Sincere & Resilient Legal Counsel When your family needs us, we are here to listen to your needs. Call Us Now

Attorney Profiles

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 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 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 a Trustee for The Pasadena Bar Association.

Carolyn resides in Pasadena with her husband and their Italian greyhound, Nigel. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.

View Carolyn's social and legal profile on Avvo, Justia, LinkedIn and Lawyer Central.

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. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pasadena Bar Association and is on the Advisory Boards for Shero's Rise and the Pasadena Fire Fighters Association. Kristen has been extended the prestigious offer to become part of the International Society of Female Professionals.

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

View Kristen's professional profile on Avvo, Justia and LinkedIn.

Why Choose Us?

  • 50 Years' Collective Experience
  • Accredited by the Better Business Bureau
  • Membership in The Pasadena Bar Association
  • Membership in California Women Lawyers
  • Membership in The State Bar of California
  • Top Attorneys by Pasadena Magazine 2011-2018

Contact Our Firm

Have your family law matter reviewed by an experienced attorney at our Pasadena firm.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy