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Some family law matters surround joyous occasions. However, some family law matters arise from the emotional stress associated with problems in the relationship or marriage leading to a legal separation or divorce. Individuals who have control over their lives and careers may find themselves uncharacteristically confused, distressed and emotional.

A Personal Approach for Private Matters

"People who are experts in their professional lives are generally not experts at divorce. That's where we can help." — Attorney Shelly D. McKeon

At The McKeon Law Firm, our firm's Maryland family law and divorce attorneys focus exclusively on family law matters for clients throughout Montgomery and Frederick Counties. Our clients include men and women who desire a professional and personal approach to what is a very private matter. For experienced advocacy and legal counsel, contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation at our law offices in Gaithersburg and Bethesda.

Individualized Approach for Unique Individuals

When you select our law firm, you will not find a cookie cutter approach to family law matters. Our firm's family law attorneys represent a wide range of men and women who fear a great loss, but instead, can find a fresh beginning. We have extensive experience with high-asset, complex divorces complicated by hostility, as well as straightforward separations with amicable child custody agreements. Our legal team offers customized solutions based on your concerns and needs in a wide range of family law areas, including:

Each situation is unique; and so is our approach.

Our law firm's clients are frequently referred to us from satisfied clients, therapists, and other attorneys. We represent lifelong Maryland residents, D.C. commuters, professionals, executives, stay-at-home parents and everyone in between.

Our Maryland Divorce Lawyers Remove Fear to Help Clients Face the Future

Some divorcing spouses fear the loss of their children. Others fear the loss of property that they've worked hard to obtain. Still others fear the loss of control in their lives.

At The McKeon Law Firm, we replace fear with knowledge, confidence and the assurance that your family law matter is being handled by attorneys with experience. Contact our law firm online or call 301-417-9222 or 202-742-1800 to schedule an appointment with a highly skilled Maryland divorce attorney. We look forward to helping you.

We have two convenient office locations, one in Gaithersburg and one in Bethesda.

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  • … my first consultation with Shelly was sublime. She was smart, engaging … look forward to working with the entire team …


  • Dear Jessica,

    Thank you so much. I enjoyed meeting you. It is important for me to know that I have professionals I can turn to when I need help and guidance. Thank you for your support!


  • Dear Shelly,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful consultative session which I had with you last week. Your advice was perfect!


  • Thank you SO much. Best money I have spent, in recent memory! I truly appreciate your help & speed in handling this.

    Take care!


  • Dear Jessica,

    Thank you for being with me and support me for the scheduling hearing, mediation and the evaluation on Monday. I can't make it without your help.


  • Shelly, Jessica:

    It's been a long road, and I appreciate all the advice you've provided. You were right from the beginning that [opposing party and counsel] would be a difficult combination, and I'm glad you were there to help me through this. Many thanks.


  • Jessica,

    I really appreciate all you have done for me, especially listening to my story. You are very patient and a great listener.


  • Shelly and Jessica,

    Thank you both very much for all you have done to work on my case. I know it is not done but I do feel some relief, just a little less stress for the time.


  • Thanks for making this process easy for me. Glad it had a positive outcome!!!


  • Thank you for all of your hard work and professionalism yesterday.

    [M.K.] [opposing counsel]

  • Thank you for today and reminding me what the bigger picture was.


  • … thank you to you and your team for all of your hard work and dedication. I feel vindicated the judge saw our side.


  • I appreciate your help and support throughout this difficult process.


  • It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you also... Thanks so much for your services Jessica!


  • Thank you for working with us. Shelly, you and your firm have been amazing. It's because of you and your staff that our son is now in a safe, stable environment. Thank you for everything.


  • Thanks again for the outstanding legal counsel you provided in this matter.


  • I do greatly appreciate all of your advice and everything that you have done to help.


  • I do greatly appreciate all of your advice and everything that you have done to help.


  • I do greatly appreciate all of your advice and everything that you have done to help.


  • Shelly,

    Thanks for all your help, you helped me rebuild my confidence.

    Vest best,


  • Hi Shelly and Jessica,

    The letter is perfect, as written. As usual, I cannot thank you enough; the careful crafting of this correspondence speaks to the dedication and commitment you always bring to your efforts. I feel so fortunate to have chosen you and your firm to represent me at a time when I was fraught with anxiety. Now, I can maneuver through these difficult issues calmly because I have you to guide me.

    Thank you,


  • Hi Shelly,

    Thanks for the quick response and information. We will not ever be able to thank you guys enough.



  • Jessica,

    Thanks for your efficiency!

    [an opposing counsel]

  • Jessica,

    Thank you again for your assistance with my divorce case. It has been a pleasure working with you!


  • Thank you for the update. Thank you for all of your help everyone. Words cannot express my gratitude. Thanks.


  • Shelly,

    Thanks again. The draft marital settlement agreement looks great; thanks for all the work. My father and I have reviewed it and are very impressed with all the work.


  • Thanks so much for EVERYTHING!! I am happy it is over and feel good about it – I really appreciate all you did to help me through it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


  • Thanks for excellent work!


  • I know that you are the expert and that you will represent me in the best way possible. I have a lot of faith in you.


  • Thank you Jessica for the excellent job in getting this completed. We will contact you if we need any further assistance on this or other matters that may arise. Best wishes.


  • Thank you Jessica. You and Shelly have done an exceptionally great job! Thanks again.


  • Jessica, this lifts an incredible weight from my shoulders. Thank you so much for your expertise and help. I am glad it worked out this way.


  • As always you ladies are so gracious in your approach to everything and I am grateful and thankful! I am sure I have not been the easiest client in the world to deal with yet you remain supportive and committed. Thank you.


  • You are awesome and I am confident in your skills and ability so [my son] will be ok and all will be right in the world.


  • Dear Shelly, Jessica,

    Thank you so much for all your help with my case. I am so grateful to have you and words cannot express how I feel. Shelly you presented my case so well and I am thankful.



  • Jessica,

    Thank you for helping me understand the process today, and I appreciated the way you listened, and explained all the options.


  • Jessica,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work. I'm happy with the support and the outcome of my case.


  • Shelly,

    ...I don't know what I would do if you weren't my attorneys...



  • ...I want to thank you and the office for helping me in this most difficult of times!

    With gratitude,


  • Jessica,

    Thank you so much for your time and support. It was great meeting you and you are wonderful! I feel so much better having your guidance.


  • Dear Shelly and Jessica,

    Thank you for your kindness, professionalism and support during this hearing today. It does not go unrecognized. I thank you from my heart the overtime and heart and soul you put into protecting my daughter and I. You really work so hard. Please thank your family for spending so much overtime with me...


  • I sincerely appreciate everything, and how superbly and professionally McKeon represented me from the start to the end.


  • Shelly and Jessica

    Words can't express my sincere thanks, appreciation, and gratitude for the exceptional quality customer service and care you have provided to me for nearly two-years. I have received stellar representation and candidate straightforward legal advice from McKeon. The character, integrity, thoughtfulness, patience, and attention to detail shown by McKeon is unmatched and I don't know what I would have done if I were represented by another firm.

    It's been a very tumultuous ride and difficult at times, and I sincerely apologize for all of [opposing party's] inconsiderate and immature behavior that caused unnecessary work and expense. Thank you for keeping me calm and sane throughout this ordeal, as well as alerting me to the blind-spots in my attitude and behavior...

    I'm glad this is over and I have moved on with my life. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication McKeon gave in representing me.


  • Dear Jessica,

    All I have to say is 'Thank You' from the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of my family as well, may God continue to give you the wisdom and strength to do your work in guiding and helping people like me get the best out of their situation. I am so relieved, happy and thankful that its [sic] all over and we ended up in a good position. You were very professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire case, you presented issues and positions clearly which was helpful in my decision making. You were very attentive to my needs and navigated our strategy to get us there.

    To the entire Mckeon law firm staff, I also want to extend my gratitude for all each and everyone did, from printing copies to mailing documents regarding my case. I am very thankful and grateful. I am looking forward to rebuilding my life and focusing on important things that will come my way. Again, Jessica, I thank you and I wish you all the best in your profession.

    Gratefully Yours,


  • Dear Shelly, I feel fortunate to have you as my lawyer. I respect you highly for your skills and ethics.


  • Thank you Shelly for your firm's hard work on my case that seems never ending. I feel truly heard, supported and so well represented. Because you really listen to what I say along with your attention to detail, knowledge, experience and organization, the court made the best possible decision for me and my children.


  • Jessica, my family and I are very thankful and appreciative of all you have done so far in my case.


  • I want thank you both personally for all your hard work. This is a very stressful time for me and I am very grateful that you are fighting so hard to let the court hear my case. Thank you Shelly and Jessica. Thank you for all the overtime, all the late nights working hard to make things right for me and my daughter. I truly appreciate everything that you are doing.


  • Thank you very much and I greatly and sincerely appreciate the wonderful job you did yesterday. Drafting and crafting a settlement document which contained approximately thirteen pages isn't easy, especially having to do it while sitting across from [opposing counsel]. Again thanks for all of your hard work, dedication, and commitment in sealing a great agreement.


  • I feel so relieved and at peace now that this is over. Thanks so much for all you did to get things done and ease the burden and worry for me. You were very efficient and kept things focused and moving - I would highly recommend you and The McKeon Law Firm to anyone having to deal with the unfortunate and trying circumstances of divorce.


  • Shelly, you are amazing. You have done a beautiful job on this. How are you able to distill all of my ramblings and angst into such a straightforward document is amazing! This looks great. Again, thank you for coming up with such an excellent document. I think it is an outstanding agreement...thank you so much.


  • Jessica, thank you for acting so quickly on this issue. The letter is great as is; it precisely describes the situation, and I value your efforts on my behalf.


  • Thank you for everything. It is really important at this time to feel like someone is helping to protect my family, and I believe you are doing all you can. Please know how much I appreciate that.


  • Shelly: I appreciate your meeting with me this morning. I was extremely impressed by your knowledge and advice as well as the rapport we seemed to have. You have put my mind at ease to some aspects of a divorce. Now, I have to decide the appropriate timing.


  • Thanks for your professionalism and be sure to let your team know how much I appreciate their professionalism as well for all their efforts and research in this matter. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your services...


  • Just a quick note to say thanks to each of you for the work you put into yesterday! Seeing the preparation and expertise that each of you put in was astounding in comparison to the other attorney. Kudos to the whole team! Thanks a million again.


  • It was a pleasure meeting and speaking with you yesterday. I really appreciate the advice you gave me concerning my situation. I have confidence in the work that your firm does. I have read reviews and that strengthened my decision to work with you. Thank you again...


  • I cannot thank you enough for spending a few minutes today to...advise me on my custody modification case... The short time talking with you has done wonders for my spirit and hopes.'ve been a "great" help and again I thank you.


  • Thanks again for all of your help with these [financial] statements. They rank 2nd in the "worst part of this whole experience" category, but you made finishing them so much more bearable!


  • ...wanted to thank you for your time last week. You really helped me keep focused when I needed it.


  • You have been outstanding! If I ever need assistance in the future, I will definitely be back to you. Thank you so much for everything.


  • You are an amazing attorney. I cannot thank you and everyone else enough for all the hard work you have put in during the past few weeks.


  • Thank you so much for your patience and professionalism.


  • This has been an awful time for both [spouse] and myself, emotionally, and I truly appreciate the role that the McKeon Law Firm has played. I needed an advocate who would protect my interests but not inject additional rancor, and you embodied that concept fully. I know that we are still in the midst of this process, but I wanted you to know how pleased I am to have you and your group of attorneys.


  • Thank you for your work on my case, you were a great help.


  • From an opposing counsel
    My thanks to you for your cooperation and for helping bring this matter to a satisfactory resolution. I appreciate it.


  • [Following a final divorce hearing]
    Thanks for this morning, you were just perfect and what I needed as I almost lost it. It was much appreciated!


  • [Following an initial client consultation]
    Shelly, I was really impressed with your knowledge and willingness to work in your client's benefit.


  • Thank you for today. I feel very well represented and supported by you and your Firm!


  • Shelly and Jessica,
    Thank you very much for all your help and support through the process.


  • Outstanding! Thank you so much for your help. Your guidance and knowledge of the law was incredibly helpful. I will certainly recommend your Firm to my clients.


  • I was very happy with Ms. McKeon and came away feeling she was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and very clear in her answers even though she knew there was a chance I would not be retaining her on a permanent basis. Thank you for your time.


  • Thank you for your reply. I feel much more comfortable now... Thank you again for your thorough and considerate reply - I have the best lawyers in Maryland!


  • You guys are the absolute BEST!!!! You all have really been a blessing!! Thanks!


  • I love it!! Happy is an understatement. You guys have been great!! I really feel that a good divorce attorney really needs to be good in both law, being able to deal effectively with clients like me and to protect them from themselves!! The more I look back (with a clearer mind), you really did a good job with me...


  • Shelly is a very experienced litigator who is often ranked as one of the area's best divorce lawyers. She is, in addition, an absolutely lovely person. Every client I have ever sent her way has loved her, and has been delighted with both the quality of counsel and the level of service that they received with her practice. Shelly has two associates - both women - with whom she works very closely, and the three of them truly operate as a team, which means, among other things, that clients can always get the guidance they need. Although she will pursue litigation aggressively if need be, she is much more interested in actually solving the problem and getting you a good result without drama or unnecessary conflict.

    [A referring Montgomery County attorney]

  • Shelly,
    Thank you so much for putting up with me and getting me through all of this. I have appreciated everything that all of your office has done for me. Thanks for everything.


  • Thanks for caring; it means a lot to me. That's what makes you guys, The McKeon Law, different and special. I really just can't imagine where I would be without you guys!


  • Thank you for all of your support, help and wisdom today. It has been quite a rollercoaster ride the last two years, but I am grateful for all the legal advice that I have received from The McKeon Law Firm.


  • Thank you so much for your amazing professionalism and support during this process. This is as good as an outcome as I could have hoped for given the situation and I owe it to you and Shelly!


  • Since I didn't get to see you yesterday, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for all the hard work you did for my brother. It has been a pleasure and our good fortune to have you, Shelly, Jessica, and everyone in the office working on this case. My brother is extremely happy with the outcome. He told us afterward how he felt a weight had been lifted off of him. I'm sure we'll see you again during the finalization, but didn't want to wait till then to thank you.

    [G.C., brother of Firm client]

  • Thank you again for all your hard work, you are pretty amazing!


  • Well ladies, a successful day yesterday, thank you all for your part in that.


  • Thanks again for taking the time to speak with me last weekend. No matter what the outcome, your halp Thanks again for the help - I wish I had you fighting for me since day-one.


  • Thank you for all of your help. Everyone there has been so helpful and supportive. I really appreciate it.


  • Jessica, I appreciate all the hard effort.


  • I recommend that you contact attorney Shelly McKeon for legal counsel in connection with your separation and possible divorce. Shelly is a very experienced litigator who is often ranked as one of the area's best divorce lawyers. She is, in addition, an absolutely lovely person. Every client I have ever sent her way has loved her and has been delighted with both the quality of counsel and the level of service that they received with her practice. Shelly has two associates - both women - with whom she works very closely, and the three of them truly operate as a team, which means, among other things, that clients can always get the guidance they need. She bills conservatively and at a reasonable hourly rate. Most important, although she will pursue litigation aggressively if need be, she is much more interested in actually solving the problem and getting what you need without drama or unnecessary conflict.

    [A referring attorney]

  • Thank you very much for the wonderful job you all do, I hope to be a great lawyer like all of you in the future.

    A.V. [a client also attending law school]

  • I would like to thank all of you for all of your help. It is rare to find people that genuinely care. The level of compassion and expertise were well above any expectations. I am truly grateful for your help.


  • I felt so much better after meeting with Ms. McKeon. I felt like she was a perfect fit for me.


  • Ms. S called and asked I relay to you how appreciative she was to have such a great lawyer. She wishes that she would of found you a long time ago! She thanks you "millions and millions."

    [McKeon Law Firm staff member]

  • Thanks very much, Jessica. I appreciate all of your assistance and responsiveness in this matter.


  • Jessica, I really appreciate everything that you and the Law Firm are doing for me. Thanks so much again.


  • Shelly, thanks so much for your call, I feel much better...I know what to say now and have you for a backup.


  • Shelly, Wow I am impressed!!! Thanks so much. I am quite sure the response from [opposing party] will be significant. I will keep you apprised. I actually feel relieved today is over and feel good having stood up to him and his attorney (thanks to you, of course!).


  • I really do appreciate everything that you have done for me over the past couple of years. For me, it has provided a level of I feel like I am truly able to move on and start over and I am really excited for the future. Thank you for everything.


  • It was a pleasure having your firm represent me and I was very pleased with the service and attention I was given.


  • I'm glad I have someone like you in my corner looking out for me.


  • Thank you so much for calling me yesterday, I appreciate your support and guidance. Thank you again for being there for me.


  • I want to recommend my new attorneys because they have given me new hope, protection, respect and the advice I never got from my former attorney. Unfortunately, I didn't find them until too late in the process but I decided to change right after merit hearing because I was so upset with the results. Maybe I didn't benefit from their assistance before going through the divorce process but someone else will if they decide to use their services – I guarantee they will be represented properly. The Firm is The McKeon Law Firm – Shelly McKeon – Gaithersburg, MD – 301-417-0222. I sincerely hope this helps someone.


  • Thank you so much for continuing to guide me in the right direction. I can't tell you how good I feel about your involvement in this matter.


  • The response is as always well drafted and addresses the point appropriately. Thank you for your response.


  • It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday and thank you so much for your help. I learned a lot by coming in and talking to you and I'm glad that I did...I thank you for taking the time to listen and explain my options to me. I feel better than I have in some time about the situation, that we've made some progress. For the first time, in a long time, yesterday was money well spent.


  • Thank you so much for meeting with me today, I feel much better. Thanks again for everything, you are the best :)


  • Shelly, it was good to meet you today, and I appreciate the time you spent with me on my recent involvement in the **** case. I will continue to hope for everyone that it comes to resolution without getting worse. Come what may, I'm very comfortable having you watch out for my interests.


  • Once again, I can't thank you enough for all of your hard work J I don't mean to sound redundant but I am very appreciative of your efforts.


  • I can't thank you and Shelly enough for everything! I am almost speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Shelly, thank you so much for doing such a great job. I sincerely appreciate your hard work and your efforts. It goes without saying that I am so grateful for all of the hard work you put into preparing for trial.


  • Shelly, thank you... for all your hard work and for arguing such favorable terms.


  • I really appreciate everyone's help and efforts for bringing this case to a successful conclusion.


  • Because all your firm has done for me, I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Your firm saved me from the depths of the darkest, gloomiest, hopelessness and certain defeat and gently and lovingly took me under your wings and brought to a better place...a place that would have been out of my reach forever without you. You both fought for me as if we shared the same blood and helped lift my spirits higher. You helped me find an inner strength, a strength that I forgot was there and lost faith in long ago. You gave me a reason to hope and a reason to believe that one day I will be happy again. I will always be thankful to you and will not let your complete dedication to my case ever go to waste. Even now that this case is for the most part behind you, you are still taking care of me and making sure that I transition responsibly and completely.


  • Dear Shelly, thank you for working so hard today on the deposition.


  • You are very good at explaining and I do follow you.


  • Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday. I was very impressed by your professionalism and your genuineness. I appreciate your patience in answering my questions. I also appreciate the additional information you shared with me. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.


  • Your counsel is, as always, very valued.


  • Thanks so much for speaking with me today. I am impressed and encouraged, and I appreciate greatly your suggestions and thoughtfulness.


  • Shelly, wanted to thank you again for our time together today and providing your obvious experience and expertise. I really have a renewed sense of hope and confidence. And it was just plain great meeting you, really enjoyed talking with you.


  • ...I want to thank you...for all the hard work you have done regarding this difficult divorce. I truly appreciate it.