Kristin L. Pawlik


Assistant: Lali Marquez |

Kristin Pawlik is a Bentonville, Arkansas native who litigates family law, criminal defense, and employment matters, primarily in Northwest Arkansas. Before she began at Miller | Butler in 2003, she worked in the 19th Judicial District as Chief Deputy Public Defender.  She has been a Partner in the firm since 2008.   

Ms. Pawlik is certified to represent the best interests of children as a domestic relations Attorney Ad litem and regularly accepts felony criminal conflict appointments from the Public Defender Commission.  She was appointed by both Governor Mike Beebe and Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve as Chair of the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence. She is a past President of the Benton County Bar Association, a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has been elected to serve on both the Board of Governors of the Arkansas Bar Association and the House of Delegates. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.

Ms. Pawlik is a recipient of the President’s Golden Gavel Award from the Arkansas Bar and was recognized by the Arkansas Access To Justice Commission as the Arkansas Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2009.  In 2017 she was chosen to represent the Arkansas Bar Association on the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation Board where she continues to work for access to legal services for low-income Arkansans. 

She and her husband are the parents of three boys and they attend St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville.

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Relations
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Ad Litem


  • University of Arkansas School of Law – Juris Doctor
  • National Criminal Defense College, Mercer University
  • University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas – Bachelor of Arts

Leadership & Community Service Experience

  • President, University of Arkansas Law Alumni Society
  • Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation Board Member
  • Junior League of Northwest Arkansas, sustaining member
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arkansas State Courts
  • Arkansas Court of Appeals
  • Arkansas Supreme Court