Kim Schnuelle

Senior Attorney

Bellevue | Seattle

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Interesting notes about Kim
Can't live without: Spending time in the wilderness
Unusual place I've lived: Costa Rica
Pets: Stray Texas hound named Chucho
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About Kim Schnuelle

Kim Schnuelle is an experienced, strategic negotiator and litigator who focuses on complex child support, paternity, judicial enforcement cases, and divorce. She typically serves clients from our Seattle law office.

Kim honed her skills 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."

Kim is known for her sharp legal mind and strong litigation skills. 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. As a Commissioner Pro Tempore, Kim is called to preside over matters in Family Court when a sitting Commissioner is unavailable.

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.

Kim is 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.

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Affiliations

Appointments

  • Commissioner Pro Tempore, King County Family Law Motions Calendar, 2018 - Present

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

In the Community

  • Volunteer Attorney, King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program
  • Past Volunteer, King County Bar Association Bilingual Spanish Legal Clinic
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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
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Presentations

Publications

Presentations

  • Dissolution from A-Z, Child Support, National Business Institute, Washington State Convention Center, December 8, 2017, Seattle, WA.
  • Family Law from Start to Finish, Calculating Child Support and Alimony, King County Bar Association, KCBA Offices, May 23, 2017, Seattle, WA.
  • Dependency Conference 2016, Civil Discovery: Sword and Shield, King County Division of Public Defense, Seattle Library, October 14, 2016, Seattle WA.
  • Family Law: Advanced Issues: Ethics in Family Law, National Business Institute, Washington State Convention Center, December 11, 2014, Seattle, WA
  • Spousal Benefits Eligibility During and After Divorce, National Business Institute, Washington State Convention Center, December 16, 2013, Seattle, WA
  • Divorce Litigation: From Start to Finish: Enforcement and Post-Trial Modifications, National Business Institute, Washington State Convention Center, July 12, 2011, Seattle, WA
  • Special Collection Techniques, King County Bar Assn. Brown Bar Lunch CLE, September 2008, Seattle, WA
  • 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
  • Judicial Enforcement of Support Obligations, Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Child Support Enforcement Training, May 2002, Vancouver, WA
  • Numerous in-house trainings at the Division of Child Support on judicial enforcement, modification and appearance cases, in-house training at Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
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