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Catherine Paquette McKay

Divorce and separation Attorney at Londonderry, NH

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Cathy McKay

  • State Years
    New Hampshire - NH 32 years
    Maine - ME 31 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NH
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State ME
    Acquired 1992
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Catherine

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I have lived in Londonderry for almost 20 years with my husband and 2 children, Dillon and Marissa.  I enjoy playing golf, skiing, kickboxing and spending time with my friends and family.  


Parnell, Michels & Mckay, PLLC
25 Nashua Road
Suite C5
Londonderry, NH, 03053

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Posted by Amy | July 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!
Explained all my options in clear, concise language that I could understand. Everything was done in an extremely timely manner. Costs were clearly explained, up front, and were quite reasonable.
Posted by Amory | June 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Catherine McKay represented me during my extremely contentious divorce. My former husband hid assets, tried to dodge child support, alimony, college payments -etc. Throughout the entire process Cathy was superb- a calm, fair but super smart voice of reason in a highly volatile situation. Thanks to Cathy my children and I ultimately triumphed in the NH court system - holding an extremely devious and dishonest individual accountable in a calm and legal fashion. Many years later I still rely on Cathy whenever I need fair, honest, reasonable legal advice. I have referred numerous friends and colleagues to Catherine McKay and every one of them have thanked me for the referral.
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Posted by Dean | June 30, 2017
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my experience working with Cathy
I am totally impressed by Cathy's command of the Divorce process. She completely outperformed my ex-wife's attorney, who charged multiples of what Cathy charged. Cathy's counsel helped me work through all the issues and helped me separate the important ones from those that were less important. Cathy was available for meetings and phone calls when I needed them. I recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 29, 2017
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Very pleased
When I had my first consultation with Mrs. McKay, I was nervous due to the amount of information I had to share that was very personal. Having to have a lawyer in your life because of circumstances that can't be handle without one, I feel lucky she represented me in the difficult circumstances I had and have to deal with in my day to day life. Mrs. McKay kept things in perspective and knew the law. She listened and then offered her opinion without judgment at anytime. When things didn't turn out the way I'd hope, she always had other avenues and thoughts to share, in a emotional situation.. My experience with Cathy McKay has and is professional and supportive.. I like her confidence and determination to support me and my family. I would recommend Mrs. McKay to anyone who may have similar circumstances, child custody and putting the child first.. Thank you, Jennifer
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Posted by Holly | June 29, 2017
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Proactive advocate
Cathy is a talented lawyer who I trust implicitly. By only does she solve the immediate problem at hand -but looks at the broader picture to overcome obstacles in the future. Cathy handled my divorce. While it was simple at the front end - 5 years later provisions were contested all the way to the Supreme Court. Cathy's proactive approach was a godsend and our original agreement was upheld by NH Supreme Court. Can't say thank you enough. She is a fair, pragmatic problem solver who doesn't look to create enemies of the parties. She tries to find common ground- and a place of equity. That focus to fairness coupled with her looking for any potential weaknesses in an agreement and mitigating them make her the best lawyer out there.
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Posted by Stephen | April 19, 2017
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Seeley review
I hired Catherine Mckay to handle my divorce case. Catherine has certainly met all my expectations so far. The issues of my divorce quickly escalated and Catherine handled them with ease. Her quickness and attention to detail proved successful in an ex parte motion. I feel like I've won 10 out 10 battles so far so I have no criticism. What I like most is Catherine's fairness to both parties involved and how she sets realistic expectations for me.
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Posted by Robert | April 19, 2017
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collaborative divorce
Cathy did a great job with my collaborative divorce . She worked well with the other side to find middle ground that we could both agree on thanks Cathy !!!
Posted by Cheryl | April 19, 2017
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Made a hard situation much easier
Catherine did a great job, was very helpful and got our divorce settled quickly. Highly recommend her.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Parnell, Michels & McKay, PLLC
  • 1992 - Present


  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991


  • Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2015
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • New England Law Review
  • Editor
  • 1991

Speaking Engagements

  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training
  • 2 day basic training
  • 2017
  • Annual Practice Group Meeting
  • Getting new collaborative cases
  • 2017
  • Collaborative Law Alliance Annual Meeting
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney McKay for several years and have been opposing counsel on cases with her in the past. Attorney McKay is a respected member of the family law community in NH who is known for her expertise. No matter how difficult or challenging a case is, Attorney McKay is always professional and respectful to all parties, while being a committed advocate for her clients. I endorse Attorney McKay."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It is without hesitation that I endorse Attorney McKay for all your family law matters. Not only have I known Cathy for several years as a fellow attorney, but she worked as opposing counsel to one of my divorce matters recently. As opposing counsel, Cathy always remained professional, even through some of the most difficult issues in which the parties were not seeing eye to eye. Because of Cathy's hard work and diligence, the matter was almost resolved. If you are seeking someone to get results in a fair manner, Cathy is, without doubt, someone who will work well for you."