Kathryn A. Pidgeon

Kathryn started her career in adoption as an in-house attorney for an adoption agency 24 years ago.  She fell in love with the field and has dedicated her entire law career to assisting adoptive and birth families as they navigate this highly specialized and emotional journey of adoption and serving children in need of adoption.

Kathryn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys ( AAAA ). She was invited to join the Academy in 1990 when the organization was formed and has served on the Board of Directors as well as chaired the Foster Care Committee and the 10th Anniversary Conference. The Academy is an invitation only national coalition of experts in adoption law.

Kathryn routinely represents foster parents seeking to adopt as well as individuals pursuing private and agency adoption, step parent and relative adoption including grandparent adoption.

In addition to dedicating her legal practice to adoption, Kathryn volunteers countless hours each year to Co Chair the Maricopa County National Adoption Day celebration.  Since 2006 Kathryn has co chaired this event.  Two years ago she was instrumental in the formation of the Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation, a 501C3 charity with the mission to fund and support this event every year. NAD has been celebrated in Maricopa county for 15 consecutive years and holds the distinction of being the largest event of its kind in the United States for the past 5 years!  Kathryn currently serves as the President of the Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation and is excited in continuing the successful event.

In 2004 Kathryn was honored with the prestigious Angel in Adoption Award – a Congressional award given for exceptional service and extraordinary efforts in the field of adoption.  She remains extremely proud of this honor bestowed upon her in Washington DC.

Currently Kathryn serves on the boards of several local charities including  Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation as President, Family to Family Foundation, Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation as honorary past board member, and an Inaugural Board Member for the Family Formation Charitable Trust.

Experience

Education

  • J.D. University of Miami, 1981
    B.A. State University of New York, Plattsburg, 1977

Admitted To Practice

  • Arizona, 1988
    Arizona Supreme Court, 1989
    U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989

Professional Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
    Fellow, 1990 to present
    Board of Trustees, 1996- 1998
    Chair of Foster Care Committee 1996
    10th Annual Conference Co-Chair 1999
  • Arizona State Bar
    Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    Member
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
    Member
  • Maricopa County National Adoption Day
    Co Chair since 2006
  • Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation
    President
  • Family Formation Charitable Trust (American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Charitable Organization)
    Trustee

  • Adoption Rules Committee
  • Birth Father Laws Task Force
  • Adoption Law and Procedure
    Co Author of Adoption Chapter
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
    Pro Tem Judge 1999-2005
  • Martindale-Hubbel AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer

Community Involvement

  • O’Connor House, Chair, Kitchen Cabinet 2012-2013
  • Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation
    Co founder
    Vice President
  • Phoenix Suns Charities
    Executive Director 2009-2012
    Board of Directors 2007-current
    Board President 2013-2014
  • Catholic Social Service of Central and North America
    Board of Directors
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
    Board member 1995-2011
    President of the Board
    Honorary Board Member