Ruth Pekelder

Ruth-PekelderRuth sees the arc of her relationship with a client as having three phases. In the first phase, her primary objective is to educate her client about the substance and process of the family law issues at stake. In the second phase, Ruth explores the necessary facts and begins negotiating a positive, comprehensive resolution. The third phase comes into play only in those rare cases that are not settled through negotiations. In that instance, Ruth presents the strongest case possible to the judge as a litigator. Ruth has excellent experience in all three of these phases: as educator, negotiator, and litigator.

She has established credentials in the legal community, having been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers every year since 2008, as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Oregon since 2009, and as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oregon since 2011. She has a “superb” rating on AVVO.

Ruth has been married for over 37 years, has wonderful adult children, and an amazing grandchild. She volunteers extensively at her church and at the Oregon Country Fair. She was on the board of St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic for 15 years, and participates regularly in their fundraising events and board activities. She is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers, the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Oregon State Bar, and county bar associations. She especially values the time she has spent as a mentor, officially through the Multnomah Bar Association, and informally to law school students, recent graduates, and lawyers in the field.