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Karin Quirk

Divorce and separation Attorney at Kirkland, WA

5.0   28 reviews

also known as The Quirk Law Group, Divorce for Grownups

  • State Years
    Washington - WA 19 years
    California - CA 26 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Karin

Learn Karin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Focusing on cooperative and collaborative divorce.

    28 years

  2. Uncontested divorce
    20%

  3. Child custody
    15%
    Helping parents put their children's needs first

    28 years

  4. Child support
    15%
    Achieving fair and equitable support for children

    28 years

  5. Alimony
    10%

    28 years

  6. Family
    5%

    28 years

  7. LGBT+ Law
    5%

    18 years

Empowering couples to dissolve their marriage in a respectful and cooperative way. 

 

A different way to Divorce.

 

Supportive, Considerate, Sensible, Constructive, Mutual.

 

Save Money, Time, Emotional Trauma, and preserve your privacy!

 

Karin Quirk is an experienced attorney focusing on settling dissolutions in a non-adversarial manner that allows the couple to move on with their lives with as little emotional baggage as possible. Fast, Fair, and Effective, putting you in control of the outcome.

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Location

The Quirk Law Group, PLLC
520 Kirkland Way
Suite 400
Kirkland, WA, 98033

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
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Posted by Lori | July 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable and Supportive
My divorce proved to be a bit more challenging then I expected but Karin and Peter were there with me every step of the way. They helped me understand the process, answered my questions, responded in a timely manner and offered both legal and emotional support! I would highly recommend Karin and her team.
Posted by Sravy | April 6, 2022
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Best Services i could ask for
Karin and Melissa helped me through out the process with minimal follow-up and pressure to understand the next steps. Thank you both for being their for me during tough times to see this it through.
Posted by Cynthia | March 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Not an always uncontested divorce
Karin and her staff were so helpful, keeping me informed and moving the process forward. They even took the responsibility of responding to my former spouse, allowing me to concentrate on healing while the process played out. My thanks to both Karin and Melissa for their advice and support during a difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce done the right way. The grown-up way.
My divorce was challenging, but from my first conversation with Karin and Melissa, I was confident that I chose the right attorneys to handle my divorce. They treated me with dignity and respect, and eased my many worries throughout this difficult process. I enjoyed working with them and appreciated their kindness and support. I most enthusiastically recommend The Quirk Law Group.
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Posted by Brandon | December 14, 2021
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Absolutely top level legal counsel
Karin and Melissa guided me through the divorce process with steady advice and an eye for swift and peaceful resolution. I was particularly impressed by the speed with which my concerns were answered, even from overseas and during weekends. I couldn’t recommend anyone more.
Posted by Stephen | December 4, 2021
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Highly recommended
Karin and Melissa were so helpful in all situations to get my divorce done with great effort at every step.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Just what we were looking for
I am so grateful that I was told by a friend to see Karin Quirk about my impending divorce. My husband of over 40 years and I wanted to create a settlement that was fair to both of us and to remain friends throughout the process and after the divorce. Karin and Melissa were very responsive to our requests, provided valuable guidance, checked in with us when we were silent too long and worked well with other advisors we were consulting. We completed the divorce and we are still friends. I highly recommend Karin if you are considering divorce.
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Posted by Christopher | April 23, 2021
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Melissa Schmalenberger
Melissa was great!! Got me organized and the right documents filled out the right way! Couldn’t be happier with her service!!
Posted by Doug | April 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful and supportive
Karen and Melissa were wonderful and helped me every step of the way to a fair settlement. I highly recommend them!
Posted by Robin | April 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I sought out Quirk Law Group to handle the dissolution of my 40-year marriage. Melissa Schmalenderger was my contact for the majority of our communications. This was an extremely traumatic process for me, both mentally and emotionally. I was often confused and frustrated at the legalities of divorce. Melissa treated me with the utmost kindness, understanding, and professionalism. She was calm and comforting while acknowledging my pain and keeping me well informed. I felt that my best interest was at the heart of her work. I recommend Quirk Law Group for anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Stacy | February 16, 2021
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Respectful Divorce
Working with Karin and her team made my divorce happen quickly, and with grace. They were very responsive to any and all questions I had. The process went much smoother than I had imagined it would go. I would definitely recommend Karin Quirk to anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by Henry | January 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Clear and honest communication
I've used Karin for an amicable divorce and it made the whole process less stressful and easy on both parties. With one attorney, there's a lot less paperwork and forms to shuffle around and procedures to keep track off. Karin walks you through each step along the way.
Posted by Kelli | October 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Karin was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was very responsive and compassionate during a very difficult time in my life. She went above and beyond to answer my questions and listen to my needs. She was a great advocate and was efficient which was important to me.
Posted by Wanda | April 7, 2015
Astute and Supportive
Karin Quirk represented me in my recent divorce. She deserves a 5-star rating. My experience was that Karin upholds what she espouses on her website, Divorce for GrownUps. Karin demonstrated her commitment to respectful negotiations throughout the proceedings. Her support and astute understanding, especially during mediation, alleviated much of my anxiety and helped me move forward in healing from the divorce process.
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Posted by Terri | March 15, 2012
Consultation and review
I found Karin to be one of the most engaging attorneys I have ever worked with regardless of specialty. She was informed and current as it pertained to both State and National Law and emphasized the importance of a civil and respectful separation of the parties involved. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Linda | March 7, 2012
Help during a troubling time
I used Karin Ouirk during my divorce. She has an excellent way of handling difficult situations. Divorce is such an emotional time for each individual. Karin has a way of assisting one through this time, being both caring and truthful, even with saying things that one really does not want to hear. I have already recommended her, and will do so again.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2012
Great Person, Great Lawyer!
Karin was super honest and gave me the best experience possible at a great rate! She is worth every penny! Karin was easy to get in touch with and so nice to us. Thank you so much, Karin!
Posted by Brett | March 6, 2012
Great Attorney, Great Person
Karin has always been very quick to respond to any questions or concerns I've had regarding my legal issues. But her greatest strength is her absolute dedication to the concept of fair and respectful conflict resolution.
Posted by Neal | March 6, 2012
Trusted Professional
Karin Quirk became my trusted professional through years of competent advice delivered when I most needed her. Her counsel invariably points toward proactive solutions I'd never considered. I recommend Karin from a base of experience and positive outcomes.
Posted by Joan | March 6, 2012
Customer Service and Professionalism
I have worked with several attorneys over the years and, with Karin, most recently for both a divorce and estate planning. She was professional and caring, competent and helpful. It's unfortunate that some individuals who are so stressed by their situation choose to malign the person trying to help them. From what I understand, Karin had an accidental fall. Could have happened to anyone. She did not have a stroke, does not need to retire and I hope she continues to help many more people who need here expertise.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Quirk Law Group, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Law Office of Karin Quirk
  • 1996 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Quirk&Rosecrans PLLC
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Orange County Law Center
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Quirk & Jordening
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Law Offices of Karin Quirk
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Callahan McCune and Willis
  • 1993 - 2006
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Education

  • Western State College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • City University
  • MBA (candidate)
  • N/A
  • Eastern Washington University, Cheney
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Lambert
  • After Parenting Evaluation and two week trial, father got supervised visitation.

Associations

  • Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association Solo
  • Executive Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Professional organizations and associations
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • East King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Kirkland Boys and Girls Club
  • Treasurer
  • 2006 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Group
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • AOF Pacific Affordable Housing
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - Present
  • California State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • King County Collaborative Law Family Law Practice Group
  • Secretary
  • 2006 - 2007
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2007
  • Western State University, Law Review
  • Editorial Board
  • 1994 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Five Star Wealth Manager
  • Seattle Magazine
  • 2011
  • Five Star Wealth Manager
  • Seattle Magazine
  • 2010
  • Five Star Wealth Manager
  • Seattle Business
  • 2010
  • Sponsor
  • Kirkland Boys & Girls Summer Dreams Program
  • 2007
  • Mediator of the Year
  • Consumer Business Journal
  • 2002
  • American Jurisprudence -- Trusts
  • 1995
  • American Jurisprudence - Federal Income Tax
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1994
  • Rookie fo the Year
  • American Heart Association
  • 1987
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Publications

  • King County Bar Association newsletter
  • Surviving the Holidays When Divorced
  • 2013
  • King County Bar Bulletin
  • Dissolve the Marriage, Save the Family
  • 2009
  • Bellevue Business Journal
  • Kitchen Table Divorce?
  • 2009
  • Eastside Business
  • Father's Rights in a Divorce
  • 2007
  • Bizillion
  • Divorce with Dignity; yes it's possible
  • 2007
  • Eastside Business
  • Divorce 101, Some basics to know
  • 2007
  • Eastside Business
  • The Impact of Divorce on a Business
  • 2006
  • Eastside Business
  • Privacy and Divorce
  • 2006
  • Bizillion
  • When is it time to consult a Divorce Attorney?
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Speech Contest
  • My Path To Being A Divorce Lawyer
  • 2013
  • Meeting
  • Divorce Is A Business Concern
  • 2012
  • Retirement Seminar
  • Health Care Directives
  • 2010
  • Kirkland Rotary
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2006
  • E-Women Conference
  • Family Law
  • 2006
  • Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (15)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karin since the 2000s just as the collaborative movement and the King County Collaborative law movement settled down into its permanent meeting location in downtown Seattle. Karin was relocating from California and from the first time I met her she showed a winner's attitude. She grew an excellent practice from scratch in Kirkland. She's naturally extroverted and her clients truly enjoy the time spent with her. She has created a loving client community around herself. Her office has a great view and her law partner is a hard working, focused lawyer. She's an excellent east side lawyer to hire."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although I do not practice family law, I have routinely seen Karin Quirk give insightful answers to family law questions posed by other attorneys seeking guidance. She is clearly experienced and knowledgeable in her practice area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Karin. She is a talented and knowledgeable attorney. If you are looking for someone to help you in a cooperative family law matter, you would be well-served by considering her services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you're goal is a respectful, cooperative dissolution, whether you think you can attain that goal or not, give Karin a call."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Karin is a seasoned professional who has an excellent sense of the "big picture" in handling her family law matters. She is a strong advocate for her clients, while keeping the interests of the whole family in mind, and emphasizes amicable resolution, whenever possible. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As opposing counsel on a case we had together, Karin was tough, knowledgeable, and well prepared. Fortunately, for those of us still litigating, she now focuses on resolving divorce cases without going to court. I believe she has a calm, down-to-earth, reassuring manner with clients that puts them at ease and makes reaching an amicable divorce settlement much more likely."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Karin is an experienced, professional family law attorney who has her clients' best interests at heart. I have worked with her as opposing counsel over the years on several matters and she has always been knowledgable, reasonable and professional. I hope to work with her again in the future."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Karin is a well-prepared, hardworking, strong advocate for her clients. She thoughtfully advises on the best course of action for attaining her client's interests and does so. Unfortuntately there are some clients who have unrealistic expectations, and when not met, whine and complain in an attempt to avoid the fee or gain a return of retainer. Do not be misled by these people -- free speech is a wonderful thing, but it can be abused in a forum such as this and mislead others. Karin is well-prepared, ethical and effective!"
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Karin when she practiced in Southern California. I found her to be knowledgeable and hard working. When she moved up to Washington, I referred a client to her who moved up to her area. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Karin and I were opposing counsel a few years ago. I found her approach to be very client oriented; looking for the best solution for the parties, including the children. We were able to resolve all issue in cooperative manner, limiting unnecessary cost, leaving both clients satisfied with the outcome. Avoiding unnecessary conflict gave the parties a good foundation to continue a positive pattern of parenting after their dissolution. I look forward to working with Karin in the future and would recommend Karin to anyone who hopes to resolve their differences in a constructive manner."
Family Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Karin is professional and a zelous advocate for her clients. She is efficinet and is always seeking reasonable resolution to all issues. She is compassionate to her clients and has experience in communicating their demands to opposing counsel."
Uncontested divorce Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karin has a great reputation for working with people to resolve their situation without litigation. This is a great approach -- divorce without war."
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