I worked my way through college and law school while supporting my family in a variety of jobs and professions. Everything from construction through substitute teaching, and as a California State Certified Inspector. I have also owned and operated several retail and service businesses. This background gives me a unique ability to understand the real life financial and legal obstacles that face both my individual and business clients on a daily basis.
Activities and Awards
Certified as Judge Pro Tem for Butte County Superior Court; Former Board of Director for Legal Services of Northern California; Member, Glenn County Law Library Commission.
Firm Focus and History
Henderson & Howard was started with the specific goal of "helping good people deal with hard times." While we encourage and like to work with clients toward avoiding and mitigating foreseeable problems, our core practice remains assisting individuals, families and businesses dealing with difficult situations. From Bankruptcy to Family Law and Estate Planning to Probate, our focus has been and will continue to be helping our clients deal with these stressful and emotional issues in a caring and compassionate manner.
In 1998, Kim Henderson and her husband David opened their law office next door to mine. Over time we became friends, and decided to share office space together. Eventually we decided to form a partnership, and in January of 2001 we founded our firm. In 2005, David Henderson withdrew from the practice of law to pursue a teaching career, and Henderson & Howard was created. We are a 'Family Friendly' office and employer. Currently, every attorney and employee in our office is a parent, with most of us still having children living at home.
While our training and professional experience allows us to help guide you through these difficult legal and emotional issues, it is our shared experience as employees, students, parents, children, and grandparents that allows us to empathize and understand the daily struggles our clients may be facing.
I attended McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento graduating and passing the bar in 1995. My husband was raised in Chico so, after doing some investigation, we decided to move to Chico to open our law practice and start a family. Having participated in Community Legal Services at McGeorge, where I was able to represent individuals in family law matters, under the supervision of an attorney, family law was an obvious choice when it came to setting up a practice. After almost 15 years, family law continues to be my primary area of practice.
However, after 15 years of family law as usual, I've become involved with the collaborative model for dispute resolution in family law matters. I am hopeful that more and more cases, particularly the difficult ones, will be resolved using this process rather than the traditional litigation method. (See Collaborative Law).
I have been a member of the Chico community since 1996. My husband and I are raising three children who are actively involved in various Chico sporting activities and scouting. I enjoy running my daughter's girl scout troop, playing soccer, golf, travel and gardening.
Member of Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group (www.divorceoption.com);
Member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (www.collaborativepractice.com);
Member of Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho ( www.sibidwellrancho.org )