Steven N. Bogdon

steve-bogdonPRACTICE:

Steve Bogdon has practiced law since 1982. He is admitted to both the Washington and Oregon state bar associations. His practice emphasizes family law, including divorce, child support, parenting and other family law issues. He also represents parents of children with disabilities in disputes with school districts regarding special education and related services. Steve is a past president of the Clark County Bar Association Family Law Section.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, 1978; Juris Doctor, University of Washington, 1982.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

Steve began practicing law when most attorneys practiced in multiple areas of law. He represented clients in employment, real estate, construction and contract litigation, debt collection and bankruptcy in addition to family law. He appeared before Washington, Oregon and federal courts at multiple levels, including trial and appellate courts, and in administrative hearings involving state and federal agencies. He developed expertise in employment law during the 1980s at a time when the laws protecting employees were being defined. He contributed to that process in an appeal before the Oregon Court of Appeals in Coulter v. Construction & General Laborers Union, 107 Or.App. 522 (1991). Representing a discharged employee on a claim that she had been wrongfully discharged from her employment, he successfully argued that his client’s claim was not limited by her union contract and its grievance process, contrary to many cases in other states that had addressed the issue.

In 1991, Steve joined Blair, Schaefer, Hutchison & Wolfe LLP, where he limited his practice primarily to family law as a partner in the firm. His work prior to law school in social services made family law a natural fit. Representing family law clients gave him the opportunity to help individuals facing some of life’s most difficult challenges and to develop expertise in an array of sophisticated issues, including residential, commercial real estate and business valuation, financial planning, forensic accounting, mental and physical health, and vocational planning. His diverse legal and non-legal experience helped him understand his clients’ needs, offer creative solution, and provide skilled representation.

Early in his career, Steve developed an interest in special education law. He represented children with diverse disabilities, including autism, behavioral and emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, hearing impairment and other disabilities, and fought for clients’ rights to a free appropriate public education, as guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. He advised parents, attended educational meetings and argued cases in administrative due process hearings and in the appellate process in federal court.