Katherine Kent

About Katherine’s Practice

Attorney Katherine Kent has been a divorce attorney since 2002, specializing in complex litigation, high net worth cases and complex parenting issues. She focuses her practice in divorce cases involving difficult custodial matters and the protection, valuation and distribution of assets and business interests.  Katherine also continues to enjoy assisting clients through the challenges they face in other family law matters, including relocations, parenting and support modifications, and other matrimonial litigation.   Katherine successfully litigates motions and trials and achieved numerous favorable settlement agreements on behalf of clients.

In addition to representing clients, in 2013 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 a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Katherine is the Managing Partner at Whitaker Kent, LLP.

How I Help

I recognize that in every case my client is going through a difficult transition and their entire life and financial stability is at stake.  I take personal responsibility for every case and work hard to achieve my client’s desired goals.  I am always prepared and leave no stone unturned.

Due to the sensitive and personal nature of this work, I understand the emotions and stress inherent in divorce matters and I am experienced in helping clients understand the process and manage these difficult times to achieve a brighter future. Over 20 years ago as a social worker for Child Protective Services I gained valuable insight on how to best develop effective legal strategies that adhere to the “best interest of the child” principle which is the paramount focus of the Court in every custody case and the “just and equitable” principal in the division of property. I am fortunate to love my work and enjoy collaborating with my clients to achieve just results.

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
  • Fellow American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


  • 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:

  • 2018; Host, Law Hot Hopics, sponsored by the King County Bar Association.
  • 2017; Co-Host Family Law Hot Hopics, sponsored by the King County Bar Association.
  • 2016; Co-Presenter with Marsha Hedrick Ph.D.”CR 35 and Psychological Exams”
  • 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 with my family.


Katherine Kent
Managing Partner
Tel: 206 382-0000


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