Elaine D. Smith-Koop

  • Attorney


Salem, OR






Elaine has practiced law for 16 years. Since she opened her own law office in Salem four years ago, she has specialized in Family Law, including divorce, legal separation, property division and valuation, debt allocation, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, filiation, paternity, modifications, Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining orders, contempt, and appeals.

Elaine graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1990 with her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree. During law school, Elaine clerked at the Oregon Department of Justice from 1988 to1989, and at the Marion County District Attorney's Office from 1989 to1990. She was a member of the Willamette Law Review from 1988 to1990, and Articles Editor from 1989 to 1990.

Following law school, Elaine clerked for the Honorables John W. Hitchcock (dec.) and Donald R. Blensley (dec.) in Yamhill County Circuit Court in McMinnville, from 1990 to 1991. She then served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office in 1991. She then joined the law firm of Brown, Tarlow, Smith & Bridges in Newberg, where she was an associate attorney from 1991 to 2001.

Elaine has been licensed to practice law in the State of Oregon since 1990, and in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon since 1991.

Oregon State Bar license # 904854.

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Parenting Time
  • Modification of Custody & Support
  • Restraining Orders
  • Paternity
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1991


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
    • J.D. - 1990
  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    • B.A. - 1979
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Major: Biology
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis
    • Master of Science, Botany - 1986

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Willamette Law Review, Member, 1988 to 1990
  • Articles Editor, Member, 1989 to 1990
  • Oregon State Bar Association (and Family Law Section), Member
  • Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Mary Leonard Law Society (Salem chapter of the Oregon Women Lawyers), Member
  • Marion County Bar Association, Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member
  • Yamhill County Bar Association, Member
  • First United Methodist Church, Member
  • West Salem Mom's Club, Member
  • Newberg City Counsel
  • Newberg Planning Commission
  • Newberg Library Board
  • Newberg Hospital Foundation
  • American Heart Association Board, Yamhill County
  • Court - Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board, Yamhill County
  • Newberg Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Program

Past Employment Positions

  • Oregon Department of Justice, Clerk, 1988 to 1989
  • Marion County District Attorney's Office, Clerk, 1989 to 1990
  • Honorables John W. Hitchcock and Donald R. Blensely (dec.) in Yamhill County Circuit Court in McMinnville, Clerk, 1990 to 1991
  • Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney, 1991 to 2013
  • Law Firm of Brown, Tarlow, Smith & Bridges in Newberg, Associate Attorney, 1991 to 2001
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Research Assistant, 1983 to 1985
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Research Assistant, 1987
  • University of California, Riverside, Research Assistant, 1985 to 1987
  • Donald R. Blensley (dec.) in Yamhill County Circuit Court in McMinnville, from 1990 to 1991