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Biography

Kira Elise Willig has been practicing marital and family law in Miami-Dade County since 2000. Kira represents parties in all areas, including dissolution of marriage, paternity and maternity cases, jurisdictional disputes, custody, parenting plans, relocation, modification, enforcement, child support, post-judgment issues, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.  

Kira is also frequently appointed by the court to serve as a Guardian ad Litem in family and domestic violence proceedings. She was privileged to serve in civil rights action brought in federal court by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of an incarcerated transgender youth, and in a highly contested multi-jurisdictional custody dispute involving children with special needs.

Kira is proud to carry on her family’s eight-decade long tradition of teaching in Miami schools. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law since 2007, where she teaches Family Law and advanced family law workshops. She lectures on various legal topics throughout Florida and internationally, and has been quoted in the Miami Herald regarding family law.

While Kira trusts the family court to provide justice, her many years in practice have informed her strong belief that families are best served when they work towards reaching a resolution outside a courtroom. In furtherance of her commitment to litigation alternatives, Kira is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute, a Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Mediator, and a Supreme Court of Florida Qualified Arbitrator.

Kira’s unique role as both a teacher and a practitioner of family law has given her the in-depth knowledge and qualifications to testify as an expert witness in circuit court, county court, and arbitration proceedings, and to serve as an expert for South African Hague Convention proceedings.

Kira is passionate about civil rights, social justice, and the Miami Hurricanes. She is the left-handed twin to her brother, Sander Galt, a Miami-based artist, furniture designer, and Vizcaya restorer, and lead singer and guitarist for Axe and the Oak. Her parents are Judy Blanchard, who taught English in Miami schools for forty-seven years before retiring, and Stu Willig, a retired Chief on the City of Miami Fire Department, S.W.A.T. team member, and head of South Florida’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Barnard College of Columbia University
    • Major: Women's Studies

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, Same-Sex Marriage & Divorce: What Litigators and Transactional Attorneys Need to Know in a Post-Obergefell World, Miami Lakes Bar Association
  • Moderator, Family Law and Equal Rights Panel, Children and Family Law Society
  • Speaker, Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators “Debate or Mediate” Seminar
  • Workshop Presenter, ‘Wait Wait...Don't Tell Them! Counterintuitive Mediation Techniques That Will Settle Your Case,’ Florida Dispute Resolution Center 20th Annual Conference
  • Speaker, ‘Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements, and Marital Settlement Agreements,’ Miami Lakes Bar Association
  • Lecturer, ‘Keeping “Helping Professionals” Helpful: A Step-by-Step Guide in Child-Related Cases with a Court-Appointed Provider,’ 11th Judicial Circuit Family Court Services Lunch and Learn Series
  • Panelist, ‘How to Negotiate…Like a Woman,’ Empowered Woman Success Summit and Expo
  • Faculty Member, National Business Institute, LLC. Lectured on ‘Titling of Assets and Family Law’ at seminars on asset protection strategies
  • Instructor, Florida Family Law, Kaplan PMBR
  • Instructor, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Training Seminars, Champion Services Group, human resources and management consulting firm
  • Panelist Coordinator, ‘Protecting your Clients and Your Firm When Faces with the Prospect of Bankruptcy and Foreclosure,’ First Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Presenter, ‘Judicial Do’s and Don’ts,’ First Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Panelist, Legal Implications of Anna Nicole Smith case, University of Miami Tax Law Society
  • Panel Coordinator and Moderator, University of Miami School of Law. Topics included Domestic Violence, Same-Sex Marriage, and Family Mediation
  • Frequent Guest Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Law, including ‘Intersection of Family Law and ADR,’ (Alternative Dispute Resolution Design Systems); ‘Role of the Lawyer in Family Proceedings,’ (Family Law), ‘Mediation,’ ‘Collaborative Negotiation’ (Alternative Dispute Resolution Theory & Policy) and ‘Public Interest Law,’ (Public Interest Law)

Published Works

  • Contributor, The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers by Ann K. Levine
  • Content Editor for Kaplan PMBR Florida Family Law Bar Preparation Materials and Multi-State Family Law Bar Preparation Materials

Professional Associations

  • Elected Delegate, Democratic National Convention
  • Board of Directors and Visiting Faculty Member, Open Door Mission in Cameroon, Africa
  • Advisory Board Member, Miami Book Fair International
  • Panelist, Cultural Advancement Grants Program, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs
  • Alumnae Admissions Representative, Barnard College of Columbia University
  • Guest Speaker, Youth in Government, YMCA; Women’s History Month, Edison Senior
  • Judge, Miami-Dade County High School Mock Trial Competition; University of Miami School of Law Negotiation Competition
  • First Family Law American Inn of Court Member and Team Leader

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Paternity and Maternity
  • Jurisdictional Disputes
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Plans
  • Relocation
  • Modification
  • Enforcement
  • Child Support
  • Post-Judgement Issues
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2000

Honors

  • 2016 Florida Super Lawyer in Family Law
  • Selected six times for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition
  • Top 40 Attorney under 40 in Miami-Dade County by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation