Kristin Winnie Eaton

Attorney & Mediator

Tarrah Burgos

Legal Assistant

Jennifer B. Sackett

Associate Attorney

Kristin Winnie EatonAttorney & Mediator

Kristin has been a part of Portland’s family law community for over 20 years.  In over 20 years of legal practice, she has developed a reputation as a caring and zealous advocate for children and those parents who are committed to safeguarding the best interests of their children.  She prides herself on building mutual understandings between parties with widely divergent perspectives, and in dealing with complex financial and tax issues.

Kristin earned her undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College in 1991 and her law degree from Lewis & Clark’s Northwestern School of Law in 1995.  She is admitted to practice in the State of Oregon, as well as Federal District Court and the United States Tax Court.  Her early legal career was in Tennessee as a family law and juvenile law attorney, while her husband served in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps.  Kristin continues to enjoy assisting clients with military considerations in their family law services.

Over the course of her career, Kristin has worked as a Guardian Ad Litem, a Court Appointed Special Advocate, is court-appointed to represent children, and has taken a special interest in assisting persons with special needs.  She has served on the Gladstone School District Board of Education for three terms, serving as the chair of the school board for two consecutive years, and is presently the vice chair of the school board.  Kristin has also served on the Board of Directors for Family Stepping Stones, the Clackamas County Relief Nursery, and was the advisory board chair for the Multnomah County CourtCare program, a no-cost, drop-in childcare center in the Multnomah County Courthouse which serves 80-100 children and their families each month.

Current/Past Affiliations or Offices Held:

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Phi Delta Phi

 

Bar Admissions:

  • Tennessee, 1996
  • Oregon, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1999
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1998

 

Practice Areas:

  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Partnerships and Dissolution
  • Enforcement of Judgments
  • Parenting Time
  • Post Divorce Enforcement
  • Post Divorce Modification
  • Postnupital Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support

 

Awards:

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008 and 2009
  • Oregon Super Lawyers, 2012 and 2013
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys Client Satisfaction Award, 2015 and 2016
  • 2017 to the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys Client Satisfaction Award
  • Gladstone School District, “Growing Great People” Award, 2018

 

Tarrah BurgosLegal Assistant

Having been trained by some of the best family law attorneys and mediators in the Portland area, Tarrah Burgos comes to Eaton Family Law & Mediation, LLC, with over 20 years of experience as a compassionate family law legal assistant.  Tarrah enjoys working on cases involving children, and has helped many families over the years as they have moved through the stressful times of divorce, separation, custody and parenting time disputes.  Her positive and caring attitude have made her involvement in these cases, priceless.  Family is a big part of Tarrah's life.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Estacada, supporting her many nieces and nephews, traveling, and watching baseball.

Jennifer B. SackettAssociate Attorney

Jennifer has practiced family law since 2006, spending the first nine years of her career in Southeastern North Carolina. In October of 2014, Jennifer married her husband, Jess (a native Portlander), and relocated with her family to Oregon, where she began representing children and families in all types of domestic relations issues including divorce, custody and parenting time disputes, division of assets and debts, as well as modification or enforcement of prior orders. Jennifer takes great pride in treating her clients as individuals, each with a unique set of challenges and opportunities.  She provides every client with personal attention and zealous advocacy during an emotionally vulnerable time in their lives.

Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies from Vassar College in 2001, where she was a four-year recipient of the Dorothy Danforth Compton Memorial Scholarship.  At Vassar, she was selected as the senior student departmental intern for International Studies, and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors fraternity. Jennifer went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia in 2004. During law school, Jennifer was a staff writer and editor for the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice, and a volunteer with the Rockbridge County Literacy Initiative. Jennifer is licensed to practice in Oregon and North Carolina, as well as Federal District Court.

Jennifer resides with her husband and three children in Corbett, Oregon, and enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful Columbia Gorge scenic area. Jennifer’s husband is a Special Forces Engineer (18C) in the Washington National Guard, and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service and for injuries sustained in combat during his most recent deployment to Afghanistan in 2015. Jennifer is tirelessly dedicated to issues affecting both active and retired servicemembers and their families, and currently serves as an At-Large Member on the Executive Board of the Oregon State Bar’s Military and Veteran’s Law Section.

Bar Memberships/Certifications/Affiliations:

  • North Carolina State Bar, United States District Court, 2006-current
  • Oregon State Bar, 2015-current
  • At-Large Member, Executive Board of Military/Veterans Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, current position: 2016-2018
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2006-current
  • Member North Carolina Bar Association, 2006-current
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS), 2015-current
  • Member, Family Law Section, Military and Veterans Law Section, Oregon State Bar, 2015-current
  • Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southeastern North Carolina, American Red Cross, Lawyers 4 Literacy, NC4All

 

Awards

  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2017 Top Ten Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys Client Satisfaction Award, 2017

Grace Witt

Paralegal

Grace WittParalegal

Grace has been a paralegal for over 25 years.  For the majority of that time, she has focused her work in the area of Family Law in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the Portland Metropolitan area.  She deals with all aspects of the discovery process, preparation for all court appearances, depositions, mediation, settlement conferences, and anywhere that she can be of assistance to her attorneys and clients.  Grace is often a calming influence to clients, who are frequently overwhelmed with all of the requirements to produce documents and complete necessary court forms regarding income and expenses.

In her work as a paralegal, Grace approaches each case from the perspective of making the process as painless and straight-forward as possible for clients, while making certain that the attorney is ready for anything that may arise. 

Grace is a divorced mother of two, and can appreciate how daunting and emotionally taxing the legal process can be for clients.  Having this personal experience allows her to sympathize with and better serve the clients she works with.  She is imminently graduating from Portland State University, with a double major of Business Management and Leadership and Psychology.  Her ultimate goal is to complete a Ph.D. in Psychology to allow her to further her work in a setting that is complimentary to family law.

Our knowledgeable and dedicated attorneys look forward to the opportunity to advocate for you.

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