4.0 stars 21 totalReview Kim Schnuelle
I worked with Kim on my divorce. It was pretty straight forward, but there were a couple issues with my ex and she was able to recommend the best way to handle the situation. Her and her paralegal were very responsive and very easy to work with.
I hired Kim Schnuelle for a divorce. My ex and I were/are on friendly terms - there were no disagreements at all about how to share custody of our kids or how to split the assets. I interviewed Kim over the phone, gave her the case background and got a fee estimate of "no less than $3,000 but likely around $5,000" which seemed reasonable. My ex and I are both former lawyers - so we had already drafted an informal agreement between ourselves outlining how we would split assets and custody - the hard work had already been done by us. I was asked to pay a retainer of $6,000 which I did. The process was taking longer than hoped - my ex was a bit slow supplying some info - only bc she was busy. But being slow to provide some financial info should not have impacted the billing. I'd expect if an attorney is waiting for info they would do other clients work. Not Kim - they just kept billing - I would have a substantail bill for a month where there was no activity - except internal meetings w Kim and her associates that resulted in nothing expect for billed hours. After they had used up over $5,000 of the retainer they and had not drafted s single document (at that point Kim had only provided comments on 1 document drafted by opposing counsel and submitted cut and paste - simple docs - to the court) demanded another $5,000 retainer. The other 2 key documents for the case had net even been started. When I balked at the demand for more $$ and started looking into their bills they told me they would no longer represent me - without the courtesy of a phone call. I appealed to the managing partner - Marc Christainson - who had 0 interest in looking into the matter. Because the managing partner cared not at all that one of his attorneys would provide a quote to get business and produce nothing of substance for $5000+ speaks not only to the integrity of Kim, but of the whole firm.
From the very first day of meeting with her, Kim was professional and punctual. I felt very secure having her represent me. I knew nothing would be missed and and I could focus on the other aspects of my divorce. She certainly made my outcome and final settlement fair and understandable.
I hired Kim Schnuelle at McKinley Irvin in Seattle for my complicated child custody case. Kim and her paralegal, Joshua Dawson, worked diligently on my case towards my goals and the best outcome for my son. There were complicated domestic violence aspects of my case that Kim thoughtfully and strategically navigated, while consistently checking my comfort level on all decisions. As my custody dispute continued through the legal system, it became increasingly complicated as the opposing team became more aggressive in their legal tactics. Kim worked closely with me to keep me informed of all options and also provided me much needed support and empathy, it made the whole process bearable for me. Kim clearly communicated the possible outcomes of all options and together we made well-thought out decisions throughout the case.
When my ex and I were unable to mediate a resolution it became clear that I would have to go to trial. I could not afford the legal fees to keep Kim as my attorney, and she graciously agreed to continue acting as a legal advisor at no charge. Kim, Josh, and Blake Lively (also an attorney at McKinley Irvin) all made themselves available to me for legal consult and advice as I prepared to endure a trail on my own. It is an understatement to say that I was scared, I was terrified of navigating a complicated custody trial on my own. With Kim's support and willingness to help me prepare for trial I arrived confident, fully prepared, and knowledgable of the legal process and court room culture. I represented myself in a 5-day trial and was awarded full custody of my son, restrictions on my ex in the parenting plan, and an extended protection order: everything that Kim and I collectively agreed was appropriate for the given circumstances.
This was a two-year process and I had Kim and Josh's support from day one, without their professionalism and competency this outcome would not have been possible. I really cannot recommend Kim Schnuelle any higher, she put the humanity back into this very difficult and draining experience for me. She embodies what all family law attorneys should strive to be: compassionate, honest, strong, personable, and highly competent.
Kim is a very caring attorney. I hired her for a child custody matter that unfortunately could not be settled in mediation. When it became apparent that I would be going to trial and she would not be available during that time she was very honest about what I should do, and gave me some excellent recommendations for other attorneys. I appreciated her candor, and integrity. While she was representing me she was extremely responsive to any questions or concerns I had and always explained the in's and out's of my case in a kind respectful manner. I appreciated the way she represented me even if it was for a short time.
Posted by Don
Kim and her team was very helpful in getting me through a difficult separation/divorce. She was resourceful and did a great job of expediting the case to fruition. I would gladly recommend her to anyone looking for a talented and sincere attorney that can help cut through the layers of legal bureaucracy.
Posted by Dan
I worked with Kim Schnuelle on post-secondary education support. The process was simple and easy to follow. Kim did a fantastic job keeping me informed on the progress of the negotiation. She also did an exceptional job setting appropriate expectations. I have no hesitation recommending Kim and her team.
Posted by consuelo
Kim Schnuelle and her team have done an excellent job representing in a somewhat complicated international and multi-state case. Her strategy kept us out of lengthy and costly legal battles. In fact with one or two strategic letters problems were resolved. I kind of bought into the myth that lawyers are all just in it for the money. Quite to the contrary Kim and her team were extremely cost conscious and money was left over from the retainer. Furthermore Kim and her team were very supportive and compassionate in that emotional time, a fact that I really appreciate. I was always secure that she and her team had my best interest in mind. She is an excellent lawyer, I highly recommend Kim Schnuelle and her team to all.
Posted by a client
I have often said attorneys are like fax machines, don't often need them but when you do your sure glad you have one. I have used McKinley & Irvin for some very personal family law needs. I was successful EVERY time, its not my opinion that anyone really wins in these situations(the darker side of my ego says thanks for winning every time) but Kim and the Law firm represented me in such a professional, caring way, providing me with clarity, insight to the law and made me feel I was not alone in these always trying times. Kim's was nothing short of excellent and every thing you would hope to expect from an attorney. Her extensive law experience really shines through. Her paralegal Josh was also incredible and both of there warm, kind and caring attitude really helps sooth the nerves. I would also like to add Kim seemed always to have my best interest at heart above all else, she was constantly watching out for ways to save money to the point that I even received money back. I thought I should mention that as there is always a stigma about lawyers trying to spend all your money, and my experience was quite the opposite. What a great law firm, I can recommend them without hesitation and although I hope never to need an attorney again, if I do McKinley & Irvin and Kim Schnuelle will be there for me again. Thanks so much for being by my side.
Posted by Susan
Kim Schnuelle guided me through my divorce in a very heartfelt way. She created an outcome that was fair and rewarding in spite of purposeful, negligent delays from my husband and his attorney. She was clearly with me all the way!