Kathleen zealously defends clients in landlord tenant, family law, security clearance issues, and criminal law matters. She also helps families with their estate planning needs to help secure their future. Since entering private practice, she regularly travels between the three Southern Maryland counties and Prince George’s County. Kathleen has also handled cases for client’s as far away as Harford County and Arlington, VA. She handles Title IX hearings for students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Kathleen’s legal career began with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD), assuming increasingly more significant positions from June 2006 through June 2013. In December 2007, she began practicing as an attorney in St. Mary’s County, providing representation for clients in more than 100 criminal cases a month. She was then promoted to the Hagerstown office of the MOPD. She completed over 100 cases and carried a caseload of approximately 40 active Circuit Court felony cases which included five jury trials, two court trials, and four suppression hearings in under two years. These cases ranged from simple possession to 1st degree Murder.
In 2017, Kathleen became the first female recipient of the Leadership in Law Award, Generation JD from the Daily Record in Southern Maryland. In April 2018, Kathleen was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland by the Daily Record, joining top judges, attorneys, and businesswomen from all over Maryland. In 2019, Kathleen won the Leadership in Law Award from the Daily Record for the second time and was recognized as a VIP.
Kathleen was born and raised in Linthicum, Maryland. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Arizona, a 2007 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December of 2007. She is a current member of the Maryland State Bar Association, St. Mary's County Bar Association, Woman’s Bar Association, an Alumnus of Leadership of Southern Maryland (Class of 2016), and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. She currently dedicates time as a member of the Board of Director for the Community Mediation of St. Mary's County and is a member of the Ethics Commission for St. Mary’s County. She can also be found at lunchtime working with the students of Leonardtown High School for the Mock Trial Competition.