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Katherine Sierra-Kelly

Family Attorney at Richland, WA

4.4   19 reviews

also known as Kathy Sierra-Kelly

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Katherine

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Katherine Sierra-Kelly has represented clients with issues surrounding family law.  She has also worked extensively as a Guardian Ad Litem representing the interests of children in dissolution matters as well as adults who may be incapacitated. Her goal is to work closely with her clients and help them through this difficult time because she understands what it’s like to be lost in a process you know nothing about and have to rely on someone else for guidance.  She understands that these types of proceedings are often emotionally charged and deal with some of the most precious things anyone can focus on, one’s children.  She focuses on each individual’s unique needs and recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” approach.  Katherine seeks to find amicable resolutions for her clients whenever possible and attempts to minimize conflict and reduce costs for her clients while obtaining the best possible outcome.  However, she also believes in holding those accountable when they are dishonest or seek to take advantage of her clients. 

 

Katherine Sierra-Kelly was born into a military family and settled in the Tri-City area in 1994. She is a graduate of Upper Columbia Academy, and Walla Walla University where she graduated cum laude in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She spent a year with Americorp where she helped needy families in Seattle before attending  Seattle University’s School of Law where she graduated in 2007 with her Juris Doctorate.

 

Katherine returned home to the Tri-City area after being admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2007 and began working at Chvatal Law Office with her focus being on family law.  She moved to Gravis Law, PLLC in 2017 and her practice continues to focus on family law and mediation.  She is currently living in Richland with her husband and three boys.  Katherine is an avid Seattle Seahawks Season Ticket Holder and enjoys spending time working out in the gym to keep up with her three boys.

Katherine is also a registered Title 11 and Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem in Benton and Franklin counties.  Katherine is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section; American Bar Association, Family Law Section and; Benton Franklin Bar Association; Benton Franklin County Bar Trustee (2013-2015 & 2019- current), a member of the Benton Franklin Legal Aid Board, Domestic Violcence Services of Benton and Franklin County Board Member, Collaborative Professionals of Washigton Board Member, and a member of the Guardian Ad Litem selection committee for Benton and Franklin Counties   

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Location

Gravis Law, PLLC
503 Knight St
Suite A
Richland, WA, 99352-3434

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Michelle | August 27, 2021
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The best
Katherine is amazing! Knowledgeable, attentive, doesn't forget anything important and most of all just a great person! She represented me on a very high conflict divorce, and despite it being expensive, it was not because of frivolous charges or her trying to over charge me. I highly recommend her for any legal needs!!!
Posted by Mark | November 19, 2020
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Amazing
I hired Katherine a few months back to represent me for my daughter in family court. In the short teleconference we had (about a half hour) prior to me hiring her, she had a game plan mapped out, what her planned outcome was, what the outcome may be at worst case scenario, and then what her fees were. She delivered over and over again. Her knowledge of family law helped me out immensely over these past few months and was able to give me not only peace of mind, but also that needed humor that doesn’t often come about in family court. 10/10, would hire again.
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Response from Katherine Sierra-Kelly November 20, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words, Mark. I really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience.
Posted by Kasey | March 30, 2020
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Honest and real
We hired Katherine to help is with a third party custody case. I wouldn't have anyone else represent us if I ever had to do this again. She listens to our concerns and applies them to come up with a way to voice them to the courts in a professional yet profound manner. She's honest from the get go in telling us what to expect. Having Katherine in our corner has been a Godsend. She's extremely knowledgable and digs deeper if something is unclear. She's patient and empathetic yet assertive and confident. What makes Katherine so amazing and important to us is the fact that she's so down to earth. She's personable. She has a family and children too and understands how life can happen and the feelings and emotions that go right along with that. She's not just a "robot attorney", she's human and understands feelings but doesn't let it get in the way of her ability to fight the good fight in court on our behalf but more importantly for what's best for the children involved. Her heart is for the children and she never hesitates to prove that. Katherine will be our attorney for anything that comes our way in the future.
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Posted by Emily | May 27, 2019
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Wonderful
I am so great full for Katherine she is an excellent attorney and was great at showing me when I was being bulldozed and not to let that happen. I highly recommend her and her team for any of your needed law cases. Thanks to her I had a fair divorce :)
Posted by Ken | May 30, 2018
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Excellent!
I've hired well over dozen attorneys in various stages of my life and never before have I felt that I hired the "right one". Katherine changed all of that for me. Katherine's level of commitment, concern and caring were above what I've seen in anyone else. She's an excellent listener, her attention to detail is unparalleled and she's tenacious in the courtroom. Not only did we get our desired outcome, we did it with grace. Thank you Katherine!
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Posted by Hannah | May 10, 2018
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Highly Recommend!
Katherine Sierra-Kelly and team knew what they were doing and stayed on top of my case. I really have zero complaints. She was there to really fight for me and not let me give in to my ex's outlandish requests. She was also a really good person with morals and standards, I not only appreciate her but respect her very much. If I ever need a lawyer again, I will not hesitate to work with her!
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Posted by Avi | February 28, 2018
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Katherine Sierra-kelly
We hired Katherine for our case in january 2018 .she is very knowledgeable and sharp attorney we got our 2 complicated cases in our favor all thanks to her .Highly Highly recommend Katherine Sierra -kelly.
Posted by Dawn | February 19, 2018
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CSR
Katherine walked into my case after my previous lawyer had made a huge mess of it. I had filed here and my soon to be ex had filed in southern ID. I had been granted some temp spousal support and we were fighting jurisdiction when my previous lawyer then stayed my case here, stating jurisdiction issues. Which was not true because I had received the spousal support. This made it possible for me to possibly lose jurisdictions. I could not have gotten divorce in Southern ID without it affecting my job. Where we use to live is over 6 hours away when the roads are clear. I walked into Katherine's office unsure if I would get any help at all. Katherine was surprised at the mess my case was in and was very concerned if she could even do anything. I got everything together to prove I had no prior knowledge about my case being stayed and everything else she needed. Katherine worked very diligently to do whatever she could to help me. She had to work extra hard because of the prior mess. Not only did she try, but she succeeded in getting the stay reversed and she also won jurisdiction for us here in WA! She has worked very hard and been very supportive through all of this. I have been trying to get divorced for over 2 years and I finally feel like it will happen! She is not afraid to jump in and take on a difficult case like mine and give it 110%! She works very hard and does an amazing job! I can not say enough great things about her! She has completely restored my faith and I would recommend her to anyone! If you are looking for an honest, dedicated lawyer who cares about you as a person and will fight for you Katherine is this person! She will give you the dedication everyone deserves.
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Posted by Drew | February 16, 2018
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Father with custody in a mother state!!
The title says it all she's good at what she does. If your in need of an "A" game lawyer then you should consider Kathreine Sierra-Kelly. I've been working with her on and off for over 3 years and have had a fantastic outcome to a terrible situation. Not only did she represent me in court she also did it without me being there everytime. Which was really nice because it's a 160 miles round trip to the court room, each time the judge would give the other side more time to try and come up with something that would stick. If your going to spend a small fortune then you better hire someone who's going to get you the outcome your looking for. Katherine is my attorney until my daughter turns 18 hands down. Just because the parenting plan is set doesn't mean your never going back to the court room. Trust me I've already been back and Katherine was right by my side to win again. Everyone loves winning expecially if your the underdog. Dad's can win and do with the right help by your side.
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Posted by Yolanda Mata | February 12, 2018
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The absolute best lawyer
This lawyer right here is the absolute best lawyer I have ever met! Katherine along with her assistant Haylie’s help, defended my long and difficult case from start to finish. Katherine makes sure that you do not get screwed over by your opposing party. She studies your case in complete depth to provide you with the absolute best defense. I have a very busy school and work schedule but Katherine was always available for me no matter what time if the day or evening it was. I went through a few lawyers before I hired her and nobody ever came close to representing and defending me like she did. She is very sweet and easy to work with. I trust Katherine to the fullest. She will be the only lawyer I will ever recommend!
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Posted by Brandon | April 14, 2017
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Custody suit
Katherine Sierra-Kelly did an amazing job representing me during a very difficult custody battle. She was attentive to my needs and helped answer questions that I wouldn't otherwise have understood. She was very professional, courtesy and went above & beyond to make sure I was ok. She seemed to genuinely care about my case and never made me feel like I was just a dollar sign. I would highly recommend Katherine Sierra-Kelly to anyone looking for representation for a child custody battle.
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Posted by Jerry | October 31, 2015
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AWESOME WOMAN!!!!!
Katherine Sierra Kellys resolved a case perfectly for me, I would trust her with ANYTHING,always had my best interest in her heart, completely willing to stand and fight for what's right, completely professional and down to earth.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Highly recommended
Kathrine has been very supportive and helpful. She talks to you like a normal person and in was that are easily understood! She gets back to u very fast her self not by an assistant! She is always out for your best interest and gets things done in a timely manner! She very much looks into things and is very knowledgeable on your case rather than just looking over things five minutes before you go infront of the judge! Highly recommend her!
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Posted by Isela | March 3, 2015
Katherine Sierra-Kelly
Extremely competent and knowledgeable, as well as kind and professional. Divorce is never an easy process, it is difficult, not just emotionally, but logistically as well. She is an expert in her field and that was evident in the exceptional service that I received from her.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Excellent service
My previous attorney was very difficult to reach. I was lucky if my phone calls were returned within the week and when they were I was called by either a different attorney or a legal assistant. Switching to Ms. Sierra-Kelly was the best decision that I made. She is always quick to personally return my phone call or email and promptly updates me on my case. Going through parenting plan troubles is stressful but at least I don't feel like I'm on my own as I did with my previous attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2015
Helped in a rough time
Mrs. Sierra-kelly helped me through a rough time in my divorce. She was helpful, informative and I felt she always had my best interest in mind. I felt I got what I was seeking when I started this difficult process.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2019
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Poor Presenter
She was knowledgeable on subject matter and spoke well in her office. However when we got to court she fumbled with words and poorly presented my case. I know someone who represented themselves in a case against her and they won. She’s knowledgeable but didn’t handle the court room part well. In fact it was just plain bad.
Response from Katherine Sierra-Kelly May 10, 2019
I am so sorry to hear this person felt this way about my representation. . I pride myself on working closely with my clients and arguing on matters both ethically and efficiently in the courtroom. Because this review is anonymous, however, I cannot confirm nor deny that this person is actually a client of Gravis Law or my own. If this individual wishes to reach out to me directly to discuss this matter further, they may do so at (509) 380-9102. I am always more than happy to discuss any issues or concerns with clients, as we take all feedback very seriously at Gravis.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2018
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Custody Battle
Katherine did an amazing job of navigating through our complex custody battle. She was very therough and answered all of our emails in a very timely manner. When I dealt with Hailey she always stated she didn’t know how she could help me and directed me to Katherine- which was extremtly frustrating. There was one particular situation that leads me to giving her a 1 star. In our parenting plan it specifically stated that my step son was not to be around a specific person- court ordered in two different documents due to violence and drug abuse. When that was violated, I contacted Katherine to inform her of the situation and she was more concerned about our balance then the safety and well being of my step child. We explained on numerous occations that when the child support stopped coming out of the paychecks she would receive monthly payments from us (this process took about a month). This took about 6 emails for her to fully comprehend. Additionally, we received an email regarding our balance from a paralegal whom we never once spoke with during our 5 month journey. We chose her to represent us because she is a mother, I was hoping she would have compassion which she did not show at that time.
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Response from Katherine Sierra-Kelly February 22, 2018
I am very sorry you had felt you a bad experience with our firm. I strive for the highest client satisfaction in every case and encourage you to contact me directly to discuss your concerns. I am always open to discussing any issues or concerns with all my clients and would encourage you to reach out to the firm to see what we can do. With that being said, I do believe it is important to note that this individual felt I did “an amazing job” of navigating through this complex custody battle but, again, I am very disappointed and sorry that this individual felt that they were unhappy with their overall experience due to financial issues. I should note that the individual posting this review was not in fact my client, but rather my client’s partner. Regardless, I understand that child custody cases can be very emotionally driven and, as this individual mentioned, I was very quick to follow up in a timely manner and worked thoroughly on the case. I do know this particular case and did reach out several times to my client who simply did not respond. Lack of communication can be frustrating not only for myself, as I can do nothing to help a client who will not participate in his/her case, but also frustrating for the client, who will receive several follow up emails from me in an effort to make sure there are no miscommunications. I also offered to help this particular client’s minor child and did not receive direction on how he/she wanted to proceed. I always stress the importance of communication and follow-through with my clients and if this does not occur very often there are misunderstandings such as this one. I wish this individual and family the best in the future and hope they were able to resolve all issues regarding the minor child. I always strive to represent my clients to the best of my ability and again would be more than happy to talk with this client and address any comments so that we can collectively figure out a solution.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2016
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Money Down the Drain
I felt more like an ATM machine to Katherine than a client. I was given incorrect information from Katherine that ended up counting against me in court. Katherine would leave questions I had unanswered. It didn't seam like Katherine was on my side the whole time I was her client.
Response from Katherine Sierra-Kelly August 3, 2017
I am very sorry this person felt this way. However, without a name or any other identifying information, and having never received this complaint directly to my office, I am unable to confirm whether or not this individual was actually a former client of mine. I pride myself on working closely with my clients and making sure that their needs are not only understood but addressed as effectively as possible while working towards a resolution during this difficult time.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gravis Law, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Chvatal Law
  • 2008 - 2017

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Walla Walla College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Custody
  • Mother was awarded full custody of the minor child. Father had to undergo an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and follow all recommendations
  • Divorce
  • Favorable.
  • child Custody
  • Father was awarded custody of his daughter. Mother received limited visitation and was required to show verification of a suitable living arrangement prior to additional time with the child

Associations

  • Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Benton Franklin Collaborative Family Law Group
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem selection committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Benton/Franklin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Benton-Franklin Counties Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2021 - 2023
  • Benton Franklin Legal Aid
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2023
  • • Benton Franklin Counties Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Trustee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Best of the Best Attorney
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 In the State of Washington
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • 10 best 2018 Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Gene Schuster Award for Outstanding Service
  • Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Society
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Guardian ad Litem Certification Training
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • 2017
  • Guardian ad Litem Certification Training
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (10)
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Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Katherine is well-respected by her peers and a zealous advocate for her clients. She is knowledgeable and dedicated to finding the best solutions for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Very knowledgeable throughout all stages of family law matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Katherine is always prepared and works and fights hard for her clients. I know I am going up against someone well prepared when I see her on the other side of a matter."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Katherine is a skilled advocate for her clients and is easy to work with when she's on the other side. Katherine works hard to come to amicable solutions when possible and fights hard when it's not possible. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Katherine is very well prepared in court and provides her clients exceptional representation. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Katherine is knowledgeable on all legal aspects impacting family law. She has a passion for our community and works tirelessly for her clients. I have work together with Katherine on matters. She is a trustworthy attorney and I can confidently refer clients to her. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katherine is passionate about helping her clients and exploring all solutions possible in an effort to achieve the best outcome. I wholeheartedly endorse Katherine."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katherine is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is an exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Katherine is a staunch advocate for her clients and does a great job with her Guardian Ad Litem work. She is very reasonable to work with on cases and does a good job finding creative solutions to what are emotionally complex problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine is a knowledgeable and personable attorney. She is a very talented, hardworking and competent advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katherine is an outstanding advocate. She provides her years of family law experience, integrity, and zealous advocacy to each of her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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