Mary Kate is an attorney in Taft’s Domestic Relations practice group, representing clients in divorce, dissolution of marriage, custody matters, and premarital agreements. Her experience includes establishing and enforcing support, tracing separate property claims, litigating business valuation issues, dividing stock compensation plans, analyzing and dividing rental real estate portfolios, and negotiating and litigating complex custody disputes.
Though no stranger to litigation, Mary Kate advocates for settlement when possible. She received the Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is a certified Divorce/Domestic Relations Mediator and trained in Collaborative Law.
Mary Kate was selected to serve a term on the Emerging Leaders Board of Beech Brook, a leading behavioral health agency. The nonprofit plays an integral role helping troubled children and families throughout Northeast Ohio.
Mary Kate is recognized by 2022 Best Lawyers® as “Ones to Watch” for Family Law and Family Law: Arbitration and Mediation. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of The Ohio State Business Law Journal. Her published student note, “Venturing into Hobby Lobby’s Minefield: An Examination of Corporate Religious Freedom, Same-Sex Spouses and ERISA Plans” earned the Winner of Best Note Award in 2016 by The Ohio Business Law Journal.
Honoree, Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch,” Family Law, Family Law: Arbitration and Mediation (2022 – 2024)
CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Divorce Mediation, 2017
CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Legal Writing, 2015
- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2017)
- Case Western Reserve College of Law
- University of Delaware (2013)
Political Science major
- State - Ohio
- Federal - Southern District of Ohio
Speeches and Publications
Contributor, “Family Law 2023 Global Practice Guide: Ohio,” Chambers and Partners, Feb. 4, 2023.
“Venturing into Hobby Lobby’s Minefield: An Examination of Corporate Religious Freedom, Same-Sex Spouses, and ERISA Plans,” 10 Ohio St. Bus. L.J. 267 (2016)
- Ohio Bar Association
- Columbus Bar Association
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Vice Co-Chair of the Domestic Relations Section
- Beech Brook
Former Member, Emerging Leaders Board