When Kristina Retzlaff graduated from law school, she chose a career that would allow her to help people in their day-to-day lives. “I chose family law because I wanted to work with people who, on a daily basis, would not normally have a need for an attorney,” Kristina says. “I knew this practice area would be most rewarding to me as an attorney. Being able to help people through difficult times in their lives is what makes my job more fulfilling than the average job.”
Kristina says, “What I enjoy most as I work with my clients is seeing the point when they realize that they are going to be okay. Early in the process of a divorce, or any lawsuit, really, people have a lot of doubt about the legal system, their future, their finances, and the children. With my help, there comes a point in the process when they realize ‘life’s going to be different, but I’m still going to be fine’. It is extremely rewarding to witness that transformation.”
Kristina Retzlaff graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2004 and served as staff articles editor on the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. She also participated in the Elder Law Clinic and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program while a law student. For several years, Kristina traveled through the country as a regional adviser for her sorority, Delta Gamma.
Kristina received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Communications, cum laude, from Wichita State University in 2001. As a student at Wichita State University, Kristina worked as a student intern for then-University President Donald Beggs. She also chaired the Hippodrome committee, and was a vice-president for her sorority.
For the first six years of her legal career, Kristina focused her practice on Social Security Disability claims. She expanded her practice area to family law in 2011. Kristina spent ten years as an LSAT, MCAT, ACT, and SAT Instructor for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and The Princeton Review.
Since 2015, Kristina has served as a court-appointed mediator, Limited Case Manager, Domestic Conciliator, and Case Manager. She enjoys helping her alternative dispute resolution clients come to agreements that allow them to avoid trials. In all of her work, Kristina puts her emphasis on helping people navigate the legal system during rough times in their personal lives.
Professionally, Kristina has served as co-chair of the Family Law Committee at the Wichita Bar Association. She was also a member of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court, an organization of attorneys and judges dedicated to the professionalism in the administration of justice. Personally, Kristina is a member of St. Jude Catholic Church where she served on the welcoming committee. She also volunteers her time serving on the PTO for her children’s schools. Kristina lives in west Wichita with her husband, and has five children ranging in age from 8 to 20.