steve palmer

Steve has practiced law since 1994. He graduated from University of Oregon Law School where he served on the Managerial Board of the Oregon Law Review for two years.

His practice has primarily focused on Elder and Estate planning as well as Family related matters. Steve also served as a Municipal Court Judge for the Cities of Newberg, Sherwood, Dayton, Dundee, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville. He was a Protem Judge for Newberg from 1997 until 2010. Steve was rated “Super Lawyer” in 2019 & 2020.

Steve is a managing partner at the Brown Tarlow Bridges & Palmer, P.C. 

Stephen C. Palmer
Rated by Super Lawyers

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Areas of Practice

  • Complex Dissolutions and Legal Separations
  • Custody, Parenting Time and Third-Party Visitations
  • Child and Spousal Support Orders and Modifications
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Probate

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications, Carroll College, Helena, Montana, 1989

    – Graduated with Honors

    – Competed on Varsity Debate Team, won over fifty awards at national tournaments
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Oregon Law School, 1994

    – Represented school at regional Client Counseling competitions

    – Served on the Managerial Board of the Oregon Law Review

Professional Affliations

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association and Yamhill County Bar Association
  • Past Vice-President of Yamhill County Bar Association
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore for the City of Newberg, 1997-2010
  • Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore for Sherwood, Dundee, Dayton, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville
  • Member, Domestic Relations Section of the Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Elder Law Section of the Oregon State Bar
  • Named as a 2019 & 2020 Oregon “Super Lawyer” in Family Law

Community Involvement

  • Member, Newberg Noon Rotary
  • Member, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Newberg, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2007-2009
  • Past Member, Newberg Kiwanis Club
  • Past Member, Newberg Sisters of Providence Hospital Foundation Board
  • Past Member, Newberg Active 20-30 Club

Client Testimonials

Dont’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

Had to rush to get moms estate in order before death. Steven dropped everything that day and by afternoon he had all legal documents prepared. He and Karen then met with mom and I next day at care center to finalize all paperwork and then helped me file all legal papers. Steven is a trustworthy hard working attorney and I highly recommend him for your estate planning..


With Steve you have a professional that draws upon his many years of experience to develop his strategy to insure the best possible outcome for his clients. Without going into too many details, I will say this to any man that finds himself having to contend with a divorce, your best decision is to hire Steve! After that sit back, let Steve do the job you hired him to do, and I can guarantee that in the end you will feel the same way I do today.


I first contacted Stephen via email for some preliminary advice for Spousal Support Modification, which he was very prompt to reply with direct advice so when I scheduled a meeting with him I would have all the information needed. Steve and I met just once and he gathered my information, drew up the paper work, filed it with the court, and it was signed by the judge in less than two weeks. Steve is a pleasure to work with and very prompt and professional!!! Thank you Steve!!!!


I retained Steve as my divorce lawyer, as he was recommended to me by a friend. I have nothing but great things to say about Steve and his Paralegal. Steve knows exactly what he is doing and does not miss any details concerning alimony, property division, retirement funds etc.. Steve consistently encouraged me and gave me his best advice during my entire divorce process. Steve and his team were always quick to respond to my many questions and handled my divorce with professionalism and care. I greatly appreciate all of their hard work and looking out for my best interests from start to finish. I would highly recommend Steve and his team to anyone.


Mr. Palmer is an amazing attorney, a true professional. His communication skills and style are very direct and plain language which makes it easy and efficient to do business with him. He provides great results and solves issues quickly. He was encouraging with his advice while still being respectful of my wishes. He and his team did and Excellent job. I absolutely recommend his legal services. THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE AND TEAM!!