Family Law

​Divorce, custody, support and benefit division ​are impacted by state and federal law. ​Oregon law protects Servicemembers during deployment and active duty. Divorce or child custody proceeding should not move forward as usual when a Soldier is deployed or a Sailor in unavailable due to military duties.

​If your lawyer does not understand the unique protections that the law provides to members of the armed forces then you are at a disadvantage. If your lawyer does not know the meaning of DFAS or LES or BAH or SBP then how can they represent you? Chose a law firm that has lived what your have lived and that focuses their practice on representing people like you.

Oregon has laws to protect military members when service calls them away from court - don't let your spouse use your military service or disabilities against you.

Over 95% of NWVL clients are veterans. Our practice focus is representing veterans and we understand their unique rights, as well as the challenges they chase in civilian courts.

* NWVL attorneys are licensed to practice divorce law in Oregon only.

Practice Areas

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Employment Law

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) 
USERRA is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other uniformed services: (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. The law is intended to encourage uniformed service so that the United States can enjoy the protection of those services, staffed by qualified people, while maintaining a balance with the needs of private and public employers who also depend on these same individuals.


VA Disability Appeals

Department of Veteran Affairs

Northwest Veterans Law was founded in 2013 with a focus on representing Veterans in court and at administrative proceedings. We represent veterans across the United States in fighting the VA for service-connected disabilities.

The attorneys and staff at NWVL have decades of administrative law experience. We can not only argue your case, we can win it for you. Northwest Veterans Law continuously trains in best practices to address the changing procedures and standards of the VA. NWVL is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates, one of the premier veteran-advocate organizations dedicated to training veteran advocates in VA law and ensuring success from the Regional Office to Washington, DC.
When the VA denies your claim, its time to fight. There are time limits for appeals and if they are missed you may lose your rights. Contact us for a free one hour consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Discharge Review Boards

Each service branch has established uniform policies, procedures and standards for the review of discharges.  Discharge Review Boards are responsible for making final determinations as to whether former Servicemember discharges should be changed and, if so, what the new discharge should look like.

It is presumed that military discharges are proper.  The applicant has the burden to produce evidence that the discharge was either unfair or illegal.  Sometimes, military experiences can result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  PTSD may be considered as an aggravating factor where combat or military sexual trauma can be substantiated.

Contact us if you believe that your military discharge was inequitable (unfair) or improper (illegal).