• 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; contested custody, child and spousal support; grandparents’ rights; contested guardianships and conservatorships; and trust litigation.

Chris is the 2019 President of the Oregon State Bar (OSB). For more information about her mission and goals relating to her working with the OSB, please read her interview in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin. Chris was elected to the OSB Board of Governors in 2015, and began serving in 2016, and will serve until 2020. She is a member of the Oregon Family Business Study Group, dedicated to the interdisciplinary collaboration in the family business field. Other professional affiliations include the Oregon State Bar, Washington State Bar, the American Bar Association, and Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises.

An experienced public speaker who also writes about family law topics, Chris is an active participant in the firm’s popular seminar series, and is often called upon to speak for other organizations, such as Brighton Jones and the Oregon Law Institute.

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. 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 Board of Governors, 2015 – 2019
  • American Bar Association
  • Oregon Family Business Study Group
  • 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
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises (AFHE)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
  • Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association (OGALLA)
  • Classroom Law Project Volunteer, 2010 – 2011

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