Nicole L. Deering

Top rated Family Law attorney in Portland, Oregon

DBMA Family Law Group
Nicole L. Deering
DBMA Family Law Group

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Oregon since: 1994

Education: Lewis & Clark Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

DBMA Family Law Group

1140 SW 11th Ave
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205 Visit website


Nicole L. Deering works as a family law attorney at DBMA Family Law Group, the Portland, Oregon, law firm of which she is an owner and founding partner.

After earning her Juris Doctor at Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law, Ms. Deering began her legal career as a legal aid attorney. Her special passion was providing access to justice for poverty-stricken domestic violence survivors. 25 years later, she puts her extensive family law experience to work for her family law clients.

Ms. Deering firmly believes in the “least harm” approach to the practice of family law. By this, she means that her focus always consists of putting the children’s needs and best interests first, followed closely by understanding and seeking to maximize the emotional and financial security of all the concerned parties. Consequently, she uses mediation and collaboration whenever appropriate and feasible. When an amicable divorce cannot be achieved, however, she serves her clients as an aggressive trial advocate during litigation.

A respected member of the legal community, Ms. Deering maintains membership in the Oregon Women Lawyers Association, the Multnomah Bar Association, the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and the Family Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. She also cherishes the time she spends with the Portland Women’s Foundation, an organization focusing on the humanity behind the statistics and the women behind the numbers.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1994, Oregon

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Oregon Academy of Collaborative professionals
  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners
  • Oregon, 1994
  • Oregon State Bar, pro bono committee - three year term, 2000
  • Advisory Board, Portland State University, Student Legal Services, 8 year term, 2008
  • Judicial Screening Committee, Multnomah County Bar Association - three year term, 2008
  • Oregon State Bar, co-editor Family Law Bar Book, 2004
  • Washington County, Bench Bar Committee, 1995
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon, pro se assistance project volunteer, since 2000, 2020
  • Legal Aid Board Member, three year term, 1996
  • Attorney for the child, Clackamas and Multnomah counties since 2000, 2020
  • Oregon State Bar, Legislative Work Group, Collaborative Law, 2020
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Bar Book, co-author Collaborative Law, 2019
  • Professional Liability Fund, presenter Learning the Ropes (Family Law) since 2016, 2019
  • Portland Collaborative Divorce, founding member, 2020
  • Oregon and International Association of Collaborative Practitioners, member, 2020
  • Multnomah Bar Association, member, 2020
  • Oregon Women's Lawyers, member, 2020
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section member since 1995, 2020
Educational Background:
  • Bachelors of Arts, Philosophy, Portland State University, Honors College, 1991
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Portland Women's Foundation, board member - three year term, 2014
  • Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Board Member, 2022
  • Attorney for the child, Multnomah and Clackamas counties, 20 years, 2000
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon , pro se assistance project volunteer, 20 years, 2000
  • Portland State University, Student Mediation and Legal Services Advisory Board, 2009
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • 40 Hour Mediation Training,  Woody Mosten and Susan Guthrie Academy , 2022
  • , Professionalism Award , Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section, 2022

Office location for Nicole L. Deering

1140 SW 11th Ave
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503-488-5696


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

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