Eugene Associate Attorney Job Opportunity - Eugene, Oregon - Arnold Law Office, LLC, Attorneys at Law

Family Law or Criminal Defense Associate Attorney (Eugene)

There is not currently an opening, but we are always looking for qualified colleagues. One area of consistent growth at Arnold Law has been for an associate trial attorney to handle a family law case load with possibly some criminal defense and some civil litigation or a primarily criminal defense associate. A candidate with minimum experience of 2-5 years of experience as a family law attorney (in Eugene, Oregon or elsewhere) or criminal jury trials would be considered ideal for this position. The candidate must be prepared to handle a busy litigation practice and active trial schedule.


All inquires are kept confidential. Include in your cover letter how to privately contact you. Call and speak to Arnold Law lawyers to discuss in greater detail about the requirements for our Oregon family law or criminal defense attorney positions or your submit resume and cover letter as set forth below.

Start Date: Flexible


  • Aggressive and professional trial lawyer.
  • Substantial jury trial experience in law school or in first year of practice may qualify those with less than 2 years experience (i.e., prosecution work, busy family law hearing schedule, etc.)
  • Strong litigation background, trial experience as family law attorney or criminal defense/prosecution (in Eugene, Oregon or elsewhere), excellent research skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Looking for the right fit for our office team; therefore include hobbies and interests in your resume.
  • Independent worker who excels under pressure.
  • Excellent client skills.
  • Background as an Oregon family law attorney is required for family law caseload, as it is possibly the most contentious and frustrating practice area but also one of the most rewarding (helping clients in their most depressed state, fighting for parenting rights with a child-oriented approach, building lasting, long-term relationships with wonderful clients, coming up with creative resolutions, challenging evidentiary issues at trial, etc.). It is easier to gauge if Oregon family law (and Arnold Law) is possibly the right fit for you if you have had prior exposure to family law as an Oregon (or Eugene) family law attorney
  • References: an opposing counsel, judge, or other who can vouch for you in trial or who can vouch for your interest in family law.
  • FTR:If candidate proceeds past phase one, then a partial trial transcript or brief audio excerpt of an FTR from a cross-examination would be necessary.

All inquiries will be confidential. We won’t contact any references without permission.

  • Practice details: busy, high-stress litigation practice focused mainly on family law or criminal defense. Will likely also assist with commercial/complex litigation, criminal defense, and personal injury depending on prior experience and skill set. Experience as a family law attorney is required for the family law position.

Salary commensurate with experience: base salary plus variable comp (monthly percentage of gross collected fees). Estimated salary of $58,500 to $80,000+ depending on experience/billable rate and work ethic).


  • Health Insurance: currently 85% of monthly premium
  • IRA Contribution: 1-3% matching as set forth in IRA plan (typically 3% matching)
  • Paid Vacation: 10 days
  • Sick Days: 6 days per year (wellness buy-back if unused)
  • PLF, OSB, LCBA Dues; parking; employer-paid CLEs available (traditionally employer has opted to pay for the Family Law Salishan conference as an attorney retreat).

Call and speak to our attorneys to discuss in greater detail or email resume and cover letter (to job at Arnold Law Firm dot com) with the subject line as “Associate Attorney Opening.”

Prior work experience that warrants highlighting in your resume or cover letter (be specific; some examples follow):

  • Divorce case from beginning to end.
  • Tried such-and-such jury trial for defense/prosecution.
  • Drafted this and that.
  • Argued X motion.
  • Intake cases.
  • Worked a back-breaking summer job during college.
  • Worked 20 hours per week during law school.

Resumes should include “other interests” or “hobbies” sections. This is a small firm and a good fit is important.

Interpreters Available
  • Representative Cases


    Custody - Alienation by Mother

    Mother filed false stalking order against father. We won custody for father by showing that mother was making false accusations to gain advantage in the custody case.

    Hidden Asset Divorce - Tracking down values of foreign corporations

    Jacy Arnold represented wife. Discovery from husband appeared to be missing many documents and assets. Motions to compel were granted and Jacy was able to track down foreign corporations hidden by husband, stretching from the Netherlands to southeast Asia. Result: Substantial financial settlement was obtained for client.

    Father’s Rights—Parental Alienation with a Bumpy Past

    Obtained custody for Father after Mother filed a frivolous restraining order against Father and absconded with the children from Oregon to prevent Father from having contact with the children. Of special importance in this case was Mother and Father’s history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Father had completed his probation and treatment, and had achieved many months of sobriety. We were able to show the court through multiple hearings that he had been rehabilitated, had prepared to be the primary parent and was acting in the children’s best interests by seeking custody. We were able to get the restraining order dismissed, safely retrieve the children and return them to Oregon, and obtained orders to both safeguard Father’s relationship with the children and protect the family from future drug use and domestic violence.

    Father’s Rights—Abusive Wife Flees with baby

    Obtained custody for Husband and a safety focused parenting plan restricting Wife’s access after Wife disappeared from the marital home with the parties’ one-year old child. Wife had a history of drug and alcohol use, and had previously physically abused both Husband and the child. Ms. Gardner helped Father obtain emergency custody of the child under the Immediate Danger statute, located the child, and coordinated with law enforcement agencies and the Department of Human Services to safely bring the child home.

    Father flees with children to Oregon—conflicting jurisdiction

    In a contentious California divorce, Husband took the children for a short visit and then fled in secret with the children to Oregon, where he filed for divorce and custody of the children despite a pending divorce case in California and previous orders from the California court granting mother physical possession of the children while the case was pending due to past abuse by Husband against Wife. We helped the frantic Wife safely retrieve the children, and convinced the Oregon court after multiple days in trial to stay the custody proceeding in Oregon pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), allowing the California case to proceed. Wife returned to California safely with the children.

    Special Needs Parenting Time

    The years of physical and verbal abuse against Mother by Father adversely impacted the parties’ high functioning special needs child, who as a teenager began to exhibit alarming violent and sexualized behaviors at school as well as regression in communication and hygiene when Father sought to enforce his parenting time after an absence of several years. At trial, Father disputed the child’s diagnosis and blamed Mother for the child’s sexualized behavior. With the support and information provided by the child’s school teachers, therapists, community support group and friends called by Arnold Law to testify at trial, the Court crafted a child-centric parenting plan for the benefit of this troubled teen and ended Father’s cyclical aggressive contact with the child.