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Katherine Louise McDonald

Child custody Attorney at Camp Hill, PA

4.2   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2012
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Lawyer Katherine McDonald | Lawyer Child Custody


Dethlefs-Pykosh Law Group, LLC
2132 Market St
Dethlefs Pykosh Law Group Llc
Camp Hill, PA, 17011-4706

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4.2 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by Jordan | May 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peaceful resolution
Katherine was wonderful. She works with a great combination of knowledge for law, wisdom in her field, and emotional support. She was honest with me and her responses were very kind, even when my communication was a little panicky. She took the time to understand the situation I was in and came up with a peaceful resolution that both parties could come to an agreement on. I am very grateful.
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Posted by Christopher | February 8, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Katherine is an honest lawyer!
Katherine was very quick to get me on for a free consultation on short notice. She took the time to get to know me and my situation before we even talked about my case. I felt like she really cared about me as a person. She was honest and upfront about my chances, and wasn't just trying to take my money. She knows the laws very well and gave me some valuable information. I would highly recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Couldn't Be More Satisfied
Katherine represented me for my custody conference. The outcome was more than I could have asked for. As a result my children will start to get the counseling they need.
Posted by Elizabeth | May 7, 2015
I am absolutely pleased with Attorney McDonald's with the handling of my case. Her knowledge and preparedness was refreshing to walk into. I trust her judgment and expertise to the fullness. She make you fill welcome every time you see her in person. I am very comfortable with her. So basically even thou she is fighting for you, she is very down to earth person. YES, I would definitely recommend Attorney McDonald to anyone who needs legal help!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by C Bryan Hartman | May 6, 2015
Great Attorney
Katherine was excellent in her service, and in many ways went above and beyond. She's the first person I look to now for help.
Posted by Brenna K. | April 30, 2015
Katherine is always a pleasure to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable & always there when I need somthing. She is very quick and responsive to all of my needs. She keeps me informed every step of the way. I would highly reccomend Katherine!
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Well Represented
I am very pleased with Attorney McDonald's handling of my child custody/spousal support cases. She was prepared and to the point on the specifics of my case...I felt very well represented! I would not have wanted to be on the other side. Because of her skill and hard work....I was able to get primary custody & won my spousal support case. I trust her judgment and expertise...but at the same time, I am comfortable with her, as she is very down to earth. I would definately recommend Attorney McDonald!
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Posted by Karen | April 30, 2015
The best lawyer I have ever had. I have given her name as a referral to another person that was in need of a lawyer and he is very satisfied as well. Thumbs up and a high five to this fantastic lady.
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Horrible/ RIP OFF
Worst attorney I've ever had. In the pre meetings she sounds like she will win you the world plus more. Then it comes time for action and all she wants to do is drag things on to make more money. You can tell her your wishes and everything you need and none of that matters. She will tell you straight up you won't get this or that. It makes no sense im paying you to do a job and your telling me instantly you can't do that. You pay so much upfront thinking alright this will pay for it, but then bam lets double your bill when your done because she doesn't listen to her clients and their wishes. She's not what she makes herself out to be and honestly I don't see how any of these reviews are real besides the one star that I read. If I could give advice for someone looking to hire her for child custody DO NOT FOLLOW THROUGH!
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Response from Katherine McDonald December 21, 2020
We are sorry you had a bad experience with our firm. This matter does not sound familiar, and we strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2015
Wish we could have a do over
Katie is very laid back and casual and so is her defense. She sat by and allowed the other party's lawyer to dictate the entire proceedings. She did not fight for us or defend us as she had said she would do in our meetings before going to court. She acted like a scared little girl on the playground in the court. i highly suggest finding a different lawyer - unless you just want someone who fills a seat.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dethlefs-Pykosh Law Group, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Associate
  • Dethlefs Pykosh Law Group, LLC
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Owner
  • Katherine L. McDonald, Esq.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Elder Protection Clinic
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Morris & Vedder
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Volunteer
  • Miller Center for Public Interest Advocacy
  • 2010 - 2012
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  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Bucknell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009


  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • York County Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Why do I need an Advance Directive/Power of Attorney/Will?
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Why do I need an Advance Directive/Power of Attorney/Will?
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Why do I need an Advance Directive/Power of Attorney/Will?
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Why do I need an Advance Directive/Power of Attorney/Will?
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Why do I need an Advance Directive/Power of Attorney/Will?
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
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Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Attorney McDonald I have worked with Attorney McDonald on numerous cases in the family law area. I have always found her approach to settling matters to be forthright, and honest while always being a zealous advocate for her client's interest."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked through numerous divorce, custody and support matters with Attorney McDonald on the other side. She has proven herself to be principled, yet fair, which has helped clients on both sides get to where they need to be. I would recommend her services to anyone seeking a knowledgeable and diligent family law practitioner."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney McDonald is knowledgeable and is a zealous advocate. I endorse Attorney McDonald."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer.i highly recommend her for any Family law case. She always does great work for her clients."

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Camp Hill Child custody Lawyer Katherine Louise McDonald
Katherine Louise McDonald
Child custody Attorney
Camp Hill, PA
Licensed for 11 years
Free Consultation