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Heather R McCabe

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fulton, MD

4.6   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 13 years
    Maryland - MD 25 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2010
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    26 years

  2. Family
    Divorce, separation, alimony, child support, child custody, protective orders and peace orders are regular parts of our Howard County and Montgomery County, Maryland domestic practice.

    26 years, 540 cases

  3. Child custody

    26 years

  4. Domestic violence

    26 years


I love what I do.   Every day,  I'm honored that my clients choose our firm to represent them and assist them through a difficult time and into a better place.   Litigation is not for every client or every lawyer, but we believe that some cases rightfully result in trials.  Whether mediation, collaborative law, or litigation is the right course for you,  excellence, discretion, compassion, and professionalism are the hallmarks of our firm's philosophy. 


When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my children (ranging in age from 15 to 3), running, and reading.


Notable Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice

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McCabe Russell, PA
8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard
Suite 350
Fulton, MD, 20759-2615


4.6 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Krista | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heather is a very confident lawyer and that's because she is intelligent and puts 100% passion into her cases. She helped me win an uphill battle because of her endurance and integrity and I am forever grateful.
Posted by Terrance | November 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My "Dream Team"
Contemplating or facing the circumstances of going through family court to do what you believe is best for your child(ren) is one of the hardest decisions that a person may face in life. The concept of having to fight anyone, let alone the other parent, for the opportunity to establish, maintain and/or protect the relationship with you and your child(ren) is a very difficult decision to make. Additionally, being an active participant in your child’s life is the life blood to being a parent and building those life long memories with your child(ren). As such, and while I believe that an amicable solution should ALWAYS be sought first, sometimes the only alternative you are left with is family court. To that point, I was lead to the offices of McCabeRussell (also referred to as my “Dream Team”) and what a godsend they were and continue to be to me and my family. If I had to sum up my feelings, I would have to say that Heather McCabe, Emily Russell, Anna Sholl and the entire McCabeRussell team are absolutely, hands down AMAZING! And, unfortunately, that still doesn’t fully describe or quantify how unbelievable and well suited of a legal team they are to anyone facing a family court matter. Before contacting McCabeRussell, I was a frustrated single father facing a system that I believed was stacked against me. As a man and an African American father, I have heard the horror stories of how the family court system is rigged against men and the hell that fathers sometimes have to endure to be involved in their children’s lives when the other party doesn’t share the same sentiments regarding parental involvement. Well, my story started the same way until I pick up the phone and spoke to Heather. I embarked on this journey facing multiple and, at times, ridiculous allegations about my fitness as a parent and access to my son of every other weekend and NO overnights. After speaking with Heather on the first phone call/initial consultation to the standing with Emily and Anna at final verdict being rendered some 14 months later, they were ALWAYS there at every turn, phone call, email, etc. While it was my hope that I would have been able to settle the matter out of court, Heather and Emily prepared me for the possibility of the inevitable – a trial. I hated this option but, realized it was necessary in my case. They helped me (emotionally and legally) navigate several phases of the legal process --- the initial phases of very limited access, fending off protective order attempts meant to further curtail my parental access and abilities, acquired me a three (3) hour temporary hearing to address my lack of access and finally, a trial where they were able to prove my fitness as a father and helped me attain shared physical and joint legal custody. What I just provided was a snapshot of my own circumstances but, hopefully enough for you to glean why I say this office is my “Dream Team”. Heather, Emily and Anna are tenacious trial attorneys, well versed in all aspects of domestic and family law, compassionate, child focused, attentive, over prepared, organized, responsive and very professional. I was a novice entering this but have since learned that all lawyers are not made alike. Now, while I didn’t get everything I wanted from the court, I can take solace in knowing that McCabeRussell advocated hard as ever to get me a significant amount of time, decision making ability and ultimately, the peace of mind to know that I have a team to fall back on when or if I am ever faced with similar circumstances in the future. In short, I would ONLY recommend McCabeRussell as the law firm to choose if you are faced with a domestic or family law matter.
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Posted by Christine | January 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Down to earth, fierce, supportive
For those reading: I went to this firm on a recommendation and a warning that it would cost more than your average lawyer but it would be worth it and I could not be happier! I was divorcing my husband and in the beginning it seemed like an amicable divorce, he as mostly agreeable and we were able to file for an uncontested divorce and with the help of Heather and her team I have a very solid marital separation agreement that is very well written and covers things I did not think of at all. I have seen a few of my friend's separation agreements made up by other lawyer teams, and I will attest that the one written by this team was more extensive than any others I have seen. Unfortunately I had trusted that my ex-spouse and I were able to keep in the agreement and I went "softer" than I though I needed to. Unfortunately I had to file a contempt of agreement and this law team again rose up to ensure I felt supported and not out of line in what I was seeing. He wasn't paying all the support he agreed to, and he was talking in ways with my children that they shouldn't be in a divorce. Her team filed everything and we found ourselves in mediation with their law team. It was good, I wanted time with my kids, he wanted money, we got through it, the advice the McCabe Russell team had for me was paramount and made me comfortable and confident. I am so much more educated and confident in my matters, and they also ensured that after mediation that all the paperwork was accurate and inline with my wishes. It was smooth and easy. I highly recommend this firm. I worked directly with Hillary and Heather and they were just fantastic, understanding, compassionate and just treated me humanely. Thank you. I will continue to utilize their services should I require them again.
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Posted by Gina | January 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Best lawyer’s
Without Atty Heather and Atty Emily I don’t have my son with me. Because of them I have peace. I thank God and will continue to pray for them and the family. Therefore, I highly recommend Atty Heather McCabe and Atty Emily Russell to handle your case and you will amaze for the results they will not leave you very supportive lawyers.
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Posted by Cynthia | November 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Skilled and compassionate
We were lucky enough to engage Heather and Emily for help with our second-parent adoption and estate planning documents (wills, powers of attorney, advanced directive, etc.). They were clearly experts in this area of practice, while also being exceptional at helping us to think through the many difficult questions that must be answered during this process. We also found them to be conscientious about using our time and money wisely. I recommend them every chance I get. Brilliant lawyers with great hearts.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience
When going through a difficult time it is great to have someone willing to guide you through with such warmth and knowledge. She goes above and beyond to work for you and your loved ones. When she fights for you it is like she is fighting for her own family. It is nice to work with someone who understands the stressors in life and can relate. I would highly recommend Heather, I can't imagine going through this obstacle without her by my side.
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Posted by Jessica | October 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Best of the Best!!
"I had the best experience with Emily and Heather!!! I don't know what I would have done with out these ladies!! Professional and experienced!! Definitely the best for all your family law needs!!!
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strong, Strategic Advocate
I found McCabe Russell using regular old google. I checked out their website and decided to give them a call. I left a message not expecting anyone to call back like the 10 firms before… but Heather McCabe called me back directly within an hour. I explained the reason for my search (divorce & custody) and she patiently answered all of my questions. I came in for a formal consultation to further discuss my legal needs. After that meeting, I was thoroughly impressed with Heather’s calm demeanor. She listened as I described my situation in rose-colored, heart-broken glasses. She had an uncanny ability to decrypt what I said to her and understand what I was up against before I could even see what that could be. She saw through the years of denial, hurt and pretending everything was OK. I naively believed that my husband wouldn’t walk all over me in the divorce like he did in our marriage. She protected my children and I from threats I couldn’t even dream may be coming. Heather answered my questions over and over again with the same amount of patience and respect as the first time I had asked. She went through everything with me until I felt confident with the action I wanted to take. She is dedicated to her clients and works incredibly hard to deliver results that her clients will be happy with. She is kind and patient, but is a force to be reckoned with when need be. Every time I see Heather, she asks by name how my family is doing, how my new job is and how I am doing. She remembers the details and asks because she genuinely cares to hear the response. I am very grateful for that return phone call nearly two years ago. I will never forget Heather’s endurance to fight through my ex’s constant stone walling, multiple lawyers he circled through and absolutely asinine claims/requests. I’ve recommended her personally to a few friends and am happy to recommend her here publically to you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Should have done my homework before hiring her
I hired Heather to deal with my child support and custody case a little while ago. I'm surprised she has an Avvo rating of 10 because she was terrible. The worst part of working with her was her communication. I would send her emails asking her questions about my case and she would send a response without addressing those questions. However, I would still get billed for that time. Furthermore, I was highly disappointed when we had a court hearing. It was clear to me that the other party's attorney was much better prepared and that Heather was not. After hiring a different attorney later on in the case, I had much better results.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McCabe Russell, PA
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate Professor
  • Georgetown Univ. Law Center
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Legal Rhetoric Instructor
  • American University School Of Law
  • 2005 - 2006


  • The George Washington University Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1997
  • Amherst College
  • B.A.,
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Black v. Tendras
  • Client Verdict
  • Marks v. Marks
  • Client Verdict


  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • D.C. Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland LGBT Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Citation for Pro Bono Service
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Richard C. Lewis Memorial Award
  • George Washington University Law School
  • 1997


Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar on Forty Percent and RIsing
  • Prenuptials
  • 2015
  • (Un) married with . . . Children
  • Parentage
  • 2007
  • Protecting the Smallest Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence and Representation of Children
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse Heather
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend Heather R. McCabe. She is aggressive, intelligent and has superior litigation skills. If you are searching for an attorney to represent you in Maryland, Heather is the right choice."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Heather is a smart, thoughtful, thorough and tough lawyer. She is the consummate advocate without being unreasonable or heavy handed. She knows where to push for her client, and when to hold back. When she is on the other side of a case I know that her client is well represented."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Working cooperatively with Heather is always a joy!"
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather provides thorough, competent and compassionate representation in the challenging practice area of family law. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Whether doing trial work or writing a settlement agreement, Heather is everything you'd want in a family law and divorce attorney. She is a client-focused, top-notch litigator and trial attorney. She is both experienced and well-respected. And she loves her work. She has offices in both Howard County and Montgomery County, Maryland."
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