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Kate Elizabeth Gillespie

Family Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.8   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kate

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My practice is devoted to assisting families and individual family members.  My priority is to guide clients through the trauma of family law matters and when possible de-escalate the variety of issues involved in any divorce or custody matter.  When the other party, however, is not willing to resolve matters reasonably, no one will advocate more.

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11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
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Los Angeles, CA, 90025

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Posted by Jason | October 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Representation and Highly Respected by Judges
Kate provided superior representation in my divorce proceeding. She was effective in facilitating the best result for our children and the equitable distribution of our assets and business. Kate is a class act. It was apparent from my experience that judges and opposing lawyers show tremendous respect to Kate and the Gillespie Law Firm.
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Posted by Jay | November 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney, advisor & friend
Ms. Gillespie is an excellent attorney who excels in difficult and complicated family law matters. Having dealt with attorneys my entire adult life, I was particularly impressed with her ability to match legal theory to applicable law. Furthermore she has an uncanny ability to analyze purported facts by opposing counsel and rip them apart. Through a very difficult divorce, Ms. Gillespie was always prepared and “outworked” opposing counsel. She leaves no stone unturned in preparing for court. I would recommend Kate to anyone seeking highly competent counsel in family law matters. She’s the best!
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Posted by Xiao | July 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best human and lawyer!
I hired Kate after much frustration with my first lawyer, who is a terrible human being, knows nothing about your case, has no strategy in place and wants nothing but your money. Kate is the exact opposite: she knows your case, cares about you, responds in time to answer your questions, advises you on all aspects related to navigating your life during a nasty divorce. When you find yourself in the unfortunate position to have to fight for your life and fend off the constant attacks in court, Kate is there, as a great human being and friend first and then a very competent lawyer, to hold your hands and escort you to safety. Forever grateful!
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Posted by Matthew | April 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Settlement
My Ex hired a high power attorney from Beverly Hills to inflict as much financial and mental pain as legally possible. Kate was familiar with the tactics and helped me navigate an extremely difficult and dark time. She helped me remain positive stay focused to get the desired outcome. I highly recommend Kate for her knowledge, dedication and responsiveness.
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Posted by Regina | October 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Friendly, & Knowledgeable!!!
From the first meeting I had with Kate, I knew she was both knowledgeable and professional and not only helped to clarify the process going forward and all options, she also was kind and reassured me, not only with her confidence, but her kindness. Her mediation skills were excellent and we were able to settle my divorce case without going to court. Kate's communication was excellent. When dealing with opposing council she was direct and assertive when needed. She has a calm demeanor that helps her clients during a stressful process. Kate is an excellent attorney!
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Posted by Hilary | September 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I highly recommend Kate Gillespie
I had a consultation with Kate in which she helped me understand the most effective next steps to take regarding the court summons I received from my ex-husband to modify support. She gave me the big picture strategy, and demonstrated an honesty and integrity that put me at ease immediately. I highly recommend Kate.
Posted by Andrew | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Kate Gillespie is a very talented attorney and an expert in all matters pertaining to family law. I hired Kate three years ago when I was unable to get a custody agreement from my ex-wife and Kate worked diligently and effectively to accomplish my goals of obtaining equal custody of my children and a fair support order from the Court. Over the past few years, Kate has defended me on several additional matters against my ex-wife and has prevailed on each one through her skills and honesty. Without her hard work, determination and kindness I would not have equal custody of my children. Kate charges market fees for her services and as a client I always felt she was available and responsive. Her attention to detail, counsel and advice on tactics and strategy are a great value for a client seeking either a mediated settlement or to prevail on a motion before a family court judge. Kate has done so much for my family, I would highly recommend Kate to any person who needs family law representation without hesitation.
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Posted by Debbie | April 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the BEST!
I was referred to Kate and immediately knew I liked her! Extremely professional and knowledgeable yet super easy to relate to and very KIND! My husband and I were divorcing after almost 24 years of marriage and I was in the darkest place imaginable. It was the worst time in my life and she made me feel like someone was on my team and promised "we" would get through this... and I did, thanks to Kate. I never felt alone. I always felt better and confident in this process after speaking with her. She always assured me I was going to be okay... I was and I am! I'm very foreign to the legal world and she held my hand every step of the way. Often having to repeat and explain to me in ways that I could understand. This was a very emotional time for me and she had the patience of a Saint! Believe when I say she knows her stuff! Very powerful with a strong punch but in such a caring way. There is no doubt I could have gotten through this without her, I would recommend her to anyone! She made a horrible time much easier. I cried hugging her as we left our last and final meeting. Not sure because we were done and she did an AMAZING job or because i felt like I made a friend... I think it was both!!! I can't thank her enough! Very proud to say I know such an INCREDIBLE person/attorney!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Palomoni, no marriage, but...
I consulted with Ms, Gillespie for a situation where I had been living with an individual for 14 years. There had been admitted infidelities by him and possible health implications. There were also financial dealings that were worrisome. She was outstanding in her empathy toward my situation. I felt like I was listened to! She advised me of the health risks and to take the necessary tests to give me peace of mind. She advised me to stop all communication with him so that I would not be swayed by him and go back to more abuse by him. Ms. Gillespie is an astute, highly qualified attorney who knows human behavior and will work so that an individual will not only get excellent legal help but psychological guidance in dealing with very difficult and draining situations. I highly recommend her. She really was an awesome representative for my situation.
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Posted by Callie | April 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and knowledgeable
I hired Kate at probably the worst time in my life. My husband had left me and my kids in a horrible position. Kate was understanding and she helped me through everything. She talked me through each step and gave me the pros and cons of each choice I made. I felt confident with Kate by my side. And, I'm happy to say -- we made it! I am officially divorced and retained custody of my kids. She is the best, and I would recommend her to anyone. In fact -- I have! She is now helping a co-worker, who has the same reviews as I do. Great lawyer.
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Posted by Charlotte Murphy ( Brodie) | October 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
An Absolute Godsend!
Kate is incredible. Simply put. I never had the pleasure to meet her in person, since I reside in Texas and my case was in California but she is simply the best lawyer I have ever worked with. She was able to get the most desired outcome from a very sticky case in which it often felt like the odds were against us due to multiple clerical errors in the paperwork I was served with. She is incredibly approachable, kind and respectful, but kicks butt when it comes to providing excellent representation. She was always quick to respond to my emails or calls. She was very aggressive in proving how insane my exes demands were while also making it easy for the court to deny his demands and provide the gateway to move jurisdiction back to the home state of the child. I am so glad I hired her, because if I was the other parent, I would have been shaking in my boots upon reading all the documents she submitted to the courts. I am so glad I chose her to represent my family and because of her, my daughter will not have to fly to California for more than half a year every year to be with an abusive and dangerous stranger. I am eternally grateful for her assistance in managing our case. My husband and I can finally sleep at night again knowing our baby is safe. She is absolutely phenomenal!
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Posted by Ann | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
As this was my first time hiring an attorney, I am pleased to say Kate was patient and understanding. She explained the legal process and my options and kept me informed every step of the way. I had a very satisfactory outcome due to her diligence and perseverance.
Posted by Eric | July 28, 2015
Personable, dependable family law attorney
i hired Kate Gillespie over the phone on the recommendation of the counselor who mediated my divorce. Kate was every bit as good as that recommendation and more. She helped me handle a tricky property settlement issue by clearly spelling out my options and letting me decide the best course of action. We were able to close the case satisfactorily without going to court or even back to the mediation table, which kept my legal expenses to a minimum. Kate stayed responsive, focused and professional throughout. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2015
Nothing but the BEST for my little girl - Thanks to Kate
I have to say how much I loved having Kate as my attorney. I had never dealt with attorneys in my life and was a new Mother. My daughter's father's family had hired an attorney so that their 24 year old son could fight me in court for joint custody when he didn't have a car, or a job, lived in a studio apartment with another male and was a recovering alcoholic. I had dated him for 6 months, broke up with him and then found out I was pregnant. I was 41 years old and elated to find out I was able to get pregnant, we didn't plan it, and however, I couldn't had been happier. Hoping my ex would change and get a job, finance a car, and do everything he could to prepare for this bundle, I was let down. We had no option but to set up a legal order for our daughter's arrangements. My ex's attorney bullied me with letters and claims that I would owe her client child support etc. All BS. She was milking his family for every penny she could. She was a great writer, but such a BSer. The attorney that I had originally hired, would say to me, "What do you want me to write back?" I thought I was living in the twilight light zone. This did not seem right AT ALL. Excuse me, aren't you my attorney?? I asked friends for referrals of a new attorney, one that actually gave a damn. That is how I found Kate. Her name was sent to me in an email that a friend of mine had received from one of her friends. All in good time. I reached out to Kate on a Saturday and she wrote me back with an appointment that Monday morning. I came in to see her with baby Ava and Kate was the sweetest and most welcoming attorney I think I have ever met. I found that in Family Law, finding attorneys who care was VERY difficult and challenging. You either find the ones who pretend to care so they can bill you for every single email and phone call or you find the ones who show their disinterest in your case and don't take you seriously. The clouds opened and the rain went away that day in Kate's office as I realized I had found THE ONE. The consultation was free. She preceded to read over all my previous legal documents, bullied letters, and so forth. This is what she said to me, “This is an easy case, before you hire me and invest more money, send your ex an email and see if he is willing to mediate without attorneys." Doesn't that say it all? I said sure. Of course, my ex sent the email to his attorney who then reached out to me. Thus it began...and Kate started work. I never had to worry that she didn't have my back. She had strategies in place which she had discussed with me and there were plan A's, and plan B's. She had every inch of this case covered. She had worked with all the important people in this genre and could predict their reaction to my case. She also was particularly understanding of my emotions involved and did not dismiss them throughout the entire time. The best part was that I never had to worry about the protection of my newborn baby and if joint custody would be given to my ex. Kate proposed mediation to my ex's attorney and then a judge had to be decided upon to hire for this process. The attorneys went back and forth and of course, Kate made sure a well suited and fair judge was in place for my case. The day of mediation was the only day I was nervous from the day I met Kate. I just couldn't believe this was finally going to be over and I could really enjoy my new bundle without any nervous hesitation. Mediation took 9 hours. 9 hours Kate spent fighting for what I requested and wanted. She even thought of clauses to add to the order that would prevent any future changes or problems down the line. She secured my baby's future and I am so grateful to her. I actually remember crying because I was so thankful to have met her. She is not just a smart attorney; she is a mother herself and a good person. She was a gift. Thank you so much Kate. I highly recommend Kate without any hesitation.
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Posted by Felicia K. | May 12, 2015
Amazing. The BEST.
Kate Gillespie is the best of the best. She has helped my family and I through everything and I couldn't be more grateful that God put her into our lives. She stood by Us, guided us through our wrongful death lawsuit, and even came to one of our family members funerals. She is not only the best attorney you will ever come across, but she is also now like family to us. She has went above and far beyond what she even remotely needed to do. I am FOREVER thankful and grateful for you Kate! The Therrien/Kelter family loves you!! Thank you!
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Posted by Danielle | February 20, 2015
My 1st Divorce
My request to divorce occurred within a heated domestic situation. After removing myself from the immediate danger I called my sister. My sister is an attorney but does not practice family law and she selected Kate through her reputation and colleague recommendations. Together we called Kate and she walked us through all of our next steps. I had no idea what to do and neither did my sister, parents, nor friends. Family and friends are essential for support, but they are not equipped for the legal complexities and unpredictability of divorce. Kate was direct and confident in what specifically needed to be done to secure my safety and initiate my legal footing. My whole life was uprooted during this time and I needed someone who was prepared to handle all of the legal matters and emotional distress associated with the splitting of a 19 year relationship. Processing the emotional toll, dealing with the uncertainty of the future, all while continuing to work was overwhelming. I couldn’t comprehend the actions taken against me. Kate dealt with the threats, random demands, and protected me financially, legally, and emotionally. My trust and confidence in her got me through this crisis
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Posted by Charlie | March 21, 2014
Let the legal process begin.
After consulting/interviewing many, many, many attorneys I feel confident that I have chosen both the right attorney and law firm to represent me in my Custody and Visitation case. Based off of phone conversations; Kate comes off as a professional, articulate and an extensively knowledgeable attorney. Kate was named as Los Angeles Magazine “Top Attorney Rising Star 2014” and conversing with her you’ll know why. Kate immediately understood both my child’s needs and my goals as a father. I have an uncommon work schedule that ultimately affects my visitation schedule and Kate is ready to take on this challenge. She left me feeling reassured that investing in her and “The Bloom Law Firm” is truly my best recourse to achieve my parental goals. I will post an updated review once the legal process is concluded.
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Posted by Barbara | December 27, 2012
A++++ all the way
If you are looking for an honest, ethical and amazing attorney, then look no further. My husband and I hired Kate for a dispute with our neighbor. I have never dealt with an attorney like Kate who was so helpful, honest and upfront. I was extremely impressed at how she was always one step ahead of us, very communicative (by email and phone) and kept us abreast of what was happening every step of the way. There were no surprises, even when it came to fees (which we really appreciated). Additionally, her fees are very reasonable for the type of high quality service she offers. In the end we received exactly the outcome with our case that we desire. We would HIGHLY recommend Kate Gillespie for any legal situation.
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Posted by Emily | November 1, 2012
A lawyer who went above and beyond!
We had the pleasure of working with Kate a few months ago on a pre-nup and she couldn't have been more wonderful to work with. She walked us through every step, explaining complicated matters in ways that were understandable. She was always available by phone or email and met with us at length in person too to tailor this document to our personal needs. Will certainly work with her again if we ever need legal services!
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Posted by William | September 17, 2012
Thank you, Ms. Gillespie!
Ms. Gillespie was terrific on my case against a big car manufacturer. She got me a great outcome and was professional, responsive and pleasant through the whole difficult ordeal. She has a very calming presence and makes everything understandable and less stressful.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Gillespie Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Yukevich, Calfo & Cavanaugh
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Murchison & Cumming, LLP Lawyers
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • Murchison & Cumming
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Harriett Buhai Law Center
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Oregon
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997
  • Punahou
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008)
  • Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008)
  • Cunningham v. SmithKline Beecham, 255 F.R.D. 474 (N.D.Ind. 2009)
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Associations

  • Women's Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Admisision to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 2008 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • 2005 - Present
  • Admission to California
  • 2003 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • 2003 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Byrne Trial Advocacy Competition Team
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys Rising Star
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Women Attorneys
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Women Attorneys
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Winner
  • William M. Byrne, Sr. Trial Advocacy Competition
  • 2003
  • Dean's Honor List
  • 1996
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Publications

  • BNA's Toxics Law Reporter Vol. 25, No. 20
  • "BNA Insights: Acquiring Immunity to the Learned Intermediary Defense,"
  • 2010
  • Advocate
  • "Outsmarting The 'Learned-Intermediary Doctrine' Defense
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Council Webinar
  • Family Law Financial Management
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (16)
Endorse Kate
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is professional and practical. I worked with one of her clients, and he had nothing but great things to say about her. I agree-- I trust her with my clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Kate. She is considered the best family law attorney on the Westside of Los Angeles."
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In working on cases with Kate as opposing counsel, it was clear that she was always prepared for our meeting/court/settlement negotiations, she presented argument on behalf of her clients in a polite manner without losing her ability to command respect. I endorse Kate without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Los Angeles Family Lawyer Kate Elizabeth Gillespie
Kate Elizabeth Gillespie
Family Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation