Gevurtz Menashe

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Portland attorney and Gevurtz Menashe shareholder Kathryn S. Root

Kathryn S. Root

Kathy is a leading authority on interstate and international custody disputes and provides legal advice and representation in cases involving international family law issues. A powerful litigator and tireless advocate for the interests of families and children, she has a special interest in contested child custody and parenting time disputes. Kathy has substantial experience representing clients in divorce and legal separation cases, including those involving child custody, child and spousal support, and complex property division issues. Kathy has a strong commitment to helping clients through turbulent times by providing reliable legal information and advice focused on each client's needs and desire to find a better future. She has focused her practice on family law for 37 years. A member of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section, she served for three years on its Executive Committee. She previously served as Chair of the Oregon State Bar's Procedure And Practice Committee and is a former President of the Oregon Academy Of Family Law Practitioners. Kathy is the former Chair of the International Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section. Kathy is a past Board member of Oregon Women Lawyers and Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation and is a current member of the Foundation's Advisory Board. 

When she's not working, you will often find Kathy on a golf course. She loves the challenge of discovering the nuances of each course she plays.

(503) 227-1515

"I tailor my approach to meet each client's unique needs."


  • Oregon Family Law Practice for Paralegals - Assisting with Child Custody Issues and Parenting Time Disputes, Half Moon LLC. December 2006-July 2004
  • American Bar Association Spring Conference - Legal Issues Relating to Litigation Under The Hague Abduction Convention November 2001


  • American Bar Association, International Law Committee, Member (Chair, 2004-2007 and 2014-Present; Vice Chair 2011-Present)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation Advisory Board , Member 2008-Present, Chair 2012
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section, Executive Committee Member, 1990-1992, (Chair, 1991-1992)
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2004-Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Procedure and Practice Committee, 1987-1990 (Chair 1991-1992)
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Membership Committee, Chair, 1987-1989
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Committee on the Status of Women in the Practice of Law, 1987-1991
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member, 1987-Present
  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, Member (President, 1998-1999, Secretary/Treasurer 1994-1998)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, Member (Vice-President, 1990-1991)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation, Board of Director Member, 2003-2008
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Oregon Chapter), Member, Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Military Assistance Panel, Family Law, Member 2014-Present


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