Back bone and perspective
I have referred many friends in the unfortunate situation of needing a family law attorney for their custody case.
My custody case still looms as one of the darkest times in my life and I wanted so much for things to just stop being “bad.” It was under that cloud that I was referred to Pat through an EAP that my company subscribes to and called her from their recommendation. I knew the first time I met her that she was the lawyer I needed: candid and direct, knowledgeable and experienced, humorous and understanding.
She navigated the most terrifying time of my life with me and kept me focused on the most important part of my case: my daughter. She helped me identify when my ex and I were making decisions based on our fear of losing our daughter and not on her best interests. She let me know when I was doing well and guided me through the overwhelming legal hoops of custody. In the end she helped me negotiate Child Support and a Parenting Plan that agreed with my personal ethics yet still kept me and my daughter safe.
She was candid with me when I was being unnecessarily fearful and kept me calm when overwhelmed emotionally by my circumstances. Pat’s demeanor nicely countered my passivity. She helped me feel brave when I was not and gave me calm moments because I trusted her to guide me in the right direction.
At the end of my case Pat also gave me good advice for future dealings with my ex over our daughter’s life and that advice still helps me 2 years later.
HONESTY WITH RESULTS!
Patricia helped make my life livable again!
Patricia handled my divorce and bankruptcy with sensitivity, calm, and results. When I felt like the world was falling apart Patricia helped chart a legal course of action that resolved my issues and met my needs. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Patricia. She helped me at a point in my life when I felt no help was possible. Her expert legal skill is only matched by her compassion. I will forever be grateful and my life better for the experience of working with her.
Patricia Newman: Professional and experienced with compassion and understanding of your difficult position, she cares.
Pat acted in a most professional manner from a business standpoint without losing sight of the fact that you are in a struggle for the most important aspect of your life, your child. She was very sensitive yet firm to impress upon you the need for coherent, calm and rational decision making when in your heart you are in a lot of pain and want to make decisions based on anger and resentment. Her preperation and attention to detail was superior as was her court presence. She is familiar with most of the other family law attorneys and the judges that hear family law cases and these relationships have a tremendous impact on the outcome of your case. Pat did a terrific job from start to finish.
Pat Newman – The Best
From the moment I met Pat Newman, I knew she was the lawyer for me. She impressed me deeply with her professional knowledge, her knowledge of the courts, lawyers and judges in the area, and with her thoughtful intelligence. She gives sage advice, explains the complexities of law clearly, and is the perfect person to have “in your corner”. I recommend her highly.
My Experience with Patricia Newman
I met Pat when my husband was going through his child custody case with his ex in 1998. My ex and I, at the time, had a parenting plan in place for our own children. Pat did a wonderful job with my husband’s case and we received, and still have, joint custody of his daughter, Kylie. Pat helped us understand that the best way to raise Kylie was by working together with her mom to raise Kylie.
2 years later, in 2000, my ex and I started having issues with our parenting plan and I called Pat for help. Pat worked with my ex (he insisted on representing himself) and me to work out a plan for custody of our 3 boys. After many difficult months, (my ex can be a very difficult person to deal with, to say the least) Pat was able to create a joint custody parenting plan that was fair and she was able to get my attorney fees paid by my ex for all the time he wasted in court and out. She did an amazing job for me and helped me deal with the stress and anger I had while going through the whole process.
6 years later, 5 days before Christmas, I was served with papers from my ex stating that he had filed for full custody. He had been arguing and fighting with the boys and blamed me for “ruining his relationship with his children”. Frantic, I called Pat, and I can honestly say, she saved my sanity. She led me step by step through everything that needed to be done while keeping me focused on the most important thing, the children. During the next 2 years of unbelievable actions and delays that my ex and his attorney put us through, Pat kept me informed, focused, calm, and was with me every step of the way. She kept me grounded when I thought I was going crazy. She remained calm when my ex and his attorney did everything in their power to waste time and money. 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days later, I had full custody and my attorney fees paid by my ex…again.
Going through a custody battle is one of the hardest things to deal with…for all parties involved. Mine was the worst thing I have ever gone through in my life. Having Pat by my side through the whole ordeal made it so much easier. She is professional, thorough, and willing to work hard for her clients. I have dealt with other attorneys in the past and I can say without a doubt, that Pat truly cares about her clients.
I have and will continue to recommend her to anyone who needs help.
PATRICIA NEWMAN –-MADE AN ALMOST UNBEARABLE TIME IN MY LIFE BEARABLE!
Thanks to Patricia Newman’s experienced professional guidance and skillful leadership, I can gratefully report that after living a good 3 years in ‘loose-ended, divorce/child support/parenting plan.version16 limbo- land’, I reached the light at the end of the tunnel and happily have emerged on the other side, practically reborn, and with a so-called ‘new life’. From the onset, Pat won my deepest respect for her level-headed, intelligent, thorough approach in the analyzing, strategizing, preparation, and ultimately the court-negotiating and- resolution process of my re-opened case, – or ‘can of worms’, is more like it! As referenced complimentarily in another review, Pat’s demeanor, as I experienced it, -composed, candid, rational, firm and direct, yet caring, personable and very understanding, proved instrumental and necessary paired with my conflict-shy, people-pleasing tendencies and opposition’s extremely difficult nature. Additionally, I wish to echo what other reviewers have touched upon also, the fact that Pat, has an incredibly beneficial knowledge of area Family Law Courts and their Judges, and with this knowledge, tailors her case strategy accordingly. In the end, the positive, reasonable outcome of our case, clearly evidenced Pat’s diligent expert superb legal navigation in this matter- that happened to be very much my reality! I am grateful for your effort -thank you Pat!
Patricia Newman is a terrific attorney!
When I needed a divorce lawyer, I was extremely fortunate to have found Patricia Newman. I just used the Oregon Bar Association’s referral line, and her name came up. At our first meeting, I was impressed by Patricia’s no-nonsense manner, her knowledge of the law, and her sense of what I’d call informed empathy. She felt for me, yet she did not let that interfere with her accurate assessment of my situation and my prospects.
Patricia discussed my case thoroughly with me, informing me not only of the applicable law, but also, out of her extensive experience, of my options and the ways the case would probably proceed. She gave me an hour of her time so that she could become acquainted with my case and so that I could decide whether I wanted her to represent me. By the end of that session, I knew I’d found someone who would fight on my behalf and who would give me her honest opinions about my choices–while honoring my right to make my own choices.
Over the next year, as my ex-wife’s lawyer dragged her feet, that I should listen to Patricia’s advice. She predicted every step, and she was able to strategize ways of bringing the case to as quick a conclusion as possible. At every step I knew that I was in capable hands, and I always felt well informed. To the extent that I followed Patricia’s advice, my case came out well. In the couple of instances when I chose my own way, well, Patricia allowed me to make those choices (of course, she advised me to act otherwise), but in the end I wish I had followed her advice. Still, I value the fact that she never tried to strong-arm me into a choice I wasn’t ready to make.
A couple of years later, my ex-wife declared bankruptcy, and one of her creditors tried to collect from me. I immediately contacted Patricia, who was able to give me some general advice before connecting me with an excellent bankruptcy lawyer. Patricia is very well connected within the Portland legal community, and she uses her network to her clients’ advantage.
Overall, I think I got the best divorce attorney I possibly could have, and I think that Patricia Newman is not just an attorney–she deserves to be called “Counselor.” She has my gratitude and my highest possible recommendation.
Extremely Knowledgeable and Well Qualified
This was the second time that I worked with Patricia. I hired her 7 years ago to take over my divorce case when my previous attorney had been letting deadlines slip. Last year it became crucial that I file for full custody of my daughter.
I initially thought that my case was pretty solid and that we were sure to win. But Patricia works her cases from every angle anticipating all possible objections that could be raised by the other side and prepares her strategy accordingly.
I admired Pat’s in depth knowledge of the law, her professionalism and court presence. She always kept me informed regarding every aspect of my case. I never felt like i was “just another case” or that my phone calls were perceived as inconvenient or annoying. She had the difficult task trying to overcome a tilted scale, that was not in our favor: I was a father pursuing custody–but WE WON!!
Along the way she was bombarded by all the ridiculous motions filed by my ex-wife’s ‘rookie’ attorney. Hence, she worked tirelessly to successfully defeat them.
I have been totally pleased with Pat’s services and I HIGHLY recommend her to you all.
A Powerful Advocate On Your Side
I was devastated when my wife walked out on me. I was also not completely rational, and would have been inclined to give away far more than I should have. Pat saved me tens of thousands of dollars, and probably saved my house. Thanks to her guidance and experience, I was able to make it through one of the most difficult experiences of my life. Pat was able to help me see things that I’m sure many other attorneys would have missed. (I interviewed several before hiring her.) Her attention to detail was amazing. Her understanding of complex financial and technical issues was exceptional. Her overall skill as an attorney is outstanding. She allowed me to complete the process and retain my dignity; a difficult accomplishment in such a toxic environment. I cannot say enough about her; she was truly an excellent advocate.
- David B.
This attorney changed my son’s future…
Patricia Newman represented me against my son’s father in a very nasty custody battle. She’s hardworking, diligent, extremely intelligent and knowledgeable in her area of expertise. I feel blessed each night when I put my young son to bed that I was referred to her. Pat was available to me nearly always and when she wasn’t available she’d get back to me within the same business day. Pat seems to pour her heart into her work and seems to enjoy what she does. She never made me feel inadequate for asking questions, sometimes the same question repeatedly. I found her to be friendly and honest, which is hard to find. She prepared me for worst case scenario, yet remained optimistic and kept me feeling positive as well. I highly recommend Pat Newman to anyone in need of assistance. When other issues arouse in my case that was not her area of expertise she referred me to the appropriate attorneys necessary to satisfy all areas of legal work that were necessary in my life due to the separation from my child’s father. After my son’s father hired an attorney of his own, she was extremely professional in the manner in which she dealt with his attorney. Pat was also very professional in dealing with doctors that became involved in our case that were less than accommodating and quite frankly difficult to deal with, yet she again maintained her professionalism. While waiting for appointments, I’d notice other clients leaving her office seeming as satisfied with her as I am. I pray I will never need her assistance again; however, if need be I wouldn’t consider calling anyone BUT her. Pat’s dedication to my case paid off and I have custody of my young son. If you’re looking for an attorney that will work hard and give all of herself to your case do not hesitate contact Patricia Newman.
Tough and knows her stuff
I cannot say enough about Pat Newman and how she handled my divorce. She brought me out of this mess with the least possible damage – and it could very well have been a disaster for the rest of my life had she not been as skilled, professional, knowledgeable, and tough as she is — she knows her stuff! She is able to analyze a situation with broad thinking and looks at every possible angle. This was a nasty case where I would, in all likelihood, have been paying spousal support INDEFINITELY (I did consult other attorneys) even though the marriage was only 12 years in duration and we had no children together. But Pat was tenacious in her work — she will not accept the status quo when she advocates for her clients. Thanks to her creativity and high expectations, we were able to reach a settlement that saved me thousands, and most importantly, has allowed me to go on with my life untethered. She definitely proved to me that she can and will deliver.
Highly recommend, she wont let you down!
I cannot give enough praise for Patricia Newman. I had given up all hope in obtaining equal visitation to see my child and she delivered! If you want someone who will fight for you, she is the one for you. She doesn’t sit idly by. She is very informative, active, and listens to your input and opinions. But more importantly she is honest and won’t let you say or do anything emotional that can damage your case. She will keep you level headed at a time when you need to be! YOU will not regret hiring her as your attorney!
Smart, Tough and with just the right amount of compassion
Nobody likes to hear the words “I am in love with another woman” especially not after 17 years of marriage. Pat was such a solid voice of reason for me at a tough and very emotional time. She was just the right amount of smart, tough and compassionate. I consider myself very lucky to have had her on my team. She knows her stuff and was good at presenting things as a lay person could understand. I truly felt through the whole process she genuinely cared about me and getting an outcome I would be happy with. She succeeded and was very fairly priced as well. She gets high recommendations from me!
Excellent and well versed lawyer
My divorce was a very difficult case as there was domestic violence involved, but nothing Patricia Newman couldn’t handle. Before I hired her, I had lost all hope that I would win custody and that my ex’s parenting time would be reduced so I would know and have peace of mind that my child was safe. Patricia really became my crusader and helped me stand up to my ex when I felt too afraid. She really cared about the safety of, not only my son, but for me as well. Needless to say, I not only won my case but I got far more than I had asked for. If you’re going through a divorce where there is domestic violence involved, Patricia Newman is VERY well versed and knows how to handle these types of cases. I have recommended her to several people going through similar situations and will continue to recommend her in the future.
- a client