About Kim Schnuelle

Kim Schnuelle is an experienced, strategic negotiator and litigator who focuses on complex child support, paternity, judicial enforcement cases, and divorce in Seattle and King County.

Kim obtained her law degree in 1992 from the University of Washington School of Law. Upon graduating, she accepted a position in the Family Support Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where for nearly 17 years, she negotiated and litigated thousands of cases, and assisted a countless number of families and individuals in resolving their family law matters.

Kim always puts her clients first, and never loses sight of the human aspect of each case. She dedicates herself to providing each client with exceptional legal service tailored to their individual needs.

"Clients facing family law litigation are living through one of the most stressful periods of their lives. As an attorney and advocate, it is my role to reduce significant legal stress in their lives by actively listening to their desired goals and then implementing those goals into a strong, well prepared and effective case strategy."

Kim's sense of compassion is the driving force behind her dedication and commitment to each case and she works alongside each individual to understand their specific goals. She enjoys the challenges of litigation and working with each client to achieve successful outcomes.

"Depending upon the individual situation, subtle negotiation, forthright advocacy in litigation, or a mixture of the two may be required. Each case is unique and requires an approach perfectly tailored to the individual client and their situation."

In her spare time, Kim has employed her strong Spanish-speaking skills by volunteering with the King County Bar Association's Bilingual Spanish Legal Clinic. Since 1985, Kim has volunteered with AIDS projects in both California and Washington, including the Necessities of Life Program in Los Angeles and the Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle.

Kim is also an avid hiker, certified yoga teacher, and loves traveling with her husband and son. She has visited much of Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. She has a soft spot for animals, especially horses and dogs.

Education & Experience

Kim is known for her sharp legal mind and strong litigation skills. Her drive for excellence and strong work ethic is consistent with the firm's core values. She is well established within the family law legal community and enjoys professional relationships with the family law judges, commissioners, and members of the bar.

In addition to her time in the courtroom, Kim also has a keen interest in writing and public speaking. She is an active leader and participant in numerous statewide legal education seminars, and continues to publish many well-regarded articles in county and state legal publications.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Past Volunteer, King County Bar Association Bilingual Spanish Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer, Lifelong AIDS Alliance

Education

  • J.D. University of Washington School of Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Law and Conflicts of Law
  • M.A. in Biology, University of California at Los Angeles
  • B.A. in Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley

In the Media

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, “Spousal Benefits Eligibility During and After Divorce,” National Business Institute CLE, December 2013
  • CR2A: The Way To Go To Confirm Informal Agreements, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2013
  • Tribal Interests Cloud Indian Child Welfare Proceedings, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2013
  • Working with Limited English Clients, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Roamin' with a Child, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Don't Get Tangled in the Web, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Defending the Deposition: A Study in Preparation, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Don't Take Deposition Practice Lightly, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Supreme Court Finds No Civil Right to Counsel, King County Bar Bulletin, October 2011
  • Maintenance and Marriage: The Changing Nature of Support, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Split Decision: Is Divorce the First Course?, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Grandparent's Rights and Visitation, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Collecting Child Support Takes Many Forms, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2010, (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Equitable Defenses May Provide Child Support Relief, King County Bar Bulletin, September 2010 (co-authored with Molly Leaverton)
  • Every Day is Father's Day....Until it isn't, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2010
  • The Jurisdictional Puzzle of Multi-State Paternity and Child Support Establishment Cases, Washington State Bar News, May 2010
  • "Voluntary Unemployment" in Today's Economy, King County Bar Bulletin, March 2010
  • Higher-Ed Need may Merit Plan Change, King County Bar Bulletin, October 2009
  • Child Support Systems Protect Domestic Violence Victims, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2009 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Finding the Cure for Default Judgments, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2009
  • Using QDROs to Collect Child Support Payments, Washington State Bar News, May 2009 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Military Service Compounds Default Efforts, King County Bar Bulletin, December 2008
  • Keeping the State out of Family Law Cases, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2008
  • When the Bough Breaks, Federal and Washington State Indian Child Welfare Law and Its Application, University of Puget Sound Law Review, Fall 1993
  • Divorce Litigation: From Start to Finish, National Business Institute CLE, July 2011
  • Special Collection Techniques, King County Bar Association CLE, September 2008
  • Unique Enforcement Techniques in Child Support Child Support Collections, Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorney's Child Support Enforcement Training, May 2008, May 2007, May 2003

In the News

  • "If All Else Fails, Ask the Queen," Interview featuring Kim Schnuelle and Lisa Dufour in Washington Law & Politics, December 2009.

Latest posts by Kim Schnuelle

How to Find a Divorce Lawyer

Selecting a divorce lawyer to represent you is one of the most important decisions you will make in your case. When meeting with divorce lawyers, you should look for someone who: Is in good ethical standing with the bar association. … Read More ›

7 Tips for Negotiating Child Support in Divorce

1. Be up front about your income and expenses. Provide verification of your income, including your last 6 months’ of wage stubs and your last 2 years’ of tax returns at the outset of your case. Also, provide verification of … Read More ›