Practice Emphases

High Asset Divorce, Complex Divorce, Custody

Professional Experience

Joel Kent founded the Stahancyk, Kent & Hook Central Oregon office in Bend in 1998 and has worked for the firm since 1994. He was elected a shareholder in 1999. Joel is a leading litigator in complex dissolution cases throughout the state of Oregon and successfully represents numerous clients in divorces involving complex financial disputes, business valuation disputes, custody disputes, support modifications, stock disputes, agricultural matters, prenuptial agreements, and post-marital agreements. He has years of experience litigating, mediating, and settling divorces involving business interests and issues of business valuation. Joel travels statewide to accommodate client needs.


Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, WA · J.D.

University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA · B.A. Economics, Cum Laude

Aloha High School
Beaverton, OR

Professional Activities

Joel is a member of the Family Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. He has been a member of the Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys for the last twelve years and the Inns of Court since 1999. He has served on the Deschutes County Family Law Advisory Committee since 2007.

Community Involvement

Joel believes that for everything he gets from the Central Oregon community, he must give back three times over, and the most important place to start is with the youth. Upon moving to Central Oregon, Joel began volunteering as a head coach with the Rimrock Volleyball Club and has coached the eighteen-year-old girls’ elite club team ever since.
Through the years, Joel’s creative and effective coaching techniques have garnered numerous tournament wins. Joel’s players have succeeded at a high level, including six High School Player of the Year Awards, 37 All-State players, and 10 State Championships with their respective high schools. Most players continue to college, the majority on volleyball scholarships, which Joel takes time to help them secure. Alumni from his teams also include three Collegiate All-Americans and a Head Coach at Eastern Oregon University.



In addition to his love of volleyball, Joel Kent is an ardent golfer and road biker.


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