Maureen Renehan, Heather Sweren and Kristina Badalian | Bethesda Magazine

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Maureen Renehan, Heather Sweren and Kristina Badalian

Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet

16061 Comprint Circle

Gaithersburg, MD



The attorneys at Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet focus on family law issues, including divorce, child support and custody. The firm also focuses on protecting their clients from domestic violence and child abuse, and protecting reputation and assets. Three partners, all of whom are mothers, are part of the larger team.

According to Heather Sweren, every case is different. “Just when you think you’ve heard everything,” she says, “a new client comes in and shows you otherwise. What’s most challenging is dealing with people at their worst.” Having gone through her parents’ divorce when she was an adolescent, Sweren has abundant empathy. Married with two young children, she says, “I understand juggling family and work like a game of Jenga, and how divorce can send the whole thing crashing down.”

Kristina Badalian, also a mother of young children and with parents who divorced, points to an ability to balance as an asset in this field. “Understanding my client’s emotions while zealously advocating their interests means that I can be soft when I need to be, and tough all the time,” she says.

Time management skills may be one key to the success of another of the attorneys, Maureen Renehan, mother of three children age 5 and under. With similar experience negotiating and litigating complex custody and financial matters in separation and divorce, Renehan is hard working, detail organized and effective both in and out of the courtroom.

All three attorneys were drawn to this work because they wanted to help people, and they have abundant opportunities to do that at Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet, a firm that appreciates and supports working mothers who provide sophisticated representation to clients.

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