Meg McKinney is a highly respected family law attorney in Maryland and Washington, D.C. with more than 30 years of experience representing clients in complex financial and custody matters.

Meg’s reputation among her peers in the bar as a “go to” mediator for the most complicated divorce matters reflects her unique ability to analyze facts and figures quickly, identify areas of common interest, and construct settlements and resolutions that serve the long-term needs and interests of her clients and their children.

Equally effective in and out of the courtroom, Meg is uniquely approachable, empathetic, and reliable. She is a long-term trusted advisor for her clients. Her ability to connect with people and meet them where they are opens doors to creative settlements even in the most intractable conflicts. At the same time, Meg is a determined, organized, and well-prepared trial attorney who has won many hard-fought results for her clients with her mastery of the facts and circumstances of their cases. She collaborates with financial experts and therapists to help drive a holistic solution to family law problems.

Meg’s strongest attribute is her wisdom borne out of the pattern recognition she has developed by handling thousands of family law matters – she understands what matters and what does not, and seeks to find a resolution for a family law matter that does not waste time or legal fees. Meg puts the interests of her clients first and has the ability to zero in on the key drivers for negotiated settlement in a way that does not destroy relationships, but rather preserves them even in the most high-conflict cases.

Highly skilled in financial analysis, Meg has represented clients in extremely complex, high net worth cases in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. She works as an expert witness for attorney colleagues and has been named one of Washington DC’s top family lawyers in the Washingtonian magazine for more than a decade, among others.

Meg is engaged in the community, holding board and mentor positions throughout her career. She actively represents clients in pro bono legal matters of significance, mentors pro bono attorneys, and participates in a variety of legal and community organizations, such as the William Bryant Inn of Court and Metro Bethesda Rotary.

Outside the office, Meg enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons.


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., With Honors, 1992)
  • The George Washington University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1989)


  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Community involvement

  • Better Life Lab, New America Foundation (Member, Advisory Board, 2014-2020)
  • Children’s Law Center (Member, Board of Directors, 2008-2014)
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee (Member, 2008-2014)
  • Maryland Child Support Advisory Committee (Member, 2007-2009)

Professional memberships

  • D.C. Family Court (Alternative Dispute Resolution Facilitator)
  • D.C. Family Court (DR & PS Subcommittee, 2001-Present)
  • Metro Bethesda Rotary Club (2023-present)
  • William Bryant Inn of Court Washington, D.C. (1997-present)
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program (Mentor, 1997-present)
  • D.C. Bar, Family Law Community
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • American Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Domestic Relations Committee, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Task Force (Chair, 2018-2021)
  • D.C. Bar Family Law Task Force (Co-Chair, 2009 – 2013)
  • Family Law Working Group, D.C. Bar (Member, 2002 – 2014)
  • Advisory Board, Parent Coordinator Program, a joint project of D.C. Family Court and Argosy University. (Member)
  • District of Columbia Child Support Guideline Commission (Member, 2003-2005)
  • Family Law Section, D.C. Bar (Co-Chair, 2000 – 2003)
  • Family Court Implementation Committee, D.C. Superior Court (Member, November 2001 – 2005, 2016 – 2020)
  • D.C. Bar, Council on Sections, (President, 2004 – 2005)
  • D.C. Bar, Council on Sections (Vice-President, 2003 – 2004)
  • Steering Committee, Family Law Section, D.C. Bar (Member, 1999 – 2005)
  • D.C. Bar Council on Sections (Member, 2000 – 2003)
  • D.C. Bar Advice & Referral Clinic Family Law Mentor (1997 – 2020)

Practice Areas

Divorce/Family Law

Lerch Early’s experienced family law attorneys help people resolve separation and divorce issues in Maryland and Washington, DC with the least possible impact on their emotions and their wallets.

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