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Kirsten E Ridgway Hytopoulos

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bainbridge Is, WA

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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
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Kirsten Hytopoulos was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1997. Her interest in an alternative to the traditional winner-take-all approach to the practice of law began in law school where, as Student Bar Association president, she worked with the administration to reduce the high pressure, adversarial nature of the academic environment.

After working as a criminal prosecutor and a college instructor, Kirsten took time off from the law to focus on raising her three young children and to work on local political issues, ultimately serving four years on the Bainbridge Island City Council, including one year as Mayor. Following her own amicable divorce, Kirsten returned to the practice of law, choosing to focus on Collaborative Divorce and mediation with the goal of supporting others through difficult life changing transitions.

Kirsten is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), King County Collaborative Law, member and former board member of Collaborative Professionals of Washington, and a Certified Mediator with the Washington Mediation Association. She is also a volunteer mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County and is currently serving in her second term as a City Council Person.

In her free time, Kirsten spends as much time as possible working in the garden and trying to keep up with her almost grown twin boys and their feisty younger teenage sister.

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Kirsten Hytopoulos Attorney at Law
Bainbridge Office
187 Parfitt Way
Suite 275
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110
Seattle Office
801 Second Avenue Suite 800
Seattle, WA, 98104
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Posted by Maureen | April 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce for Grown Ups
Kirsten helped me execute a fair and amicable divorce with my husband using a collaborative divorce process. Her professionalism and impartiality were of the highest caliber. We have several joint businesses; 2 children and other complexities that made our case challenging. Nevertheless I believe she managed our process very quickly (5 months start to finish) and more affordably than any other option / lawyer on the island.
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Posted by Elena | January 15, 2022
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Honest, kind and helpful
Kirsten would try her best to help even in very complicated cases as mine is. And if she thinks some of your questions are beyond her area, she will help to choose a different lawer. She helped me create a plan of a future relationship with my husband, where every step is like a minefield for my own self and our child, and yet, knowing my current financial situation, refused from payment, though I was insisting I should pay. Thank you so much for your help and God bless you, Kirsten!
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2019
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Divorce is a terrible experience to say the least. Kirsten walked me through step by step. Every detail was discussed, maintenance, taxes, property separation, timelines to acquire personal properties, IRA separation, meetings with financial experts. The emotional stress takes a huge toll on your mental facilities , Kirsten kept me on track and made sure my divorce was fair and my needs were addressed. I believed Kirsten was concerned for me personally and that the legal matters of divorce after a 30 year marriage were always at the forefront of the process. I would recommend Kirsten !
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
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Excellent & King
Kirsten is absolutely fantastic! She took her time to walk me through the process, answered all of my questions thoughtfully and gave me additional items to consider. She's also kind and empathetic without impairing her logic and was able to understand an emotional time while still provide the best possible legal advice to make the process as easy as possible. I would recommend anyone to Kirsten!
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Posted by Andy | March 19, 2014
Professional, hard working and always positive
Kirsten represented my interests in the Collaborative Divorce Process. My wife and I chose to use this method to end a long term marriage with honor and dignity as an alternative to litigating in the court system. Most important to me was that Kirsten vigorously defended my interests and concerns without alienating the opposing side. I always felt that she truly cared about achieving a favorable result for me. I have worked with many lawyers in business and Kirsten is easily the most responsive I have encountered. She promptly returned my phone calls and emails and met all deadlines. Kirsten is very positive and creative; she always found potential solutions for resolving conflicts to keep the process moving forward. Kirsten is an excellent communicator. She frequently advised me on the most effective way to convey both written and spoken messages to avoid adverse reactions from the opposing side. For anyone considering a friendly divorce, I highly recommend working with Kirsten.
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Posted by Mike | January 27, 2012
Dedicated, diligent, and creative
I worked with Attorney Hytopoulos on post-decree child custody matters. She handled a complex and uncommon legal issue for me -- UCCJEA determination. She was diligent, honest, reliable, responsive, and thorough. Above all else, she was truly dedicated to my cause, which makes all the difference when working with an attorney. Attorney Hytopoulos kept me informed every step of the way, and a gem amongst attorneys, she was always quick to respond. She also has a writing style that quickly gets the message across in the most effective way. I cannot say enough about what a pleasure it was to work with her. I have worked with several attorneys -- I had one of those situations that led me in and out of court every month for various issues. Hands down I felt the most confident and enjoyed working with Attorney Hytopoulos the most.
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Posted by Sandra | December 22, 2011
Child Custody
A pleasure to work with! Professional, honest, and really helpful! Thanks Kirsten! You rock!
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Kirsten Hytopoulos Attorney at Law PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • City Councilperson at City Of Bainbridge Island
  • City Of Bainbridge Island
  • 2020 - 2023
  • City Councilperson
  • City Of Bainbridge Island
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Chapman University
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City Of Seattle Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Pima County Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1996
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  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • "Collaborative divorce after 50 year marriage"
  • Agreed settlement was entered following a successful collaborative process.
  • "Collaborative divorce after history of domestic violence"
  • Agreed settlement and parenting plan were entered following a successful collaborative process.


  • Washington Mediation Association
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2016 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • Student Bar Association President
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • President -- University of Arizona Chapter
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist -- Best Lawyer Bainbridge Island
  • Bainbridge Review
  • 2021
  • Finalist -- Best Lawyer Bainbridge Island
  • Bainbridge Review
  • 2014


Speaking Engagements

  • Family Mediation Training
  • Property Division and Spousal Support
  • 2014
  • Family Mediation Training
  • Property Division in Divorce & Non Marital Relationships
  • 2013

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kirsten is a skilled and experienced Collaborative practitioner, who has worked tirelessly to grow Collaborative Process in our community. Having worked with her on many Collaborative divorce cases over the years, I can say without hesitation that she is one of the best."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kirsten is an amazingly skilled family law practitioner who is extremely well respected in the legal community. She is also incredibly ethical and always seeks solutions that involve the least amount of damage to the parties. She is a role model of collaborative lawyering."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kirsten is a top-notch lawyer -- smart, creative, responsive, compassionate, and extremely ethical. I have done countless cases opposite her, and she always provides strong advocacy for her clients. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a good family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kirsten approaches her work with intelligence and attention to detail. She has a strong commitment to collaborative law, and I highly recommend her for family law matters."
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Bainbridge Is Divorce and separation Lawyer Kirsten E Ridgway Hytopoulos
Kirsten E Ridgway Hytopoulos
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bainbridge Is, WA
Licensed for 26 years
Virtual consultation available