Kimberly J. Kisner is the founder of the Kisner Law Firm, LLC. With more than fifteen years of legal experience, she assists businesses, property owners, and individuals with employment law and human resource matters, property tax assessment appeals and landlord tenant issues, and incorporations and contracts.
Kim has experience in all aspects of employment law including such areas as discrimination and harassment under state and federal statutes, employment and severance agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act. She has handled employment litigation and administrative claims in courts and agencies in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Additionally, Kim helps her clients avoid litigation by reviewing their human resource policies and practices to ensure they are in compliance. To keep her clients in the workplace and out of the courtroom, Kim provides client-specific “legal audits” – identifying the most likely grounds for employment-related problems. She follows an audit with compliance and training recommendations geared towards any problem areas. Her counsel does not end with the audit. Kim also works in assisting with the creation or revision of employee handbooks, drafting policies and procedures, providing training for management and staff, and providing on-call advice for employment-related questions or dilemmas.
Every small business needs a trusted legal counselor, but most do not need an in-house attorney. Serving as outside general counsel to businesses in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania, Kim advises on everything from incorporation to major transactions and disputes. She is fully capable in all areas of business law, so she can assist with virtually any legal issue or situation that may arise. Kim helps new start-ups, growing companies, and established businesses.
Property owners, buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants rely on Ms. Kisner to assess their situations and help them avoid later disputes. From first-time property owners to the most experienced landlords, it is difficult for those in the real estate business to keep abreast of ever-changing laws and best practices. Kim's clients benefit from her familiarity with the laws of buying, selling, and leasing properties and from her years of personal experience as a Pittsburgh landlord. She will work with you as an advocate in court, a negotiator in transactions, and a trusted real estate business adviser to help you achieve the best possible outcomes.
Kim helps property owners from all across Allegheny County in their assessment appeals. She can step in at any time up and take over the whole process for you. For a low flat fee, she will take care of everything for you at the hearing, and if she is not satisfied with the reduction, Kim will even take the case to the Board of Viewers with no extra legal fee. When the hearing date arrives, you don’t even need to attend. Just relax and let Kim handle everything.
Before founding the Kisner Law Firm, Kim practiced at large and small firms in Pittsburgh. She graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University and received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh where she served as Lead Topics Editor of the Law Review.
Kim is a past Chair of the Sole and Small Firm Practitioners section of the ACBA and serves as Vice President of the Greater Pittsburgh chapter of the West Virginia Alumni Association. She also serves as an Arbitrator for the Special Landlord/Tenant Arbitration Panel in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia. She is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia Bar Associations.
Kim is a residential real estate investor in the City of Pittsburgh’s Park Place neighborhood where she resides. She volunteers with the Junior League of Pittsburgh, a non-profit women’s organization committed to improving local communities. She chaired the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s 2007 Designers’ Show House, raising a record $122,000. Kim was recognized for her professional and community-based efforts when she was selected by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) as one of 2006’s “40 Under 40.” Kim was also recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a 2008 Community Champion. She was honored by the Governor as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business for 2009.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Running for Public Office graduate||CORO Center for Civic Leadership||2010|
|Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business 2009||Commonwealth of PA- Dept. of Community and Economic Development||2009|
|Community Champion||Pittsburgh Post-Gazette||2008|
|40 Under 40||Pittsburgh Magazine||2006|
|Arbitrator for Special Landlord/Tenant Arbitration Panel||Allegheny County||2010 - Present|
|Volunteer Attorney Panel - employment law/hr||Bayer Center for Non Profit Management||2006 - Present|
|Managing Member||Kisner Law Firm, LLC||2003 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Tucker Arensberg, PC||1999 - 2002|
|Associate Attorney||Volk Hellerstedt & Connolly||1996 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Allegany County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section||Council||2014 - Present|
|Business Networking International||Member||2007 - Present|
|Pittsburgh Human Resources Association||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Society for Human Resource Management||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice Section||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Junior League of Pittsburgh||Member||2003 - Present|
|West Virginia Bar Association||N/A||1997 - Present|
|Western Pennsylvania Real Estate Investors Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||N/A||1997 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||N/A||1997 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Committee||Council Member||2012 - 2015|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section||Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Junior League of Pittsburgh||Board of Directors, Nominating Director||2010 - 2011|
|Junior League of Pittsburgh||Board of Directors, Placement Director||2009 - 2009|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Committee||Council Member||2008 - 2011|
|Junior League of Pittsburgh||Co-Chair of 2007 Designers' Showhouse||2006 - 2007|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)||Landlord Tenant Eviction Process in Western PA||2014|
|Tribune Review||Assessment Appeals Have Recent Mt. Lebanon Home Buyers Up in Arms||2014|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Making It Rain: How to Survive/Thrive in a Solo or Small Firm Practice||2014|
|Tribune Review||Thousands wait for assessment appeal hearings||2013|
|Allegheny County Bar Association's How to start and manage a Sole Practice or Small Firm in today's economy||Human Resources: Employees and Their Benefits||2009|
|University of Pittsburgh School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|West Virginia University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Employment Law for Nonprofits||Employment Law for Nonprofits||2016|
|Allegheny County Bench Bar Conference||Tips and Tricks for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioners:||2015|
|Allegheny County Bar Association Committee on Exempt Organizations||Recent Updates in Employment Law Affecting Nonprofits||2015|
|Real Estate 101||Landlord and Tenant Law in Western PA||2014|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute||The Most Frequently Encountered Landlord Tenant Issues||2014|
|PA Continuing Legal Education||Landlord Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New Market||2014|
|Allegheny County Bench Bar Conference||Making It Rain: How to Survive/Thrive in a Solo or Small Firm Practice||2014|
|Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law||Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law||2013|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute||Representing Residential Landlords and Tenants||2012|
|Bench Bar Conference||How to Handle Employment Law Issues in Your Own Law Firm||2010|
|Women in Business||Using Networking and Social Media to Advance Your Career||2009|
|Continuing Legal Education - How to start and manage a Sole Practice or Small Firm in today's economy||Human Resources: Employees and their Benefits||2009|