About Coastwide Law, LLC

Welcome to Coastwide Law, LLC where we are dedicated to supplying “stress ease” instead of just speaking “legalese.”  Whatever you are facing, it is likely that we have “been there before”. Allow our experience and expertise to eliminate your stress.

Gulfport Attorney, Biloxi Law Firm, Mobile Attorney, Family Law, Divorce Attorney, Gulf Coast Law

I am Kathy van Zutphen. Like you, I wear many different “hats” in my life every day. In reality, our “hats” are more like helmets. We wear them to deal with all your daily crisis and multi-tasking duties. One minute, we are handling issues at work and the next minute, a crisis at home. I have been in your shoes and want to be your legal partner to help you chart a course and handle all life’s stages or storms. As stated by Pres. John F. Kennedy, the word “crisis” in Chinese has two characters. One character represents danger and the other represents an opportunity. We work to bring forth the best outcome, or opportunity, from your crisis. We also work with you like a compass to help you chart a course or plan for your future to prevent a later crisis. Whatever your current situation, we promise to be accessible when you need us. We are compassionate, and give you straight-forward guidance to find your way out of the storm.
I received my license to practice law in Alabama in 1997, in Mississippi in 1999, and in Louisiana in 2008. I have had twenty years of diverse experience to call upon to solve your legal issues I am an Attorney, Entrepreneur, Spouse, Parent, Caregiver, Owner of Pets, Landlord, Investor, Writer, Speaker, Sports Fan, and Member of a Non-Profit Board. In my personal life, I have started businesses, adopted children, cared for aging family members, and handled litigation.  So, I know that whatever you are facing, I can help to change your crisis into an opportunity.

Contact me today.

Kathy van Zutphen Resumé


Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
J.D. Degree, May 1997; G.P.A.: 3.3 / 4.0, Class Rank : 39 / 212 Top 18%

    • ATLA National Trial Team, member
    • American Journal of Trial Advocacy, member
    • Trial Advocacy Board, member
    • Finalist in Trial Competitions including:  Parham Williams Freshman Trial Competition, Fall 1995;  Haley Trial

Competition, Spring 1996;  Shores Moot Court

Marketing Management, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Graduated Dec. 1985

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA – Bachelor of Science
Commerce and Business Administration, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Graduated May, 1983.

    • Graduated magna cum laude
    • Dean’s List; graduated 23 / 342 Top 7%


  • Licensed in Alabama (1997), Mississippi (1999), and Louisiana (2008)
    Active in Harrison County Bar Association and New Orleans Bar Association
  • “BV” peer review rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Leadership positions with Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association:
    2009 DRI Southern Region Meeting Chair
    2010 – 2011 Member of Board of Directors
    2012 Vice President