Law

Allison Kierman | Managing Partner

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About: After spending more than a decade in "big law," Allison L. Kierman founded Kierman Law, a woman-owned small business focusing on life and estate planning. Allison concentrates her practice on guiding families through the wills, trusts, and estate process and probate litigation.

Allison received her B.A. from Baylor University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.

After law school, Allison moved to Arizona and quickly became involved in the community. Allison is a member of the Boards of Directors for Congregation Beth Israel and Royal Oaks Lifecare Community. Allison appeared in the 2018 edition of Know Phoenix, 150 women you must KNOW and do business with.

Specialties: Allison understands that making plans to ensure your family's future and financial security is complicated and may involve sensitive issues. As a mother of two, Allison has the knowledge and understanding of how difficult it is to think of leaving your children with a guardian and will help you carve the best plan for ensuring your children's future success. Allison is a natural care-taker, and will protect your family needs in a confidential, detailed, and sophisticated manner. Allison provides unique and creative solutions to difficult estate planning questions and never loses sight of the big picture. Allison can be entrusted to help you allocate life insurance proceeds, minimize estate taxes, protect your assets from creditors, and control distribution of assets to young children, special needs family members, family members with failing health, and family members who have made questionable life choices. Allison's goal is to ensure that your estate goes to whom you want in the way you want.

Quote: "It took me a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." - Madeleine Albright

Connect: Contact Allison at akierman@kiermanlaw.com or at (480) 719-7333, or visit her website below!

member since april 2018

Cristi McMurdie | Owner and Lead Counsel

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About: As a graduate of Arizona State University College of Law in 1992, Ms. McMurdie began her career in insurance defense work and within a couple years, opened her own family law office, McMurdie Law & Mediation. Ms. McMurdie has been primarily practicing that since then over two decades. Ms. McMurdie has handled other type of cases including estate planning, probate, bankruptcy and personal injury which adds a greater depth of understanding in family cases.

In 1997, Ms. McMurdie became a mediator to handle divorce and family matters where as a neutral, she assists couples to reach their own agreements and stay out of court. This role combines all of Ms. McMurdie’s training that includes law, mediation, professional coaching along with Landmark and PSI transformation training to continue to enhance her skills for her clients as well as for herself. For more information about Ms. McMurdie please take a look at her website: www.mcmurdielaw.com.

Ms. McMurdie is a Certified Adler Business and Life Coach, a Marcia Weider Dream Coach and a certified WHY Coach and these skills are utilized daily in all cases whether it is full representation, collaborative law, mediation or divorce coaching to help client during one of life’s most intense transitions – divorce and to create new lives that support their dreams.

Ms. McMurdie is currently the membership chair and last year the founder and president of the local organization of collaborative practitioners called the Collaborative Professionals of Phoenix. www.collaborativeprofessionalsphx.com. Teams are formed at the beginning of your family law case that sign a Participation Agreement stating that if we do not reach full agreement, we are conflicted from the case and cannot continue should the case proceed to litigation. The Phoenix chapter is thriving and growing and helping many families complete their cases with the help of professional teams that keep you out of court.

Ms. McMurdie is a recent member of The W Source™ and has found success by participating in the community for her entire career. In May 2018, Ms. McMurdie graduated from the esteemed Tempe Leadership Program wherein her Class 33 raised all the funds and built a sensory garden for The Center for Habilitation in Tempe that trains and employs disabled adults. Ms. McMurdie is active in the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Business Council and Eliances, knowing that connecting people is the best way to build business while helping others build theirs.

Specialties: Ms. McMurdie specializes in family law with a focus on dispute resolution through collaborative practice, mediation and expert negotiation. When Ms. McMurdie represents parties in a litigation case, she utilizes the dispute resolution services provided by the Maricopa County court to again reach settlement and save her clients money, time and emotional health. She has provided excellent representation and mediation services to parents and families for more than two decades. Ms. McMurdie stays fresh by seeking training in related areas of collaborative law, mediation, communication, coaching and healing work.

Quote: Since the opening of her first solo law practice in 1997, Ms. McMurdie's tag line has been "First Negotiate, Then Mediate and Last Litigate". She operates by the principles of her tag line and helps people reach agreement at the table and stay out of the court room. One of Ms. McMurdie's closest coaches coined the saying about Ms. McMurdie as follows: "She either finds a way or makes one!" and Ms. McMurdie prides herself in being creative in problem solving to help clients achieve their desired results.

Connect: Contact Cristi at cristi@mcmurdielaw.com or at (480) 777-5500, or visit her website below!

MEMBER SINCE AUGUST 2018

Karen Stillwell | Associate

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About: Born and raised in Arizona, Ms. Stillwell is an experienced trial attorney who has seen all three vantage points of a courtroom: as a prosecutor/plaintiff’s attorney, as a defense attorney, and more recently, as a Superior Court Commissioner.

Ms. Stillwell received her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University, and J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law-Arizona State University, with Pro Bono Distinction for dedicating her time volunteering.

While attending Arizona State University College of Law, Ms. Stillwell was an Editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology and argued her first case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as a law student. After graduating from law school, Ms. Stillwell was a judicial law clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. She then practiced complex civil litigation with a large firm in Phoenix. Subsequently, she had a diverse civil litigation practice and served as a city prosecutor in rural Arizona. Ms. Stillwell is now practicing law as a trial attorney for a busy civil litigation firm and serving as a Judge Pro Tempore for Maricopa County Superior Court.

Specialties: Ms. Stillwell specializes in trial and appellate practice in various areas of civil litigation, including general insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, municipal and governmental liability defense, and conducting settlement conferences/mediations on civil litigation matters. In each representation, Ms. Stillwell recognizes the privilege to be an attorney and the obligation to serve the community with integrity, honesty, and sincerity. Ms. Stillwell is not only committed to the services for her clients, she is committed to her family and her community.

Quote: “We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone.” - Sandra Day O’Connor

Connect: Contact Karen at karen.stillwell@occlaw.com or at (602) 241-7000!

MEMBER SINCE MAY 2018