Education

  • Willamette University
  • College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Vermont, B.A.

Chris Costantino is committed to helping clients navigate the complex and emotionally challenging territory of family law in their personal lives and family businesses.

Her trademark philosophy “love your children, protect your assets, and preserve your legacy” guides her law practice as she helps clients with a number of legal issues including divorce and dissolution of domestic partnerships; prenuptial and domestic partner agreements; Marital settlement agreements, contested custody, child and spousal support; grandparents’ rights; Father’s rights, and trust litigation.

Chris is a leader in our legal community.  She was President of the Oregon State Bar in 2019 and served as Past President of the OSB in 2020.  Chris was a member of the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors from 2016 through 2020.  She is a member of Oregon State Bar, Washington State Bar, and the American Bar Association.  Chris serves as Chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice Group.

Chris is a founder and Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee which seeks to promote the firm’s values for diversity, equity, and inclusion within our firm, our communities and our justice system.  Chris is also a member of Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA), Oregon Gay and Lesbian Lawyer’s Association (OGALLA) and Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLs).

Chris volunteers as a Mentor for the OSB’s New Lawyer Mentorship Program, St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic and the Classroom Law Project.

Chris grew up in Rhode Island and worked as a litigation paralegal in Boston and Washington D.C. before moving to Oregon. She graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2001. Prior to joining Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP, she was a shareholder and Family Law attorney at Buckley Law, PC in Lake Oswego.

While earning a B.A. from the University of Vermont, Chris lived for a year in Avignon, France, studying French language, history and culture at the Centre D’Etudes Francaises. An entrepreneur at heart, when not practicing law, Chris enjoys cooking, playing the occasional round of golf, and assisting her wife as co-owner of Couture Cocktails, Inc., a Portland based producer of high quality bottled classic cocktails.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar, President 2019
  • Oregon State Bar, Past President 2020
  • Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, 2016 – 2020
  • American Bar Association
  • Mentor for the Oregon State Bar’s New Lawyer Mentorship Program
  • Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©
    • Family Law, 2018 – 2020
  • Oregon Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2020
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
  • Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association (OGALLA)
  • Classroom Law Project Volunteer

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