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Kristine N Stewart

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.5   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
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About Kristine

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Kristine is an experienced litigator with extensive training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Kristine returned to school in 2005 as a single parent following her own divorce, and her commitment to her clients is grounded in having personally experienced the stress and uncertainty that often goes hand in hand with even the most amicable of divorces.

Kristine strongly believes in the importance of reducing the level of conflict whenever possible, regardless of which process option is utilized. This is particularly true when there are children

Kristine can assist with premarital agreements, parentage actions, post-marital agreements, dissolution and legal separation, and with post-judgment custody and support matters.

 

Kristine is presently accepting cases in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, and San Mateo Counties. 

Location

Lerner Poole & Stewart, LLP
535 Pacific Ave., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94133

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Reviews

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Posted by Sanja | January 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My divorce lawyer
Kristine was the best lawyer I ever had. She is a wonderful person, and also very knowledgeable with divorce law. She tries to do things collaboratively, and that actually worked very well in my case, as my ex is not the easiest person to deal with, neither was his lawyer who is known to be very aggressive. In this case, trying to be collaborative and civil actually worked quite well , and I was very happy with the outcome. Kristine was also very responsive , and would always address my questions and concerns, and I felt very good through the entire process.
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Posted by Elizabeth | August 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, indefatigable, trustworthy, caring
I was referred to Kristine by a child custody superstar (20+ years experience) with whom I’d previously worked. My divorce was finalized, but I’d always managed to get the short end of the stick regarding custody matters, as my ex-spouse had over $20M to finance his high conflict litigation. He simply did not want to pay child support, so he and his lawyer were always filing flimsy ex-party’s based on a loose association with the truth. I’d been under his thumb for years and I felt helpless. Fast forward to fall 2019 and my ex wanted to move across the country with our two children. He, however, did not wish to follow the law and thought notifying me about the move, offering that I “follow” was sufficient. I knew this was my chance and proposed my case to Kristine. She understood the time crunch and filed a motion immediately. After years of disappointment, Kristine got me my first real win in a long time! My kids were not to leave CA and it was now my turn to set terms. My ex’s attorney began by offering abysmal terms and after weeks of expert negotiating, Kristine got my agreement to a place in which I got 99% of what I wanted! She worked diplomatically, understanding I was sometimes scared to sign( associated it with losing my leverage) and gently pressed on the most pertinent issues, while conceding others. Her system was fair and gave me the best result. Even after I moved, of course my ex would try to push (violate) the signed agreement and Kristine was ALWAYS THERE to troubleshoot ideas with me. She did me great favors such as ghost writing emails to my ex with the judge as audience. She went above and beyond! She had to deal with opposing counsel who is quite possibly the angriest male and absolutely believed I was horrible. My ex is a skilled liar. Kristine could have viewed me at times with a jaundiced eye, but she knew I made the commitment to always tell her the truth and never spare details. In six months’ time with Kristine, I had the greatest win in child custody, better than all my years combined. If I were again in her jurisdiction, I would not hesitate to work with her as my counsel again! She is set to be SF Family Law’s next rising star. She perseveres, is dedicated, and I could not imagine a better, more caring advocate. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Beth Harvey | June 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very kind, knowledgeable and effective!
Kristine was asked to join in my divorce mediation after I’d tried to reach a settlement for well over a year. Within a short amount of time, Kristine was able to break the stalemate and negotiate a solution. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and expertise during the most difficult time in my life. I trust her completely. She is honest and hard-working, and I will rely on her in the future!
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Posted by Matt | June 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, empathetic, wise
Kristine helped me to navigate an extremely hostile, complicated divorce, blighted by addiction and deception. She is always calm, succinct, empathetic, and above all realistic. She has a clear sight of what is fair and reasonable and is a trusted guide for what can be a traumatic journey. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Jennifer | June 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
An attorney who stands by you leigh compassion and wisdom
Kristine was there for me during the very challenging and unprecedented time of COVID-19. She supported me in navigating tough co-parenting issues, and was kind and available whenever I needed her. I knew I was in expert hands and that my needs would be more than met.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
Kristine has done an amazing job of cleaning up a rather complicated divorce for me. She was very compassionate, professional and successful in securing my assets and best interest. I recommed her to my friends & family.
Posted by Lindsey | July 3, 2015
Great Counsel for a Moveaway Situation
My husband and I came to Kristine for a move away situation (ex-wife moving out of state). While we didn't have a big fight over the general custody arrangement, there were a lot of considerations to work out. Kristine came recommended to us by a local mediator and a colleague going through a divorce. She was knowledgeable, great at working out a strategy, and very reasonable.
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Posted by Mina C | May 5, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Incorrect Information During Consultation
I had a substantive consultation with Ms. Stewart and I'm grateful that I chose a different attorney. Since my divorce has been completed, I reviewed the detailed notes I made during our lengthy conversation and much of the information was inaccurate and would have cost me a lot in needless expenses and wasted my time. I find it inappropriate that she encourages the questionable behaviour of her colleagues
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Sonoma State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2014 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist
  • State Bar of California
  • 2022
  • Highest Honors - top 1% of class
  • Golden Gate University
  • 2010
  • Cali - Constitutional Law II
  • Golden Gate University
  • 2009
  • Witkin - Civil Procedure II
  • Golden Gate University
  • 2008
  • Witkin- Civil Procedure I
  • Golden Gate University
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is a great attorney. We were able to settle a case with unique complexity in a collaborative and cost effective manner for our clients. Kris is smart and compassionate."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Kristine Stewart. She is a very experienced attorney and mediator, with a wealth of knowledge and compassion. Kristine is extremely effective, and highly respected family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am a private and public judicial officer with 40 years of experience in family law practice. I am pleased to have the opportunity to endorse Kristine. First, Kristine is extraordinarily intelligent with an obvious high IQ. She is able to quickly get up to speed on complex cases. Second, she is pragmatic and realizes that in family law not every battle is worth fighting. Third, and possibly most important for a family law attorney, she is a nice person with a great sense of humor. Her fees and billing practices are reasonable in relation to her resume. She is at the top of my list when asked for San Francisco/Marin attorneys to refer clients to."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend Kris and her firm. Kris has been opposing counsel on several family law matters with me. She is reasonable, knowledgeable, and skillful at settling cases. It is also very clear she genuinely cares about her clients."
San Francisco Divorce and separation Lawyer Kristine N Stewart
Kristine N Stewart
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 13 years