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David Webster Kitchell

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.7   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

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“Compassion for Clients”

Dave Kitchell has been representing clients in Family Law matters for over eighteen years in Western Washington. As a graduate of Seattle Law School, he chose to be a client focused family law advocate and litigator, establishing a proven record of success in all phases of family law representation. He has represented clients in Superior Court throughout the Puget Sound Region including Snohomish, King, Pierce and Thurston Counties. His practice includes a wide variety of family law matters, involving hundreds of contested motions including temporary orders, domestic violence issues, discovery and contempt matters, through trial and presentation of final orders. With a degree in Economics with honors from the University of Washington, he has negotiated complex property settlements including valuations of closely held businesses, real property, pensions, and stock option grants.


Areas of expertise include:

Property Settlement
Visitation Matters
Child Support
Paternity Matters
Domestic Violence Issues
Third Party Custody


David’s Philosophy:

“I believe the issues raised by our family law clients are some of the most challenging issues lawyers face. I am a zealous advocate for my clients and professionally help them navigate the legal, emotional and financial complexities of their cases. My clients’ issues affect the most personal parts of their lives and have long term implications for their critical relationships and financial well being. It is an honor and privilege to help resolve those issues by tirelessly working to help my clients understand their options and get the best results possible.”

Dave Kitchell was a member with Kitchell and Hively, PLLC, before working with a downtown Seattle family law firm and later joining Tsai Law Company, PLLC in 2012.



Tsai Law Company, PLLC
2101 4th Ave Ste 2200
Seattle, WA, 98121-2316

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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I've worked with
David Kitchell was retained several years ago for a complex relocation case that spanned a lot of court activity, depositions, mediation, and arbitration sessions. David was prompt in his communication, did absolutely everything I expected and hoped for, and the outcome was in my favor. He is highly experienced and professionally firm in upholding our position. He has done an absolutely fantastic job at representing my point of view and that of my family. This case had a lot of curveballs but none posed a problem for David. It was bitter-sweet asking Mr. Kitchell to withdraw as it has been a pleasure working with him (And his paralegal, Kim). Kim is an amazing paralegal that kept me up to date on everything, was prompt in getting things filed, copies issued, and when David was out for trials or otherwise unavailable, coordinated with partners to get prompt responses. Not only do I highly recommend David, I have already referred a couple friends his way with custody matters. My only regret is that I hadn't hired him sooner, and instead went through several "high power" firms before landing on David.
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Posted by Paul S. | February 3, 2018
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David Kitchell
I interviewed many lawyers before finding Dave. I was seeking an intelligent and experienced lawyer to help me with my divorce of a 28 year marriage. During the first free consultation with Dave he listened to the details of my situation and then we had an in depth dialog about the process, specific ideas, strategies and possible outcomes. Rather than providing generic responses Dave was engaged and demonstrated a much higher level of understanding and expertise to my specific complex situation. After hiring Dave I continued to be very impressed with his thoughtful and skilled approach which helped me maintain a level of hope through this difficult process. Dave was very responsive and I always felt he was working in my best interest. Dave was extremely skilled at negotiating a final out of court settlement and I believe he was able to achieve the best possible outcome. I highly recommend David Kitchell.
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Posted by Luke Yueer | November 4, 2017
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Angel from Above
I have tried two different lawyers for my divorce case before, they quickly helped me formulate my opinion that lawyers are not only a waste but also out there to scam my money. However, that perception has changed since my mom found David. David is very professional, personable and sharp, he helped me to negotiate with my ex when I felt we are going to court for sure. It came out to be the most cost effective option for me and I am glad I hired David. He also strike me as the person who doesn't want to take advantage of me but think of my interest first. He indeed protected me for the whole case, and It was also very pleasurable to work with both David and Kim (his assistant). He is really friendly as well and indeed my guardian angel in my divorce case and I highly recommend him to any man who needs help in similar situations.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2017
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Highly competent and very professional family lawyer!
I had a very smooth and pleasant experience working with David and his paralegal Kim Lovstrom. When one is going through a difficult situation, in my case a divorce, it's extremely challenging separating the emotional from the objective. Right from the beginning, David tried to simply a situation which was extremely nerve racking for me. He was careful with looking out for me and what would be best financially as well as the easiest way of getting out of the relationship, yet he was there, if the situation were to get ugly. I was dealing with a husband (now ex, thanks to David and Kim), who is a narcissist and having a competent attorney on my side was very important to me. I would highly recommend David and Kim - thank you both for helping me through an uneasy and difficult phase in my life!
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Posted by Jim | March 3, 2017
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Dave is absolutely the greatest!!
I have to tell you, Divorce is a terribly difficult thing, regardless of the circumstances! Dave Kitchell and Kim Lovestrom are absolutely the best. I was married for 25 years when I approached Dave. From the outset, I knew I was in good hands. During the consultation, he was very professional, he was a great and active listener. He paid close attention to my emotion and narrative and I could tell right away, he would have my best interest and the best interest of my family in mind. He and Kim both were very professional at each contact and stage of the process. Dave was very careful to listen to what I was saying and clarify, he also was patient and answered my questions and helped make sure I was asking the right questions. He made certain to understand exactly how I wanted to approach and helped guide me when I didn't exactly understand the process and helped me avoid any potential issues down the road. He laid out a proper plan and followed up by executing it. In the end, my road was made exponentially smoother by following his expert advice. He did everything he could to make the process as "liveable" as possible for my entire family. I am so thankful that I chose him for these proceedings. Rest assured, I will recommend him highly to any of my friends and colleagues that might need his service and certainly, if I ever have further need, he will be my first call! Sincerely - Jim D
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2015
The art of capturing a meaningful signal among a lot of background noise
Let me first say that my case was very complex. It included a foreign divorce decree, separation, reconciliation, business venture, second separation over a period of several years. Just going over the sequence of events was enough to make anyone feel dizzy. David accepted to pick up my case after several hearings over a period of 6 months. I was first impressed by how quickly he managed to review a truck load of material, and was able to cut through the arguments to offer possible strategies in simple terms. He presented new perspectives on my case that no other attorney had mentioned before. While his views did not always prevail in court, they were creative and thought-provoking. At the end of the day, he was able to protect my interests effectively and obtained the best verdict I could have hoped for under the circumstances. A job well done!
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Posted by Sandy | September 23, 2014
David gets an A+
After it was determined I needed legal representation for my divorce, a friend recommended TSAI Law Company and sat with me while I had my phone consultation with Dave Kitchell. I didn’t think the divorce would be “easy”, but I had no idea how ugly it was going to get, nor how emotionally traumatizing the process would be for me. Dave led me through all the bumps and issues we encountered with professionalism and compassion; and I might add, a ton of patience. I knew he had other clients, but by the care he gave, I felt I was the only one. Dave gave more than just legal advice, he gave me a listening and understanding ear anytime I panicked over new road blocks. I had complete trust and confidence in Dave and his knowledge of what the best course of action was to follow. He assured me he worked for me and would do what I asked of him, but he also knew when to step in and keep me from giving in to my ex’s abusive behavior. Dave was especially protective at my settlement conference when I was fearful of seeing my ex. He kept that from happening. Dave protected my bank account as well and used less expensive means for getting the job done. Dave is personable and compassionate. He gives the impression of pure competence, which is supported by results. Dave is a great asset to any team and I was truly blessed to have him as a part of mine. Another friend of mine, a criminal attorney, is always being asked for recommendations, so I gave him Dave’s card. I absolutely recommend Dave Kitchell and TSAI Law Company (but mostly Dave).
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Posted by Mark | September 12, 2014
Great individual that helped me through a tough time.
David was a great lawyer and I have and will continue to recommend him to others. David was very upfront with the reality of my situation and knew exactly how to handle everything that came at us. He kept me very informed of how we were to proceed and never kept me in the dark. He was easy to work with and having him take on my case lifted the stress off of myself and my family I really do appreicate all that he did for us.
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Posted by Erika | September 11, 2014
met my expectations, great lawyer!!
I was having some trouble with my sons’ legal paperwork and needing full custody. When I called TSAI I was quickly connected with David Kitchell for my free phone conference. He listened to my situation, gave me several options on how to proceed. I had no problem making an appt with him since he had availability for the following couple days of our phone call. When I met David he was very presentable, respectful and spoke with the truth. Once again he discussed with me my options- one being that I did not needed a lawyer- which made me confident that I he was the right person for the job to get done. He kept me updated on everything that was going on; if I emailed him for any reason unexpectedly he would get back to me with 24 hours. He was great at keeping me informed where my deposit was going towards and how it was being utilized. He did an amazing job, got me what I needed and very professional throughout the whole process. I would go back to him if needed for any other family legal problem. I know he will do everything for my best interest and I appreciate everything he did for me. Thank You David for making my life easier and happier.
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Posted by William | September 11, 2014
David Kitchell Tsai Law
David represented me in a divorce proceeding. This was my first divorce. He was excellent with his communication and clearly laid out and explained every action for me. David's confidence and professionalism instilled a much needed calmness for me during an extremely stressful period. I would highly recommend David and am confident in the positive outcome he will bring.
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Posted by Sara | September 10, 2014
experienced and extremely effective!
Extremely personable and professional. David doesn't fit the "lawyer" stereotype. He was always very responsive and had my best interest at heart, even when he had to review and revise my needs on multiple occasions.
Posted by David | August 23, 2013
A shining example of zealous representation!!!
I went into my divorce like many people: angry, sorrowful, confused, alone. I didn't even want a lawyer at first, but my ex-wife's actions left me with little choice. I couldn't see myself sitting down discussing my marriage with someone I didn't know, particularly some of the more intimate details, both good and bad. At the same time, I had no idea what I was going into or what would happen. My mother had done some research on divorce lawyers in Seattle for me and found the Tsai Law Company. I remember calling one afternoon, in a panic after a bad hearing where I represented myself, and was put almost instantly on the phone with an attorney for a free consultation. That was the first time I spoke with Dave Kitchell. He was honest with me about my situation, knowledgeable, confident and frankly reassuring. Further, he already started formulating a plan for how to proceed which made me feel better almost instantly. He set me up for a face to face meeting with him the next morning and we went from there. Within 15 minutes of meeting Dave Kitchell, I was sure I had found the right person to represent me in my divorce. He let me tell my story and listened intently without interrupting me or ever giving me the sense that I was being judged. After I gave him as much information as I could, he explained to me what and how things were going to happen and gave me clear recommendations as far as how to proceed. I went, literally, from feeling pretty helpless to feeling like things would be OK. I hired him right there never gave a second thought about doing so. Dave Kitchell did an amazing job representing me. I could not have asked for more zealous representation from an attorney! He explained everything that I did not understand, responded promptly to my calls or e-mails, included me in the decision making process, and always listened. I never felt like I was just there to run up hours for billing purposes. Quite the opposite. Dave tried to save me money wherever he could. Furthermore, I honestly got the sense that he cared about my case and its outcome. One of the best things about Dave Kitchell, I thought, was how forthcoming he was. Some attorneys talk aggressively, promising to get you X, Y and Z and in doing so, probably give bad advice. Some will do whatever you want as long as you continue to pay them. Dave is not that lawyer. He understands that in a divorce, there has to be compromise and working toward that is important. As much as Dave served as my lawyer, he served as a counselor, and as someone who has been doing this for many years, I felt it wise to heed his advice. At the same time, he proved capable of putting his foot down with the opposing party when needed. While there were certainly some trying and frustrating times in my divorce, I got essentially everything I wanted in the end. I credit Dave Kitchell for much of that. I would, without hesitation, recommend the Tsai Law Company, and especially Dave Kitchell, to anyone who needs an attorney for a divorce. He is a professional and extremely competent attorney! Dave is capable of representing clients in other matters outside divorce as well, and I would recommend him to anyone seeking a family attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Big Talk with No Action
I hired Dave. The representation was absent and lazy until there was easy money for him to make. Refused to use evidence, exhibits and witnesses that could have and should have slammed shut my case on an abusive and Narcissistic ex-wife. He talks a big game yet doesn't use the tools or evidence at his disposal to hammer it in.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Kitchell & Hively, PLLC
  • 1996 - 2000


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Wasington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Christine Cuhaciyan, Appellant v. Ryan Riggins, Respondent CASE #: 75353-3-I, cons. with 75650-8-I
  • Affirmed in part and remanded for additional RCW 26.09.191 sanctions


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Family Law: What do you do when..?
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Continuing Legal Education
  • To Prevent Mistakes / Oversights in QDRO's
  • 2016
  • Divorce Cases from Start to Finish for Paralegals
  • Drafting Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (9)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dave is a true professional and straight shooter--an excellent family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with Dave for a number of years and have no hesitation in saying he is an excellent lawyer. Clients are always impressed with his dedication and knowledge of the law."
Family Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dave for a number of years and have had the pleasure of working with him. He is enthusiastic for and zealous of his clients' positions and needs."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse Mr. Kitchell. Mr. Kitchell is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable in the law and represents his client's perspective with zeal. He is straight forward and direct. Any potential client considering hiring Mr. Kitchell should not have any reservations. He is an excellent choice in counsel."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David and I represented opposing parties in a matter, so I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with his competence and knowledge of the law. He zealously and tirelessly advocates for his clients while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professional courtesy."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with David on a challenging family law matter. David expressed competence and professionalism that was above reproach."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an excellent family law attorney who has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of both substantive and procedural family law. He has demonstrated the utmost courtesy and professionalism while at the same time obtaining the best possible outcome for his client. He is relentless in investigating the facts and is always prepared. He is an excellent attorney and an adversary who I respect and endorse."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I’ve had the chance to work with (at the same law firm) and against Dave Kitchell in a number of family law matters. He’s a zealous advocate for his clients and has the respect of the Court."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kitchell is an experienced, thorough advocate. He is zealous in his representation of his clients while maintaining a high level of professionalism in his dealings with other attorneys and court staff. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dave is a tenacious and knowledgeable attorney that is dedicated to his practice and his clients. I would recommend him to anyone."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of watching Dave advocate for his clients in the courtroom. I would highly recommend Dave as a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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