Portland Attorney Steve O’Hagan Joins Goldberg Jones

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Goldberg Jones would like to welcome the latest addition to our Portland team: Steve O’Hagan. He’s an experienced attorney, a strong advocate for his clients, and a valuable resource for the husbands and fathers of Portland and the surrounding areas.

A tenacious litigator, Steve serves the best interests of his clients through a combination of thorough preparation and quick thinking. His passion for the law comes from his desire to help people through difficult times.

Steve tackles every case with professionalism and the drive to produce the most favorable possible outcome. Meticulous and dedicated, he knows that the best tool for a particular job is the one that best helps the clients achieve their goals, and he’s equally at home working out settlements as participating in trials.

Before transitioning to family law, Steve served as a prosecutor for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office for ten years. Part of the reason for the change was his desire represent actual people instead of the county.

What Steve O’Hagan Brings To The Firm

As a prosecutor, Steve O’Hagan tried a wide range of cases including fraud, murder, assault, and more. Working an array of drastically complex cases provided great training to evaluate various situations and devise the best approach. Understanding the range of legal concepts and nuances only enhances his skill with family law cases.

Another benefit of his time in the DA’s office was learning how to manage the human element involved. Balancing timid witnesses, imparting realistic expectations, and knowing judicial regulations form key parts in family law cases as well as criminal proceedings. He developed and honed the ability to read people. This helps him truly grasp what clients need and understand how opponents view cases.

What They’re Saying About Steve O’Hagan

Talking about Steve, managing attorney Colin Amos says, “Steve’s experience as a prosecutor helps make him a sharp negotiator who is exceptionally comfortable in the courtroom. His background provides him with a decisive advantage over opposing attorneys since many family law attorneys do not have much actual trial experience. Clients love his understated confidence, significant experience and appreciate that they have a true advocate on their side.”

Steve O’Hagan received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

When he’s not fighting for the rights of his clients, Steve spends as much time as he can with his own family. This includes his wife, teenage son, and their boxer. He loves to take advantage of the outdoor activities living in Oregon affords, though his favorite is surfing. He also plays slide guitar and trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Steve O’Hagan to the Goldberg Jones family. Moving forward, he will be a great resource and advocate for the husbands and fathers of the Portland area in divorce, child custody, and other family law cases.

Comments 4

  1. Colin I think I would enjoy working with Steve. Gary Wiencek Canby Oregon I wrote a message into you and hope it went to Portland office not San Diego. Regards Gary Wiencek near Portland 949-6839405

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      Hi Gary. Thanks for reaching out. Your form submission definitely arrived in Portland, not San Diego. It’s in our system, and our managing attorney, Colin Amos should be reaching out to you shortly if he hasn’t already. Best!

  2. My son has an interesting child custody case we are looking for help with. He and his ex currently have joint custody/equal parenting time (2 kids, ages 4 & 6). In March/April, the ex filed for sole custody. When they separated and divorced, she claimed domestic violence (never charged or investigated beyond initial contact by LE–Clackamas County SO). DHS has been involved three times-twice at her request (they found no danger to the children) and once from a neighbor complaint of her leaving the kids unsupervised and living in unsanitary conditions. The last complaint she made was that I, (the grandmother) had spanked a child, leaving a bruise. She claimed in her court papers (trying to get emergency temporary custody) that DHS had interviewed the child and seen the bruise, when in fact, the DHS agent had been unsuccessfully trying to contact her for several weeks. He provided my son with a letter to that effect and the temporary custody was denied. He came to the home and spoke with the kids, my son and myself and spoke with us subsequently by phone. He told both of us that he was comfortable with the children being with us and was not at all comfortable with them being with the mother at all. The gist of things is that, while we are uncomfortable with her having them for a week at a time, we have family and friends who keep tabs, and the children seem to be happy with the access to both parents. She has used the DV claim to access grants, food stamps, public housing and now, legal aid, even though she has no evidence of violence. Her drug use (opioids) is obvious to all who know her–her older daughter (she lost custody in 2014) has told her parents that when she visits, she often cannot wake her mother. My son’s son has said the same. The main characteristics this woman displays are an inordinate need for drama in her life (cited in the custody evaluation that lost her her older daughter), her drug use, her inability to be truthful or even to keep track of the lies she tells, and her constant search for the fantasy of having someone to take care of her–preferably, an adoring male. These are hard things to demonstrate to a judge in a limited time as she is able to clean up and make a reasonable appearance for a short time. We obtained an atty initially, but have been unable to raise the money to continue his services. I am currently searching for a loan on my property, but have not been able to find anything and time is running out. We have no court date as yet. I found your name under a search for probono legal aid, although we are willing to pay. I just know enough about the legal system (worked for the Clack. Co. SO for twenty years–non-sworn) to know that if she has legal representation and he does not, he has no chance. Any help or advice you can offer would be much appreciated.

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      Hi Karen, thanks for reaching out. That’s a tough situation. I passed your contact information along to our managing attorney, Colin Amos. He will reach out shortly and give you an idea of what options are available. Best!

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