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Kathleen Mary McLaughlin

Divorce and separation Attorney at Annapolis, MD

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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  • Family law attorney with more than 20 years of experience serving clients in all matters relating to divorce, separation agreements, alimony, child support, custody, marital awards, child abuse, domestic violence, paternity suits, family law appeals, and all other aspects of family law. I provide dedicated legal representation in an effort to achieve the best result for all clients, and assist clients through every step of the divorce process.  My long-standing reputation in the legal community affords me the opportunity to foster good working relations among my colleagues, peers and judges. I believe fostering a strong attorney-client relationship is paramount to the success of the individual cases.  References from clients are available upon requests


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Kathleen McLaughlin, LLC
113 Cathedral Street
Annapolis, MD, 21401


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Posted by Tess | February 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Believe her!
I was referred to Kathleen by a friend. I liked that she was not part of a larger firm and all correspondence went directly to her. From the start she laid out what was necessary to proceed with a separation/divorce. When I followed her advice things moved along, when I thought I knew better...well I didn't. Listen to her!
Response from Kathleen McLaughlin February 9, 2021
Thank you! Very much appreciated!
Posted by Sharon | November 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Kathleen is the best!
Kathleen is so incredible. She puts her heart and soul into her work. I thank God she was with me on my side of the divorce proceedings. She is professional and thorough. She has so much knowledge of the legal process. We ended up settling the case through mediation, where she advised me and stayed there with me throughout that difficult time. While we did not make it to court, she would have been a strong advocate for me and my needs, and would have very likely won the case based on her strength and determination. She truly cares about her clients. I would HIGHLY recommend Kathleen. See less
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Response from Kathleen McLaughlin December 7, 2020
Very much appreciated!
Posted by Annonymous | September 25, 2020
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Persistent and Determined
Kathleen works very hard and is a terrific divorce lawyer. She knew exactly what I needed and fought hard to get the job done! Kathleen took time to explain verbiage I was unfamiliar with and made sure I was comfortable with all the steps she wanted to take to ensure I was getting a fair settlement. Kathleen never gave up even in times I wanted to fold up and throw in the towel. I would highly recommend Kathleen if you need a divorce attorney.
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Response from Kathleen McLaughlin October 2, 2020
Thank you for a lovely review! Much appreciated.
Posted by Scott | February 8, 2019
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Fantastic Lawyer!
Kathleen McLaughlin is a fantastic lawyer. I originally consulted with her and she got it done. Katherine worked with the other attorney, and got a favorable outcome. I was very pleased with her. She always returned my calls, and was truly on top of things. I have dealt with a number of attorneys through out my life, business dealings, etc. She was absolutely one of the best I have used! Very comforting during a tough time. I used her for a divorce case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2019
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We set up a consult with Ms. McLaughlin after she was highly recommended. We liked how she is honest and does not sugar coat things. She lets you know what you are getting into. She is extremely thorough and love how she put things into words. Very helpful and I am truly glad that we did hire her, if we need her services again I would contact her. One thing that I would like to say is that she goes above and beyond what I think some lawyers would not. Been working with her on our case for 9 months and I truly she cares!!!!!
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Posted by Jamol | January 25, 2018
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The Truth
I am a father that didn't see his son for three years, because my exwife hid him from me. Ms. Mclaughlin was able to get me divorced, awarded ample visitation and communication, the judge also awarded me half of her pension and 401k. If your looking for a attorney that approaches the courtroom like it's a boxing match you have found the right one.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 14, 2017
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Mrs. McLaughlin exceed my expectations. She was honest stern & forthright. But also making me feel like a priority in a very hectic profession. I felt that she made a connection with me which is important in a divorce case. She was smart confident and kept me in a positive mind state. I was completely pleased with the final outcome of my divorce. She went above & beyond for me and I truly am thankful she was my attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2016
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Very hardworking and determined Lawyer.
This lawyer was recommended to me and I was very pleased with her performance. She fought hard and put up an amazing fight. We ended up winning the case.
Posted by Cynthia | September 3, 2015
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Great Lawyer!
I found Kathleen online after having a negative experience with the first lawyer I found on the internet. Kathleen is no nonsense and fights for her client. I have appreciated her honesty and directness in dealing with my divorce. Her rates are also reasonable, and her office is in close proximity for any necessary meetings. I highly recommend Kathleen McLaughlin as a divorce lawyer!
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Posted by Valli | February 20, 2015
Kathleen McLaughlin is a tour de force!
Ms. McLaughlin was recommended to me by a friend in San Diego. You will be hard pressed to find a lawyer with the moxie she has to stand up to any giant. She grasped the complexity and beat them on their own turf! knew I was out gunned and that I needed a barracuda to get through the three attorneys my ex spouse had hired with near infinite funds on his side. It was a complex process complicated by a 3,000 mile distance. I am still amazed by her talent and strategic skills. Thank you, Ms. McLaughlin, I am forever grateful. I know that I was an emotional mess to deal with.
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Posted by Dianne | February 18, 2015
An Advocate When I Most Needed One
An attorney friend recommended Kathleen when my marriage of 44 years failed. Kathleen proved to be exactly the attorney I needed. My spouse was a retired CPA and consequently had handled all of our finances. Kathleen was tenacious and thorough in getting the necessary financial information needed to ensure a fair and equitable settlement. I was able to call her with any question and know that her answer was the correct one. She researched and got outside expertise when necessary. She was always available and responded quickly to my calls. I always knew where we were in the process. Kathleen provided me with names and numbers of people in other fields who were able to advise and assist in my decision making going forward. Most importantly, during the most devastating time in my life, Kathleen was the person I could trust to advocate for me. She was strong and supportive during those times when I just wanted to crawl in a hole. She got me a fair financial settlement and she has made sure that I am protected going forward. I now know that the death of my marriage was not unlike the death of a spouse. I was operating on fear and anger and not in a position to think of all the things that would ensure my future. Kathleen did that. We had one court appearance, and watching Kathleen recite the facts of my case and quote the case law that was pertinent was reassuring, and she did prevail. When things got really ugly, and I was at my most vulnerable, it was Kathleen who did not falter. She was always ethical in her dealings with all parties. She was prepared for every meeting, and she was thorough in her research, etc. I would recommend her without reservation to anyone in need of an attorney who is knowledgeable, professional and willing to go the extra mile to ensure a fair and favorable outcome.
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Kathleen McLaughlin, Esquire
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant Bar Counsel
  • Attorney Grievance Commission
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Owner
  • Kathleen McLaughlin, Esquire
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Allen Johnson Alexander & Karp
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Attorney
  • Anne Arundel County Circuit Court
  • 1992 - 1993
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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Doctor of Law (JD)
  • 1992
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Julia Colton-Bell, Miscellaneous Docket AG No. 33, September Term, 2009.
  • ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION OF MARYLAND v. Sherrie T. HOWELL. Misc. Docket AG No. 7, Sept. Term 2010.


  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland (Anne Arundel County chapter)
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 1994 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • 1992 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • U. S. District Court
  • N/A
  • Homeowner's Association of Foxhall Inc.
  • Vice President
  • 1999 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono 2015
  • Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Facilitator Program
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathleen was my mentor out of law school. She is passionate about family law and defends her clients' interests. I recommend her to anyone seeking an excellent family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"I have known Kathleen McLaughlin since law school. She is a competent, thorough, and tenacious attorney. She wins every argument whether it's related to the law or not. You are well served having her as your attorney."
Annapolis Divorce and separation Lawyer Kathleen Mary McLaughlin
Kathleen Mary McLaughlin
Divorce and separation Attorney
Annapolis, MD
Licensed for 30 years
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