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Kristy Brown Blackwell

Adoption Attorney at Chandler, AZ

5.0   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2004
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Practice area
  1. Adoption
    Experienced in interstate adoptions (ICPC). I work with placing parents or adopting parents. Private, family, agency or foster to adopt cases. Experienced litigator in private termination of parental rights cases. All juvenile law.

    18 years

I enjoy advocating for children and those who don't yet have their own voice.  I often take on Pro Bono cases from the Volunteer Lawyers Project.  They have been some of my most interesting and gratifying cases.  When I'm not practicing law, I enjoy running, reading, kayaking and watching movies with my family.  My oldest daughter and I have taken some Krav Maga classes together and we now have some wicked ninja fighting skills. 

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Stuart & Blackwell, P.L.L.C.
3920 South Alma School Road
Suite 5
Chandler, AZ, 85248


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Posted by Jenna | May 12, 2023
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Genuine and kind
I want to start off with every single person in this office is unbelievably kind and genuinely have your best interests at heart. My wife and I are a same sex couple who needed a lawyer for the adoption of our son. We did a lot of research to find not only a good lawyer but an accepting, non judgmental lawyer as well for our adoption and when we called to speak with Kristy for the consultation she made us feel so comfortable and prioritized, we were honestly stunned. We called her right before we got pregnant just for information on the process and she gave us all the information we needed- plus some and we knew when we hung up, she was it. When the time came to start the process 9 months later not only her but everyone in the office made things so simple, quick, stress free, and easy. We are still stunned this process was as simple as it was. Anyways, I truly cannot say enough good things about specifically Kristy, Kylie and Sharlesa. We wouldnt have wanted any other firm to be the leaders of this process for us. We are so thankful and so floored with the kindness given. Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts and please if you need services from this lawfirm, do it! You will not regret that choice, they will give you the attention you need and care you didn't expect.
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Posted by Amy | January 4, 2023
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My adoption journey
I retained Kristy after 3+ years of spinning my wheels down the adoption path. It can be a very confusing and overwhelming process. With just the consultation alone, Kristy was so helpful delineating the many steps in this process. She also helped me understand my options so that I could make informed choices. When it came time to finalize my adoption, Kristy and her office staff were amazing. They kept me informed while expediting the process, and making me feel reassured and valued. I can't say enough good things and strongly recommend Kristy to help you with your adoption journey. I would say I wish I would have reached out to her earlier, but things ended up the way they were supposed to. My baby is so perfect! Had I reached out earlier, however, I probably would have eliminated a lot of tears and frustration along the way.
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Posted by Latosha | November 30, 2022
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Highly Recommend!
Kristy and her team did such a fantastic job! She helped us with adopting our beautiful baby girl and we are extremely grateful! She was great with communication, so supportive, and extremely personable. I am so glad we hired Kristy and would highly recommend her!
Posted by Katie | September 28, 2022
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Absolutely incredible!
Kristy and her entire staff are amazing! From the first contact to completion, it was a seamless process. They all are incredibly kind, thorough, quick to respond and a true joy to work with. My wife and I used Kristy when we did reciprocal IVF and needed my wife (our sons biological mother) to legally adopt our son. It was a confusing process for us and Kristy and her team took the time to explain everything and walk us through each step. They made sure that everything was filed quickly and the adoption was approved as soon as possible. I would recommend Kristy and her team 10/10! She even took the time to do a Will & Trust consult with us. We will be using her in the future when we decide to do that step as well.
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Posted by Brighid | May 27, 2021
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Highly recommend
Our Agency has worked with Kristy and her firm for years and we are very impressed with their professionalism, attention to detail, and support to our clients. Each individual is very caring and hardworking. We value our relationship and the work that they do greatly!
Posted by Lori | April 21, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Our family high recommends Kristy Blackwell. She is personable and professional. Kristy made a complicated process easy to navigate.
Posted by Jennifer | October 9, 2015
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Adoption very smooth and professional
Kristy was compassionate and professional and answered all our questions to make this a quick and seamless process. Excellent office staff, everyone always got back to me promptly and never made us feel like a question was stupid or we were bothering them. Thank you so much for everything.
Posted by Melidee | October 6, 2015
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Knowledgeable, professional & helpful
Kristy is highly skilled, efficient and compassionate. I have relied on her for many services, one including a very difficult family matter that was handled better than any attorney I've had experience with (I had 3 previous attorneys for this). I would not only use her in the future, I highly recommend and would encourage anyone looking for a reliable, honest and reasonably-priced attorney to call her.
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Posted by Candice | October 5, 2015
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Complicated Adotion
Kristy and everyone at Stuart and Blackwell were a source of strength and wisdom through a very difficult and complicated adoption. Kristy is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and caring. We've worked with many attorneys throughout our daughter's adoption since it took over three years and crossed three states and Kristy was by far the quickest to respond to our communication and questions. We had complete confidence in her judgment and felt we were in the best hands possible. I have already recommended her to a neighbor and would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Becky | August 26, 2015
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Excellent Adoption Attorney
My family was blessed to have found Kristy to assist in the adoption of my daughter. Kristy was not only extremely knowledgeable in this area, but was also very kind in handling a delicate situation and the small challenges that arose from our situation. She was extremely patient with my questions and quick to respond to each and every one of them. We could not be happier with how she handled our situation with the outcome being my husband adopting my daughter. She was a true Godsend and I most definitely would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an attorney in her specific specialty.
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Posted by Robert | July 5, 2015
Excellent service
Very good communication responds to emails/phone calls in a rapid fashion. Was very knowledgeable on adoption. My family will be forever grateful. Would highly recommend. Office staff was awesome.
Posted by Heather | June 24, 2015
Don't go anywhere Else!!!
If you want professional, grounded advice and adoption services there is no other place to go. Kristy was not only informative and knowledgeable about my adoption, but she is the reason this went so smoothly, and happened at all. I consider her mine and my daughter's guardian angel. She went above and beyond to represent me in my adoption and helped us maneuver through many difficult obstacles. I am so incredibly blessed that my path crossed with Kristy and her team. I would recommend Kristy to ANYONE that needs a lawyer. She is a phenomenal person, and conducts her business with the utmost integrity. My family is complete through the help of Kristy Blackwell.
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Posted by Amy | September 2, 2014
Kristy deserves my highest recommendation!
We found Kristy through my legal plan at work. We were thinking about starting the adoption process, and Kristy pointed us in the right direction with where we should start. From there, we endured a long two year process of a rollercoaster of emotions and heartbreak, but in the end, everything ended up perfectly with the adoption of our daughter! We simply could not have done it without Kristy's guidance and expert advice. She was always there when we needed her, whether it was just for a quick question, or during an unexpected crisis. Always easy to talk to and quick to help, I would- and have - recommended Kristy to anyone who has been thinking about adoption. We couldn't have had a better experience or have asked for anything more!
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Posted by Rose | August 27, 2014
Stuart & Blackwell, PLLC erases all my doubts and fears about lawyers. Kristy Blackwell is so down to earth that made it very easy to talk about any concerns, not that I had any with her. After 16 years of raising my baby girl I found myself being rejected as her mother by the system and in need of making it legal. Kristy graciously took on our case and even though there was quite a few issues always found the way to remove all blocking stones reassuring that it would be OK. Not only did she did it all Pro-Bone but made it seem so personal that made me feel like family. Kristy Blackwell and her staff made the adoption possible and I am now the mother of my now young lady. Will I ever be able to pay her? not in a million years, will I recommend her? ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!!!
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Posted by Rod | August 27, 2014
Highly recommend this Lawyer!!!
Kristy Blackwell was incredibly helpful with finalizing our adoption. Kristy and her team were completely professional but approachable when questions arose. I would definitely recommend Kristy if you are looking for an experienced adoption attorney.
Posted by Chris | June 12, 2014
Kristy is one of the most caring, honest, and trustyworthy people my wife and I have had the pleasure of meeting.
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Kristy Blackwell in September of 2013. We traveled to Arizona to complete the adoption of our first child. Kristy represented the birth mother who lived in Arizona at the time but we had to opportunity to meet with her before and after the adoption completed. Kristy answered all of our questions and really took away our worries which allowed us to enjoy our time together before our family grew! We are still in contact with Kristy today and send her pictures of our daughter. We would highly recommend Kristy to whoever may be looking for a trustworthy, honest, and caring lawyer.
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Posted by Jerry | February 28, 2014
Great with tough cases!
We hired Kristy to help us with a VERY difficult out of state adoption. We already had one attorney quit due to the complexity of the case and people involved. When Kristy took over she was extremely professional, ethical, and compassionate. She worked hard and made herself accessible through these tough times. We could not have done this without her. Kristy and her staff were amazing. I would highly recommend Kristy and wished she were here locally to assist us in other matters.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2013
Kristy helped our family so much!
Kristy did a great job on our case. She was very reassuring and confident. Her staff was always friendly and helpful as well. We were informed about anything that happened with our case and kept up to date on any changes. I would and have recommend Kristy to anyone that asks me about a good lawyer when it comes to adoptions.
Posted by Michelle | May 30, 2013
Adoption Case
Kristy Blackwell was able to meet with us on a moments notice and she worked well with us. She listened to our needs and was able to give us advice on what we should do along the way. We were very impressed by her knowledge and professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2013
Incredible Adoption Attorney
While our adoption was not particularly complex, Ms. Blackwell's, knowledge, communcation and efficiency was unparalleled and much appreciated. Her supporting staff (both in and out of office) were professional, courteous and efficient. Thank you Kristy!
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Stuart & Blackwell, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Donaldson Stuart, PC
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Tiffany & Bosco
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Civil Law Clinic
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Portland State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • RICHARD M. v. PATRICK M., et al.; 1 CA-JV 19-0288
  • Upheld


  • Arizona Adoption Coalition
  • President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (fka American Academy of Adoption Attorneys)
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • EVLL
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arizona State Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • I-Help Tempe
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Maricopa chapter)
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
  • East Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Juvenile Law Section of Arizona State Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2020
  • Family Law Section of Arizona State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Accomplishments
  • Rose Marie Nunez
  • 2014
  • Top Pro Bono Attorney
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Arizona State Bar
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Training
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
  • 2013
  • Interstate Adoption Training
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Adoption Law
  • Arizona Termination of Parental Rights Cases
  • 2021
  • AAC Quarterly Meeting
  • Openness Agreements in Arizona Adoptions
  • 2021
  • Nuts and Bolts of Adoption
  • Updates in Arizona Adoption CaseLaw
  • 2019
  • FPA Successful Adoption Workshop
  • Adoption Law in Arizona
  • 2018
  • Successful Private Adoption!
  • Tips for Adoptive Parents on Communicating with Expectant Birth Parents
  • 2016
  • Southwest Regional Conference
  • Arizona Adoption Law
  • 2014
  • Families Supporting Adoption, Southwest Regional Conference
  • Adoptions
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (19)
Endorse Kristy
Adoption Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Incredibly knowledgeable and well respected, Kristy is a subject matter expert. It is always a pleasure to collaborate with her on adoption cases as I know matters will be handled smoothly and ethically."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer and would recommended services to any client."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristy is an adoption lawyer unlike any other. Her experience and knowledge is unsurpassed. I highly recommend Kristy."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to annyone needing legal representation."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristy is extremely knowledgeable in adoption laws. She is an excellent attorney."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristi is extremely knowledgeable with regard to the Arizona adoption laws. I have worked with her on several matters and she and her staff are extremely helpful, efficient and professional."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. I recommend her services to anyone in need."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kristy was extremely professional in representing her client. She was attentive to the matter and very pleasant to communicate with throughout the litigation process. Her knowledge of the law and approach were instrumental in resolving the matter through an agreement, rather than having to go to trial."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kristy and I were opposing attorneys in a recent divorce matter. I found her to be knowledgable about the law, professional and ethical. I appreciated her desire to work towards an amicable resolution in a highly emotional case."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Kristy as opposing counsel on matters. Kristy is very knowledgeable of the law and was a pleasure to work with."
Adoption Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristy an amazing advocate. She takes her responsibility to her clients to heart and is an excellent problem solver. I can't imagine a better choice for an adoption attorney than Kristy."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Kristy for over 3 years. She is my "go to" person for adoptions. She's great at legal research, and is a competent litigator who has true compassion & concern for her clients and the outcome of their matters."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kristy is a great attorney. Her clients respect her and value the quality legal work that she provides. I would reccomend her to anyone."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Kristy on a post-decree parentingtime and child support matter. She is a very good and ethical lawyer. She was a pleasure to work with."
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