Clarity Law is Patrick G. Ward, Attorney, who has been practicing law since 2002. Patrick knows how to guide people through the rigors and struggles that come with facing stressful legal challenges. He is a sincere, dedicated, and effective advocate who will help you choose the most appropriate legal path for you and your family. He will be with you for the journey and will be with you throughout the stress, emotions, and struggles that accompany fraught legal challenges.
Patrick has been involved in hundreds of hearings concerning parental custodial rights. He is aware of trauma to children and parents due to the impact that the legal system can have on a family. He is committed to ensuring that families involved in disputes are able to resolve their issues in a way that minimizes the emotional trauma to the client and the family.
Despite his experience as a successful litigator, Patrick knows that the best lawyers allow the client to self-determine their own futures. Usually, and unfortunately, litigation is not an effective way to resolve disputes. Alternative methods provide the client with the clearest path to self-determination – such as mediation or collaboration. Patrick fully understands that there are several ways to allow the client to control their legal outcome. And, he knows that he must provide the client with clear, consistent, and ongoing legal advice to ensure that the client has the tools to move beyond the current situation.
Patrick is the proud father of a daughter and the proud husband of his wife of 25 years. When not helping his clients, he can be found hanging out with his family, trail running, skiing, or bouldering.
Patrick is committed to ongoing training to refine and enhance his skills as a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer. He has well-over a hundred hours of collective training in mediation and Collaborative Divorce. He proudly supports the annual convention and educational forum for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and continually participates in selective trainings. He volunteers with the Hillsboro Mediation Program, the Multnomah County Small Claims Program, and the Standards and Practices Committee for the Oregon Mediation Association.
Patrick is a proud member of the Oregon Mediation Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals, Clackamas Collaborative Divorce, the Oregon State Bar, and the American Bar Association. He has presented to members of the public as part of the Divorce Options program and has organized Continuing Legal Education programs regarding the impact of trauma and neglect on a child's developing brain.