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Kathryn M. Woods

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Katy Schosboek, Kathryn Silk

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

  2. Family
    50%
    Family law practice including divorce, parenting plans, custody, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, separation, mediation and collaborative divorce

    12 years

I am an experienced family law attorney practicing in King and Pierce Counties. I believe strongly in educating and empowering my clients to help them make the best decisions for their own unique legal situations. I work hard to reduce conflict for my clients and reach peaceful resolutions. 

A Washington native, I graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of Washington in 2005. I spent my time living abroad in both France and Argentina before returning to the University of Washington to obtain my degree in law. I am actively engaged in the collaborative law community.

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Location

Elise Buie Family Law Group
720 3rd Avenue
#2015
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and Genuine
I had telephone consultation with her. She listens to well, addresses your concerns. Her approach is towards mediation and settlement. (which is good for clients when both the parties are willing.) She seems like a genuine person who cares about the client’s wellbeing.
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney very honest
I met Kathryn for a consultation. She made thorough notes of my needs and next steps on my case. Her office at the time was very busy, could not accept my matter right away. Kathryn however followed with me to make sure I was not missing any deadlines and provided me with ideas on how I could best handle my difficult situation. I would strongly recommend her, because I know that she genuinely cares and would have done a thorough job had her team taken my case on.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The highest praise: Thank you Kathryn
I want to give Kathryn the highest praise for not only guiding me forward with her expertise in the law, but also being so very patient and professional with my frequent requests to re-explain the legal process while frequently reversing my position on how to move forward. On thing I did not expect during my divorce was the degree to which emotional distress would adversely affect my rational thought processes. I found myself frequently, and uncharacteristically, confused and indecisive while asking Kathryn to repeat the same information again and again. In addition to her clear mastery of the law, it was in the area of human connection and understanding she excelled. I found her immensely patient with me, and repeated herself as needed without showing any signs of frustration. The experts say always get a lawyer in your divorce, no matter what. I would add to that by saying "Always get Kathryn M. Silk to represent you, if you can." Eternally Grateful, J.P. Odell
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Posted by Sally | October 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right lawyer and firm for a very challenging case
When I hired Kathryn, I got an articulate, attentive, thoughtful, knowledgeable attorney who saw me through a very challenging divorce. She recognized the significant issues we were dealing with and kept me informed and part of the process the entire time, which was important to me. Kathryn was always accessible, also important for your attorney during a very emotional and potentially vulnerable time in your life. She also brought in other members of her law firm at times for consultation for additional insight, also greatly appreciated. Kathryn anticipated potential problems and issues so I felt we were always prepared. She was also conscious of time and expense, and I appreciated that as well. Her recommendation of a specific mediator, whom we were able to use, was critical in our eventual settlement during mediation, and in the quality of the settlement, which was both fair and generous to me. Kathryn took care of all aspects of seeing through my divorce, and treated me with kindness, respect, and straightforwardness in presenting the facts of divorce law- and making sure I had the knowledge I needed to make decisions- all greatly recognized and appreciated by me. Divorce is a challenging process, and Kathryn helped to make it not only a positive experience for me, but a very good settlement as well. I couldn't ask for anything more in an attorney than what Kathryn offered.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
She explained exactly what I thought. I took her advice, if I was closer, I would have hired her to represent my daughter.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2011
Divorce Case
Kate is helping me with my divorce case. She has been extremely helpful in answering all of my questions and even just providing me with information on how the entire court process works. Kate is a very warm and compassionate person, who also maintains a high level of professionalism. I would highly recommend using Kate if you are in need of any legal assistance!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Elise Buie Family Law Group
  • 2016 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Ivy Law Group, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Woods & Brangwin PLLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Information and Referral Line Volunteer
  • Legal Voice
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Family Law CASA of King County
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Clinic Assistant
  • King County Bar Association Family Law Neighborhood Clinic
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Gibbs Houston Pauw
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Office of Andrew Schwarz
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Cascadia Collaborative Divorce
  • Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • President
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • President-Elect
  • 2011 - 2011
  • RoterACT
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Volunteer Attorney Services-Wenatchee
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Chelan/Douglas County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Chelan/Douglas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Center of Chelan and Douglas Counties
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Under 40 for State of Washington
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in Washington
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Professional Mediation Skills Certificate
  • University of Washington
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Association of Legal Professionals
  • Collaborative Family Law Practice
  • 2021
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Careers in ADR and Mediation
  • 2017
  • Amicus Curiae to Superior Court of Chelan County
  • Family Law Testimony as Amicus Curiae
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (51)
Endorse Kathryn
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Passionate and knowledgeable are two words which describe Katy's approach. She works hard on behalf of her clients, has a solid command of family law, and brings empathy and calm to the table in the face chaos that may be raging in a case. I endorse her legal skills and ethics without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Kathryn is an excellent attorney. She is experienced, passionate and kind and truly cares for her clients. I highly recommend Kathryn."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am thrilled to have Kathryn in our Collaborative Community. We have had more and more cases with each other and I am impressed by Kathryn's skill, caring, and her embracing of a client-focused consensual dispute resolution process. I highly recommend Kathryn."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathryn is extremely intelligent, hard-working and creative. She is a great problem-solver and dedicated to her client's best interests."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For as long as I have known Kathryn, she has been thoughtful, strategic and thorough in her knowledge of the law. She is a terrific advocate to have in your corner for anyone navigating the divorce process."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathryn is an intelligent and hardworking attorney. She always puts her best foot forward, and represents her clients best interests. I hold no reservations endorsing this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Kate is smart, responsible and caring; all very important qualities in a family law attorney. I would refer clients to her with confidence."
Family Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can't say enough great things about Kate. She's an extremely intelligent and professional advocate you can trust. She has always stood out to me as an attorney who genuinely cares about her clients and will work hard to protect their interests. If I ended up in need of an attorney, Kate would be the first person I'd call!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathryn is extremely bright, organized, and mature. I attended law school with her and her husband Kyle. I would trust her with any legal matter. You cannot teach intelligence and she has plenty of that. She also has an amazingly calm and unshakeable presence about her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Friend
"Mrs. Silk has been an inspiration to me ever since I had the great privilege of meeting her during law school. She possesses the best attributes of a practicing lawyer - a firm grasp of the law and a zealous appreciation and defense of her clients' interests. I would not hesitate to avail myself of her outstanding representation should I ever be so unfortunate as to fall afoul of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I went to law school with Kate. She is a thoughtful, dedicated advocate for her clients, and I would recommend her."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is a hardworking and intelligent lawyer who genuinely cares about her clients."
General practice Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Kate is an up and coming star of the legal profession. She is smart, creative and she has guts. She has a sophisticated understanding of the law and a deep commitment to her clients. She means what she says and she works extremely hard to accomplish the results she seeks. I would refer clients to her without hesitation."
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