Joel J. Kent


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Phone:  (541) 318-9115
OSB#: 963262


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Emily Gannon
Legal Assistant to Joel J. Kent


Practice Emphasis: Family Law, Divorce, High Asset Complex Divorce Litigation, Custody, Modification of Spousal Support, Child Support, Adoption, Prenuptial Agreements, Guardianship, Parenting Time Enforcement, and Restraining Orders

Professional Experience: Joel founded the Stahancyk, Kent & Hook Central Oregon office in Bend in 1998 and has worked for the firm since 1994. He was elected a shareholder in 1999. Joel litigates complex dissolution cases throughout the state of Oregon and successfully represents numerous clients in divorces involving complex financial disputes, business valuation disputes, custody disputes, support modifications, prenuptial agreements, and post marital agreements. He has years of experience litigating, mediating, and settling divorces involving business interests and issues of business valuation.


Professional Activities: Joel is a member of the Family Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. He has been a member of the Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys for the last twelve years and the Inns of Court since 1999. He has served on the Deschutes County Family Law Advisory Committee since 2007.

Community Involvement: Joel believes that for everything he gets from the Central Oregon community, he must give back three times over, and the most important place to start is with the youth. Upon moving to Central Oregon, Joel began volunteering as a head coach with the Rimrock Volleyball Club and has coached the eighteen-year-old girls’ elite club team ever since. Rimrock’s goal is to support a “positive, nurturing environment, teaching the concepts of team and sportsmanship and emphasizing growth, development, and enjoyment.” Through the years, Joel’s creative and effective coaching techniques have garnered numerous tournament wins. Joel's players have succeeded at a high level, including six High School Player of the Year Awards, 35 All-State players, and 9 State Championships with their respective high schools. Most players continue to college, the majority on volleyball scholarships, which Joel takes time to help them secure. Alumni from his teams also include two Collegiate All-Americans and a Head Coach at Eastern Oregon University.

Joel’s focus on supporting children in his community does not end there. As the Chairman of the Annual Sparrow Club Fly Fishing Derby, Joel has helped lead the club’s effort to match local children in medical need or crisis with neighborhood schools and young people who ‘adopt’ the child and family. By encouraging children who are personally hurting to help other kids, Sparrow Clubs “empower youth to transform feelings of purposeless, detachment, and anger into confidence, solidarity, and compassion.” They believe that it is vitally important to provide children “with meaningful experiences that give purpose, teach compassion, and instill character, dignity, and a sense of community.”

Awards: Joel was recognized as the 2006–2007 Central Oregon Legal Professionals Boss of the Year, and received the Cascade Business News Accomplished Under 40 Award in 2007. His peers, recognizing his talents, have voted for him to be on the list of Oregon Super Lawyers for 8 consecutive years, from 2006-2013.

Interests: In addition to his love of volleyball, Joel is an ardent golfer and road biker.

News about Joel

Rimrock Volleyball Club Wins Longview Platinum Volleyball Tournament • February 13, 2012 Read More >>

Crook County Defeats Hidden Valley, Wins State Title • November 15, 2011 Read More >>

Coach Joel Kent's Rimrock joins elite teams in club volleyball • July 8, 2011 Read More >>

Joel Kent's Rimrock Volleyball Club Takes Second at Emerald Classic • June 8, 2011 Read More >>

Joel Kent's Rimrock Volleyball Club Receives Invite to Nationals • May 3, 2011 Read More >>

SK&H Participated in the 2011 Miller Lumber Trivia Bee • Mar. 17, 2011 Read More >>

Crook County Wins 4A State Volleyball Championship after beating Banks Read More >>

Joel's volleyball players make it to state playoffs! Read More >>

Joel hosted a farmer's feast to raise money for MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, a local nonprofit in Bend, Oregon • October 22, 2010 Read More >>

Joel's photo titled "Sunset on Fire" was featured on The Bend Bulletin. Click here to view his amazing work!

Joel was interviewed by the Bend Bulletin for a story about Mary's Place. An organziation that "In addition to providing a safe place for children to visit with their non-custodial parent, Bartley said the center’s staff works hard to help struggling parents to learn how to have a healthy and productive relationship with their children." • August 05, 2010 Read More >>

Joel Supports Sagebrush Classic • July 17th, 2010 Read More >>

Cowgirls prepare for season with annual team camp, coached by Rosie Honi and Joel Kent • July 30, 2010 Read More >>

Prineville’s Rimrock Volleyball Club, coached by Joel Kent, builds success, and offers its players added hope of a college scholarship • June 17, 2008 Read More >>