Stephen C. Palmer

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Steve's practice focuses on:

  • Complex Dissolutions and Legal Separations
  • Custody, Parenting Time and Third-Party Visitations
  • Child and Spousal Support Orders and Modifications
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Probate
  • Criminal Defense and Traffic Related Matters

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications, Carroll College, Helena, Montana, 1989
    • Graduated with Honors
    • Competed on Varsity Debate Team, won over fifty awards at national tournaments
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Oregon Law School, 1994
    • Represented school at regional Client Counseling competitions
    • Served on the Managerial Board of the Oregon Law Review

Professional Affiliations/Recoginition

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association and Yamhill County Bar Association
  • Past Vice-President of Yamhill County Bar Association
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Served as Pro Tempore Municipal Court Judge for the City of Newberg, 1997-2010
  • Served as Pro Tempore Municipal Court Judge for Sherwood, Dundee, Dayton, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville
  • Member, Domestic Relations Section of the Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Elder Law Section of the Oregon State Bar
  • Named as a 2019 Oregon "Super Lawer" in Family Law

Community Involvement

  • Member, Newberg Noon Rotary Foundation
  • Member, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Newberg, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2007-2009
  • Past Member, Newberg Kiwanis Club
  • Past Member, Newberg Sisters of Providence Hospital Foundation Board
  • Past Member, Newberg Active 20-30 Club

Client Reviews:

“After listening to several horror stories of friends that had to deal with not only the death of a loved one but also trying to navigate through the probate process, I decided to have a Living Trust made. Steve made this extremely easy for me - I'm still confused by the process but he walked me through it step by step and gave me such great direction that it didn't seem at all difficult. I know it will be so much less stressful for my children when I'm gone - which I don't plan on any time soon! Thank you, Steve!”


“Recently my husband and I were going away on our first vacation in over a decade when it occurred to us that we had never put a will into place for our 3 children. Steve stepped in and helped us get our wills and poa's in place before we left on our trip, providing us and our family with extreme peace of mind & comfort. Steve is an exceptional lawyer .. very knowledgable. We highly recommend Steve Palmer..”


“I hired Steve in 2010 to help modify a Child Custody Modification. As in most divorce/custody situations mine had it frustrations and struggles. While I may have not always liked the advice, I found Steve to be knowledgeable and able to help me remove emotion from the situation. While I was content with my representation in hasn't been until recently that I have greatly appreciated Steve's work. Five years into the modification, my ex has become more difficult and I find myself looking at my paper work quite often. It is such a relief to have very specific and well defined paperwork. So far for every situation that has come up there is a specific response on my end that includes pointing to the paperwork. There is no question what it says or may mean. I also have a larger appreciation for Steve's work as he included things that may come up down the road. Specific example for me is Orthodontics. As we face my oldest needing them there are clear and defined statements to how these cost are to be split and dealt with between the two parties. For this forethought I am forever grateful!! While I never thought I would face divorce and child custody, I am greatly appreciative of the time and work Steve put in and there is no question that I will use his services again.”


“My husband and I had a rather unfortunate experience with another attorney while trying to obtain our Wills and Power of Attorney documents. We went to Stephen for assistance, and he was very empathetic to our situation and knowledgeable about what needed done to ensure we had the correct documents in place. We are really wishing we had just gone to Stephen to get things done right the first time around -it would have saved us a headache! Stephen and everyone we dealt with at his firm were extremely friendly, professional, and responsive. I highly recommend Stephen, and will certainly go to him for any future legal needs. Thank you!”



“I contacted and retained Stephen Palmer in a criminal matter involving a dispute between my sibling and myself related to care of my father who suffers from dementia. Stephen was friendly and knowledgeable. He stepped and stayed with me through the whole process and was able to persuade the courts to as good an outcome as I could have hoped for. I am truly grateful I went with one of the best. Thank you Stephen.”


Law Office of Brown Tarlow Bridges Palmer and Stone

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Newberg, OR 97132

Phone: (503) 538-3138
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9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.