Victoria (Tory) Hines is a Family Law Attorney and Mediator who handles child custody, divorce and other family law cases in the Portland Metro Area.
Tory Hines has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wake Forest University and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law with a specialized certificate in Sustainable Environmental, Energy and Resources Law.
Prior to working at Willamette Family Law, Tory worked as a mediator and project manager for DS Consulting on a wide range of projects in the areas of natural resources, healthcare and workplace mediations. During law school Tory was a Summer Associate for the City of St. Augustine, where she worked along side the Assistant City attorney in prosecuting misdemeanors. Tory is an active member of the Multnomah Bar Association, as well as a volunteer mediator for Multnomah County Small Claims Court and a volunteer attorney for St. Andrew Legal Clinic.
In her free time, Tory is a volunteer coach for the Junior Wheelblazers, a youth wheelchair basketball team that practices weekly in Portland, Oregon and competes regionally. Tory also enjoys backpacking and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Approach to Client-Centered Mediation
The four approaches to resolving conflict in divorce are: litigation, arbitration, negotiation and mediation. The vast majority of people seeking a divorce desire to work together to establish a settlement, but the adversarial process encourages them to act combatively. Only mediation is truly cooperative among those four approaches. With client-centered mediation, clients are encouraged to ask questions and address concerns in order to make well-informed decisions. In mediation, the emphasis is on acceptable results that leave both parties appreciating the process.
About client-centered mediation:
- The parties’ fears, beliefs, concerns, values and ideas are the focus of the mediation process.
- Parties learn to work through difficult conversations in a structured environment.
- Mediation emphasizes the shared similarities and needs of the parties rather than their differences.
As your divorce mediator, I will help you:
- Examine everyone’s interests (including children).
- Ask questions.
- Explore options for settlement.
- Plan for the future.
- Document client-made decisions.
Please contact Tory at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-542-7432 to further discuss if mediation is right for you.