Jeff Matthews is a partner at McKinley Irvin with more than three decades
of experience practicing family law in Oregon. His interdisciplinary approach,
professionalism, and leadership has distinguished him as one of the most
respected divorce and family law attorneys in Portland. Jeff’s practice
primarily focuses on cases involving complex financial matters, including
valuation and protection of high net worth business interests and estates,
as well as other complex property division matters.
Jeff has earned great respect within the legal community as a successful
advocate by focusing first on cooperative communication with the opposing
party and their counsel. He understands that this approach often produces
faster and less costly results. However, when it is necessary, he is not
afraid to take a case to court in pursuit of the best outcome possible.
To date, he has represented clients in more than 100 trials and hearings
throughout his career.
Jeff chose to focus on family law because he enjoys helping people. “I’m
drawn to people and their life stories. I’m fulfilled by helping
clients and their families, where every case is different and presents
unique challenges to tackle.”
Jeff views his role as a family law attorney as twofold. First, he strives
to guide his clients through a difficult time of transition, seeing them
through into the next chapter of their lives. Second, he serves as a dedicated
advocate for his clients, working hard to protect their best interests.
“My approach with clients is to provide them with the best outcome
we can achieve in their particular situation,” says Jeff. “I
listen and learn what their goals are, so I can provide informed and concrete
advice on their situation that leads to a positive resolution.”
Jeff is a longtime Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
and current President of the AAML Oregon chapter. He is also active in
his community, being involved in several non-profit organizations that
help people in need. Jeff founded Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger in 1997,
which has raised more than $1 million for Oregon Food Bank over the years.
Outside of the firm, Jeff enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with
his two dogs. He also enjoys music, literature, barbecuing in the rain,
running marathons, and cheering on the Ducks.