Mary McKinney Flaherty

Mary McKinney Flaherty

Associate
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phone:
412-471-3000
Fax:
412-471-7351
Email:

Mary McKinney Flaherty is an attorney and mediator who concentrates her practice on the formation, growth, and dissolution of family relationships and family businesses.

She assists clients in planning, negotiating, and drafting the various legal agreements surrounding the family relationship including prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, adoptions, separation agreements, support and custody arrangements, divorce, equitable distribution, and marital settlement agreements. Similarly, she assists family businesses in identifying and resolving the complex issues that arise from forming, growing, and dissolving businesses involving multiple family members.

Mary is committed to resolving differences without litigation wherever possible and has been appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association ("ACBA") and Vice Chair of the ACBA's ADR Committee. In 2018, she was elected to serve a three-year term on the ACBA Judiciary Committee and the ACBA Women in the Law Division Council and is a co-Chair of the ACBA Women in the Law Division's Pathways to the Bench Committee. She has been selected by her peers as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Star in Family Law every year she has practiced in the area.

Mary maintains an active pro bono practice and is a fellow of Allegheny County Bar Foundation, co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the ACBA's Family Law Section, and a regular volunteer for Neighborhood Legal Services Association and the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Project.

While in Law School at the University of Chicago, Mary concentrated her studies on behavioral economics and decisionmaking and was as an editor of the 2004 University of Chicago Legal Forum: The Public and Private Faces of Family Law. She is a 2002 graduate of Georgetown University, magna cum laude.

A proud resident of the City of Pittsburgh and a lover of the arts, she serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where she is co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She is also actively involved with the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Keepers of the Pittsburgh Promise, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. On weekends, you can find her in the yoga studio or enjoying the theatre, a new restaurant, or a stroll around the city with her husband, Mark.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2016

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • 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

Classes/Seminars

  • 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
  • Panelist , PBA Family Law Section 2018 Summer Meeting, Equitable Distribution and Alimony Update

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Co-Chair, Collaborative Law Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Pro Bono Committee, Family Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee (elected to three-year term, 2018-2021)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Women in the Law Division Council (elected to three-year term, 2018-2021)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, LGBT Rights Committee
  • Fellow, Allegheny County Bar Foundation
  • GLBT Rights Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Women in the Profession Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
  • Collaborative Law Association of Western Pennsylvania (“CLASP”), Executive Committee
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Matrimonial Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter, Member

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

  • Vice Chair, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Board of Trustees, Co-Chair Strategic Planning Committee of, Member of Executive Committee
  • Co-Chair, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon
  • Member, Leadership Council, Keepers of the Pittsburgh Promise
  • Member, Carnegie Museum of Art, Women’s Committee
  • Member, Shady Side Academy Alumni Council
  • Volunteer, Protection From Abuse project of Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Volunteer, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Project
  • Volunteer, TLDEF Name Change Project