Jody L. Stahancyk


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Phone: (503) 222-9115
OSB#: 732898


Jody Stahancyk

Practice Emphasis: Family Law and Complex Asset Divorces

Professional Experience: Jody Stahancyk has earned her reputation as a strong woman with a generous heart, a formidable opponent in the courtroom, and a pillar of her community. She began her legal practice in 1973 as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney, where she successfully prosecuted for six years. In 1979 she was appointed as the Pro-tem Judge for the Multnomah County Juvenile Court where she sat until 1982. After this appointment she spent a year as an Assistant Oregon Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. From 1983 until she began private practice in 1986, Jody was a full-time mother and wife. In 1986, Jody founded this firm and has continued making innovative and creative advances in the area of divorce and family law to this day. She prides herself on creative solutions to difficult problems in every area of her work. Stahancyk, Kent & Hook has grown from one office in Portland to include offices in Bend, Prineville and Astoria, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. SK&H is one of the leading divorce, family law, and estate planning firms in the Northwest.


Professional Activities: Jody is a member of the Oregon State Bar as well as a member of multiple local bars where she has served on many committees. Jody regularly lectures at continuing legal education seminars and various Oregon colleges and law schools.

Community Activities: Jody is currently the President of the Board of Directors at Child Centered Solutions, a non-profit organization she founded, and has previously served on the boards of Children’s Relief Nursery, the Parry Center, Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Charity Ball, Lutheran Family Services (now Lutheran Community Services), and as a Trustee of Linfield College.

Jody particularly enjoys working with the SK&H High School Intern Program, which has provided real-world work experience to hundreds of high school students over the last 20 years. The SK&H Student Interns polish their skills in work ethic, presentation, etiquette, problem solving and creative business thinking. They also spearhead a variety of community projects.

Jody is a loyal fan of Portland State University Women's Basketball and values the close relationship the firm has with the team.

Awards:  In 2012, Jody was runner-up in the Willamette Week Portland Mayoral Madness. In 2011, Jody was awarded with DJC's Leadership in Law Award, which recognizes leaders of the legal community who have made a significant and positive impact in the field of law and in the community at large. Jody was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from Crook County High School and inducted into the Crook County High School Hall of Fame. In June 2010, the Willamette Week Finder named Jody as one of the 15 most influential people in Portland. In 2010, Jody was honored by the United States National Guard, and received both the Patriot Award and the Above and Beyond Award. These awards, given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, recognize employers who go above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave to, and supporting military personnel. Jody was honored in 2008 with the American Marketing Association's MAX Award for Best Single Medium Print Advertising as the Creative Director of SK&H, and that same year was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as an Orchid Award Winner. In 2007, Commerce Magazine selected her as the Ultimate Rainmaker of the Year. Jody received special recognition from her peers in 2006 and from 2008-2012 as one of the top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyers, and as one of the top 50 Oregon Super Lawyers in 2006. She has been voted by her peers to the annual Super Lawyers list every year from 2006-2013. In 2005, SK&H was the first firm to win the prestigious Better Business Bureau Large Business of the Year Award for overall excellence in Integrity, Community Service, Community Involvement, and Innovative Business Practices. In 2003, Jody was awarded the Linfield College Alumni Service Award for her efforts to better her alma mater. Jody was recognized as the program sponsor for Protecting the Rights of the Child by the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and the Oregon Law Institute. Jody was honored with the White Rose Award by the March of Dimes during their Salute to Women of Excellence in 2001. In 2000, the Lawyer's Campaign for Equal Justice recognized Jody for achieving Ten Years of Championing Access to Justice. Jody has also received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating from the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in 2001 through 2013.

See Jody on The Today Show and Portland's News Channel 8.

Learn from the best: Jody compiled extensive materials to provide helpful advice to people in the legal field. This 'Jody Style' material packet has become an instant classic for anyone seeking to expand his or her interpersonal, presentation, marketing, and legal (the list goes on) skill set. Peruse it by clicking here and you'll find yourself learning information you had no idea you didn't know.

Jody and her husband John Crawford attend Trinity Episcopal Church.

News about Jody

Jody Stahancyk Featured in the Portland Tribune • Portland Tribune • October 25, 2012 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk Featured On The Lars Larson Radio Show • December 20, 2011 Read More >>

Stahancyk, Kent & Hook Launches Divorce On Demand • September 01, 2011 Read More >>

"Jody Stahancyk is an Inspiration," by Mercedes Rhoden-Feely • Central Oregonian • June 27, 2011 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk Featured on Briefly Legal PDX • June 24, 2011 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk Mentioned by Oregon Bar Bulletin for Award • June 20, 2011 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk, Distinguished Alumni and Guest Speaker at CCHS 2011 Graduation • June 8, 2011 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk Interviewed About New Trend: Silver Divorces • May 11, 2011 Read More >>

Jody Recognized for the 100 Best Award by the University of Oregon School of Law • April 6, 2011 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk Featured on KATU's Valentine's Special Report • KATU News • February 17, 2011 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk a 2011 "Leadership in Law" Winner • Daily Journal of Commerce • January 18, 2011 Read More >>

Seth Crawford Sworn in as Crook County Commissioner • The Bulletin • January 3, 2011 Read More >>

Senator Ron Wyden Presents Jody Stahancyk With ESGR "Patriot Award" and "Above and Beyond Award." • November 4, 2010 Read More>>

Jody on KGW, interviewed for a Terri Horman article about child custody. Nov. 1, 2010 Click to Watch >>

Jody on KOIN 6 News, interviewed for a feature on Steve Houze, attorney for Terri Horman. 9/23/10 Click to Watch>>

Jody's Crook County CLE Seminar Confirmed a Huge Success • August 3, 2010 Read More>>

Jody supports Central Oregon Girls Volleyball. Article in The Central Oregonian. 8/16/10 Read More>>

Jody on KOIN 6 News to discuss the Kyron Horman Grand Jury process. Aug. 10, 2010 Click to Watch>>

Jody discusses the Kyron Horman case. • KGW News • July 28, 2010 Click to Watch >>

SK&H celebrates Jody's birthday! The staff created a poster detailing her accomplishments in her 61st year of life. • July 26, 2010 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk named one of the 15 most influential people in Portland • Willamette Week Finder • June 16, 2010 Read More >>

Jody interviewed about Kyron Horman's disappearance • KGW News • June 29, 2010 Read More >>

Jody on the Today Show, interviewed about Kyron Horman's disappearance • • June 29, 2010 Read More >>

Jody's Latest Victory • May 02, 2010

The annual Child Centered Solutions Spring Benefit Luncheon held March 4 at the Multnomah Athletic Club drew a crowd of 260 and raised $51,000. • The Oregonian • April 03, 2010 Read More >>

Jody interviewed about the Askia Brown case • The Oregonian • September 25, 2009 Read More >>

"... And if Congress doesn't act, '2010 probably is the year to die,' quips Jody Stahancyk, a Portland attorney..."  • The Oregonian • August 08, 2009 Read More >>

Jody interviewed in "The Naked and The Dread" • Willamette Week • December 03, 2008 Read More >>

Jody presents Daily Journal of Commerce Rainmaker Keynote speech • Daily Journal of Commerce • October 30, 2008 Read More >>

Jody wins an Orchid Award from the Portland Business Journal. December 19, 2008 Read More >>

Jody (on KINK FM) talks about getting your legal and financial health in order. April 28, 2007 Read More >>

Jody discusses tips for divorce on AM NW • April 24, 2007 Read More >>

Jody named 2007 Ultimate Rainmaker • Daily Journal of Commerce • April 23, 2007 Read More >>

Jody interviewed about the future of doctor-patient relations • The Portland Tribune • March 02, 2007 Read More >>

Jody mourns with the community • The Portland Tribune • August 29, 2006 Read More >>

Jody on AM NW • January 24, 2006 Read More >>

Jody reorganizes her firm. -The Portland Tribune. July 12, 2006 Read More >>

Jody in The Portland Tribune. Febuary 04, 2005 Read More >>

Local lawyer gives Lincoln a lift. -The Portland Tribune. October 15, 2004 Read More >>

Jody Stahancyk spotted at the NBA Finals. -The Portland Tribune. June 15, 2004 Read More >>

Jody Honored by Linfield College • Daily Journal of Commerce • November 07, 2003 Read More >>

Why Jody Stahancyk is a powerful ally in a painful process • The Portland Tribune • August 05, 2003 Read More >>

Lawyer smooths out divorce process, wins friends • The Portland Business Journal • November 15, 2002 Read More >>