, and she was recently featured in the Winged M.
In 2022, Anna accepted a position on the Child Centered Solutions Board of Directions, which is a non-profit organization that works to protect the rights of children in high-conflict family disputes. Anna is particularly passionate about the goal of helping parents and professionals provide a voice to children.
Awards and Achievements
- 2022 · Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
- 2022 · Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers
- 2021 · Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
- 2020 · Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
- 2019 · Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
- 2018 · Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
- 2017 · Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
Anna was recently named to the Top 10 Under 40 list by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. She was a Wayne Morse Fellow for Law and Politics and received a scholarship to the University of Oregon School of Law as part of her fellowship. In her third year of law school, Anna was awarded the Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Scholarship as a student who excelled in civil procedure and conflict of laws.
In the Fall of 2013, Anna was published in the Oregon Review of International Law for a scholarly article she wrote entitled: “Bras and Ballots: Comparing Women’s Political Participation in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.”
Anna played four years of Division I golf for Gonzaga University and she is the former two-time club champion at Riverside Golf and Country Club. Anna still enjoys a competitive golf match. She also believes that she has the best of both worlds when its comes to cheering for her alma mater’s sports teams: Gonzaga basketball and Oregon football. Anna is a life-long Portlander who resides in the Laurelhurst neighborhood where she is a parishioner at All Saints.
“Divorce can be a horribly exhausting and discouraging life event. You’ll need representation that can accurately assess the situation, compassionately guide your path, truthfully tell you when to toughen up, and ferociously defend your worth. You don’t need a “yes-man”. You need Anna Friedhoff. I’m still in awe at her representation and will forever be grateful.”—a grateful client
“I just experienced the most difficult year of my life. I was blindsided by divorce with 2 small kids who I adore and quickly set out to assemble my team. I had 4 total consultations with highly rated family law attorneys in Portland and left each consultation feeling depressed and defeated. I had most attorneys tell me that the process is biased against men when it comes to custody and, as a devoted father, it is the thing I care about above all else – more than the financial impact (which, of course, I greatly care about as well).
It was the last consultation that was different – the one with Jody Stahancyk and Anna Friedhoff. It was the only one where I felt empowered. They care. They fight. They are truly empathetic and understand what you are going through. And, they are extremely skilled.
I was coached. I was guided. They demanded that I stand tall when I felt like falling down. I was made to feel like their only client when I know they are in high demand. I felt I could call on Anna and Jody at any time of night and day and, if they were able, they would answer the phone.
In the end, not only did I get everything I wanted in regard to my kids, I have a financial settlement I can live with. I feel lucky that they accepted me as their client and, if there is trouble down the road at any point, they will be my first call. You simply must have them in your corner if you are going through divorce… there are no better attorneys in town.” – Ross S.
“Anna is an excellent lawyer. She helped me manage my divorce in a timely manner. She was quick to respond to my queries and issues regarding my case. I highly recommend Anna if you are needing a divorce/child custody lawyer.” -anon
“Anna is positive and anticipated the big picture with a sense of confident assurance that created a positive outcome. She was. ‘Light Years’ ahead of other lawyers I have worked with. I highly recommend her and her law firm. -K
“Anna Friedhoff at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook is an excellent lawyer. She has the highest skills and is extremely smart. She is very responsive, and she has a support team that is wonderful and efficient. I sought her out when my ex-husband was not following our parenting plan. She was able to end years of worry on my part and put a plan in motion that was everything I could have needed and more. She really did have my children’s best interests in her heart. I have used another top firm in Portland, and they did a good job, but Anna has now set the bar very high. I feel very secure knowing she is just a phone call away. Thank you Anna!!! — A.
“Anna was extremely professional. She was quick to respond to any concerns or questions. She gave great advice on how to respond to situations and how to conduct myself in a way legally that would not hurt my case. I would recommend her to anyone that is going through a divorce. She is amazing and a pleasure to work with especially in such a stressful situation.” – J.
“I initially had a local self-proclaimed “bulldog” handling my divorce who unfortunately was too friendly with the opposing counsel. My case was always pushed forward a few more weeks, and it was challenging to get a hold of him. I explored switching attorneys and was pointed in Anna’s direction. From the moment she took my case she handled it with a strong fund of knowledge, true personal understanding (I never felt like mine was just another case), and persistent energy. She is a creative problem solver, assertive when the moment dictates a call for strength , and has an experienced team behind her. My case would not have been finalized with such an acceptable result were it not for all of her diligence. Thank you, Anna, for getting me through this challenging phase on my feet and properly prepared to move forward.” – H.
“Ms. Friedhoff represeted me with a trying post-divorce matter involving child support and changes to the parenting plan. Originally, I was represented by the law firm’s managing partner for my divorce about 6 years ago, and since my current matter isn’t too complex in terms of legal issues and since my budget is tight, I was asked if I would be willing to work with an associate instead of one of the main partners. Ms. Friedhoff was hand-selected for me, and she has been superb, patient, and most insightful, as dealings with any ex-spouse and changing legal matters involving a child have been most trying at times. Ms. Friedhoff is easily accessible, along with her paralegals, and she is most prompt when responding, even when my hectic schedule can make it difficult to reach me. I’ve referred several friends to this law firm, which is tops in the region for divorces, child support and family law matters. I have no hesitation recommending Ms. Friedhoff to my friends, family and professional associates.” – Anonymous
“Anna is an incredible lawyer and person. Very dedicated to her work and cares for her client’s rights. Divorce can be a difficult, stressful, emotion time of life. It is important to have someone like Anna to stand next to you and help you provide with a sound strategy to cope with the situation.”- A.
“Anna was thorough with every issue and aspect of the process. She was one hundred percent Professional and protective of all sensitive issues. Not that I ever want to go through divorce again, but if I had to I would be back with Anna! She and her team worked with me and my needs and made adjustments I needed to get through the process. I had a very difficult divorce and Anna was with me every step of the way. She did an excellent job of educating me on the process and covering all possibilities. I one hundred percent recommend using her. Not all issues are cut and dry. Anna was excellent navigating the individual aspects of my divorce and personal addressing my needs . I appreciate the firm she works with and hold them with high regard. Anna and the firm she works with lives up to their reputation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”- Anonymous