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Kathryn Sharkey McDonough

Divorce and separation Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

5.0   19 reviews

also known as Kate McDonough, Kate Lievano

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 3 years
    Maryland - MD 16 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

I am proud of the many successful outcomes I have obtained for my clients, both in litigating contested matters in the courtroom, as well as in negotiating favorable settlements for them. I am committed to representing my clients’ interests in the most ethical, professional, results-driven, and cost-effective manner possible.

 

My legal career for the past 15+ years has been focused primarily in the area of family law. The other two areas in which I practice are (1) probate and contested estate and trust matters, and (2) collections, judgment enforcement, and civil litigation.

 

My family law practice covers the full range of divorce, separation, child custody, guardianship, adoption, alimony, and child support matters from negotiating contractual agreements to mediation to litigating complex issues at trial and appeal hearings. I am a court-certified Best Interest Attorney; having been appointed by Judges to represent minor children in contested custody cases. I am frequently appointed by the court to serve as a guardian for vulnerable or disabled adults. I am also a trained mediator and Collaborative Law facilitator.

 

As for probate and estates matters, I have successfully litigated and prevailed in Court proceedings so that my clients’ rights have been well-protected and bequests made to them ultimately disbursed. I have assisted hundreds of clients who have been named as Personal Representatives in their loved one’s Wills and I am well-versed in the probate and estate administration process. I have also been appointed by the Court to serve as Personal Representative or Trustee in such cases.

 

In my collections and civil litigation practice, I have assisted many individuals and businesses, including law firms, medical practices, private schools, and construction companies, in recovering debts and accounts receivables owed to them from vendors, contractors, clients, and tenants.

 

I have extensive experience at all court levels, including Federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as District and Circuit Courts throughout the State of Maryland. I have argued before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and been victorious in each of my cases at the appellate level. I am admitted to the Bar for the United States Supreme Court.

 

In 2011, I was nominated, selected and recognized by the Daily Record as a Maryland “Leading Woman”—an award bestowed to a small group of women, all under the age of 40 years, in recognition of their accomplishments to date in their business and legal careers. Additionally, I have been named a “Rising Star” in the area of family law by Super Lawyers Magazine each year from 2012 through 2021 and a "Super Lawyer" each year thereafter.  

 

My professional memberships include the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland and its Family Law Section, of which I served as co-chair from 2013-2015; the Maryland State Bar Association; the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, of which I served as President from 2015-2016; and the Inns of Court.

 

I am a Montgomery County native and a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. I earned my Bachelor of Science, with a double-major in International Affairs and Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies, from Xavier University. My Juris Doctor is from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

 

I am fluent in Spanish, and serve the needs of the Spanish-speaking community in Montgomery County.

 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children. I am also an avid fan of Xavier basketball, the Washington Nationals, and Colombian futbol.

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Location

McDonough Law, LLC
100 Lexington Drive
Second Floor
Silver Spring, MD, 20901

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Posted by Amethyst | February 15, 2024
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Client
I could not be more pleased with the stellar and professional service of this firm. I hired Ms. McDonough as an expert witness, and she was meticulous and eloquent in this role. I have no doubt that it was her impressive qualifications and brilliant testimony which led to my award of attorney fees. I thoroughly recommend this firm!
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Response from Kathryn McDonough March 12, 2024
Thank you so much, Amethyst! :)
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2023
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the best lawyers
Thank you for your help, you were the best and for a good job for me I appreciate it
Posted by Deesha | April 19, 2023
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Excellent
I retain McDonough Law Firm and I didn't regret it. They went above and beyond my expectations. They were fast efficient and knowledgeable. They address my concerns with patients efficiency. They made everything clear and unstandable. I recommend this law firm without hesitation.
Posted by Leah | March 23, 2023
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Best decision
When going through life transition, you want someone knowledgeable to help guide you. Not only is Kate very knowledgeable in family law, her calm and confident demeanor helped throughout the legal process of divorce and custody. Kate and her team are all organized and thorough which led to the outcome I was hoping for.
Response from Kathryn McDonough April 5, 2023
Thanks, Leah. So happy for you!
Posted by Bruno Guimaraes | November 23, 2022
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Excellent
I would like to register my satisfaction with the work performed by the team at the law firm of Kathryn Sharkey McDonough. During the entire time that we were working on preparing my defense, I noticed the high degree of professionalism and efficiency of the entire team and this great work resulted in a fantastic decision on my divorce. The dedication, always present in our meetings and the perfect understanding of all aspects that involved my case, provided a final technical decision based on the Laws of the State of Maryland by the Court. Congratulations!!!!
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Response from Kathryn McDonough November 30, 2022
Thank you, Bruno. It was a pleasure to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2021
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Professional and Compassionate
You are in good hands with the McDonough Law Firm. Not only is the team extremely experienced and well-versed, they provide care and attention to clients and work diligently to get you the best outcome.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2020
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Successful case
Ms McDonough and her able assistant handled my divorce case over several years. Happily my case did not need to go to a court trial, but she advised me well, provided useful referrals, and handled all the court and other paperwork expeditiously. Communication was prompt and clear. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2020
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Recommendation
Kate Mcdonough and her staff guided me through my marital settlement agreement with care, understanding and compassion for the situation. I would highly recommend her for anyone seeking assistance.
Posted by Danna | August 14, 2020
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Will & Power of Attorney Process
Professional Team! Very understanding, informative and caring in handling my husband and I case. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2020
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Excellent Services
I'm delighted to recommend McDonough Law. They guided me through every step of the process during my divorce case, providing timely and comprehensive legal services. I found the attorneys to be very knowledgeable and responsive. Kate McDonough herself stepped in on several occasions to support at critical stages of the process. The expertise services were prompt, thorough, and courteous. I highly recommend McDonough Law Practice, its attorneys, and Kate McDonough herself.
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Posted by Meagan | November 11, 2018
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A rare find
Kate and her team recently represented us in a legal situation that up until hiring her, we had been fighting for over two years without any success. It was not until we hired Kate that we finally felt like we may have a chance at some closure and relief from an incredible ongoing burden. Kate, Lourdes and the team were highly professional. Kate’s strategy stood out in comparison to our previous experience working with other attorneys. She draws on a culmination of years of practice, intuition and experience and it shows in all her work. She had a strategic plan and communicated with us every step of the way. He bill rate was very fair and she was very honest in her billing hours. Kate was able to help successfully deliver an outcome that all our previous legal counsel failed to produce. Most importantly she treated us with respect and we felt as though she genuinely cared about the outcome of our case. I would highly recommend Kate McDonough and her staff.
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Posted by Q | February 28, 2018
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Phenomenal divorce and family law attorney; LGBTQ friendly
I am so glad I found Kate. She handled my divorce several years ago, and has helped me with various other matters since. My divorce was challenging, with custody concerns, tricky financial issues, and an ex-husband who vacillated between unreasonable stubbornness and argumentative interactions and ignoring us entirely (very unhelpfully). Kate helped me to navigate this minefield and got me what I still think was the best outcome possible, with the least cost and emotional turmoil. She was sensitive throughout; truly someone I felt I could trust in such a vulnerable time. Kate is still someone I turn to when I need legal advice and she has been unfailingly responsive and helpful. I have referred her to friends gladly when the need has arisen. I am happily remarried now, and there is no one else my wife and I would trust with our legal issues, particularly as we have same-sex parenting interests to protect.
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Posted by Beth | May 19, 2017
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Estate Probate
Kate McDonough was the attorney handling the probate for our mother's estate & most supportive to our large family and multiple heirs. She was very kind & professional during a difficult time. Her guidance through the probate process was invaluable, as was her thorough handling of the many cumbersome legal details required throughout the process. I would highly recommend Kate's legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2016
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Excellent attorney
Kathryn McDonough represented me in my separation and divorce. The case involved child custody, child support and property division. Kate was very supportive to what was important to me while being extremely knowledgeable in the law and how to apply it to the needs of my children and myself. Her guidance and advice were excellent. She was very professional and timely with responses and filing of paperwork. She made me feel as if i were her only priority. She helped me achieve the outcome I was looking for. I would recommend her to represent anyone in need of an attorney with these types of matters.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2016
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Expert Estate Litigation
Kate navigated us through a tense estate dispute. She is professional, confidant, and knowledgeable. We were pleased with the negotiation and settlement. I would ask for Kate"s counsel again and would absolutely recommend her.
Posted by Ellen | March 3, 2015
Personable, Reliable Lawyer
"I retained Ms. McDonough as my attorney for an appellate matter. She was very professional and always made herself available to me when I had any questions or concerns during the process. She and her staff always made sure I had thorough documentation of the appeals process. I would highly recommend Ms. McDonough will use her if necessary in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2014
My Search was Over When I Found Kate McD
I consulted with 4 attorney's before Kate. I hired Kate more than year ago for pursuing a divorce/post nup agreement. She was absolutely fantastic! It was a very stressful time. She is a consumate professional, also considerate and trustworthy. She is fair with her billing practices. In other words, I did not see any evidence of her trying to overbill me. Every dime I paid her was an investment in me and my family's future and was money well spent. The only thing that troubled me was the support staff (one person in particular). I could definitely tell when her support staff created a document vs. when Kate drew up the document. Multiple edits (typos and and demographic info on one son) on the document when support staff was used. Yes, I would use Kate again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2014
Great attorney!!
I hired Ms. McDonough on two separate occasions and both items were taken care of in a timely and accurate fashion. I have recommended her to many other people to handle their various items as I know she and her support staff do a great job handling legal matters.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2012
Wonderful Experience
Kathryn Mcdonough provided excellent service and had a very fast response time to my family law case related inquiry. Within a very short period of time, she had returned child support estimates based on Maryland support guidelines. She also provided solid, trustworthy legal advice, as my material circumstances had changed and needed to know how that might affect my previously awarded child-support court order. I would recommend her services to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • McDonough Law, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Andalman & Flynn, PC
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Andalman & Flynn P.C.
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Andalman & Flynn, PC
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Xavier University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re: Bays
  • $100,000 victory for my clients

Associations

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Inns of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Executive Committee
  • 2010 - 2015
  • American Inns of Court
  • Associate
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Xavier University Alumni Association
  • Washington, DC Chapter President
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Section Chair of the Year
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Leading Women
  • Maryland Daily Record
  • 2011
  • James Salter Pro Bono Award
  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation
  • 2011
  • President's Citation for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
  • Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Maryland State Bar Association - Legal Summit Series
  • Opt Out to Opt In: A Panel Discussion with Lawyer Moms who Started their own Law Firms
  • 2021
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County Maryland
  • A Panel Discussion: The role of BIAs in the separation and divorce processes, in resolution of disputes, the litigation process and post-agreement/judgment processes
  • 2021
  • National Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony
  • Key Note Speaker
  • 2016
  • Social Media for Family Law Practitioners
  • WBA Brown Bag
  • 2012
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Collections Practice Seminar
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (11)
Endorse Kathryn
Family Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is endlessly professional and very intelligent. Kate has compassion and care for her matters, and she represents her clients with poise. I unequivocally endorse Kate and her firm."
Debt collection Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate handles my collection cases. She is excellent. She is also just an amazing person. Highly recommended."
Mediation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as an excellent mediator and family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathryn is an excellent trial lawyer who will vigorously litigate for her clients. I would highly recommend this attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathryn is a great lawyer.Highly respected in the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In my experience, Ms. McDonough is a highly skilled attorney who works with passion and diligence to achieve the very best results for her clients. I fully endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been honored to work with Kate for my entire legal career. Whether we are strategizing innovative ways to get the best possible results for our clients or sharing ideas about new aspects of law, it is always a great experience. I am proud to consider Kate a colleague and would not hesitate to refer any and all family matters to her. She is an excellent lawyer!"
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Silver Spring Divorce and separation Lawyer Kathryn Sharkey McDonough
Kathryn Sharkey McDonough
Divorce and separation Attorney
Silver Spring, MD
Licensed for 16 years