Jerry R Kimball
About My Practice
Attorney Jerry Kimball began a solo practice focusing on domestic relations in 1980. For many years his practice involved complex dissolutions. Since the end of 2012, he has spent an increasing amount of time as a mediator, arbitrator and consulting with other counsel on complex property issues in dissolutions. His experience includes dissolutions involving companies with revenues of up to $500,000,000 dollars.
In addition, Jerry has long worked with the Whitaker Kent team as co-counsel on various cases and is pleased to formalize that relationship as an Of Counsel to the Whitaker Kent firm.
Jerry has been noted a “Super Lawyer” consistently for many years. We believe his experience and the judgment gained from over 37 years of practice will be a valuable resource for our clients as needed. The ability to call on such a senior lawyer enriches the representation available to our clients.
How I Help
Since 1980, I have been helping clients with increasingly complex domestic relations matters. I have worked with numerous business valuation experts in determining the value of complex business enterprises, including a national long haul trucking company, a regional beer, wine and liquor distributor with operations in Washington and Alaska, a maker of high end specialty airplane parts primarily as a Boeing sub-contractor, a publically traded software concern, well as numerous professional practices in a variety of professions including real estate, stock brokerage, law, medicine, dentistry and others. I have also lectured on several occasions at CLE Programs on the various approaches to the valuation process and realizing value from the entity for the departing shareholder. Others have called on me on numerous occasions to formally and informally consult, and “coach” counsel through the valuation process or agree to present the valuation testimony as co-counsel.
I have also been hired on numerous occasions to consult or co-counsel with to analyze and assist in presentation or present argument regarding the enforcement of prenuptial agreements. Ms. Whitaker and I were co-counsel and successfully challenged the prenuptial agreement in Marriage of Bernard, at the trial court, Court of Appeals and before Supreme Court. This is the last Washington Supreme Court case addressing the enforcement of Prenuptial Agreements. I have provided assistance in prenuptial cases involving the estate of a rock musician, one of Washington’s most prestigious wineries and for a software entrepreneur (S.J. granted enforcing the agreement), among others.
Bar Admissions and Professional Affiliations
- Washington State Bar Association
- Admitted to practice before United States District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the Ninth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court.
- J.D., Willamette University College of Law
- B.A. in English with Distinction, Washington State University
Publications and Recognition
I have published materials for numerous CLE presentations for the WSBA, KCBA, Washington Association for Justice (formerly WSTLA) and others on topics including Ethics in Family Law Representation, Extracting Value from the family business for the departing shareholder, Valuing Business for purposes of martial dissolutions and others.
I served the WSBA as a member of the “Bar News” Editorial Advisory Committee including a term as chair, a member of the Committee of Professional Ethics, the Western District Local Rules Committee and others. I proudly served on the Federal Bar Associations “Pro Bono” Civil Rights Committee representing prisoners by appointment in matters where the prisoners Civil Rights had been violated, including trying a jury matter to conclusion before the Honorable Marsha Pechman. Of the experience I have always said “I never felt more like a lawyer with something important at stake than I did in that matter.”
I have been married for 32+ years to Marjorie Swanstrom Raleigh who retired as a trial attorney/advisor from the U. S. Trustee program of the United States Department of Justice in 2012. We enjoy her full retirement and my partial retirement at our waterfront home near Gig Harbor, WA when not traveling, skiing, boating or working. I look forward to providing clients of Whitaker Kent with the judgment and experience I earned through 37 years of active practice as a trial lawyer.