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Kristin R.H. Kirkner |  Phone: (813) 254-0156

Kristin Kirkner has focused her practice on family law and military family law since 2004.  By limiting her practice to family law, including divorce, mediation, military pension division, paternity, custody, child support, alimony and military divorces, Kristin has been able to focus on the one area that best utilizes her negotiation and litigation skills. Kristin is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law in the State of Florida, and has been accepted across the State of Florida as an expert in military divorces and division of military pensions.

Kristin is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and is one of less than 300 attorneys in Florida to maintain this certification. The Board certification process is extremely rigorous and is the highest accomplishment for a family law attorney in Florida. Kristin frequently speaks on the topic of military issues in family law, and most notably presented at the 2018 Family Law Certification Review Course, and wrote the materials for military divorces that judges and attorneys across the state of Florida rely on for their knowledge of military issues in family law.

Kristin was selected by her peers for the 2021 Stann Givens Family Law Inn of Court Professionalism Award, which is the highest honor for the Inn. Kristin is active in the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, serving as an executive council member since 2019, the co-chair of the Rules and Forms committee from 2020 to 2023, the 2023 chair for the Family Law Certification Review Course Committee, a committee member of the Family Law Certification Review Course Committee from 2019 through 2022, and as a member of the legislation committee.

Locally, Kristin served as the Chair of the Marital and Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, from 2014-2015, having served as an executive council member of the Marital and Family Law Section and in various leadership positions from 2008 through 2016. She sits on the executive council for the Stann Givens Family Law Inn of Court, where she is the Achieving Excellence coordinator.

martindale rated attorney in tampaKristin was selected by SuperLawyers as a “SuperLawyer” in the area of family law from 2019 through the present and before that as a “Rising Star” in the area of family law from 2013 to 2018, This is an honor that is bestowed on less than 2.5% of lawyers each year. Kristin has also been named by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as a “Top 10 under 40” for Family Law in Florida and received the Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Family Law. Since 2015, Kristin had maintained the highly prestigious AV Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, which means that she was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating.

rated 10 best attorney tampa family law Kristin graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with her B.A. in 1999 and received her J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University in 2003. Before opening Kirkner Family Law Group, Kristin was a partner at DeCort & Kirkner P.L. from 2010-2014, an associate attorney at the Law Office of Donald P. DeCort, P.A. from 2005 to 2010, and staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Services from 2004 to 2005. Kristin grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and worked at LexisNexis before attending law school. She moved to Florida in 2004 when her husband was stationed at MacDill Air Force base, and found a true home in the Tampa Bay area.  Kristin is a proud military spouse and the mother of two girls.


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