Carolyn A. Makupson
Carolyn A. Makupson, founding partner of the firm, received her Bachelor
of Arts Degree in History from Loma Linda University in 1970, and her
Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne in 1986. Prior to
practicing as an attorney, Carolyn was an elementary school teacher for
13 years, a vice principal for two years, and a principal for one year.
Carolyn has served extensively as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County
since 1996. She has also been appointed by the court as minors' counsel
to represent the interests of children in contested custody matters.
Carolyn is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Harriett Buhai
Center for Family Law through which she has also done substantial pro
bono work. From 1995 to 2003, Carolyn served on the Executive Committee
for the Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section.
In addition to her years of experience litigating family law cases, Carolyn
has also worked to develop an established mediation practice. She has
received mediation training through the
Woody Mosten Program and is a member of the
Pasadena Collaborative Divorce Group.
She is a member of California Women Lawyers, Black Women Lawyers, Los Angeles
County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Pasadena Bar
Carolyn resides in Pasadena with her husband and their Italian greyhound,
Nigel. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.
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Kristen M. Howard
Kristen M. Howard, partner at the firm, received her Bachelor of Arts degree
in Psychology from San Diego State University in 1996 and her Juris Doctor
degree from American College of Law in 2000. Before becoming partner,
Kristen worked as a law clerk for Carolyn A. Makupson and completed an
internship with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Kristen has served as a volunteer for the Los Angeles County Bar Pro Bono
Domestic Violence Project and as a volunteer for the Harriett Buhai Center
for Family Law Pro Bono Attorney Panel. She also served as a committee
member for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law Annual Gospel Brunch
fundraiser. Kristen is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
and Pasadena Bar Association.
Kristen resides in Pasadena with her husband, their twins, and their Italian
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Erika R. Scheideman
Erika R. Scheideman is an associate attorney with the firm. She received
her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations with honors
from Pacific Union College in 2006, and her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine
University School of Law in 2009 where she was a member of Phi Alpha Delta
During law school, she completed an internship at the Harriett Buhai Center
for Family Law where she gained experience assisting clients with their
family law matters. Erika clerked for the firm while in law school and
returned to work after taking the Bar Examination. She is a member of
the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly
Hills Bar Association, and Pasadena Bar Association.
Erika lives in Sierra Madre with her husband and their cat, Piper and enjoys
traveling, running and reading.
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Kraig L. Kibble
Kraig L. Kibble, an associate attorney with the firm, graduated
summa cum laude from Oakwood College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University
Law Center in 2009.
While a law student, in the 2007 Leahy Moot Court competition, Kraig placed
as a semifinalist and won the Best Brief Award. Further, in 2008 he completed
a judicial externship with Judge R. Bruce Minto (now retired) of the California
Superior Court, Los Angeles County.
Before joining the firm, Kraig had a solo practice in Washington, DC in
the area of Dependency Law. This practice gave him experience assisting
clients by resolving through litigation and/or negotiation various issues,
including child custody and visitation, child support, and domestic violence.
Additionally, he was a provisional member of the Counsel for Child Abuse
and Neglect panel of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Currently,
he is admitted to practice law in California, the District of Columbia,
Maryland, and Ohio.
Kraig is married. He and his wife have two daughters. He enjoys running
and playing chess.