Catherine   McQueen
Principal

Contact

Phone: 240.507.1718
Fax: 240.507.1735
Mailing: 4800 Montgomery Lane ,
9th Floor , Bethesda , MD   20814
Linkedin: Catherine McQueen

“No family legal issue is too difficult to solve. My goal is to help my clients feel calm and confident in the face of any dispute—and to develop practical solutions for families’ long-term futures. My work is only done when all the pieces have fallen into place.”  

— Kate McQueen

PRACTICE FOCUS

Catherine H. “Kate” McQueen is a family lawyer and principal in Offit Kurman’s Bethesda office and is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Ms. McQueen focuses her practice on the many legal issues that impact families, including all the issues arising out of a divorce, such as custody, child support, alimony, and other financial and property issues.  She also has extensive experience in guardianship matters for children and incapacitated adults, including assisting clients in petitioning for guardianship, serving as court-appointed counsel for alleged disabled persons, and serving as court-appointed guardian for individuals when their family members or friends are unwilling or unable to do so.

Families with whom Ms. McQueen has worked describe her as a compassionate and responsive problem solver who calmly guides clients through the often difficult and emotionally fraught path of family disputes. Ms. McQueen has a family of her own and understands the value of a reasoned, practical, “big-picture” approach that achieves results without generating additional tensions or costs. Sometimes litigation is unavoidable, and when necessary, she draws on her extensive litigation experience to advocate for clients in court.  Most times, though, a creative resolution can be found that allows clients to control the outcome for their family and preserve family resources for the future, rather than expending family resources on litigation.

Over the course of her 16-year career, Ms. McQueen has built a strong track record of steering clients away from the toxic hostilities that can arise from family law disputes and focusing on the future for their family, helping clients foster positive family relationships moving forward. She also offers her services at competitive rates compared to other attorneys who possess her same level of experience.

 

POINTS OF DISTINCTION

  • Named to the "Best Lawyers in America" listing in the Family Law category in 2018
  • From 2015 to present Ms. McQueen has been named to Maryland Super Lawyers and Washington DC Super Lawyers, two lists of attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • Ms. McQueen has also been named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top 50 Women list in 2018

PREVIOUS WORK

Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Kate was an associate at a respected Bethesda firm where she practiced Civil Litigation, Family Law, and Construction Litigation.

Practice Areas

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., George Washington University, 2001
  • B.A. (cum laude), Clemson University, 1997
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Activities

  • Co-Chair, Legislative Affairs, Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors and Co-Secretary, Conflict Resolution Center for Montgomery County
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Peer Review Commission

Videos

Posts

"Giving Your Children a Voice in Divorce"

Children are often the focus of a divorce case.  A divorce significantly impacts the children, and children often have strong opinions about…

"Supported Decision-Making: A Less Restrictive Alternative to Guardianship"

Supported Decision-Making is gaining traction as a tool to promote the retention of decision-making rights for some people with disabilities…

"Mutual Consent Legislation"

It will likely become easier for parents to get divorced in Maryland if they are able to settle the issues…

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