Attention:Our firm remains operational offering remote teleconferencing for consultations and appointments via phone and/or Skype for those who are concerned about in-person meetings. We will be offering a free 1/2 hour telephone consultation during this time. If you are an existing client with a court appearance, we are closely monitoring the court system to determine what protocol is being taken. We will notify you of any changes to your upcoming court appearances as information comes in from the Superior Courts. We will continue to offer quality service during this time.

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Attorney Profiles

Carolyn A. Makupson

Carolyn A. MakupsonCarolyn 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 and a vice principal for two years.

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, is a member of the Pasadena Collaborative Divorce Group, and is a member of Pasadena Bar Association.

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. HowardKristen 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, Pasadena Bar Association, and Trustee for The Pasadena Bar Association.

Kristen resides in Pasadena with her husband, their twins, and their Italian greyhound, Basil and doberman, Bruno.

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Our Commitment to Excellence

  • 2018 Top 3 Lawyers in Pasadena
  • Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating - Kristen
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating - Carolyn
  • AV Preeminent
  • BBB Accredited
  • CA Bar Association
  • Lawyers of Distinction

Why to Choose Us

  • Nearly 50 Years' Collective Experience

  • Top Attorneys by Pasadena Magazine 2011-2018

  • Membership in The State Bar of California

  • Membership in Pasadena Bar Association

  • Accredited by the Better Business Bureau

  • Membership in Los Angeles County Bar Association

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