Attorney Kristy Garside

Krisy J. Garside

Kristy J. Garside

Professional Information

Rhode Island Bar, admitted November 2004

Massachusetts Bar, admitted December 2004, inactive


J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law, 2004

B.S., University of Massachusetts (Amherst), 2001

Major: Sport Management, Minor: Sociology, 2001

Certificate, University of Massachusetts, Criminal Justice, 2001


Law Offices of Howe & Garside, Ltd.
55 Memorial Blvd. Ste. 5 Newport, Rhode Island 02840

640 George Washington Highway, Bldg. B, Suite #103, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865
Partner 2016 – present
Attorney 11/04 – present


Super Lawyer in Family Law, 2021

2019 Professional Excellence Award from Rhode Island Monthly

2016 American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best in Client Satisfaction

Rhode Island Bar Association’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award

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Kristy J. Garside

I practice all areas of family law and have done so since beginning my legal career working for Attorney Howe. My niche in Family Law is my knowledge with regard to pension and retirement plans and I am often hired by other firms to complete the Orders required for division of these assets. With an office in Newport near the Newport Naval Base and working with pensions, I have acquired information regarding civil service and military benefits, as well as rules and regulations that help me to represent military members and civilian employees going through a divorce. In addition to my family law practice, I draft wills, trusts and plan estates, attend probate court, and address other elder law issues such as Medicaid planning, Veterans’ Aid and Attendance benefits and long term care planning. Within my practice, we also provide information and referrals for elder services.


  • Rhode Island Bar Association: 11/04 – present
  • Volunteer Lawyer Program: 11/04 – present
  • Family Court Bench Bar Committee: 09/07 – present
  • Edward Gallogly Family Law Inn of Court (Rhode Island): 09/07 – present
  • Community Advocacy & Resources for Elders (CARE): 1/07 – present
  • Rhode Island Child Support Guideline Review Task Force 2007


  • “Negotiating Domestic Relations Orders” (Military Section) Co-author, RI Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2012
  • “Special Issues in Military Divorce” Co-author, Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute, May 2010
  • “QDRO Practice in Rhode Island from A-Z” Co-author, RI Bar Assoc., Oct. 2009
  • “A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island” Co-author, Retirement Assets, 1st edition 2009, MCLE New England
  • “QDROs: From A-Z, Food for Thought re: Avoiding Malpractice” RI Bar Assoc., Nov. 2008


Family Law, Pension and Retirement
  • “Divorce and Family Trusts,” Edward Gallogly Family Law Inn of Court, February 2020
  • “Retirement Assets in Divorce” Rhode Island Mediators Association, November 2014
  • “Advanced Family Law,” Retirement Assets, National Business Institute, September 2014
  • “When Your Older Clients Divorce,” Rhode Island Bar Association, May 2013
  • “Negotiating Military Retirement Orders,” Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2012
  • “Special Issues in Military Divorce” Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute, 2010
  • “Military Family Law Issues, Health Care and Retirement Benefits” Inn of Court, 2010
  • “QDRO Practice in Rhode Island from A-Z” Co-author, RI Bar Assoc., Oct. 2009
  • “QDROs: From A-Z, Food for Thought re: Avoiding Malpractice” RI Bar Assoc., 2008
  • “QDROs and Their Pitfalls” Edward P. Gallogly American Family Law Inn of Court, 2008
Elder Law
  • “Legal and Financial Concerns for Individuals with Alzheimer’s” Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island, Atria Aquidneck Place February 2013, and Blenheim Newport 2012
  • “Growing Older. How Can I Pay for Healthcare and the Services that I Need?” Blenheim Newport March 2013 and Sakonnett Bay Manor 2012
  • “Don’t Wait to Plan Your Estate” CARE, 2010
  • “” SeniorRULE Red Hat Tea, Atria Aquidneck Place, 2010
  • “Estate Planning and Long Term Care” RI Deaf Senior Citizens Conference, 2010
  • “ Long Term Care and Estate Planning” Little Compton Library, 2010
  • “Health Care Durable Power of Attorney Clinic” RI Bar Association, Newport, 2009

Contact Info.

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55 Memorial Blvd. Suite 5
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 841-5700
Fax: 401-367-0192

By Appointment

640 George Washington Hwy
Building B, Suite 103
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: (401) 841-5700

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