Meet Ronald Allen Johnston- Divorce Lawyer in Portland Oregon

A native Oregonian, Ronald Allen Johnston is one of the most experienced divorce lawyers in Portland Oregon.  He has a long history of being at the forefront of divorce, child custody and family law matters. Admitted to practice in 1976, Ronald Allen Johnston has been practicing family law exclusively for the bulk of his legal career. He has a specialized practice in child custody, child support and child relocation matters. In his family law practice, he represents both mothers and fathers in  divorce and child custody, and he holds a reputation as a father’s rights advocate.


  • Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

Honors Degree, Political Science, 1972

  • The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Juris Doctor, 1976

Ronald Allen Johnston graduated in the top 15 percent of his law school class at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Mr. Johnston worked for Congressman Wendell Wyatt on Capitol Hill, worked for a major federal and state agency and clerked for Arnold & Porter, a prestigious Washington, D.C. law firm. Among his other distinctions in professional school, Mr. Johnston researched and published four scholarly papers in nationally known law journals.

Family Law Professional Activities

Ronald Allen Johnston is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association and its sections on Family Law and Creditor-Debtor practice. He is also a member of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section. He has been a speaker and has delivered presentations on a variety of subjects, including “Interstate Custody Litigation under the PKPA,” “Negotiating and Litigating Joint Custody,” “Forensic Custody Evaluations,” Self-help Custody Litigation,” and “Winning Dissolution Trials.”

Ronald Allen Johnston was lead appellate counsel in Kozlowsky and Kozlowsky, 88 Or App 294 (1987) and State ex rel AFDC v. Buethe, Or 307 Or 89 (1988), which set the a precedent for paternity procedures in Oregon. In 1987, Mr. Johnston was lead counsel in Etlin and Etlin, which was the first case tried in Oregon under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act.

A Leader in Custody Law and Parental Rights

Ronald Allen Johnston has served as a legal advisor for Dad’s Inc., Dad’s PAC, the former Father’s PAC and the former Association for Custody Equality. He believes that both mothers and fathers should be given equal opportunities to be the custodians of their children in divorce, and he is a champion of fighting for each of his client’s parenting time with their children. As a parent of two adult children, Ronald Allen Johnston knows how to portray good parenting to the court in child custody and parenting time cases.

In the mid-1980′s, Ronald Allen Johnston was a member of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section Task Force on joint custody legislation, which drafted the law on joint child custody adopted by the Oregon Legislature and is still in effect today. He was appointed to the Oregon State Bar Committee on combining family and career; this bar committee investigated and made formal recommendations on ways that lawyers and parents could better handle pressures of family while practice in a high-stress career field.

In 1998, he served on the Domestic Relations Work Group of the Oregon Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Fairness. In April 1999, he spoke at a joint meeting of the ABA Family Law Section Conference and the prestigious ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in Miami, Florida. From 2000 to 2006, Ronald Allen Johnston served on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section and served as the Chair of the Family Law Section in 2005. This body advises the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar on matters of law and policy in the area of family law, and conducts legal education seminars.

Ronald Allen Johnston is a member of local bar associations of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties. Through these memberships, he strives to be current on substantive and local practice issues. If you are looking for an attorney for your divorce in Oregon, contact Portland divorce lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston to set up a pre-divorce consultation or confidential second opinion at (503) 226-7986 or fill out our online form.

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