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Mary Cushing Doherty

Partner

Phone: 610-275-0700

Fax: 610-275-5290

Email: mdoherty@highswartz.com

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With a distinguished record of professional and community service, Mary Cushing Doherty has more than 35 years of legal experience in the area of family law. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of marital dissolution and family law issues including divorce, child support, custody, spousal support and alimony, premarital agreement asset protection, complex property division, and more. Ms. Doherty is an experienced and certified Arbitrator and Mediator. She strives for the amicable resolution of divorce when possible; however, she is a zealous litigator when it serves the best interests of her clients.

Ms. Doherty has been an award-winning Course Planner and Lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute since 1985. She also has been a Course Planner and Lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section and Montgomery Bar Association, and a Lecturer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She has been a spokesperson for legislative reform for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and as a member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Legislative Committee on Family Law, she is the co-chair of the AAML Legislation Committee.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1978

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1975

Professional Affiliations

  • Women of Accomplishment, Women's Yellow Pages, 24th & 25th Editions
  • Professionals For Amicable Divorce, Member
  • Joint State Government Commission of Pennsylvania, Member of Advisory Committee on Domestic Relations Law, 1995 - present; Chair of Alimony Sub-Committee; Member of Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproduction Technologies
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Pennsylvania Chapter, Fellow, since 1986; President of Pennsylvania Chapter, 2006 - 2007; AAML Chapter Leader Coordinator, 2007-2014
  • Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court, Member of the Bench since 1995; 2008 & 2016 Recipient of the Frederick Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section Chair, 1999 to 2000; Officer, 1995 to 2001; Council Member, 1990 to 1994; Ex Officio Council Member, 2002-present; Section Member since 1979; Member of the Commission on Women in the Profession, since 1997; PBA Commission on Women in the Profession, Executive Council; Review and Certifying Board Chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Board of Directors, 1992 to 1998; Award of Professional Excellence in Programming, Association for ContinuingLegal Education, for Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements Course, 1997
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section Chair, 1985; Member Since 1979Family Law Delegate to Board of Governors, 1986; Member of Judicial Selection Commission, 1985
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1979 - 1987 & 1992 - present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, since 1995
  • Attorney General Family Violence Task Force, Member of Law Enforcement and the Judiciary Group, Designee for Pennsylvania Bar, 1998-1999
  • Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, Chair of the Gender Bias in Family Court Subcommittee Work Group and coeditor of Gender and Racial Bias in Family Court portion of the report, 2000 to 2003

Civic & Community Activities

  • UNITE, Inc., Chair of the Board, 1988 - 2007; member since 1982
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Horsham, Pre-Cana counselor, 1982-2011
  • Upper Dublin High School, adjunct instructor, Child Development II, since 1995

Publications & Presentations

  • Ms. Doherty has been a Course Planner and Lecturer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1990 and for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute since 1985. She also has been a Lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section and Montgomery Bar Association. She has lectured on family law topics at many regional law schools including Villanova University School of Law and Widener University.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2004-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America® (Philadelphia-Family Law), 1995-2018
  • Top Attorneys, Suburban Life Magazine, 2011, 2017, 2018
  • Upper Dublin School Board Recognition for 20 years as an adjunct instructor.
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Special Achievement Award, 2017
  • PBA Women in Profession Lynette Norton Award, 2012
  • Legal Intelligencer, Women of the Year Recipient, 2012
  • Woman of Distinction Recipient, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2009
  • Recipient of the Frederick Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
  • Margaret Richardson Award Honoree, 2006