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Kathryn M. McHugh

Family Attorney at Frederick, MD

2.3   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 21 years
    Maine - ME 10 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 31 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2013
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1992
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce, settlement agreements, child support, custody, protection from abuse, division of property, pre-nuptial agreements, and adoption.

    31 years, 600 cases

  2. Mediation
    Family law mediation, real estate disputes, neighborhood disputes, will disputes, contract disputes.

    31 years, 750 cases

Ms. McHugh is a sole practitioner in Frederick and Washington Counties, Maryland, concentrating her practice in matrimonial law and mediation. Ms. McHugh is a court appointed mediator for Frederick and Washington Counties, Maryland and was the “in-house” mediator for the Frederick County Circuit Court from September of 2008 until September of 2012.  Ms. McHugh has also been certified as a mediator by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution. Ms. McHugh also practiced in Doylestown, Pennsylvania from 1993-2003, where she also was a family lawyer and served as a court appointed mediator in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania. Ms. McHugh while living in Southern Maine was also a court appointed mediator in Portalnd, Maine. Ms. McHugh also offers mediation services for guardianship or conservatorship and working with elders/seniors.

Ms. McHugh offers virtual and in-person consultations.   

Ms. McHugh received her B.A. (1980) in psychology and her M.A. (1981) in counseling psychology from the University of Connecticut and her J.D. (1992) from Temple University Law School.  Ms. McHugh worked as a psychotherapist for ten years prior to beginning law school in a variety of treatment centers and treatment modalities.  This background, along with her years of experience as an attorney, gives her a unique understanding and approach to the divorce process and mediation. 



Kathryn M. McHugh
47 E. All Saints Street
Frederick, MD, 21701

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Posted by Chelsea | July 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleasant, Considerate, and Warmhearted
I met with Kathryn when it became clear that I needed legal advice about impending divorce. My ex and I had been separated for a year at this time and I had brought a separation agreement I had drafted the year prior to help expedite the process. She reviewed it briefly at our initial meeting, but shared that since she was charging for our initial meeting she would use that deposit to review all that we went over and advise me of next steps because as far as she could tell it was going to be an effortless self file divorce case. Then COVID19 hit. Over the course of 2020 we met on zoom and were in constant contact via email, which she answered promptly and in the most helpful way. During 2020 I also had to deal with Social Services to obtain child support and I wasn't 100% sure how to navigate that process and she kindly spoke with the State's Attorney and my ex's attorney regarding all matters. What was supposed to be a couple month long process turned into 2-3 years and looking back her behavior during that time was the most supportive thing I could have envisioned, while yes she is my paid lawyer, she could've been wasting my time, wasting my money, been cruel and unkind, but she was not, not even once. Luckily in June 2021 I was granted absolute divorce and at the hearing she arrived early, I however was a little late, but she was so gracious, she didn't even mention my tardiness. She made sure all that was in the separation agreement was honored without fail. She made sure that the process from our very first meeting to our final meeting was uncomplicated, cost efficient, and civil. 10/10 I would recommend her and I have since I've worked with her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Rude and ignorant
If you are a mother and get her appointed as your child's best interest attorney through the courts you are in for it. This woman is a father's rights Activest. She is against women and needs to be taken out of the Frederick county court system immediately. She basically tells you that you can not show your child love because it hurts the fathers feelings. She will only pay attention to what you do as a mother and nit pick everything.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Insensitive Fraud
Meeting with this woman is a major waste of time, money, and emotions. She is incredibly insensitive and rude.


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AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Mediator
  • Law Office of Kathryn M. McHugh
  • 1993 - Present
  • Mediator
  • CADRES Mediator
  • 2014 - 2017
  • In house Mediator
  • Circuit Court For Frederick County, Maryland
  • 2008 - 2012


  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Connecticut
  • MA - Masters
  • 1981
  • University of Connecticut
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980


  • The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Cumberland Bar Association
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Maine Association of Mediators
  • 2013 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer Mediator
  • Maryland District Court
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Mediation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of Kathryn as a mediator on several cases. She has a good handle on the room and is always very prepared. I've achieved successful outcomes for both parties with her as a mediator."
Mediation Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney McHugh. Kathryn is diligent, knowledgeable and thoroughly experienced in family law, which enables her to assist parties avoid prolonged litigation."

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Frederick Family Lawyer Kathryn M. McHugh
Kathryn M. McHugh
Family Attorney
Frederick, MD
Licensed for 31 years