Krista Stipe

Top rated family law attorney in Seattle, Washington

Meridian Family Law
Krista Stipe
Meridian Family Law

Practice Areas: Family law, Estate planning & probate; view more

Licensed in Washington since: 2006

Education: Seattle University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022

Meridian Family Law

901 5th Avenue
Suite 2800
Seattle, WA 98164 Visit website

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As a senior partner at Integrative Family Law, Krista Stipe has dedicated her career to helping families overcome complex situations in Washington. As a child of divorce, she has seen firsthand how it can affect young people and helps guardians prioritize the children involved. Some additional types of family law cases she takes on in Seattle include mediation, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, modifications, same-sex marriage, and child support.

Ms. Stipe's interest in the legal system began during her experience in jury duty. Prior to this, she earned her undergraduate degree in English at Montana State University. She graduated with honors and taught high school English for several years. After the legal system piqued her interest, she went back to school to earn her J.D. at the Seattle University School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude and was in the top 5% of her class. 

In 2006, Ms. Stipe became licensed to practice in Washington. Ten years later, she also became licensed to practice in Montana. Since answering her calling, she has racked up an impressive list of awards and recognitions. She has appeared as a speaker or presenter on the Family Law Practice Guide: Running Lean Without Cutting Corner webcast by NBI. She was selected to Super Lawyers in 2022. She also maintains a “Superb” rating on Avvo.

Despite her career change, Ms. Stipe has not lost her love for working with and assisting at-risk youth. She volunteers in her community. She also helps low-income families resolve family law matters without litigation by volunteering through the King County Family Law Settlement Conference Program. She has served as a volunteer judge on mock trial competitions for undergraduate students.

Practice areas

Family law, Estate planning & probate

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Name change, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Estate planning, Power of attorney, Wills

  • 90% Family law
  • 10% Estate planning & probate

First Admitted: 2006, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.integrativefamilylaw.com/our-firm/meet-our-attor...

Educational Background:
  • Bachelor's Degree from Montana State University in English. I received the recognition of graduating With Honors. , 1998
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • In 2018, I was named a senior partner in my law firm. I have served in the particular role of Marketing Partner commencing in 2020, assisting my firm with developing marketing. I have worked at my firm since February 2013. , 2018
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Presenter and Co-Author of a segment of the Continuing Legal Education Course: Family Law Practice Guide: Running Lean Without Cutting Corners. Our focused segment was on Legal Ethics in Family Law Practice. I co-drafted an outline of CLE materials and a power point presentation providing information and analysis of some of the Rules of Professional Conduct and other ethical issues regarding conflicts of interest, limited representation arrangements, working with unrepresented opposing parties, and working remotely., CLE instructor/faculty, Family Law Practice Guide: Running Lean Without Cutting Corners, NBI, Inc., 2022
  • I am co-author of the Washington Family Law Deskbook - Chapter 20 -- Use of Professionals in Family Law Litigation, 3rd Edition. This Deskbook has an anticipated release in early 2022., Co-author, Chapter 20 - Use of Professionals in Family Law Litigation, Washington State Family Law Deskbook, Legal, Financial, 2021
  • This article addresses how parents can effectively manage parenting in the midst of a divorce case, as well as providing practical suggestions on how to do so., Author, Self-Care - How to Help Your Kids By Helping Yourself, www.integrativefamilylaw.com, Parents, Families, Divorce Litigants, 2021
  • I co-authored article on Parenting Plans and issues related to the holiday schedule. The goal of the article is to minimize conflict and assist parties with practical solutions., Co-author, Holiday Schedules—How to Avoid a Legal Nightmare Before the Holidays, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, Legal, Parents, 2020
  • I co-authored article on preparing for and maximizing success at mediations. , Co-author, Tips for Successful Mediations, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, 2019
  • Co-Presenter and Co-Author of a segment of the Continuing Legal Education Course: Family Law from Start to Finish. Our sessions focused on dissolution matters, including beginning a case with a new client and Pre/Post-nuptial Agreements. I co-drafted an outline and power point presentation explaining concepts, providing sample materials, and offering practice tips/suggestions as CLE materials. , CLE instructor/faculty, Family Law From Start to Finish, NBI, Inc., 2017
  • Co-Presenter and Co-Author, What to Do if your Client’s Spouse Works on a Separate Property Business: Some Ideas for the Continuing Legal Education Course — Community Property Law in Washington: Current Issues for Experienced Practitioners. I drafted extensive CLE materials/outline that served as instructional materials for participants., CLE instructor/faculty, Community Property Law in Washington: Current Issues for Experienced Practitioners, Washington State Bar Association, 2013
  • Seattle Journal for Social Justice – Article Editor (2005-2006)
  • Seattle Journal for Social Justice – Staff Member (2004-2005)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • I am a volunteer for the King County Family Law Settlement Conference Program, which assists low and low-moderate income families in resolving their cases without the financial expense and emotional toll of trial. In 2022, I mediated 3-4 cases as a volunteer. , 2022
  • I have been selected as a board member for King County Washington Women's Lawyers for the 2023 year. I will be serving as Co-Chair of the Judicial Appreciation Luncheon., 2022
  • This year, I became a volunteer for Hopelink, which provides services to assist people locally in freeing themselves from poverty., 2022
  • I have provided pro bono services in one matter in Snohomish County this year., 2022
  • I have served as a volunteer judge for both the 2019 and 2020 Emerald City Open (ECO) mock trial competitions for undergraduate competitors, which is a national competition held at the University of Washington. I will be volunteering for the November 2021 competition as well. My involvement has been to serve on a panel of judges and provide competitors feedback and scoring as to advocacy skills, public speaking, evidentiary rules, etc., 2021
  • My firm has served as sponsor for the QLaw Foundation and Family Law CASA Breakfast events, 2020
  • While in law school, I was selected to served on the Seattle Journal for Social Justice as a member and later an Article Editor. As Article Editor, I managed the editing of multiple articles on issues of social justice including complexities related to poverty, discrimination, racism, and legal access, 2006
Honors/Awards:
  • I was selected to Super Lawyers for 2022., Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • I have been selected to serve on the board of King County Washington Women Lawyers for the upcoming year (2023). I am serving as Co-Chair of the Judicial Appreciation Luncheon., Co-Chair/Board Member, King County Washington Women Lawyers, 2022
  • I was recognized with an Avvo Rating -- Superb (2021-2022), Avvo Rated Superb, Avvo, 2022
  • I was requested to be a speaker/presenter at a national NBI video webcast event titled Family Law Practice Guide: Running Lean Without Cutting Corner. This CLE will be broadcast in 2022. My segment of the program will be focused on Ethics in Family Law Practice, Requested speaker/presenter, NBI, Inc., 2021
  • In 2006, I was granted the honor of graduating from law school Summa Cum Laude - in the top 5% of my class, Graduated with highest honors - Summa Cum Laude, Seattle University, 2006
  • I earned the Cali Award, which was for the top performance in the Business Entities course. This was out of at least 100+ students, Cali Award Recipient – Business Entities (Fall 2005) , Seattle University, 2005
  • I received this academic achievement scholarship in law school for excellent academic performance and class rank, Year End Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipient 2005, Seattle University, 2005
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • I hold a Washington State Bar license to practice law. Since being admitted to the Washington bar in 2006, I have been in good standing, 2022
  • I have been licensed to practice law in the State of Montana since 2016. Since being admitted to the Montana bar, I have been in good standing. My license was active initially (2016-2019) and is currently inactive (2019-2022), 2022
  • I am a certified mediator having successfully completed the required 40 hour training for Washington State in 2014. , 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Washington State Bar Association - Member (2006-2022), 2022
  • King County Bar Association - Member (2011-2022), 2022
  • Washington Women Lawyers - Member (2021-2022), 2022
  • Montana State Bar Association - Inactive Member (2019-2022), 2022
  • Montana State Bar Association - Active Member (2016-2019)
  • King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section member
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Office location for Krista Stipe

901 5th Avenue
Suite 2800
Seattle, WA 98164

Phone: 206-859-6800

Selections

1 Year Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

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