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Kirstyn D. Palmisano

Divorce and separation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   25 reviews

also known as Kirstyn Palmisano

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2009
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About Kirstyn

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EXPERIENCED AND COMPASSIONATE ATTORNEY. HIGH CALIBER REPRESENTATION.

Attorney Kirstyn D. Palmisano obtained her law degree from the University of Washington in 2008. Kirstyn has guided hundreds of clients through the court process involving divorce, domestic violence and all custody related matters.

Kirstyn’s interest in family law was confirmed after her time spent working as a Law Clerk and Bailiff to the Honorable Mary E. Roberts. This unique position accelerated Kirstyn’s trial and litigation skills after witnessing hundreds of cases go before the court. Over the course of her  with time with Judge Roberts, she learned the many styles attorneys use in trial to include direct and cross-examinations and how to effectively question an expert witness on the stand. Kirstyn is now known as one of the more distinguished family law trial lawyers in Seattle. Her litigation skills are unmatched and described by her peers as tactful, strategic and convincing.

When it comes to her clients, Kirstyn knows that everyone has different goals. As such, Kirstyn modifies her approach to the specific circumstances of each case. She prides herself on knowing every detail about a case to ensure she is the most prepared in and out of the courtroom. Contact the firm to schedule a consultation.

Awards

Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
2019

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Location

Elliott Palmisano Law Group
3227 Beacon Ave S, Suite D1
Seattle, WA, 98144

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Anson | March 20, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Super Responsive, Great Advocate
Kirstyn and Catherine were great advocates when my Ex was infringing on my parental rights with visitation. So often, and particularly in WA State, fathers are at a disadvantage when trying to enforce parenting plans and court orders. Kirstyn was able to provide balanced advice telling me what is and is not possible based on our prior Court Orders, and we determined that my Ex was in fact in contempt. We then created a case and roadmap setting expectations of possible outcomes, and Catherine represented me in court. Even though the judge was blatently against us in court based on his opinion of our verbal argument (his own bias), the written contempt was ironclad and indisputable and as a result we won, creating better and healthier boundries with my Ex. I was even awarded some of the money from the judge based on the degree of contempt and Catherine's ability to outline the ramifications.
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Posted by Kirsten | March 11, 2024
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Wonderful and Helpful
I hired Kirstyn for a custody case and couldn’t be happier with her and her team. She won my case without me ever even having to step foot in the courtroom. Kirstyn was always responsive to calls and emails with answers to any questions that I had. She is empathetic, fair, and most importantly she is motivated to help.
Posted by Collin | September 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Super Lawyer
To say that I wasn’t in a desperate situation would be a lie. I didn’t know where to turn to, and I felt completely lost. I received Ms. Palmisano’s number for and I promptly gave her a call and she picked up. Right away she went to work and got everything that we needed to start. She is not only extremely knowledgeable, patient and kind, she is a great negotiator and communicator. Her team is stellar and were always there to answer my questions. Thank you to both Catherine and Jennifer for putting in your hard work. I am very grateful to have worked with Ms. Palmisano and her team and I recommend her highly!! P.S Kirstyn I’ll be getting you a monstera soon!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2023
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Simply the best!
I was involved in a divorce that was complicated and had elements of narcissistic abuse and a clever opposition. Kirstyn proved to be cleverer, well prepared, strategic, empathetic, tough and kind. She practically saved me from my old life of trauma, to a new one of bliss! She’s the best advocate you could have in any family law scenario!
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Posted by Matthew | July 9, 2022
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Great Attention and Results
Kirstyn was quick to reply to questions in a way that was reassuring that we had things under control. She welcomed any help and information and was able to put together a strong case. She spoke eloquently and efficiently in front of the judge and stayed to our points despite the opposing counsel's attempts to confuse the facts. Her work and presentation skills provided the best possible outcome and her practical approach is why I would highly recommend her for any case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2022
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Amazing Attorney
I had an extremely challenging ex in my divorce, as well as complex issues of child and financial issues Combined with choosing/starting my case off with the wrong attorney. My case was not going in a good direction I felt. Well everything started changing for the better when I retained Kirstyn. She takes charge as she is extremely experienced, smart and calm. A real advocate for you and she is always mindful of the big picture and the fine details. She also has a great team and resources to pull from as needed for the case. Kirstyn is great at communicating on all levels as well. Kirstyn also tries to keep costs down for her clients when able. You are always treated well. You will always be heard in your case. Simply put, I highly recommend Kirstyn. She got me my life back! Simply one of the best! Thanks Kirstyn!
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Posted by Kellie | April 4, 2022
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Highly recommend Kirstyn
Kirstyn is very professional and knowledgeable about her work. She assisted me through a very difficult separation and divorce. She fought for me and my children with the best possible outcome after a domestic violence situation. She was very attentive and with me every step of the way. Even with the case closed now, I will forever be grateful to her and her team. I would give her ten stars if it would let me! I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Gurleen | August 16, 2021
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Client
Kirstyn helped me in getting justice in my family law case. She is really good in her convictions and conversations. I definitely recommend her.
Posted by Addrianna | July 30, 2021
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Trusted Attorney
Kirstyn helped me navigate a financially difficult and emotionally volatile separation with my unpredictable partner. Her competence and empathy got me across the finish line with my desired outcome. I highly recommend Kirstyn if you are new to working with attorneys, unsure or nervous about your situation, or need an attorney with a high EQ. She is straight-forward, experienced, and caring, you’ll be glad you chose her!
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Posted by Stacey | June 17, 2021
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Hire her!
Kirstyn was an absolute godsend when handling our case. She was stern in getting what we wanted and fighting for us. When she presented our side to the commissioner she stayed laser focused on our goal and did not get distracted by the other sides petty arguments. This skill of hers won my case! During mediation she was a beast and stood up against the mediator and the other side. She ALWAYS got back to us quickly with answers to our questions and addressed all of our concerns. We highly recommend Kirstyn to anyone needing someone who will stand up and fight like hell for them.
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Posted by Marcin | January 29, 2021
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Five Stars
As many of you know, going through any type of court hearing process is extremely difficult and stressful. It is even more stressful to be able to find a great representation. I can go on and on about the great support and help I received from my attorney Kirstyn Palmisano. Without going deeper into my case, I hired Kirstyn to represent me in a child custody, and with all honesty I can tell you, that it was an amazing choice. Her knowledge of law, her professionalism and sincerity, made this process stress free. She made sure to get me the best outcome possible. I appreciate her patience and quick responses. I couldn’t be more grateful. If you are looking for an attorney to support you, protect you, and your rights through this difficult time I strongly believe that Kirstyn is the one.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2020
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Smart, Efficient, Tenacious and Compassionate
Kirstyn's insight into my high-conflict parenting plan modification allowed me to see a path through the conflict and enjoy time with my kids. I sought out Kirsytn's help after my ex-husband withheld my children. Kirstyn laid out a clear plan forward, quickly and efficiently. The depth of Kirstyn's experience in different facets of family law proved valuable in our situation, which is complicated by high-conflict, military and non-traditional work schedules. Talking with Kirstyn is like talking with my best friend. She is empathetic, well thought out, quick-thinking and tenacious if needed. She clearly has the best interest of my family in mind! Call Kirstyn first!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2020
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Smart, Aggressive, and Worth Every Penny
Kirstyn is the toughest lawyer I've seen in the courtroom. I almost feel sorry for anyone who finds themselves on the opposing side of her. I went through several attorneys who were ineffective at getting me positive outcomes in my DV case and then I found Kirstyn...Within days of retaining her services she was making a big difference in my case. She knows the law incredibly well and is very creative with her arguments. She came up with great strategies and learned my case inside and out to help me achieve positive results. Kirstyn and her team are friendly, professional and very responsive. She keeps her clients in the loop but also manages her time responsibly to keep costs to a minimum. Initially, I was hesitant to spend money for another consultation with a lawyer but in hindsight, my only regret is not hiring Kirstyn sooner. If you have any doubts about your current family law attorney, don't wait any longer...schedule a consultation with Kirstyn and see how she can help. It was the best decision I ever made.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2019
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Extremely Effective Attorney
I cannot thank Kirstyn enough for her help navigating through this case. She is prompt, available at any time, reliable and extremely effective. Her and the staff are professional and well worth hiring. My highest regards and thanks again.
Posted by Chelsea | November 13, 2019
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Tenacious!!!
Kirstyn is very knowledgeable, she built a relationship with me from the moment I stepped into her office. She knew the process to what I was going through very well and made sure we always stayed a step ahead! In the end she won me my case, and it wasn’t a case that is typically easily won! Because of Kirstyn my children and I are still able to live under one roof and grow together in our bond as a family! Thank you, Kirstyn!
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Posted by Andrea L. | November 13, 2019
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Efficient and enthusiastic
We found Kirstyn through an emergency attorney search. She was able to meet with us within 12 hours of calling. Within a 3 hour meeting, we had several declarations and two separate motions written, signed and filed. 4 hours from our original meeting, our order was granted. She did phenomenal work, and even gave us a backup, just in case Plan A wasn’t granted. 5 stars.
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Posted by Nick | July 12, 2019
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Communicative, efficient, and effective. Highly recommended!
Kirstyn represented me in a high conflict dissolution matter with children. Nearly everything was contested and prior to hiring Kirstyn, I was stressed out by the endless conflict and feelings of injustice. Kirstyn was efficient, focused, overly communicative, organized and most importantly, made me feel like her top priority. She and her team were absolutely awesome. Kirstyn guided me through each curveball thrown at us by the opposing party. She was exceedingly efficient in handling each situation and gave sound advice with a level head. When I would get caught up on seeking "justice" and "fairness", Kirstyn would gently redirect my attention to our primary goals and remind me of what is realistic in the family courts. Ultimately, she also taught me how I could approach future conflicts and handle them appropriately without getting stressed out. Trust is extremely important when the uncertainty of the courts can change your life and the life of your child(ren). It did not take very long for me to have that "holy sh*t" moment where you realize that you've found the ideal team that can make you feel safe. I highly recommend Kirstyn. Thanks again.
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Posted by Sherri | July 9, 2019
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Excellent Family Law Attorney!
Kirstyn represented me in an action to determine post-secondary support for my daughter. She relentlessly advocated for me and we got a great result! I appreciated Kirstyn's responsiveness throughout the entire process. She is intelligent and relentless in pursuing the best result for her clients. I have referred many friends to Kirstyn and will continue to recommend her to anyone who needs a family law attorney.
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Posted by Denera | January 29, 2019
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She's Amazing!
Kirstyn was my second attorney I had hired for my divorce. After the first one had really let me down and multiple consultations with others I was referred to Kirstyn Palmisano. From our first meeting I knew she was the attorney for me! She completely put me at ease and I trusted her to get the job done in a timely manner. What the previous attorney failed to do in a year and a half Kirstyn got done in 6 months! She was always quick to respond to any and all questions or concerns. I felt like I was her only client. In fact the entire staff that works with her is amazing, I felt like they were all looking out for my best interests at all times. I never felt silly for asking questions, I was always informed on what was happening next and what I needed to do. And if there was something I could get done myself to help save me some money she was happy to let me know. She definitely will not take advantage of you unlike so many other attorney's. She honest and trust worthy. I truly feel that I could not have found a better person to stand by my side and help me navigate through such a difficult time in my life. I will continue to highly recommend her again and again.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2018
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Kept me focused, got the job done with the least pain, what more can you ask from your lawyers?
I had a small but slightly dicey division of property to get through for my divorce, lots of emotional attachments, plenty of perceived mistreatment from my spouse, completely different takes on how to address things by me and my spouse. To me, it felt like there was not much common ground to work with and the outcome could be brutal. Kirstyn listened to my concerns but kept me focused on the realities of divorce law and with gentle assurance (tolerance?) refined it to the essential, effective points and presented it to the amazing mediator they like to use, who then got us to a sign-able agreement in short order. Brilliant! Kudos to her and her team. I felt like I might have blown my life, now I feel like I have a shot again. I guess no one is supposed to be happy after a divorce but I am very, very satisfied.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • V. Freitas Law, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Port Gardner Law Group
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • King County Superior Court, The Honorable Mary Roberts
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Garden City Group
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Contract Attorney
  • Davies Law Group
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Team Child
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Society Of Counsel Representing Accused Persons
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Washington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Akron
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • King County Bar Association, Pro Bono Services Committee
  • Chair of the Volunteer Recognition and Retention Subcommittee
  • 2010 - 2011
  • QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Program Director
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Outlaw
  • Board Member and Activity Director
  • 2005 - 2006
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Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer of the Month
  • King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Kirstyn
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A truly fierce and effective opponent who is as unflappable as they come. Smart, aggressive and on point. Also smart and reasonable. I enthusiastically endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kirstyn is opposing counsel on a very difficult case, yet she has been a pleasure to work with. She is works hard for her client while still being nice outside the courtroom. I could absolutely recommend Kirstyn to friends or family if they were in need of a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kirstyn has a broad range of experience in the legal arena, including working directly for a Superior Court Judge in Seattle for a few years. This gives Kirstyn a unique insight into how Judges think and little things client's can do in Court to make a big difference how they are ultimately perceived by the Court. Kirstyn is well-respected by her peers and the Bench and is a passionate advocate."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I went to law school with Kirstyn and I highly recommend her and her firm for people who need a family law attorney. She is smart, confident, and friendly. She is definitely someone you want on your side."

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Seattle Divorce and separation Lawyer Kirstyn D. Palmisano
Kirstyn D. Palmisano
Divorce and separation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 14 years
Virtual consultation available