Why Retain Portland Divorce Attorney Ronald Allen Johnston

Portland custody lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston provides a special brand of family law counseling and litigation. With over 40 years of concentrated practice experience in family law matters, he has been at the forefront of divorce and child custody litigation since the time when family law began emerging as a recognized specialty law practice. Since that time, Ronald Allen Johnston has devoted nearly all of his time and efforts to the practice of family law.

Ronald Allen Johnston is pleased and proud that he has received the prestigious “AV” rating from the Martindale Hubbell law directory. This rating reflects the opinion of other lawyers in the field who consider him to have “very high to preeminent” legal ability in family law matters.

Ronald Johnston gives each client intense, personal attention. Cases are not “handed around” between inexperienced attorneys, as sometimes happens in larger law firms.

The charge for the first appointment is $160 for the first hour (new clients only) and $325 per hour after the first hour.

Why Family Law Cases are Different

Ronald Allen Johnston has excellent technical knowledge of family law and understands that the unique attributes of such cases make the practice unlike other areas of law. He has the experience to counsel and guide distressed clients through the minefield of emotions and state divorce laws. Where appropriate, he can be a hardnosed and effective litigator.

A better result for most clients, however, is to resolve their case prior to trial. In this regard, he prides himself on being a creative and innovative negotiator and “finder of solutions,” another necessary attribute for the successful completion of a family law case. He has the experience to determine which issues to settle and which issues to litigate in court. As a multi-faceted attorney, he encourages clients to resolve disputes by mediation, arbitration, settlement conferences and other forms of alternate dispute resolution (ADR).

Family law is a difficult law practice area. Very few issues are decided on “the letter of the law,” and there are few clear “right or wrong” decisions in divorce court. Each family law case is as different and unique as the client. Ronald Allen Johnston counsels individuals to make the best choices available by addressing each client’s specific goals and ambitions.

Dedicated to Superior Client Service

Ronald Allen Johnston is dedicated to the concept of superior client service. A judge makes the final decision in most matters and, accordingly, he cannot guarantee any particular result in most cases. He does guarantee that he will always tell clients what he thinks and why. If he believes that a client is making a faulty decision, he will so advise. He also will guarantee that he will do his utmost to solve each client’s problem in a timely and effective manner.

Most family law decisions are based on the trial judge’s discretion, as well as the personal sense of fairness and experience. Because of this, Ronald Allen Johnston makes a concerted effort to learn how individual family law judges deal with various family law matters. He shares this information with a group of other family lawyers by collegial consulting and by regularly scheduled attorney meetings that encourage other attorneys to share recent experiences. Very few law firms in Oregon make this effort.

When considering which family law attorney to consult with or to retain, use the above criteria to compare Ronald Johnston against other Portland family lawyers. Contact us now at (503) 226-7986 or fill out our online form to schedule a pre-divorce consultation or a confidential second opinion for your family law case.

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