Jaye received her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Irvine. Jaye is the immediate past president of Buckley Law P.C. In addition to her intensive focus in family law litigation, Jaye has extensive experience in tax and financial planning, qualified plan design and administration, and insurance and securities portfolio design. A past lecturer and director of education for the American Society of Pension Actuaries, Jaye’s financial and pension background make her particularly well suited to assist our clients in high-asset divorce litigation and post divorce estate planning. Jaye also understands the challenges our business-owning clients face, having built, successfully operated, and then sold her own small business (a pension consulting and investment company) to a publicly traded and widely recognized financial conglomerate. Jaye has successfully litigated some of the most challenging and emotionally charged family law cases in our state, involving custody of minor children to fathers, severe parental alienation and abduction, allegations of domestic violence and international move-away cases. She has also litigated challenges to wills and trusts and elder financial abuse cases in increasing numbers.
Jaye has been a frequent guest on KATU’s AM Northwest and a periodic guest on KXL News Radio. She is a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers and a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on both family law and foster parenting. She has been a speaker at the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Multnomah County Bar Association where she gave the presentation, “Allegations of Sexual Abuse In Family Law Litigation”. Jaye is co-author of the Oregon State Bar Public Affair’s 2009 Judicial Administration Section of the Oregon Legislative Highlights. Jaye was a lecturer and faculty member at the 2011 Family Law Conference of the Oregon State Bar. Jaye was elected to the Board of Directors of the Classroom Law Project in 2010 and in 2011 was elected to serve as co-chair of the family law section for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Jaye is also a member of the Guardian / Conservator Association of Oregon, the National Guardianship Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an organization that works to improve the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.
Jaye is rated “AV, Preeminent” through Martindale-Hubbell, the “Highest possible rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards reflecting the confidential opinions of the Bar and Judiciary. The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored” by Martindale-Hubbell. She has also been selected to the 2013 Oregon Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor selected.
Jaye and her husband, Lon, have two sons; Mike is a graduate of Harvard University and Rand is a U of O grad and USC Law School Alum. She and Lon have been foster parents to seven children over the years. Jaye is a past Regional Coordinator for the High School Mock Trial competition. Jaye is a former member of the Executive Board of ChristieCare and is a sustaining member of the Lake Oswego Jr. Women’s Club. She is an avid cook & gardener.
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Primary Areas of Practice
- Divorce: including allocation of closely held businesses, pensions, and real estate holdings, family trusts
- Custody of minor children, parenting time, move restrictions
- Child support and spousal support
- Domestic violence and emergency custody
- Grandparent’s visitation and custody
- Parental alienation, including parental abductions
- Modification of prior domestic relations orders
- Will & trust litigation
- Pre- and post-divorce estate planning
- Contested guardianships
- Pre-marital agreements