Divorcing clients appreciate the combination of strength and compassion Katherine brings to her cases, especially when domestic abuse or child custody issues are involved. As a former trial attorney with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Katherine has extensive experience in the courtroom. She ensures clients understand the court process and focuses them on achieving realistic results.
Accessible and approachable, Katherine is known for moving quickly. Whether it is securing a temporary restraining order, preparing for Civil Protection Order trial in 10 days, or working with clients to formulate a Marital Settlement Agreement, Katherine acts decisively on behalf of her clients. They feel she is advocating for their best interests, working first to settle, but not hesitating to go to court if settlement isn’t possible.
The conflict of divorce can narrow an individual’s perspective. Katherine is adept at helping clients see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” so they can move forward with their lives. At the end of the process, she wants clients to feel settled and empowered, that together they accomplished the best that was possible.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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I endorse this lawyer. There is a reason Katie recently became a partner at our law firm: She is extremely committed to her clients and the results they seek. She is a strong negotiator and litigator and will work endlessly and persistently to attain justice and fairness for her clients. And, if that means playing hardball, she can do it as well as anybody. In addition, Katie is thoughtful and a very good listener (and empathetic); as a result, she is very attuned to her client's needs and desires. She is always ready to provide counsel. If you need an excelllent family lawyer Katie should be on the top of your list for all the reasons stated above.
Jonathan Dana Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
I endorse this lawyer. Ms. O'Rourke is a top notch attorney who will not put up with any nonsense from opposing counsel. I should know. Her demeanor in the courtroom is nothing short of exceptional and her negotiating skills and tactics are excellent. If I had a family law problem she would be on my short list of go to attorneys.
Michael Troy Divorce and separation Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Washington DC Super Lawyers||2014|
|Public Interest Fellowship||Chicago Kent Law School||1999|
|Partner||Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell||2008 - Present|
|Assistant Attorney General||Office Of The Attorney General For The District Of Columbia||2004 - 2008|
|Law clerk to the Honorable Nan R. Shuker||DC Superior Court||2003 - 2004|
|Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Coordinator||DC Bar Pro Bono Program||2001 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||2013 - Present|
|Friends of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia||Treasurer||2011 - Present|
|Domestic Violence Rules Committee||Member||2011 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section||Mentor||2011 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||2002 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Steering Committee||Member||2009 - 2012|
|In the Matters of M.D. and B.D., 135 Daily Wash. L. Rptr. 1193 (D.C. Super. Ct. May 14, 2007).||N/A|
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|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|College of Wooster||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Law school event||Creating Work-Life Balance||2013|
|District of Columbia Bar||Dealing with Difficult Clients||2013|
|Guest Lecturer||Child Protection Mediation Training||2006|