Peacemaking is not just about process, it’s about values, personal attributes, goals and behaviors that guide my work. Although I have been providing clients with compassionate legal representation and problem solving for more than 30 years, the most important thing I can tell you is that I know how you feel.
I went through my own very painful divorce, which was high conflict and took me on a journey that changed my life. I truly believe that family law conflicts of all types can be transformative life experiences if they are done correctly. As a lawyer, it is my privilege to walk alongside people as they navigate those life changes. Having been in that flurry of emotion myself, I know that a calm and experienced voice can help bring clarity to what seems like chaos. My children are now successful young adults, and we have “debriefed” the consequences of their parent’s divorce. Through their loving insights, I feel like I have great information about what works in keeping the children as healthy as possible despite the pain of conflict with their parents. I am grateful I can share these “lessons learned” with my clients as they navigate the process with their own children.
I travel all over the country, teaching lawyers how to use mediation, collaborative law and negotiation, and even wrote a book called The Compassionate Lawyer. I am a part-time professor at Drake University Law School, where I was named Alumna of the Year in 2015 in recognition of my contributions to the legal profession.
A fun article about me is available here: The Unsecret Shopper Goes Shopping for Attorneys. I was secretly reviewed by a person posing as a potential divorce client. My favorite part of the article was the secret shopper’s conclusion: “Overall: Kimberly is dynamic, engaging, witty, compassionate and down to earth, someone you’d love to have as your attorney, or your friend.”
Hiring a lawyer is an important decision. I encourage you to learn more about who I am as a person and a lawyer. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. You may also bump into me at a yoga class around town. I have practiced yoga since 1976 and find it is a wonderful way to destress and stay fit.
I’d love to give you a safe and confidential place to tell me your story. Please make an appointment with me by emailing Kim@TheCompassionateAlliance.com or calling 515-223-1631.