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Kirstin Vinal

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As you may glean from my love of Dunkin Donuts and the Red Sox, I was raised in a small seaside town in Massachusetts. I lived downstairs from my grandparents in a two-family home for the first twelve years of my life. My extended family also lived close by (although not upstairs). Navigating the intricacies of familial relationships in my large Irish family has equipped me with the skills to understand people with varying personalities and temperaments.

I attended Stonehill College, which was a short drive from my hometown, for my undergraduate studies in Criminology and Political Science. During my time at Stonehill, I interned at the local D.A.'s Office within the Domestic Violence Unit. This is where I first saw how the law can impact people’s lives for the better. After graduating from Stonehill, I interned at the VRLC. My internship at the VRLC allowed me to help victims of sexual violence, further solidifying my desire to attend law school.

This Northern girl was fortunate enough to attend law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I ventured out of my comfort zone to pursue my legal education, but I ended up finding the home I never knew I was looking for. I fell in love with North Carolina and decided to make roots of my own here. My parents and brother were captivated by the South as well and moved to South Carolina during my second year of law school.

At UNC I learned about the law through experiences. Through my summer internships in Domestic Violence and here at McIlveen Family Law, I learned how to advocate for my clients’ interests. In addition to my summer internships, I interned with a Family Court judge during the academic year. I also participated in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic at UNC, which allowed me to gain courtroom experience under the supervision of my professor. These experiences gave me passion, drive, and skills that I will bring to your case.

As a family law attorney, it is my job to use the tools I gained in law school and through internships to help clients feel empowered. It is always my goal to give clients the information they need to make the best decision for their situation. You can count on my Northern brash to tell you not only what you want to hear but what you need to hear. I am not you, I do not know what is best for your life, but I will do everything in my power to make sure you have all the information you need to make educated and informed decisions. While I understand that I cannot turn an imperfect situation into a perfect one, I will do everything I can to use the law to make this journey as painless as possible.

When I am not working you can find me spoiling my dog, Tux, visiting with friends or family, or cheering on the Red Sox.


  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD
  • Stonehill College, BA Political Science and Criminology