Kristen joined Deka in 2015 after a decade-long career as a litigator. Her practice areas include estate planning, trust administration, probate, guardianships and conservatorships. Kristen has represented clients in probate, civil and criminal courts at both the state and federal levels, experience she brings to serving clients whose estate or trust matters require court intervention. Kristen uses her extensive experience and knowledge of the law to clearly explain complex estate planning matters so that her clients can make informed decisions.


Juris Doctor, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2006
Master of Social Work, University of Southern California School of Social Work, 2006
Bachelor of Arts, With Distinction, in Childhood and Culture, Minor in German, University of California, Berkeley, 2001


California Bar Association, Member
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
Pasadena Bar Association, Trustee
Highrise Networks, Member


Arnold & Porter, LLP, Los Angeles, 2006–2014
Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Special Prosecutor on Loan, 2009


Elizabeth House, Board of Directors, 2018–present
Justice Committee Chairwoman, Emmanuel Church of Burbank, 2013–2019
Pastoral Search Committee, Emmanuel Church of Burbank, 2018–2019
Associate Leadership Board, Public Counsel, 2012–2014
Missions Council Member, Emmanuel Church of Burbank, 2012–2013
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
International Justice Mission
The Alliance for Children’s Rights
Public Counsel
Excel Family Intervention Services
Children’s Law Center
California Women’s Law Center
Inner City Law Center


Kristen is a Southern California native who enjoys spending time with her family, reading and baking decadent desserts.