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Katharine J. Phinney

Divorce and separation Attorney at Exeter, NH

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2009
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Awards

Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
2019

Location

Russman Law Offices

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Nan S. | May 30, 2024
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Fair, Fierce, and Phenomenal
I cannot recommend Kat highly enough! From the moment I had the first conversation with her, I knew I was in capable hands. Going through a divorce with a narcissistic and difficult ex was one of the toughest challenges of my life, but having Kat and her team by my side made all the difference. She is not only incredibly fair and smart, but also fiercely dedicated to her clients. Kat navigated every twist and turn of my case with precision and expertise. Her strategic approach ensured that my interests were always protected, and she fought tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for me and my children. What impressed me the most was how quickly she was able to settle my divorce. Despite the complexities and tension, Kat remained steadfast and focused on reaching a resolution efficiently. Thanks to her sharp legal mind and unwavering determination, I was able to move forward with my life sooner than I ever imagined. If you're looking for a divorce lawyer who will go above and beyond for you, look no further. She is not only an exceptional legal professional but also a compassionate advocate who genuinely cares about her clients' well-being. Thank you, Kat, for helping me navigate through this challenging time with grace and strength. You are truly the best in the business!
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Posted by David | August 1, 2023
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Katharine is Awesome
Divorce sucks big time. But within 15 minutes of interviewing Katharine I knew she would represent me in my sucky divorce. She's smart, straight-to-the point and was sympathetic to my questions, my concerns and my objectives - without judgement. She had my back before, during and after the mediation process (which I strongly recommend)....all the way to the final decree. She and her support kept me in tbe loop every step of the way and responded to me in a timely manner. I recommend her legal services most sincerely
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Posted by Carol | December 5, 2021
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Great Divorce Lawyer!
I hired Katherine for my divorce on a recommendation of a friend. Katherine is extremely easy to work with. She is very direct and honest in her approach which was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted someone to lay out the facts in front of me with no candy coating. She represented me expertly during the mediation and was successful in reaching a signed decree at the end of one day's mediation. She thought through every angle and helped me understand each obstacle we faced so I could make educated decisions. I highly recommend Katherine if you are looking for a smart, honest, detailed oriented lawyer. She is great at her job and gives you confidence in moving through the process!
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Posted by Andrew | September 9, 2021
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Attorney Katharine Phinney...Intelligent, Professional & Compassionate
Katharine was the perfect lawyer for my challenging divorce. In the beginning of the end, my former wife accused me of every and any horrible crime a husband can commit against a wife. With a steady hand on the tiller, Katharine prescribed patience until the time was right to propose our first deal after the former stumbled. To my elated surprise the deal was accepted and this set the stage for the remainder of the divorce. All aspects were then mediated outside of the court in a timely fashion. Katharine not only proficiently and professionally handled all dealings with the divorce, but she believed in me when I was at my lowest and did not believe in myself. This resulted in a fair divorce settlement and shared custody of my two boys. We are forever grateful to Katharine and the team at Russman Law…Thank You!
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Posted by MG | June 27, 2021
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Talented and expert attorney
It is my pleasure and honor to provide this review for Attorney Katharine Phinney. I had hired Katharine of Russman Law firm to provide me counseling and services to complete my legal separation. A little story, I originally had decided to file for my separation through mediation as my former spouse and I were pretty much in agreement with our assets division and parenting plan and all we needed was legal assistance. So we thought we could file for our separation through mediation and save us lot costs. So we went to an initial consult with another attorney from a completely different law firm who was supposed to be expert in mediation. I must tell you filing through mediation is not worth your time and money unless you have experience in the family law. My initial consult for mediation was three hours long costed me over $500, and after the consult both my ex and I felt filing it was a complete waste of time as we both came out of the meeting feeling lost and without any help. So then we decided that mediation is not really our cup of tea as the process of legal separation or divorce is complicated and requires specialized skills. We wanted to do it right hence we decided to hire our own lawyers. I researched and came across Katharine Phinney from Russman Law. I cannot stress how best was my decision to hire Katharine as my legal counsel and how satisfied with her services and assistance. Katharine worked with me through every step that was clear, and guided me through out the process and completed my legal separation within the estimate she had given me at an initial consultation with her. I am confident that my decision to hire Katharine was very much time and cost effective compared to doing it myself through mediation lawyer. I have not come across such as clear headed, honest, talented, punctual expert attorney like Katharine before. I would refer Katharine in a heartbeat to anyone who is seeking legal assistance in family law practice. Thank you! MG
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2020
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Attorney Phinney was great!
Katharine was great! I talked with her on a Wednesday about a hearing on Friday. She was very professional and helpful in such a short time that I needed. Her paralegal was also very nice and helpful. At Difficult times like this it’s nice to have someone calming rather than someone that makes you feel rushed and not important. I was very pleased with her work and would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Jonathan | February 28, 2020
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Compassion and thoroughness
My experience with Attorney Katherine Phinney was exemplary. Attorney Phinney took the time required to fully understand my divorce situation. Divorce is a painful and traumatic experience. Fortunately my situation was very different, as it was very amicable. My wife and I knew how we wanted to proceed with the divorce, and what we wanted as a final outcome. That was the easy part. The court process is very sanitized and does not take into consideration the emotional aspects and the legalese that the majority of the public does not understand. Attorney Phinney explained the process, outlined the necessary information needed for the court documents and ensured that the legal language coincided with the laymen's terms used to communicate the desired outcome of the couple. Attorney Phinney was very thorough and made the process much easier to complete. I would highly recommend her and her legal staff and will look to work with her in the future on legal matters in the future that may warrant her assistance. My only disappointment, is that the review is limited to 5 stars. I would give her 10.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Attorney Katharine Phinney was referred to me by an extremely experienced and well respected family lawyer in the area. My case involved a high conflict, multi-year post divorce custody matter. At every step, I have been impressed by Katharine's demeanor, delivery and overall attention to issues that were important to me. She was always straightforward about possible outcomes and cost-effectiveness when deciding strategy. At the same time, she was sympathetic to the complexities of my situation, which was something I really appreciated and needed. I also valued the support and responsiveness of her paralegal. I am very impressed by Attorney Phinney's legal expertise. She is an excellent writer and litigator, and I believe those skills were crucial to my case. She was responsive to my calls/emails and remained practical and strategic. I was very happy with the outcome of my case and I would not hesitate to hire Katharine again. I highly, highly recommend her.
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Posted by Marc | November 8, 2019
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Katharine is the best !!!!!!
Please excuse I'm not good with reviews but I feel this review is well-deserved!!!!Katharine is an outstanding attorney... Katharine guided me through a four year long divorce....Whether I was in mediation or in the court room I always felt I had the best attorney possible....Katharine always explained every thing to me whether it was good or not so good... I was unfortunate I had to go to trial but I knew having Katharine as my attorney I felt I had the best attorney possible....And I was right..Katharine was amazing in the court room... She he was extremely organized...The outcome was far better than I ever imagined....The way that she worked through mediation was amazing too...Without her I would not of had the parenting time with my son that I have now... and for that I can't say thank you enough.....
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2019
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Post Divorce
In a post divorce petition, I was in a spot where my ex was looking take parenting time away. Katharine professionally set realistic expectations of all possible outcomes. She laid out, explained and executed our plan to a tee. There were zero surprises, nor questionable charges in terms of invoicing. By the time the smoke cleared, Katharine was able to keep us out of family court and no changes were made to the parenting plan, which was my primary goal in this specific situation. Although this was the first time in my life I needed counsel, I'm so happy ended up with Katharine and her team. I'd confidently recommend her services.
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Posted by Maureen | July 20, 2019
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Customer
Katharine was amazing from start to finish of my divorce process. She made a tough situation much more comfortable than I ever imagined. Her guidance and consultation was top notch and she made me feel confident every step of the way. I HIGHLY recommend her and her team!!
Posted by Jane | July 11, 2019
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Best Hiring Decision I Will Ever Make
Katharine had my back at all times during my divorce process this year. She is a balance of intelligence, confidence and approachability. She kept me well informed and educated along the way, was clear and direct with her advise and reasoning and reassured me through some especially challenging points. Always prepared, organized and her communications were clear and timely. Best decision I made for myself personally this year was hiring Katharine Phinney. No question about it.
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Posted by Kevin | March 21, 2019
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Stay Calm and Lawyer On!
Katharine is focused on your legal interests, listens to your situation, and works with you to reach the outcome you desire. At all times, I felt that I was given the best legal advice for the current challenge in my divorce with the foresight of protecting my interests if a trial were to be needed. Katharine is attentive and responsive. She is responsible with your time and money. In the end, I did not go to trial due to her diligence in moving my case swiftly to mediation and resolution. Had it gone to trial, I felt prepared and confident in Katharine's ability.
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Posted by Steve | August 30, 2018
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Client
Katharine had a steady hand and was completely effective with my case at every turn. I felt confident in her guidance and advice. She effectively explained situations and options and we made our decisions together. I highly recommend her as being one of the best attorneys that I have worked with.
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2018
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Awesome!
The decision to hire Katharine was the best decision I made in the divorce process. Because of her guidance and expertise, I won some very difficult decisions, and felt my voice was heard by the courts in a way I had never expected. I trusted her and that trust paid off. I wanted an attorney who was real, truthful, and tough - but who also had a big heart. She's all the above and more. She was supportive and incredibly responsive to any questions or concerns I had throughout the process. I can't imagine what it would have been like without her. She's the best. Highly, highly recommended.
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Posted by Nicole | March 9, 2018
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Amazing attorney that I would recommend to anyone
Attorney Phinney was my voice during a time when I didn't have one. During a divorce it is easy to get caught up in the emotion and pain. Attorney Phinney was confident, professional and kind. She knew the law, stayed focused, and in the end, all my rights were preserved. She is an attorney I would recommend you speaking to when you need great representatiom
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Posted by Chris | February 12, 2018
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Really Impressed!
I am so glad that I found Attorney Phinney to help me with a custody issue following my divorce. She was reassuring but very honest and specific with what our options were. I also appreciated her punctual communication by phone and e-mail so that I always knew what was going on with my case.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Russman Law Offices
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Strafford County Attorney's Office
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Granite State College - Law and Society Class
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Rockingham County Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Tober Law Offices
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Crawford Law PLLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Lake County Circuit Court
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Vermont
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • New Hampshire Adult Parole Board
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Granite State College Law and Society
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Charles C. Doe American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • 2009
  • Top Honors: Torts; Business Associations & Remedies
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • 2009
  • Top Honors: Legal Drafting: General & Local Government
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • 2009
  • Top Honors: Uniform Commercial Code and Sales & Commercial Paper
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • 2009
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Search and Seizure Training for the New Hampshire State Police
  • Search and Seizure Laws
  • 2014
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • Annual Meeting - President Address
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Katharine. She is approachable, responsive, and a zealous advocate. She exhibits traits such as intelligence and empathy making her respected by colleagues, opponents, and judges. Katharine is always receptive and prepared for substantive conversations and earned my respect quickly for those reasons."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine is smart, hardworking, and compassionate. She is respected among lawyers in the community for her intelligence and integrity. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Attorney Phinney on many cases and she is a hard working and dedicated lawyer. I have always found her to be smart and tough. She is a great advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the pleasure of endorsing my friend and colleague, Katharine Phinney. I met Katharine many years ago when she was in private practice when she was President of the Rockingham County Bar Association. I found her to be a hard working and resourceful leader of our organization. I enjoyed working on different events with her and discovered how much of a strong leader she is. I also had a number of cases with her when she shifted to the prosecutor's office. She was very straight forward, easily accessible and always had an open mind about our cases. Anyone who hires Katharine will find her to be an experienced, tough and personable advocate."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Phinney is a very experienced, no-nonsense trial attorney who has the drive and motivation to get the best possible results for her clients. She is respected and well liked by her peers. You couldn't make a better choice to help guide you through a stressful and difficult family law case."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Phinney is an excellent attorney who passionately represents her clients. Her clients benefit from her extensive trial experience and knowledge of family law. She is well respected within the legal community. I highly recommend Attorney Phinney for your family law needs!"
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Exeter Divorce and separation Lawyer Katharine J. Phinney
Katharine J. Phinney
Divorce and separation Attorney
Exeter, NH
Licensed for 14 years
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