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John William Kydd

About me

After 32 years of practice, certain lessons are learned.  One is that I simply enjoy this work.  I like mediating with parents that can work together.  It is fun to see them move from feeling overwhelmed to having a sense of control and hope for their futures.  I also enjoy the contested cases as they allow me to find ways to deal with an often difficult opposing spouse.  In both cases many clients return to normal life at the end of the case with a new understanding of themselves.  I cannot take credit for this.  It is their talent to make the best of a difficult situation that makes all the difference.


As an MSW social worker and a lawyer, I am interested in combining advocacy with insight to enhance my client’s capacity to deal with their ex-spouse and their children.  


I am thankful for the steady stream of client referrals that have made my practice.  Each one of them has taught me something about how to be a better lawyer.


On a personal level I have three sons who I raised after their mother passed away when they were very young.  Raising children on one's own has taught me much about parenting.  Now that they are in college I have time for gardening, biking and giving back to the community that has given so much to me.








Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    33 years, 400 cases
  2. Child Custody: 30%
    33 years, 300 cases
  3. Mediation: 15%
    29 years, 200 cases
  4. Alimony: 10%
    33 years, 150 cases
  5. Family: 5%
    33 years, 60 cases



Hourly ($325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Francis Eagle

    I endorse this lawyer's work. John is very well respected in the Seattle family law legal community. He is a professional and always a pleasure to work with. He has many satisfied clients over many years of practice.


    Paul Eagle Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Joseph Fox

    John is a seasoned attorney who provides clients with a unique blend of strong, competent and compassionate representation. He possesses an impressive breadth of knowledge regarding the law and a myriad of other subjects.


    Christopher Fox Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1001 4th Ave Ste 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154-1003


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
President's AwardKing County Bar Association1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner AttorneyJohn W. Kydd, P.S.2003 - 2011
Attorney of CounselHelsell Fetterman LLP1997 - 2003
Partner AttorneyStrong and Kydd1986 - 1997
Partner AttorneyHalverson and Strong1982 - 1986
Research AssociateBattelle Human Affairs Research Center1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsBoard Member2012 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsPresident1996 - 1997
King County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Smith v. SmithFull settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Lawyer Practice ManualChapter 12 - Alternatives to Litigation: Arbitration & Mediation (Part 2)2015
Washington Lawyer Practice ManualMediation of Family Law Matters2012
Washington State Bar Association Family Law DeskbookFamily Mediation2006
Washington Lawyer's Practice ManualMediation of Family Law Matters2006
Washington State Bar Association Family Law DeskbookFamily Mediation2000
Washington Lawyers Practice ManualMediation of Family Law Matters2000
BookDivorce in Washington: A Humane Approach1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of WashingtonN/AMasters of Social Work1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
David A Chadwick Endowed LectureshipPreventing Trauma to Children2001