Because family is the most important thing to Kathleen in her own life, she has a passion for helping families in the crisis of separation and divorce. Kathleen understands the strain and emotional toll caused by family law issues. Kathleen strives not only to be a zealous legal advocate, but a strong, caring advocate for her clients’ emotional and mental well-being.
Kathleen has dedicated herself to family law since her first year of law school. Kathleen practiced family law for several years in Richmond, Virginia, where she went to law school. She then relocated to North Carolina for family reasons, and now practices as a North Carolina attorney.
Kathleen has extensive experience representing clients in domestic relations matters, including divorce, equitable distribution (property/debt division), alimony, custody/visitation, and child support proceedings. Kathleen has litigated complex, high conflict divorce cases. Kathleen has always encouraged her clients to assess and consider settlement of any issues appropriate for negotiation or mediation. She has routinely participated in settlement conferences in which her clients came out with a beneficial outcome.
Kathleen understands, however, that not all cases are appropriate for the settlement process. Some cases must be resolved in court in order to fight for the client’s desired result. Kathleen is always there to guide the client through the court system, which she knows can be nerve-racking, especially if it is a client’s first time ever going to court. In complex litigation, Kathleen has worked with private investigators, vocational (employment-related) experts, and forensic accountants on behalf of her clients when special circumstances required specialized knowledge.
Kathleen is also passionate about giving back to her community. Kathleen has been a Guardian ad litem attorney in Virginia and is a volunteer Guardian ad litem advocate (“GAL”) here in North Carolina. As a GAL, Kathleen works in a collaborative team with the other governmental actors involved in child abuse/neglect cases, including social workers, anti-domestic violence advocates, teachers, district attorneys, and others. Kathleen does her absolute best to be there for the child during what is surely the most difficult time of his or her life, and to achieve a result that will above all keep the child safe.
When she is not advocating for her clients or a child welfare cause, Kathleen enjoys traveling back to Virginia and Pennsylvania to visit friends and family, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and competing in sprint triathlons.
T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, J.D. (2012), cum laude
- University of Richmond Law Review, Articles & Comments Editor
- Certificate in Family Law
- Virginia State Bar Family Law 2012 Graduate Award Recipient
- Chesterfield County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, Externship with Juvenile Judge
- Family Law Club, President
- Disability Law Clinic (served children with Autism Spectrum Disorder)
- Studied International Law and Policy at University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, England
The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, B.A. (2009), magna cum laude
- Major in International Affairs, Minors in Italian Literature and Art History
- Anti-Domestic Violence and Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy
- GW Club Swimming, President/Founder
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- State of North Carolina, April 2016
- Commonwealth of Virginia, October 2012
- North Carolina State Bar
- Mecklenburg County Bar
- Family Law Section
- Young Lawyers Division
- Virginia State Bar