Iśrael "Ishi" Kunin Esq.

Iśrael "Ishi" Kunin Esq.

Las Vegas, Nevada
702-438-8060 (Toll Free)

Ishi Kunin is the owner of Kunin Law Group.   She has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has practiced solely in the area of domestic relations and probate for over 30 years.  Prior to this, she was a Deputy Attorney General for the Welfare Division, dealing in child related issues.  Ishi also sat many years as an alternate Referee for the Juvenile Court. 

From 1990 thru 1995, Ishi served the maximum term as a member of the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada.  From 1991 to 1993, she was the Chairperson of this Section.  Ishi remains involved with committees that work to improve the Family Court.  

Ishi has been a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys for over twenty years.  She has an active practice representing both birth parents and adoptive parents, and has completed many interstate, as well as some intercountry, adoptions.  Ishi also takes an active interest in promoting adoptions and guardianships in the same sex community to allow children to remain with the intact family that they know and love and who, in turn, serve these children’s best interests.  Her practice has expanded into the area of Assisted Reproduction, and she is a Fellow with the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.

In May, 1997, Ishi had the honor of being appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada to serve as a Settlement Judge.  This involves mediating cases on appeal before the briefing process begins. In March, 1999, Ishi was designated a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Nevada Chapter.  She is also designated a Family Law Specialist in Nevada.

In addition to her professional and social affiliations, she has spoken statewide in many forums on adoptions, terminations, domestic partnerships and mediation.

Ishi’s proudest effort are her two beautiful daughters, one of whom has caused the firm to expand by joining the firm as a Personal Injury Attorney.

Curriculum vitae

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianship
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration
  • Surrogacy Agreements

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Nevada Board Certified Family Law Specialist

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1980
  • California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1980


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of California, San Diego
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Major: Economics
  • Pepperdine University - 2008
    • Major: STAR Course in Mediation

Published Works

  • "Protecting Children and the Custodial Rights of Co-Habitants", Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2009
  • Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights Sections, Nevada Family Law Practice Manual, Published 2003, Updated 2011, Updated, 2013
  • "Domestic Partnerships Section", Nevada Family Law Practice Manual, 2013


  • Speaker, Family Law Seminar: Adoptions and Terminations, April, 1989
  • Teacher, Clark County Community College: 2 Semesters, Probate, 1989 - 1990
  • Speaker, "Divorce Experience": Public Seminar, August, 1990
  • Appearance, Law for the Layman: television show, divorce and custody, April, 1990
  • Speaker, Family Law Seminar: Ethics, Terminations and Adoption and Rules, September, 1991
  • Speaker, Court Appointed Special Advocate training seminar: Domestic Relations, 1991
  • Speaker, Resolve of Southern Nevada: Infertility and Adoption, August, 1993
  • Participant, Legal Secretaries Association: Mock trial representing "wronged" woman, October 5, 1993
  • Appearance, Law for the Layman: television special, on the panel to field questions, August, 1993
  • Speaker, Family Law Showcase: Adoption, March, 1994
  • Appearance, Good Morning Las Vegas: television show promoting Children Cope With Separating Parents Program, May, 1994
  • Speaker, Resolve of Southern Nevada: Adoption in Nevada, August 17, 1994
  • Speaker, National Association of Legal Secretaries: From Marriage Bliss to the Agony of Divorce, July 17, 1995
  • Speaker, Nevada Commission for Women: The Realities of Child Custody Disputes, October, 1995
  • Speaker, Institute for Paralegal Education: Paralegals in Family Law Practice, November 1995
  • Appearance, Law for the Layman: Television Show, Adoption, March 27, 1996
  • Speaker, Family Law Showcase: Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption, March 1996
  • Speaker, State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting: Hot Topics in Family Law, June 1997
  • Speaker, Court Reviewer Training: Guardianship Procedure &Responsibilities, October 1997
  • Speaker, Nevada Supreme Court: NRAP 16 Appellate Settlement Judge Training, October 1998
  • Speaker, Nevada State Bar: Teen Parents and the Law, December 2, 1998
  • Speaker, Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Program: Ethics, September 16, 1999
  • Speaker, State Bar of Nevada: Nuts and Bolts Mediation Training, March 3, 2000
  • Panelist, Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Program: Roundtable Discussion, March 29, 2000
  • Panelist, Nevada Society of CPAs: How to be an Expert Witness, May 12, 2000
  • Speaker, Boyd Law School: Law Practice Management in Family Law, March 28, 2001
  • Speaker, We Are Family: Maybe Baby Workshop, June 22, 2002
  • Speaker, Nevada State Bar: Everything You Want to Know About Adoptions, October 2, 2002
  • Speaker, We Are Family: Maybe Baby Workshop, June 7, 2003
  • Speaker, The Essentials of Family Court, December 16, 2003
  • Speaker, A Practical Guide to Adoptions in Nevada, April 30, 2004
  • Panelist, Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Program: Roundtable Discussion, December 17, 2004
  • Participant, Focus Group re Forensic Social Work Program at UNLV, February 1, 2005
  • Participant, Nevada Supreme Court: Appellate Mediation, September 16, 2005
  • Speaker, We Are Family: Maybe Baby Workshop, February 25, 2006
  • Speaker, Human Rights Commission: Second Parent Adoption, November 16, 2006
  • Speaker, Women's Empowerment Network: Adoption, July 12, 2008
  • Participant, Domestic Partnership Presentations thru the LGBT Center, July 2009 thru September 2009
  • Speaker/Panelist, Domestic Partnership with Secretary of State, Ross Miller, September 14, 2009
  • Speaker/Panelist, Boyd Law School: Domestic Partnership, October 2, 2009
  • Speaker, We Are Family: Legal Symposium, October 24, 2009
  • Speaker, Family law Conference at Ely: Domestic Partnership, March 5, 2010
  • Speaker, Advanced Family Law CLE: Domestic Partnership, December 9, 2010
  • Participant, Family Law & Order: KLAV1230am Radio, March 31, 2011, thru March 2012
  • Speaker, Advanced Family Law CLE: Custody vs. Guardianship, December 5, 2013
  • Panelist, State Bar of Nevada Ely Family Law CLE: Legislative updates, March 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2016
  • Top 50 women lawyers by Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2012
  • Top 40 women lawyers by Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2011
  • Small Business of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center
  • Nevada Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nevada Chapter AAML, President, 2014 - Present
  • Nevada Chapter AAML, Treasurer/Vice-President, 2012 - 2014
  • Supreme Court 16.2 Committee, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Supreme Court 16.1 Review Committee, Member, 2005 - 2012
  • Supreme Court Settlement Judge Core Committee, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Appointed Supreme Court Settlement Judge, 1997 - Present
  • Guardianship Task Force, Member, 1996 - 2004
  • Child Support Guideline Review Committee, Member, 1992
  • Child Support Guideline Review Committee, Member, 1996
  • Founding Committee on Children Cope with Divorce, Member, 1994
  • Bench/Bar Committee, Member, 1994
  • Nevada Family Law Section, Chairperson, 1991 - 1993
  • State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Section, Member Executive Counsel, 1990 - 1996
  • Local Rules and Procedures Committee, Member, 1990 - 1992
  • Nevada Justice Association
  • Appointed Juvenile Court Alternate Referee, 1987 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • American Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Past Board Member, Jewish Family Services Association
  • Past Board Member, Nevada Association of the Handicapped
  • Past Board Member, Nevada Easter Seal Society
  • Past Member, Rights Assurances Committee