Michelle Locey | Bethesda Magazine

Women in Business Profiles


Michelle Locey

Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC

1350 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 600

Washington, DC




What woman inspires you and why?

I am inspired by many women, but those with the most lasting impact are women who fight fervently for the rights of women and girls. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an inspiration to many female lawyers. In addition to being brilliant and hard-working, she was one of the pioneers for women’s equality, following—and achieving—dreams that didn’t fit into the societal norms of the time. I’m inspired in a different way by singer-songwriter P!nk, who is an incredible role model in unapologetically owning who you are. She always stays true to herself—and takes zero criticisms lying down.

What was a major turning point in your life and/or career?

About 13 years ago, I transitioned from securities work at the large D.C. law firm where I began my legal career, to family law here at Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC, and never looked back. The move was pivotal in my development as a lawyer, as a leader and as a person. Family law is unique in that, not only does it require legal skills—particularly litigation—but the understanding of personal relationships, the development of empathy and the ability to acknowledge clients’ emotional needs.

What are your top priorities?

My top priority is to be a good human, in both my personal and professional lives. And yes, that is possible even when I’m involved in a contentious divorce case.

What advice would you offer for women just starting out?

Take every opportunity to learn that you are offered. And if you are not offered any, demand them. Celebrate—and take credit for—your successes, and learn from your mistakes.

“Celebrate—and take credit for—your successes, and learn from your mistakes.”

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