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Kathleen Marie Barrett

Family Attorney at Simi Valley, CA

2.3   3 reviews

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About Kathleen

Learn Kathleen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family law facilitative mediation. I will advise parties of their rights and obligations and work with them to reach a fair and amicable marital settlement agreement, and handle child custody and support issues.

  2. Estate planning

EDUCATION After a successful career in health care management at UCLA, Kathleen decided to follow her long time goal to become an attorney. She graduated from Ventura College of Law in 2010 with high honors, receiving scholarships from the CPA Law Society and the Hintz Family Scholarship for Public Service. She also served as Secretary of the Student Bar Association and Vice President of Delta Theta Phi, an international law fraternity. Kathleen is now a faculty member at Ventura College of Law, as an instructor of Legal Research. BAR ADMISSION Kathleen was admitted to practice in the State of California on June 1, 2010. She was also admitted to Practice in the United States Federal District Court in July 2010. ACTIVITIES Throughout law school, Kathleen volunteered with Grey Law, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to senior citizens. She served on the Board of Directors of Grey Law from 2010 until 2014. Kathleen is a certified mediator with Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement. She mediates cases in small claims court as well as family, marital and domestic partnership disputes. Kathleen is currently a member of the Ventura County Bar Association and the Ventura County Family Law Bar Association. She is also an active member of Ventura County’s Jerome H. Berenson American Inn of Court, a professional organization of the county bar and bench, dedicated to advancing competence, civility and camaraderie in the legal community. Kathleen received the James D. Loebl Award for Public Service from the Ventura County Bar Association in 2013, and a Certificate of Recognition from California State Assembly Member Scott Wilk. She is a member of the Ventura County Volunteer Lawyers Service Program, and volunteers at the Simi Valley Free Clinic. Having experienced the heartbreak of heroin addiction in her own family, Kathleen participates in the activities of Not One More, a grass-roots movement which began in Simi Valley in 2012 by two women who had lost their children and wanted to make the city a safe city for all children, families and neighbors. Not One More is now a non-profit organization with chapters in Ojai; Pittsburgh and York, Pennsylvania; Southern Indiana; and Seattle, Washington. In 2015 Kathleen was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Simi Valley Chapter. PRACTICE AREAS Kathleen's focus is on the family. In addition to all aspects of family law, including dissolution, restraining orders, child custody and support, she also represents individuals in step-parent adoptions, guardianships, conservatorships, and small estate plans.

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Licensed for 12 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2011
Above and Beyond
Kathleen represented our family in a caring, competent and professional manner, she was always available, always willing to listen, always able to answer any questions we may have had. Kathleen goes above and beyond for her clients and is a real pleasure to work with. Family law issues can be very stressful, working with Kathleen kept the stress to a minimum.
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Posted by John | April 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Mrs. Barrett on a flat fee basis for a child custody & support trial, yet after being paid in full she withdrew half way through trial after being completely unprepared and negligent for the custody portion of trial causing extreme harm to my 2 year old daughter and me. To add insult to injury, Mrs Barrett came completely unprepared and failed to introduce key evidence to rebut discovery sanctions costing me a great deal of money for something that should have been easily defended against. Please think twice before hiring this attorney, especially if you have children involved, I can't even begin to explain how much I regret ever meeting Mrs. Barrett.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lacks follow through
I have tried contacting Kathleen several times regarding my case. It always goes to voice mail and she never returns my calls. My ex also has a few questions and wanted to speak with her for clarification, but she refused to speak with him causing confusion regarding our custody order. Please find someone else, especially if you want to co-parent without issues.
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Response from Kathleen Barrett August 26, 2016
I'm very sorry about your experience as this is not the way I intend my practice to function. In order to keep my fees low, I don't have an answering service but I try to return calls within 24 hours. Please contact me again so that I can work with you to resolve any issues regarding your custody order.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Barrett Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Legal Research
  • Ventura College of Law
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Administrator
  • UCLA
  • 1997 - 2006


  • Ventura College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women Lawyers of Ventura County
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ventura County Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Not One More, Inc.
  • Legal Counsel
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • James D. Loebl Award for Public Service
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Recognition for Public Service
  • California Legislature Assembly
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Mediator Training Conference
  • The Process of Mediation
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having had the pleasure of working with Kathleen, I can attest that she is a caring and dedicated lawyer. She goes above and beyond for every one of her clients and is among those lawyers who practice law because she truly cares about people and helping them through difficult times. Anyone going through a divorce or family related legal issue would be in excellent hands with Kathleen. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kathleen Barrett cares about her clients and gets results. I recommend this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathleen is an attentive and thorough attorney who works hard to represent the best interests of her clients.She is a very knowledgeable family law attorney who has mentored me on a number of occasions. I appreciate it greatly."
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