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Katherine Ann Kent

Divorce and separation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
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Posted by Josh | January 5, 2022
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Compassionate, understanding, patient!
Katherine and her team are great. Excellent communication, she takes time to listen and is incredibly supportive. She genuinely cares about her clients and is an incredible counselor. Can’t recommend enough!
Posted by Beth | September 4, 2018
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Grace under Fire
Katherine and her team were magnificent throughout my highly contentious divorce. Not only was she excellent as a legal advocate, she effectively marshalled the right resources for all our needs -- from traveling to Eastern WA to depose the "other woman", to finding a forensic accountant to put a price tag on my ex-husband's licentious waste. It was an ugly and unpleasant journey, but Katherine provided the skill and grace to get me to a very successful outcome, and made me feel very supported when my world was turned upside down. She was genuinely concerned about me and my children. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.
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Posted by Sally | May 12, 2018
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Calm in the storm
We were thrown into a very emotional situation. We had no idea how to proceed. Katherine has good “bed side manner”, listened to us, made us feel heard, validate all our concerns. She was confident and professional. She knew everything that needed to be done. Her staff were equally knowledgeable and professional. We felt well prepared when we finally went to court and she came in and nailed it!
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Posted by Angela | March 15, 2017
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Smart, hardworking, & Passionate
If I'm you, I wouldn't even bother looking anywhere else for an attorney. She really is the best! I hired her to handle a contentious family issue and she fought for me; but with class and grace. We ended up in court and Katherine was BRILLIANT! She doesn't roll in the mud with people, but fights hard through her preparation. Katherine delivers her arguments with confidence and passion! I often got emails at night and on weekends. There was no doubt she put in a lot of hours to make sure we had the best chance to win the case. I've been burned by lawyers in the past and Katherine renewed my faith in people who do this work. Thank you!
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Posted by James | April 9, 2015
Fair and Honest
I hired Katherine to help me through a potentially contentious legal separation. Throughout the proceedings, she was honest and knowledgeable and was able to negotiate with the opposing lawyer and present me with options that ultimately worked in my favor. She was able to negotiate the choice of mediator and came into the mediation session with facts and data that the opposing counsel did not have a response for. Again, this greatly worked in my favor as to the final settlement. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a highly responsive and proactive lawyer with her client's best interests at heart.
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Posted by Matthew | April 9, 2015
Katherine is a patient, competent, and compassionate divorce lawyer
Katherine helped me through my divorce, the whole time keeping things calm, in perspective and fair. She went to bat for me and I feel like I had a very favorable outcome in a difficult and potentially contentious situation. Katherine is knowledgeable, a good strategist, and fair. I recommend her to anyone seeking assistance in settling a divorce, whether it is an amicable parting or not. We avoided court and ended up with a fair settlement.
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Posted by Brook | November 20, 2014
Katherine Kent is a highly skilled attorney and business person that presents as a personal friend, therapist, and cheerleader. Katherine managed my case with ambition, drive, professionalism, and kindness. I could not recommend her enough. You will be taken care of and it will be a positive results oriented process. She is phenomenal..
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2014
Highly recommended
I would honestly give Katherine the highest marks in all of the above areas. She was excellent at managing my case. She was very proactive and always looked down the road and saw things coming ahead of time. Katherine was much more organized and on-top of things than the opposing counsel who worked for a massive firm with lots of resources. She was incredibly responsive and never took more than a couple hours to answer my questions. She always let me know when she wouldn't be available ahead of time, and always went out of her way to find time to talk to me if needed. I found Katherine to be very professional - she is a clear and assertive communicator and has a pleasant and friendly demeanor. In terms of litigation, I would say she was appropriately aggressive. She fought hard for me without being unreasonable or risking our credibility with the court. She knew the law inside-out and was able to offer me a perspective on what strategy the other side might be using. Katherine always involved me in every decision and was very good at laying-out the pros and cons of each possible option. I received a very favorable outcome in my case, which I owe much of to Katherine. In summary, I would highly recommend her if you are going through the dissolution process.
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Posted by Danielle | July 8, 2014
Katherine Kent is a dynamic and effective attorney. I never hesitate to recommend her.
Katherine is an outstanding attorney. She is an absolute professional, along with being very insightful and intuitive. Thanks to her excellent communication, I was never left wondering what was going on with my case. She kept everything moving along on schedule. I could always count on Katherine's support throughout my long and drawn out divorce. My case ended up going to trial and the result was a home run! Katherine helped to get me my life back. I cannot say enough about her as an attorney and a person.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2012
Katherine Kent is a fabulous attorney and I would highly recommend her.
Katherine Kent represented me in a divorce which involved maintenance as my husband and I had been married 23 years. I received everything I asked for and more! Katherine is responsive and collaborative. She formed a partnership with me. She will provide and honest appraisal every step of the way. I could always trust her opinion-she always right in predicting every step of my litigation.
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Posted by Salvador | April 25, 2011
Professional, firm, knowledgeable, supportive
Katherine brings a high degree of integrity, professionalism and knowledge to the cases she works on. She successfully lead my dissolution case involving a complex custody dispute by working with health, parenting, and mental health experts. She has a keen ability to focus on the final goal and filter out distractions caused by other parties. In addition, she was very supportive throughout the case and helped me stay focused during periods of high stress. Her execution of the case led to a successful outcome for my son and I. I highly recommend Katherine as an attorney for families facing complex custody disputes.
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Posted by Flip | March 1, 2011
Outstanding family law lawyer
I could not recommend a lawyer any higher than Katherine Kent. If you need divorce or family law help, she's it. Knowledge, professionalism and above all objective support to do the right thing are her hallmarks. Divorce and child custody issues can get very ugly yet she keeps you on track and supports you with sound advice to make the outcome the best possible. I am a male that was falsly accused of abuse and domestic violence. Katherine helped me navigate this difficulty as well keeping the best interests of my daughter as the main focus. Balance is key in keeping upright during divorce. I'm glad I had her and her staff on my side. It felt good to know she was there.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 475-475 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Whitaker Kent Ordell PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Pro Tem Commissioner
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Whitaker Kent LLP
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Law office of Cynthia Whitaker
  • 2002 - 2016
  • Expert
  • DSHS/CPS Consultant
  • 2002 - 2016
  • Social Worker
  • DSHS
  • 1990 - 1999
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2018 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • NASW
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hot Topics
  • Family Law CLE
  • 2019
  • McKinley Irvin Family Law Speaker series
  • CPS In Your Family Law Case
  • 2015
  • Successful Mediation Its Not Just Showing Up
  • Sucessfully Mediating Your Family Law Case
  • 2014
  • Interview on DSHS/CPS issues.
  • King 5 Investigator Reports
  • 2014
  • NBI Boot Camp
  • Navigating CPS in your Legal Case
  • 2013
  • Interview on DSHS/CPS issues.
  • King 5 Investigator Reports
  • 2013
  • Family Law "Hot Topics" Seminar, War Peace and Unhappy Families
  • The Nuclear Option- Navagating CPS for Your Family Law Client
  • 2011
  • Court Improvement Training Academy
  • Family Law practice in Dependency cases.
  • 2010
  • King County Bar, Family Law Section
  • CPS and Navigating Dependency Cases
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
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Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Katherine is a highly skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney who fights hard on cases. She seems to care genuinely for her clients while not being afraid to tell them when they are being unreasonable. She also has a good sense of humor and contributes a lot to the family law bar. After working opposite to her in a couple high conflict cases, I highly respect her. She is a formidable opponent, and I would recommend her for dissolution cases involving complex financial and child custody disputes."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Katherine since before we took the bar exam. So I've seen her upward trajectory as an excellent attorney. Those raw elements existed long before I met her. But during these years, she's honed those talents to become a well-respected practitioner with razor-sharp abilities and enviable skills. She's a problem-solver but isn't afraid to stand up for her clients. And she's a go-to sounding board for me when I have a complicated issue I need help on. You can't go wrong in choosing her.."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Katherine Kent. Katherine is diligent and an effective advocate for her clients. She has a strong command of family law and it shows both in and out of the courtroom."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Katherine is an excellent is litigator. She is a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Katherine is highly skilled at helping her clients through tough situations. She works hard and cares."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Katherine since law school and have had cases against her. Katherine is very knowledgeable in the area of family law. I respect her professionalism and the work she does for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Seattle Divorce and separation Lawyer Katherine Ann Kent
Katherine Ann Kent
Divorce and separation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 23 years