Mary K. McDonald has been a partner with McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy for twenty years and has recently become Of Counsel with the firm. 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 ReedSmith, 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
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