Mary L. McKinney

Mary L. McKinney

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ms. McKinney practices primarily in the area of family law and is trained in the Collaborative Process of dispute resolution. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an articles editor and the production editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum issue on Family Law, and a 2002 graduate of Georgetown University, magna cum laude.

Prior to beginning a career in family law, Ms. McKinney gained extensive legal experience with businesses small and large, working both in-house with the family office of a closely-held real estate company and as an attorney in the corporate litigation departments of two global law firms. From 2005 to 2007, she served as law clerk to the late Judge Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She has also taught Legal Writing at the University of Pittsburgh as an adjunct professor.

Locally, she is a member of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania ("CLASP"), the Pittsburgh Matrimonial Inns of Court, and the Allegheny County Bar Association's Family Law Section and its Collaborative Law and LGBT Rights Committees. Statewide, she is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Family Law Section and its Commission on Women in the Profession and its GLBT Rights Committee.

Ms. McKinney is a proud resident of the City of Pittsburgh and a lover of the arts. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where she is co-chair of the 2016-19 Strategic Plan. She is also actively involved with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the Shady Side Academy Alumni Council. She enjoys running and practicing yoga and is a teacher at Amazing Yoga's Lawrenceville Studio.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2016

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Collaborative Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2008


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: Teaching Assistant to Professor Gerald N. Rosenberg, Law and Politics: United States Courts as Political Institutions
    • Honors: Research Assistant to Professor Cass R. Sunstein, Chicago Judges Project
    • Honors: Appellate Advocacy Clinic with Judge Abner Mikva
    • Law Review: The University of Chicago Legal Forum, Articles Editor and Production Editor
  • Georgetown University
    • A.B. magna cum laude - 2002
    • Honors: Departmental Honors in History
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
    • Major: History
    • Major: English


  • Adjunct Professor, Writing in the Legal Professions, University of Pittsburgh, 2006 - 2007
  • Teaching Assistant, Law and Politics: United States Courts as Political Institutions, The University of Chicago, 2004 - 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Law Association of Western Pennsylvania (“CLASP”)
  • Matrimonial Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Family Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Collaborative Law Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • LGBT Rights Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • GLBT Rights Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Women in the Profession Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • McKinney Point Asset Management, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Vice President, 2012 - 2015
  • Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Associate, 2010 - 2012
  • Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, District of Columbia - Associate, 2007 - 2010
  • Judge Joseph F. Weis, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - Law Clerk, 2005 - 2007
  • Judge Maureen Lally-Green, Superior Court of Pennsylvania - Intern (Summer 2004)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Adjunct Faculty, 2006 - 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Board of Trustees, Co-Chair Strategic Planning Committee
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Vice Chair, Spring Hat Luncheon
  • Shady Side Academy Alumni Council