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Kimberly L April

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
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About Kimberly

Learn Kimberly’s areas of practice.

With most clients complaining about lawyers’ failure to listen before providing legal assistance, Kim is known for her excellent listening skills and a compassionate approach to client issues.

Besides her excellent communication skills and compassionate personality, she is reputed for her intelligent and persistent legal representation. With her detail-oriented approach and "always one to follow through" nature, she is always ready for emergencies and keeps her clients informed throughout the case.

In her 20+ years as a family lawyer, Kim has handled different types of family law cases ranging from divorce cases to child custody and visitation cases. Her creativity and flexibility as a lawyer, even when dealing with challenging issues, are central to her immense courtroom success.

Kimberly April always endeavors to maintain an effective, quality relationship with her clients. Considering each client and their case as unique, Kim handles each client distinctively while respecting their individual needs and objectives.

Kim's family law career began as Judge Diana Lynn Kiesel’s protégé, with whom she worked for over a decade. She worked under the renowned Pierce County family law attorney until Judge Kiesel's appointment to the Pierce County Superior Court Bench as a Court Commissioner. Kim was a successful solo practitioner before joining Envision Family Law Group.

In the courtroom, Kim’s clients, colleagues, and the Pierce County Judges and Commissioners greatly respect her for her distinctly intelligent and persuasive legal arguments. Her hard-earned reputation, coupled with her experience, makes her a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. Accordingly, she was selected to SuperLawyers 2020.

Kim graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 1999 and is a licensed practitioner in the State of Washington and the United States District Court. She is a member of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, TPCBA Family Law Section.

Kim enjoys spending time with her family. Generally, if she is away from the office, you will find her planning excursions with her son and traveling the United States.

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Location

Law Office of Sophia M Palmer
615 Commerce St
Suite 101
Tacoma, WA, 98402

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Posted by Anders | November 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Good attorney
Thorough, communicative, and professional. Helped me through a divorce process involving complex assets and a parenting plan, resulting in an equitable and amicable outcome. Would recommend.
Posted by Rachel | September 16, 2022
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I wish I could give Kim more than just 5 stars
Kim Aril helped me through the most difficult period in my life- divorce and child custody. I believe my case is considered to be high conflict, as I was the victim of domestic violence from someone with a military background and who had just been hired as a police officer with a local department , and our child was only 7 weeks old when I began the divorce process. After several consultations with different attorneys I knew Kim was who i needed in my corner. She is incredibly intelligent, ethical, fierce, honest and knows the law well. I’ve retained Kim twice and both times the outcome was in our favor. I hope that I do not find myself in a situation again where I need to hire an attorney , but if I do I will always hire Kim. She is as honest, realistic and she never made me any promises which I respect. I was no walk in the park either, I was very emotional throughout the process but Kim handled things well and professionally. Kim has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2021
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Outstanding
I interviewed a dozen lawyers before selecting Kim April. It was a pleasure to work with Kim. I would highly recommend due to her professionalism and experience. Kim kept the train on the tracks and minimized costs. Her advice and representation were critical to a successful outcome for my family. Hiring Kim was the key to resolving what could have easily been a horrible ordeal. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2021
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Outstanding Service!
Kimberly made it really easy for me to finish my divorce process and in less than 2 weeks, everything was settled and finalize. Can't thank her enough!
Response from Kimberly April March 19, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words! A great client experience and outcome is always our goal!
Posted by Corina | January 5, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
I hired Ms. April back in 2016 to help me with my divorce. She handled everything professionally, with promptness, and patiently answered all my questions. Because I had such a great experience I decided to seek her help again when it was time to file for a child support modification. Just like the last time, she made everything go smoothly. I would definitely recommend Ms. April.
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Posted by rich | July 6, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer, Strongly Recommended!
I've never been a fan of lawyers. In fact, I've tried to avoid using a lawyer since my divorce in 2016. When I did hire one in the past, it was a horrible experience. In the past couple years my ex had filed multiple petitions, one of which was to change the parenting plan that we've had for years, and take my kids from me. At this point I knew I needed to hire a lawyer again, but based on my previous poor experience I made sure to pay more attention to how the lawyer operates. My experience with Ms. April was great since my consultation. I appreciate how straight forward and "matter of fact" she is. She is highly knowledgeable of the law and straight to the point. She listened to my concerns and represented those concerns well. Ms. April excels in the courtroom as well. She clearly states facts and evidence without the "fluff" and is very well spoken. I was very impressed. After working with her, I know why she is respected among many in the community. I wouldn't hesitate at all to use her again in the future. I strongly recommend her. Thanks for your help Ms. April, I appreciate everything!
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Posted by Andrea | March 5, 2020
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Excellent!
She helped me with my custody case, and was excellent. Gave me all the information I needed to make sure I knew my rights, and answered every question I had, no matter how silly it might have been. I definitely recommend her!!!
Posted by Jason | July 10, 2019
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Great person to work with
Kimberly handled my legal separation and when the time came, my final decree of divorce. She was always prompt, compassionate, and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Amber | May 31, 2019
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Former client
I highly recommend Ms. April and her paralegal Ms. Olenick. Both of them were always on top of their game and kept me updated on court proceedings. Ms. April did an excellent job understanding my concerns and addressing them appropriately during my divorce and custody hearings. I always felt prepared and confident with Ms. April as my representation. She went above and beyond my expectations. I will always recommend her to anyone needing a divorce/custody lawyer in the Tacoma area. Thank you!
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Posted by Susan | May 30, 2019
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A truly amazing attorney
Kimberly April is a fantastic attorney who worked extremely hard on my case from beginning to end. She was extremely attentive and answered all of my questions. I would highly recommend Kimberly if you need an amazing attorney who will work hard to get you what you deserve.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2019
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Integrity, Compassionate, Knowledgeable and Fair
Lost & completely devastated. That is exactly how I felt when I decided to file for a divorce in 2009. There are so many horror stories concerning divorce cases and unfortunately mine was no exception. My ex-husband made the process unnecessarily complicated and emotionally exhausting. I was extremely lucky to have had Kimberly April as my attorney. She has extensive legal knowledge of family law matters and has the ability to represent you in a manner that is clear and precise. Additionally, she comforted me through all my tears, listened to all of my concerns and never made me feel as though I was a burden or taking up too much of her time. In my opinion, when you lose someone that you were supposed to be with for the rest of your life, it can feel like you lost part of your soul. The hideous acts of betrayal and using our children as pawns almost destroyed me emotionally. I could not believe the devious stunts my ex-husband presented in our case. It was difficult at the time, but I sincerely appreciated Kimberly’s constant integrity and refusal to stoop to his level. She always reminded me that I should keep my children’s best interest in mind, not to retaliate out of spite and to remain the adult in the situation. Ten years later, my children are happy and have a healthy relationship with BOTH their parents. We have 50/50 custody and continue to put our children’s needs first (despite our differences). I would highly recommend Kimberly April to represent you no matter your gender. She is more than just an attorney, she is a kind and compassionate person who truly cares for her clients and their families.
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Posted by Kristy | February 4, 2019
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Former Client
When I needed a divorce attorney I really didn't know where to begin. I was in an emotionally abusive marriage with a highly toxic individual whom I was absolutely afraid of. I was scared and anxious of asking for anything through the court system regardless if I knew deep down that I deserved fairness. I consulted with my family attorney, who turned out to be quite judgmental, in my hometown who cemented the fact that even if I was deserved fairness, I likely wouldn't get it. Kimberly was such a warm welcome to my life at the right time. It may seem small but divorcing a woman just after the law passed of same-sex marriages brought me a great deal of anxiety that Kimberly, with her lack of discrimination and open mindedness calmed immediately upon meeting her. She listened to my story and when I defaulted into my groomed behavior of lacking assertiveness, apologizing frequently and putting my abuser's needs ahead of my own she calmly reminded me that while the courts are not perfect, they have the boundaries that I needed. She was knowledgeable about the type of personality I was dealing with and this was one of the greatest reliefs. I never felt like I had to defend myself or share excessively of my suffering to feel heard and understood. I never felt that I had to explain the emotional violence, manipulation and toll that my relationship caused. Kimberly helped me understand what legally appropriate boundaries to have with my abuser as I didn’t know if I should talk to her or not. She helped me not only with the legal-ease and paperwork, but also, in the end, separating my self-worth from the story that I had been told about myself for so long. Even though I knew that each correspondence with her would be itemized; her guidance, gentle affirmations, legal-ease explanations and detailed responses were priceless. She helped me make my own decisions on what I truly wanted that several years later, I have absolutely no regrets about. To this day, I still can't thank Kimberly enough for all that she did for me. While I am sure that my case was just another day in the life for her, she created an environment that anything but that for me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2018
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Exceptional legal expertise and courtroom strategy!
I was a client in a unique child support case with original settlement terms developed out-of-state. Kimberly demonstrated genuine concern for me as a person and the well-being of my child. She quickly reviewed a voluminous amount of documentation and assembled arguments to represent me. She displayed extraordinary legal scholarship in dealing with the principles involved in the out-of-state settlement. Most importantly, Kimberly leveraged impressive talent and incisiveness for the judge's interpretation of the law to adapt her arguments in court. She was well-prepared and incredibly agile during court proceedings, leading to a dismissal of the motion to modify the original agreement. In dealing with four different attorneys throughout the defense and management of custody and child support agreements, Kimberly has far and away been the most successful attorney I've worked with. I would absolutely retain her services again and would urge anyone else in a family-related case to do the same.
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Posted by Lyn | March 9, 2018
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Former client
Kim cares and listens. I have no doubt that she would go above and beyond to represent my best interest whenever I seek legal help. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to child custody/ parenting plan/ child support/ family law. Her legal advice are invaluable, straight to the point and result-oriented. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone who is seeking effective legal representation!
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Posted by Heather | February 25, 2016
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Hardworking, prompt, straightforward, and kind
Kim handled my divorce and she was great. She always gave it to me straight when there was news, gave me info on my options, then allowed me to decide how to proceed and I never felt judged either way I chose. She was very personable and kind. We had a few "emergency" moments where things were surprising and rushed, and she was always on the ball, responding promptly, and responding well with compassion but direct and informative. She even went above and beyond by being proactive. When she hadn't heard from the other lawer, she checked the online records and found that papers had been filed and I had been divorced for a week or so. We were not informed by opposing counsel. All in all, getting divorced sucks, but I got to meet a lawyer like Kim and for that I'm grateful.
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Posted by Kim | April 30, 2015
Personal Touch
Kimberly is very knowledgeable and thorough. She guided me through a extremely difficult phase of my life, and helped me reach a satisfactory result in a divorce proceeding that was much more difficult than it ever needed to be due to unnecessary actions of my ex and counsel. Kimberly was always the one to follow through on required deadlines and legal filings. She was also always available to listen and talk me through my concerns during a very emotional time. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who appreciates feeling like your case is just as important to her.
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Posted by Roxann | December 31, 2014
totally the best lawyer in town!!!
Kimberly was truly awesome in my whole custody Case. She was truly out for the best interest of the child and then for me.... I will always recommend Kimberly to anyone who needs a lawyer!
Posted by Chad | January 24, 2014
Honest, ethical and hardworking!
I have been working with Kimberly since 2009, she has always gone above and beyond to ensure i was taken care of and i was happy with the outcome. lets be honest: When you are a divorced Father with children in the prejudice state of Washington and residing in the corrupt family court system of Pierce county, you will always have an uphill battle just for being a man. Kimberly helped me win a parenting plan that allowed me to see my son to my satisfaction and provided me the ability to get the heck out of WA. Since i am out of state, Kimberly successfully handles ongoing issues regarded my x-wife's ongoing breach of the parenting plan. Kimberly recently resolved a malicious attack / so called "mistake" by my x-wife's attorney, saving me thousands of dollars in a so called "miscalculated" judgment in child support that was already paid. Kimberly will not allow her clients to be taken advantage of, she will ensure your success on this life long road. Kimberly is the attorney that you wish you had if you chose some one else!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Envision Family Law
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Lawyer
  • Law Office of Kimberly L. April, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Diana Lynn Kiesel, Inc P.S.
  • 1998 - 2009

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Trustee
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Secretary
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Trustee
  • 2001 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100
  • American Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is very smart and very practical. I don't hesitate to refer others to her."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Other
"A very knowledge and competent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was introduced to Ms. April in 2001 and have had the pleasure of working with her on multiple occasions over the years. Ms. April is practical minded, empathetic to the needs of parties and/or their children, and a consumate professional. I endorse Ms. April without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Kim for many years and regularly refer family law matters to her. She is very diligent, knowledgeable and experienced. I'm always confident that when I refer someone to her they will get outstanding legal counsel, great service and compassionate understanding of their individual situation and concerns."
Family Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As I practice in Thurston County, I refer all of my Pierce County family law clients to Kim without reservation. I had the privilege of working with Kim when she was a new lawyer and I was a law school intern, and I was very impressed with her legal knowledge, client compassion, and her ability to get good results."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I send cases to Kim with confidence."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer Kimberly L April
Kimberly L April
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 24 years

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