Alternatives to Divorce, High Asset Divorce, Complex Divorce
Jody Stahancyk has earned her reputation as a strong woman with a generous heart, a formidable opponent in the courtroom, and a pillar of her community. She began her legal practice in 1973 as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney, where she successfully prosecuted for six years. In 1979 she was appointed as the pro tem judge for the Multnomah County Juvenile Court, where she sat until 1982. After this appointment, she spent a year as an Assistant Oregon Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. From 1983 until she began private practice in 1986, Jody was a full-time mother and wife. In 1986, Jody founded this firm and has continued making innovative and creative advances in the area of divorce and family law to this day. She prides herself on creative solutions to difficult problems in every area of her work. Stahancyk, Kent & Hook has grown from one office in Portland to include offices in Bend, Prineville and Astoria, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. SK&H is one of the leading divorce, family law, and estate planning firms in the Northwest.
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, OR · J.D. – 1973
Institute for American University
Aix-en-Provence, France – 1968-69
McMinnville, OR · B.A. Political Science – 1970
Crook County High School
Prineville, OR – 1966
Jody is a member of the Oregon State Bar as well as a member of multiple local bars where she has served on many committees. Jody regularly lectures at continuing legal education seminars and various Oregon colleges and law schools.
Jody is currently the President of the Board of Directors at Child Centered Solutions, a non-profit organization she founded, and has previously served on the boards of Children’s Relief Nursery, the Parry Center for Children, Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Charity Ball, Lutheran Family Services (now Lutheran Community Services), and as a Trustee of Linfield College.
Jody particularly enjoys working with the SK&H High School Intern Program, which has provided real-world work experience to hundreds of high school students over the last 20 years. The SK&H Student Interns polish their skills in work ethic, presentation, etiquette, problem-solving and creative business thinking. They also spearhead a variety of community projects.
Jody is a loyal fan of Portland State University Women’s Basketball and values the close relationship the firm has with the team.
Jody and her husband John Crawford attend Trinity Episcopal Church.
2019 · Top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
2019 · Top 50 Oregon Lawyers, Super Lawyer
2018 · Top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
2018 · Top 50 Oregon Lawyers Super Lawyers
2017 · Grand Marshal of Crooked River Round Up
2017 · Top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
2017 · Top 50 Oregon Lawyers, Super Lawyers
2016 · 10 Best Female Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
2014 – 2001 · AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Rating, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
2015 – 2006 · Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
2012 – 2008 · Top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
2011 · Leadership in Law Award, Daily Journal of Commerce
2010 · 15 Most Influential People in Portland, Willamette Week Finder
2008 · Orchid Award Winner, Portland Business Journal
2008 · MAX Award: Best Single Medium Print Advertising, American Marketing Association
2007 · Ultimate Rainmaker of the Year, Daily Journal of Commerce
2006 · Top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
2006 · Top 50 Oregon Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
2005 · Top Contributor Category, The Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice
2003 · Alumni Service Award, Linfield College
2001 · White Rose Award, March of Dimes
2000 · Ten Years Championing for Justice, Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice
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Jody compiled extensive materials to provide helpful advice to people in the legal field. This ‘Jody Style’ material packet has become an instant classic for anyone seeking to expand his or her interpersonal, presentation, marketing, and legal (the list goes on) skill set. Peruse it here and find yourself learning information you had no idea you didn’t know.
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“I never write reviews online but had to make an exception in this case as Ken’s assistance in handling my divorce was phenomenal. If you’re reading this review maybe you’re in the same boat as I was- completely foreign to the dissolution process, unsure of Oregon case law pertaining to divorce, and wanting nothing more than sweet, sweet freedom from the shackles of a miserable…
…spouse who is doing their best to suck every last drop of happiness and every last cent of net worth out of you. If getting married was one of the worst decisions I’ve made in the last decade (it was) then becoming a client of Ken’s was one of the best. I’m the type of person that likes to game every conceivable scenario and Ken’s insight into the legal system and what was possible and effective in terms of…
…angles to approach and negotiation strategies was indispensable. I wanted nothing more than to finish the divorce proceedings quickly and with as little expense as possible and Ken made that a reality. Ken was extremely polite, responsive, well-spoken, and meticulous through every step of the process. Read more at Avvo.com https://ow.ly/j49z30aDsUe — Anonymous
“I really appreciated your help and taking the time to go through the papers with me. It was just what I needed and wanted. I will for sure recommend you to anyone who might need your services.” — M.S.
“J. and I appreciated the extra time you spent answering our questions, and holding our hands so early in this process. We are really excited to have you helping us through this!” — K.B.
“Ken was an absolute blessing to my family and myself!
I’ll always be grateful to Ken for keeping me level headed through my child custody case, time after time I would walk away from Kens office with a better feeling than when I entered.
I know that it’s not easy for a Father to gain custody of his children, but with Ken’s help, preparation, and sticking within the law…….we prevailed!
Ken was the second attorney that I had contacted in Bend, (the first gave me no chance at all at getting my children back home), Ken listened to the circumstances of the children being held out of State, and went to battle for a Father who was torn at every seam!
Ken was always prepared, had me arm him with the facts of my case, and set about the case beautifully!
Not knowing anything about the legal world, I was amazed at every level at the work done by Ken and his wonderful team! especially once the trial started, and all the hard work had come to the surface.
The legal process is not easy! it was very tiresome, long, and stressful, but in the end………right is right! and I’m very grateful to have had someone like Ken, to present the facts in a manner in which the Judge could very clearly make his judgement,….. through the facts in front of him!” — Randy Y.
“I hired Ken Goodin in Sept, 2011, to help me with a child custody/Divorce case.
Ken was amazing to me, showing tremendous patience! as I was in a whirlwind due to my sudden circumstance. Ken was calming, directed me on what I had to do, where I had to be, and gave me all around great advice.
Ken used the facts for my case, presented a fantastic argument, and won the custody portion of the case for this Father!
It was very interesting watching the legal process go on, and Ken explained things to me so that I was not in the dark! I have great admiration for the legal process, and will always be grateful to Ken and his staff for the work that they performed for me and my family.” — R.
“I had a consultation with Ken regarding a modification to child support, spousal support and parenting time that was presented to me by my former spouse. Ken was honest about the difficulties I could potentially encounter and respectful of my feelings. Though I left his office feeling a bit defeated I was thankful he provided me with an accurate picture of the situation. He also was very upfront about the cost involved and ultimately referred me to an attorney closer to my home, to save me money. He was willing to review a couple of documents for me and provide his input after the consultation. I highly recommend Ken, he is knowledgeable, honest, respectful and extremely willing to help.” — Anonymous
“Attorney Kenneth Goodin proved to be an excellent lawyer in handling my marriage dissolution/divorce action. He was very knowledgeable about this process and his extensive experience provided helpful guidance and advice. Moreover, he was very patient and took the time to fully explain the legal implications of the decisions that I was required to make and to develop a fair and equitable plan. He was very quick to respond to my questions and keep me up-to-date with the progress being made. If there was anything positive about this painful life experience, it was having Ken help me through it. I greatly appreciated his calm, wise counsel and his thorough preparation for the final steps in bringing this case to a satisfactory closure.” — Anonymous
“Ken was very knowledgeable about my situation and gave me great advise [sic]. If I need his services to help me with the dissolution proceedings I will definitely hire him.” — Jim
“For me, the process started with a consultation with Joel Kent. Joel gave me advice that set the entire process off on a trajectory that would ultimately prove very favorable to me. He also coached me on do’s and don’ts such that the events that unfolded through the process would put me in a favorable position. He also provided advice on how to keep costs to a minimum.
My case was handled and settled through Ken Goodin at SK&H. Ken answered my questions promptly, was readily available via email, offered excellent advice throughout the process and was prepared to go to court if necessary. I was very well represented at all times, including meditations and communications with my former spouse.” — CJ R.
Any result achieved on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.