Joshua D. Kadish
Areas of Practice:
Trusts and Estates
Business and Corporate Transactions
Admitted to Practice:
B.A., Haverford College, 1973
J.D., Stanford Law School, 1979
Josh practices family law, mediation, estate planning and business law with Wyse Kadish. He has been with the firm since 1983. Josh attended Haverford College and Stanford Law School, and has been a member of the Oregon Bar since 1980. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, and has taught family law, negotiation, and mediation there regularly for over 25 years. Since 2006, Josh has been named as one of Portland’s top mediation attorneys by the Portland Monthly and is consistently named as one of Oregon’s Super Lawyers. Since 2014 he has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list, and in 2014 was their Lawyer of the Year for family mediation. Josh has been recognized as a Five Star Professional and was a finalist for the 2012 Daily Journal of Commerce Leadership in Law Award.
Josh’s approach to family law focuses on selecting the appropriate process which is most likely to receive the best result. For a review of the types of service available to family law clients, please visit the Family Law Practice page of our website.
As part of his practice, Josh focuses on the negotiation and preparation of prenuptial and domestic partnership agreements. These agreements usually cover what happens if a couple’s relationship ends by divorce or death. Because Josh practices both family law and estate planning, he has a broad understanding of what may be required in domestic agreements.
Josh has practiced estate planning and probate since 1980. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Portland, and has been recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager. Five Star Professional, which creates this program, starts with a field of 575 estate planning attorneys in Portland, and narrows it down to 19 selections.
For a review of the types of services available to trusts and estates clients, please visit the Trusts & Estates Practice page of our website.
Josh represents a wide variety of for profit and non-profit business clients in his practice.
In 2013, Josh celebrated his 30th year of providing quality mediation services as part of his law practice. Most of his mediation work is family and divorce oriented, and he has now handled well over 2,000 cases. He was the winner of the Oregon Mediation Association’s annual Award for Excellence in 2000 and the 2011 recipient of the Sidney Lezak Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
To find out more about Josh’s approach to mediation, please browse the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section of his website. For even more detail, you can go to the Family Law Mediation Chapter, which is the standard article in Oregon which describes family mediation for attorneys.
Josh frequently writes for professional publications in his areas of interest. He has written the standard reference articles published by the Oregon State Bar on Family Mediation, Marital Settlement Agreements, and Prenuptial Agreements.
Families, Property, Liberty and the Law: Mediating Probate Cases. Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter, 2011.
Josh regularly presents at continuing education programs for the Oregon State Bar in his areas of practice, and has been teaching negotiation and mediation classes at Lewis and Clark School of Law for over 25 years.
Oregon State Bar
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Mediation Association
Professional Awards and Recognition:
2011 Recipient of Sidney Lezak Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Five Star Wealth Manager 2012–2014
Chamber Music Northwest, past President
The Casey Family Program
Young Musicians & Artists, past President
Oregon Mediation Association
Hillsdale Farmer’s Market, past President
American Jewish Committee
Educate Ya, Inc.
Oregon Family Institute
Hillsdale Community Foundation, President
Neighborhood House, President
Check out Hillsdale Main Street Newsletter for a recent community spotlight on Josh
Areas of law practiced: Business and Corporate Transactions, Family Law, Trusts & Estates