Practice Areas

Business and Corporate

Kivel & Howard attorneys provide counsel through all stages of the business life cycle from formation and financing through merger or sale. Our business clients receive practical, forward-looking advice to assist in the governance, growth or succession of the enterprise. We regularly assist in choosing and forming new entities, acquisition of companies or major assets, employment issues and regulatory compliance. Kivel & Howard attorneys also assist in developing and safeguarding intellectual property assets such as trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. We also serve nonprofit corporations with 501(c)(3) applications and governance issues.

Estate Planning

Kivel & Howard attorneys assist clients with planning for estates of all sizes. We work with clients to design estate plans that balance long-term flexibility and maximum wealth-transfer. Our lawyers are experienced with trust creation and administration, lifetime giving plans, probate and protective proceedings, business succession and charitable bequests. These skills provide our clients a variety of options to meet planning goals such as long term care of family, efficient administration and minimization of death tax.

Real Estate

Kivel & Howard represents purchasers, sellers, owners, developers, tenants, and lenders in development, construction, financing, leasing, sale and purchase of commercial and residential real property. Our real estate practice ranges from simple sales to complex development or tax deferred exchanges. We regularly assist with the acquisition, finance and leasing of commercial property. We also represent owners and developers in court and agency proceedings including foreclosures, condemnation or evictions.

Personal Injury

Kivel & Howard represents injury victims in matters arising as a result of motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, defective products, premises liability, traumatic brain injuries, and other personal injury matters. Our attorneys and staff have experience in state and federal courts and they understand the process. We treat all of our clients’ matters with the same attention to detail and care. We know the trust our clients place in us and our firm goal is to help obtain a sensible resolution to their claims.

Our attorneys have represented individuals in personal injury matters our firm’s inception. Our team consists of attorneys and staff with many years assisting injury victims. Our attorneys and of personal injury experience.

Domestic Relations/Family Law

Kivel & Howard provides comprehensive services in all facets of family law matters including Adoption, Dissolution of Marriage, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Partnerships, Parenting Time Plans, Spousal Support, Property Settlement Agreements, Relocation cases, Modification of Custody and Support Applications, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Grandparents Rights, Restraining Orders and Stalking Orders.


Kivel & Howard provides comprehensive litigation services in matters including contract disputes, tort claims, foreclosures, creditors rights, and construction defects. Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in state and federal courts in both Oregon and California, and strive to resolve disputes in a cost effective and efficient manner. We regularly represent closely-held businesses and individuals in disputes arising out of real estate and sale of goods transactions. Kivel & Howard attorneys also counsel clients on litigation and dispute avoidance strategies.