J.D. Mediator and Collaborative Attorney
Kim's experience includes 18 years as a traditional divorce lawyer, 15 years as a collaborative practitioner and over 20 years as a mediator. Kim brought Collaborative Law to Portland, and served as the president of Oregon's first Collaborative Law Association. Most notably, Kim is credited with opening the first multi-disciplinary collaborative law firm in the country. She is an international collaborative law and conflict resolution speaker and educator, and is one of only two lawyers in the United States who train for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Kim works exclusively in Collaborative Mediation and Law.
While professional training and expertise are important, Kim also brings to her work the ability to listen, empathize, and help clients focus on what is important. Divorce is not only a legal and financial process, it is an emotional time. As a collaborative professional, Kim is committed to creating a comfortable environment for navigating the complexities of divorce and transitioning into new lives.
Kim's practice is unique. Kim works with a team of collaborative professionals who bring a tailored expertise to the emotional, financial and child related needs of the family, as needed. Kim’s role on the collaborative team is either as a mediator or as an attorney. As a collaborative mediator, both spouses work primarily with Kim in the role of collaborative facilitator and legal educator. As a collaborative attorney, she provides individual client representation while working with the other collaborative attorney to reach agreement based on what’s important to both spouses and the family as a whole.
Either Collaborative Mediation or Collaborative Law can be a great choice for spouses who are working amicably together, but need assistance getting through the legal process and being educated about decisions they need to make. Kim and her team help facilitate difficult conversations, and help you bring your voice to the negotiation table.