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The McKeon Law Firm

Shelly D. McKeon, Esq., Founder Jessica S. Kern, Esq.

17B Firstfield Road, Suite 101 | Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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


The McKeon Law Firm offers a personal approach and customized solutions for all family law matters. Shelly D. McKeon has been recognized as a top lawyer by Washingtonian and has been included in Maryland Super Lawyers. The McKeon Law Firm also holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating.

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

A: Shelly D. McKeon: 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 more than a decade, and my support staff has also been with me for years. This continuity helps clients feel more comfortable and has contributed to my firm’s success both at the settlement table and in court. We represent our clients 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 times of their lives. When clients retain us, they are retaining the entire firm, not just one attorney. I believe this sets us apart.

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

A: Jessica S. Kern: Never stop learning—there’s always new information to absorb. Whether it’s 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 analyzing new developments in case law and determining how they can impact our practice.

Q: What was a major turning point in your career?

A: Shelly D. McKeon: Starting my own firm in 2003. I knew starting my own practice would afford me the autonomy within my cases and business to provide clients with efficient and well-rounded representation. Many of our clients are referrals, which I consider one of my firm’s greatest achievements.

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