Meet the Vibrant Law Team
We're a small firm with a primary mission of helping everyday people find solutions to their legal issues that help bring clarity, balance, and peace to their lives.
Attorney at Law/Owner
It's not always easy to remain levelheaded when you're facing a legal issue affecting your family or finances. That's where Kristi comes in. She offers solid advice to help clients manage navigating the complexity of legal actions, strategizing for favorable outcomes, and making wise choices when dealing with difficult opposing parties or attorneys.
Kristi was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2020 and has been practicing family law ever since. Kristi received the Oregon New Lawyers Division Award of Excellence in Fall 2023 and was featured in and article in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin shortly thereafter. Her litigation experience includes custody disputes, enforcement of parenting time, modifications, asset division and debt allocation issues, a variety of support and other related family law issues, and contested probate matters. She gained much of her experience working for a non-profit representing low income and underrepresented populations, as well as other small family law and estate planning firms.
Kristi is incredibly passionate about promoting the parent-child relationship and helping clients receive their fair share when dissolving their marriage. She carefully assesses each unique client’s situation to help strategize for their best possible outcome. She works respectfully and collaboratively with opposing counsel and the courts to help clients negotiate agreements and avoid litigation whenever possible, but will aggressively advocate for clients in court when settlement is not possible.
When she isn’t practicing law, Kristi enjoys playing and composing music, spending time with her husband and two chihuahuas (Princess and Bebop), hiking, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Senior Legal Assistant
Elise joined the Vibrant Law team in August 2023. She is our senior legal assistant and her primary role is to support Kristi with her robust experience in family law and legal research and writing.
In her prior experience, she worked as a family law legal fellow for nearly three years at The Commons Law Center, a non-profit that provides legal services to underrepresented Oregonians. Elise has also served as a law clerk for both the National Crime Victim Law Institute and the ACLU of Oregon. Her passion to help others and her commitment to standing up for those who need it the most makes her an invaluable addition to our team.
In her spare time she likes to knit, read comic books, and bake. She is excited to work with Vibrant Law LLC to help Oregon families.
Legal Assistant/Office Assistant
Maria joined the Vibrant Law team in August 2023. They are one of our legal/office assistants. When you call Vibrant Law to request a legal consultation, they are likely the first person you will speak with - and they will greet you with friendliness and compassion.
They are currently a History and pre-law student at Reed College. This past summer, they participated in the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Program. Maria interned for a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York and received a unique perspective of the judicial system. They also worked as a background and psych intern for their favorite crime podcast.
In their spare time, they like to spend time with their cat, Bear, enjoy nature, and listen to Taylor Swift.
Legal Assistant/Office Assistant
Maltin joined the Vibrant Law team in September 2023. He is one of our legal/office assistants. Maltin often works in the afternoons and will be your first point of contact when you call us for help with your legal matter. He's got a great energy, and is likely to brighten your day after you speak with him.
Maltin is currently an international affairs and computer science student at Lewis & Clark College, and is on the pre-law track. He also coaches and competes in speech and debate, ending last year as the top team in the region. In the past, he has led a non-profit that helps orphans in Kosovo find shelter, food, and basic necessities.
When he isn’t in the office, Maltin loves going to the beach, playing and watching basketball (go Lakers!), and his german shepherd, Harley.
More about Kristi
Education and Community Involvement
Willamette University, College of Law, JD
Kristi focused on taking every class that would enable to her open her own firm as soon as possible. She entered and exited law school with a singular goal to work in family law. Along the way, through clerkships and relationships, she learned she also had a passion for probate and estate planning. Check out this article Willamette University recently published about Kristi's journey!
Portland State University, Bachelor of History
Kristi's classes were often focused on women's history, and more specifically, African American women's history. Beyond that, Kristi became passionate about learning foreign languages and spent 2.5 years studying French.
Helping the Community
Family Law Executive Committee board member; Portland Urban Debate League Board Member; attorney provider for Slavic Oregon Social Services
For the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC) Kristi meets with a group of lawyers every month to help plan events and discuss the needs for the family law section of the Oregon State Bar. Kristi recently took on the role of treasurer on this board.
For the Portland Urban Debate League (PUDL), Kristi is just starting her journey with helping make debate accessible to historically marginalized middle and high school students. Kristi was recently appointed as the treasurer for this board.
For the Slavic Oregon Social Services (SOSS), Kristi provides legal representation at a discounted rate to clients who are often low income, survivors of domestic violence, and have experienced marginalization due to language and culture barriers.