Practice Emphases

Complex Divorce, Asset Division, Custody and Parenting Time

Professional Experience

Before working at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, Chris worked at Harrington, Anderson & DeBlasio for ten years handling contested collection cases, including motion practice and arbitration. Prior to that, Chris was a sole practitioner handling primarily family law matters.


Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College
Portland, OR · J.D. Cum Laude – 1993

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH · B.A. Art History – 1983

Croton-Harmon High School
Croton-On-Hudson, NY – 1979

Professional Activities

Chris is an active member of the Oregon State Bar and has represented clients in divorce and family law cases since 1995, as well as personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and unemployment compensation cases. Chris represents clients and assists shareholders in hearings, trials, and mediation regarding all aspects of family law, including high asset divorces, child custody, and parenting time cases. Chris enjoys handling family law cases because it presents a tremendous opportunity to provide significant assistance to clients in matters of crucial importance in their lives.


Chris was first appointed to represent children for Multnomah County’s Child Representation Project in 2004 and has continued to represent children in family law cases since then. He spoke about interviewing the child client and the Child Lawyer’s Role with the Child Client in the 2014 seminar Training for Lawyers Representing Minors in Multnomah County presented by the Multnomah County Children’s Representation ProjectChild Centered Solutions, and PSU Student Legal Services.


Chris is also the Executive Director of Child Centered Solutions, a non-profit founded by Jody Stahancyk in 2006 that is dedicated to helping protect the rights of children involved in high-conflict divorce. Child Centered Solutions provides professional training for attorneys in the family law field and community education for parents, psychologists, and counselors who come in contact with children of high-conflict family situations to identify and appropriately address the needs of children during family conflicts.


Community Involvement

Chris has volunteered at the St. Andrew Legal Clinic night clinic doing intake interviews, was the Treasurer of the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center, the Chair and vice-chair of the Steering Committee of the Northeast Community Child Development Center, the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Food Front Natural Foods Cooperative, represented applicants for political asylum with Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees, and was the Chair of the Litigation Committee of the Portland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.



Chris enjoys cooking and going on long drives in the country with his wife. He is an avid soccer player and bicycle rider, and loves spending time in the mountains and on the Coast. A former radio DJ, he loves music from all over the world, especially Gipsy/Romani, Jazz, Bluegrass, African and Indian music.