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Shelly D. McKeon, Esq.

The McKeon Law Firm

17 B Firstfield Road, Suite 101




3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700-71
Bethesda, MD 20814

What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?

I genuinely enjoy my work and the people with whom I work. This was my goal when I opened my own firm 16 years ago. I knew that by opening my own firm, I would have the autonomy within my cases and business to provide my clients with efficient and well-rounded representation.

What qualities do you think a successful law firm should have?

I strongly believe in creating a workplace that is conducive to teamwork, cooperation and growth. My associate, Jessica Kern, and I have worked together for over nine years, and my support staff has also been with my firm for years. I believe this continuity helps clients feel more comfortable and has contributed to my firm’s success at both the settlement table and in court. My firm represents both men and women through divorce, alimony, custody, child support and other family-related matters. Our all-woman team offers guidance and understanding to clients who are typically navigating one of the most difficult parts of their lives. When clients retain us, they are retaining the entire firm, not just one attorney. I believe this sets us apart.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned during your career?

Never stop learning. Throughout my 25-year career, I have found that there is always something new to learn. Whether it is a change in the statute, new technological advances, or a new way to present exhibits and evidence, there is always something new and fresh out there. I enjoy taking the time to analyze new developments in case law and determining how this may impact my practice.

“When clients retain us, they are retaining the entire firm, not just one attorney. I believe this sets us apart.”

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