Kimberly M. Surratt, Attorney
What has come to be known as Surratt Law Practice has been natural for us. It started with a desire to work in a law firm environment that was free from chaos. Then it developed into a desire to give my staff the same quality of life that I strived for. To achieve that goal we realized that our happiness was defined by who our clients were. We had to have clients that we believed in and that we could be proud of the work we produced. If we compromised on that then the entire system would go down. I’m proud of my office. I’m proud of my staff. I’m proud to say that our ethics are never compromised. The dream has come true and we know that the environment we have in our office carries over to the experience that our Client’s have with our office. It is pure and it is honest.
I started my career in insurance defense and then moved into family law. Insurance defense work was not for me although some days I do miss the complexity of learning about a new product for a product liability case or getting to interview numerous miners regarding their mining practices. However, I have a good relationship with family law that is here to stay.
In 2004, during my first couple of months in family law, I took on my first surrogacy matter. It was a thrill. My Clients are still friends of mine and I receive a Christmas card each year with a picture of the two siblings that I helped create. I knew at that point that I wanted a practice that concentrated in family formation. In the mean time, if I was going to continue contested family law matters I knew there had to be a better way for the clients. So, I formed the first meeting ever in Northern Nevada to develop Collaborative Law, an amicable no court divorce method. Within a few short months, we had a large group of professionals trained and we developed a non-profit called Collaborative Professionals of Nevada.
Today, I am a fellow with the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBT Bar Association, Nevada Justice Association, and the National Family Law Advisory Council. I have been lobbying with the Nevada Justice Association since 2004. I have lobbied for the passage of the Nevada Domestic Partnership Bill, the Uniform Collaborative Law Act and numerous other family law and adoption statutes. I often speak on LGBT family law, assisted reproductive and parentage matters at conferences such as Lavendar Law and the Family Law Institute for the National LGBT Bar Association and National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and the Nevada State Bar Family Law Conference.
My dream path for my career in family law has not faltered. I now work with five of the most amazing attorneys I could ever ask for and a staff that makes me smile when I arrive at work every day. My paralegal, Dawn Kaufman, has been by my side every step of the way, which is a sign that I can’t live without her and that the Client’s adore her.