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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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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 25%
    19 years
  2. Employment: 25%
    19 years
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 15%
    19 years
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
    19 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($225-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Eliza K. Hall

    Kim is an extremely effective real estate lawyer who knows infinitely more than I do about the local property tax appeal process. She's both very knowledgeable and very easy to talk to--the perfect combination!


    Eliza Hall Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sean Leonard Ruppert

    Kim has a wealth of experience and expertise in a variety of matters. I am happy to endorse her, and her firm.


    Sean Ruppert Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Kisner Law Firm, LLC

Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street Suite 2646
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


WVAuthorized to practice law199707/13/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Running for Public Office graduateCORO Center for Civic Leadership2010
Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business 2009Commonwealth of PA- Dept. of Community and Economic Development2009
Community ChampionPittsburgh Post-Gazette2008
40 Under 40Pittsburgh Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Arbitrator for Special Landlord/Tenant Arbitration PanelAllegheny County2010 - Present
Volunteer Attorney Panel - employment law/hrBayer Center for Non Profit Management2006 - Present
Managing MemberKisner Law Firm, LLC2003 - Present
Associate AttorneyTucker Arensberg, PC1999 - 2002
Associate AttorneyVolk Hellerstedt & Connolly1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Allegany County Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionCouncil2014 - Present
Business Networking InternationalMember2007 - Present
Pittsburgh Human Resources AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Society for Human Resource ManagementN/A2006 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionN/A2005 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice SectionN/A2005 - Present
Junior League of PittsburghMember2003 - Present
West Virginia Bar AssociationN/A1997 - Present
Western Pennsylvania Real Estate Investors AssociationMember1997 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationN/A1997 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionN/A1997 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners CommitteeCouncil Member2012 - 2015
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners SectionChair2011 - 2012
Junior League of PittsburghBoard of Directors, Nominating Director2010 - 2011
Junior League of PittsburghBoard of Directors, Placement Director2009 - 2009
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners CommitteeCouncil Member2008 - 2011
Junior League of PittsburghCo-Chair of 2007 Designers' Showhouse2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Landlord Tenant Eviction Process in Western PA2014
Tribune ReviewAssessment Appeals Have Recent Mt. Lebanon Home Buyers Up in Arms2014
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMaking It Rain: How to Survive/Thrive in a Solo or Small Firm Practice2014
Tribune ReviewThousands wait for assessment appeal hearings2013
Allegheny County Bar Association's How to start and manage a Sole Practice or Small Firm in today's economyHuman Resources: Employees and Their Benefits2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
West Virginia UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law for NonprofitsEmployment Law for Nonprofits2016
Allegheny County Bench Bar ConferenceTips and Tricks for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioners:2015
Allegheny County Bar Association Committee on Exempt OrganizationsRecent Updates in Employment Law Affecting Nonprofits2015
Real Estate 101Landlord and Tenant Law in Western PA2014
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteThe Most Frequently Encountered Landlord Tenant Issues2014
PA Continuing Legal EducationLandlord Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New Market2014
Allegheny County Bench Bar ConferenceMaking It Rain: How to Survive/Thrive in a Solo or Small Firm Practice2014
Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant LawCommercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law2013
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteRepresenting Residential Landlords and Tenants2012
Bench Bar ConferenceHow to Handle Employment Law Issues in Your Own Law Firm2010
Women in BusinessUsing Networking and Social Media to Advance Your Career2009
Continuing Legal Education - How to start and manage a Sole Practice or Small Firm in today's economyHuman Resources: Employees and their Benefits2009