Forrest Collins

5200 SW Meadows Dr.
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
United States
Office Phone: (503) 222-2926
Member since 2009
Membership Type: IACP

Profession(s)

Lawyer, Mediator

I am committed to helping people divorce in a respectful, dignified way that allows them to avoid court, maintain their privacy and control the outcome of their case. Collaborative law allows for such an outcome. Too often families fall into the downward spiral of litigation simply because they do not know there are other options available to them. My job is to make sure you know all of the available options so you can make an educated decision about your dispute; you may ultimately decide that litigation is the best option for you and that is legitimate as long as it is a well-informed decision.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): JD ~Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Professional Activities

Oregon State Bar Association ~ --Family Law Section ~ --Alternative Dispute Resolution Section ~Multnomah County Bar Association ~ --YLS Membership Committee ~Washington County Bar Association ~Oregon Academy of Collaborative Professionals ~International Academy of Collaborative Professionals ~Oregon Mediation Association ~Volunteer at St. Andrew Legal Clinic ~

Undergraduate Education

Linfield College; McMinnville, Oregon; 2003

Professional Education

Willamette University College of Law; Salem, Oregon; 2006
Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution; Salem, Oregon; 2006

Comments

I have practiced traditional family law representation since 2006. My experience has been that traditional representation is generally harmful for famililes, especially where children are involved. Further, even if clients are satisfied with the litigated outcome, they are often highly disatisfied with the litigation process. I believe the most significant benefit of Collaborative Practice is the process that it provides, a process rooted in respect and full disclosure. In addition to my law and mediation practice, I am the founder and CEO of a <a href='http://www.keepoutofcourt.com'>mediation and Collaborative Law website</a> called KeepOutOfCourt.com.