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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

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
    8 years
  2. Family: 20%
    16 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Jonathan M Dana

    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

  • Michael A Troy

    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
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

1129 20th St NW Ste 400
4th Floor
Washington, DC, 20036-3453


DCActive 200207/10/2016
ILVoluntarily Inactive200105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2014
Public Interest FellowshipChicago Kent Law School1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFeldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell2008 - Present
Assistant Attorney GeneralOffice Of The Attorney General For The District Of Columbia2004 - 2008
Law clerk to the Honorable Nan R. ShukerDC Superior Court2003 - 2004
Staff Attorney/Pro Bono CoordinatorDC Bar Pro Bono Program2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Supreme Court BarMember2013 - Present
Friends of the Superior Court of the District of ColumbiaTreasurer2011 - Present
Domestic Violence Rules CommitteeMember2011 - Present
District of Columbia Bar, Family Law SectionMentor2011 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember2002 - Present
District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Steering CommitteeMember2009 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
College of WoosterEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law school eventCreating Work-Life Balance2013
District of Columbia BarDealing with Difficult Clients2013
Guest LecturerChild Protection Mediation Training2006