Margaret J. McKinney
Meg McKinney has made integrity and reliability the central facets of her legal practice. Clear-headed, determined, and supremely organized, Meg is among the elite in assessing her cases and getting her clients a constructive, empathetic and reasonable resolution. Unfailingly polite and regarded as the ultimate professional, Meg is trusted and respected by her peers.
Ms. McKinney has successfully litigated many complex divorce and custody cases, and settled many more. Her fairness, reliability and knowledge make her a popular choice among her peers as a mediator in the most intractable of disputes. She can handle any family law case or issue in any context. Both a trusted negotiator and an uncompromising trial attorney, Ms. McKinney has won renown as one of Washington’s top family lawyers in the Washingtonian and Bethesda magazines, as well as in other publications where top attorneys are recognized by their peers.
A native of Charleston, S.C., Meg came to D.C. in 1987, having spent her formative years in Eastern Kentucky. It was natural that honesty and integrity in her relations with both clients and opposing counsel would become her trademark. Meg intuitively realized the importance of understanding personal finance, tax, and financial planning issues. The more complicated a case is financially, the more her services are appreciated. She is also well known for her skill in crafting pre-nuptial agreements.
Ms. McKinney devotes substantial time to pro bono activities, policy work and improvement of the court system. She serves as co-chair of the D.C. Bar Family Law Task Force. From 2008 to 2014 she was a member of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee and the Board of Directors for the Children’s Law Center. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Breadwinning and Caregiving Program of the New America Foundation, a program designed to promote a public policy debate among community and business leaders on the most pressing workforce and family issues of the day. From 2002 to 2005 she was a leader on the D.C. Child Support Guideline Commission and later served on the Maryland Child Support Advisory Committee–helping to craft modifications of the child support guidelines for both jurisdictions. Besides organizing and recruiting attorneys from other firms to volunteer to help indigent people, Ms. McKinney is a mentor in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Advocacy and Justice Clinic; a volunteer in the D.C. Family Court Attorney Negotiator Program; and a mediator in the D.C. and Montgomery County Alternative Dispute Resolution programs.
Ms. McKinney has been active in shaping the case management plan, the Guardian Ad Litem Practice Standards, and other aspects of the D.C. Family Court; as well as leading the way toward creating a permanent office of parent coordinators. Ms. McKinney has served as a faculty member for continuing legal education courses in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has provided training for D.C. Family Court judges. She has testified before the D.C. Council, as well as committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and a Maryland Legislative Committee, on a variety of family law issues.
Ms. McKinney is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; the Maryland, Montgomery County, and D.C. Bar and their family law sections; and the William Bryant Inn of Court in Washington. She is married and lives in Maryland along with her three sons. Meg holds a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is pursuing her second degree black belt with the same determination she shows in the courtroom.