Mary Kate McClain

Associate Cleveland
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Mary Kate is an attorney in Taft’s Domestic Relations practice, representing clients in termination of marriage proceedings, custody disputes, post-decree support modifications, and premarital and postnuptial agreements. Her experience includes establishing and enforcing support orders, tracing separate property claims, litigating business valuation issues, dividing stock-based compensation plans, and negotiating and litigating complex custody disputes.

She is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is a certified Divorce/Domestic Relations Mediator.

Mary Kate was recognized in 2022 and 2023 by Best Lawyers® as “Ones to Watch” for Family Law and Family Law: Arbitration and Mediation, and she previously served as co-chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Mary Kate earned her J.D., cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she received the Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution and was a Managing Editor of The Ohio State 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

Co-author, “State of the Section: A Year in Review of the Family Law Section,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, July/August 2023.

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)

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

    Former Co-Chair of the Family Law Section (2022 – 2023)

  • Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals


Community Involvement

  • Beech Brook

    Former Member, Emerging Leaders Board