4.5 stars 25 totalReview Kim Schnuelle
Posted by anonymous
Kim was a wonderful blend of professionalism and kindness. She always responded in a timely manner, helping me to understand the issues and guiding me to make decisions that were best for my situation. She is knowledgeable and helpful, and she will fight for you!
Posted by Laura
In my child support modification case, Kim was able to use her experience working in the courts to help negotiate an agreement without having to resort to court. She was always very responsive in answering my questions, communicated well, and was pro-active in getting the other side to respond to our proposals, which helped move things along. Kim was a pleasure to work with and with her guidance I was able to come to a good resolution.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Kim to represent me in my divorce. My situation was very difficult since my ex-husband was determined to leave me with nothing. Kim's performance was outstanding, she was a great support since the very beginning of the process and her advice was also very sharp. At the point we came to the mediation meeting, her experience was shown, when I thought we were going to continue dragging the divorce process due to my ex's position, we closed a very good settlement in the same day. I would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Heather Hamilton Hall
When my fiance' and I found Kim Schnuelle/McKinley Irvin, we were faced with a huge legal battle regarding a legal separation that was signed several years prior. Unfortunately, the previous lawyer (he) had wrote such a poorly written legal agreement that we would have been prevented from marrying for 2 more years. As well as facing huge financial impacts lasting a lifetime.
It was a very difficult very combative situation with the other party involved. We had minimal hope that a divorce would occur and my fiance/I would be able to marry.
Kim gave us more than we could have ever hoped for in court. It was such a relief to have her as lawyer. It felt like someone has our back in court.
Her documentation and responses far exceeded our exceptions. Which for me, this expectation is pretty high having grown up in a family of doctorates of law. Her integrity is valued.
She is well worth every penny you spend on her expertise. I wish my fiance had found her in the beginning of his divorce. But I am so grateful we found her when we did.
Because of her hard work, my fiance and I, after 2 years of waiting, are now able to marry. Not a small accomplishment considering what his previous attorney had written up and filed in court.
If my daughters ever got into a place where they needed a family lawyer, I would do everything in my power to get them Kim. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities.
We are not well off and your average working family with bills to pay. Paying for a lawyer in a divorce situation is never easy but you will never regret hiring her.
Posted by Cindy
I worked with Kim on my divorce. It was pretty straight forward, but there were a couple issues with my ex and she was able to recommend the best way to handle the situation. Her and her paralegal were very responsive and very easy to work with.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Kim Schnuelle for a divorce. My ex and I were/are on friendly terms - there were no disagreements at all about how to share custody of our kids or how to split the assets. I interviewed Kim over the phone, gave her the case background and got a fee estimate of "no less than $3,000 but likely around $5,000" which seemed reasonable. My ex and I are both former lawyers - so we had already drafted an informal agreement between ourselves outlining how we would split assets and custody - the hard work had already been done by us. I was asked to pay a retainer of $6,000 which I did. The process was taking longer than hoped - my ex was a bit slow supplying some info - only bc she was busy. But being slow to provide some financial info should not have impacted the billing. I'd expect if an attorney is waiting for info they would do other clients work. Not Kim - they just kept billing - I would have a substantail bill for a month where there was no activity - except internal meetings w Kim and her associates that resulted in nothing expect for billed hours. After they had used up over $5,000 of the retainer they and had not drafted s single document (at that point Kim had only provided comments on 1 document drafted by opposing counsel and submitted cut and paste - simple docs - to the court) demanded another $5,000 retainer. The other 2 key documents for the case had net even been started. When I balked at the demand for more $$ and started looking into their bills they told me they would no longer represent me - without the courtesy of a phone call. I appealed to the managing partner - Marc Christainson - who had 0 interest in looking into the matter. Because the managing partner cared not at all that one of his attorneys would provide a quote to get business and produce nothing of substance for $5000+ speaks not only to the integrity of Kim, but of the whole firm.
Posted by Mandy
From the very first day of meeting with her, Kim was professional and punctual. I felt very secure having her represent me. I knew nothing would be missed and and I could focus on the other aspects of my divorce. She certainly made my outcome and final settlement fair and understandable.
Posted by Lauren
I hired Kim Schnuelle at McKinley Irvin in Seattle for my complicated child custody case. Kim and her paralegal, Joshua Dawson, worked diligently on my case towards my goals and the best outcome for my son. There were complicated domestic violence aspects of my case that Kim thoughtfully and strategically navigated, while consistently checking my comfort level on all decisions. As my custody dispute continued through the legal system, it became increasingly complicated as the opposing team became more aggressive in their legal tactics. Kim worked closely with me to keep me informed of all options and also provided me much needed support and empathy, it made the whole process bearable for me. Kim clearly communicated the possible outcomes of all options and together we made well-thought out decisions throughout the case.
When my ex and I were unable to mediate a resolution it became clear that I would have to go to trial. I could not afford the legal fees to keep Kim as my attorney, and she graciously agreed to continue acting as a legal advisor at no charge. Kim, Josh, and Blake Lively (also an attorney at McKinley Irvin) all made themselves available to me for legal consult and advice as I prepared to endure a trail on my own. It is an understatement to say that I was scared, I was terrified of navigating a complicated custody trial on my own. With Kim's support and willingness to help me prepare for trial I arrived confident, fully prepared, and knowledgable of the legal process and court room culture. I represented myself in a 5-day trial and was awarded full custody of my son, restrictions on my ex in the parenting plan, and an extended protection order: everything that Kim and I collectively agreed was appropriate for the given circumstances.
This was a two-year process and I had Kim and Josh's support from day one, without their professionalism and competency this outcome would not have been possible. I really cannot recommend Kim Schnuelle any higher, she put the humanity back into this very difficult and draining experience for me. She embodies what all family law attorneys should strive to be: compassionate, honest, strong, personable, and highly competent.
Posted by anonymous
Kim is a very caring attorney. I hired her for a child custody matter that unfortunately could not be settled in mediation. When it became apparent that I would be going to trial and she would not be available during that time she was very honest about what I should do, and gave me some excellent recommendations for other attorneys. I appreciated her candor, and integrity. While she was representing me she was extremely responsive to any questions or concerns I had and always explained the in's and out's of my case in a kind respectful manner. I appreciated the way she represented me even if it was for a short time.
Posted by Don
Kim and her team was very helpful in getting me through a difficult separation/divorce. She was resourceful and did a great job of expediting the case to fruition. I would gladly recommend her to anyone looking for a talented and sincere attorney that can help cut through the layers of legal bureaucracy.