About My Practice
Attorney Katherine Kent has been a family law lawyer for fourteen years and admitted to practice for sixteen years. For the last fourteen years her practice is solely focused on representing clients in domestic relations matters, including issues involving disputed parenting plans, relocation, child support, modification actions, parentage actions, complex dissolutions, domestic violence, family businesses, self-employed individuals, and high net worth cases. Katherine has successfully litigated motions and trials and achieved numerous favorable settlement agreements on behalf of clients.
In addition to representing clients, Katherine was selected to serve as a pro tem Commissioner in the King County Family Law Court. Katherine has been named in Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star. Katherine is the Managing Partner at Whitaker Kent, LLP.
How I Help
In my background as a social worker for Child Protective Services for over 10 years and as an attorney for over 16 years, I gained valuable insight on how to best develop effective legal strategies that adhere to the “best interest of the child” principle. Due to the sensitive and personal nature of this work, I understand the emotions and stress inherent in divorce and family law matters and I am experienced in helping clients understand the process and manage these difficult times towards achieving a brighter future.
With my legal practice, I strive to understand the core issues important to clients and achieve those objectives to resolve issues amicably as this is conceptually the best outcome for our clients and their children. I believe that preserving healthy relationships within the family unit is crucial in the overall outcome of any family law dispute. However, when litigation is necessary, I am a competent litigator who through a carefully planned and executed legal strategy, achieve positive results for my clients.
In addition to my legal practice, as a result of my Child Protective Services background and experience, I serve as a consultant to other attorneys, assist in reviewing cases and testify in trials that involve matters of abuse and neglect of children.
Bar Admissions and Professional Affiliations
- Washington State Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
- Admitted to practice law in US District Court, Eastern and Western District of Washington
- National Association of Social Workers
- J.D., Seattle University School of Law
- B.A. in Speech Communications, University of Washington
Publications and Recognition
Katherine has been invited to participate in numerous presentations throughout the years, some of which include:
- 2015; Presenter for the McKinley Irvin Family Law Speaker series on the topic of “CPS In Your Family Law Case”
- 2014; Presenter for Successful Mediation on the topic of “It’s Not Just Showing Up: Successfully Mediating You Family Law Case”
- 2013; Presenter at an NBI Boot Camp on the topic of “Navigating CPS in your Legal Case”
- 2011; Presenter for Family Law Hot Topics, sponsored by the King County Bar Association on the topic of “Navigating CPS in your Legal Case”
- 2010; Presenter at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law on the topic of “The Nuts and Bolts of Dependency Practice”
- 2004; Guest lecturer at the University of Washington, School of Social Work on the topic of Child Protective Services Social Work practice
- 2002; Presenter for the King County Bar Association Family Law Section on the topic of “Child Protective Services and Navigating Dependency Cases.”
Katherine, as an expert in her field, has appeared in various televised interviews:
- 2016; interview with the Associated Press on the topic of Statutory Privileges Afforded to AA Sponsors
- 2015; interview with King 5 Investigator Reports on the topic of Shelter Care Hearings
- 2013 and 2014; interview with King 5 Investigator Reports on the topic of DSHS/CPS placement issues.
I find balance between my professional and personal life by spending time in the Cherry Valley with my family that includes my husband, two step-children, two miniature Schnauzers and a Maine Coon cat. I enjoy spending time outdoors in the Pacific Northwest hiking, camping and fishing.