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The Specialization Advantage: Knowledge

Family law is all I do. I have served Western Oregon since 1981 specializing in this field of practice at every level of the Oregon State court system.

Most lawyers practice in a variety of fields of law. As a result, it is very difficult for them to keep fully informed about the law in any single area of practice. By limiting my practice to Family Law only, I enjoy the luxury of being able to dedicate all of my time toward maximizing my knowledge and expertise in Family Law. I personally summarize and catalog all of the rulings from the Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals that relate to Family Law issues (see “Instant Law“). I also keep track of Family Law cases and trends across the United States. As a result I have the most thorough Family Law database in the State of Oregon. Lawyers throughout Oregon seek me out for consultation regarding legal issues and tactics in Family Law cases. My clients benefit greatly from this specialization.

Experience And Expertise

The more you do just one thing, the better you get at doing it. My 31 years of specialization has provided me with the expertise to handle every aspect of even the most complex matters. My experience ranges from handling simple uncontested divorces to handling disputes over multimillion dollar estates. Clients of this firm have included business owners, doctors, attorneys, farmers and people from every walk of life.

My Philosophy

Divorce and Family Law cases do not have to be hostile, stressful battles. My goal for each client is to settle his or her case out of court in an amicable and fair fashion while keeping costs to a minimum. While I encourage clients to reach agreements outside of court, I will never allow my clients to be taken advantage of. If settlement is not possible, I am a tough experienced litigator who has the respect of judges.

I am committed to giving each client the highest possible legal representation and to meeting each client’s needs in a personal and caring manner.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

I fully support and use methods of resolving disputes other than litigation in court. Both mediation and arbitration are effective alternatives that can save time and money for a client. I have often served as a court-appointed Arbitrator in Family Law cases.

If you have questions about how I can help you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to schedule an appointment to meet with you by phone or in person to answer your questions.

Biography

Kevin C. Gage grew up in Washington. He excelled in college attending first Washington State University and then the University of Washington where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Classical Greek.

Mr. Gage received his J.D. degree from Willamette University Law School in 1981. In that same year he entered private practice, working for a firm that specialized in Divorce and Family Law. In 1984, Mr. Gage began the solo practice of law, limiting his practice exclusively to Family Law.

Mr. Gage is co-author of “Property Rights and Division,” chapter 6 of the Oregon State Bar Publication “Dissolution Practice.” He has authored other articles relating to Domestic Relations topics and has served as a speaker at Domestic Relations conferences.

Mr. Gage is a member of the Marion County Bar Association and a member of the Domestic Relations Section of the Oregon State Bar. As a member of the Domestic Relations Section, Mr. Gage has served on the Executive Committee and on the Legislation Committee.

Serving as an Arbitrator in domestic relations cases is a part of Mr. Gage’s practice.

Admitted:1981, Oregon and U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
Law School:Willamette University, J.D.
Member:Oregon State Bar (Member, Family Law Section).
Biography:Phi Beta Kappa. Co-Author: Property Rights and Division, Chapter 6 of the Oregon State Bar Publication, Dissolution Practice, 1990; 1997 and 2004 Supplements and 2002 and 2007 revisions of the Property Rights and Division chapter of the Oregon State Bar Publication, Dissolution Practice.
Born:Walla Walla, Washington, August 25
Cases:In re Marriage of Moe, 1984, 66 Or. App. 947. 676 P.2d 336; In re Marriage of Bond, 1983, 63 Or. App. 865. 666 P.2d 861; In re Marriage of Swartz, 1992, 114 Or. App. 437. 833 P.2d 355; In re Marriage of Ury, 1991, 109 Or. App. 702. 820 P.2d 472; In re Marriage of Ferris, 1987, 85 Or. App. 555, 737 P.2d 153; In re Marriage of Coleman, 1984, 71 Or. App. 313. 692 P.2d 129; In re Marriage of Nickerson, 1984, 63 Or. App. 854. 666 P.2d 868; In re Marriage of Vogel, 1984, 68 Or. App. 79. 680 P.2d 710; In re Marriage of Nickerson, 1984, 68 Or. App. 288. 680 P.2d 1012; In re Marriage of Nickerson, 1984, 296 Or. 516. 678 P.2d 730.

Reported Cases

In re Marriage of Moe, 1984, 66 Or. App. 947. 676 P.2d 336
In re Marriage of Bond, 1983, 63 Or. App. 865. 666 P.2d 861
In re Marriage of Swartz, 1992, 114 Or. App. 437. 833 P.2d 355
In re Marriage of Ury, 1991, 109 Or. App. 702. 820 P.2d 472
In re Marriage of Ferris, 1987, 85 Or. App. 555, 737 P.2d 153
In re Marriage of Coleman, 1984, 71 Or. App. 313. 692 P.2d 129
In re Marriage of Nickerson, 1984, 63 Or. App. 854. 666 P.2d 868
In re Marriage of Vogel, 1984, 68 Or. App. 79. 680 P.2d 710
In re Marriage of Nickerson, 1984, 68 Or. App. 288. 680 P.2d 1012
In re Marriage of Nickerson, 1984, 296 Or. 516. 678 P.2d 730

Publications

Property Rights and Division (Co-Author), Oregon CLE, 1990
Property Rights and Division Supplement (Co-Author), Oregon CLE, 1997, 2004
Property Rights and Division, Revision (Co-Author), Oregon CLE, 2002
Property Rights and Division, Revision (Co-Author), Oregon CLE, 2008