Mary K. McDonald

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Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phone:
412-471-9900
Fax:
412-281-4114
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Mary K. McDonald has been a partner with McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy for over sixteen years. Her career has been a diversified one. Ms. McDonald has continued to expand her knowledge and professional “toolbox” with each passing year. Most recently she received training in Collaborative Practice and completed forty hours of mediation training.

Preceding her legal career, Ms. McDonald has had a lifelong interest in assisting those facing family issues. She progressed from a caseworker at Children Youth and Families (1973 – 1979) working with dependent children and their families to being CYF’s first staff attorney (1980-1981) by enrolling as an evening student at Duquesne University of Law in 1975 while continuing her full-time employment with the agency as a caseworker. During her law studies, she progressed to a position as the liaison with Juvenile Court, ombudsman for the agency and Legal Education Trainer. These early years were concentrated on Juvenile Law.

She continued in Juvenile Court representation but expanded her skill set to Adult Division in 1981 when recruited to the Allegheny County Law Department as an Assistance County Solicitor. In 1982 she was appointed as a Hearing Officer in the Family Division of Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas where she conducted thousands of hearings establishing, modifying and enforcing child support and spousal support. As the Administrative Hearing Officer (1985-1989) she supervised the other hearing officers and was involved in developing and implementing court procedures in the area of support.

Ms. McDonald moved from the public to the private arena in 1989 when she became associated with the Matrimonial Law Group at Reed Smith, a large international firm headquartered in Pittsburgh. In that capacity she represented clients in all aspects of matrimonial litigation and negotiation, up to and including appellate work while still handling juvenile court matters. In 1996 she joined McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy as a partner, combining her family law background with three other women who shared her vision.

Since 2007 she has been engaged in representing parties in the Collaborative Practice wherein resolution is reached outside the court process. She is a founding member of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania and has completed over sixty hours of training in Collaborative Practice both as an attendee and as a trainer. For more information on this approach to settlement of disputes please go to article on Collaborative Law which is located under the Tab “Cases and Articles.” Ms. McDonald’s practice also includes representation of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in Orphans’ Court, as well as private matters.

Ms. McDonald has received an AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. She has been named in The Best Lawyers in America ® in the field of Family Law and was named as the Best Lawyers’  2015 Pittsburgh Family Lawyer of the Year. Ms. McDonald has also been named in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® which is based on a statewide survey of attorneys and an evaluation by the Law and Politics’ research department.

She is currently a member of the Program Committee of the Executive Women’s Council of Pittsburgh and a former trustee of the Serra Club of Pittsburgh where she held several offices, including the presidency. In 2011 she was voted into the Seton LaSalle Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

Lectures (Family and Collaborative Law):
New York Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Institute; Allegheny County Bar Association; U. S. Department of Health and Human Services; Domestic Relations Association of Pennsylvania; Zonta Club of Pittsburgh Collaborative Law Association of Southwest Pennsylvania.

Pro Bono Services
KidsVoice; Allegheny County Bar Association Foundation; Legal Resources for Women; pro se program of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County; Orphans’ Court (contested termination cases); Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) Family Law Telephone Clinic.

Membership in Legal Organizations
Allegheny County Bar Association - Board of Governors (current), Lawyer’s Insurance Committee, ACBA Judiciary Committee (2 terms); Women in Law Section, Lawyer Referral Service (current Vice-Chair); Juvenile Law Committee(1980-2013 - previously Vice-chair and Chair of the Committee); the Collaborative Law Committee Family Law Section: Current Immediate Past Chair (2012-2014) Family Law Council (1991-1993, 1996-1998; Chair of the Guidelines Committee 1991-1993); Co-chair of Court Relations Committee (1995 – 2012); Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation since 1998 Pennsylvania Bar Association member of the Family Law Section American Bar Association member of the Family Law Section; Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania (founding member 1989; past Chair of the Membership Committee, past Treasurer, past Co-president; member of Judiciary Committee). In 1999 she received the Susan B. Anthony Women’s Bar Association Award. Executive Committee member of Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (founding member); Chair of the Ethics Committee (2010-present); International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

Ms. McDonald has served on governmental as well as nonprofit boards.

Board of Advisors of Shuman Center, the local shelter for juvenile offenders.
Commission on Human Relations of Pittsburgh (2007-2012)
a Director on the Board of Seton La Salle High School
Parish Council (past president)
Ms. McDonald graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970 with a degree in English and from Duquesne University Law School Evening Division in 1979. In 2007 she received training in Collaborative Law and in 2008 completed the 40 hour basic course in mediation. She and her husband live in Pittsburgh.